Monthly Archives: January 2015

January 30th, 2015

Early morning Friday the cold got to the ice and in a couple areas there were cracks as wide as 16 inches.  With 25 inches of ice it wasn’t too much of a problem. We put ramps across them and pack the spots on the roads with snow and by evening things were looking pretty good. With no snow on the ice it’s bound to happen.

Fishing was on the quiet side as not many fishermen out there and by afternoon people were arriving for the weekend so they were just getting started, With the cold the barometer shot up and it showed.

For those that want to know about the Lybacks/TWP Contest on Feb. 21st.  The entry fee per person is $50.00.  (Has been for 2 years).  Contest start time is 7:00am. Weigh station is open at 2:00pm.  Contest will end at 4:00 pm. (Has been 5:00pm in the past, but I wanted to change it so prizes could be distributed before it got too late in the evening). I will post the prizes and categories next week.

Keep a Tight Line!         Eddy

January 29th, 2015

Today the bite was ok considering the NW wind and rising barometer.  We finally got a taste of winter again.  Tonight the low is going to hit zero for the first time in about 3 weeks.  The day was spent getting rentals ready for the weekend.  This year with very little snow and alot of bare ice, keeping good snow for banking is an extra effort.  Yesterday we got rid of the wet snow around them and despite not getting some fresh stuff overnight.  The drier cold air crystallized the snow we had so when we re-banked them they will be warm and cozy for the weekend.

Today Cindy took our grand daughter Isabel and a friend out fishing after school and they had a great time catching Perch in 11 feet of water before dark.  it is so nice to see 7 year old’s and Gramma have a good day…

One of the things that is going to happen with the cold again and especially with little snow on the ice is we will be seeing alot of cracks showing up as it the ice cools off.  But with the ice thickness of 25 inches, most will be manageable.

With the weather changing I’m looking forward to a good weekend to be out there. but for those of you coming up, bring ice cleats!  The ice is probably the smoothest, and slippery as i have seen in a long time.

Keep a Tight Line!!     Eddy

January 28th, 2015

Not much to report for the bite today….not many out there.  Some Walleye action but mostly small. and small Perch was the extent of it.

We spent time moving rentals for the weekend. moving old banking away from houses that were staying and enjoying the last warm day for awhile.  Tonight we are supposed to be getting a “little” snow and a cold NW wind tomorrow. So we should end up with some new fresh snow for banking up the houses for the colder weekend. It’s been awhile……. 🙂

With the weather slowly changing back to winter again will actually be nice.  Hopefully we will see some snow as it is extremely slippery out there.  If you are coming up this weekend bring ice cleats.  As you will want them.

Keep a Tight Line!    Eddy

January 27th, 2015

Tuesday some nicer Walleyes were caught. Heard of some caught in the slot and the others were mostly too big.  They were caught in deep and in shallow.  Fishermen fishing deep noticed the Walleyes were full of lake shiner minnows and some fishermen seen schools of them on the edge of the mud areas.

The ice is getting very slippery with the warm weather and winds. It has melted some  on the top and smoothed things out.  It would be  wise for everyone to bring ice cleats if planning on coming up to the lake over the next few days.  Maybe if we can get some snow that will stick it would help, but for now bring cleats!

Keep a Tight Line!


January 26th, 2015

Monday was a fairly quiet day on the lake.  We had three rentals and a few wheelhouses that stayed over the weekend thru the day.  Most reports were of pretty slow action.  Lots of small perch and those with cameras were watching Walleyes, but not catching. One weheelhouse went into Northern areas and caught a 39″ Pike.  That was the highlight of the day.

The ice is holding up well despite the warmer temps, but we are loosing snow out there. It sounds like one more day of melting then winter is slowly coming back. And I hope some snow comes with it.  With cold weather on warm ice on a lake this big, as the ice “shrinks” as it cools down we will be seeing cracks. But with the ice thickness at approx 25″ it should be manageable.

Keep a Tight Line!


January 25th, 2015

Today when fishermen were stopping on their way home I got a better idea of how it went over the weekend and there were mixed reports.  Some fishermen did pretty good and others not so.  Friday night was the best overall action.  Saturday when the sun came out it slowed down. Deeper water houses seen Walleyes on cameras, but could not get them to bite. In shallower spots some fishermen did well with keeper Perch. Saturday am before the sun came out some nice Walleyes were caught in very shallow water on Pope’s. So it goes to show they are not all deep.  There were more Walleyes caught in the slot this weekend compared to last and some fishermen said the overall size of the Perch they had caught were larger than earlier this year.

