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Brainerd Fishing Report 2012
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2012 Fishing Report Archives - Courtesy of Walleyedan

December 20, 2012
Walleyedan's Guide Service
The ice fishing season has really kicked into gear in the last week! The fish are biting and the ice is shaping up nicely. I fished last night on Gull Lake and we had about 6 inches of ice. 3 walleyes in about 18 feet of water on jigging spoon s tipped with fathead heads. Not great action, but we did not cover a lot of area and did enjoy the evening anyway. I will be out about everyday from here on out and will keep you posted here and on my website and Facebook page! Safety in #1, but the ice conditions are getting better and with the Extravaganza about a month away, I say bring it on (the cold that is). I am guiding out of the Sno Bear once again this year and if you have not seen this machine, check it out on walleyedan.com. We will be guiding and renting fish houses throughout the winter, call today and book. Merry Christmas, Walleyedan 218-839-5598

August 8, 2012
Walleyedan's Guide Service
Fishing has been quite good this week! We have been working the Whitefish Chain for the most part. If you head up that way and you are not being guided, I would suggest you use a live bait rig tipped with a red tail or creek chub in 12-20 feet of water. You will catch the “variety pack”!! If you are just looking for walleyes, you might want to hop around until you get away from the northerns. We were up there on Tuesday morning doing a little filming for our upcoming “We Love It Outdoors” television show and had a fantastic trip. But, keep in mind it is fishing and you will have some good days and some tough days. If you would like to get out on the water with one of our guides, please give Shelley a call at 218-839-5598.

July 25, 2012
Walleyedan's Guide Service
Our guides have been busy and keeping most of our guests busy too! Gull Lake seems to see most of our guide trips, but othe others are spread throughout the area with The Whitefish Chain probably coming in second to Gull for most fished. I was up on the Whitefish Chain the other day and the action was unbelievable! Pike, bass and walleye’s and yes in that order. It was really fun, we had two fish in the net at the same time on two different occasions. A live bait rig with a chub has been the ticket, but bait has been a little tough to find on some days and we will then use smaller suckers or whatever we can get our hands on. The fish up on Whitefish were in 18-22 feet the other morning but on Gull they seen to be a little tighter to the weeds. If you are looking for pan fish, look a little deeper than you might normally look! This can be a good time to catch crappies and sunnies. Have a nice day and let us know if you are interested in having us bait your hook :-) ! Walleyedan

June 11, 2012
Walleyedan's Guide Service
The walleye action on Mille Lacs is fantastic right now! Don't wait too long or you will miss out. The other Brainerd area lakes are producing some nice catches but if you are into walleyes, Mille Lacs is it. Bottom bouncers an spinners tipped with crawlers, leeches or minnows will do the trick. Smallmouth bass action is awesome too. We were over Trolling with the Troops the other day and we had a blast. Thanks service people and God bless you! Camp Confidence Fishing Classic is this weekend at Maddens! Like us on Facebook and we will keep you posted! Dan Eigen (Walleyedan)

May 1, 2012
Walleyedan's Guide Service
Good morning! The rain is coming down here in Lake Shore and I see it as a good thing, I’m thankful that were not out in the woods this a.m. trying to bag a gobbler. Tomorrow morning is a different story, we will be after them! I had my first guide trip of the season just the other day and it was a success. We did not hammer the crappies but we did catch some and also a fait amount of largemouth bass by accident. It was a nice trip and I was glad that my soon to be 10 year old son was able to come along. We found the fish in 2-5 feet of water on the north end of the Gull Lake Chain. They were more into our minnows than the Puddle Jumpers on that day but when the action picks up, you will need to pick up some Puddle Jumpers at your local Mills Fleet Farm store, these things rock!! Our guides are ramping up for a busy open water season and we are booking trips almost daily now. If you want to get on the calendar, please call 218-839-5598 and you will more than likely talk with Shelley! We can also be emailed at walleyedan@walleyedan.com or found on Facebook and Twitter! Find us, find out about us and we will see you on the water! God bless, Walleyedan

March 29, 2012
Walleyedan's Guide Service
I am on the last leg of my Mills Fleet Farm turkey tour. And then it's on to the Northwest Sportshow for a quick walk through and back to the north country. The ice is out quite early this spring and it gives us all a nice jump on the open water season. The crappies and sunny's are on the feed and once this latest cold front exits the fish will get even more active. The shallow bays, ditches and channels are the places you want to be this time of year. We are rigged, ready and willing to put you on the fish! Pick up the phone and give Shelley a call! 218-839-5598. Looking for the best selection and value, shop Mills Fleet Farm. Walleyedan

March 5, 2012
Walleyedan's Guide Service
The weather forecast looks promising for some hole-hopping! For those of you that don’t know this fishing term, now you do! The pan fish are moving up on the flats and are cruising around looking for food. A good plan is to drill a bunch of holes and hop from one to the other using your Vexilar or other sonar device. Give each hole a minute or two (maybe three) and if you don’t bring something in, it’s time to move on to a new hole. These fish can swim, don’t camp out over one hole and wait for them! That is unless you just are content catching some fish. If the fish have moved shallow, there is no better way to fish them than from lying down on your stomach and watching them with your God given eyeballs. This way you can pull out of the way from the little ones or the predators that you don’t want. I like to fish numerous Brainerd area lakes and with over 300 of them in a 30 mile radius, I would say to pick one and go! After this late-ice window is over I will transition quickly into turkey season (another one of my favorites). Mills Fleet Farm is my store when it comes to the outdoors, stop in and check out their awesome display of goods and great values!

Walleyedan

p.s. I like #2 Jigging Rapalas tipped with Eurolarvae, wax worms or a minnow head this time of year. A Puddle Jumper on a small jig head is also deadly!

February 20, 2012
Walleyedan's Guide Service
The walleye/northern/bass season will close on Sunday (2/26 at midnight) around these parts.  Opening day of the 2012 pen water season on inland lakes is set for May 12 th, it’s time to make your plans now!  We are already booking trips for the open water season and it looks like people are letting loose a little more this year as booking seem to be up!  We are finally getting a little fresh snow and it sounds like we will get a couple inches by morning.  I am going to be heading out either Tuesday, Wednesday or Wednesday, Thursday for a couple of “hit it hard” days on the ice.  The Clam portable fish houses will be in tow and I am excited to start chasing the pan fish.  If you are getting ready for the pan fish season, make sure to lighten the line and bring your Vexilar!  The crappies can be found in the muddy basins adjacent to their spawning haunts and the sunnies will be roaming the edges of the weedy flats.  Bye for now, Walleyedan

February 7, 2012
Walleyedan's Guide Service
Good morning. We are making ice once again and this is perfect for the upcoming Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza this coming Saturday. The ice is in great shape and will get better in these next few days leading up to the big day! Right now I would say that we are at about 18-20 and will add a few more by Saturday a.m.. The contest starts at noon on Saturday and runs until 3:00 p.m.. If you haven’t fished this and have the day open, get your rear over to Mills Fleet Farm and buy a ticket for yourself, family and friends. We will be there with our gang and looking to get on the board this year. We have been catching fish along the edge of the weed lines in 14-18 feet using both set-lines tipped with any type of minnow or jigging spoons tipped with a minnow head. There are some decent perch roaming Gull Lake right now and I would say the shallows will be your best bet, they seem to be roaming the sand flats. We have our fish houses closer to Ernies now and it makes things pretty slick for those that want a great meal. And yes, we have put some fish on the ice. The moon is full and the night bite should be good for the next few days. If you are interested in booking a guided fishing trip or would like to rent a fish house, call today 218-839-5598.

