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Another week of mother nature has worn me out. Being 62 does not help.
Trying to keep track of the past week has been tough. With the impending snow and winds predicted we had to decide if our best move would be to get the fleet closer to the main road. At least this way we would be able to get to our customers if any problems arose. I would say last thursday may have been one of the hardest days I have had on the lake when it comes to moving houses. We moved 9 houses. The weatherman was right on the money with the snows and winds. Friday the access was closed to wheelhouses. We were able to get our customers checked in. With our house spread  out from 2 miles to 5 i expected some good fishing could be had from at least some of the house. Saturday we spent the better part of the day moving 4-foot drifts away from the houses and reopening all the driveways as they were completely filled in.
Utah with Andy, Doug and John had the best fishing of the fleet. That house was out about 2 miles out, Super nice guys. They were happy to go home with 9 fish plus they did eat a few .
Florida and Montana were out closer to 5 miles with a few fish caught both nights.
 Old minnesota and North dakota were not rented tell saturday.
 I sure expected better fishing in those spots only to be disappointed. Wayne and Paul headed home with 5 walleyes 3 perch and a pike.
 Alaska had Fred, Melisa and there 2 friends they did also get some fish but again nothing to brag about.
 Today we have a flat tire to deal with, an alternator that going out plus a couple houses that need to be moved.
Wish us luck as we try to finish off strong here on the shore of upper red lake that owes us nothing
   
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My guess is mother nature took a good look around the lake and found some snow she had not blown around, so yesterday a north north east wind put a nice chill in the air and again drifted in the main road to the point of needing plowing most of the main road again. Our driveways at least did not fill in but there are some drifts to knock down.
 I have never really counted down the days tell the season ends but this year with the amount of snow on the lake I have caught myself counting them down. 4 nights to go 5 if you count sunday night.
 With predicted light and variable winds today and tomorrow Jonny boy and I may be lost out there.
 The hammer and I decided we would get in another night of fishing and have dinner out there. I got her set up first. she missed her first fish of many within ten minutes. It was quite comical as I tried to get my set up, she kept losing fish or missing them. Every time I was threading my line on the jig she would have a fish on. I would drop what I was doing go pull her vex line up only to have her lose another fish. A couple of them may have been keepers but we will never know. She commented there were all sorts of fish down there as I turned on my vex only to have her batterie die within seconds of me getting my line down. I set her up with mine so we could put a charge on hers.
 Now it was time to start dinner, so my fishing was done. dinner turned out ok with fish, Brockley, and noodles.
 The hammer did land 3 fish but there were just little scuffits. One may have been pushing 15. After dinner we fished for a little longer then decided to pack up as I was beat. Packing up is a big chore also. Coming in we had made the right decision of bringing red rusty trusty as we would never of made it in with the car.
 Brian and Stacy have been in florida we checked them in tuesday, this is there tenth year staying with us on the anniversary. They did all right the first night getting a 18, 16, and 15-inch walleye,6 keeper perch, and 1 very elusive yet still catchable upper red lake crappie. Stacy had commented she sure would like to catch one. She was rewarded with a nice 14 incher.
 Jake was also up sunday , monday. He helped Jonny boy and I move a couple of the houses. They caught enough to have a fish fry at westwinds monday eve, Jake and Gabrial just love the way they do their fish there plus Gabrial always has a bowl of westwind famous wild rice soup.
  Tyler also came in with his 2 boys, we had plowed them a spot and they had 6 fish to eat. They also headed home yesterday with at least 5 more they caught yesterday.
 I also set up mike and his two buddy's in north dakota so we will see how they did today. They were only staying the one night.
 Of course, we have another busy day as montana and old minnesota have guest coming today as well as setting up Darrin's 2 houses for his cousins. Friday will be busy as old minnesota and montana will need to be moved and reset plus, I be leave we have a couple wheelhouses coming. With all the snow they are basically getting a driveway off the main road.
 The final weekend we have 5 of the seven houses with repeat customers, just the way I like it on a grand lake that owes us nothing.
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not sure about you cookie......but i'm thinking ALOT  of these resort owners that plow roads and maintain a fleet are going to glad when the season finally ends...... at least int he back of there mind anyway.....

from what i read its been one tough year on the ice for you guys!!!!!!!
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a bad day of fishing is still better than a good day at work!!

