Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
Drake

Fishing and Hunting

Recommended Posts

Drake    33
Drake

What a great place to live druing this time of year, with the great fishing and hunting...now to just be able to be here to do it! Fall fishing is kicking in. For those looking for panfish they continue to do very well at the various lakes in the area (and there are several lakes the area and also in the Chippewa Forest), reeling in some nice jumbo sunnies/gills and some crappies and perch in the mix. Those who are going for the walleye are finding that switching over to minnows tipped on a spinner like a Lil Joe (chartruese still being the color that produces the best) and trolling slow, or jigging, the weedbeds and the bars in 6-14' of water being the best spots on Blackduck Lake; Upper Red the better reports for the walleyes have been in Tamarak, with some eyes also being reeled in from the main lake in 6-7' depths jigging with a minnow. Also a good time of year to try some of the other lakes in the area for eyes, with some decent reports starting to come in again from lakes such as Gull and Island. For those going for the big fish, pike are still active on several of the lakes in the area with good size eaters coming in from Blackduck and area lakes, on Upper Red a few large pike have been reeled in while trolling in the 5-7' depths, and hearing good reports out of Lake Bemidji for some monster muskie casting into the shorelines.

Hunting is going pretty well, with bear and grouse hunters in the area. Bear hunters are averaging 200 pounders, a few have been a little smaller (160-180) and a few have shot the big guys (400 lbs). Grouse hunters hit the woods this weekend and fared pretty well for this time of year...not much for the falling leaves yet, although coming home through the forest the yesterday we noticed some changing of the colors starting. Drum reports are up and was talking to a couple of sets of of my hunters this morning and after spending a couple of days in the woods they agreed that the numbers were up between hearing, seeing and shooting.

So who's been on the lake or in the woods enjoying the great outdoors lately?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
AugieAngler    0
AugieAngler

I am going to be heading up to Bemidji for work later this week. I only have a couple hours of meetings a day for three days, and the rest I have to myself. I've fished Red, Winnie, Blackduck, Bemidji, etc. in the past but I won't have a very large boat this time. I have a small duckboat I can load myself into the back of my truck I plan on bringing. Are there any smaller lakes that I can hit? I am planning on C&R, and am open to catching anything. I might also throw in the .410 or 12 gauge to do a little hunting. Any suggestions? Email me at bjzierke@ole.augie.edu if you don't want the world to know.

Hope everyone is having a good season thus far - it's the beginning of the best season of the year!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Drake    33
Drake

You've got mail. Good luck to you...hope you get some fishing time in!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
CrappieAttitude    0
CrappieAttitude

I'll be heading up your way for opener. I am just curious if you have been getting all of this rain that we have been getting the in Brainerd area. We were up the first weekend of October, and things were pretty dry where we hunt, but lots of rain could make it a muddy trip in. I just want to mentally prepare myself if mud is in the near future for us.

Thanks,

CA

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Meat-Run    0
Meat-Run

CA,

Your always prepared (thats a good thing) but its funny to see how much you pack to make sure you have everything coverd "just in case" After spending a week in ND with ya I have to point out one of your compulsions.

He, he. I'm sure some day it might save my life but for now I have to laugh.

mr

tongue.giftongue.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
woodman    0
woodman

Made it up to the deer stands in Northome this weekend and finalized for opener. Signs looked promising again this year with some rubs. We didn't find any scrapes yet, but with the cold weather this week it should kick that into gear. Bow hunted on Sat evening and saw 2 does in the brush and had a fawn run around my blind trying to figure out what it was and what was in it. I was laughing at it, due to it peaking around trees at me and running around and around. Scared up a grouse next to Tiffany's stand (Her deer hunting pet) and had a great time in the woods with the kids. If only they watched where they were walking so they didn't fall over logs and trip over sticks. They were laughing every time they took a digger. Found no ticks this weekend thank god, but did have mosquitos bugging me in the blind along with 2 squirrels that were yelling at me also! We managed to see a bob cat on Sunday walking down the old railroad which was cool for the kids to see!