2011 Fishing Report Archives - Courtesy of Walleyedan

December 5 , 2011
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Walleyedan's Guide Service
It is shaping up to be a good early season on the ice here in the Brainerd area. Some of the bigger lakes are still open but there are people fishing on the bays and on some of the smaller lakes already! If you want to fish this weekend, we can set you up! The temperatures are dipping below normal and thus far we do not have any snow to hamper the ice growth. I was open water fishing through the last days of November and have only been skating on the ice so far. Fishing will be happening any day now as my ice rods, reels and tackle are about ready to rock! We will be guiding with Clam Outdoors portable fish houses and we will also have a permanent house out for rent. We will also have access to a couple other permanent houses for rent. If you are looking to book a guided trip or a house, please give us a ring 218-839-5598. If you are looking for the best selection of products and the best price around, shop Mills Fleet Farm! P.s. You can follow us on Facebook for up to the minute info too! Enjoy this awesome season of Christmas!

July 1, 2011
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Walleyedan's Guide Service
The water temperature is rising by the hour/minute, it's hot (at the moment) and summer seems to have arrived! Fishing has been pretty good, some days better than others of course. We have been fishing Gull, Whitefish, Mille Lacs, Leech and others. The walleyes are fairly active in the mornings and evenings and you should be able to round up the bass, pan fish and pike throughout the day. I had a fun trip this a.m. with Clint, Jack and Dan.
We fished Gull and Jack had the first fish and the biggest, a 25 incher caught on a red tail chub in 25 ish feet of water on a Lindy Rig. Jack is 5 years old and handled the fish like a veteran. Speaking of veterans, the 4th of July weekend is upon us and I would like to thank you all for your past, present and future service. God bless you all and God bless this world!

May 12, 2011
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Walleyedan's Guide Service
The opener is about upon us and my preparations are still being made. The boat is clean, many rods are rigged but the final checklist is not ready to be checked! I have been turkey hunting all spring and the shift to the fish is being made quite slowly. In fact, I will be in the woods tomorrow morning (weather permitting) and then it is fish, fish, fish! The walleyes are going to be biting at 12:01 on the 14th and that is a fact! Where and with what you ask? Well, that's why you need to hire us as fishing guides and we will show you. O.k., here is a tip. I say that you should find some moving water (where a river or tributary dumps into your favorite lake or river) and hop a Northland Fireball jig along the bottom (with a shiner attached) until you feel that thump! Shallow water is going to be the ticket, do not be afraid to fish from 3-13 feet, you will catch fish. Have you stopped at the newly remodeled Mills Fleet Farm in Baxter, you will LOVE IT! If you would like to book a guided fishing trip with Walleyedan's Guide Service, please call Shelley now at 218-839-5598. Plug in..plug out!

2010 Fishing Report Archives - Courtesy of Walleyedan

December 2, 2010
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Walleyedan's Guide Service
Good morning. We dipped to about the zero mark on the thermometer this a.m. and we are making ice in the north country. We had a little set-back with the recent snow but this most recent cold snap should get things growing in the ice department! I have seen fishermen/women out on North Long and Round and I'm sure they are scattered elsewhere throughout the area. I would say that the ice depths vary quite significantly right now from 1 inch to 6 inches. Play it safe! I will heading down to the big Ice Show in St. Paul this weekend and by next week I will be rigged and ready for the upcoming ice guiding and rental business. If you are interested in booking a guided ice fishing trip or renting a fish house, please call us at 218-839-5598 or visit on the web at www.walleyedan.com. I will keep you posted, the bite should be good this winter!

July 27, 2010
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Walleyedan's Guide Service
The month of July has been a good one. The weather has been nice and the fish have been quite active most days. We have been fishing Gull, Whitefish, Mille Lacs, Pelican and some of the musky waters in the area too. The way we have been fishing is with a live bait rig/Lindy Rig tipped with a red tail chub, creek chub or a pike sucker fished along the outer edge of the weeds (13-20 feet). If you fish this way right now, you will catch a variety pack (walleyes, northern and bass). Our guides have been on the water a lot and hopefully the weather will hang in there for another few months. If you are interested in booking a guide, please call Shelley at 218-839-5598.

March 8, 2010
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Walleyedan's Guide Service
Good morning. The weather has been great and the fishing is starting to follow suit. We are losing snow fast but the ice is still quite thick so I would say we are still good to go for another couple of weeks. This area is full of pan fish lakes so all you need to do is pick one of the one hundred and get busy. I have been using Jigging Rapalas and Northland Forage Minnows tipped with maggots. The fish will start to roam the shallows but we are still picking up some crappies over the deep water. We have been starting to book open water trips and I guess people are starting to get the “fever”. We are planning on going into the open water season with our same crew (Tim, Toby, Bruce and Jeff). Hopefully we can keep these guys busy as well as some of our fill-in guides this coming season. Hey, have you heard about the new Let’s Go Fishing chapter that is being established here in the Brainerd area? It’s going great thanks to an awesome board of helpful people. If you are interested in volunteering, please send me an email and we will get you conne

February 2, 2010
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Walleyedan's Guide Service
Good morning. A little dust falling from the sky this morning up here in central Minnesota, hope all is well where you are. I would like to give you a firsthand fishing report but I haven’t been out enough in the last few days to give that so I will tell you what I have heard from Tim Hanske (one of our regular guides that is running the fish houses this winter). The word is that the action under the ice is pretty slow going, similar to the what we are seeing on the streets of Nisswa. The Extravaganza always brings a much needed boost to the area during late winter and the event was once again a success. About 11,500 attended and the winning fish was a walleye that tipped the scales at 6 ½ pounds. There were six fishers in our party and we caught 2 small walleyes but did get to witness the 2nd and 3rd place winners. Have you heard about the new organization that is coming to town? It’s called Let’s Go Fishing! And it looks and sounds as though the “lakes area” will have at least one deluxe pontoon rigged and ready for the 2010 open water season. This organization caters to the seniors and has a lot of support from area businesses, care facilities and individuals that are willing to get this baby off the ground and on the waters of the lakes area. I will keep you posted, but I think you may want to pencil in April 17th as a day to join us at one of the Mills properties (Mills Ford most likely).

