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November 27, 2017
With ice coverage on nearly all area lakes there's certainly a buzz around town and it sounds an awful lot like an ice auger! Some of the area's smaller, shallower lakes have been getting some play and are kicking out some panfish and pike thus far. Walleye fishing on ice in the area may be a cold-snap away yet, although with no snow cover on the newly formed ice it wouldn't take a whole lot for cold temps to blast a few inches of clear ice coverage onto our local walleye waters.
With all of the buzz surrounding the early-ice conditions we have great news for you; if you're in the market for a new auger or flasher, Oars-n-Mine has the unit you desire in stock and we are price aggressive! ION, IONX, K-Drills, Jiffy propane augers, Strikemaster, Eskimo, Marcum, Vexilar, Humminbird; the list is long! There are some all-new offerings from Strikemaster and ION this year in the auger market and some brand-new units from Marcum and Humminbird in the flasher market as well, and we have them all IN-STOCK at great prices!
Humminbird took a huge step forward in the ice market this year by making it easier for their loyal open-water customers to convert their favorite summer electronics to ice by introducing the ICE Portable Conversion Kit. If you already own a Humminbird Helix 5 or 7 this kit comes with everything you need to take that unit off your boat and have an adaptable ice unit with Lakemaster capabilities; case, power cables and even the winter transducer are included!
Marcum took their ever popular lineup of flashers and added their MBC Lighting, making these displays the sharpest and brightest on the market. The biggest change for Marcum this year is the addition of their Lithium Shuttle, which features a built-in lithium ion battery pack that outperforms the standard 8 amp batteries while dramatically reducing overall weight. They also incorporated some very useful plug-ins to charge/run other devices off of the shuttle as well as a built-in LED light. The Lithium Shuttle can be purchased on a new flasher or as a replacement shuttle for any existing Marcum unit.
Eskimo upped the ante a bit in the propane auger market this year with the introduction of the P1 Rocket auger. Based off of their durable and powerful HC40 propane engine they redesigned the gear box transmission and added a cast bottom for precision blade contact to create the fastest and lightest 9the 10" version weighs in at only 28 lbs) propane auger on the market.
Strikemaster is back in the lithium auger game and boy did they come with stiff competition for the green-machine ION! The all-new Lithium Lazer is a 40V powerhead featuring improved ergonomics and a built-in LED light so cutting in the dark is no match. In an attempt to grab some of the market that is so firmly gripped by ION, they are offering 2 battery packs in each of this year's augers, a major value for anyone that drills more holes in a day than 1 battery can handle! Competitively priced as well, this auger will surely find it's way into arsenals across the ice belt.
September 27, 2017
9/27/17 - We now have several weekends of small game and archery hunting under our belt as well as the opening weekend of waterfowl. From the reports we have gathered hunting success has been fair, although the weather and habitat conditions have played a bigger part in hunter success. Lots of leaf cover still on trees has limited grouse hunter's success but there are good numbers of birds around so things should improve soon. Goose hunters did well during the early season overall and numbers have improved yet again with some molt migrators moving into the area, which was seen in hunter bags over duck opener. Few mallards in the area but LOTS of wood ducks and some bluewing teal to help provide some action. Rice beds near the Mississippi were fairly productive over the weekend as well as some of the backwoods beaver dams. Archery deer harvest have been down but hunters are seeing plenty of deer, just waiting for the right one.
Fishing reports have been few and far between with the recent weather but the reports we are getting are hinting at an improvement coming. Water temps are still hovering in the low to mid 60's, and with the 10-day forecast calling for highs in the 50's-60's and lows in the 40's things should get good really quick. Crappies are just starting to trickle into the deeper winter holes, as are walleyes. The good fall bite is less than a week away from the start!
Good luck to all of our outdoorsmen and be safe out there!
January 12, 2017
With new regulation changes in 2014 allowing designated trout lakes to be open during the winter months in Crow Wing County, trout fishing has now become a year-round activity in the Cuyuna County State Recreation Area. Learning the patterns of these “new” fish over the past 2 seasons has taught us one thing; trout are even more fun to catch through the ice than in open water!
Trout will range in depths of 4’ (right next to shore) to 90’+ out over basin areas in the pits, but are generally high in the water column and can easily be caught using today’s electronics and typical panfish/perch tackle. Small spoons tipped with waxies or eurolarvae work best, while some target them using artificial minnows profiles such as jigging Rapalas, etc.
Early morning hours are best but trout can be caught throughout the day making this a very family-friendly approach to a weekend of fishing.