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I have an itch to do an ice trip in a sleeper up at Lake of the Woods this winter. What are they like? I have heard the restroom is nothing more than a coffee can. True or no?

maybe it will spark the ice fishing desire again

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Oh it's more than a coffee can.....it's a 5 gal bucket! lol. It's not that bad though. You usually get a 10x20 shack with 4 bunks, a card table, chairs, bait, gas lights, and a gas burner or stove. It's a blast.

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Bring LOTS of beer and a radio. Sometimes the fish don't cooperate and the beer helps pass the time smile

P.S. You will really find out what your friends are like after spending 3 or 4 days, in a wooden box, in the middle of a frozen tundra LOL smile

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If you're going to rent a sleeper, you should maybe think about somewhere that has more of a night bite. LOTW pretty much shuts off after dark. Maybe thats cool with you, but some place like Red Lake would give you some action during the evening hours also.

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Also, if you're going to get a sleeper on LOW, learn to embrace Eelpout. They are fantastic fish. Fight like bulls, as good as walleye in the pan, and are the only thing that bites at night.

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If you're going to rent a sleeper, you should maybe think about somewhere that has more of a night bite. LOTW pretty much shuts off after dark. Maybe thats cool with you, but some place like Red Lake would give you some action during the evening hours also.

This is why I am taking a trip up to Mille Lacs this winter because the fish will still bite at night.

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We had 4 guys on a sleeper on LOW three years ago. It was on the bucket list and now that is crossed out I really wouldn't do again. We had a great time, but a shower would have been nice after about day three. We had a few snowmobiles and that was really nice when the fishing was slow and to get away for awhile. The resort we went out of checked in with us 2-3 times a day. The "facilities" consisted of a 5 gallon bucket and a plastic bag. When you were done with your "business" just tie it off, put a new bag in, and throw the bag on the ice. At night we put two tip-ups in the holes and fished for pout. We had some of those beepers that beeped when a fish was on. That was fun and we did it a few nights of the 4 we were on the ice.

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Because the fishing slows at night we would typically go to a local bar for flushable facilities, a good meal, more beer and a TV fix. There are resorts on shore that will let you shower for a price too.

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I have stayed in sleepers on LOW with two different resorts. Zipple Bay had a plowed road and you could come and go as you please. It was nice to head in to the bar at night for dinner and a beer. I cant remember the name of the other place we stayed, but they did not let you drive out to the house. It was a very long 5 days and the fishing was very slow. I highly recommend staying at one that lets you come and go as you please.

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I forgot about the outdoor outhouses at Zipple Bay. My wife is not a fan of them. I accidentally locked the door from the outside when she was in it. I went back to the fish house to fish and it wasnt till about 45 minutes later when I turned the radio off that I heard her yelling. She was not very happy. At least I set up a portable heater in there for her.

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It sounds like they have more than normal out. That sounds nice and convenient, compared to allot of places I have stayed!.

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