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  1. I was wondering if and there is any good fishing in Hastings during the summertime lake Rebecca, lake Isabella, Vermilion River, or anywhere off the banks of the Mississippi? I haven't caught anything yet this year and I am itching to catch anything now. Just a fyi I just bank fish. Thanks in advance!
  2. Hit the ice for the first time today about 6 inches of ice and lots of slush 3-5 inches deep. The snitch handled the work load with amazing results. The busy end was the smallest pug bug with a maki mino the crappies were racing up am crushing it. The gills would come up slowly but would eat it. Had a 3 to 4 pound walleye break me off in the top of the hole.
  3. I know the lakes are open and that means some the first open water fishing spots are producing. Any one out there catching em yet? I will be riggin the ultra light up today so I can stop on my way home from work.
  4. Anyone know if there's a shore bite going on in the Annandale area?
  5. Simple question and don't give up your hotspots: You think crappies will be reachable by shore yet? By this weekend? It's gonna be nice, but a little windy. I'm heading out with the kids and we'll be hitting a few shore spots on different lakes within the same latitudes as the twin cities, but just outside of the cities. Just curious what you all think based on your findings or experience.
  6. I know the lakes are open and that means some the first open water fishing spots are producing. Any one out there catching em yet? I will be riggin the ultra light up today so I can stop on my way home from work.
  7. Went to a small lake up around Mille lacs lake and found 20-28 inches of ice. The access looked like some busted it up, so eyeguy and I walked out. We caught bluegills and crappies on plastics. It was windy and cold but we got a few nice ones.
  8. Well im hoping that maybe ill be able to find a little insight as to how i can feed my ice fishing addiction on the weekend. While working all week its not that I have to travel alot to find a lake. Just that i plunged into my addiction being a novice at best. Looking for some advice on what to look for when choosing lakes and how to go about pursuit on the lake.
  9. Hello, I am wondering if anyone knows of any small lakes or ponds in the metro that I can ice fish I know yout want to give away any of your spots so PM me and I will trade some spots. I am looking to catch bass,crappie or possibly walleye Tight Lines!
  10. Fishing Report from Flag Island Resort 1/30/17 The weather this past week up here in the angle has been pretty unstable with temps in the single digits and closer to the thirties and now snow flurries today. The fish have still been biting and anglers are still taking home limits every day. On the Minnesota side, anglers are catching a good mix of fish including Walleye, Sauger, Perch, Pike and Smallmouth Bass. Eel Pout will be spawning within the next couple of weeks. The depths we have been fishing with success is 20-26 feet and in 13-14 feet from 4-6pm in current. The areas we are fishing are on rock reefs, rock points, rubble rock and sandbars. Rattling flyers, buck shots, spoons and plain hooks on dead sticks. Hot colors include red, pink, gold and silver. Most days jigging is out producing dead sticks. Over on the Ontario side the Crappie bite is still good and holding. Jigging with a plastic on a Tungsten jig with a wax worm has been the most successful tactic. The Crappies are in the mud eating mostly mayfly larvae in 30 feet of water. The best locations are in deep mud holes near structure. The magic colors are still glow white and pink. The Walleye bite has also remained and we are finding them at the end of deep points and reefs between 25 and 32 feet of water using frozen shiners. Many anglers have been catching several smallmouth bass and we just wanted to make it known that these are illegal fish in the wintertime in Ontario. If one were to bite you must immediately release them. As always it is recommended to stay on staked trails with the ever changing ice conditions due to the high current in many areas. One last thing to note is that when crappie fishing the mortality rate is very high for catch and release, we recommend targeting another species once you have caught your limit. Until next week, good luck fishing! Guides Ray King, Dan Schmidt, Jeremy Glessing and Cale Albers Flag Island Resort 218-223-8011
  11. ISO vexilar pm me what you got and price picture is preferred
  12. Just moved to South Minneapolis (three blocks from Minnehaha Park), and was curious what are some decent lakes around the metro area to catch some fish. I'm not picky. I don't need monsters. I'm fine catching the dinks. But I'm not from Minnesota, so my knowledge of Metro Lakes is limited. The woman and I have been out to Waconia and then tried Nokomis a few weeks ago, too. Just not sure how to fish some of these lakes or where to find info, like lake maps, structure, etc. I know a good fisherman keeps great secrets, but any help would be greatly appreciated.
