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Monday is quite a blur as it was a 14-hour day counting a 6-hour trip to Bemidji to purchase another generator drop another off for repair. Seem' s this year my generators want to throw me fits so if you own one and are coming it would not hurt to bring it as a backup.
 I did get out to say goodbye to shelly, bob and their crew. Like always the fishing could have been better but they had a grand time and plan on coming back next year. Shelly was telling me they are going to Africa hunting, how's that for something on a bucket list. Such a nice family I already look forward to seeing them again next year. Bob sure like to ice fish. as well as fish and hunt in general.
 Yesterday with Jonny boy, Jake, Darrin and his boy Joe we made the plan to move all 8 houses just a little further west to get all the houses on a fresh area. We did have a few hick ups, Blue thunder straight blade plow seems to have a bad connection, so Darrin did most of the banking with his plow truck. I have to take our flat tire to get repaired today plus go to Bemidji again to pick up new power cables for blue thunders plow.
 The red baron had a hick up towards the end of the day. At this time, it cleared itself up but was flooding itself for a bit. Fuel pressure in throttle body?
 No clue what's going on with the generators, I had changed all the oil on them just a week ago. We had some bad gas one year and they all crashed within hours of each other, but I do not think that's the problem.
 We have Kara and Jeff staying in florida, they brought sleds for some portable fishing. The best fishing reports I have heard are the fisherman fishing miles away from all the traffic on the lake now. Kara jumped in upon their arrival and cleaned a couple of the houses for me. Another great couple of people. One of the perks of this work is all the nice people you get to meet throughout the season. Once we can get things find tuned and running like a well-oiled machine, I'm hoping to visit a little more with old and new customers.
 Yesterday was a little comical at times as we had 4 vehicle's out there with our big move. Quite a few times someone needed something that was in another truck, jack, blocks, chisel, shovel, generator, gas, fish house keys just too name a few. I have no idea where all my shovels have gone so that on the bemidji list also today.
 I did talk to jake   a few minutes ago he has gotten 5 overnight. Colorado with bob and his crew had 3 both those houses have the pandonimics and are seeing fish plus schools of shiners.
 Keith and his 2 grandsons in alaska only had 1 last night when I swung in. California had 1 before dark. the rest of the houses I will see how they did today.
 Mark, Tony and their crew from Black pearl fishing have sleds. They said last night all 3 places they fished they caught numerous fish.
 I expect the pressure ridge to get a little active today if it warms up as much as they say so we will see.
 Hillmans Road only goes out about a mile and half at this time
 with a bridge at a half mile. Buddy Hillman did get his Double decker out there.
I measured 16 inches of ice where were fishing so were still getting some flooding. I have also seen some slush pockets out there at this time. Cross country travels with a wheelhouse would be quite the challenge.
 We will keep plugging away. Trusty rusty our red chevy may be fixed and also needs to be picked up at the mechanic's shop. The equipment sure takes a beating out there, I'm still a believer as slow and study, take your time, do not be in a hurry. This is what I was taught from my mentor cousin Pete.
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Cookie are those Honda gennys?  What do they do to fix them?

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Not sure how many times I have said I forgot, my memory is horrible so bear with me. I will be turning 63 and I have always said I'm about 5 years ahead of my time. which makes me about 68
 The red barons tire could not be repaired dry rotted. So looking for a couple used tires 235 r85 16. We might have to buy new.
 I'm a big chevy guy with the fleet but they sure make crappy door latches. granted these trucks take a pounding but the driver's doors seem to work worse than the passenger doors. The red baron still has a hick up but i did get to drive her a bit, that sure felt weird after not getting much use out of her the last 2 years.
 Red rusty trusty needs a fuel pump.
 We did get to the bottom of the generator issue. again, for the second time over the years it was contaminated fuel. 2 gallons of generator fuel had over a quart of water and debree in tanks. Not sure if it's coming from snow in funnels but does not explain where all the gunk comes from. At least we got that figured out.
 So much goes on everyday I can never write about everything, without trying to write everyday.
 Mother nature was not so cruel to us this past Christmas week, Last time I measured ice we had 16 1/2 the houses still flood so brings your ice cleats.
 We lost our pup Bella yesterday. She sure enjoyed all those days spent running on the lake with us, when I moved houses she would run in front of the trucks, she would follow me all day long at the golf course or mowing for the township. If we had fishermen she knew how to get a few snacks with those brown puppy dog eyes.
 We did push the whole fleet westward over the past week. Now were fishing in 9 to 10 feet instead of 8 or 9.
 Joe and his pa did all rite fishing montana until we moved them. Ashly Poo our granddaughter fished the same house after they left and Only got one 18 1/2 incher.
  Chris and his gal were in utah  they ended up having to go home a day early. They pounded on some nice perch plus got 5 keeper walleyes.
 Bob the owner of Colorado has some decent fishing as he hosted a couple guest.
 Keith was with his son and grandson in alaska. Keith had me laughing so hard as he ask if I remembered when we met back in the crappie days, he said him and his son were struggling to find some crappies. I somehow met him and said if I were you I'm not saying but just saying if you go rite over there you may be surprised. It was 20 below when they pounded the fish. Keith said after catching fish they went to the old hudecs to get a room; he had never been here and expected there would be lodging everywhere. They said we have an old cabin that might have a few mice in it if they wanted to sleep there. Keith said all the mice running across there sleeping bags traumatized his son.
 They only caught a few fish this time but again had a great time.
 Matt and his 3 gals had north dakota, they ate a few fish plus took home a limit.
 Haily and her crew caught a few fish in alaska over new years. Not the hoy house
Brian and Stacy old customers showed up with their new used wheelhouse. I had a spot plowed for them. The first night they did really well. Stacy then had a big pike on. After that the bite went south, or should I say west as the couple wheelhouses to the west did fairly well. I think that pike may have been laying under the house for the next 24 hours.
Tim and Amanda were here in florida over the new year. They got 12 the first day and I think another 10 the next day.
Old minnesota has had Tim and Joy all week. They have caught a couple fish but there also here for the atmosphere besides the fishing. Jonny boy fished it last night and got a chunky 23 1/2. I think he said it was his personnel best on red lake.
 Jonny boy, I and Asley Poo our granddaughter worked on moving as many houses as possible. Asly got to pull California out of the hole. Mopar Richard, Jeromy their buddy did pretty decent in there over the holiday.
 Blue thunders plow quit for a bit yesterday, Jonny boy dug into it and found a loose connection. Really need rusty trusty home so we can get that straight blade out of the woods.
 black beauty's driver's door decided she would not close. I got it closed then it would not open, so I had to move a few things to crawl out the passenger side.  I crawled back in get on the lake and the door pops open. Now it will not close again so i did the Red Green duct tape trip. She never popped open all day but getting out the passenger side got old by last night.
 We did get everything cleaned and moved by 1 pm yesterday, the hammer also came out to help, a couple hours later she was towing a fish house, on the lake.  Only took 21 years to tow a house.
 I also got all new guest checked in. she was a long day on a grand lake that owes us nothing. Another 12-hour day is in the books. Jonny boy was going to make the rounds out there last night so I did not have to go out again.
 Today I would like to take a little tour of the other accesses plus kirk is fishing out there with bear paw.
 We do have to get old Minnesota on a new spot, ready to fish by 2. Plus make the daily rounds to visit our guests.
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sorry to hear about you pup, Bella, cookie...   
a bad day of fishing is still better than a good day at work!!

