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January 7th, 2017

Friday nite and Saturday was a busy time out on the ice.  Quite a few fishermen showed up and many with 1/2 trucks and wheelhouses. They kept their speeds down when going out and it showed by the end of the day when I drove the ice roads.   There was very little cracking so that was good.  Wheelhouse owners need to realize how important that is especially when it so cold as it is.  Hopefully when they come of on Sunday they will do the same.

The bite was slower during the day from most reports, The barometer went sky high overnight and thru the morning, and that along with the traffic I’m sure had something to do with it.  By evening though I was hearing reports and getting pictures texted of some nice Walleye catches.  I’ll find out more today when most go home.

One thing I wasn’t too happy about is how close some of the  wheelhouse fishermen fish next to existing houses of our customers. When someone parks 30 feet from the front door of another fishermen and sets down and starts a generator definitely shows a lack of respect for the other fishermen. I don’t really care what the “rules” state in the DNR book, to do that is just not the right thing to do.

Keep a tight Line!    Eddy

February 4th, 2015

Today I moved a few more houses in shallow as the ones there overnight did pretty good with the Walleyes, both small and large.  Don’t know if it’s the full moon phase or the thicker cloudier ice in closer, but it’s working.

I’m sort of surprised that with the fishing being pretty good and the weather coming this weekend, more fishermen aren’t coming. Or at least it seems that way for now.  Superbowl weekend must have taken it’s toll….   🙂

We are going to try something the last week of February with the rentals.  Since we can leave them out overnite until March 2nd.  I’m going to pull some of them into shallow Northern areas for Perch and Pike.  With the big windows our deluxe houses have they will be idea to sit in and watch tip-ups and fish for Perch at the same time.  Spread the word and get some friends together and give it a try.  It could be alot of fun!!

Keep a Tight LIne!            Eddy

February 3rd, 2015

Tuesday we received a little snow out there, but the winds coming Wednesday I’m sure will move it around a little.  The weather change did make the bite better at least.

There were not many fishermen out there, but those that were did alright. We moved some houses in shallow and will probably move a couple more Wednesday after hearing how they did. The trick of it is to stay quiet when your in shallow and unfortunately some fishermen in rentals are far from being quiet when they are out there.

Ice conditions are good with 25 inches plus and in closer where we had slush under the ice earlier this winter some spots are as deep as 36″ or more.  So bring an extension and ice cleats this weekend!

Keep a Tight Line!


February 2nd, 2015

This morning it was cold and the barometer was up there.  Fishermen coming off the lake from overnight had Walleye action, but also  said the ice was making noise with the lack of snow cover.

That is changing.  We are going to get some snow tomorrow and late in the week and warmer temps. Which should help the ice and the bite.  Some fishermen did pretty good with keepable Perch today too.  Which was nice to see.

We still have some rentals open for the weekend and with the weather changing the fishing should be pretty good.  Give Cindy a call in the office and she can tell you what is open.

Keep a Tight Line!


Feburary 1st, 2015

After the weekend fishing was I would say “fair” for most.  Most everyone caught Walleyes and there were a lot caught and released that were 22″ to 29″ inches amongst the anglers. Some big Pike also.  Perch activity was poor with mostly too small ones caught.

We went from pretty good size cracks to having them slam shut when it warmed up Saturday, then open up again Sunday. But with the ice thickness at 25″ plus it wasn’t a major problem.

This week I’m going to make some moves with the rentals as there was a lot of activity in shallower water, especially at night.  Most “keeper” Walleyes that were caught were in there. And with the timing of the season and warmer weather and maybe some snow (?) it might work.

Keep a Tight Line!


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!