  13. I was up to West Fox Lake this week end to try out the boat and go after some of those large crappies. The cold weather and wind made things rough. Action was very, very slow. Maybe next weekend with the warmer weather coming in, crappies may begin to stage for spawning. Water temperatures are still very cold. I cannot tell you the exact water temp (electronics problems) but ice formed on the lake over night. Anyone else out this past weekend?
  14. Just spent yesterday in a small but deep carry In lake in the Walker area fishing for bass and panfish. The panfish in this area are really close to spawn, the shorelines are covered with sunfish in male and female groups. And are quite ferocious in about 4 ft of water. Baits and lures are no importance it seems as well as they hit anything. Crappies were near anywhere there was bullrush, however, not in them or on any visible beds. We did find some Bedding activity in flooded wood. As is always said, be careful with these vulnerable fish this time of year, so we can enjoy what seems to be an improving panfish population in this state. Good luck.
  15. St Cloud Get Together 1/30/16, 8:00 am until you want to leave When after all of your feedback the St Cloud Get Together will be on Horseshoe Lake near Richmond. The event will be held near a spot call the Meth Hole. The area gets this name from the methane gas bubbles that sometimes leaves a small hole in the ice. Today the ice conditions where checked again and found to be 14-15" of good ice between the winter access and the gathering area. Thanks Don and Rick. The Meth Hole area is well known for a great place to catch channel catfish through the ice. What you may not know is that it is also and excellent spot for catch crappies, walleyes and the infamous party crappie,(rock bass). Channel cats can be caught on the same gear you use for crappies or walleyes. Those targeting cats often use pieces of minnows, chicken liver or live minnows. These baits can be fish under a sensitive bobber or jigged on a small jigging spoon. Despite there size, channel cats can be very light biters so take that into account. Crappies can be caught on the usual crappie techniques, including plastics. We caught a lot of crappies last year along with the cats. So if cats aren't your thing there still the crappies or walleyes to target. With the late ice this winter there hasn't been a lot of people fishing this area. So fishing could be really good. As the name implies, this event is mostly for fun. It's a great way to meet others from the forum, tell stories, share techniques and maybe even a few fishing spots. There will be a potluck about noon. The plan is to have a fish fry with any donated catfish, crappies or walleyes from the morning. If folks could pack a fillet knife and a fish cleaning board that would be great. Also storing fish so they don't freeze makes the cleaning process so much easier. Bring a dish to pass. This is a family friendly event so bring the whole family! I will have some fishing goodies for the kids. Given the ice thickness it is important that vehicles are spread out a bit. Try to avoid parking 3-4 vehicles right next to each other. Know what your vehicle and fishhouse needs for ice based on it's weight. Horseshoe Lake is south of Richmond MN on CR 22. There is a public access about 1 mile south of Hwy 23. DO NOT USE this access as it sits on the river and is a high current area. Instead use the winter access further south(see on map). I look forwards to seeing you all there!
  16. St Cloud Get Together 1/30/16, 8:00 am until you want to leave When after all of your feedback the St Cloud Get Together will be on Horseshoe Lake near Richmond. The event will be held near a spot call the Meth Hole. The area gets this name from the methane gas bubbles that sometimes leaves a small hole in the ice. Today the ice conditions where check again and found to be 14-15" of good ice between the winter access and the gathering area. Thanks Don and Rick. The Meth Hole area is well known for a great place to catch channel catfish through the ice. What you may not know is that it is also and excellent spot for catch crappies, walleyes and the infamous party crappie, (rock bass). Channel cats can be caught on the same gear you use for crappies or walleyes. Those targeting cats often use pieces of minnows, chicken liver or live minnows. These baits can be fish under a sensitive bobber or jigged on a small jigging spoon. Despite there size channel cats can be very light biters so take that into account. Crappies can be caught on the usual crappie techniques, including plastics. We caught a lot of crappies last year along with the cats. So if cats aren't your thing there still the crappies or walleyes to target. With the late ice this winter there hasn't been a lot of people fishing this area. So fishing would be really good. As the name implies, this event is mostly for fun. It's a great way to meet others from the forum, tell stories, share techniques and maybe even a few fishing spots. There will be a potluck about noon. The plan is to have a fish fry with any donated catfish, crappies or walleyes from the morning. If folks could pack a fillet knife and a fish cleaning board that would be great. Also storing fish so they don't freeze makes the cleaning process so much easier. Bring a dish to pass. The is a family friendly event so bring the whole family! I will have some fishing goodies for the kids. Given the ice thickness it is important that vehicles are spread out a bit. Try to avoid parking 3-4 vehicles right next to each other. Know what your vehicle and fishhouse needs for ice based on it's weight. Horseshoe Lake is south of Richmond MN on CR 22. There is a public access about 1 mile south of Hwy 23. DO NOT USE this access as it sits on the river and is a high current area. Instead use the winter access further south(see on map). I look forwards to seeing you all there!