January 11, 2010
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Walleyedan's Guide Service
We are finally feeling some heat! It’s going to be in the 20’s and possibly 30’s for the next week, it’s going to feel like Maui. I was out on the ice of Gull Lake tonight with my son and my dad, we only caught a few pan fish. Yesterday was good though and we just finished eating an awesome batch of sunnies and crappies. The walleyes or going to be the target tomorrow but the pan fish were eating a Northland Forage Minnow tipped with maggots yesterday! The ice conditions are shaping up but things still are not great for getting around. I talked with Bob Slaybaugh, Mr. Extravaganza and he mentioned that they were out on the ice the other day at the Extravaganza site and they had varying ice depths (11-17 inches) with 14 being the average. We could use another couple of inches this week but if you are wavering on whether or not to come, get your ticket today at Mills Fleet Farm. The contest will happen and it is January 23rd from 12-3 p.m.. I plan on fishing the BIG event but I may be a little sleeping on Saturday a.m.. We are renting houses and guiding so if you are interested in trying your hand at some ice fishing, please call 218-839-5598 or check out our website (www.walleyedan.com).

2009 Fishing Report Archives - Courtesy of Walleyedan

December 6, 2009
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Walleyedan's Guide Service
Good Sunday morning to you,
The flurries are lightly falling the ice is getting thicker and it’s about time to dust off the ice fishing equipment and get ready to rock! I was down in St. Paul last night for a couple of hours at the Ice Fishing Show and had a great time. Word is that things were quite busy, what a great thing. Maybe it’s the ice fishing industry that will stimulate the economy and get things rolling once again. I road tripped down to St. Paul with my friend Jim Pfaff, his son Tristin and my son Mac. We had a plan and executed it very well. We got to see many of the people and many of the new products that we wanted to see in two hours. From the new style Eskimo fish houses to all of the new baits, there was a lot to see. If you are looking for the best buy in the country on Salmo Chubby Darters you best stop by your local Mills Fleet Farm store and pick a few up. While you are doing so you will be able to see some of the hawg walleyes we caught up on Lake Winnipeg last ice season. I truly believe that we will be out on the ice this week, that is if the snow stays away for a while. We are offering guided ice fishing trips in and around the Brainerd Lakes Area this winter and we also have a few fish houses that will be available for rent, please call 218-839-5598 or email walleyedan@brainerd.com. Have a great week and I will talk to you soon.

September 2, 2009
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Walleyedan's Guide Service
The fishing is getting good.  We have to throw in a tough day here and there but the overall bite has been good and is only going to get better from here on out.  We are catching fish on Gull, Pelican and Whitefish.  Lindy Rigs and big red tail chub is tough to beat but the jig bite is just starting too.  Look for the fish in 17-36 feet and if you find them, fish them.  If they don’t bite, move on until you find some hungry ones.  Hunting season is just around the corner too, so make sure you stop in at Mills Fleet Farm and pick up all your hunting and fishing gear (along with your licenses).  Stop by and check out the Walleyedan end cap and see Scarface the awesome decoy by Primos.  I have to run, talk to you later.  If you are interested in booking a guided trip with one of our guides, please call Shelley at 218-839-5598.

August 6, 2009
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Walleyedan's Guide Service
Fishing has been good despite some fall-like weather. We have been fishing the Gull and Whitefish Chains and the “bite” has been pretty darn good most days. If you want walleyes, I would suggest the Whitefish Chain, they are running a bit larger up there. Gull has been producing fish and if it’s just action that you want, try fishing a jig and minnow along the outside edge of the weed line. This is also a great time to try whipping a rubber frog (such as a Scum Frog) up into the slop. Make sure that you have a rod and reel that will stand the test when trying to horse one out! I have been using the new St. Croix Mojo Bass rod and it is a good one. As far as line, make sure you have something that is strong and does not have much stretch. The walleye action will only get better as we move out of August and into September. If you would like to book a guided trip with one of our guides, please call Shelley at 218-839-5598

July 21, 2009
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Walleyedan's Guide Service
The weather has been a little crazy but the fish continue to bite pretty well. The walleye’s have been a little hard to get but if they aren’t cooperating we will shift gears to the bass and pike. The bass have been scarfing down everything in sight and the big ones are starting to show up with a little more consistency. We have been fishing Gull, Whitefish, Mille Lacs and some of the smaller lakes around. The fish have been marking quite well and this is always a good thing. The larger flats that are near deep water is where we are finding our fish and a Lindy Rig and a redtail chub is always the number one “go to” presentation. The bass have been biting about everything, but a jig and a piece of Gulp Alive (minnow) has been a great presentation for us. A Gary Yamamotto Senko rigged wacky style is also very effective, some days the fish are so crazy that you can get by with cutting a 5 incher in half and it works even better. All of our guides have been on the water a lot and things are going pretty well here in the lakes area. If you would like to book a trip, please call Shelley at 218-839-5598.

June 26 , 2009
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Walleyedan's Guide Service
The fishing (catching) has been good. It took a while for things to get cooking, but things are looking up. The walleyes, bass and pike are being found in the weeds. We are also finding some walleyes and pike on the mid-lake structure. My wife, dad and I fished in the annual Camp Confidence fishing classic on Saturday and it was a great day. Shelley caught the lunker walleye of the tournament, a 26 inch 5lb 5 ouncer. Most of the anglers new it right when it was landed, she let out quite the squeal (so did I). We also caught a 25 inch pike and a small bass so we weighed as a mixed bag and placed 3rd overall. If you are looking for a guided trip, this might be the time to do so. The weather report is calling for some warm air, this will really get the fish going. Mille Lacs has been going pretty good on the flats and we also had a good smallmouth trip the other day. Leech Lake is still producing quite well and I think we will be taking the Cornhusker crew up there later this week. If you are interested in a guided trip, please call Shelley at 218-839-5598 and tell her you found the number right here at Brainerd.com.