Great time in the woods and to educate the kids on hunting and just being in the woods! grin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Huskie    0
Huskie

Woodman: Your report sounds like the rut could be starting and that you are seeing alot of sign again. Could you arrange for a few inches of snow on the opener like you did last year? It sure makes it easier to see the deer in the woods and to track also. We will be coming up and hunting by Wagner again, staying in Squaw lake. Let me know what the weather is supposed to do about Wed. or so, loking forward to another great hunt with friends and family. Good luck and as always be safe in the woods.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
woodman    0
woodman

Will do, I will post the weather update on Wednesday night. Can't wait, I have 5 deer in the back yard right now and 4 of them are bucks! grin.gif

I am expecting them to start to chase more and get the smaller bucks away from the does. Once we see this we know the rut is very near.

Good luck to you also,

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Posts

    • monstermoose78
      Tomorrow is the big day for duck hunters!! May you all get up early and find your spot filled with ducks.
    • curt quesnell
        Fall is very nearby and things are going the way they should.  Fishing is good, it is too windy and the water is cooling down quickly.....On this weeks report and important bit on our very own Aquatic Invasive Species......Enjoy it!  
    • Wanderer
      That's understandable given how you use the back reel technique.  I haven't used it the same way. Most of my trolling is done with baitcasters or levelwinds with counters.  The jigging part I hadn't considered before. "David, have you ever parred with a 7 iron?" "Well, Roy, it never occurred to me to even try." 
    • Rick
      An independent laboratory has confirmed zebra mussel larvae in Garfield Lake in Hubbard County. The lab provided photos of two zebra mussel larvae, called veligers, found in a water sample taken from the lake. Property owners on Garfield Lake hired the lab as part of their own monitoring. Invasive species specialists from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources found no zebra mussels in the lake during a six-hour dive survey. Garfield Lake will be added to the Infested Waters List for zebra mussels, with the provision that it may be removed from the list if future surveys continue to show no zebra mussels in the lake. Whether or not a lake is listed as infested, Minnesota law requires boaters and anglers to: Clean watercraft of aquatic plants and prohibited invasive species, Drain all water by removing drain plugs and keeping them out during transport, and Dispose of unwanted bait in the trash. Some invasive species are small and difficult to see at the access. To remove or kill them, take one or more of the following precautions before moving to another waterbody, especially after leaving infested waters: Spray with high-pressure water. Rinse with very hot water (120 degrees Fahrenheit for at least two minutes or 140 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 10 seconds). Dry for at least five days. As boat owners begin taking boats and equipment out of the water for the season, the DNR reminds them to carefully check for aquatic invasive species and contact the DNR with any suspected new infestations. Look on the posts, wheels and underwater support bars of docks and lifts, as well as any parts of boats, pontoons and rafts that may have been submerged in water for an extended period. Minnesota law requires that docks and lifts be allowed to dry for at least 21 days before being placed in another body of water, whether aquatic invasive species are present or not. People should contact an area DNR aquatic invasive species specialist if they think they have found zebra mussels or any other invasive species that has not already been confirmed in a lake. More information is available at www.mndnr.gov/AIS. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • Rick
      City may apply for DNR pilot project treatment The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Lake Marion, in the city of Lakeville, in Dakota County. Five adult zebra mussels were found at the public access by a lake consulting business, as part of an early detection monitoring program conducted for the city of Lakeville. The city may apply for a pilot project treatment after a more thorough search of the lake is completed. As boat owners begin taking boats and equipment out of the water for the season, the DNR reminds them to carefully check for aquatic invasive species and contact the DNR with any suspected new infestations. Look on the posts, wheels and underwater support bars of docks and lifts, as well as any parts of boats, pontoons and rafts that may have been submerged in water for an extended period. Minnesota law requires that docks and lifts be allowed to dry for at least 21 days before being placed in another body of water, whether aquatic invasive species are present or not. Minnesota law requires boaters and anglers to: Clean watercraft of aquatic plants and prohibited invasive species. Drain all water by removing drain plugs and keeping them out during transport, and Dispose of unwanted bait in the trash. Some invasive species are small and difficult to see at the access. To remove or kill them, take one or more of the following precautions before moving to another waterbody, especially after leaving infested waters: Spray with high-pressure water. Rinse with very hot water (120 degrees Fahrenheit for at least two minutes or 140 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 10 seconds). Dry for at least five days. People should contact an area DNR aquatic invasive species specialist if they think they have found zebra mussels or any other invasive species that has not already been confirmed in a lake. More information is available at www.mndnr.gov/AIS. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • Rick
