Monthly Archives: March 2014

March 25th, 2014

Believe it or not we are still out there with roads.  The bite for Tullibee and Perch has been slow the last four days with sub-zero mornings and teens for highs.  A week ago when the weather was warmer fishing was pretty good and this weekend when it warms up again I’ll bet they will go again.

Ice is not a problem, most are drilling to the handles when they go out there and the cold weather has froze any wet spots on the roads solid and the going is really good.  Off the roads are a different story.  Still there is 6 to 16 inches of snow that is hard and easy to get stuck in if you don’t have 4WD.  but I have alot of places to pull off to park and find a spot to fish.

I’m going to be at the NW Sportshow this weekend. (first time Lybacks Marine actually has a booth!) so the boss will be running the show up here at home. (Cindy)  Please call ahead the night before coming up so she can get a worker to check roads if we get snow, or plow spots for wheelhouses if needed.  (320-676-8740)  With the forecast coming this weekend I want everyone that want to come up to be ok.

Keep a Tight Line!

Eddy

March 21st,2014

The last couple days we had fishermen out, but there wasn’t too much activity with the Perch bite, but Tullibee action was ok.  Last evening I opened up more roads to different areas so this weekend fishermen can move around a little more and try different spots.

I still want 4WD vehicles only even thought the roads as getting better than worse with the cooler weather we’ve had. (Pretty crazy year it’s been….) I’m pretty sure we will be driving into April now after hearing next weeks forecast today.

Today strong west -northwest winds started around noon and chased everyone off with the snowfall we had again this am.  But so far it doesn’t appear to be drifting much.  So tomorrow should be pretty good out there when the winds die.

Keep a Tight Line!!

Eddy

March 19th,2014

This morning after having 6- 8 inches of snow I went out and opened the road to the “Tullibee Hole” .  The farther out I went the better it was.  i was only able to make a pass out and back before I went to the marine shop and one fishermen went out, tried to get off the road and got stuck.  But where he was trying to go he shouldn’t have.

Tonight after work I went out and widened the main road. Out in the fishing areas, plowed spots for fishermen to pull off to the side, turn around, or find a spot to set-up a portable. It is actually pretty good out there despite all the snow we’ve had this winter. What areas on the main road that had water and rough spots last weekend, froze solid and getting out there is really good going.  I still want 4WD vehicles only out there as I’m not around during the day to pull anyone out, and if you use common sense it will be just fine.  With the cooler weather coming after this weekend, I think we are going to make another week yet!  Pretty amazing….this will be the second year that I’ve been plowing out there the  on the first day of Spring!  This just might be another year I’m fishing with two lines on the opener on ice, although I’m not counting on it yet!!

A bunch of fishermen are going out tomorrow so I will let you know how the bite is tomorrow evening.  I’m hoping I have good news…..

Keep a Tight Line!

Eddy

March 17th, 2014

The weekend bite was pretty good for the Tullibee and Perch out there.  The water on the road froze up is fairing well with only a couple spots that broke up Friday, but they froze solid by Saturday.  Sounds like Tues-Wed we are could get some snow.  So after I will go out and see what can be done to get out there going into this coming weekend.

With the bite improving over what it has been this year, there is quite a bit of interest from fishermen to come up and give it that last try.  And Thank You for those that have.  The little bit of extra income helps after a winter like we’ve had this year.

Keep a Tight LIne!

Eddy

March 14th, 2014

Today we had five rigs out and I got a chance to talk to a couple as they left. The Tullibees were biting pretty good and the Perch were mixed in.  The Perch caught were nice sized 11-13″, but the schools were small in numbers when they came in, which has been noticed the last couple years or so.

The good news is that with what I’ve seen this past winter with the Perch and the numbers of 6-9 inch Perch that were caught and seen in camera’s and the millions of 3-6 inch ones out there that pestered everyone,  i think we will have some catch-able and keep-able Perch next winter. They might not be “Jumbo’s”, but I think there will be a lot of 10 inch plus out there.  Sometimes I think that the DNR forgot what alot of of fishermen like to do in the winter.

If you are planning on coming up the next few days, please call in advance so we can inform you on what the road is looking like.   It is going to stay below freezing up here so it should be pretty good out going, but I want everyone to have 4WD just in case.

Keep a Tight Line!!

