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  1. It's still easily drivable with a four wheel drive vehicle. Stay away from the crowds and find your own fish and you will do well. We fished yesterday. Limit of perch in an hour and 8 eyes in the evening.
  2. I am origionally from northern MN, but moved to Western ND. If you are driving that far I wouldnt hesitate to fish Devils Lake. IMO it is one of the best lakes I have ever fished. That includes Rainy, LOW, Kab, Red, Namakan and plenty of lakes in Ontario. Your boat should be plenty big enough for Devils and there are plenty of spots to get out of the wind. You can fish it many different ways, pulling raps, pitching jigs, slip bobbers, etc. There is no shortage of fish on Devils either. Lots of 12"-16" eyes, jumbo perch, pike, white bass, etc. This fishery is simply amazing. I would reccommend staying with Woodland resort if you can get it. Their service is amazing and the staff will give you a really good idea of where to get on fish. With that said there are other very nice resorts as well in various parts of the lake.
  3. I don't know what all this fuss about the low pheasant population in Nodak. It have been absolutely phenomenal this year. Crushing the longtails every time I go out.
  4. Here is the process that I used. I am sure it can be adapted to be better. I thought about using more of a lighter brown, like the original GHG's, but I stuck with the darker stuff. Here it is, I will list the process first and then post pictures. Take the decoy you are going to paint and sand it with a fine sandpaper. I then wet a towel and wiped off the residue from sanding. I wiped the decoy with a dry towel and let it dry. 1. Remove the head and tape off the portions of the decoy you do not want painted. 2. Coat the decoy with a fairly even coat of Krylon flat tan. It doesn't have to be perfect because you will be applying the other coats of other colors. Let the Tan dry for awhile. 3. At a steep angle as picture apply the Krylon flat Dark Brown. Start farther out and move closer to get your desired color. By keeping the can at an angle you get the "feathered" effect on the decoy where the tan shows through at the back of the feather. 4. After that coat dries apply tape to the sides of the decoy that you don't want darker. 5. Apply the Krylon flat Dark Brown again on the back at a steep angle much like you did on the side of the decoy to get the feathering affect. 6. What you do next depends on how you want your decoy to look. You can apply more flat Dark Brown to darken up the back, or you can apply a light coat of flat black. As you move down the back increase the darkness until you get to the black tail. 7. Remove the tape and coat with a flat clear coat sealant. A you see the final result glares no more that my 1 year old GHG lessers. Pics of the process.
  5. Thanks for the positive feedback guys. I think they are decent for a cheap and fast attempt at re-painting. I will post pictures tomorrow of the process. fishuhalik, I am in Watford. Moved here just over a year ago. My August schedule is pretty terrible, bit if I have a few free days I will PM you. I would love to get into some cats, I have only ice fished out here so far.
  6. In anticipation of the upcoming season in NoDak I wanted to post some decoy re-paints that I recently did. I had a few old decoys that were looking a little ragged. The paint had chipped from years of hard use and the plastic underneath was shining through. Instead of scrapping them, I decided to see what could be done to clean them up. I found some people have used Krylon camouflage paints to redo their decoys. This is how mine turned out. It's a fairly simple process finished with a clear flat coat. Final Approach re-paint. The re-painted decoy is on the left. Again, just closer. GHG re-paint.
  7. Fished Saturday on Devils. Walleye bite was decent in the morning hours in 16' of water. At 10 AM, we attempted to get on perch. Tried 4 different locations and drilled many holes. 3 of the spots had schools of perch down there, but they did not want to bite. We missed 4-5 bites and caught 2. We found the Perch in 40-46' of water. At 3 PM, we returned to the walleye spot and caught a few more 'eyes and a pike on the tip-up. Can't wait for a day when the perch start really going. There are some big schools that we were on, but they were just not interested in eating.
  8. Since we portage up to 35 miles into lakes in Ontario when we fish I always carry my rods on my back when snowmobiling in. I have a Croxton 4-sleeve soft case and another back pack style case. My buddies have Ready Rig bags that they wear like back packs too. It works well, and you never have to worry about your rods banging around in the house.
  9. Rich, I have not fished Manitou or Pipestone yet this year, but I have fished several lakes up in that area. Right now there is plenty of ice 20-30 or so inches everywhere I have fished. Right now the last lake that I was on by Manitou was quite a bit slushy. Since you are coming up in April there will probably be little if any snow on the lake. Keep an eye on here and I will try to post conditions as March progresses.
  10. Just check the MNR HSOforum to see what you can and cannot bring across and be honest with everything you have with you and you will be fine. There is a good chance since you will be pulling an enclosed trailer that they will pull you around and check the inside of the house, but that is no big deal.
  11. I know what you mean by the slush Matt. We were up in that area last week and there was none. We went up this past weekend for my buddies bachelor party and we ran into alot of slush on the lakes that we fished. It was mostly 8 inches deep or so. We fished spots that had no slush, but by the time we left there was plenty of it that we were standing in. It made it pretty miserable, but good thing the fish were biting!
  12. I am not sure. We fished another lake up in that area this weekend. Mostly 18-20" of ice, but areas where there was current had some sketchy ice. I was also surprised with the slush on the ice. There was not alot, but in areas where people have fished there was slush, and random small pockets throughout the lake too. I suggest seeing if you can get ahold of any of the resorts up on Manitou. That would probably be the quickest and easiest way to find out what the ice situation is like.
  13. As long as you put water in the bag they will be fine for that long. I usually prefer to eat my fish fresh or the day after, but the few times that I do freeze fish they are fine for a week or two until I can eat them.
  14. Rich, I don't know for sure because I have not been up in that area, but I would imagine the ice is sketchy at best just from what I have seen on Rainy and up by my buddies cabin in Canada. We haven't had the cold weather to form some good ice. Rainy is still mostly open as far as I know. I would call a resort up there to try and get some up to date information.
  15. Typically the spots where you last caught fish in the fall are good areas to start. For example tomorrow I will be heading out to where we found some 'eyes in October and adjusting my game plan from there. As far as flasher use it depends on what you are fishing for and the depth of the water. I typically drill 10-15 holes to start and move around a bit. If you are fishing panfish they will typically be suspended and easy to see on the locator. However, walleyes will be somewhat harder, if I am fishing walleyes I will drop a jig down for a minute or so to see if there are any fish in the immediate area. For whatever species I typically am not the kinda guy to sit and wait for something to happen. If I am not graphing or more importantly catching fish, I pull out the H20 and start drilling and searching until I find fish.
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