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bassNspear

Swan Lake Fishing Reports (Silver Lake)

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bassNspear

For those going to fish Swan(silver lake). The DNR is doing surveying out there. They have gill nets set out on south end, the east shore by the rocks, and on the north end by the park. They are marked with yellow boeys.

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deerslayer8259

just wondering if there is anythign going on at big swan Like to try it friday but am still up in the air.

Thanks

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bimbo

me and a few of my buddies went down there on wednesday and we caught our fair share of crappies limited out in about an hr..nice ones too not any of those 7-8 inchers we sat out on the ice and are thinking of going down there agan on friday so if ya see us come over say hey

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deerslayer8259

lot of people out there or isn't it too bad??

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bimbo

really wanst too bad, we got out there in the middle of the week so

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deerslayer8259

i've never fished it so it could be an expierence!!

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bimbo

yea.. good luck to ya!

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deerslayer8259

thanks you too

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HDRIDER02

What is the ice thicknes?Are you on the East side?I fished Big Swan twice last winter.Nailed a nice Walleye and some nice Crappies on the East side along the break line.

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bimbo

im not sure how thick the ice was but we had our trucks out there, and we were on the east side too. musta been about the same place?

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Farley

I was out there last weekend Saturday through Sunday morning. Pretty slow. Was with a large group of 30-40 people with 30 tip ups out and only one fish was caught on a tip up from 1-7 Saturday.

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bassNspear

oh boy, i beat that was a fun time.

This lake still is one of the best lakes in its area. The lake itself can hold some awesome eyes, along with slabs as well. We do well trolling for them in the summer time. A guy should be able to run into them in the winter, but from the reports, it doesnt seem like it.

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fishinben351

hey anyone ice fish big swan lake near kingston? it looks like it holds a crazy amount of crappies and decent sized ones too.i would like to try it out this year, let me know if you have had much luck there... thanks

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fishinben351

haha guess no one fishes this lake...

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dukhnt

I have fished it a couple times last year. The action was not fast and furious when I was there but I always ended up catching a few for a meal. Good luck.

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Phred52

Traditionally, Big Swan always has been good for Crappies. Mostly a 'sorter' lake though, with an occasional real nice one mixed in. Also, It held a pretty good Pike population not too many years back. You never knew if you had a Pike or a Crappie eyein' your minnow. I haven't been on the lake now for about 7 years or so. In the early to mid '90's (just after the drought years eased) we had a "hayday" out there! Fished there lots in the '60's, 70's and some of the 80's with fair results. Seems like we always caught something to bring home for a meal. Phred52

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delta hunter

Wondering if anyone has been fishing Swan lake just outside of Silver Lake? If so wondering what the ice and snow pack conditions are like and also if they are having any luck. Thanks for any info u can give.

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pike doctor

foot of ice, lots of slush and snow and no fish. i think there are three houses out there. I have fished it three times and I havent even marked a fish. I think the water is too dirty. Carp got in the lake a couple years ago and they are really starting to ruin the lake.

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delta hunter

was anyone driving on it? NO FISH that stinks, every thing i have looked at pointed to possible a really good lake. Just going to have to check it out for myself.

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silverbulletguy

Don't waste your time on that lake. Many other lakes much more worth trying than that dead sea.

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mascad

In other words, its probably worth a shot...

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delta hunter

that is what i am thinking mascad

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pike doctor

People are driving four wheelers. There is a lot of snow and slush out there. The lake has zero structure so you need to get lucky to find the fish. Like I said before the water is really dirty for some reason. And I would imagine in the next week or so they are going to be turning the aerators on. I am sure the oxygen level is already low on the lake and that is why nobody is catching anything.

If they were biting there would be more than 3-4 houses out there. It really is the dead sea. If i were coming from New Ulm I would try Star or Ripley. And a little birdie mentioned something about crappies on cedar to me, but you will need to walk A LONG WAY.

Good luck if you try swan. And stay away from the aereators

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silverbulletguy

Good luck. I hope you catch lots of fish. Or at least have a good time trying. I will say there is a ton of 5-7 inch perch. Not worth wasting the time and the money of bait in my opinion.

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Fever

My neighbor fished swan this past weekend. 6 hours no fish for him. His buddy that was with him had what he said was a 19-20 inch Eye up to the top of the hole before it shook the hook and sank back into the hole as he whiffed attempting to grab it. Other than that nothing. I too have thought about going there but haven't heard enough good news to get me there. I'm sure there are fish to be caught but there is no structure and basically you'd be sitting and waiting or drilling a [PoorWordUsage] load of holes and hole hopping in order to have success there. Don't think populations of Crappie or Walleyes are so that you could just sit somewhere and nail em. Good luck though! I've been spending my time a bit more East than Swan.

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