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Back Lake Day Trip - nice mixed bag #7443099 02/24/19 10:12 PM
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Headed up to the cabin on Friday afternoon with my wife and son for the weekend. Saturday morning we headed out at about 7 am, stopped and picked up minnows and than drove about 30 km and parked the truck and trailer at the end of the road. From there we went about 25 km on the sled to a back lake that I have only ever fished in the summer. Additionally this was my wife's first time fishing hard or soft water in 30+ years - so the pressure was on to ensure a good time.

Gotta love it when the only tracks are your own from turning around at your destination:

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Snow conditions were pretty good with 8 to 10 inches of snow on top of 1 or 2 inches of slush in the morning but increased to 3 to 6 inches of slush when we left at dark - but still fine for the sled and toboggan (which my son rode on top of as the sled only seats 2).

Got the shelter up and the heat on pretty fast so that my son and wife could start fishing right away. Sled stayed parked right there for the rest of the day as there was no need to move:

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While they fished I took my el-cheapo power auger and drilled 12 more 8 inch holes at varying depths all within about 150 yards of the shelter. Ice thickness averaged 25 inches and was about 15 inches of clear ice and 10 inches of white ice. El-Cheapo worked great - 14 holes at 25 inches each is 350 inches of ice. That amount took one battery down to about 60% - so in theory 800 inches of 8 inch hole on one battery. I always have two batteries so i can't imagine a day (1600 inches) where i would run out if they start charged. Total cost for el-cheapo (not including the drill) was $71 for the auger, $14 for the adaptor, and 2$ for threaded rod and hardware to modify the shaft so the auger won't fall down a hole if it comes loose at the wrong moment:

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My son caught the first fish of the day - a 12 inch brookie that we had along with another for breakfast today. Remaining trout went back.

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My wife was focused on perch and we put lots in the 10 to 12 inch size range into the freezer:

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I caught the fewest and was focused on walleye. Ended up with 3. The smallest was 17 inches and largest was 19.5 inches. Guy in the photo measures 18.5 inches. They all came home with me.

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Weather was great and most importantly everyone had a lot of fun. As you can see though the old man was relegated to the outside holes.


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Re: Back Lake Day Trip - nice mixed bag [Re: Hirogen] #7443101 02/24/19 10:15 PM
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Great pics....To cold for me lol up






Re: Back Lake Day Trip - nice mixed bag [Re: Hirogen] #7443116 02/24/19 10:28 PM
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When we first moved home to Texas I missed the ice fishing of North Dakota, but not the cold weather. Your pics bring back a lot of memories of 50 plus years ago.


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Re: Back Lake Day Trip - nice mixed bag [Re: Hirogen] #7443126 02/24/19 10:37 PM
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Man I always enjoy your post for I know it will share with us what the real outdoors is all about and how so many of us would love to be able to say we were able to live that life at least for a little while.
Thanks for sharing up

By the way you married way up cheers

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Re: Back Lake Day Trip - nice mixed bag [Re: Hirogen] #7443144 02/24/19 11:01 PM
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Looks like a blast!


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Re: Back Lake Day Trip - nice mixed bag [Re: Hirogen] #7443211 02/25/19 12:28 AM
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That is greatness, what was the tempature?




Re: Back Lake Day Trip - nice mixed bag [Re: SowHntr] #7443227 02/25/19 12:40 AM
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Originally Posted by SowHntr
That is greatness, what was the tempature?


Temperature was actually quite warm for us at this time of year. Was about 20 F when we arrived and climbed to 34 F at one point and than back down to about 28 F when we left at dark. Usually this time of year it would -10 F first thing than climb to 5 F during the day. Coldest I have ever ice fished in was -38 F air temp with a -55 windchill value. That was about a month ago - that is pushing the limit especially if you are hitting the back country because if anything goes wrong and you are not prepared to deal with it than you will probably die.

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Re: Back Lake Day Trip - nice mixed bag [Re: Hirogen] #7443291 02/25/19 01:35 AM
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I will break through ice to duck hunt but not to catch a fish. LOL

Re: Back Lake Day Trip - nice mixed bag [Re: Hirogen] #7443326 02/25/19 02:03 AM
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Your pictures never disappoint. I'm jealous as always.

Re: Back Lake Day Trip - nice mixed bag [Re: Hirogen] #7443435 02/25/19 04:04 AM
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Nice perch and walleye, brings back memories ice fishing in Montana

Re: Back Lake Day Trip - nice mixed bag [Re: erathar] #7443494 02/25/19 06:26 AM
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Originally Posted by erathar
Your pictures never disappoint. I'm jealous as always.


Yep


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I would love to try ice fishing and I those perch are really good eating .


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That looks like a fun time. Congrats!

Re: Back Lake Day Trip - nice mixed bag [Re: Hirogen] #7443574 02/25/19 01:39 PM
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Great looking trip with you family, beautiful place to live, hunt and fish.

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Looks like a great time

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Re: Back Lake Day Trip - nice mixed bag [Re: Old Rabbit] #7445790 02/27/19 05:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Old Rabbit
Great looking trip with you family, beautiful place to live, hunt and fish.

No kidding. What a beautiful country you live in. Sure gets cold for this southern boy though.


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Great Pics and thanks for sharing. You stories are always inviting

Re: Back Lake Day Trip - nice mixed bag [Re: Hirogen] #7446144 02/28/19 01:10 AM
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Hirogen - will never forget your pics from a few years back bringing in the Christmas tree and you had to take some doors off to get it in the house. Your pictures and stories are awesome sir!


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Brings back fond memories


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Originally Posted by TEXASLEFTY
Originally Posted by erathar
Your pictures never disappoint. I'm jealous as always.


Yep


X3.....but donít hate those fish bad enough to sit on an ice cube to catch them


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