Monthly Archives: January 2018

January 31st, 2018

Fishing has been good in the late afternoon-overnite hours the last couple days.  Most have been targeting the shallow water areas we plow to,  (see map).  The deeper water/gravel areas are doing pretty good also during the same hours.

Yesterday we received a half an inch of snow with a strong SE wind and today it’s forecasted to switch to the NW and blow the other way and bring some cold weather in for the weekend. So we will be getting a jump on clearing driveways etc. today.  All permanents will be getting checked  and snow moved away from their houses whether they are coming or not for the weekend because of the SE wind yesterday.

We have a few  deluxe rentals still available for the weekend and some of the basics also.  So whether you would want to come for a day or the weekend we have some open.

The TWP/Lybacks Tournament will be held on Feb 24th, 2018.  I is limitied to 150 contestants and is more of a “customer appreciation” tournament for the anglers that frequent Lybacks Ice Fishing throughout the year. Everyone knows everybody and is a family friendly event with no beer wagon etc. People who chose to bring their own.  Entry is $50.00/person, Over $15,000.00  in (retail value) prizes will be distributed among ALL contestants via door prizes after the weigh-in.  Tournament hours are 8:00 to 2:00.  All contestants must register Saturday morning at the TWP trailer in front of Lybacks access. prizes will be awarded for the biggest Walleye, Perch, Northern, and Tullibee.   Walleye category will be catch/measure/picture release. Any Northerns over 30″  will be catch/measure/picture release. Perch and Tullibee will be catch and weigh.  All picture fish will need to be on a smart phone so we can verify at weigh in.  Weigh in will start at 1:00 pm and no fish will be measured or weighed after 2:00 pm sharp!  Weigh-in/ award site will be determined by weather conditions and announced to contestants when they register Saturday morning.

Keep a Tight Line!


January 29th, 2018

Sunday I spent time in the office checking out fishermen.  Over all it was a pretty good weekend for most. Some didn’t have any luck, but compared to those that did it was minimal. Mostly it was a good bite Thursday evening thru Friday evening.  Friday after dark the NW wind picked up, barometer went up and fishing slowed thru Saturday until around 3:00 pm to after dark.  There was many reports of activity then. overnight and into Sunday noon the bite slowly picked up. Numerous anglers said the later in the morning the better it was.  There was a lot of nice sized Walleye C/R, and numerous reports of slots also.

For those that can sneak away the next couple evenings to get up here the shallow night bite should be really good with the full moon.  I already have had fishermen interested in coming up and fishing all the shallow rock areas we have out in front of us.  It just might be worth the trip!

Keep a Tight Line!    Eddy

January 27th, 2018

Friday evening when the NW wind picked up,the barometer went up and the bite slowed for most. Thru the morning Saturday there was some action from daylight on and by 3:00 pm my cell phone was going off with pictures of nice sized Walleye being caught in numerous locations. With the small disturbance passing over tonight, I’m thinking it should be pretty good out there. Received pictures of 4 over 28″ C/R and numerous pics of 23″ to 27″.  Alot of anglers caught some nice individual trophy sized Walleye.  Not many anglers caught many numbers although we had some rentals that C/R 4-8 Walleye per house.  On the same note alot of fishermen did not do to well either.

I’ll be in the office tomorrow and checking out the fishermen as they leave and will give a better report of the weekends catches tomorrow night.

Keep a Tight Line!!     Eddy

January 26th, 2018

Last evening some of my rentals that were deep did well with the ‘Walleye, and a couple that i thought would be good did  not do so well.  Overall from reports is was pretty goood fishing.  some shallow in close houses did good overnite too.  Today the action slowed thru the daylight hours. At the dusk the winds switched NW and the temps started dropping so we’ll see what happens overnight.

The warm weather softened up the snow drifts we received Monday-Tuesday from the strong east wind we had while the cities and farther south received their snow.   Some fishermen were surprised at the drifts, wondering where they came from. you never know what will happen out there with the wind.

Looking forward to a good weekend on the ice, and don’t forget to sign-up for the  Lybacks/TWP Tournament!  We are almost half way there with contestants.  And if you want a ticket you will need to stop in and pay for one. Or get the money in the mail ASAP –  as no tickets will be saved for anyone till the money arrives. You will need name, address, and phone number and a check for $50.00 per person if you are sending it.  We will call you as soon as we get the check and issue a ticket. The last two years some people called to save some and then never showed so we were shorted.  That is not happening again.

Keep a Tight Line!!     Eddy

January 25th,2018

The weather looks like it is going to be pretty nice to be on the lake this weekend.  The warm-up Friday and Saturday should help the bite, and with the cool down on Sunday the barometer should be moving.

We have a couple deluxe houses available for the weekend due to last minute cancellations,  So if you still want to make it up here give us a call. We moved houses to deeper areas and gravel so we are anticipating some good reports this weekend also.

The TWP Tournament is scheduled for Feb 24th. We are at approximately 1/3 to 1/2 full with entries.  Call the office for information and to sign up.

Keep a Tight Line!     Eddy

January 23rd, 2018

We were very fortunate that the snow that the twin cities received didn’t get this far north.  All we got was some NE winds and some drifting in spots.  The main roads stayed clear.

A few fishermen were out last nite some did very well, some not but overall it was pretty good for the Walleye bite.  Today more fishermen showed up so we will see how the bite is tonite. We are going to be moving another group of houses that didn’t do as well last weekend to new spots based on reports. And re-banking houses with new fresh snow  and getting ready for the weekend.