February 25, 2009
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Walleyedan's Guide Service
Good morning fisherpeople,
The walleye season is now closed for a while here in Minnesota and it will re open on May 9th, 2009. For now, it’s time to either head for the border or head to your favorite pan fish lake. I have a group of managers from Home Depot out yesterday and they had a good time. We were fishing crappies and sunnies and it was a great day to be on the ice. We were fishing in a 23 foot hole and using crappie minnows and Euro Larvae. Ice houses have to be off the lakes in our area on March 1st and form that date you will have to bring your house on and off daily. I have been running the Sno Bear on my guided trips for the last couple of months and it has been a dream. If you are interested in my machine, it is going to be sold in another two weeks. Give me a call or an email if you are interested. If you would like to get out on the ice and do a little fishing and find out what the Sno Bear can do call and schedule your trip today. We have been booking 2009 open water trips almost daily and the calendar is starting to get busy already. It is getting to be turkey time and I hope some of you are excited as I am for the upcoming season. We have our NWTF banquet this Saturday in Nisswa and if you are interested in coming, please call or email me and I will give you the details. I also have a number of seminars planned for March at some of the different Mills Fleet Farm locations. Check out www.millsfleetfarm.com for a list of the times and locations. We will be giving away some nice prizes for some of the attendees.

January 21, 2009
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Walleyedan's Guide Service
Hello all. We are having a heat wave, a Minnesota heat wave! It is about 28 degrees and it really, truly feels like spring. Too bad the forecasters are talking single digits for highs on Saturday (the day of the 19th annual Extravaganza). Why should we expect anything different? I will be out there, and the “big day” is falling on my “big day”, my 41st birthday. We have about 17 inches of ice and things are shaping up quite nice. If you are coming to town early, make sure to stop at Mills Fleet Farm in Baxter for your bait and the rest of your Extravaganza needs. I will be there on Friday from 11-7 and so will a number of other representatives from the fishing industry. Should be pretty darn fun. Friday night is the pre-party at Grand View Lodge and we will have a number of our guides on hand to answer questions. That runs from 6:30-9 ish p.m.. The fishing has been pretty slow for the most part, but it is my belief that this has been the result of the cold, cold weather that we have experienced as of late. Maybe with this mild weather moving in, the next few days will be good. I am running the new 2009 Sno Bear this year and it is quite the machine. What a perfect year for a Sno Bear. If you would like a guided trip, please give us a call. If you would like a guided trip, a scenic tour with a dinner at Iven’s on the Bay let us know, we have some new packages in the works. If you are interested in purchasing the ice fishing machine of the future, check out www.ultimatefishhouse.com. Have a great remainder of the week and we’ll see you on the ice on Saturday.

2008 Fishing Report Archives - Courtesy of Walleyedan

November 24, 2008
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Walleyedan's Guide Service
We are making ice in the north country. Some of the small lakes are fishable and on our way home from church yesterday there were a couple of different groups out on the 371 bay of North Long Lake. We could use a few more days of the single digit temperatures and I am not sure when we are going to get those. Last night it was down to about 20 degrees. I didn’t get out on the water or into the woods this weekend, but I am planning on hopping up into the tree and hopefully out onto the ice too this week. I am going to bring my boat into the Bodyworks for a detail this a.m. and that will have to be it for the season. I do have a small aluminum boat that could be used if need be. We have been selling quite a bit of Arctic Armor as of late and would guess with our free shipping offer that we will have another good week. If you haven’t purchased one of these suits and you are one of those people that likes to push the envelope, you might want to consider (check out the info on our store page). We now have the bibs and parka in green, red and black and camo, these are perfect Christmas gifts. As far as the winter plans for Walleyedan on the ice, it’s still a little up in the air. We are going to be guiding on the ice, but aren’t quite sure if we will have a Sno Bear. I will be getting the word this week and our plans will be a little more concrete. Keep checking out our site and we will keep you up to date.

November 4, 2008
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Walleyedan's Guide Service
Good morning, I am taking a morning off from deer hunting. It’s not going to be easy, but I’m going to do it. Yesterday I blew it! I rattled in my first nice buck to within bow range (20-25 yards), but I did not wait for a good shot thinking my only chance was the one that was presented to me. I should have waited. None the less, it was an awesome experience having a nice buck (nice 8 pointer) come into my rattling. I think I will get back out this afternoon and if that doesn’t do it I will focus on Thursday and Friday when the weather is supposed to change. I have had other chances at deer, but so far I have not followed through and completed the deal. Fishing has been o.k., we have been doing some trips on Gull Lake and catching walleyes in 13-32 feet using Lindy Rigs or jigs. It’s getting to be Arctic Armor weather, do you have yours yet? There is another suit out this year called Arctic Armor Plus, it’s green and black and has a little different lining than the other suits (it’s a little more like a fleece lining). The suit has all of the other qualities of the previous suit, to order just call us at 218-839-5598. If you are looking to plan your winter fishing trip, give us a call and we will get you in the book. If you want to get out now on the water before it’s frozen give us a call. Good luck to all of you deer hunters going out this weekend and be careful. The rifle season is once again coinciding with the rut, so stick it out on stand and there should be some chances for you! If you are looking for the best selection and price in the hunting and fishing departments, head to your local Mills Fleet Farm store and tell them I sent you.

October 6, 2008
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Walleyedan's Guide Service
Good morning from Lake Shore, Minnesota. Hope all is well in your lives, things are going pretty well here. October is upon us and if you don’t know, this is my favorite month of the 12! October is a sportsman’s dream with all the different things a person can be doing in the wonderful outdoors. I (and our guides) are still fishing, and it’s been pretty good. If you are wanting to get on the open water with one of us, you might want to pick up the phone before you even finish reading the report and book a trip (218-839-5598). It’s a breezy, moist morning up here in the woods and it is a perfect day to get some office chores done, I have plenty after a busy, busy season. I have been in the woods and on the water quite a bit as of late and both places have been good to me. The fish have been biting pretty well in the area and I have been seeing deer on each trip to the tree. Last week I fished Gull, Whitefish, Cass and Edward and all produced some nice walleyes with Gull putting out the best catches. We had some nice walleyes last Friday with the Wayne Anderson crew, they had a good feast and also released some nice fish. The nicest fish are being caught on big red tails with Lindy Rig in 20-40 feet of water. Jigs are working well too. Remember to shop your local Mills Fleet Farm store for ALL of your hunting and fishing needs. Mills Fleet Farm has an incredible selection of sporting goods and I still think there are quite a few folks out there that are just now catching that drift. I also have to tell you how impressed I have been with my new Ranger 620VS, it is the most solid fishing boat that I have ever been in period. If you are at all interested in learning more about Ranger Boats, call Ranger Ricky at Nisswa Marine (218-963-2292).

