Mille Lacs Ice Fishing

Mille Lacs, Ice Fishing, Jim Peters, Jim Peters Outdoors, Guide ServiceWe finally got out Ice House out on Mille Lacs on January 22.  We are trying a new spot on a flat this year.  Still out of Hunters Point. I spent the better part of the weekend up there after getting the fish house all set up.  The ice thickness was 17" where we were at.  Not much snow on the ice. 

The fishing was excellent.  The Rattle Reels kept me going all night.  During the day I was jigging.  This walleye was 16".  I caught a number of them in this size range leaving me to believe the future of the lake is looking good.  The lure I am using here is a Johnson Thin Fin.  We are in 29 feet of water. 

Mille Lacs, Ice Fishing, Jim Peters, Jim Peters outdoors, guide serviceMy son Matt joined me and caught this large perch.  In fact we caught a number of large perch.   All in all it was a great weekend of ice fishing.  Looking forward to the next time. 

Ice Ice Baby

Mille Lacs Ice Fishing, Jim Peters, Jim Peters OutdoorsWe finally have ice!  While the fish houses aren't out yet, I still wanted to get out fishing so I headed up to Mille Lacs early this morning with my portable and 4 wheeler.  I checked in at Hunter's Point (a favorite spot) and headed on out to a flat on the wheelers with my friend and neighbor John.  We were going to look for walleyes. 

It was a little tough going on the lake, got stuck with the wheelers a couple of times but we persevered and ended up having a great time.  Yes the temps were dropping and the wind was picking up but, when you've been deprived of ice fishing until January, you just have to suck it up.  

Mille Lacs, Ice Fishing, JIm Peters, Jim Peters OutdoorsWe fished in about  28  feet of water with a minnow on a dead stick pink hook and a purple spoon and minnow head.   The walleyes were biting although they weren't in the keeping slot range. Caught many walleyes in the 13-17" range. The future of the lake looks great with this kind of fish being caught.

We're making ice now!

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It's gotten colder in Minnesota - finally seeing ice on the Lakes.  Hopefully the fish house is out soon.  I heard Mille Lacs froze over yesterday which is where I have my ice house.  I'm on the east side out of Hunter's Point.  So, with that in sight, I spent some time today organizing my tackle and putting some new line on my ice fishing rods.  Maybe I can get out on an area lake tomorrow with my portable house.

Jim Peters, Jim Peters Outdoors, Fishing Guide, Mississippi, St. Croix, Mille Lacs, OttertailFrom the looks of things in this tackle box, I could do a bit of organizing.  Most of this tackle is from Northland tackle which is one of my sponsors.  They make excellent lures.  Visit their website here

On my Fenwick Ice Fishing rods, I have pflueger reels.  I put on Trilene XL green.  I am very happy with all of these products.  I've had these rods and reels for many years.  Check back later to see if I am able to get out on the ice in the near future. 

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Trying to get into the ice fishing mode hard to do with the lack of ice. Still getting things ready. New line on the reels, Vexlars charged up and auger ready to go, just need the ice.

Late Season on the St. Croix

St. Croix, Walleye, Guide, Jim Peters, Jim Peters OutdoorsSaturday, December 5, 2015 was a great day on the water.  With the unseasonably warm temps, it was a great day for walleye fishing on the St. Croix.  I headed out with 2 great friends John and Denny.  We filled the live well and are looking forward to a few great meals of fresh walleye.

St. Croix, Walleye, Guide, Jim Peters, Jim Peters OutdoorsWe were trolling with lead line and did a little pole lining as well.  We were thrilled when we had a number of times when we had more than 1 fish on at a time.  We even had 1 time where we had 3 on. 

St. Croix, JIm Peters, Jim Peters Outdoors, WalleyeHere is my friend John with one of his catches.  We were dressed for the weather and until the wind came up later we weren't too cold.  We launched at Prescott as we had to be careful that the boat ramp wasn't too slippery for the launch.

St. Croix, Walleye, Jim Peters, Jim Peters Outdoors, MississippiDenny says he never catches many fish by himself - but he always catches them with me as a guide.  Another recommendation for Jim Peters Outdoors Guide service

First Trip of the Year

I had the pleasure of taking out Tina and Paul Sorenson and Tina's Dad for the first trip. We caught a lot of fish with the biggest being a 26" walleye.

Jim first trip of the year

 Paul Sorenson 26" walleye

Changes coming

I will be moving to Ottertail, MN as of 4/13/2015. I will still be guiding in the Hastings area as well as Ottertail Lake. Nothing has changed, Just expanding my area. My new boat for this year is a Lund 202 Pro V GL with a 250 Optimax motor. First time running a glass boat, should be a smooth ride. Looking forward in taking you out for a great fishing trip.

Spring is comming

Now is the time to get all the tackle in order, change the line on your reels. Get this done now so you are ready to fish when the weather permits. Most of the boat shows and seminars are done. Was at Hoots' sports last weekend doing seminars at their open house. Remember if you need a new Lund boat call Matt at 1-888--983-2628. Tell him I sent you. Kids fishing seminars at the Owatonna Cabela's April 13 at 1-2 PM stop by with the kids. Now is also the time to book your guide trip with me. Military personel get 35% off trips.