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  1. Fred_Bear

    Wild 2014/2015 Regular Season

    Don't forget about Calgary... Calgary and LA are tied for 3rd in the Pacific and both 2 points behind Winnipeg with a game in hand for the 2nd wild card spot. LA has the cupcake schedule to finish, Calgary is average, and the Jet's schedule is as tough as ours. Winnipeg needs to hold off one of these two teams to get in... I predict it's LA and Winnipeg with the Jets beating the Flames on the last game of their seasons to clinch the 2nd wild card. Absent of a complete meltdown, I think the Wild are pretty safe. Vancouver, Winnipeg, LA, Calgary... We're ahead of all of them and 3 out of the 4 need to pass us for us not to make the playoffs.
  2. Fred_Bear

    Lake Winnepeg ice fishing

    Nice report LD! I guess I can share mine too. My buddy and I were both first timers to LW, going in completely blind and the plan was to fish all day Saturday and Sunday. We caught about 25 fish each day, a few less on Saturday and few more on Sunday. 16 fish were 24" or bigger and the 4 biggest were (2) 29's and (2) 30's (+/- 1/4"). We moved around a lot fishing 7-13 fow (below the ice) with most time spent in 9-11. The two biggest fish came from 7 and 13, but it seemed like fishing out in 13 resulted in either big fish or 10" saugers. In shallow, we got a lot of 18-20" eater fish to kill time in between the big girls we were there for. All but 2 of my fish came on a 1/2 oz Live Target, no meat. The other 2 came on a chubby darter with minnow head. I messed around a lot with throwback lures after I marked fish that wouldn't commit to the LT and it only worked twice. I tried the chubby darter, flutter spoons, rattle spoons, and a flasher jig all with meat and none of them produced other than the two fish on the chubby. My buddy got a couple fish on a #6 clackin rap, but the vast majority of his fish came on a LT again with no meat.
  3. Fred_Bear

    Lake Winnepeg ice fishing

    Yeah we found out about the FM/WAAM event when we were leaving on Sunday. So is there always that many people out there fishing, or was it due to the event going on, AYA Derby, and "March Madness"? It was the first time fishing the lake for my buddy and I and we were surprised at how many people were there. There had to be 1000 people on Saturday and about half that many on Sunday. Also, the fishing did not disappoint!
  4. Thanks for all the updates Robert, they are very helpful. We have a big group coming up a week from today and hoping to be able to fish the 26th-29th. I know conditions are day to day right now, but could you give any insight as to whether or not you think we'll be able to get on the ice. Thanks!
  5. Fred_Bear

    Lake Winnepeg ice fishing

    I fished LW this past Saturday and Sunday... We brought sleds and accessed at Warner, fishing mainly out from the mouth both days. There was 1 big ice ridge close to the access and after that it was clear sailing. There were sleds, atvs, utvs, a few trucks, and more snobears than I've ever seen out fishing around the mouth. I think most guys were going north from Warner to cross the ridge but on sleds we headed straight ESE and had no problems crossing it. Saturday morning the lake was covered with a thin layer of snow and by Sunday the snow was gone and it was mostly ice with small puddles of 1-2" deep water and some remaining pockets of snow. Sleds made travel extremely easy and the only place I saw a couple atv's stuck was in the remaining snow pockets. I'm sure by this coming weekend all snow will be gone and as long as you can find a good place to cross the ridge, you'll have easy travel with atv's. Hope this helps!
  6. Fred_Bear

    LOTW,Whitefishbay,Crowlake fishing report

    Good luck and enjoy your time up there. I haven't been up in over a month so starting to go through withdrawals! Reports are always welcomed
  7. Fred_Bear

    Lake trout blanks

    Yup... very good blank for lakers. I trimmed 2' off the butt end and built it with a 12" split grip handle. The blank has plenty of power but still has a good bend when fighting a fish to keep it pinned. The perfect 1/2 oz tube jig blank IMO. The blank is like $10 from get bit outdoors, but shipping will be $15 so you'll save if you can order a bunch at once. Midwest Rod and Reel may have them in stock locally if you're in the twin cities.
  8. Fred_Bear

    LOTW,Whitefishbay,Crowlake fishing report

    NOHRSC Interactive Snow Map Check out this map... looks like they are in the 8-16" range.
  9. Fred_Bear

    Pre-Wrapped St Croix Ice Blanks??

    I can't help you with finding what you looking for, but I can give you another option. Buy the rod you want and remove the handle. Then you can put whatever handle you want on it. I've rebuilt a couple rods this winter. They were both rods where I liked the blank but hated the handle/guides. There's really not much to stripping a rod. If you're talking the St. Croix Premiers then it would only take a couple minutes to remove that handle... It takes a little longer if there's a reel seat.
  10. Fred_Bear

    Icing Lakers

    First advice is to ask the guys you're going with what to use and listen to them if they are experienced up there. Presentations can vary lake to lake. For presentation my advice is to keep is simple, tie a tube jig on and leave it on. 4" white tube, 3/8 oz horizontal tube jig, stinger hook - bring a few of each and you're good to go. Icing lakers in NW ON isn't about having a secret lure, it's about staying mobile and being on active fish. I use 15 lb braid tied to a 15 lb fluorocarbon leader. I can't find a laker rod in a store that I like so I make my own. The best ones you will find on a shelf are probably the Thorne Bros Pro Glass or Pro Graphite, but they are spendy. If you don't want to spend that kind of money, at least look at them and try to get something close. I like long rods, 42"-48", I think it helps a lot in keeping fish pinned.
  11. Fred_Bear

    Can I legally get on this lake?

    You're asking the wrong people... email this to your local DNR fisheries office.
  12. Fred_Bear

    auger extensions

    It only fits Clam and Strikemaster hand augers.
  13. Fred_Bear

    Best St. Croix Premier Ice combo for walleyes

    I've caught a lot of walleyes on the 28" ML Premier. Perfect power/action for eater sized eyes up to 20" and big perch. If you're regularly catching fish over 20" and using 1/4 spoons then I'd step it up to the medium. The ML can certainly handle a bigger fish but the M will do better. Likewise the ML will be better for your average eaters.
  14. Fred_Bear

    attaching reels to rods

    Castrating bands for small fish, tape for big fish.
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