I left the Twin Cities with an air temp of 4, and as I traveled North to the burbot grounds on a frozen Lake Superior tributary, the temp bottomed out at zero. My plan was to meet a few roughfish.com members out on the ice and try for burbot. This excursion has become a ritual of sorts for some of us. It is good medicine for a Minnesota Winter.
As always, you can click on my photos to embiggen.
Upon my arrival, I found Eric Kol on the ice with a nice pile of pout already. He had been there for a few hours and had found steady action, landing 4.
His biggest was 31.5", a long skinny male.
After greetings all around, I started fishing. Members present included Moose, Fishaholicsanonymous, Eric Kol, Roughfish29, Sam, Jason E, Bubbajo and his buddy, Vanner and his 2 sons, and Goldenfishberg and GeluNumber1.
My Vexilar had issues, so I just started pounding bottom with a buckshot spoon tipped with shiner parts. Poutnip. Not ten minutes went by and I had a fish!
I cracked a Duluth-area brew in celebration, but it froze almost instantly. One good sip was all I got, then Otto clened up the slush.
Oh yeah, Otto the crazy ice fishing dog met us out there once again, this dog has been our friend out there for like 9 years -
The shadows started getting longer as afternoon waned.
It was great to see Bubbajoe, and I took this photo of his shack at prime time. He had caught 2 by the time I left, one nice female.
Toward dusk, a good amount of eelpout were landed. Both of my cameras froze solid and would not work. I will let the appropriate parties add their personal accounts, but here's a teaser -
I leave you with a burbotsicle courtesy of Eric Kol -
Great to see all of you out there today, on a cold cold day.