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Every year is different here on the shores of upper red lake. This year was no exception. It sure seemed we would get just enough snow every week followed by huge winds from two to 3 different directions. Followed by bone chilling cold to battle. It only takes a small dusting of snow with high winds to create 3-foot drifts around every snowbank and object out there.  The red baron never got to see the ice this year as the electrical problem never got solved.
The red chevy rusty trusty had to do all the trail blazing. Blue thunder was my daily driver as black beauty is still waiting for a used transmission to be installed. The red baron has always been our back up truck for moving the houses.
 I babied the hell out of blue thunder this year. She had a few hiccups but being a chevy she has heald up pretty well this year. Knock on wood as she still has plenty of work to do as I slowly bring the fleet close to shore for now.
 Old minnesota will be the last one to come in so I can relax and do a little fishing as I try to land an elusive yet still catchable upper red lake crappie.
Last night our fucus was on getting at least one more walleye dinner. The hammer came through after a few lost fish with a fat 17 incher. I followed up also after a few misses and lost fish with another just over 17. We pulled the plug after watching 2 movies and having a grilled cheese and soup for dinner. Jonny boy stayed out there just in case a elusive yet still catchable upper red lake crappie swims by.
 The fishing report from the past few days is not anything like last year's last weekend of game fish season.
We had a nice area all scouted out that was very fishy. The houses were way spread out. The cookie shuffle was done on a couple houses that had done pretty good last week while the other houses were placed into new un fished areas.
 Montana and old minnesota had Butch' s crew wednesday thursday. The first night montana got 9 walleyes. while old minnesota got a 14-inch elusive yet still catchable upper red lake crappie and only a couple walleyes. Old minnesota got another 14 inch crappie thursday night. Monatana only got a few mor walleyes. Friday we had to move 3 houses for a turnover. Montana had alisa and her guy she also landed a elusive yet still catchable upper red lake crappie. another 14 incher to boot.  They also landed a few walleyes with one over 22 inches.
 Florida had Tony and Tela They did get a 33 inch pike out of that house and a few smaller walleyes. Sounds like both couples would like to come back next year.
 Alaska Had joe,chris,rock and Zack. They have been coming for years. Jonny boy use to work with them many moons ago. They did not pound the fish but Joe said the good time they had made up for it. He said nobody on the lake had as much fun as them. They did get enough fish for a fish fry at jrs saturday afternoon.
 