Eddy

March 13th, 2014

From here on it it will be 4WD vehicles only.  This last batch of warm weather put a lot of water on the roads, especially towards the side we plow the snow to.  The snow has settled a lot, but really no evidence of water going down yet.  With the colder weather coming next week things should firm up and more likely than not we will still be letting fishermen out.

The Perch and Tullibee bite actually isn’t too bad.  This last 10 days there have been some nice sized Perch caught.  Actually seen a couple 14″ inchers.  But don’t expect a limit or anything like that.  The Tullibee that are being caught are in the 16-18″ range.

Best advice is to call us  the evening before you plan to come for any changes out there.

Keep a Tight Line!!

Eddy

March 11th, 2014

Over the weekend and leading up to today fishermen didn’t too too bad out in the “Tullibee Hole” for Perch and Tullibee.  The warm up seemed to get something going.  there were some really nice sized jumbo Perch caught and the Tullibee were averaging 16-18 inches. However, not many as far as numbers for both Tullibee and Perch, but worth the trip anyways.

The warmer weather started things melting somewhat closer to shore but out 2 miles it was a little different.  And with the weather the way it is forecasted I think we will be open thru this coming weekend.  The main thing I have to do is clean up the slush on the driveway……I would like to see those that come an try from here on out to have FWD as there is areas where the snow has settled that you can get off the road easier, but I don’t want to see fishermen getting stuck.

Keep a Tight Line!!

Eddy

 

March 8th, 2014

Today we had a few groups out and a couple are staying overnight in houses.  What reports I did here were of Perch,  Some keepers,but alot of 7-8 inch out there also.

The warmer weather coming will start the melting process over the next few days and with all the snow out there when it melts, here will be a lot of water.  We’ll let you know when it get too bad to go out.

Keep a Tight Line!

Eddy

March 7th,2014 7:30 pm.

After getting home from the Marine shop tonite I went out and checked the roads after the strong south wind.  the “Tullibee Road” was in good shape and I spent time opening up spaces for wheelhouses and portables off the sides in that area.  It will be ready for those that want to come for the weekend. The “Bowl Road” was tougher as it went east – west and I opened it up for portable traffic, but no spots for wheelhouse’s.  But that is that way it will be for this weekend.   Next week is bringing warmer weather and with all the snow despite good ice there could be a lot of water out there. (maybe)??

Sunshine comes after the rain………..

Keep a Tight Line!!

Eddy

March 6th, 2014

This evening the Mille Lacs Input meeting was held. The MN DNR was there and ready to present their plan of what they felt what needed to be done and why.  It was an agenda full  of plans and options based on their studies. But the audience attending had one thing in mind.  The majority wanted the harvest of Walleyes during the spawning season stopped and all wanted something to be done to get the dark cloud negativity surrounding “treaty management” eliminated.  There was no opposition to treaty rights, just not to harm the fish during the spawning season.  In my opinion their was nothing wrong with any of that.

It definitely sounded like the MN DNR’s hand were tied when it came to that and every effort to sidestep it when it arose and their only defense was that their studies showed that reproduction rates have remained the same despite the springtime spawning harvest by the Bands.  I think it is time to take that issue to the AG’s office and higher levels of State Government.  The State of Minnesota must stand up to it’s sovereign right as a State and demand control of it’s resources regardless of treaties.

One thing that did come out of it is that they are thinking of options never thought of before and they definitely realized that the Mille Lacs Fishery is more than just fish.  It’s the people that live and work the lake to provide services for fishermen from all over the State and the country, the economy around it’s shores and the effects of what has happened since “treaty management” has caused to it and the will ripple up the line to St.Paul I’m sure.  It is going to be some very hard times up here for many of us the next couple years until some of this works out.  But i do know it will get better, it’s going to take some time, but there is some signs that the lake is already starting to and I think we will see some evidence of that over this next year.

Now the rest of the citizens in this State that care about Mille Lacs need to step up and start calling and e-mailing their representatives in the House and Senate and especially the Governor.  With this being an election year NOW is the time!   Spread the word as much as you can..tell them that if they want your vote they need to do something about this! It is an opportune time!  The other thing that need to be done is to start talking about and showing the harvesting during the spawning season to the general public via media. Along with that  express to everyone that it goes against everything that sportsmen have always respected in this State.

Keep a Tight LIne!

Eddy