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thanks guys sure   not use to having her greet me when i get home
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getting old sure has caught up to me. Seem's  it takes a lot longer to get going in the morning for sure.
 Jan 9th its been 6 days since i was able to write. Again, remembering everyone plus all the hustle and bustle has been impossible.  Will shoot for some of the highlights.
 All the houses have been moved at least twice since I last wrote. As always, the fishing could have been better for everyone. we keep pushing west driving over millions of fish :crazy:
 
Johnn v and his crew rolled in Monday the 2nd. They have been coming up for years. the first night was no good so we moved north dakota further west where they did have better fishing. we also moved old Minnesota with Dana, Doug and their daughter Nevaeh  .  They also did better in the new spot the second night.
 Joe and his crew had Montana and Florida, we also moved them after the second night. Again, they did better on the newer spot.
 California had just Bob he got fish in both spots we had him. He did eat a 18 plus took home his 3 I think.
 Tim and Laura were in Alaska they had plenty of room. They had action with the third night the slowest.
Quade and his crew were in Utah , they also caught some nice keepers .
 Brad and his family in Colorado also got action where they were.
 Thursday we moved everything that was open. Then Friday was a very busy day, although all days have been crazy busy
 With the turnover Darrin was here to help as well as Jonny boy and Ashly poo. Went much smoother then 2 weeks ago. We did break a fish house window that we will have to deal with this summer, I guess.
 Never did get a wiper motor working on the red baron so still no wipers.
 Rick Ry and his brother Mike rolled in friday they have been coming up here for years. They also had Matt his son Luke and matts day in old mn. Then matts brother Shwan and chris his coworker were in florida. Of the 3 houses old minnesota had the best fishing with Rick and Mike not doing that well.
 Andy, Andy and Blake also rolled in for the weekend in utah. They did well  as they were a 1/2  mile form everybody else.
 Dayne and his wife Sarha with their friends were in Colorado. There best fishing was the last night. I did have to escort them back to the shack late friday night as they could not find it.
 Gary and his guys were in the cabin, they had a couple houses rented form another outfitter . they did not do well.
  All the houses were moved again for 4 arrivals yesterday. So we will see how they did today. It's pretty much been 12 to 14 hour days Since Christmas.
I get jonny boy one more day than he has a flooring job out of town. Big Tony that worked with me 13 years ago has come up to help me as I cannot do all the work on my own anymore :pouty:  Oh well, Ashly poo will be back next Sunday so tomorrow it's just me and big Tony .. The crazy run of rentals slows down now so I guess that's a good thing. We have quite a few little projects we need to also get done when were not on the lake. I'll make the rounds today and see how everyone did on such a grand lake that owes us nothing.
I have heard of a few limits of crappies being taken plus one here one there.
Tammy and Randy were also up. Tammy got a 25-inch walleye Saturday around 3 pm. Was nice seeing them as it had been a few years.
 We also had some wheelhouse we had plowed for and of course they seemed to have the better fishing. The only thing I can figure as there is more activity around our fleet then the wheelhouses.  She is 8am time to fire up the equipment and hit the ice.
 
 
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Jan 12th 2023

 yesterday was one of those days I guess. Everything was going smooth we wee in the process of moving Colorado when the front crank up came apart. i think they call it a bull dog. I pulled blue thunder up to give us some room to try and fix it. I get back in blue thunder hit the key and nothing, Figure it might be starter,  i shimmy under the truck check the wire and we got a connection, Tony is at the same time wiggling the battery connections. Gotta be the wire on the starter. Now i cannot get it to work again. with customer arriving we have to come up with plan B. I was able to get everyone checked in as they all arrived on time.
we then tow bluethunder home. Every once in a while, the ignition comes on,. red lake helped us find the problem as it was a connection on the battery. Thank you, red lake that owes us nothing.
 A update on the fishing. It has gotten better since we moved the whole fleet west again.
 Tim and his crew were in north dakota. They caught a eel pout maybe a walleye. We moved them to a new area and they still had horrible fishing. Tim had a nephew working on the south end and they were doing really well, but Tim stuck it out with us,
 Florida was 200 feet away from them, Curt and his buddy caught some smaller ones. We moved them when we moved north dakota. Less than 200 feet away they did better taking home 4 walleyes and 1 big perch.
 Colorado had Cory and his buddies. They caught fish all 3 days with most caught during the bewitching hours and after dark.
 Monday we had Mike his wife Catalina and their son in montana on a new spot. They ended up catching 10 only staying one night. They were all nice fish.
 Lee and his buddy were in utah. They did get a few but nothing to brag about.
 Last night I made the rounds to make it another 14 hour day.

Alaska was not doing well. north dakota had 2 elusive yet still catchable crappies 2 walleyes.
 Utah had Mike and his 2 friends they also had two elusive yet still catchable upper red lake crappies plus 1 17 1/4 inch walleye.
 Tony stayed out on the lake he also managed to catch a few. The hammer and I will be having fresh crappy for dinner tonight.
  Big Tony was going to make the morning rounds, again we have plenty of things to do before  tomorrow.
 I have been so busy I have not gotten to the end of Hillmans Road. Not sure how far it goes out. Mother nature has been so kind with no crazy wind or snow since that dumping weeks ago. Knock on wood. As soon as they predict some nasty type of weather the whole fleet will be moved closer to the main road Hillmans Highway.
  It still has never been easy with my short time memory it is making it quite a bit harder. Then throw in all the aches and pain. There is no way I could do any of this without our good friends Darrin, Dan the carpet man, Ashly poo our grand daughter, Jonny boy and big tony my right-hand men plus kind of the left.
 It does slow down quite a bit but we still have more work.
 I did get a treat yesterday as we plowed out some spaces for his big crew of wheelhouses. Jared brought us 2 new tires for the red baron plus a big box of meat.
 Were still seeing some flooding around fish houses.

