Our In-DepthAngling Get Together at Starck’s Tamarack Resort on Big Winni couldn’t have been more perfect from every angle.
Largemouth, Northern and Walleyes were caught and released along with Eelpout, huge Rock Bass and a sucker. Although this was a Perch trip, we were all extremely happy and surprised at the number and size of the bluegills and crappies that were caught!
Iceman’s son Brett was renamed “Crappie Boy” as one of our Ida Members gave up a hole to Brett that was producing…literally one huge crappie after another. More pics of Crappie Boy to follow in the thread below. Here Brett and Love2fish are holding one of the monster papermouths. I know there was one Crappie Brett pulled in that almost made me say “Slabasoras” out loud! Brett and the rest of us release all of our Crappies that were over 15 inches.
Many of us were using Scenic Tackles Go Devils tipped with a wax worm or a fathead. There were reports of the Perch hitting on the plain Go Devil without tipping them. I personally caught a number of Perch using a waxie that had a minnow tail sticking out of its mouth! They were on the feed! My hot color was…um…Pink.
We were fishing in about 7 to 8 feet of water, plus the ice. Using my trusty old Marcum camera there was very little weeds on the bottom and when there was some they weren’t too tall. Sounded like a perfect place for Reel Weeds to me! What was odd was that the areas that had Reel Weeds down seemed to shut off. This was the first time this year that this artificial structure didn’t seem to help me. Later on, in using my camera, I learned why. In one half hour stretch, I counted 4 different size Northern swimming through or hanging around the weeds. One of them sat just outside of the Weeds….just watching. Since Northern season was closed, using them in this area was a definite disadvantage.
Pictured here is Jeff Beckwith, (Scenic) with a couple dandy gills caught on a Go Devil.
After the fishing and the cleaning on Saturday, Jeff & Laura from Tamarack Resort put on an awesome gill, crappie and perch feed! Which included backed beans, homemade French fries and a couple different kinds of venison sausage. I didn’t get any pictures of this because…well, I was eating! Thanks again Jeff & Laura!
A number of us were using H20 GPS units with the 07 Lakemaster chip. Matt also had the Lakemaster paper map and in looking at the area, we were right in basically a bowl, or a depression from the surrounding area….and of course I marked the spots for wet water fishing this spring!
This photo is of the a few of the Crappies that many people go to Red Lake for! Pictured is Chappy and Love2fish.
The ice conditions on Winni are going fast. With above freezing temps and the rain this morning, I doubt vehicles will be on the ice after yesterday. I would caution folks using ATV’s…at least check in with Jeff at Tamarack Resort prior to heading out on the ice. I’m not an ice expert and I always lean to the safe side…which is why I wouldn’t be trekking out on the ice anymore this year.
To wrap this up…I have to say this was one of the most enjoyable trips I’ve had. The weather was just “nuts”, the fish were willing to jump on the ice and Jeff and Laura were THE most hospitable hosts I’ve met on Winni. I met many new IDA members and my only regret is that I didn’t get a chance to spend more time with them. Andy, I hope you and your friends didn’t mind the friendly ribbing we all gave you guys.
There were too many people up there for me to name, but I have to mention two people that were outstanding in there own way. First Mr. Love2fish. When someone had a big crappie, northern or Large Mouth on, this guy was to the hole to help the angler ice the fish no matter how far a way they were…he was there. Although John I have to tell you I can’t get that circus music out of my mind all day today!
Also, Mr. Matt Grow. This guy hands down is one of the best ice guys I’ve ever met and an all around good guy! I was sitting in my sun warmed fish house and watching him. He has a method and it works.
He uses his Lakemaster chip to locate the breaks of the selected area and then starts drilling hole after hole. Once he starts fishing, all you see is a red Gamehide suit with a matching red Marcum going from hole to hole. If he pulls a fish out, he stays there a few more minutes…no fish..on to the next hole. He runs out of holes…back to his red auger and a bunch of new holes are drilled. The cycle continues.
Are we doing it again next year?