Monthly Archives: March 2015

March 27th,2015

Today we are pulling the ATV bridge and closing our access for the year.  With the warmer weather coming the ice ice will start to deteriorate quickly and with being back at the marine business it will not be as easy to keep track of.

I will still keep up with the report for awhile yet as I have much to say about the condition of Mille Lacs and what is coming for the rest of the Minnesota’s lakes

Keep a Tight Line!


March 25th,2015

We still have the ATV bridge out and fishermen are getting out to the “Tullibee Hole”  The ice is still holding it’s own and last night we had some snow cover on it. with the cooler weather coming thru Sunday we will remain open.

Tullibee have been biting and depending on where you go out there you can do well or not.  you need to look around a little before fishing.

Keep a Tight Line!



March 22nd, 2015

Saturday and Sunday’s fishermen had mixed results out there. Saturday the NW wind blew and it was in the low teens in the am and warmed up some as the day went. I talked to two groups on their way off that didn’t fair well, but the third group had alot of Tullibee.

Sunday those coming early left early and the ones that stayed later did well.  Most action was Tullibee.  Everyone seems to be hanging east of the “Tullibee Hole”, but they should be moving west and looking.  But no one seems to want to try.

The ice is actually firming up some with the last tow nights below freezing.  Out in the darker clear ice where it was 24″-28″ and pretty much honeycombed most of the way thru is now pretty hard halfway down before it chunks up.  The ATV bridge is doing well and the ice seems fairly stable so we will continue to stay open for those that want to try.

Keep a Tight Line!


March 20th, 2015 2:00pm

For those waiting to hear the ATV bridge went out and is set up an hour ago. The first group is across it and headed to the “Tullibee Hole”  I’m heading out with some cones to mark a good route to it from the bridge so it will be easier for those tomorrow am.

Right now it is drizzling but after this it is going to turn colder for the next few days and will firm things up a little out there.  Should be good going for awhile.

Remember the bridge is only 4 feet wide. If you are planning on coming a plain old ATV is the ticket.

Keep a Tight Line!


March 19th, 2015

Decided to wait until I see what is coming for rain tomorrow aqnd evening.  The weather service delay the rain and right now it is a slight drizzle.  Still sounds like not much and tomorrow I will decide to put the bridge out for the weekend.  Just being cautious..

Watch the report midday for those that want to come up and try……

Keep a Tight Line!   Eddy

March 18th 2015 – evening

Bridge is done and I went out and check the spots to cross the ridge and ice depths. After we see what we get for snow/sleet/rain tomorrow I’m going to pull it out and set it up for Friday thru Monday or as long as the ice holds up. Access is good for wheelers but I would suggest no snowmobiles as there is no access to unload them on the ice.

I checked ice thickness and in the white ice close to shore (the first mile), there was almost 30″ and the top 15″ or so honeycombed.  When I got out to the darker “clear ice” it dropped to 24″-27″ and was pretty much honeycombed most of the way thru.  Plenty good for wheelers, but I wouldn’t drive a truck on it. With the colder freezing nights coming over the weekend it will probably stiffen up a little.  Some places there are water “drain holes” but none that I seen were too big and if you use some common sense it will be good going. Crossing the pressure ridge will be only possible on the bridge. (Unless you like swimming in cold water…..)  🙂

We will have parking available for rigs with wheelers and keep in mind the bridge to the “Tullibee Hole” is only 4 feet wide so side by sides or wheelers with tracks will not be crossing it.

Looking forward to one last weekend!   Keep a Tight Line!


March 18th,2015

Today we are going to be finishing the ATV bridge and going out and checking ice conditions and depth.   Quite a bit has melted on the top so it is time to go pick up anything that was left out there and got covered earlier in the winter. If all looks good as far as the ice goes we will put out the bridge Thursday afternoon after we see what we get for weather.

Friday – Monday at least sounds like freezing nights and mid 30’s to low 40’s so we should have pretty good going.  It will be ATV only – no side by sides or tracks as the bridge is only 4 feet wide.

I’ll let you know this evening if it’s all good.

Keep a Tight Line!   Eddy

March 15th, 2015

Just about finished with the ATV bridge and just in time.  The water is going down, still lots of ice, and colder weather coming by Wednesday.  I’ve been going out every evening and looking for spots to cross the pressure ridge and have three places where I can with the new bridge.  So when the colder weather comes we will be in business again. Freezing nites and low 40’s for daytime highs will make it good going. We will have room for rigs and parking thanks to the warmer weather drying things out on shore.  I’ll let you know soon.

Yesterday a.m. I watched a truck go out from somewhere else and follow the pressure ridge in our direction towards Spider Island. They followed it right over the top of north end of the Spider Reef where there was only a foot or so of ice because of it being so shallow and then went thru the area that we stopped going thru last Monday where the two heaves met because of shallow water and alot of twisting of ice and cracks that were in that area.  On top of that it was not a good idea because it left tracks that could have encouraged others to follow…(Only one vehicle did and turned around when they seen what was there by the island when they got there later in the morning.) The others stayed out all day and at dusk they attempted to come in the same way.  Fortunately they seen that things had changed alot as they got closer to shore where the warmer temps had softened things up more than farther out where they were all day.  As it got dark they turned around and followed the ridge till they went out of sight to the north.  Not good thinking on their part, their actions could have endangered them as well as others.  There is a reason why after all these years I’ve been cautious and dry…….know what your doing before you endanger others……

Keep a Tight Line!          Eddy


March 12th, 2015 – evening

The ice on our end where we go turned to all water on top like I thought. This afternoon my grand daughter and i went out on a ATV and there was 2-5 inches of water almost everywhere so we are going to wait till it goes down the next couple days before we let fishermen out of our access and then it will probably be ATV only.  So that means sometime after this coming weekend. It will give me a little more tome to make the ATV bridge to cross the pressure ridge we are dealing with.

For those that are familiar with our “Block Party”, (it is a day when we go out with ATV’s and scour our areas we fish and pick up any leftover blocks or debris that was left and buried under the snow). After it melts for a while it is easy to see and easier to get.  It is something we have done here since the 70’s.  It is going to be next weekend.

The east side of the lake north of Big Point to Malmo did not see the ice ridges that the rest of us has experienced so check the resorts that way for access. until then….

Keep a Tight Line!  Eddy