We really need some snow out there on the ice.  Saturday it was very slippery after Friday temps.  Ice cleats were a must if you were going to move around without slipping in most spots.  We sprinkled washed crushed rock around the steps and fronts of our rentals to help prevent tumbles and it helped alot.   Sounds like a few more warm days and then winter will return.  Maybe it will bring us some snow.

All in all is was a pretty good weekend.

Keep a Tight Line!    Eddy


January 24th,2015

Friday overnight some good fishing was had by fishermen in 27-31 feet of water on the transitions for Walleyes.  Most caught were under the slot but a I heard of a couple keepers, and some too big. In 16-20 feet in on spot, some wheelhouse customers caught and released big Walleyes all evening by what they said.  Saturday during the day it was fairly quite with mostly small Perch activity. With the no snow cover on the ice and sunlight, the day bite is pretty slow.

There were a few spearfishermen out our way Saturday, but didn’t hear much except one of them got an 11 lb 39″ Northern. Looked like a torpedo..Plus speared a 36″ 27lb Carp!  that you don’t hear of very often.

Sunday am. I will be in the office and talking to fishermen as they check-out and will get a better idea of how the weekend went and let you know.

Keep a Tight Line!!   Eddy

January 23rd, 2015 – evening

Today was a really nice day out there. By noon the sun came out and it was amazing how warm it got till sundown.  It didn’t help the the bite, but for a Friday when fishermen were showing up everyone was in a good mood an anxious for the weekend.

We were very fortunate with the sunlight on the ice and the warm temps that the ice didn’t  move and “push” like it would normally do with weather like this.  I stopped by a rental and they had a camera with a temp probe on it.  From just below the ice to about 6 feet lower the temp stayed at 35 degrees.  That is something you do not normally see.  Normally the water temp just below the ice is freezing or a degree or two warmer, but not that much.  But with the clear ice and the sun shining thru it it warmed the water up that much.  It’s a good thing we are getting some snow and more normal temps as if that would continue for a couple weeks it actually would start melting the ice from the bottom up.

The snow cover coming tomorrow afternoon and evening will help the ice and the bite.

Keep a Tight Line!


January 23rd, 2015

Yesterday we got everything set for the upcoming weekend. The warm weather we are having is really nice when working out there.  Also for fishing too.

Yesterday’s action was mainly Perch, but for some it was just plain slow, and some found Walleyes in the soft side of the transitions.  There was quite a few “roamers” out our way yesterday too.  With the ice conditions with no snow that always happens.  Some resorts tell their customers they can get there from here or there, then after fishing they drive off the lake at a different resorts access, (the one that is closest for them) when they leave the ice. What we do is that if a fishermen want to fish an area that we don’t maintain roads to we recommend them to go to the resort that maintains roads in that area they want to fish instead of telling them they can “get there from here”…. We’ve even had them take there access tag down off their mirror and drive through.  Pretty crazy……

Looks like a good weekend to be on the ice.  Get out there and enjoy it!

Keep a Tight Line!!   Eddy

January 22nd, 2015

Yesterday was a quieter day out there. Not many fishermen and the bite was slower, especially in shallower.  Seemed the best was 20-28 feet with the Perch and Walleyes.

I moved more houses deeper for the weekend as it seems some of the baitfish are going deeper from what I’ve been hearing from anglers.  What was sort of crazy is that the deeper mud areas off the gravel don’t seem to be having much for Perch and the mud closer to the deeper reefs in closer has them. So that is where we are going to be.

The ice is still pretty calm after last weeks “rumble” on the south end. And I’m thinking it will stay that way if we can get thru tomorrow’s almost 40 degree day.  The weather forecasted over the weekend and into next week couldn’t be much better to get out and enjoy a day on the ice.  Compared to last winter this is a 100% turnaround.  And with Mille Lacs fishery in a apparent start of a recovery it is fun to be out there.

Don’t forget the Lyback’s/TWP Tournament on Feb. 21st.  We are up to 110 entries and the cap is 150, so get your spot before it’s gone.  This year because of last years cancellation due to weather. We will have enough prizes for everyone so even if you don’t place with a fish, the door prize will be worth the trip!

Keep a Tight Line!