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Along the Portage

Along the Portage is the Voyageur's outdoor news section. Here readers find year-round coverage of local hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation. Regular features include the DNR Question of the Week, and Mike Rahn's "Inside the Outdoors" column. Captivating wildlife photos by local photographers are a special addition to Along the Portage.

 

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Late ice Gill: Greg Clusiau posed just long enough for a quick photo before releasing this nice bluegill back in the hole.

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Outdoor Columnist

It may take a little while but it looks like our ice is finally on it’s way out.

Saturday’s fishing trip was done by driving a pickup truck all over the lake. Deep snow drifts even had us coming close to getting stuck a few times but all I had to do was back-track a bit and go another route. Two shovels were in the back, just in case. Thank goodness we didn’t need to use them.

Sunday found us using snowmobiles to get around on two other lakes. The ice is plenty thick and still required drilling all the way to the auger’s power head, sometimes just barely making it through without an extension.

It was basically two days, three lakes, and two modes of transportation for lake travel.
Day one consisted of a jumbo-perch hunt. Sitting comfortably in my truck, a GPS unit aided us in navigating from proven spot to spot and no matter how well we did in these areas in the past, it just wasn’t happening on this day.

Making a loop around the lake, we headed for one last stop before calling it a day. Following the GPS coordinates, we ended up driving near a small group that was already ...

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Whitie: Greg Clusiau poses with a nice Chequamegon Bay white-fish before letting it swim back down the hole.

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Outdoor Columnist

The season is finally beginning to make a switch and believe me it’s for the better. Last weekend was the first time I could drive my truck on the ice all season, going wherever I wanted to. This counts mid-winter resort ice roads, as the snow was too deep to get off the beaten path.

I was pretty much sitting atop a snowmobile for nearly the whole ice season. If I didn’t, I was unable to get to the fishing holes of my choice. Now, however, it’s a breeze, although at the time of this writing (Sunday night) more snow is forecasted for the North Country. Hopefully we won’t get as much as they’re predicting.

It’s so nice to fish out of the back of a vehicle, which is what I did last Sunday. Driving around, looking for perch, all of the necessary gear was at arm’s length, positioned on a piece of carpet in the truck box. Warm weather had me leaving the shelter at home, along with a heater, propane tanks, and more. This maneuver left the back of the truck nearly wide open and offered a great work station as well as a good place to sit while fishing.

Another plus is the fact that a container full of beverages will now be left inside the truck, as long as it’s cold enough to keep them chilled but not frozen. The same goes for bait, like minnows and wax worms. Now I can leave everything in the truck. It’s just cool enough to keep them comfortable...

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Slab: Blake Liend displays a 14-inch crappie that "got in the way" while perch fishing last weekend

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Outdoor Columnist

Regarding March weather, they say “in like a lion, out like a lamb” or visa versa, but in northern Minnesota’s case it’s a lion the whole darn way and I’ve about had it.

Last Saturday morning had me wishfully thinking that I would be able to drive my truck out onto the lake and why not? After all, it’s nearing the end of March. That’s what normally takes place, along with great late ice panfishing. Oh what a mistake that turned out to be.

Realizing the latest snowfall had added a little more of a challenge to my next ice fishing outing, I opted to leave the snowmobile trailer in the back yard and go for it. Halfway to my jumbo perch destination, I began to plow snow with the bumper and ended up getting stuck.

I might have been okay, if I hadn’t run headlong into an unprotected area that is prone to offer significant snow drifts. Yup ...

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