I have had a late start to the ice fishing season but I have to also pay the bills to buy fishing equipment! With my weekend work over and the holidays at bay for a while I couldnt hardly stand myself. I made a quick call on Thursday to my buddy up at Red Lake and he was in route to his cabin! SCORE a place to stay! Upon his arrival he started doing some calling and within a couple hours he had a personal friend that said I could use his ice house on Saturday! SCORE again! I got on the horn and drummed up a couple of my favorite teenagers and the plan was to take the CAR up Friday night. Yes we took the car! This could be the cheapest trip I have ever done going north.
We loaded some gear and hit the road Friday after work and made it up to Waskish by 9pm. We had a couple adult beverages and hit the hay. Saturday morning brought us drizzle and cold weather knocking at our doorstep. The house was located at Red Lake Adventures down Kansas City Road. I was able to drive the car from doorstep to ice house door without a problem. We were fishing by 7:30 ish and it was on! I wouldnt say the day bite was fast and furious but it was enough to keep you interested. We were in about 9-10 FOW and the lucky lures of the day were anything glow and orange. Most of the day the fish did not like aggressive jigging and preferred a bobber bite. The best action was between 4-7pm. We were able to land all of our fish on Saturday as planned and headed home in the morning. The cold front was brutal but bearable. The wind is such a big factor out on the ice! Coming off the lake Saturday night was not for wussies! Especially in a car ..
If you've got short, stubby fingers and wear reading glasses, any relaxation you would normally derive from fly fishing is completely eliminated when you try to tie on a fly. ~ Jack Ohman, Fear of Fly Fishing, 1988