 
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Jan 17 2023

 Will start by saying after this past weekends fishing were making another big move as the area that was full of good fishing fizzeled out just like that. All these years of doing this and I have no clue what's going on. How one spot can be so good then turn so bad . I would love to blame mother nature but then you here how someone hammered them catching fish all day and night.
 Old Minnesota had Richy and his buddies, on a brand-new spot in a fishy area and They may have caught 6 fish?
 Are big crew form Iowa. Sarah, Kenny, Carl and Terry.  They did not catch very many fish , they did have a grand time and I guess thats what really matters.
 The group with them in North dakota also only caught a few fish. Again, my memory has failed me with names. They are the same crew that came with them two years ago. We had both those houses set up close to where Joe and his buddies caught fish  for 3 days.
 Tammy and her family were in Utah. They did have good fishing with one of the boys catching his first walleye. I think they took home 10 walleyes plus a couple elusive yet still catchable upper red lake crappies.
 Montana Had first time clients Nicole, Rob and their friend. When I stopped in friday eve they had 2 walleyes, one elusive yet still catchable upper red lake crappie. Plus, they missed two fish while I was visiting and landed a small walleye.
  Alaska had Joe and his 3 kids all the way from kansas, again a fresh spot and the fishing was horrible, I had also plowed a spot for their buddy and his 3 kids. I'm not sure what happened but by time they left monday morning there was standing water all over that area?
 Big Tony has been camping in california and catching fish. every night.
 Jamie was in Utah  sunday night after we moved it, they did get a few walleyes with his son catching his first walleye also.
 Craig and his buddy were staying in the cabin fishing in portables with their sleds. They did real well all weekend.
 Yesterday Jonny boy and Big Tony started moving the whole fleet to two new areas. Jonny boy loves his way points so that's where some of the fleet went. while a couple other houses are going back where we had good fishing 2 weeks ago.
 I spent the morning cleaning and prepping all the houses for the big moves. Then I was off to get the new tires mounted on rims for the red baron.
 We have to keep an eye on red barons radiator as it has a small leak along a seam. Stop leak helped for now but I will again be having to replace the radiator. I'm thinking maybe we can add some more cushion on the bottom radiator support to help some of the bumps she takes out there.
 Again, today we have 3 houses to prep for guest arriving today. Ashly poo made it up to help us out today as Jonny boy had to go out of town on another flooring job.
 With all the elusive yet still upper red lake crappies being caught I'm not sure there will be any to chase come march.
 We did have our Utah house open up this coming weekend Jan 20th, 21rst. Time to do the back exercises as it's getting lite out. Darrin rolled in last night as well as scott so we will see how they did sometime today.




 
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We'll all I can say is the big move paid off for now, Will it last throughout the weekend we will find out this weekend.
 After such a busy few weeks a little bit of a break was needed to find my second wind. We did get the new tires on the back of red baron. I have not even had a chance to drive her as Big Tony has been behind the wheel. Today I plan on plowing a couple spots with her to see if I remember why I love that truck.
 Asly poo has been driving blue thunder. She is getting better plowing everyday. Yesterday I turned her and tony loose to move and bank north dakota and monatana. as I cleaned all the houses. They seemed to work well together and got her done in a very reasonable time.
 I think last night may have been the first night since Christmas that we had no guest on the lake. I still hd to go out there just to check on things.
 Scott and his fishing partner checked into colorado monday. They had pretty good fishing if you count the smaller ones they also caught. The second night they even got a few elusive yet still catchable upper red lake crappies. I have said for years that the smaller scuffit walleyes hang out with the schools of crappies as well as a big pike.
 Tuesday I stopped to visit scott . As i was sitting there his partner tagged into a pike. In the process of fighting her all of a sudden one of Scotts fishing rods shot down another hole. Once they landed it was not a monster, but it did have 3 hooks in her.  Taking their time they were able to retrieve his rod up the same hole. They caught 23 walleyes,4 elusive yet still catchable upper red lake crappies, 5 perch and 1 pike.
 Jaron, Chris and Josh were in north dakota tuesday wendesday. They also had good fishing with a school of crappies coming under the house the first night. I think they landed over 25. Jaron said it was crazy fishing for a while. They only took home 4 walleyes but they did take home a batch of the elusive upper red lake crappies.
 Montana had Andy, Chris and Kaden, they also had good fishing. Not as good as north dakota but they ate some fish plus took home a few including 5 upper red lake crappies.
 Florida had Bill and Sharon. The first night they did not do so well. I stopped in to check on them, they had there set ups 6 feet off the bottom? I helped them out. The next morning, they had only got 2 walleyes. Since we wanted the whole fleet moved, we moved them out a little further. They ended up having much better fishing even landing 2 elusive yet still catchable upper red lake crappies and a big eel pout.
  It will be interesting to see how the fishing pans out this weekend. Our good friend wayne / wacker.  He will be staying in old minnesota so I expect a little card playing may take place. Plus, I personally will be fishing more than a hour or two.
 We had a full house this coming weekend but ended up with Florida canceling yesterday. At this time it's still open in a fishy area. It's time to get out there and fire up the heaters. As that old timer told me with so much passion years ago, ITS A GRAND LAKE AND OWES ME NOTHING! NOTHING! it silll chokes me up when I think about that day fishing with him.
 