Utah had Jarred his brother and friend. Jarrod has been here a few times. They only managed to get 4 nice keeper walleyes plus a few smaller ones. Jarrod said they plan on coming again next year.
Old minnesota and Todd, Danny and Drake they only took home 4 or5 keepers. Drake is 4 but still remembers me eating a minnow last year. Danny is a nephew of ours.
 Northh dakota had Jim his boy and son inlaw. They had a few fish also but nothing to brag about. They were here last year also the last weekend, so they have got to see the good with the bad in there two trips.
 california had by far the best fishing. Tammy, Bob and Tony. They ate fish plus also took home there 3 limits. They want to come up this summer and stay in one of our cabins. They also were repeat customers.
 We also plowed a few driveways for wheelhouses. Nicks house land 8 elusive yet still catchable upper red lake crappies.
Presstons house got a elusive 14 inch upper red lake crappie. plus a few walleyes.
 Rods house did so bad friday night we plowed them a new area where they managed to get 5 keepers plus a pike.The few other wheelhouses I'm not sure how they did.
 Lonnie's crew of 5 wheelhouses did pretty well I believe, they were the closest houses towards shore to boot. The hammer and I spent some time with them saturday night, Lonnie and Lisa have become pretty good friends over the years. Lisa even got a elusive yet still catchable upper red lake crappie.
Hillmans had the band the crappie floppers but we missed out this year. Its just a group of guys that jam together once a year at hillmans. Last year I played harmonica with them for one tune, so much fun.
 Jonny boy is going down to florida this week for a must deserved vacation. He sure has come into his own up here in god's country. As parents kellie aka the hammer and I cannot be any prouder how he has stepped up and helped us get through these tough winters as we are not getting any younger.
 My plan this week is to just plug away and dig out the last 5 houses. I'll pull one in every time I come to shore this week. If I find a couple elusive yet still catchable upper red lake crappies all the better. We might have a guest this coming sunday depending on mother nature.
 To all our new and old customers be leave me with all my heart you all keep me going. Thank you so much. As I get older its harder to make the rounds after a day working on the lake. After dinner I'm spent. This year at least 2 to 3 days a week was dedicated to fighting mother nature. Gotta go for now
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I see it as been quite a while since I have written any fishing reports.
 The summer has just screamed by this year. The fishing on this grand lake was very good throughout the summer. The water level was high all year causing quite a bit of erosion done on our lake shore. Plus, when we get higher winds out of the southwest the water floods the whole yard down there.
 We added another wheelhouse this year nick named Colorado. I should of some details and pics on our web site later this week.
 Jonny boy took a new job this summer so he will not be working on the lake with me every day. He does plan to still help out as much as possible so that's a good thing as my age is catching up to me. I 'm looking for a full-time helper so if anyone has any interest give me a shout. I do have some help from good friends when they are available, but they will be on their schedule not mine. I have a plan in my head so will see how that pans out.
 Jonny boy and Dan are going to get the used tranny put in black beauty,
 so, I have a lake truck for hauling propane and other supplies on and off the lake.
 I have started inventory on the other houses plus started some cleaning. The red baron is back home after being down all last winter. I love that truck so crossing my fingers she stays running this winter. Blue thunder will, need some tlc the next few weeks. Our other red chevy Big Red seems to be running rough so I have to try and figure that out?
 Working at the golf course Oak Harbor this summer we had quite a bit of damage from the high water up on the rainy river as it flooded part of the golf course most of the summer. The water has finally receded but there is quite a bit of work to do up there to get here back in shape.
 I'm all most positive that we will be battling mother nature again this year. Be nice if the winds are a little kinder this year.
 I was going to hook up with my old friend the Greek last week but plans changed as he had to get down to naples florida to take care of the damage at his place plus try and help the community in is neighborhood.
I have a pretty big to do list to get started on now that I'm done at the golf course. I'm hoping I can try and bow hunt again this year but we shall see.
 We also may have to adjust our prices just a bit,
 I will decide on that in the next few weeks.
Stay tuned as the countdown starts for another ice fishing season on a grand lake that owes us nothing
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I really enjoy reading what you go through in a day/ weekend cookie during the hard water season, good lord not sure I could do it or convince others to help. Ever thought of selling while the Lake is still doing good ? That's your chance to sit back , heal and let the Lake gives back what it owes you..

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I really enjoy reading what you go through in a day/ weekend cookie during the hard water season, good lord not sure I could do it or convince others to help. Ever thought of selling while the Lake is still doing good ? That's your chance to sit back , heal and let the Lake gives back what it owes you..
:scratch: you looking to buy?? :sleazy: :rotflmao:

I too really enjoy reading the trials and tribulations cookie endures!!👍
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I enjoy reading about the trials and tribulations that you go through.  A few years ago I would have been all over helping you.  It's an adventure and a tough thing to do.  I couldn't handle that anymore.  Bobb had a good idea earlier.  You may have a gold mine there.  Even a silver mine or even a copper mine may be a windfall.   You aren't as young as you were neither. 

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 Well most the time it's deep in your blood and tough to give up!👍 I really admire guys like cookie!
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well thanks guys. the old back is wearing out so its a very big concern at this point. As far as gold mine not sure about that. 5 old trucks, couple plows  ,couple fish houses. I always said this was my retirement. never thought what happens when im to worn out  oops :confused:
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Mayhaps an annual lease for someone to take it over so you keep getting money annually.  ???  You do what is good for you Cookie.

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a bad day of fishing is still better than a good day at work!!

