The cold spell has finally broken and barometer is dropping. The last couple days the best reports were Perch and most were small except for the
“Tullibee Hole” had some nice ones caught out there. They are there but the trick is to get them to bite. Smaller Tullibees are showing up also in the catch and that is a sign of late winter activity.
Last evening the DNR held their Mille Lacs Input Group Meeting. What is coming for regs are uncertain yet for Walleyes, but the outlook is not looking too good. Once again Mille Lacs and it’s fishery decline will be in the news and more negativity will surround all of us here trying to make a living on the lake. Once again our State government and DNR has buckled to “treaty management” and pretty much totally ignored what was the root of the problem in the first place. And in “my” opinion..was the harvest of Walleyes on,…,and the disturbance of spawning grounds for the last 15 years. The MN DNR biologists have sidestepped that reason and found every other excuse to explain the decline. Including the “blue ribbon panel” that was hired by the State. Yes, I agree that water clarity, invasive species, cannibalism, and other factors have a part of it. But when you find out that you might get “fired” if you speak up against “treaty management” by your superiors in State government sets off an alarm to me. And that is really sad because Minnesota has some of the best fisheries biologists in the United States in our backyard.
What it boils down to in my opinion is our “billionaire” Governor Dayton and the AG’s office are getting untaxed casino lobbying monies along with the rest of the legislators. They don’t care about Minnesota’s resources or it’s anglers’ that pay the license fees year after year….It’s all about “their” money I guess. And what is really sad is that so many of you fishermen just let it ride. Until people that care stand up and do something about it besides us up here that are living it…. that is what you will get…..Maybe think about that next time you decide to cast your vote or get the guts to voice your opinion … Instead like some of who I’ve known abandoning Mille Lacs to go somewhere else to fish just because they could..
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Today we finished moving houses around for the weekend rentals and getting them ready for the weekend. I left a couple extra out in case someone would like to rent for the weekend yet. I have some in Perch and Pike waters and some in Perch and Tullibee spots. It will be our last weekend with houses on the lake. But we will have roads out for a long time yet with the amount of ice we have. I would think we will will see some wheelhouse traffic as the month goes on. Remember you can stay out overnight in a house after March 2nd. as long as it is occupied. And sometime nighttime action for Tullibee can be alot of fun.
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Sunday/Monday I was out of town at a funeral for a family member so no report.
We started pulling permanent and lining them up on the roads close to shore. Starting this afternoon we will be bring them up and placing them in the summer storage lot. We are also placing rentals for the last weekend on they can be left on the ice. Some are going down by the islands for Northern and Perch and some will be going out to the east side of the Tullibee Hole for Perch and Tullibee. We still have some openings for the weekend so give us a call.
The “big” news is the Mille Lacs 2015 safe harvest levels for Walleye were set which supposedly are less than last year. I’m going to attend the Input Group meeting Thursday evening and find out more. It just amazes me that with harvest levels down to less than 1/10th of what MIlle Lacs used to produce and maintain..That the State doesn’t call and argue the conservation issue that they can according to the courts decision. They could argue that disturbance of spawning grounds hinders the productivity of the Walleyes, (much like they will not allow anglers to fish for Walleyes during the spawning season). I would think every egg that could hatch whether it survives or not would be a plus in helping the recovery of the Mille Lac’s Walleye population. ( Especially with all the things that even the DNR can control like invasive species, climate change, water clarity) Too much politics…too much untaxed tribal money paid out to our legislator’s… too many statistics on Mille Lacs that are not accurate…, in my opinion are the main problems that we can change. And what is missing most that we need is common sense….
I’ll let you know more Thursday evening what I hear……
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Friday evening the temps rose and the bite improved and was ok until the wind started on Saturday and as the barometer rose it slowed down for most. There were alot of fishermen seeing Walleyes around the Banana. Gull Reef and Popes also. So they were in shallow and deeper spots. Saturday night and into Sunday so far most reports as fishermen were leaving were of a slow bite. A few individual large Walleyes were caught and released overnight.