      Extensive multi-agency search showed no other zebra mussels The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed that a single zebra mussel was removed from Lake Harriet in Minneapolis. Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) staff reported one adult zebra mussel on a boat cover recovered from the bottom of the lake. No additional zebra mussels were found during 67 hours of diving, snorkeling and wading searches involving the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, MPRB, two MPRB contractors and the DNR. Lake Harriet will be added to the Infested Waters List for zebra mussels, with the provision that it may be removed from the list if future surveys continue to show no zebra mussels in the lake. “We’re grateful that no zebra mussels were found during the extensive dive, snorkel and wading search of Lake Harriet,” said Heidi Wolf, DNR invasive species unit supervisor. “Strong partnerships and interagency cooperation are key, and we thank the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District for their ongoing efforts. “While we regret that Lake Harriet will be added to the Infested Waters List because one zebra mussel was confirmed, we’re hopeful that the lake may be removed from the list if future searches continue to show no zebra mussels in the lake,” Wolf said. DNR invasive species specialist Keegan Lund said Lake Harriet will be carefully monitored the rest of this season and next year, but no treatment is necessary at this time. Lund said individual zebra mussels sometimes die after they are brought into a new lake, before they become established. “There is a common misperception that zebra mussels are everywhere and that their spread is inevitable. The reality is, of Minnesota’s 11,842 lakes, fewer than 250, about 1.8 percent, are listed as infested with zebra mussels. More Minnesotans than ever before are following our state’s invasive species laws,” Lund said. “People spread zebra mussels, and people can prevent their spread.” Whether or not a lake is listed as infested, Minnesota law requires boaters and anglers to: Clean watercraft of aquatic plants and prohibited invasive species. Drain all water by removing drain plugs and keeping them out during transport, and Dispose of unwanted bait in the trash. Some invasive species are small and difficult to see at the access. To remove or kill them, take one or more of the following precautions before moving to another waterbody, especially after leaving infested waters: Spray with high-pressure water. Rinse with very hot water (120 degrees Fahrenheit for at least two minutes or 140 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 10 seconds). Dry for at least five days. People should contact an area DNR aquatic invasive species specialist if they think they have found zebra mussels or any other invasive species that has not already been confirmed in a lake. More information is available at www.mndnr.gov/AIS. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • Meterman
      I fish the big water of Minnesota side of Lake of the Woods almost exclusively and purchased my boat with what I will call "truck suspension" shock absorbing seats at the helm (first row).   In the waves of LOW, these will bottom out and your back still takes a pounding.   I am planning to replace the helm seats (will need seats, pedestal and base) with one of the above mentioned shock absorbing pedestals next spring.   My boat does have high sides so will need a taller pedestal. Looking for others to comment on their experiences with these.   Thanks.
    • Meterman
      I have typically used the back reeling feature more for letting out line when trolling or jigging.   When fighting a fish, I let the drag take care of business.   I guess it is just a pain to now get used to no back reeling on a new reel . . . may have to switch to another brand?
    • JBMasterAngler
      Well, fishing wasn't very good. But the weather certainly didn't help. Fished caribou the first day, marked lots of cisco and lakers, but no bites. Planned on bluewater on Monday, but because of the wind, we took the channel to trout instead. Caught several nice bluegills and a 30 inch pike. No lakers, but I did get stuck in weeds in 35 ft of water, never had that happen before. Was going to launch at same access on wabana on Tuesday, and go to bluewater, but wind was even worse. We took a drive and went up to Larson lake. Lost a nice pike, but nothing else. Thought for sure I'd at least catch 1 splake! Survived the storm that night. Stopped at pokegama on way home and fished for a couple hours. Lost a muskie, and had a big pike break my line. My son was really excited to catch his first rock bass. It would be nice to come back someday, but it might be awhile. Caribou could be good in the winter, maybe. Oh well. Final camping trip of the year is in the books!
    • BSLNORTH