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  1. Looking to catch some bullheads. Anyone have any suggestions on which lakes to try.
  2. Birchdale

    Anyone getting sturgeon out of birchdale landing. I am coming up Tuesday or Wednesday and wondering if there is good fishing out of birchdale or if I should head to the lake area.
  3. Looking to do a road trip this summer. These lakes look interesting anybody got any feedback on whether they are worth fishing? The Lake finder looks good on DNR site.
  4. The Red River is really low for this time of year and the water temperatures have just crossed the 50 degree mark. The two combined spell and early catfish season. Right now the catfish are still a bit sluggish. They are laying in the shallow water near the deeper current areas. You will see a lot of picking and playing with bait before they commit. With warmer temperatures in the forecast for the next week those small bites will become caught fish. the fish should move into the faster water areas and begin hunting. Expect a much better report next week as the cats come life over the next few days. Baits right now are frogs and suckers. Fresh or frozen sucker are both working.
  5. now that the ice is gone, were are the crappies biting? the water is still very cold, so hopefully it won't be too long now.
  6. I read some good news this morning about the Walleye population in Vermilion. Here is a link to the story from the Timberjay: "Walleye Numbers 'Exceptionally Strong'" Marshall Helmberger Posted 3/30/16 LAKE VERMILION— While some of Minnesota’s premier walleye lakes are struggling to maintain healthy fish numbers, Lake Vermilion’s walleye population remains exceptionally strong, according to the latest management report issued by the Department of Natural Resources. Test-netting completed last fall by Tower fisheries staff recorded an average of 19.1 walleye per net, the third-highest average recorded in over thirty years. And for the first time in many years, walleye numbers on the west end actually outpaced those in the eastern basin, thanks in large part to strong walleye numbers in places like Niles Bay. “That’s very good news,” said Eric Hanson, with Pehrson Lodge, located on the west end of Vermilion. “That’s definitely what we want to hear.” While the west end traditionally sees plenty of large walleye, resort owners and guides have been complaining for years that the number of “eater” sized fish was disappointing. But the latest numbers suggest anglers will have more success lakewide this year, thanks to an especially large 2012 year class, most of which should be running between 14 and 16 inches by this summer. That’s typically considered the sweet spot for eating-sized walleye. “They should be perfect eaters this year,” said Cliff Wagenbach, a longtime fishing guide on Vermilion. “By this past fall, we saw a good share of that 2012 year class that we were keeping. A lot were 14 inches even then,” he said. On the west end, the survey tallied 19.6 fish per net, which was the highest gillnet catch ever recorded in the basin. Fisheries staff recorded a total of 18.8 fish per net in the eastern basin. The latest numbers reflect a sharp improvement over 2014, when the fall gillnet survey showed below average walleye numbers on the lake. But DNR fisheries staff said poor weather conditions hampered the 2014 survey, which likely accounted for the drop in numbers. In 2013, the walleye numbers were well above average, at nearly 18 fish per net, so this year’s report is more in line with previous surveys. The results are likely to catch the attention of the state’s walleye anglers, many of whom were upset by the DNR’s recent decision to shift to catch-and-release only on Mille Lacs Lake for walleye for the upcoming season. The usual walleye hotspot has seen a sharp drop in walleye numbers in recent years and the DNR has been taking increasingly aggressive steps to reverse the decline. Wagenbach said he expects the good news on Vermilion will likely prompt many walleye enthusiasts to bypass Mille Lacs this year. “I have a feeling that the Mille Lacs crew will show up here,” he said.
  7. Just updating the thread for a new season...river is opened up nice and never really left the banks..gonna need some rain this spring or its gonna be very shallow north of whopper John landing and riverside dam.
  8. I have a wedding opening day, I'm staying at Buffalo River state park, What are my options for fish? Any walleye to try for? HELP??????
  9. Adrian’s: Open; allowing ½ ton’s but no house in tow, sleds & ATV’s & small SUV’s. Allowing 16’ wheel houses if pulled by ATV. They are marked 5 – 6 miles north of the island with spotty fishing reports. Cyrus Resort: Open; ½ ton’s w/o a house in tow, Geo Tracker/jeep Wrangler type vehicles, sleds & ATV’s. Fishing was a little slow during the cold snap but this warm front coming in could stimulate the bite. Morris Point: Open; ½ ton pickups & 12’ wheel houses, sleds ATV’s & side by sides. Still haven’t achieved the 15” of ice everywhere yet. Zippel Bay: Open; allowing ½ ton’s with up to 20’ wheel houses. They pulled the Igloo out 2 days ago & should have it stocked by the weekend. Dales Fish House Rentals & Winter Access (formerly Babbler’s Road): Open; they were briefly allowing ½ ton pickups but have restricted to sleds & atv’s again as some crack problems have developed. Springsteel: Kent may allow ½ tons & small houses so don’t plan on binging the larger ones yet, I’m in the same boat; land locked with a 21’r. Once you get on the ice you can drive pretty much anywhere but if you’re in a pickup stay on the marked trails. They are only staked to the DNR reef for now, way to rough to groom a road to south tip. The Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club has staked a trail to the NW Angle but not groomed. Lots of rough ice in places. The water temp is the reason for slow developing ice. Beautiful warm fall & as soon as below freezing came it skimmed over & has preserved the below surface water temp. we should’ve had plenty of ice by now with the recent cold snap. Really must remain patient & careful.
  10. Planning a trip for a few of us up to LOTW and looking to get into some crappies. I've read that you need to be on the ontario side to really find the crappies but I'm wondering if its even possible to find them on the MN side? We're open to getting a guide for the Ontario or MN side so does anyone have good, firsthand recommendations on a guide up there? If so, costs? We're thinking of just 2 guys going up there, leaving the women in the ice house.