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t's just so crazy how every week can be so different. Last week all the guests were showing up early. Things were breaking, customers were calling. Were here! This week they were all rolling in after 2pm with the latest coming in well after 1 am. I have to admit I got a little frustrating waiting for our last guest as it had been another long day on the lake. Big Tony, Ashley poo and I had all the houses ready to go before noon.
 Tony his wife and the 2 kids checked in to north dakota, Tony said he has been going by here for 35 years and never stopped to fish. I would say it was a pretty successful trip. The walleyes had become the elusive yet still catchable
 upper red lake fish. On the other hand, the cookie shuffle worked well on that house as they were well over 20 upper red lake crappies but only a couple walleyes so far. I hope to get out there this morning to say goodbye.
 Big Tony was out in california 2 miles away from north dakota Thursday evening he landed 10 elusive yet still catchable upper red lake crappies.
 We filled Florida Friday Saturday after a cancelation. They had forgot to call? John and Jason checked in after 8 pm by 10 pm they called to find out what the limit was for crappies. Super nice guys that left the house just like I ask as close to possible as how it was when you check in. john stated he has rented other fish houses and this was by far the nicest, plus I'm the first one that my crew or I came and checked on them off and on all weekend.
 Mike and his gal Haily checked into montana, they also had pretty good fishing with a couple walleyes and a few elusive yet still catchable upper red lake crappies.
 Haily is Jared's sister, him and his buddies checked into california saturday so we had taken california from its hot spot to set them up next to each other. They had a few fish, but the better fishing was a little to the south.
  Utah had the late comer with his gal, I hate to say it, but I never got to visit with them but once. They only caught a few fish.
 Alaska had John the owner of alaska and his buddy Alec? They were to the east. They managed 18 elusive yet still catchable upper red lake walleyes. 2 crappies 2 perch plus quite a few misses.
 Corado had Dan jr and his buddy's. They also checked inn after dark, When I got their last guy out there, they had a half a bucket of elusive yet still catchable upper red lake crappies and just a couple walleyes. They did not have any live bait and were catching them with pink crappie nibblets.
 Old minnesota had a good friend Wayne. It sure was a treat seeing him as we always have a grand time on a grand lake. The hammer and I joined him saturday eve, for some cards, pizza and fishing. The hammer put on the clinic living up to her name landing 4 elusive yet still catchable upper red lake crappies, 2 walleyes plus a few misses. I landed the biggest walleye. Wayne did hit the road yesterday with 10 crappies 3 walleyes. Wayne also helped me get a good door on black beauty as crawling over to the passenger door was getting old.
 A wheelhouse we had plowed a spot for Tim called sunday to say thanks as they caught fish all 3 days they were here, they were in quite the fishy area as they caught walleye, perch, golden eyes, walleyes, and maybe a pike. We had plowed them a spot well to the west.
 Another wheelhouse with Brock and his wife was amazed at how many crappies they caught. We had them close to the main road of all places.
 I was talking to jake we figure the fish were seeing are from a huge crappie hatch from 2019.
 Jake and the boys are on their way today and Jake is possessed with the upper red lake crappie. He probably has the auger already warmed up in his truck still 100 miles away.
 The red baron radiator is hurting. The stop leak worked again but today I plan on tracking down a replacement.
 Sounds like Jonny boy will be out of town again this week. Darrin is also on his way up to help out. 
 Wednesday all the houses are open. Plus Old minnesota, florida and possible montana are still not rented for this coming weekend jan 27 28.
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It sounds like the crappies are doing good down there. 