Don’t forget to sign up for the TWP Tournament on February 24th. $50.00 per person – 150 contestants, 100% plus entry fee in prizes. Everyone will get something… 8:00 am to 2:00 pm fishing hours. Eligible fishing area is within the areas Lybacks Ice Fishing maintains ice roads. All contestants must register at BEFORE contest in the TWP weigh-in wheelhouse, in front of access on the ice.  (where prizes were awarded last year)  Registration starts at 5:00 am, sign waiver and get TWP ruler for C/R – measure-photo (with your smart phone) for the Walleye category. No registration = disqualification. This is a on your honor tournament and we expect all to be honest with their catches.

Keep a Tight Line!    Eddy

January 22nd, 2018

Yesterday as fishermen came off, checked in and went home the fishing reports were mixed with about half doing pretty good and the other poor.  Friday eve the best action was deep breaks next to mud at dusk and early morning.  Overnite hours the bite was more  consistent in 14-20 of water. Saturday during the day was quiet except for those fishing in the middle of nowhere mud areas or basins for Perch.  Saturday evening the gravel bars had a good bite but mostly under slot sized Walleye.  14-18 feet was still the best for “keepers” and I seen pictures of 3 over 29″ and numerous 27″-28″, which made for some happy anglers. No reports of Northern Pike this weekend although there were numerous fishermen that had line-breakers.

All in all it was pretty good weekend, it’s just that some anglers weren’t in the right spots.  But that happens to all of us occasionally. The big snowstorm that was forecasted missed us and went 100 miles to the south, but today as it passes I’m thinking the few that are out there are going to have some good fishing.  (and FYI, the truck/wheelhouse I mentioned in the earlier report drove off the ice at 5:30 am Sunday before our office opened,.. I was up and at our residence on the hill and watched them…crazy people these days.)

Keep a Tight Line!    Eddy


January 20th, 2018

Friday evening thru early Saturday morning fishermen on the deep breaks had pretty good action, with as many as 10 Walleyes per house from what reports I heard. Some of the shallow water areas 14-18 feet had intermittent action all thru the night.  Some of the in close reefs produces some trophys, a 29″ and numerous 27″ were reported C/R.

I got all the roads cleaned up and ready along with moving drifts away from all the houses in preparation for the “snowstorm” we were forecast to get.  At the last report we were supposed to receive up to 6″ and some strong winds, but the main snow track shifted about 100 miles south and it sound like we will only get a trace.  But that is the weather.  Prepare for the worst, hope for the best.   Sometimes we luck out.  Sunday/Monday should be some good fishing with the weather system sliding by.

I’m going to sit in the office Sunday and see what reports we get from fishermen and post Sunday evening.  Friday night about 10:30pm (after our office was closed) a truck and wheelhouse went out of our access and did not come in Saturday to the office to settle up with access fees.   It will be interesting to see if he stops today.  All wheelhouses stop when they leave because of the way we charge them when they arrive.  They get a prorated refund for the days they were out there.  So when they just drive thru on their way off I know right away who it was.  It still amazes me after all these years that some fishermen can be that low to not respect the resorter’s efforts to maintain good ice roads and pay a $10.00 access fee to use a privately owned access so they can get out 4- 5 miles on the lake with their $50,000.00 truck and wheelhouse.

Keep a Tight LIne!   Eddy

January 19th, 2018

I’m a day ahead as I’m typing this tonight, (7:00 pm. January 18th), but tomorrow will be a busy one and I wanted to let you know what is going on.

Most of the day fishing was pretty quite from most reports, except for the shallower water late this afternoon. The gravel 4 miles out from us has been not as good overall as it normally is this time of year. Fishermen are not seeing baitfish on the humps they normally fish on and off the sides isn’t much better from what reports I’ve heard.  In closer around the reefs fishermen are seeing much more, especially schools of minnows and Perch. This evening some good reports came in from anywhere from 24′ to as little as 14′ during the late afternoon till dusk.

It sounds like we are going to get some significant snow starting Sunday afternoon and thru Monday. Some of the early forecasts are 6″ plus with strong NW winds Monday afternoon thru Tuesday.  Those of you that have permanent houses I would advise checking your blocking and get them at least 6″ higher off the ice than they are now.  The last couple days we have been clearing drifts from around them after the last two winds to help, but if we do get that much snow and winds things could get ugly..  Just a heads up.  After all the years I’ve out there… it is much better to prepare than struggle afterwords.

Either way with the snowstorm coming it should be good fishing and if everyone plans on getting off the lake so they can get home and watch the Vikings game Sunday morning… most will not be caught out there.

Keep a Tight Line!    Eddy

January 18th,2018

Mixed reports on the bite yesterday.  16 to 20′ seemed to be the best reports for in the slot Walleye. Some of the deeper gravel had action overnite.  This year there is quite a variation of sizes being caught.  Anywhere from 6-7″, 10-12″ , 16-19″ and on up to 29″.  That is a good sign for the future. This year also there just doesn’t seem to be any numbers of 10″ plus Perch. When anglers do catch them they are only a few and most are 12″ or better. Hopefully with a better balance of Walleye size the Perch will rebound and instead of becoming a bait fish like they have been lately, they will grow to a catchable size for the angler.

We are concentrating on getting the snow drifts away from the permanent houses as the warmer weather coming will make the snow heavy and flooding around the houses could occur.  And with more snow in the forecast after the weekend we might start moving some of the houses just to get them out into more open areas.

We have all of the ice roads open, (see map) and there is alot of areas accessible for wheelhouses in the gravel bars that are easy to get to off the roads and with the weather change I’m hoping the bite will be pretty good. Time will tell…

Don’t forget to sign up for the Tournament on Feb 24th!  Sign up in the office when you are up here..

Keep a Tight Line!!    Eddy