Monthly Archives: December 2017

December 30th, 2017

Ovenite and this morning the Walleye bite was still pretty good. Not alot of them, but most houses caught some. A 39″ Northern was C/R, a 45″ Muskie was C/R, and four,(that I know of) 26″-28″ Walleye were C/R.  By noon the bite slowed.  Might be the almost full moon, despite the cold and high barometer as most fish were in 14-18 feet

Starting tomorrow we will be allowing 1/2 ton rated vehicles out to rentals and existing houses.  1/2 ton and single axle wheelhouses will be allowed also on our “rough ice” areas within the 1st mile from our access where I know there is sufficient ice.  By Tuesday we will resume pulling more of our customers houses out to limited areas where I know we are ok. Some areas are still not even close to allow travel.  In fact yesterday I was plowing a stretch between the Graveyard and Banana Reefs and just to the north of where I was plowing with the Land Cruiser there was 8″ of ice.

Keep a Tight Line!    Eddy

December 29th, 2017

The bite overnite for those that were out there was fair.  Best report I heard was one house C/R 10 Walleye of different sizes. Seen two caught in the slot and four around 25″ today.  Not much for Perch or Northern.

I’m continuing to make roads and uncovering ice so the cold will get to it and freeze.  Right know the only decent ice we have is on the roads. Out under the snow ice depths range from 10″to 12″ and that is it. Some places where the ice is rough it is a little thicker. Unfortunately we received enough snow over the last couple weeks to slow the freezing process. In talking to the Creel census clerk today, he is hearing of the same conditions lake wide.  What a lot of people don’t realize is that when the ice first forms over the lake, the water just below the ice is still warm.  It takes awhile for the ice to get “cold” enough to cool the water immediately below so it starts to freeze.  When you get snow cover right away after it freezes it slows the whole process down.  That is why I’m plowing roads and spots for houses…

We will stay as we are for the weekend. NO 1/2 ton rated or larger vehicles.  small cars, small SUV’s , etc.  ATV’s pulling wheelhouses only.  No heavy houses will be pulled until next week.

Keep a Tight Line!   Eddy


December 28th, 2017

Today the bite improved some. the rentals out did pretty good for the most part. 14-18 feet of water still was the best activity from what reports I heard.

We are sticking to the plan of small cars, mini SUV’s, compact trucks.  NO 1/2 tons or larger.  Wheelhouses pulled only by ATV for the weekend.  We will recheck the ice Tues and make a decision on what we will do from there. What houses that are out now will be all that will be pulled until Tuesday when (hopefully) we will be driving our trucks and letting larger vehicles out also.

Keep a Tight Line!   Eddy

December 27th, 2017

Today I pulled some of the smaller lighter private houses, banked up more rentals and got ready for the renters the next couple days.  And I made the road to the Tundra with the Land Cruiser. It about 1/2 as wide as I want, but ran out of daylight. You could tell the ice under the deeper snow was not very thick as when I got more of it uncovered you could watch it bend as I plowed.  So the cold weather coming will help that.

The bite was “fair” overnight despite a low of -24 degrees and a super high barometer.  And today I received 6 texts of Walleye pics  from 24″ to 27″ of C/R.  Most in 14-18 feet in close.  So you never know…

Until I see more ice depth I am sticking to the plan I explained last evening in the report.  Small crossovers, small cars, minivans, etc.  NO 1/2 ton rated or larger trucks.  Wheelhouses can pulled by your ATV or Side by Side.  I will continue pulling smaller private houses after tomorrows snow that is predicted. And be pulling more rentals as they are rented.  Rental customers will NEED to have a smaller vehicle, (listed above), if not and we will shuttle them and their equipment to and from the rental, BUT they will need an ATV/snowmobile out there in case of an emergency.

Thanks you everyone for your patience as this year again has been a “different” one.  What started out looking good early turned for the worse when the ice blew back in as it was freezing the second time.  It gave us alot of inconsistency in ice depth that we normally don’t see. (Especially in the 1 to 2 mile distances out from our access).  And I am still seeing it. That is why I am being cautious and making sure I have good consistent ice depth on the roads, and it is taking a little longer…

Keep a Tight Line!!    Eddy

December 26th, 2017 6:30pm

Today I checked the ice on all of our roads that I have plowed over the last week.  The average depth was about 13-14 inches.  Off the roads under the snow it varied anywhere from  9 to 11 inches. Some areas where rougher ice piled underneath it’s thicker, then you find a clear spot under the snow and there is way less. One spot I found had only 7 inches.   So we still have a ways to go yet.

Here is what my plan will be for now thru New Years weekend. I am going to start to pull what I consider “light private houses”  (You guys know what I consider heavy or light)  tomorrow based on the pull list for those that I know have small cars, or SUV’s or ATV’s that can get to their houses on their own.  There will be NO 1/2 ton or larger trucks allowed out. Wheelhouses will be allowed if pulled with an ATV. After the weekend and the cold weather we will recheck all the roads and ice and get going with the rest. You will be called as soon as it’s on the ice so you can plan according.

