S5E9 - Lake Of the Woods and Mille Lacs Fishing Report
Jeff and Jason talk about recent ice fishing trips to Lake of the Woods and Mille Lacs Lake. It is the first week of January 2022.
Mille Lacs Lake Fishing Report
Jeff was fishing out of the Red Door Resort on Mille Lacs Lake. Walked out to the first break and caught some walleyes and perch. I was fishing out of my one man Frabill Recon 100 ice shack. Its super tiny but just big enough for me to fish out of and super light to walk out with. I have no seat so I use one of those tripod chairs. Not everyone likes them but I find them superior to bag chairs where you sit to low. I can fish out of them for hours. This is not the one I have but its similar https://amzn.to/3JTnMsA
For Presentation I used a few different lures. I was using a perch talker 1/4 oz drop chain with glow pink and white. You can find a three pack here. https://amzn.to/3n4eAIa . This lure got bit off on a big fish and I only had one. Still searching for a replacement. That is why I always buy two of them incase you loose one or to lend to Jason. I also used a glow spoon, I have talked to a few anglers that have had success with these. They work even if your glow stick is not glowing anymore. I would go for the green and gold ones. https://amzn.to/3zvdKJy https://amzn.to/3JOdf24 And get some extra glow sticks too. I prefer the red glow sticks https://amzn.to/3G79a6T red seems to work the best for me.
I am running 6lb Trilene fluorocarbon line https://amzn.to/3q3EEFh This stuff is a bit stiff and can have some memory, but I have been told it superior. I switch back and forth between this and mono. I have a ant swivel https://amzn.to/3f5nPn7 on this to take the twist out. Also running a quick clip https://amzn.to/3qVH4oF from northland to switch lures super easy.
For location I was fishing on break from shallow to deep with a rocky bottom in about 19 feet of water.
Lake of the Woods Fishing Report
Jason was fishing lake of the woods on the Canada side, and had a ton of success. He ran into some rod issues because he was using the wrong action rod for the target species of walleye. He was running a medium light rod from St. Croix. Because it was to light it did not have the backbone to get the fish through the hole. Also it was not giving him the action on his lures he was looking for because the tip of his rod was to quick. He will be looking for a new rod very soon with medium action when targeting walleyes.
For Lures he used a few different ones but found that the VMC Rocker spoon really worked well. https://amzn.to/3t8F1R0 . He also found success with a red buckshot https://amzn.to/3G6iqbm and of course the go to glow perch buck shot https://amzn.to/3n8JhvY
Last week I forgot my bibs when I went ice fishing. This caused me to have to drive 45 minutes to Brainerd to find something to wear the next day for ice fishing. It was an adventure for sure.
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