  11. It's shaping up to be a very good year on the Big Pond....Lots of people are catching lots of fish. Let's start a new thread to share some tips, tricks, and photos. The talk I'm hearing is that there are lots of fish out deep, but most of them are shorties. Fewer fish up shallow, but a better chance at catching some bigger ones. So shallow I went. Plus, pulling a 100 lb. sled and auger made the decision a little easier, too. I set up Stick in Mud the Elder in Secret Spot #3 in about 7 ft of water. I hole hopped outside in depths ranging from 7 to 14 ft. It took us maybe 10 minutes to get our first fish, and throughout the next two hours we ended up catching six more. Nothing crazy like the reports/photos I'm seeing/hearing from others, but we got two keepers and one big girl. My buddy caught 16 last night--and sent me a photo of every single one of them--but only one of them was over 18''. Of our seven, two were about 19'' and the big one was about 25'', give or take a bit. It's time to get out on the ice.
  12. Fished Big Pine for the first time this holiday season. Caught a few pike and two small walleyes. I'm not looking for spots but I've never fished a lake that is pure sand with no weeds. I fished a first break one day and from 12-25 fow I didn't find any structure and I drilled a ton of holes. Tried a sharp break the following day and same results but no fish. Do you just have to set up and the fish roam around? Do you have to hit mid lake structures? Both of the spots I tried were shoreline breaks. Heck we caught more shiners then walleyes this weekend! Ice was 8" in both spots I fished. Any tips would be greatly appreciated
  13. Have you ever wondered what ice fishing Winnie was like....here is one version...enjoy.
  14. Hi all, been awhile. My wife and I are headed to Everts in Hager City for another 3 day fishing adventure. Does anyone fish the backwaters? Were going to run up to Goose Lake and try and find pike, bass, and panfish. QUESTION....Is it too early to fish up in there? From what I read it's great ice fishing. My gut tells me they won't be up in there quite yet. Any incite would be great! Thanks all!
  15. A Change of Season

    I was fishing with my bride on Labor Day. She was watching docks come in as many people were wrapping up cabin season on French Lake. She was lamenting the fact that the summer was coming to a close. I reminded her that this is our season. September promises the start of fall colors, better fishing and football. Ok, that last one didn't impress her one bit. I have already found that fish are more aggressive. The area lakes are filled with hungry fish. They are smacking jigs tipped with fatheads - orange seemed to be the color yesterday. No longer are they picky and I can usually put a nice walleye in the live well. October (hopefully) means the end of mosquitoes and less yard work. Nice fall days are followed by crisp nights. This year, mowing has become a tedious chore. While the farmers may have liked all of the rains this year, my lawn does too and I am tired of mowing every 5 days. The fishing should continue to be good and I fully intend to put more hours in the boat in the coming month. Get out and enjoy, winter will be here soon enough.
  16. Heading up this weekend, hoping for some decent action. Anybody care to chime in on what colors/presentations have worked/failed? Greatly appreciated if you do otherwise I'll check back in and let you know how it went. Going out of High Banks. Thank you, -Juice
  17. headed to Platte for the first time with my boys and some bone fisher people to chase some blue gills and anything else that will bite. Couple questions: Any way to narrow down where to look for them as the looks to be a ton of great habitat? is there a sand bar or area we can park to swim that isn't full of weeds? Thinking of of bringing some suckers too as bobbers will rule our day. Thanks ik advance and good luck on the water!
  18. The big gills ( 9" ) are biting in Southern MN. It was a good morning. I was using a flu flu jig tipped with a tiny powerbait. More info, so you can get in on this bite, will be shared with those who share info and have earned their way into the Inside Traders Level 10 forum.
  19. I'm coming up with my kid for a few days at the end of next week wondering if there are fish to be had (northerners mostly) on the south end of the lake. 4-mile, bastic, and zipple bays mostly. I'm only running a 17.5' boat so can't really do much running. But weather permitting I would like to see about snagging a fish or two. Thanks
  20. The walleye bite has been very good most of August for me. Most of my walleyes have been caught on sand/rock reefs located in the main lake basins. The standard depths has been 16 feet to 23 feet with almost nothing coming from water deeper then 26 feet. A few walleyes have been caught in 8 foot to 14 foot sandy areas also. The average size of the walleyes has increased a little. Most of our keeper sized fish are now running 14" to 16". Not as many bigger slot fish showing up in our daily catch now though. Maybe one or two a day that are in the 18" to 22" range. Lindy rigs baited with 1/2 crawler is still my go to presentation, although the past week I have been using Uncle Josh Pork Crawlers on my rigs with great success! I tried this bait on a whim just to see if it would work and have found it to be just as effective as the real crawler! A real advantage is that the Rusties cannot eat it off of the hook and I can easily catch 6 to 8 walleyes on one piece before I have to either re-bait or re-hook it! It also tends to float a little which makes it even more effective! Good fishing! Cliff
  21. Hey guys, planning to head up to Little Falls to try for some smallies. Can the standard 17' fishing boat navigate below the dam? I haven't been up there before so I'm not sure how the conditions are. Are you better off fishing above or below? Are there any problem areas to be aware of when driving around? Any help would be great. Thanks.
  22. I was thinking about heading up to Franz Jevne State Park end of Sept / early October. Is it safe / manageable to fish the rainy in that area in a 12 foot jon boat with 6 HP motor? Otherwise is the shore fishing any good? Is the park busy that time of year? I've never been up there before... Thanks!