Rentals that come will need a small vehicle, SUV, mini van and will have to call ahead and let us know. Those renting that do not have something small we will shuttle you and your gear to and from, but you will need to bring a snowmobile or ATV to have with you out there in case of an emergency.

The bite was slow overnight, but the barometer was sky-high this am.  One rental had an 18″ Walleye and some small Perch.  This afternoon the bite picked up for those in the shallower water.  I think the next couple days with the weather change will get them going.  They are predicting 1-3 inches of snow. (Hope we don’t get any), a brief warm-up and back in the deep freeze for the weekend.

Keep a Tight Line!!    Eddy


December 25th, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Because of the holiday it was a quiet day with  only one rental. The cold weather is a blessing even though it might make the bite tough but we need the ice. i was out most of the day plowing spots for rentals and expanding roads to different spots. And because of the cold and holiday no portable fishermen showed.  Pretty much had my spot on the lake to myself… which I like.  🙂  Not many will know what it feels like to be out there all alone making roads and spots for fishermen to go to two to three miles out on the main lake..sometimes scary, but when you know its ok it’s nice to be there..

Starting tomorrow ATV’s with wheelhouses will be let out.  Park in the portable lot and pull from there. After I do more drilling and checking ice thickness on the roads I will let you know tomorrow evening about driving cars and trucks.  probably will be a day or two before that.. with the cold the ice is doing alot of cracking.

Keep a Tight Line!!       Eddy


December 24th, 2017

Today I plowed more roads so the cold can get to the ice. Tomorrow I’m going to continue. Tuesday morning we are going to check ice depths and decide what to do as far as letting vehicles go out.  More than likely it will be small cars and small trucks, No 1/2 tons, no wheelhouses unless pulled by an ATV,  but NONE of that is for sure until we check the ice Tuesday.  I will update the report after 1:00 pm Tuesday and then you will now what we’re doing.

I have roads as far as the NW end of the Graveyard, the Banana Reef and Tullibee Hole, And will be working my way west towards the Tundra tomorrow.  So when we do get going we will have pretty good access for fishermen.

Only a few fishermen went out today.  Heard reports of a 24″ Walleye C/R.  And a 40″ plus Northern Pike that was C/R also because the angler did not have two under 30″.    So it goes…

Merry Christmas!!  and Keep a Tight Line!!



December 23rd,2017

Today I spent most of it in the Land Cruiser opening up more roads and uncovering ice so when the cold comes tomorrow night we will take advantage of it as much as we can. Going to do the same thing tomorrow.  Ice depths are about 9″ inches to as much a 12″, but the majority of it is between 9″ and 10″.  Starting tomorrow ATV’s with wheelhouses, will be allowed out. Most of the ice is good enough for that, although you will have to watch out for cracks.

The bite overnight was ok. Walleyes were caught in some of the rentals. Today activity was a little better than the last couple and some fishermen had good luck in about 25 ft of water.

We will be closing for Christmas Eve at noon and reopening Christmas Day at 9:00 am.   Merry Christmas Everyone!!

Keep a Tight Line!    Eddy


December 22nd,2017

Today the bite was a little better than the last couple of days.  Our overnight rental caught and released Walleye, and some anglers were on the shallower side of the Banana and caught  a 17″ Walleye and were marking numerous thru the day. Quite a few reports of more activity at least.  At dusk and angler sent me photo of what looked like a keeper off of Gull Reef.  Tonight I have three rentals out over night in 14-16 feet and rocks  and we’ll see how they do.

I finished the main road to Popes today and I have to say that stretch was the roughest I’ve made a road in for a really long time. It turned out ok and will improve with more plowing.  I still have to make the turn to the north and go thru a stretch of it again but will work on that over Christmas when angler activity is down. and I can make some noise..    🙂  I plowed the roads to the Graveyard and Banana and removed the new snow so what cold we get will speed up the ice making a little. And will be working on others over the weekend for the same reasons.  Most ice on the roads right now is from 8.5″ to almost 10″ so we still have a long ways to go, and hopefully next weeks cold will start adding to the thickness.

My Gran-daughter  Isabel and I went out and got the family Christmas tree out of our Spruce swamp late this afternoon.  I was our 7th year of cutting the tree since she first went with me at three years old.  It is a tradition I want to continue until I physically can’t someday, which I’m hoping will be many years from now.   Merry Christmas Everyone!!

Keep a Tight Line!!   Eddy

December 21st, 2017

Overnight we got about 2-3 inches of snow and so far no wind to mention so the snow is blanketing the ice.  It will slow down the freeze process some but shouldn’t hurt it too much if we start to go below zero.  I did not check any ice today.

Fishermen out there said the bite was slow.  One caught a 21.5″ Walleye so he went home early. There are some still out at 6:00 pm and I have two anglers overnite in one of my rentals, so we will see if the night bite is going to happen..

Keep a Tight Line!!   Eddy