September 24, 2008
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Walleyedan's Guide Service
Hi. Fishing is good, if you get out there are work it. We have been fishing Gull for the most part and it’s been pretty good to us (for the most part). Lindy Rigs and jigs are both effective, but I have been using the Lindy Rig and red tail presentation. I was out today with Milt Tenopir and a couple of his former players (Brad and Roger) who played for the Cornhuskers football team. We had to hit a number of spots, but we did scrape up 8 walleyes and will hopefully add to it in the a.m.. It is my feeling that the “bite” is going to get cranking here in the next week. I was on stand the other night and watched some does, I’m looking forward to my first opportunity to fire my new Hoyt Katera at a deer. I have been shooting it a fair amount and love it. We are working on putting together a little video for Mills Fleet Farm and hopefully we can get some good footage so you can eventually check it out at Fleet. I was pretty close to stalking within range of a big doe the other night but she busted me, that would have been a good one on film. The hunting is only going to get better as we enter the month of Bucktober! Hey, we’re still selling Arctic Armor if you are ready to order up. You might need it if you plan on fishing until ice-up.

September 3, 2008
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Good morning all. It is a little crisp here this a.m. (42 degrees) but the forecasters are calling for sixty something later on. I was out last night with the Heinmillers and we rounded up about 10 keeper walleyes. The “bite” is just starting to fire-up and we are finding that the walleyes are starting to slide a little bit deeper. There are still major swarms of baitfish (young perch) getting pushed around all over the lake so it might take a while for the “bite” to get crazy. I have only been fishing on Gull, but I am thinking that I will have to check out some of the other bodies of water in the area. I’m slowly getting fired-up for the archery season and will be looking to see how big Mr. Big is this fall. Kids are back in school as of yesterday and all is well. They like their teachers and classes, hopefully this lasts all year long. If you are looking for something to do this weekend, come on out to the Brainerd Outdoors Expo up in Pequot Lakes. I will be doing a seminar at 2:00 on Saturday. Come on up and check things out. For now, it’s out the door and to the shuttle and then to Nisswa School. I will be back on the water this afternoon and hopefully we can catch some fish!

August 19, 2008
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Walleyedan's Guide Service
Hi. I’m losing sleep over bass, can you imagine that? It’s true! We’ve started to do some filming for Mills Fleet Farm and we’ve been looking for a lunker largemouth. We had her on last night, but weren’t successful bringing her all the way in for photos. We were using Spro frogs and throwing them up into some pretty gnarly cover. One of these days, I’ll get her. The moon is coming off of the full cycle and I think it has me a little worked up. Tim, Toby, Bruce and Jeff have been busy on the waters of Gull and Whitefish and have been doing alright. Of course some days are better than others, but that’s just fishing for you. I think once we get out of the full moon phase the walleye bite will pick up. If you are coming up in the next couple of weeks and plan on using minnows, make sure you have a good aerator because the water is at the boiling point. Musky action has been good and should be from here on out! We have one of the best musky guys in the state working with us (Jeff) and if you are interested in booking a couple of days in musky country make sure to give us a call and we’ll set you up.

July 28, 2008
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Walleyedan's Guide Service
The weather has been great and the fishing has been good. I am taking a break today (from fishing) and will be talking to the Kiwanis in Brainerd. Back at it again tomorrow and I think I will be on Mille Lacs with Dr. Carlson. Highlights from this last week include a good morning on Whitefish with the Weidenbachers where we caught some nice walleyes and also a trip with my son where we caught a 5 pound 12 ounce largemouth bass. Gull and Whitefish are putting out some nice fish on the mid-lake humps and bumps. Look for the best bites to happen in the morning and evening hours. Redtail chubs are still the best bait (in my eyes), but don’t overlook a juicy crawler! The Ron Schara bass tournament is this coming weekend on Gull and it should be pretty interesting to see what weight wins that tourney. My money is on Tom Whitehead. If you are looking to book a guided trip, make sure to call Shelley@ 218-839-5598 and get on the calendar. Our guides have been busy and I would like to say thanks to Tim Hanske, Toby Kvalevog, Bruce Meinz and Jeff Anderson for their hard work and good fishing!

July 12, 2008
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Walleyedan's Guide Service
Hello there. I bet you thought I got blown away by the wicked wind we’ve been having. Nope, I am still here just a bit on the busy side and it’s not going to slow down anytime soon by the looks of things. We (our guides and I) have been on the water about everyday and the catching has been O.K.. We have been fishing Gull, Whitefish and a few other area lakes this week and it’s been pretty good. The walleyes have been a little elusive at times, but the bass have been sucking in about everything in sight. One of the best way to catch fish right now is with a mushroom head jig and a 3” piece of Berkley Gulp Alive. I have been using the smelt and the emerald shiners and this stuff really works. Hey, Farve is thinking he wants to come back? Whatever. How about those Twins? They are doing well, let’s keep it up!

June 24, 2008
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Walleyedan's Guide Service
Fishing has been good. We have been fishing walleyes for the most part, but we have also been targeting some bass (both large and smallmouth). We have probably hit Gull Lake the hardest because it is right in our backyard but we have also spent time on Round, Pelican, Upper Hay, Mille Lacs, Leech, Little Boy and Ten Mile. The nice thing about this area, you're not going to run out of lakes to try. I have had a couple of great trips to Mille Lacs recently for both smallmouth bass and walleyes. Yesterdays trip with John, Ann and Joe was a 10! We had great weather, company and fishing!!! We ended up with some nice bass with the largest measuring up at 19 inches and then we shifted gears and caught some nice big walleyes. The bass were caught on X-Raps, Zara Spooks and Skitter Pops. The walleyes were caught on jigs and Berkley Gulp Alive (emerald shiners and black shad). What a blast. Today I am on Gull and I believe again tomorrow. My new Ranger Boat is wonderful! I can't say enough good things about the rig, it is a fishing machine and cuts through the water like a knife through soft butter (how about that analogy). Nisswa Marine is the Ranger Boat dealer in our area, so if you are looking for a new ride stop and check them out. If you are looking for fishing supplies, make sure you shop Mills Fleet Farm. They have all the goods you will ever need for your next trip to the lake. If you are interested in booking a guided trip with one of our "good guides", please give us a call and get on the calendar.

