Fished the last couple of nights on smaller lakes in the area, walked out. The ice was pretty good still under a layer of mush. Any surface water is leaking through but the ice is holding up well for foot traffic. Trying to balance my time between maple trees and fishing now.
I am planning on kayaking and fishing the Cannon River this season--between Cannon Falls and Hwy 61.
I just want to know if the current is generally swift or lazy, i.e., can I paddle BACK to my entrance spot or do you
need to drift downstream and do the two vehicle thing. I understand it may depend on how low or high the river is
at any given time, but in general, when things are 'normal', can you paddle back with little difficulty?
I'll keep it short and simple. The causes of boom and bust on Mille Lacs.
1. Improperly managed slot limits. Too many large fish are allowed in the lake.
2. Netting during spawn. Poor spawning success.
The recent years of high catch rates rates indicate a good 2013 year class but most importantly it is a red flashing light for anyone paying attention. High catch rates are a result of good population AND low or decreasing forage. I put AND in caps because fish won't bite like they have when they're not hungry.
Cut down that year class class before it's too late. I give it 2 more summers before another crash is inevitable.
Round and round we go, where it stops, nobody knows.
After using most of the brands you've mentioned, I absolutely love Lunkerhunt frogs...real lifelike, and don't seem to fill up with water as much as the others. They also hold up really well--caught some pike and bowfin without them getting destroyed.
I have been using the "Croaker" color exclusively, but definitely picking up some other patterns.
They also make a popper frog which is great if you want to make a little more noise.