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xdasher19

my parents live on the lake so i fish it guite a bit, does anyone else ever go out here? just wonderin

Thanks

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Jorgie

The past couple winters I have been going there often. I haven't been there this year though. One of the posts on here said it is pretty slushy after the snow. But I suspect a lot of lakes are like that.

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vermilionwally

I live in cloquet, but i have never fished chub. Im planning on going out there this winter a few times. Hows the fishing in there for walleyes?

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Xplorer

Its a regular spot for myself and my 5 yo son in both summer and winter. It helps that it has alot of sunnies and pike. He also likes to be able to see clear to the bottom and watch the little sunnies come in and try to grab the waxie, kinda like an aquarium!!

I've never caught a walleye in there, tho there are a few present. Crappies, sunnies, rock bass, perch, LM bass and pike make up our catch.

I was toying with the idea of putting a small permanent out there this year but will wait til next i think.

If you see a green Otter and a green indy trail, that is probably us.

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xdasher19

i've only caught a couple eyes all where really small, but there are some really nice ones that some guys i know have caught...I fish a ton in the summer there. Mostly argeting pike lm bass an crappie...when you hit it right fishing can be good just like any other lake.

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End of the Line

I live in Esko and winter fish Chub a few times each winter, never in the summer yet. I am usually after the Crappies, but have mangaged to catch a few Sunnies and even a walleye on a rare occasion.

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vermilionwally

Have you had any luck on the northerns with smelt? I tried using smelt on quick strike rigs for the first time yesterday on big lake and didnt get a flag the whole time. I was out for about 3 hours confused.gif. Next time im gonna bring some live bait to so i can do a side by side field test.

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Neiko

The only walleye I caught was about 3 years ago and was 27 inches. That was a beautiful healthy fish. It would have made a great mount if it was only 3 more inches.

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loadmaster

Not alot caught on chub but there are alot of eyes in the lake. Just have to fish them a little different than you are used to fishing for eyes>>>later the load

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Xplorer

Most of the northerns that I have caught have been on live bait, but i havnt caught anything over about 5/6#. A chub backhooked on a gem-n-eye or forage minnow under a bobber has caught the majority of ours. I know that there are a few nice sized nort's taken each year, mid teens.

Load, if I am thinking weeds for eye's, am I on the right track?

Gonna be a bit chilly to take Jr out this weekend, but it looks better next week. Am going to try and get out thursday AM and again on the weekend, will report what I find.

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xdasher19

i've caught a few pretty nice 10+ pike on chub...i like to just toss a big old sucker on a tip up a couple feet under the ice. Ive used smelt, but havent caught a whole lot

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vermilionwally

Has anyone been out on chub recently? I was out on big lake today and yesterday fishing with tip ups, tried both smelt and fatheads and only had one flag in two days, and didnt land it. Last sunday i didnt get any either so im thinking about hitting chub next weekend.

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Xplorer

VW,

I am planning to check out chub on thursday morning, I'll let ya know what I find as far as ice and snow/slush. I'll just be pulling out the Otter from the landing aways but I should be able to tell if they are getting around on wheelers or sleds.

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vermilionwally

Thanks for checking. grin.gif. Im mainly interested in the ice thickness and if the fish are biting there any better then they are on big.

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brassman

I have a cabin on the lake and I went out last weekend and only 6" of ice, not what I personally feel comfortable with, although my barber who spears there said he had 8" the other day. I know where the fish are but I have to actually get out once to try and catch them, never even got out last year. I only fish for crappies in the winter, the walleyes (most of the time) are slow in the summer only slower in the winter. grin.gif

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vermilionwally

Looks like im gonna be heading out on chub friday afternoon.

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EatSleepFish

Vermillion-Sounds like fishing has been tough for you lately, what have you been using on your tip ups lately and what areas of Big have you been fishing?

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vermilionwally

Yeah it has so far... Ive been fishing out from my uncles house almost straight across the lake from the resort in about 10 feet of water. Ive also tried down toward the public access for a bit too. Ive had one tip up baited with a quickstrike rig and a smelt and one baited with a plain hook and a fathead. The only bite that i had was on the fathead. Im hitting chub tommorow afternoon and one of my buddies says he has a good spot to catch some pike so we will see how that goes. Scotty said that you have been getting some crappies?

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Xplorer

VW,

Had a chance to check out Chub yesterday. Ran late on time so didnt have enough time to fish but drilled some holes. Found 10 inches of good ice, no slush, and lots of houses are out. I'll bet that there are over 50 permanent houses out. I didnt walk all the way down to the hole, but there were wheeler tracks all over, no trucks thank goodness. I am thinking that I'm gonna give it a try this weekend one day, not sure which. Good luck today!

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EatSleepFish

Went out last night and got skunked, not a lot of fish marked either confused.gif

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vermilionwally

I was out on chub today. Counted like 40 permanent houses or something like that. Last weekend there werent even 10 permanent houses on Big Lake. Now for the fishing. Got set up out there by about 1:15 pm and set two tip ups out , one with a quickstrike rig and a smelt and one with a plain hook and a fathead. About 1:40 or so had a nice bite on the smelt, it was running hard but got off before i was able to set the hook. Then about 2:30 one of my buddies got about a 21 inch pike on a tip up with a sucker. After that didnt get a bite for about 3 hours. Seems like they started biting about 4:30 or so again as i took my smelt off and tried a sucker on my quickstrike rig instead and had a hit on that about 4:40 or so but missed it. The next bite i had was on a rod with a plain hook and fathead, when the fish almost took the rod down the hole, i caught it in the hole and the fish still managed to get off the hook. Thats just the way my ice fishing season has gone so far this year confused.gif. I decided i had to stay out until i got a fish and about 5:15 after dark i finally got a nice 10.5 inch crappie on my plain hook and fathead set up. I dont even use a bobber on those rigs. It felt good to finally get a fish on the ice this year grin.gif . I think I will be on big this weekend and chub next week after some more crappies. Any other fmers out there today?

