ICE FISHING AT BRINDLEY'S

Traders Bay was ice covered the morning of November 14, 2014. This is about 2 weeks earlier than normal. We expect to start our 2015 season guided operations just after Christmas 2014.

We were honored to be featured on Babe Winkleman's NBC Sports Network TV in February 2013.
Click to view the feature:
http://www.winkelman.com/videos/Good-Fishing/On-the-Ice-for-Panfish_242

Leech Lake is legendary for it's Jumbo Perch! - View Ice Fishing Gallery!

It has an irregular shore line with large points and bays ranging from 4 feet to 170 feet of depth. It receives much less fishing pressure than Mille Lacs Lake. Two of the premier ice fishing "hot spots" of Pine Point and Grand View Flats are just minutes from Brindley's Harbor Resort. Each persons daily perch limit is 20 fish and you may have up to 40 perch in your possession.

Brindley's ice houses are heated, lighted, and comfortably hold 4-5 anglers each. Additionally our guides employ portable "Otter" two person day houses to help you stay with the fish schools and still have shelter. If the lake roads are snowed over we provide transportation to your ice house via utility snowmobiles.

Our full time on ice guides are Greg and Tim Campbell (resort owner family members), and Mike Bridges, a 18 year full time employee. Mike is often the focus of attention for our summer visitors when cleaning fish. He can professionally fillet a fish about every 11 seconds! We host a maximum of about 25 angling guests at a time so Mike, Greg and Tim, (plus Paris and Jean and other staff in support roles), can continue to provide their famous Brindley's service at a personalized level.

 

A TYPICAL DAY

A typical day starts between 7:00 and 8:00 am with a continental breakfast in the lodge. By this time the guides have been on the lake to warm the permanent ice houses and open their fishing holes. About 8:00, conditions permitting, guests can follow the guides to the ice houses in their own vehicles. After opening a series of fresh ice holes in the selected area, the guides spend time fishing with, coaching, instructing and enjoying the company of our guests.

If catching is difficult or if large schools of fish are not evident the guides will set off to try and locate active fish. Finding active fish for our guests is our top priority. On a lake with 112,000 acres this is both a challenge and an opportunity. If the guides are successful in locating a more productive area, they will return, advise all of the possibilities, and help guests move and get set up in a new target area. This involves drilling 6 - 10 new holes per angler and setting up portable shelters. We feel that moving frequently adds considerably to everyone's overall success but in the heart of a northern Minnesota winter the logistics can become difficult. Anglers with their own portable shelters, ice augers, and ATV's or snowmobiles are encouraged to bring them.

Generally our fishing sites are within 3-9 miles of the resort so guests can return to the resort for lunch if they wish. The fishing day ends about 4:30. Perch seldom bite well after dark and at our latitude, "dark" equates to about 5:00 PM.

At days end guests can settle in at the lodge or in their deluxe housekeeping home for relaxation while the guides fillet and package the days catch. Almost all our guests have good success and enjoy the excellent facilities at Brindley's Harbor Resort. Much of the fun of course is simply enjoying the wonders of Leech Lake in the company of friends and family.

2014 SEASON RECAP

Early snows insulated the lake ice and with the exception of a few enthusiastic anglers who walked onto the ice we canceled the first two scheduled weeks of guided operations. By the time we had sufficient ice for vehicles on the ice, (the second week of January), heavy snows made lake travel difficult off plowed roads. Slush and frequent snows continued which limited us from accessing several of our traditionally productive areas. Add to that, like most of the upper USA, it was also a colder and windier winter than usual. This made fishing outside our heated ice houses a challenge for all but the hardiest of anglers.

With the difficult conditions, overall perch fishing success was down from previous years. Our guides found fewer schools of large perch and although there were a few "hot bite" days, most days were fair to good. Our special thanks to the great guests who endured the cold and poor success but made a point of having fun and thanking us for the terrific effort put in by the guides.

As was the case in the last few seasons, guests did catch Walleye! This is consistent with the very good walleye success of the past four summers. For the 2015 ice fishing season we plan to focus a bit more on walleye, supplementing our traditional perch only bias.

We work very hard to provide each guest with a high level of personalized, on ice, service. To ensure this, we limit the number of guests to about 25 anglers. We are now booking 2015 reservations.

2013-2014 GUIDED PERCH FISHING PACKAGE

Our 2015 guided perch fishing package includes:

  • Full time guides to help locate fish, drill holes and coach
  • Professionally manufactured ice houses (typically - eight holes, heat, lights)
  • Portable two person ice shelters to follow active fish
  • Free fish cleaning
  • Overnight lodging in high quality 3, 4 and 5 bedroom homes
  • A continental breakfast in our comfortable lodge
  • We focus all our attention on Guided Ice Fishing Guests:
    • We do not rent ice houses only
    • We do not have non- guest lake access
  • Due to the large size of our lodging units we require a three person minimum and a two night minimum per group.
PRICING
$135.00 each person per night
Including all taxes
Midweek (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights)
$150.00 each person per night
Including all taxes
Weekends (Friday and Saturday nights)
  • Two night minimum. $270 deposit per lodging unit.
  • Storm cancellations - deposits applied to rescheduled 2012 winter reservations.
  • 6.875% State Sales Tax and 3% Lodging Tax included in price.
  • We accept personal checks, VISA & Master Cards *.
  • * A $10 convenience fee will be added for each person’s stay that is paid by credit card.
  • Telephone reservations held seven days without deposit.
  • Deposits and reservations will be confirmed by mail.
  • Sorry, no pets
  • Please observe the following guidelines so your facilities may be properly prepared for you.
    • Check-In: Ice House, Arrival Day, after 1:00 PM - Lodging, Arrival Day, after 4:00 PM *
    • Check-Out: Ice House, Departure Day, prior to 11:30 AM - Lodging, Departure Day, prior to 10:00 AM

