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Lake Ida Smallies

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canobeans

I need a LOT of help finding the smallmouth in this lake. I know there in here but i cant prove it! Also which are bigger in this lake the largemouth or smallies?

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Smallie

Sounds like you got a bad case of the smallie itis disease, once you got it you can't get rid of it....Hand in hand both largemouth and smallmouth are good size on the lake...However the largemouth are much more prevelant....It would be nice to see the DNR get involved on the lake to increase the population..The habitat for smallmouth is very good and fishing is decent but there is alot of room for improvement.

There is a tremendous amount of Rock Bass in this lake and my opinion is that they are a killer on the smallmouth during the spawn....Seeing smallmouth paried up before, during and after the spawn the rockbass never leave them alone allowing alot of fish to come into the nest and eat the fry.

If you look at some other good smallmouth waters within an hour drive it's rare to catch a Rock bass and on Lake Ida they are absolutely insane...You can't keep them off your line.

Anyhow there is lots of offshore humps, points, structure that has ideal smallmouth habitat on it, this time of the year generally speaking smallmouth tend to school deep, not saying that you can't have a good eary bite/night bite shallow.

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canobeans

Thanks. Yeah im getting addicted to them. We were out on ida last weekend but didnt even catch one smallmouth. We tryed points and breaks. We were in 10-20 fow on the south end of the lake but couldnt get bit. We caught a few largemouth, but not very big ones. Am i fishing deep enough for the smallies? We were fishing afternoon til sunset, bluebird skys with a slight breeze so that didnt help much. Are the big points that divide the lake any good? We got skunked there too! Thanks for the info cory

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Smallie

The points get a lot of pressure and boating activity better try early or with little activity...Nothing wrong with the depth you can go deeper as well...

If your not picky get some redtails and find offshore hump with the right habitat, use an aqua vu if your not able to define on your depth finder & seeing the fish will either give you the confidince you have in that area with some fish or just agravate you because they won't bite.

Smallmouth are whole breed of there own there attitude changes like the wind...

Are you set on trying to figure out these fish on a particular lake? If all you want is to catch some go to another lake where they are more prevelant...My opinion if I was chasing them Ida would not be my first pick.

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canobeans

What lake would be your first choice in the alex- fergus falls area?

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Smallie

I would go somewhere where you don't have much pressure there is a lot of good lakes around the Fergus/Ottertail area. email coryp@carbenchna.com

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alex1

I was just on Ten Mile Lake by Dalton over the weekend and caught some nice smallies. We worked the shoreline weed lines at day break and tehn went to off shore structure at about 8:30. Never did keep track exactly how many but 3 of us in the boat and I know it was in the teens for sure.

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fishin58

you did get some smallies on ten mile that is good.. I had got some LM's which was fun but no eyes..

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fishin58, we had a blast last weekend, got on the water about 6:00 saturday morn and smallies jumping everywhere. Not to metion all the carp doing accrobatics, but started casting cranks and rattle traps and got a few smallies right away. Then the b-day boy tied into a 2# walleye, on his crank bait. started working the islands and got a walleye on a jig and leach and guit a few more smalleyes. Thanks for the tips earlier, they paid off. grin.gif

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fishin58

I am glad they helped you cause they didn't help us much wink.gif Still fun to be on the water though.

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alex1

Is there such a thing as a bad day on the lake, or in the woods? I can't seem to remember one yet! LOL cool.gif

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canobeans

what lakes do you recomend around fergus for either smallmouth or largemouth?

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alex1

I have only fished a couple of the lakes around fergus, but I guess if you want Smallies I would fish Ten Mile lake, if you have a bigger boat the access can be a pain in that it is a shallow access. If you want large mouth I would fish Swan lake. Have fished it before and had good luck for Large mouths, and a lot of northerns. I hope this gives you a couple of starting points anyways. By the way if you go over to swan lake watch out if you decide to go back into the shallower bays, it's a wide channel but you have to stay to the one side as it's shallow on the one side with some big rocks. blush.gif

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WaveWacker

Lets not forget Minnewaska.

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ocf1

where would you fish for smallies on this lake??? I cant find them, nad i cant go to another lake either.........

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jigginjim

It maybe a drive, I would say Ottertail.

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