May 26, 2008
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Walleyedan's Guide Service
I hope your Memorial Day weekend has been a nice one. It's Monday morning at 7:08 and the air is a little cool at the moment, but overall the weather has been nice this weekend up here in the lakes country. The walleyes turned it up a couple of notches this past week and we had some awesome trips with happy customers. Tim Hanske and Bruce Meinz found some fish that were biting on Friday and that alone boosted my confidence level. I had been thinking that the fish still hadn't come through the channels but now I am really wondering what the scoop is. What ever the case, Saturday was a great day on the water. I looked at a few different areas and finally found a school of those hungry buggers. The Kozads and I had a fun a.m. trip where Allison had the "hot hand". If only she could have hung onto her Walleyedan hat and Nancy had issues with her pink Walleyedan hat too, it's a goner. Anyway, it was a fun trip with fun folks from Burnsville. Happy Birthday Ron! In the afternoon, I fished with a group of 4, Mark, Bill, Tim and Ron. I had fished with 3 of the 4 before and on this day we had a little more comfortable weather, except for a pretty stiff wind. I was thinking that coming across the main body of Gull Lake was going to be a little brutal but I was wrong. I am not saying this because I want Nisswa Marine to sell more boats (even though I want them to), but I am completely sold on Ranger Boats. Unbelievable how awesome the ride, if you are in the market for the best fishing boat I honestly think it's Ranger. And I have only run it for a couple of weeks. The one I am using is for sale (I think) and is soon as mine is wrapped and rigged, this one will be ready to hit the water and it's already broken in. Call Nisswa Marine at 218-963-2292 and ask for Ranger Rick. Also, please tell them you read this report. Maybe they'll give you a screaming deal, maybe. I have the day off today and I think it's time to look at options for the fish cleaning house at the new shop. Maybe we'll get the family out later on, we'll have to see. By the way, the fish were biting on spot tail shiners and Lindy Rigs in 12-16 feet of water. They are also eating Northland Fireballs too. If you have been thinking of coming up and fishing, it's the time. Our guides are rigged and ready and there are some open slots on this weeks calendar. If you are not completely rigged and ready for this 2008 fishing season, you should probably get into Mills Fleet Farm ASAP and get all of your fishing essentials. Have a great Memorial Day and thank you to all of you service men and women who have been and who are currently out there protecting our freedom. Thank you!

May 25, 2008
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Walleyedan's Guide Service
Good Sunday morning and happy Memorial Day weekend. The “bite” has begun. I honestly do not know what the water temperature is right now on Gull and surrounding lakes because my temp gauge only works off the bow mount but I can tell you that the fish are biting. We (myself and our guides) were pretty busy last week and on Friday the walleyes started to fire up. Saturday was phenomenal, I had two trips and both were awesome. My morning crew (the Kozads) were fun folks and despite them not being able to hang onto their hats, we ended up keeping a nice meal of walleyes. In the afternoon, I fished with Bill, Tim, Mark and Ron. We had 22 walleyes in about two hours, it was a blast. The fish are eating shiners and most of the fish came from 12-17 feet of water. Jeff Anderson was doing a trip up on Leech with one of the new Chase on the Lake condo owners and they walloped the fish as well, must have just been a great day. The wind was ripping pretty good, but I truly could not believe how the Ranger (buyarangerboat.com) handled the waves……unbelievable! I am sold on Ranger and don’t know that I would ever want anything other. Our guides are booking up pretty quick, but if you want to get in on the action we will be able to get you on the water, so call right away 218-839-5598. Hey, I hope you have a great week and make sure to shop Mills Fleet Farm for all your hunting and fishing goods.

May 20 , 2008
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Nisswa Guide Service
The first week of the walleye season is in the books. It has been different than any we have seen in our 33 years here. Opening weekend weather was rainy and cold, lake water temperature was colder than normal, and the walleyes were pretty scarce. The bright spot was the better than average crappie and bluegill bite. Seems like just about any smaller bay or smaller lake is producing some nice panfish right now. Small jigs like a Northland Fire-Fly jig tipped with a small crappie minnow, worm, or leech will do the trick. Some anglers this week have reported some 100+ fish days while chasing crappies. This prime fishing should continue for the next few weeks as they are in the shallows and going through the spawning cycle. Now back to the walleye report. Though the week started out pretty slow the last couple of days have showed some signs of improvement. The best reports are coming from Gull and Round Lakes. We have had the best luck fishing the edges of developing weedgrowth. If you can find some new weeds along the drop from 10-15 feet of water, that is where the walleyes have been. They are not everywhere just yet and it has taken some searching. The walleyes seem to be in tight schools of a few fish. The best baits have been shiners on either a small Fireball jig or a plain live bait rig. Most fish have been running on the smaller side but an occasional whopper has been caught. Which is a good sign. As the water warms up more and more walleyes will start showing up on the traditional springtime spots. Right now we just need to play the cards that mother nature has dealt us. Good luck this week!

May 16, 2008
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Walleyedan's Guide Service
Good morning people! Hope all is well in your life. I have been scrambling to try and get everything attended to, but it hasn't been an easy task. The Governors Opener was very fun and it was an all around well planned and well attended event. Thank you to all of the organizers and all that donated money and time to keep this awesome tradition alive. This was the 60th year and I aam very thankful that I was able to be a part of it. The Pawlenty's are real people and I hope to get a chance to fish with them in a different setting sometime. Now that the fishing opener is behind us and turkey season is pretty much wrapped for our family, it's time to focus....big time! I'm not sure if all of you are aware, but we are at a new location now. We are located in Nisswa, across the street from the water slide. We will have set hours very soon, but right now we are coming and going at all hours. We are not a full-fledged bait shop, we are a guide service with a comfortable and clean setting where you can hang out, have a cup of coffee and wait for us to clean your fish. We also have some shirts, hats and other goodies. We do have a bait tank where each of our regular guides will keep their bait. The convenience will be tremendous. If any of you have a clue where we can round up a fish cleaning house, please give us a ring or an email. My new Ranger 620 fishing boat is supposed to be done today and hopefully it will be wrapped and ready sometime next week. Nisswa Marine, my boat sponsor has been so kind to let me run a brand new Ranger 620 in the meantime. I was out the other day breaking in the engine and wow what a rig that is. I am so excited to get mine all rigged and ready, I can't even wait any longer. I think I will be out today on Whitefish, they say it is going to be 75 degrees, but windy. I was out on a trip on Monday with Tim Hanske and two of my regular customers. We hit Round Lake and ended up with decent action, but more northerns and bass than walleyes. We did hook a nice 27 and 3/4 inch walleye on a jig and Gulp Alive smelt (3"). I really believe in this stuff. Mills Fleet Farm has a very good stock of this stuff and they are selling the heck out of it! Get some, it works! The crappies are sunnies are biting. Yesterday was Mac and Elizabeth's birthday. Mac turned 6 and Elizabeth 8, we had a fishing party for Mac and his friends and a nail salon party for Elizabeth and her friends. Mac and his friends each caught fish and thanks to Bruce Meinz it was a success. Without Bruce's help it would have been very tricky. Grant caught the biggest fish of the day, a 3 pound bass on his 4 foot rod (Spiderman rod?). The girls, Lily and Claire caught the most....the girls usually do. O.K., now for my oldest daughters turkey hunt. It was incredible. We had one day (just south of Brainerd) that the birds were all over the place but we did not end up scoring. We called one in to about 25 yards but Alex did not get a good look at it. I felt like a calling champ as we got it to come back after being up to within 100 yards. We ended up closing the gap after it had left and then I used my stuff to get him to get right back on us again. No shot, but awesome memories!

