There is no denying that the first part of the year when the fishing is usually popping has been tough this year. Muddy waters has been one theory and the guides have been working hard daily for the past 5 weeks moving houses and trying to find the best bite. Finally the tide is changing! We have found good ice and clearer water. The bite is picking up! Varying depths between 21’-30’ have been good outside of Pine Island and some points farther north. Jigging 4-6 inches off bottom with gold jigs, macho minnow super glo goldfish #29 and chartreuse/gold jigs tipped with a minnow have been working well. Vexilars certainly help, bring your own or reserve one to rent. A 50/50 split walleye and sauger mix has been the norm. Nice 14”-18”, several small ones (great news for years to come and they are fun to catch) along with a few slot walleyes (19.5”-28”). An occasional eelpout or tullibee is also coming up the holes lately. The weather forecasts for the week are partly cloudy highs slightly above or below zero and mainly clear except for a chance of snow Thursday.
Weather has been cold the past week and half and we are making some good ice to keep us running right through the end of March! Unlike most of the state, we can have our houses out until March 31 and normally the ice is real good right until the end. Currently we have 22”-26” of ice in the areas we travel and fish. Extensions are on the augers!
Ice Road at Four Mile Bay
If you choose to go out on your own, the ice road is open and all vehicle sizes are allowed however safety first! Stay on the marked road. Not all areas of the lake have the same amount of ice on them.
Snow & Trail Report
Five inches of snow fell last week. Currently we have 4-7 inches in the area. The lake trails (Baudette to Oak Island and Baudette to Warroad) will be groomed today or tomorrow based on weather conditions. The trails will certainly improve after this but use caution as there are still some bare spots and like always pressure ridges. More snow is needed before the land trails can open.
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