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vermilionwally

Anybody else going to be out on Chub later this week? I got a new fish house for christmas so im gonna go out there and give it a shot again in all the slush.

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EatSleepFish

I don't know if there was a road plowed out there since the storm, there wasn't yesterday. I'm sure there was by now, but you never know being that Christmas probably kept the majority of people off the lake. I might try a little spearing, but don't know which day...

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vermilionwally

Im gonna give it a try tommorow i think. Im not that worried about there being a road plowed im just gonna walk out there and pull the house out. I dont think ill go very far from chub lake park because i dont feel like walking all the way across to that point through all that slush and stuff. Hopefully get into a few crappie. Are there any jumbos in Chub?

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Harv

Vermilionwally,

If you see a white honda pilot and/or a green eskimo quick flip II fish house, stop by and say hello! I hope to be out finding crappies.

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    • mrpike1973
      Hi all hope to make it this Saturday. Depending on the snow coming we should be able to drive on correct?
    • Hoey
      This past weekend, only two were caught by our group of three fishermen and they were small, in the 10" range.  
    • Hoey
      Why not go out of Swift?  I nothing about the Warroad access, sorry.  
    • Hoey
      OK - we made it back!!!  Every trip is different with it's own potential perils.   I finally got into my house on Friday around 11am.  My guests were rookies, so i spent time with each of them, getting setup, heaters started, Vexilars set, houses banked, lines prep'd and set, bait, etc...  The bite was somewhat slow and many small ones.  The day got better 3 to 430pm.  Ended up with 6 nice eyes (19, 18x3, 17x2), 13 jumbos (most ever for a day), 12 small sauger which we ate for dinner.   On Saturday we headed up to the south shore of the Angle, longer ride, so again did not get started too early.  Ended up with our 6 eyes for our limit, these ranged from 15 to 16 inches and a 4-pack of sauger.  Again the bite seemed to pickup at 3 or so and was done by 430pm.   Ice as 3 foot or so.  Snow depth varied a lot, depending on the condition of the ice.  Smooth areas were blown off to crusty 6 inches or so.  Rough ice surely held a lot of snow.   The drive back on Sunday was somewhat tough from Baudette to Emily, winter storm warning.  Slow go, low visibility, and icy roads, sometimes down to 15 mph.   Next scheduled trip is with my wife, son, and three of his Gopher swim teammates for spring break in three weeks.  
    • Naturboy
      Those were caught from a shallow lake (17’) in 9 feet of water at the bottom of the first shoreline break. I was using a UV buckshot and minnow head since the water was murky. The crappie is still swimming the walleye not so much. I didn’t get the exact location. Sorry  
    • Sunset Lodge
      Hello from the NW Angle!

      Minnesota fishing has been most productive in 20-24 feet of water.  Guests are bringing home their limits of Walleye and Sauger with the occasional Perch and Northern mixed in. Fish have been most active early and late in the day and the bite has been terrific. The use of electronics continues to be very beneficial with fish taking jigging spoons, jigg’n raps or rattle baits.  Snowmobile ttrails on the Minnesota side continue to be maintained and are in great shape. We are still making ice, with most spots at over 30 inches. 

      North and East of us in Canada, big Crappies are coming in on light tackle setups out of 30 feet. If you are looking for walleye, they are everywhere!

      Until next week, 

      Sunset Lodge
    • JBMasterAngler
      On the Bayfield side of the bay, the target depth is typically 10 to 40 ft. The basswood island area is where they go after lakers. There’s a plowed road that goes out there. As of last week the ice was about 20 inches in that area, might be thicker now. Check out the Bayfield webcam, you can see what kind of activity is going on.
    • Jarrid Houston
      Wanderer, stop in at the River Rock bait shop in Ashland and they will get you pointed in the right direction.  They are always pretty cool about that.  Fishing near Ashland off of 2nd landing can be good.  Don't need nothing more than regular walleye gear, and some tip-ups and really there is no rhyme or reason where a guy should set up shop. Its a pretty wide open water and the fish that live there are always on the move. For us, most often, the sit and wait pays off.  It has been slower as of late, but still some fish..  Good luck, JH
    • cat44
      Anybody know if there is a pressure ridge/ice heave out in front of the Warroad Access? I know ice conditions will change throughout the coming weeks. Looking forward to getting after some pike.  The last few years there has been a pressure ridge there, last year it went from Springsteel over to Swift. And we've been up there plenty of times when there hasn't been one at all. Just curious to find out what conditions are like in that bay. Thanks!
    • Hoyt4
      Most likely our last trip up this year unless we go up for crappies but i'm running out of weekends. We had another great trip this weekend the fish are so fat this year more than I remember in the past.  Got my old man out for a good walleye bite he had a blast and caught a ton of fish. One day they just attached the bait as it was coming down they would come up and smash. Next day you put in the bottom and not even see the lure on the vex bring up a tad and they would smack it. Fun and a lot of snow hitting yesterday when we left.
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