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Heck, if I knew I could bang some of those nice crappies. I drive all the way up for that!   :happy1:
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I may have to sneak down there in March to chase some of those crappies. I miss catching those bog slabbers.
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Most are only around 12 inches with a couple pushing 14. I did see two 16 true 16 inchers caught last night. buy tammy then her hubby randy a couple hours later. was it the same fish? They did let both go
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Another week has flown by here on the shores of upper red lake. What looked like an easier week turned into another busy week with 3 trips to Bemidji 2 tracking down a radiator for the red baron.
 Jonny boy got back home to help us get ready for the weekend. We tried our best to prep for the snow and winds that rolled in last night. I would say we got at least 2 inches. Big Tony stayed out on the lake last night in old minnesota to be closer to the guest.  Just in case anything came up.  I have not heard from him over night, so I hope that's a good sign.
 We started the week with Jake and his boys rolling in monday morning. Jake was on a mission to catch some elusive yet catchable upper red lake crappies. If I remember right, they landed 17 keeping 6 to eat.
 With Darrin also coming up we were able to move california for Jared and his buddies as they had been here since saturday. That moved payed off as the mother lode swam under the house for there last night here. Even though they were not walleyes they were tickled pink to have all the action. I'm not sure how many they kept but they caught well over thirty.
 We had Jim his wife and their granddaughter Brooklyn in florida. They did all right having action both nights. With my crappy memory I cannot remember the numbers but I be leave they got a couple walleyes and a few crappies.
 With all the help we were able to move the whole fleet to new grounds before Jake and Darrin headed home.
  Wednesday, we had joe his son in montana with their neighbor Jason and his 2 boys in california. Joe said they caught 18 crappies and a few smaller walleyes.
 Jason son did get a true 14 1/2 inch crappie that he was very proud of. The action last night was much slower for them. I'm not sure if it picked up after I came off the lake.
 I did wet a line myself last night. I maybe fished for a hour landing one. Jonny boy showed up and landed 4 or 5 with a couple smaller walleyes.
 Mother nature decided it was time to show us she is in control. with the high winds out there, I expect she will be a long day. All the old roads that have been open are now more than likely gone.
. We had two groups roll in yesterday. We also plowed a few spots for wheelhouses.
  We have 2 more groups rolling in today, looks like we will baby the red baron and tackle the radiator in the next 48 hours. I have changed more than one radiator in my lifetime, but my aches and pains, age, have caught up with me so Jonny boy and big Tony will tackle it.
 Its been a year since we have had to deal with a snowstorm followed by high winds so she will be an interesting day. Not sure why they seem to fall on fridays but we know that part is out of control.
 While Jake was here, I got to watch the side imaging in action. He saw a school of crappies 50 feet away from the house. He went over augured 2 holes came back grabbed his rod with a plastic mister twister. he proceeded to land 3 fish in less than 5 minutes during the middle of the day. I think it's almost cheating.
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heres one for ya. boar did not come ice fishing because it was going too be cold :confused:
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Will just start by saying for some reason this coming week has always been a little slower for rentals? At this time we have 3 houses still open, north dakota,montana, and utah. the fishing was real good this past week.
 The past week was another busy busy week here on the shores of upper red lake. We had 2 groups rolling in thursday  Nick,Deeann,Aron and Char were checked into north dakota ,. Asley and her 2 fiends form Oklahoma which had never been on the ice arrived late afternoon. They were a little nerveis being the first time driving out on a frozen lake.
 Ashly had also booked them a snowbear trip friday morning, so they were in for an adventure. Then throw in a couple inches of snow followed by some gusty wind friday. They caught a couple fish Thursday night with the best window from 5pm to 9pm. Remember how many a few fish are or how many a couple are or some from my previous writing? Friday morning their snowbear trip got cancelled, so there fishing was right where they were. Friday night the action was again around 5 to 9 they with quite a few more fish caught. A couple were even the elusive yet still catchable upper red lake walleyes.
 Nick and his crew were here for 3 nights. The action was super slow during the day but each evening the fishing picked up quite a bit. We even started seeing some good action at 1 am and 4 am..
 Marlo got 7 nice walleyes thursday morning. Nicks crew went home with some nice fish. More than a few?
 Steff, Bill, Reed, and Brandon in Florida went home with 40 yes 40 elusive yet still catchable upper red lake crappies.plus a couple walleyes.
 Montana had shell chick with her grandchildren Kaden and Chasity, Jonny boy got them all set up as the house was not rented. Him and Heather/Featheralso stayed to fish with them. They had a blast with Kaden 6 years old caught 2 walleyes back-to-back his first fish ever he nicknamed himself fisher. They went home with a couple walleyes and a few elusive yet still catchable upper red lake crappies. WINK WINK.
 Willam and Brian were in California they both had livescopes. They ate some fish and took home 10, plus released another bunch. They also saw what they were assumed walleyes but had a hard time getting them to commit.
 Alaska had horrible fishing friday night with Jim and his son. Plus, we had some issue with the 30 lb propane not flowing. They only landed 2 fish, so our plan was to move their house saturday after breakfest. Jim's brother John showed up with 2 boys and they got all set up on the new spot.  They ended up doing much much better landing fish all night long. They took home a bucket and half of fish with the majority being elusive yet still catchable upper red lake crappies.
 Colorado had Kayla and her friends they kept about a dozen fish with perch, walleye and crappie. I think they had the worst of the rentals as far as fishing.
 We also moved Utah for Venessa and Jamid. They were only here for one night. They were gone when I got out there sunday morning. I did get a text from him later yesterday. They took home 8 elusive yet still catchable upper red lake crappies.
 The extreme cold was not too nice too us with some of the fleet. When we were making the road for alaska and utah we broke something in the transfer case. It will not stay in FWD. Plus there was some grinding and growling.
 Jonny boy and big tony did get the new radiator installed under the parachute with the torpedo heater. Black beauty's starter or battery took a shi. Not sure on which yet. The hammers trail blazer also may need a new battery. The cold always does a number on the equipment.
 Jonny boy had to leave town again so Darrin will be coming up tomorrow to help get everything moved for the up-and-coming weekend. It's actually slow for us they next few days. Which is a good thing as I think I have been going on adrenalin the past month.
 The wheelhouses we had plowed spots also did fairly well.
 Jigglestick showed up with his grandson Dominick. His words not mine were" once again the lake that owes us nothing has given us so much". Dominick had a blast pulling up 90 percent of the fish.
 Tammy and Randy rolled in thursday. They also had fantastic fishing with once again Tammy landing a trophy of a fish a true 16 inch elusive upper red lake that she released. Randy also landed a big one 16incher while I was checking in on them friday evening. They only took home 10 a couple, but caught 14 walleyes a few, and 30 crappies a bunch.
 Darrel caught 25 walleyes and no crappies, I also talked to another that did about the same.
 Elvis caught a few fish while he was here also.
 Seems the cold snap turned the fishing on this past weekend. Let's hope it continues into next week.
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trying to remember what happened a week ago can really be a challenge. The easiest would be just saying the fishing was ok,good,great,slow..
 There was plenty of frustration with equipment, weather, fishermen.
 What looked like a little break from rentals turned into quite a hectic week with mother nature giving us a wake up call. The fleet does not take the super cold very well.
 Monday morning Tony got a break from the lake as I sent him to Bemidji for 2 new batteries for the hammers trail blazer and black beauty..
 We thought black beauty's battery was toast. with the new battery she fired rite up, 24 hours later the starter took a shi. The red baron still has not been addressed as far as what may be broken. Jonny boy is home for a week to help us out as Big Tony has taken a well-earned break to go home and be with family. Without Tony stepping in, this season could of been a big bust.. Its sure is nice having help that understands the game plan and has a good head on his shoulders. His strength has also come in handy as well as his fishy/scouting skills. Staying out on the lake can really pay off with what there biting on the best presentations the best times, if there's a morning bite middle of the night bite what's biting on what etc.
 I had to break down last night and fish for a bit. I was happy with the results.
 Jonny boy also spent the night out there and gave me a good report.
 We have customers in Colorado and Florida so will be interesting to see how they do now that all the wheelhouses rolled out yesterday. My frustration was a little high last friday as we had the whole fleet ready for the weekend. With the v plow down making driveways for wheelhouses was not happening. Its sure would have been nice to make a few new roads as we had everything ready to go by 11 am.
Rusty trusty had a fuel leak that had to be addressed. Jonny boy got that repaired. She still has a fuel issue that were addressing.
Jonny boy and I also purchased another chevy lake truck. I have not given her a nick name yet.
 With the winds today blowing pretty hard it will be slow and steady.
 I was told by an outfitter that sharing my fishing reports is a bad mistake. I have been doing this blogging for quite a few years, I have noticed that most give me some space and do not crowd us. In my mind they are all potential customers. So we take it as a grain of salt. I can attest it's a lot harder than people realize how tough it can be taking on mother nature and the conditions on the lake. Trying to keep everything running. Trying to find good fishing can be a huge challenge. The season is a grind, so I rely on catching a second wind.
 We have a few customers this week as we again move all the houses for the up-and-coming weekend.
 Blue thunder 's plow decided she does not want to turn right so now that's been added to the must repair asap.
 