The Lyback’s/TWP Tournament went well Saturday with about 145 of the 150 showing up for it. Having the weigh-in back in the field was a good move as there was no wind and alot warmer than on the ice. Fishermen weighed in all four categories: Perch,Walleye, Tullibee, Northern. Largest Pike was 20.12 lbs, Perch was 1.09lb Walleye was 2.30lbs, and largest Tullibee was 2.30lbs. We handed out door prizes to everyone attending.
Fishermen are leaving today and most are getting their houses ready to pull off for the season, although a few are staying one more weekend for Perch, Tullibee and Northern Pike ( Northen Pike has an extended season to the end of March this year.) I will be leaving some rentals out for that and will be moving them to specific areas for them this week. Come up and give it a try. With the weather warming later this week and next weekend looking pretty nice it will be worth the trip!
After March 2nd, unoccupied houses must be removed off the ice overnight, so we will pull the rest of the permanents in just before then. Wheel house owners remember if you are in the house you can stay out overnight. We will be keeping roads out for wheel houses and portable fishermen well thru March weather permitting. Check with the report on how it is going.
Keep a Tight Line!! Eddy
Today the bite picked up in shallow as the weather warmed and barometer dropped. Maybe the moving of rentals is going to work. Tonight we will find out for sure.
All private customers are plowed out and expected to show up and get their houses ready to pull unless they call by Saturday and make arrangements to stay out one more week. If not we are going to get them ready to pull and get them off the lake and they willed be billed for it. So either show up or call….your choice.
The last preparations for the Lybacks/TWP Tournament were finished today and we are looking for a good day for it tomorrow. The wind is going to switch to the NW sometime in the am. So we are going to have the weigh-in back along the driveway (entrance) to the resort in the field like we have had some of the earlier years. No sense in making contestants stand in the cold and wind to wait for their number to be called. We are going to have a huge bonfire and plenty of parking for the contestants so it should be a good time.
Tonight we finished bagging the prizes and numbering them and everyone will receive a door prize equal to their entry fee based on retail prices. Many of the prizes are well over that (From $129.95 to $750.00) so it will be a good finish for the season and also show our appreciation to our customers and those fishing the tournament.
Keep a Tight LIne!! Eddy
We spent the day getting ready for the weekend. almost every rental got moved to new spots, so we will see if it pays off. We plowed into all the private houses on one end and opened them up. I expect all customers to come up and get their houses ready to pull off starting Monday, unless you arranged with the office to stay one more weekend for Perch and Pike. If you plan on staying up for that it will have to be in shallow water area for Northern or in the “Tullibee Hole” which means most wanting to stay will have to get them ready to move anyways. I expect all banking to be removed as part of getting them ready or expect to be charged for it if you leave it.
Saturday is our Lyback/TWP Tournament and it is full. (We have a limit of only 150 contestants). All contestants MUST sign in and register their tickets at the office before they will be eligible to weigh a fish or collect a door prize. NO EXCEPTIONS! Tournament hours are 7:00am to 4:00pm. Weigh station will be open at 2:00pm and weighing fish will STOP at 4:00pm. So weigh your fish earlier than later!! Everyone will be notified where weigh station will be when they sign in and register. (We are waiting to see how the wind is going to be Saturday. It might be back on the field along the entrance if too windy. If it is nice weather it will be on the lake.) There will be a cash prizes for biggest Perch, biggest Tullibee. biggest Walleye, (must be in the slot according to regs), and biggest Northern Pike. (Cash amount to be determined by what is weighed, if a species is not weighed, prize monies will be split among species weighed.)
For door prizes there are Strikemaster Ice augers, Vexilars, hooded sweatshirts, Lowrance electronics, Sonar phones, Ice wear, coats, ice gloves, rod and reel combos, tackle boxes, tackle bags, Clam portables, drill plates, sweatshirts, long sleeve shirts, hats. spinning reels, and many other numerous items. Everyone’s chances are 50/50 to win a door prize well over the value of a ticket. And everyone will get something.
Keep a Tight Line!! Eddy
Today we finished moving rentals, getting ready for the weekend. Almost all are in new spots. The day out there was windy and cold to say the least, but the weather is going to change a little Friday going into Saturday with some snow and a barometer change so we will see how that works…..
The deeper spots today were pretty quiet as far as the bite. And very few were out there in any depth due to the cold and wind. This am we had -18 and a strong NW wind, and if you were going to be out it had to be in a house.