May 4, 2008
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Walleyedan's Guide Service
Hi. The ice is going, going and almost gone! Brent Wiczek of Nisswa Marine was up in the air today and gave me a report about an hour ago. He said there is a small patch of ice in the middle of Mille Lacs (which is probably gone by now), a lot of ice on the Whitefish Chain, some on the east side of Gull and in Steamboat and Wilson Bays, a patch on the south end of Pelican and that is the story. The opener will be on open water afterall (around the Brainerd area). I have been working around the clock trying to get things in order. The garage sale is over, thank goodness. I started loading my new Mills Fleet Farm tackle boxes with some goodies, but I still have a lot of work to do with the rods and reels. I don’t have to worry about having my boat because I will be using John Janouseks’ boat on the opener as I will be guiding Governor Tim Pawlenty and the first lady. My first lady wants to come along too, but I think we will have a full boat. I have a feeling that the Pelican Lake walleyes are going to be up on the shallow sand and hopefully we can get a few of those marble eyes to bite. I will have a chance to do a little scouting (not fishing) on Friday and then it will be “game time” Saturday a.m.. The crappies are going to be fished pretty hard this coming weekend because I think a lot of people are thinking the water will be too cold for a decent walleye “bite”. We are going to fish walleyes and we will do our best with what we have to work with. Hopefully the air temperature is comfortable, that will do wonders. For now, I must be on my way. BuyARangerBoat.com.

April 25, 2008
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Nisswa Guide Service
This spring’s ice out will go down in history as one of the latest. The last few days have been beautiful, as the sunshine has pushed the temps into the 70s. The only problem is our lakes are still covered in ice. Some of the lakes are making progress but some lakes still have ice fishermen walking on them. There have been a few anglers hitting the open water at the Gull Lake narrows and from the sound of it there are even a few crappies in there. It should keep getting better as spring moves along and the water warms up. Time to dust off the fishing rods and reels, spool on some new line, and tie on that trusty crappie jig. Some of the smaller lakes and bays should open in the next couple of days. The bigger lakes could be ready in about a week. I would love to predict sooner but I think May 1 is a little more realistic considering the upcoming forecast. Over the last few weeks the fishing has been phenomenal for big crappies. We’ve even seen some 2 pounders caught and released. That is a serious slab. This big crappie bite should continue into the open water period. While we’ve been waiting we’ve been stocking the shelves here at the store. The new tackle is up and we’re ready to talk fishing so stop in on your way to the lake. I’ll keep you posted on the latest.

April 24, 2008
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Walleyedan
It was a great day up here today but unfortunately I spent a lot of the day indoors. But, yesterday was a better day! I was down in Lake City and bagged a 24 pound gobbler. Kent Blake road tripped down there with me and videotaped the days hunt. We will do some editing and see if Fleet Farm will let us play it at their Baxter store. It was an absolutely awesome hunt and one that will stick with me for quite some time. I just finished cleaning the bird and I am hoping that the neighbors have a smoker and want to take on the job, otherwise I will have to use my kitchen skills and make up some kind of recipe. If any of you have a good wild turkey recipe I would like to talk to you. My turkey season will have one more chapter and that will be when my daughter Alex hunts south of Brainerd in a couple of weeks. My boat won’t be here until the 7th or 8th of May, so I am glad that I have turkey to talk about. The lakes are starting to look a little weak, but they still have a ways to go before we are cruising the open water. Round Lake is looking like it should be going out in a few days, Gull should be about 6 days behind that. Hard to say for sure though. Wow are things going to get busy from here on out, I better start eating my Wheaties!

April 8 , 2008
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Walleyedan
We did get walloped by the last snow storm but hopefully it will be history by the end of the week. The 8 or 10 inches that we did get is a good thing for the area lakes that need all they can get to start filling them back up again. We are still quite dry up here and it would be nice to get some of that water back into the system. I have been doing some traveling with Mills Fleet Farm as of late, and my last stop was Lambeau Field where Mills has their own sport show. It was an awesome site and I am hoping that I can make it back for the fall show. It would be worth the road trip, the lines at the registers were deep and there was a lot of product moved. I was able to meet a lot of people including John Gillespie. I think John and I will get together out in the boat this spring or summer and do a little fishing or maybe out in the woods after a gobbler. I have been thinking about the wild turkey for quite some time now and can’t wait for the season to begin. As much as I love to fish, turkeys take the cake at this point in the season. I will be preparing for the Minnesota fishing opener between turkey hunts and hopefully I will have my act together by the time the Governor comes to town. I’m just hoping that we are fishing out of a boat and not on the ice. My new Ranger 620 (courtesy of Nisswa Marine) should be here in another couple of weeks, hard to wait. For now, it’s time to focus on business and try to keep the wolves from blowing the house down. Have a nice week and I will be talking to you soon.

March 31, 2008
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Walleyedan
Hi. I hope you are enjoying the last day of March. It’s pretty gloomy looking out there and the weather experts are saying we are going to get so snow, how about that! We honestly need all the moisture we can physically handle. Mentally………that’s another subject. I am planning on taking a walk as soon as I am done typing this report, I am going to look for some sheds (deer antlers) before everything gets covered up once again. It would be a nice morning to be out on the ice, but I am opting for a little exercise as I look for some sheds. I have not been on the ice for about a week, but we still have about 3 feet of ice out there. In fact, I just took the kids to school and there was a pick-up out on the north end of Gull and there have been a lot of folks fishing pan fish on Round Lake. I am going to get out next week and it is my belief that the action is going to be hot. After a day or two of fishing through the ice next week it’s going to be time to prep for turkey hunting. I am getting very excited and I am anxious to use my new slate call that was made by “Flash”. I also tried out a few calls at Mills Fleet Farm last week and they were awesome sounding. If you are looking for the latest in outdoor products at a great price, I would suggest checking out your local Mills Fleet Farm store. I’m also getting pumped to see and then get out in my new Ranger 620 fishing boat. I just drove by Nisswa Marine and saw a load of new boats pulling into the parking lot. I don’t think mine is on that load, but you just never do know. Gotta go before the snow.
Have a great week and make sure to book your guided fishing trip now.