 Last monday we had a crew roll in from iowa that have a very popular tv show. Lee and Tiffanys The crush? Huge whitetail hunters. They were only spending one night. It was just the guys as they were here just to relax and have a good time fishing. Let's just say they had a good time and caught quite a few fish. Super nice guys.
 Old minnesota had Gale and Tim they were here for two nights they took home a couple fish.
 Florida had Kevin and Rollie they have been coming for years. They did pretty well even though a wheelhouse with a loud generator backed in behind them. I talked to them yesterday when they were packing up a very nice couple from floodwood.  Shelly and mark they said they caught a couple. I did mention I thought maybe they pulled in a little to close.
 Travis was with his buddy in north dakota  they spent saturday fishing looking for the motherlode with their side imaging. I never saw them at the house and assume maybe they went to lake of the woods for the day. Turns out they found some good fishing all by them self. They ate fish and also took some home.
  Monatana had Iban and his family they landed a few elusive yet still catchable upper red lake crappies and a couple walleyes.
 Andy, Andy and their  buddy had outstanding fishing in alaska. They had the lites toned down. the generator in the back of their truck. They always want to be away from anyone and bring their own generator this time it paid off as they caught a pile of fish. With a nice mix of a little of everything.
  Utah had brad and his buddys they did all right but pulled in late Friday night so missed the good first nights window.
 Colorado had Cody and Amy they never landed a elusive yet catchable upper red lake crappie but did take home a couple of limits of walleyes and said they plan on coming back next year.
 Old minnesota had my good friends and hunting buddies Bob and Rick plus they brought boom boom billy rundle. I have not seen Bill for who knows thirty plus tears or more as he moved to Wisconsin.
 My good friend billy aka The greek gave him the nick name after he took out moose with one punch in a heated broom ball game many many years ago.. Rick put on the fishing clinic as he caught over a dozen elusive yet still catchable upper red lake crappie while Bob got two walleye and bill got one of each.
  It's time to bundle up and hit the lake as the winds are howling out there today.
 We will be improvising a bit as we nurse the fleet back into action on a grand lake that owes us nothing yet gives us everything.
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 Last monday we had a crew roll in from iowa that have a very popular tv show. Lee and Tiffanys The crush? Huge whitetail hunters. They were only spending one night. It was just the guys as they were here just to relax and have a good time fishing. Let's just say they had a good time and caught quite a few fish. Super nice guys.

I watch their show, not all bad at all...    thanks cookie for the report!!!! 
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Well here goes another short novel. Novel "typically representing character and action of realism"
trying to give a fishing report from 9 days ago tell today is a huge challenge. Again, will start by saying thanks to all our customers, friends, potential customers. The fishing in our area was all over the place to say the least, If you got lucky a small school of crappies may have ventured under your house for some crazy action. I would say 95 out of a hundred fish caught have been low lite condition or well after dark.

 I would guess about 40 wheelhouses came down towards our rental fleet this past weekend. There are other roads going to the north but most want to come to the end of the road. I did plow some off shoot driveways that never got used.
 Buddy Hillman also plowed out some areas for other options. I got no clue how any of them houses did. Someone which I assume was buddy hillman plowed a area in shallow that had 4 or 5 wheelhouses, I'm sure curious how they did. If there back this weekend that should answer that question.
 Moving our fleet to the west is out of the question as two other outfitters have been working the area pretty hard.
 I have seen some flooding out there. The last ice I measured was just over 2 feet.
 Talking about the chevy truck fleet, if the past 10 weeks had been typical, I'm not sure we would even have a fleet. I'm getting old as well as the trucks. It may be time to trade it all for one decent truck. The problem with that is then you need two. Two turns to three etc. Blue thunder 3 may be in the works.
 We have had quite a few quests the past 9 days. We have also had some break downs. Blue thunders plow would not go right. After a lot of frustrations jonny boy again found the problem. A broken wire. Rusty trusty has had on and off fuel delivery problems. Knock on wood. Working on the equipment in the elements has always been a struggle. We have set in motions plans to have a heated garage by next fall. Our good friend dan the carpet man installed the new starter in black beauty yesterday so I can now haul equipment much easier.
 This year has been the year of the generators. Were thinking of also changing things up for that next year. Being bring your own or you can rent one from us. Monday night at 10 30 I got the call the starter rope broke when they went to restart after fueling.
 All the houses have been moved 2 to 3 times since my last fishing report, Tanner and his gal crushed the fish out of utah . Tanner is the guy that helped us get white lightning from colorado. Then we had Dan and his family for the weekend they did not crush the fish but they did get a few and had a grand time on a grand lake, dan said he had not ice fished in 15 years. We then moved utah again for bob and his two buddy's thewy only caught a few fish but did get 2 elusive yet still catchable upper red lake crappies.
 North dakota had rick and his 2 buddy's from Illinoi. For the weekend they got robbed but rick said that's fishing and I'll be back. We then moved north dakota again for Ron and his 2 buddy's they did decent sunday night but was defiantly slower Monday night. They did go home with more than a few.
 California had Norm and his 2 brothers. They took home 15 fish I think with norm not having any luck on his end of the house. We then had Dustin a friend of Big Tonys they caught a few fish. We then moved california again for Robert from cromwell .They did really well and had a blast.
 I fished old minnesota last thursday and had a gas, catching 5 elusive yet still catchable upper red lake crappies a huge perch all on a chubby darter within 2 hours of fishing. Friday night everything was just lookers.
 We then had shell chick and andrew. They caught a few walleyes and a couple crappie's plus we also moved them after the second night. 
 Florida had Nic and his son dillion. They were by rick and also only got a couple fish.
Then we had Tracy eric and Jeromy they caught some fish with eric releasing a 22 inch walleye sunday night. we then moved them for their last night where they caught a few more fish.
 Alaska had joe and his crew for 3 night they caught fish when they jigged landing roughly 25 fish. with a mixture of walleyes and elusive yet still catchable upper red lake crappies.
 Thats about the best I can do for my fishing report.
We did plow quite a few spots for wheel houses the past 9 days with mix results. Some did great others not so great. Then you get a couple that just will not tell ya the truth?
 Jonny boy got the day off with the road conditions so he is going to come help move houses and do a little fish scouting before we get everything on new spots. I also plan on wetting a line for a few hours tonight. Darrin will be coming up also to help and we have Ashly poo here helping also. So, it should be a grand day on a grand lake.
 I'll be heading out on the lake in a bit to see what mother nature has dealt us. The winds have been howling all night. With some snow there will be some plowing for sure.
 We have had some spectacular sunsets and sunrises the past week plus friday night I got treated to some dancing northen lights.
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Well here goes another short novel. Novel "typically representing character and action of realism"
trying to give a fishing report from 9 days ago tell today is a huge challenge. Again, will start by saying thanks to all our customers, friends, potential customers. The fishing in our area was all over the place to say the least, If you got lucky a small school of crappies may have ventured under your house for some crazy action. I would say 95 out of a hundred fish caught have been low lite condition or well after dark.