The next two days we will be busy getting ready for the weekend and the Lybacks/TWP Tournament. Remember those entered will have to register at our office and sign a waiver BEFORE fishing or you ticket will not be valid for prizes even if you paid. I’m still undecided where the weigh-in will be. (Either on the lake or back in the field out of the wind. You will be informed when you register.) It should be a good time for all that attend and I’m getting excited for it.
Keep a Tight Line! Eddy
Monday was a pretty quiet day out there. Overnight Monday and today the bite improved and especially today. Fishermen found some nice Perch in the “Bowl” and in a couple other spots. This afternoon on the end of the “Banana” the Walleyes moved in for a few fishermen and from about 3:00 till dark was some pretty good fishing. it’s going to be pretty cold out there Wednesday and with the barometer rising again we will see what happens. Sounds like just before the weekend the weather will change for the better.
I’m keeping with my plan of moving houses shallower for the last Walleye weekend. There are some nice sized Perch there and from what I seen last weekend it is worth the effort. Something is changing out there as it has been a long time since I have seen what is happening now and I’m going to give it a chance. I’m going to keep some rentals out until March 2nd for Perch,Northern Pike and Tullibee. Some will be shallow for Pike and Perch and some will be out in the “Tullibee Hole” for Perch and Tullibee. So give us a call…..
Still undecided where we will have the weigh-in station for the TWP Tournament this Saturday. It’s a toss up from the finish on the ice or having it back on land in the field along the driveway. I want to make have it be as enjoyable as I can for everyone and if it means getting out of the wind and cold on the ice, we will have it back where the trees block the wind and cold. We plan on having a huge bonfire back there if we need it.
Keep a Tight Line! Eddy
Sunday as fishermen checked in it was pretty obvious that over all it was a slow bite for most. Some areas had a lot of Perch action, but most were small. And the same with Walleyes. Tullibee moved in to areas on the Graveyard and NW to the Banana and that was about the only action in those areas. Friday, Saturday and Sunday were some of the highest barometer readings of this winter so far.
The bite frustrated some fishermen and others understood why. And of course the blame always falls back to the resorter. For those that do that, they need to get their own portable or house and find their own spot to fish. After all the years of doing this and knowing just about every good fishing spot to go to I just smile…….
Final preparation for the Lybacks/TWP Tournament is in the works and I’m hoping the weather will cooperate for next Saturday for ours, the”Perch Extravaganza” at Hunter’s Point, and the “Fishing for Ducks” Tournament sponsored by Ducks Unlimited at Garrison. It would be nice to end the season in a nice weekend. Ours is full as we only have 150 contestants, but if you want to fish a tournament check the other two. They have room I’m sure and they have good door prizes also.
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Today the bite was a little better. Definitely it is shallow for us. More Perch and more Walleyes were active there than the deeper rocks. Our Tullibee Hole is getting is showing more signs of activity also. I’m thinking the next couple days with the cold front coming in it might slow a little, but with the weather changing for the weekend it will be back.
For those want to fish after the Walleye season closes on Feb 22nd. I’m going to spot some rentals in the Tullibee Hole for Perch and Tullibees. ( Bring your underwater camera if you want to catch them!), and I’m also going to go shallow with some for tip-ups and Northern fishing. Fish for Perch in the house, and set tip-ups outside around it for Pike. ( Could be alot of fun!)
The Lybacks/TWP Tournament is this Saturday and the prize list is looking pretty good this year. There will be augers, Vexilar, and Lowrance electronics, Ice Force gear, ice Suits, rods and reel combos, tackle boxes, portable fish houses from Clam Corp, clothing, and much more. It will be a good time for all attending. Plus there will be some cash prizes for biggest fish caught in Perch, Walleye, Northern, Tullibee . Everyone with a ticket must register and sign the waiver sheet before they can fish. Tournament hours are 7:00 am to 4:00pm Saturday Feb 21st. You can register starting Thursday at the office and our Office will be open at 5:00 am Saturday for same day fishermen. Weigh-in station open at 2:00pm. Info where the weigh-in will be and rules will be given out at time of registration. Should be a fun day!
Keep a Tight Line! Eddy