    * For guest traveling long distances, we also offer an option to arrive in the evening, spend the first night at our $40 per person per night "motel" rate and the start fishing at 8:00 the first morning. Ask about details if this option is of interest.

  • In the year 2000 Minnesota initiated an on-line electronic License Identification Number program. Brindley's no longer sells licenses. You can purchase your license via telephone by calling 888-665-4236. You will need to have a credit card (MN residents also need their drivers license #) and you will be issued a ID # which authorizes you to fish immediately. Alternatively you can still purchase a license at larger area sporting goods retailers
  • In addition to a license, you need to bring groceries, personal items including bath towels and bath soap, fishing tackle and your choice of live bait.
  • There are lodging only dates open in late March, after we end the guided operations. Click on the "Availability" chart to view dates yet open. There is usually viable ice fishing on Leech Lake thru March (and even early April without the use of trucks or automobiles).

WINTER ACCOMMODATIONS

Brindley's lodging facilities are outstanding in winter! Our 3, 4 or 5 bedroom luxury log homes are the highest quality rentals in the Leech Lake area. Visiting guests have first option for the same lodging and (approximate) calendar dates the following year. If a departing guest has not renewed a reservation the lodging unit is available to others. Click on our Availability Calendars to see current openings. Click for Winter Rates.

All accommodations have lots of secure parking for vehicles and trailers. Brindley's lodge, store, and game center are open all winter. Snacks and Beverages are available to compliment lively conversation. For current local ice and snow conditions plus the weather forecast click here.

 

Oak Ridge Winter

Oak Ridge House (maximum 10 people)

Our Oak Ridge House is a deluxe year 'round home well suited as a base for enjoying a north woods winter. There is a full kitchen, 3 baths, 2 stone fireplaces, a dish washer, and a clothes washer and drier on the lower level to deal with wet clothing. Seven physical beds (plus hide-a-beds) per unit. TV.

Click on the photo to see photos and a complete description.
Click here for all Winter Rates.

Cottage B Winter

Cottage "B" (maximum 6 people)

We winterized our popular summer "Cottage B" for winter use in 1999. It has a full kitchen and three bedrooms, (a queen bed in one bedroom and two twins each in the other bedrooms). There is also a hide-bed-couch in the living room to bring the total sleep capacity to six. There is a full bath and an additional 1/2 bath. The interior is knotty pine and it has a Heat-N-Glo glass front stove to provide a warm glow to the cozy north woods ambiance. TV, WiFi.

Click on the photo to see photos and a complete description.
Click here for all Winter Rates.

Log Home 2-3 Winter

Luxury Log Homes "2 and 3" (maximum 10 people per unit)

New in 2011. Five bedrooms per unit. May be rented as individual five bedroom units or a combined 10 bedroom complex. Each unit features a fireplace, five baths, two dishwashers, two refrigerators, clothes washer/dryer, and many upscale amenities. Nine physical beds per unit. TV, WiFi.

Click on the photo to see photos and a complete description.
Click here for all Winter Rates.

Log Home 15 Winter

Luxury Log Home "15" (maximum 6 people)

New in 2002. It has three spacious bedrooms plus a loft and will comfortably sleep 7. It features a fireplace, 2 full baths, a luxury 2 person whirlpool, dishwasher, and many wonderful amenities. In winter cottage 15 is reserved for non anglers only. No Smoking.

Click on the photo to see photos and a complete description.
Click here for all Winter Rates.

Log Home 16-17 Winter

Luxury Log Homes "16 and 17" (maximum 8 people per unit)

New in 2003. Four bedrooms per unit. May be rented as individual four bedroom units or a combined 8 bedroom complex. Each unit features a fireplace, three baths, a luxury two person whirlpool, dishwasher, clothes washer/dryer, and many wonderful amenities. Six physical beds per unit. TV, WiFi. This is definitely not "roughing it".

Click on the photo to see photos and a complete description.
Click here for all Winter Rates.

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ICE FISHING PHOTO GALLERY - BACK TO TOP

(Some photos are clickable to a larger view)

The two photo's on either side on this comment are from the "Old Days".

Daily catch limits now are 20 perch per person. At the time of the photos the daily limit was 100, not a sustainable level of harvest with modern technology and fishing pressures.

Perch are a very slow growing fish, enjoy the fun of fishing but please respect the need for conservation.

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Brindley's Harbor Resort Inc. | Jean, Paris, Tim and Greg Campbell | 9530 Pine Point Road NW - Walker, MN 56484 I info@brindleysharbor.com | Toll Free: 888-547-5477