 I would guess about 40 wheelhouses came down towards our rental fleet this past weekend. There are other roads going to the north but most want to come to the end of the road. I did plow some off shoot driveways that never got used.
 Buddy Hillman also plowed out some areas for other options. I got no clue how any of them houses did. Someone which I assume was buddy hillman plowed a area in shallow that had 4 or 5 wheelhouses, I'm sure curious how they did. If there back this weekend that should answer that question.
 Moving our fleet to the west is out of the question as two other outfitters have been working the area pretty hard.
 I have seen some flooding out there. The last ice I measured was just over 2 feet.
 Talking about the chevy truck fleet, if the past 10 weeks had been typical, I'm not sure we would even have a fleet. I'm getting old as well as the trucks. It may be time to trade it all for one decent truck. The problem with that is then you need two. Two turns to three etc. Blue thunder 3 may be in the works.
 We have had quite a few quests the past 9 days. We have also had some break downs. Blue thunders plow would not go right. After a lot of frustrations jonny boy again found the problem. A broken wire. Rusty trusty has had on and off fuel delivery problems. Knock on wood. Working on the equipment in the elements has always been a struggle. We have set in motions plans to have a heated garage by next fall. Our good friend dan the carpet man installed the new starter in black beauty yesterday so I can now haul equipment much easier.
 This year has been the year of the generators. Were thinking of also changing things up for that next year. Being bring your own or you can rent one from us. Monday night at 10 30 I got the call the starter rope broke when they went to restart after fueling.
 All the houses have been moved 2 to 3 times since my last fishing report, Tanner and his gal crushed the fish out of utah . Tanner is the guy that helped us get white lightning from colorado. Then we had Dan and his family for the weekend they did not crush the fish but they did get a few and had a grand time on a grand lake, dan said he had not ice fished in 15 years. We then moved utah again for bob and his two buddy's thewy only caught a few fish but did get 2 elusive yet still catchable upper red lake crappies.
 North dakota had rick and his 2 buddy's from Illinoi. For the weekend they got robbed but rick said that's fishing and I'll be back. We then moved north dakota again for Ron and his 2 buddy's they did decent sunday night but was defiantly slower Monday night. They did go home with more than a few.
 California had Norm and his 2 brothers. They took home 15 fish I think with norm not having any luck on his end of the house. We then had Dustin a friend of Big Tonys they caught a few fish. We then moved california again for Robert from cromwell .They did really well and had a blast.
 I fished old minnesota last thursday and had a gas, catching 5 elusive yet still catchable upper red lake crappies a huge perch all on a chubby darter within 2 hours of fishing. Friday night everything was just lookers.
 We then had shell chick and andrew. They caught a few walleyes and a couple crappie's plus we also moved them after the second night. 
 Florida had Nic and his son dillion. They were by rick and also only got a couple fish.
Then we had Tracy eric and Jeromy they caught some fish with eric releasing a 22 inch walleye sunday night. we then moved them for their last night where they caught a few more fish.
 Alaska had joe and his crew for 3 night they caught fish when they jigged landing roughly 25 fish. with a mixture of walleyes and elusive yet still catchable upper red lake crappies.
 Thats about the best I can do for my fishing report.
We did plow quite a few spots for wheel houses the past 9 days with mix results. Some did great others not so great. Then you get a couple that just will not tell ya the truth?
 Jonny boy got the day off with the road conditions so he is going to come help move houses and do a little fish scouting before we get everything on new spots. I also plan on wetting a line for a few hours tonight. Darrin will be coming up also to help and we have Ashly poo here helping also. So, it should be a grand day on a grand lake.
 I'll be heading out on the lake in a bit to see what mother nature has dealt us. The winds have been howling all night. With some snow there will be some plowing for sure.
 We have had some spectacular sunsets and sunrises the past week plus friday night I got treated to some dancing northen lights.
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Having some major issue with our home computer,
 My plan to try and keep the wheelhouses at bay worked out pretty good. All the houses caught some fish with a couple doing real good. Trying to figure where these crappies will be next can be tricky as fish swim wherever they want. I would say roughly 40 wheelhouses came down the north road. most found old spots to pull into while we plowed spots for others. Of course, some did better than others but that's fishing. One or two wheelhouses stiffed me. The phone went crazy friday just about the time I got on the lake to get 8 houses ready for the weekend. I cannot drop everything I'm doing to cater to them, so they had to be patient. My stupid short-term memory can make or does make my planning quite a bit harder. Our good friend Lonnie had arrived wednesday with a couple houses. I told him what was going on out here so he could decide where he wanted to set up. Its so funny he always thinks he is setting up too close to us. he picked a good area for his friends as Steves house put the smack down on the mother lode. They caught fish for 2 days. Lonnie's house got 4 fish so they decided another wheelhouse move was in order. In the process of setting up they had a few more guest roll in and things kind of snowballed from there. He had his own city over there by friday eve, some did really well while steves how dried up a bit. Ben's house could not buy a fish and he was less then 30 yards from lonnies..
 The hammer and I stopped there saturday eve, after being treated to homemade pizza from bill another of lonnies friends. The hammer got in on the action landing four of the now famous not elusive upper red lake crappies.. Lisa also landed a big one friday about 4am. 
 Some of the other wheelhouses we plowed spots for did well with some doing better on walleyes.
 Now for our houses old minnesota did not pound them but they did allright. Cory and his gal had a relaxing vacation. Asley and I moved it sunday after they departed so I could enjoy the last night of big game fishing for the year. The hammer and I got 6 crappies 2 walleyes and a few misses in the 3 hours we wet a line. Last night our friend Nancy came up with some chili and we fished again. It was a little slow. I did land a couple elusive yet very catchable upper red lake crappies. Nancy spent the night out there and landed a couple more on the rattle wheel.
 Colorado had Jon two boys and a friend they ate some fish and cleaned a few for the trip home.
 North dakota had Marve and his crew they also got more then a few but were gone when I got out there sunday.
 Florida had dan and his buddy they also caught fish but after plowing out two spots for there friends next to them they did not do as well. We seem to have a new pattern with friends or relatives wanting plowed spots next to our houses.
 Montana and Utah were rented together. Scott, Dan, Paul all brothers and 2 sons had a blast . They want to make it a new tradition. I told them its not like this everytime. Paul gave me a bunch of ice cream as he owns a ice cream shop, I did find a few kids out there to share as we cannot eat that much ice cream. Scotts old fishing site invo minnesota started my daily blogging 20 years ago.
