Lake of the Woods 1-29-11
Went up to Lake of the Woods with a few buddies. We hit the road on Friday 1-28-11 embarking on the 6 hour drive up north. The drive was slow and tedious with a one hour stretch of white out conditions. I had a feeling the fishing was going to be tough with a massive cold front rolling in but we had the cabin and day houses booked for almost 2 months so there is no way we were going to pass up on this trip because of adverse conditions. Here is what we were faced with.
The gates to the resorts lake roads open up at 7am but we must have been excited because we were awake at 5am. We got a nice breakfast in us and then hit the lake. We were completely set up and fishing by 7:30. I had my normal set up jigging a buckshot w/ minnow head in one hole and having a minnow on a chartruese hook under a bobber in the second hole. Im somewhat of an impatient fisherman and around 8:00a, we hadn't even marked a fish on our flasher so we were started to wonder if this is how the weekend was going to be. I looked over at the hole with the bobber around 8:15am and didnt see anything in it. Uh oh, here we go
First fish of the weekend goes about 17'', a nice healthy fish. My buddy Mike had never caught a walleye so when he got his first fish around 8:30am he wanted a picture regardless of the size. Here it is... After the release we realize that it's actually a sauger and so his walleye drought continues
Shortly there after our buddy Paul smacks an 18'' Walleye that we let go because we were unsure what the slot limit was, turns out its 19.5'' or over that go back. We get a few fish here and there until around noon and then things slowed down. So we decided to check out the "Igloo Bar". The Igloo Bar is a full service bar out on the ice! best part about it is they have drilled holes in the bar that you can fish for $5/hr.
I should have taken a picture of the inside but I didn't want to seem like to much of a tourist
The afternoon bite wasnt nearly as good as the morning bite but we did get a couple more fish, all of them were a great size for a nice dinner.
Here is what we kept for the day, we probably caught around 25 fish but let lots of them go.