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Well that countdown went fast.  From the looks of it plus reports from others that have walked out onto the lake, everything looks like a   go buy this friday. I myself do not care for the early ice. Our friend Ben was out saturday down towards the south end of the lake. He was out maybe 1\4 mile. There is some piled up ice where the winds just pounded the ice into a 20-foot-high pile. He was standing close to open water. I would say it was the size of a big truck. just a round open hole of ice. Not sure why it's like that. Once that glazes over you talking maybe one inch of ice. Then throw a layer of snow over that and now you have unsafe ice right next to 4 or 5 inches. I told him to ping that spot.
 Most years the first time i'm on the lake as when I can drive bluethunder. The lake was not looking so well last weeks. It seemed we got an inch or two of snow every day. The shoreline was showing some slush.  The winds came back in a fury friday with the coldest temps of the season. Saturday morning, I expected the worse only to my surprise  80  percent of the snow was gone. Quite a bit ended up on our shoreline and into the woods. Our property seems to have a vortex or something. I get 3 feet of drifted snow and the neighbor to the north get hardly any?
 Not sure what hillmans is charging this year for an access fee, they did post they were opening up to walking starting thursday.
 I have been plugging away. The boys did get the tranny in black beauty, sure nice having a comfortable warm truck to drive this year.
 Bluethunder got a small workout yesterday as I cleaned up down at the lake. The red baron blew a upper radiator hose. being a 88 were still waiting on a new hose. I spose if you're working on a hot rod you would just take some measurement then look at the Autopart's store for something that would work.
Jonny boy and I got the window back up on big red.
 I've gotten all the houses detailed with the heaters on. I have an inventory list. I sure wonder where all the steak knives go
The hammer and I will be heading down to the cites for thanksgiving while jonny boy and Dan hold down the fort? Now tha most of the resort will be opening up to walking the phone calls will start trickling in when do you think we can take out wheelers or sleds.
The winds were howling down there last night. Old mother nature sure can be brutal.
Rick and Bob were here for 9 days of hunting. They saw some deer this year but never got a good shot. Bob got a great pic of a buck walking by his trail cam around 7 40 am. He was hunting a different stand south of town when his phone sent him the pic. I still think it was funny.
Jonny boy and Dan also got the new carpet in old minnesota. They said they may be able to knock out north dakota thankgiving day. Time to hit the bricks, I imagine the next report I write will have a fishing report of a grand lake that owes us nothing
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The sunday night winds I mentioned on my last report created a little surprise yesterday morning. The was a crack in front of the beach about 100 yards out that followed the shoreline south until just after hillman's them peeling away to the southwest. Somewhere to east is a big chunk of open yes open water. The ice piled up with one spot in front of Frank and Janas place close to 15 20 feet high. There's slabs of ice 4to 5 inches thick piled on top of ice. Buddy Hillmans of Hillmans resort said some places it could be 3 or 4 layers of ice making it 20 inches thick. In front of their place there are a few openings, so it looks like we will not have to make an opening through it.  When we pull our houses out of the woods we will have to find a route to bring the houses to Hillmans highway. Buddy had his stakes out about a 1/2 mile. The ice sheet moved them to northeast a bit. I imagine he will redo them, so his road is running straight out.
  There were a few fishermen out, not sure how they did. It looked like they were out in about 9 feet of water. Sounds like there were also a few fisher people down to the south also. Some fishing in 7 feet of water the others in 9 feet.
 Just as always as soon as the resort said they were going to open up to walking I get the calls. When will they let wheelers and sleds out? It so funny, once the give the green light for wheelers then the phones will start ringing again. When are they letting single axle houses out. I think they should call mother nature. I do not have her number though.
 Over did it Sunday getting things ready, so I was a little sore yesterday, my back has worn out, I did have it looked at, MRI they said I have narrowing of the spine? plus the other few issues that were already there. The plan at this point is keep plugging away. Any help I have this year will be doing most of the grunt work, one thing I am trying to do is not have as many houses rented on Wednesdays. Also giving 110 percent is totally out of the question. Being a grunt, my hole working career has taken its toll. I'm sure all the golf working at golf courses have not helped. Although I never had much pain swinging the golf club just practicing putting and chipping had always been an issue.
 As most should Know the limit for the winter is 3 fish 2 under 17 and the third any size. I had a spot two years ago I really liked so I hope I can get the houses to that area.
 Heading to Blackduck and Bemidji, this morning. Crossing my fingers, I got the right radiator hose ordered for the red baron. If not going to see if I can find one similar. I imagine if you're building a hot rod that what they do.
 I got 5 of the 6 generators running. One will not fire. I think it might have super bad gas as it does have good spark. The small engine repair shop charges 80 an hour. That sounds like a pretty good gig.
 The hammer took a new job and does not work at the  cenox gas station anymore. It was a good run. 17 years, Hindsight is always 20 20 we should have looked into buying it when it went up for sale. My thought was I do not want to have to do all the grunt work, waxing floors, cleaning minnow tanks, changing lightbulbs, painting etc. Again, hindsight maybe we could have hired people to do that work.
 Time to warm up the car, we did get another 1/4 inch of snow. Hope that pattern stops.
 
