Sunday, January 28, 2024

GOMH Today


The latest long-term weather forecast at has things getting warmer and a lot less wet than previously indicated.

Chiefs and 49ers to the Super Bowl. If the weather is decent I'm going fishing.

Friday, January 26, 2024

The GOMH Today


I'm not saying it's going to be an early ice out this year, but it is going to be an early ice out this year. It won't surprise me if there is open water at the Intersection by February.

Thursday, January 18, 2024

My Thought on the Bass Snatcher 2024 Schedule (Tentative)

I was not feeling well so I didn't make it to the January meeting. Three of the lakes I mentioned in my wishlist are tentatively scheduled this year; They are Little Boy, Gull River, and Gull Lake. I left Pelican off my wishlist because it doesn't impress me as a bass fishery. Between it and Edward, I prefer Edward. Mission Lakes, I prefer we don't fish because I've been there so many times; I'll be trying to get it changed to Bordon Lake at the February meeting. The Snatchers have never fished Bordon Lake outside of Garrison MN since I joined the club.  

So what about Big Birch? We fished it my first year in the club, 2008, and haven't been back since. It didn't really impress me back then; I came in 2nd to last with a really small limit. I read my pre-fishing recap blog and tournament recap blog to refresh my memory.  I'm cool with this choice. It has probably improved as a smallmouth fishery and I had basically forgotten about the largemouth habitat. If we do keep this lake I hope I can convince the guys to make it a 7 AM Start, something I think we should also do if we fish at Little Boy as well. Both lakes really are not that far from Baxter. I leave my place to fish at 4:30 AM or earlier frequntly in June.   

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

January 16th 2024 at the GOMH


A very cold winter day 0 to 5℉ was the temp range. It looked like there might be somebody fishing in a spot I want to try, but I'm not completely sure. There was big wheelhouse out from the access on Platte 150 yards and a truck on the ice about 100 yards to the West.

Sunday, January 14, 2024

January 14th at the GOMH

The Polar Vortex has the GOMH completely frozen over

 The same couldn't be said about Platte. That is steam rising above open water.

Friday, January 12, 2024

BP's Snatcher Tournament 2024 Wish List

Saturday will be the first Baxter Bass Snatcher meeting of 2024. We traditionally have 6 tournaments and do not fish a lake in back-to-back years. Last year we fished Bay, North Long, Alexander, Serpent (Blind), Pokegama (Grand Rapids), and Whitefish Chain. Last year, our most attended tournaments only had between 6 and 9 boats, so I think there is going to be some discussion about shrinking the minimum size lake, which I believe is currently 1,000 acres.  Here is my wish list of lakes. 

Away Lakes (We have one maybe two on the schedule)
Rush Lake (Ottertail)
Fish Hook (Park Rapids)
Little Boy/Wabedo (Longville)
Woman Lake (Longville)

Local Lakes:
Farm Island
Crow Wing River/Gull River
Rice Lake/Mississippi
Zebulon Pike/Mississippi
Gull Lake 
South Long
Fish Trap
Birch (Hackensack)

If we go to a 700 acre minimum:
Clearwater (If we are not in a drought again.)

Lakes I've seen enough of, thank you!
Rabbit Lakes
Mission Lakes 
Cedar Lake (Aitken)


Friday, January 05, 2024

Jan. 5th at the GOMH

I wasn't into fishing on this day. I did go for a drive. Still a bunch of open water at the GOMH. There were fishermen at The Dog, Platte, and Sullivan. I didn't check Rock and nobody out on Long.

Tuesday, January 02, 2024

BP's 2023 Top Lure: Snagproof Bobby's Perfect Frog

After two years of absolute dominance by ice fishing lures, my sore back in early 2023 ensured the rule of panfish lures would come to an end. In 2023, Bobby's Perfect Frog was back on top again; It also held the top spot in 2018 and 2020. I lost 10 Bobby's Frogs in 2023, mostly due to pike theft, but I did have an empty Power Clip come back a couple of times as well. 

My supply of "The Sparrow" color is getting low, so this may or may not be the last year the Bobby's Perfect Frog comes out on top. 


2023 Battle For Big Bass Between My Bro's

 Is declared no contest, because Steve only fished with me twice the whole year; Todd had 15 trips with me during primetime of the day for big bites. That just isn't doesn't make for a fair contest.  Here are their big bass for the year.