  17. Have you ever wondered why crappies and sunfish, during early season ice fishing aren't in the same locations as they were the previous year. Maybe you had an experience where you were on an awesome bite one day and the next everything was gone. What happened? Here are some clues and a number of facts that may help you and if you want to factor them into your ice fishing equation maybe these pieces of the puzzle make your ice fishing season more enjoyable. 7 Ice Fishing Facts To Help You Catch Early Season Panfish What do YOU think?
  18. I know it is still early kind of but it is driving crazy not being able to get out on the ice. I need to get my fix of pulling some Gills and Crappies through the ice. I have all my gear ready, so I do not know what to do now. Working on my last college paper and Final Project is not working, because I keep thinking about ice fishing. My wife said she is about ready to take me in to the hospital soon. Like that would do any good!! They can not make more ice, so I can go ice fishing. The only other thing I can think of doing this weekend is to go to Ice Fishing Show, but I think that will make it worse. I know some of the rest of you are in the same place as I am. The only thing that will make it better is more ICE!!
  19. Have been waiting for the crappies to move out into there mid-summer haunts, seems like it's just about to kick in. Was out today and found them deeper and suspended, but not the numbers you would expect for this time of year. They may still be in transition, last week they seemed to be all over the place. Has anyone else noticed this? I think another week or two and the mid to late summer suspended pattern will lock in. Just wondering what other crappie fisherman have observed on there favorite crappie lakes.
  20. I am looking to see who is interested trading a spot for a spot. If you are interested in trading a spot please respond with a yes. I am just trying to see how much interest there would be for this. This will become a special area, so only people who are willing to trade a spot will be able access the information. Please do not share a spot yet until I figure out how to limit access. Thank you, monstermoose78
  21. How long do you give a lake after it had winter kill? This will be the second year now and I am itching to get on to these lakes. I know there is some Bluegills and Crappies in them just wanted to give them some to recover before I started fishing them. I was just wondering how long I should give them? Who else fishes these kinds of water for Monster Bluegill and Trophy Crappies? I am thinking of buying some white camo so people can not see me out there fishing! It is hard to be sneaky where you are the only one on a frozen lake.
  22. The crappies are going pretty good now, some lakes they are on the beds and some lakes are seeing a solid post spawn bite. Evenings from shore, fishing the inside weed edge has produced some awesome fishing. Slip bobbers and shiners have produced best for me!
  23. Finally made it back to Fishing Minnesota. Had to get a new user name, since I could not locate my old password and haven't used this site in a while... Anyways.... I fished Big Sandy last weekend May 22-26 (Extended trip since it was by birthday), and fared pretty well, only on the walleye side. Fished in 14 to 18 FOT, with live bait, jigs with fatheads and lindy rigs produced fish. Caught mostly 13-16 inchers eyes, along with some decent size perch. Locator was definitely needed, and just backed troll to find fish. Neighbor caught a 28'' eye. He wouldn't tell me where, although he said that was the only eye he caught last Friday, just a plain old lindy and leech. Purpose of the trip was to find the crappie slabs, yet did not find any in the shallows near pencil reeds, only small snakes took my jigs. I tired various locations on the lake from the northwest bays, to islands around "the pass", to bellhorn, etc... yet could not locate them anywhere. Only place where I found a 13 incher was washed up on shore near Davis Bay. Anybody have any luck with any pannies or crappies on BSL? Dont have to be specific... FOT? I wont head back to Big Sandy until June 13th weekend. Going to fish other lakes and getting ready for Muskie opener on the 6th!'' Good luck to everybody!
  24. Pike caught with 111 crappies... 111 crappies in it's stomach.