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 :happy1: :happy1: its great seeing your reports again sir!!!!!!!!! :bow: :bow:

just keep boar away from moving parts......things wont break then!!!!! :sleazy: :evil: :happy1: :rotflmao:
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I hope yu freeze yur trigger finger off next year....oh wait yu quit to early
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Each day we are getting closer to crunch time here on the shore of upper red lake. 
We had some excitement here yesterday as the winds pushed the ice sheet opening up a wide crack down towards the south shore.
 Jrs. resort got a bridge out to a spot so as far as I know all the fisher people were able to safely get across.
 Last night the winds were howling out of the southwest so once it gets light out, I imagine all the resorts will be sending someone out on the ice to see what she looks like before they give the green light to go out today.
 I keep hearing 3 to 7 inches of ice? I still have not gone out as again I'm in no hurry. I like to wait tell I can drive blue thunder on the lake.
 I have seen quite a few pics of open water spots on the lake. She is a big lake so without flying over who know where they all could be. Once we get a good cold snap and calm winds those spots will glaze over. So, you could be checking ice that goes from 6 inches to 1 inch.? That is the reason the resort have to hold off letting machines on the ice as once there's a green light, they may end up going all most any ware.
 We do have a full house this weekend with guys staying in the houses on shore. It's a good way to start the season to work out any details before the houses hit the lake.
 We plan on going out of Hillmans resort again this year.
 As I get older my memory seems to be slipping a bit, so I would ask all bare with me this year.
 Both the red trucks still need to be driven around a bit to work out and bugs. Will get the plows on them once the houses come out of the woods. At this time, I think we're looking around the third weekend Dec. 18th possibly to get out on the lake. Mother nature will be making that decision for us.
We were not home over the holiday, but it sounds like she was pretty busy out there Saturday, with quite a few fish leaving the lake. I did see quite a few pics of the elusive yet still catchable upper red lake crappies. Today I have some errands to run so I'll know more about the lake conditions when I get back home.
 The books are starting to fill in a bit more but there's still plenty of houses open throughout the season. Christmas to new year's is pretty much full. Gotta hit the road now as it is getting light out.
 
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I'am not ready to battle mother nature, A dusting of snow  tuesday night followed by 30 mph winds basically packed 4 feet of snow down on our lake shore in front of the houses. ERRRR. Blue thunder got its first good workout yesterday when i got home from a trip to Bemidji. I spent close to 3 hours plowing snow. I got stuck twice, where I had to dig out with the number 2 shovel. I still have some more to do today but was able to get done around 8 30 just before we had a few guests arrive., I did drive onto the lake about 100 yards . We have a few extra guest camping down there this weekend so they will be on the lake shore on ice.
 Wow the crack down at JRs sure made the news as the story keeps getting crazier. Had a guy call today that wanted to know how many houses went down? The national news said 200 fishermen were stranded floating on an iceberg.
 The guest we had down there tuesday all left a day early as those winds were wicked. 4 groups of 2 and 3 guys. The best figured they got 20 fish, the others were poor 1, 1, 3, with a few lookers.
 Still do not have a full-time helper this year, I do have help here and there, but she is going to take some extra planning this year, then throw in mother nature. This may be the most challenging year I'll ever have. I'll take all the prayers people want to dish out.  Time to get dressed for outside. I have plenty to do on a grand lake that owes us nothing.
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Hang tough cookie! The good lord will see you thru.
Ill be around alot so if ya need a hand here and ther, ill be ther for ya!!
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I am not as excited as I usually am for ice fishing neither.  It will hit me eventually. 

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Hang tough cookie! The good lord will see you thru.
Ill be around alot so if ya need a hand here and ther, ill be ther for ya!!
:doofus: :crazy: :doah: oh thats encouraging news!!!!!!!!!!!!!  :bonk: :bonk: :surrender: :banghead: :laughroll:
2015 deer slayer!!!!!!!!!!

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I am not as excited as I usually am for ice fishing neither.  It will hit me eventually.
Same here.
Hey look your bobber is up!

 

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