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.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
MidCoast

Eel Pouts.... How and where to fish for them on Mille Lacs?

15 posts in this topic

Any tips???

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Go out hoping to catch lots of nice walleyes. Or go out with a bunch of friends in a big fish house. Drink lots of beer. Play lots of cards. And have as many rattle reels down as you legally can. Then pass out. Then the rattles will go... right when you think you got yourself a nice walleye, then you will have yourself a giant mess with one pout on the end of every line you have. Only sure way to catch em' is try not to.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

YOU MEAN HOOD ORNAMENTS? you catch them and you through them on the hood of the plow truck!!! the dang bird wont even eat the things.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

but in realness if you want to cath them go deep... like in the mud deep, there bottom night feeders, and they are an absolute mess at 3 in the morning when your trippin gover stuff in the house. its dissapointing when you get a rattle reel coming off the wall and you pull it up and that nasty sucke ris staring you in the face

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Simply DONT try to catch any, and you'll have all that you want... grin.gif

Tell yourself your out for walleyes and they'll find your hook.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I you fish mid lake humps that have access to deep water you should do well. Eelpout also like a lively bait so keep those minnows fresh. The reason so many people catch them in the winter is that they spawn in Jan- Feb. In the summer they stay very deep and dormant being that they can't tolarate warm water. If you do catch a few try this: fillet the tail section, poach in white wine seasoned with fresh lemon juice and whole black peppercorns and serve with drawn butter. There you have it; Minnesota lobster!

Trust me, it's good.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Quote:

YOU MEAN HOOD ORNAMENTS? you catch them and you through them on the hood of the plow truck!!! the dang bird wont even eat the things.


Wanton waste? confused.gif

As eelpout50 said, eat them because they're very good.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If you don't want to eat them, by law eelpout must be returned to the water. You will get a ticket if you get caught leaving them (or any fish) lay on the ice with no intention of taking them with you.

They do serve a purpose by maintaining the YOY baitfish population.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Quote:

Go out hoping to catch lots of nice walleyes. Or go out with a bunch of friends in a big fish house. Drink lots of beer. Play lots of cards. And have as many rattle reels down as you legally can. Then pass out. Then the rattles will go... right when you think you got yourself a nice walleye, then you will have yourself a giant mess with one pout on the end of every line you have. Only sure way to catch em' is try not to.


So true..so true... lol

Also, make sure to get your line as close to bottom as possible.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I actually like to fillet ones that people do leave behind. The backstraps are excellent. Stay away from the darker meat. My favorite way is to put them in cold milk and slowly bring to a boil, take out and dip in melted butter. Another good way is make pancake batter only use beer instead of water, boil the pieces in 7up. Very tasty. They are a mess of a fish and not pretty to look at but they are good eaters.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

what is the best bait to catch these

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

rumbees;

The best rig I have used for Burbot is a plain #4 red hook, sinker about 3 inches above the hook, and fished no more than 6 inches from the bottom with as small as you can get Sucker minnows.

I prefer a bobber with about 2 feet of slack laying in the hole before the rattle goes off, as they can be a bit line shy when first taking a bait.

For the folks that judge this book by it's cover, try asking someone in Alaska where you can go Pout fishing! Be prepared to either be laughed at, or smacked LOL! They would rather let you use their best dog, than give up their Pout spots, and you know how they are about their dogs!!!

Keith

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

keith

thanks for all the help

rumbees

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I don't know if I can break down and intentionally fish for them, but everyone I caught last year ended up on the table. I even traded a couple walleyes for a 6 or 7 pounder on LOW last winter. They look ugly, but taste delicious. grin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

"poor mans lobster"

You can catch them any where on the lake from 10-30 fow. Right off bottom with bobber, hook and sinker. I seem to get them off of fat heads and shinners at 1-2 in the morning.

If you are in a perm shack and one getting on rattle reel in early am, those things can wrap up all downed lines in shack quick. If no one hear rattle reel, you end up with a mess in the am..

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • ZachD
      Try the Sherburne wildlife refuge plenty of places you can get to were not a lot of people want to go the spot I deer hunt you need hip waders to get to
    • ZachD
    • Borch
      We've done well in late June.   May need to move offshore more.  Cranks or spinners till you find fish then slow down if needed.   I use the public access.  Not usually too busy mid summer. 
    • h8go4s
      Blue_Healer (Shouldn't that be heeler, not healer? http://www.dogster.com/dog-breeds/Blue_Heeler ) "Thanks for the advice. Nobody else would help."   Me: "You're welcome. Did you check the websites I referenced? Did you stop at any boat dealers? "
    • Walleye #1
        With the big winds this week we were not able to venture out as far, so not a whole lot to report from the Main Lake.  When it isn’t blowing too hard, the main lake rock reefs were kicking out nice Leech Lake walleyes in 14-18 feet of water.  Pulling lindy rigs with crawlers or leeches as well as slow death at .5-.8 mph was the best.  Speed is the key when dialing in these fish.  Our Leech Lake fishing guides found a nice mix of eaters and bigger fish.   Still many of the same places as last week were producing in North Bar, Fletchers, Ivans, Submarine, etc, but don’t forget to look for secondary reefs and humps that are nearby or if the fish are not on the edges of those reefs look to the mud basins where the bug hatches are taking place and drive until you graph fish.   On the west end of the lake in Walker Bay and Agency Bays, shoreline breaks that had wind blowing in were the best.  14-20ft of water is where we keyed in on.  Pulling lindy rigs with chubs, leeches, or crawlers all worked to put a nice mix of walleyes and even some nice pike in the boat.  Other areas to key in on would be under water points and bars that run out into the bays and have deep water right next to them the bigger fish like to suspend and then come in and feed during these times.  
    • Walleye #1
      Always worth it to go fishing.  That time of year your best bet from what your schedule sounds like would be to put crank baits on and trolling the edges and tops of the reefs or do some slip bobber fishing down on that end of the lake.  Huddles Reef, Variety, Olsons, etc. would all be places to start, but the crankbait bite can be good.    
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      Big Hatches usually get the slow bite over in a hurry! Hopefully this will only last a few more days! Boated 22 walleyes today but only managed to keep 7 small eaters in 6 hours of fishing. Cliff
    • monstermoose78
      They used to have a nice gun range but some stupid locals shot their garage and blamed the range!
    • gunner55
      I'm only 8-10 miles south of smurfy with the same experience on the lake. Mn Fishing Pros is a group of 4 guys who guide in the area & so is Jeff Sundin. Not sure what any of them have for experience on that lake but you might try to contact 1 of them to see if they have a opening that fits your time slot or they might even have some info on the lake that they are willing to share 
    • Wheres_Walter
      Headed up this weekend and next weekend.  WIll be fishing mostly Frazer.  Sounds like the hatch is on.  If anyone has been fishing walleye on frazer in the past few days, got any tips on depth?  Presentation?     Sounds like crawlers are the ticket right now.   Thanks