 Alaska had 2 couples Justin his gal there 2 friends that have been here before. When I stopped in saturday they had 15 elusive yet still catchable upper red lake crappies.
 California had Jon and another guy they ended up catching 48 "a bunch" plus a couple walleyes. Last night Carter and his friends fished in there. Same spot they  landed over 20. they only fished a couple hours to boot.
 Darrins house with dad and son also had good action.
 Darrin will be helping with ashley and I getting the whole fleet dug out and put on fresh spots for the up-and-coming weekend. We have another full weekend coming up. At this time all the houses are open until friday although it sounds like Nancy wants to come up again tonight. I'm sure a few wheelhouses will be calling. we will do our best to put them on fishy spots without crowding the customers that pay for a weekend getaway on a grand lake that owes us nothing.
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One more week in the books as it really starts to slow down now. I get a chance to spend more time fishing for the elusive yet still catchable upper red lake crappie. My big problem as I fish in old minnesota most of the time as this old body cannot keep up with trucking around in the uneven deep rock hard snow.
  Yesterday I spent part of the day digging out montana and getting her out of its spot. What I use too do in less than a hour took me a little bit longer.  I do not think I could move 4 houses on my own in one day like I use to. Maybe, but I do not even want to try.
 The good news as I did catch a elusive yet still catchable crappie last night just as I was getting ready to pull the plug and come in. Thinking maybe the mother lode was coming my way I stuck her out another 1/2 hour.
 I did have guests in two houses last night. Jake and Brenda did find one hot hole outside figuring they landed 60 fish with 50 coming out of the one hole they were sharing.
 Mark and his two kids only got one in the house monday night. They are seeing fish but cannot get them to commit.
 They did go out searching but had no luck. They did get to watch out the window as brenda and jake caught fish.
 We did have some great highlights last weekend. Jonny boy got quite a crew of our renters out to find the motherlode. They had a riot on such a gorgeous day. I planned to join them once I checked in some customers, but they ended up running late so time I got back out there she was a little chillier. Jonny boy plans on giving it another try this weekend. 5 of the houses are still open at this time if anyone wants to come chase the schools around.
 Florida had Travis and his wife saturday sunday they took home a few? out of the house.
 North dakota was a bust on its new spot as Jarred and his wife were fairly new at ice fishing. I expected that spot to do well.
 Old minnesota had Dan /Pudge and his wife fluffy. The first night was a no show on the elusive yet still catchable upper red lake crappie. The second night the fish came under the house so they ended up keeping 12. Hindsight I should of kept it there but I wanted a fresh spot for the week. My plan is to move her again when the help arrives as the hammer and I have plans of spending the last weekend on the lake.
 Montana had Mel and Dan. They got a couple the first night. saturday Dan joined up with Jonny boy and had a blast saturday eve, they chilled after having a prime rib dinner on the lake as Dan said all that fresh air and auguring wiped him out.
Colorada had Melissa, Jason and Barb. They also got a couple in the house and joined jonny boy, on the hunt. They also had a blast.
 Alaska had Nate and his crew they went out on their own and pounded the fish wherever they went. I'm not quite sure where they were but they had a riot landing and releasing a few over 15 inches.
 Dean and his crew also participated in the hunt.
Plus they caught a few in a house we borrowed from westwind.
 Chuck from ice castle outlaws did fairly well where we plowed a spot for them. The houses across and over could not buy but one crappie a piece.
Andy Roy and John also had no luck in there spot.
 Darrin had jinksy dave and they did real well the first night but was dead the second night. Maybe I jinxed him. on a grand lake that owes us nothing.
 Blue thunder has not been running right she wants to die when you let off the gas, I think it may be a vacuum leak or a fuel filter in the carb. We have had some fuel issues this year.
 well, it's time to check the fluids and go find the fish on such a grand lake that owes us nothing.
Cookie's on Upper Red Lake
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well well well were still kicking up here on the shores of upper red lake, on a lake that owes us nothing! That keeps on giving.
 I made it through another summer as the bones and body get a little bit more worn out every year.
I saw yesterday all the outfits are saying ice as far as you can see. she looks a little chunking out there as the winds were blowing pretty good when that cold air came ib two nights ago. You can see some piles way out there where the ice has broken and stacked up. She still windy out there again today. Last year after the first big wind it calmed down and we got some pretty nice smooth ice. This year as in every year it's never freezes the same. will have to see what mother nature throws at us the next few days. I myself have no plans of venturing out on the ice any time soon.
 I'm sure some will be walking out with in the week to see what they find. The weather man says we have at least 2 more nights of low teens so that will help. I did see some pics of open pockets of water. they always spook me. as they skim over you could go from 4 inches of ice to one. If a area of ice looks different I would use caution and common sense.
 The dnr fishery has set our limit to 4 fish with 3 under 17 inches. Alot of elusive yet still catchable crappie were caught last year and this summer so I expect that to continue this year. With the live scope them poor fish have less of a chance than ever. I'm no one to preach as we kept many of those fish back in the day when you could keep 15.
 Our fleet of vehicles have also gotten a year older. Blue thunder did get a couple of used doors plus i was able to put in a new heater core. She might have better heat this year but only time will tell. The red rusty trusty blew a power steering line a few days ago. Once it gets cold they all seem to have a couple new issues. Looks like this year is no different.
 We also have a yeti we will be managing this year. We nick named it Tennessee. I be leave it will be arriving some time today. Depending on the ice we may have a few fishermen staying next weekend on shore. I expect you will be able to walk out to fishy water by then. Again mother nature will make that decision for us.
 I pretty much have the same crew helping this year. Jonny boy will help as often as is full time job will allow. He has passion for finding fish thats for sure. Big Tony plans on helping out as well as Darrin and Dan. Dan got  a ice castle this year so there are pretty excited to get out on the ice with her.
 I'lll keep posting more as the days go buy but need to get some chore done today so happy holidays to everyone.
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thanks cookie.
I may need to rent Minnesota for a night or 2... have a old navy buddy from south carolina that wants to go... and I sold my wheel house a few years ago.
If a gun kills people then I can blame a pen for my misspells?

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