March 19, 2008
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Walleyedan
It sure is a beautiful day up here today. I am guessing that the last of the snow will melt off the roof today and then we won’t have to worry about slipping down the steps anymore. Yesterday I was at Mills Fleet Farm in Fargo and Fergus Falls doing a little employee training. It went well, and I was able to finish the day on one of my favorite pan fish lakes in the state. I was able to drive out and follow my G.P.S. cursor right to the spot where we did well last year. That makes me think of my wife’s favorite fishing saying, “you can’t fish on memories”. I drilled a few holes and soon realized the fish weren’t there. I starting looking around for pre-drilled holes from other fisherman and I was able to find a few. I was using my smallest Northland Forage Minnow jigging spoon tipped with a wax worm. I caught a lot of sun fish, crappies, 1 rock bass and 1 largemouth. I only kept 5 or 6 sun fish, but it sure was a blast and maybe I will eat them tonight. The landings on the area lakes are going to be in pretty tough shape, but we still have about 3 feet. The best pan fish action is yet to come, but make sure you play it safe when venturing out on the ice. Arctic Armor is always a wise choice, but especially this time of year when the conditions can change from day to day. Wow, Easter weekend this weekend? What is going on with this world? It sure does seem like the time is fleeing faster than ever! So, get out and fish before another ice season is gone! And remember, your 07 license is good through April.

February 26, 2008
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Walleyedan
The walleye, northern and bass season is now closed (as of Sunday). The walleye/northern season will open up on May 10th. Just because the "big fish" season is closed for a while, it doesn't mean everything is. Pan fish season is continuous, and the best action is yet to come. If you would like to schedule a trip it might be a good idea to get on our calendar now. We have all the equipment, so all you need to do is have a MN fishing license and proper clothing. Our last group outing was last Thursday when we had the Best Buy people out, fun trip. I was also out over night with my 3 children on Saturday night. We slept in my fish house on Gull Lake, something we have talked about for quite some time. It was an adventure, we had a fire and cooked hot dogs and smores. We also had the 82 Yamaha Enticer (snowmobile) out there with us and it was the biggest hit of the trip. If you are thinking of coming up to the area, give us a call and we will be happy to guide you to some pan fish. And we are now booking open water trips for the 08 season. Come visit us at our new shop in Nisswa.

January 25, 2008
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Walleyedan
Hi. We are finally getting a little clean up around the lakes area. A dusting of snow. It has been quite some time since we have seen the white stuff, it's kind of nice for a change. I was last on the ice on Friday evening and we ended up catching some walleyes. We (myself and the Cooks) set up the Sno Bear in 16 feet of water and had some pretty good action. It really didn't seem to matter what we were using, the "bite" was on. It's pretty fun to see them race up on the flasher and know that they are going to bite. The air temperature has finally mellowed out and it has been very comfortable when a person has to chase down a tip-up or just jig outside for the "prime time" bite. If you are looking for walleye action, you might want to key in on some of the points where there might be a bit of current. As we move through February, the walleyes will start to stage in and around their eventual spawning grounds. February and March can be some of the best pan fish months as well. I will be doing a few trips up to Red Lake later this month in hopes of rounding up some of the monster crappies. We have them around the Brainerd area as well, but it's kind of fun to get up to the big lake every now and then. If you are looking for the best selection of pan fish baits, head to the nearest Fleet Farm store and check out their ice fly wall.
Tip of the week: Take your vitamin C!

January 25, 2008
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Walleyedan
We are getting close to game time. The gun goes off at noon tomorrow for the worlds largest ice fishing contest. It is held right here on Gull Lake in central Minnesota. I will be there for my 17th year in a row, missed the first year and that has been it! I have caught fish during the contest, but haven't caught anything big enough to win a prize. The ice conditions are awesome and it is my guess that this will be the largest turnout ever, I'm guessing 13, 200 participants. I haven't put tape on the ice depth, but I would say we are around 22 inches or there about. I did a Sno Bear trip the other day with a few guys that are coming up for the "X" and we did a little scouting. We didn't come up with much in the contest boundaries, but did catch a few on a spot not too far away. The fish seem to be liking the set lines over the jig right now. My suggestion is to rig up with a slip bobber and a Northland Creep Worm (tip it with a small to medium size rainbow chub, shiner or rosy red). The key to winning this year will be the lucky t-shirt! They are $15.00 and you can buy one from us at the Sno Bear. We will be in the vendor area. We will also have some stocking hats, Arctic Armor, custom tip-ups, etc.. Call me today if you want to buy a rod/reel or a custom tip-up and we will rig it for you so it's ready when you stop by. Be safe on way up and make sure to stop and say hello. I will also be at the pre-party tonight at Grand View Lodge. It is open to the public!
Have a good day and we'll see you on stage!,
Quote of the week: "Grandma Olson Likes Rock Bass"

January 15, 2008
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Walleyedan
The weather is shaping up beautifully. It is 6 below at 5:20 a.m. on this 15th day of January and we are making some serious ice. The Extravaganza is only 11 days away, can you believe it is that close? Mt guess is that there are about 13 or 14 inches of ice out at Hole In The Day Bay and maybe more after last night. I think we should be at 20 inches or so by the 26th at noon. Do you have all your stuff together for the big day? I just got my new custom ice rods in the other day and have rigged some already. The others are for sale and if you want to buy one or anything at our new shop, swing on in and pick one up. We also have some "lucky", custom engraved and flagged tip-ups. These could be the hot ticket for the winner at the Extravaganza. Fishing on Gull and North Long has been pretty good, we had a good week last week and it sure was nice to be able to fish outside in comfort. But then again, when you have Arctic Armor on your always in comfort. We have a good supply in stock, so if you want the best ice fishing suit on the market come check it out. The Sno Bear is back in action, this is my 3rd year with this machine and I have been loving every minute of it. We charge $100.00 an hour for up to 3 people and if you would like we can fish more because it has a canvas portable attached to the back of the machine. If you don't know what this machine look likes, go to www.walleyedan.com and check it out.
Tip of the week: The Pack is back!

January 7, 2008
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Walleyedan
We are in a meltdown period. The snow is melting off the lakes and off of the snowmobile trails but we are happy that we are losing some of the insulation on the lakes. The 18th annual Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza is slated for the 26th of January and right now we need a few more inches of ice, this shouldn't be a problem with 19 days before the gun goes off. The contest is from noon to 3 p.m. on the 26th and it is the worlds largest ice fishing contest. We have been all over the lake and the most ice we have found is 15 inches, with 11 being the average. The forecast is calling for some cold this weekend, so it looks like we should be in good shape. I was out on a guided trip this a.m. with a fun group and will be headed back out again with them in a few minutes. We chased tip-ups around on the north end of Gull and need up with some walleyes and perch. We did miss a few too. It seems to me that the walleyes are preferring set-lines/tip-ups and smaller minnows versus jigs. If you are looking for Arctic Armor ("the suit that floats"), we have it at our new shop in Nisswa and we are offering a pre-extravaganza special where if you buy a set we will throw in a set of gloves for free. We also have some custom Walleyedan ice sticks on the way, pretty fancy!
Tip of the week: Pray for cold.

 
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