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

      Fishing Report Clubs - LIMITED MEMBERSHIP - Join Today - FREE   01/24/2018

      Fishing Minnesota had added a new menu item (see above) called Fishing Report Clubs. It's a way to keep the really good fishing reports coming and being shared only with those who also provide detailed fishing reports. We will only approve new members who request to join if they have already posted a recent fishing report in the area forum, associated with the Fishing Report Club area  you want to join. We are going to limit the number of regular memberships, in the Fishing Report Clubs, to the top 20  members in each Club, to those with the best frequency and quality fishing reports provided in the club and less so in the regular fishing report forum open to all members. The higher quality fishing report reserved for the club of course. If  you want fishing reports  around your area, I would Join Now, some of the clubs are starting to fill fast. Use the Fishing Reports Club link in the Menu above (after you've posted a fishing report in the regular area forum) and request to Join.
  • RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE

    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Recommended Posts

Cletus

Well, decided since I fly out of town tomorrow for the week (going to Lynchburg, VA... no ice there from what I understand), I would get on a local lake for a couple hours.

I have never fished this lake before, but always seen a handful of houses out there through-out the winter. I decided to give it a shot. From my understanding, the lake has decent Northern, Sunnies and Crappies. So that is what I set up for. I set up a tip-up in about 8 FOW and dropped a small sucker. I had talked to someone earlier in the day who said the Northern were just not biting. So, a small presentation is what I gave them. Unfortunately, no takers on the tip-up today.

In the house, I used my st croix legend with a genz work tipped with a waxie. As soon as I dropped it in the water... the Marcum lit up like a christmas tree. And that right there explains about the whole couple of hours. I pulled in about 50 or so sunnies... all but 1 were what I would consider "bait". Like I said... I did manage 1 that wasn't too bad... but considering the size of the fish I was pulling, I figured it would take days to put together a meal. So back in the hole it went.

I did manage to pull in one token Large-mouth carp (bass). Not too bad, measured about 12 inces or so. I am not much into eating rough fish, so back down the hole she went. For the 3 hours or so I was there, lots of action... but the excitment wears off quickly when you are just unhooking bait.

Ice Conditions: improving but still spotty. ice was anywhere between 4 inches solid with 5 inches slush ice to 8 inches of SOLID ice where there is no snow-pack.

Good Fishing!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
john.wells

A 12 inch bass is pretty good table fare, especially this time of year.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Shack

Cletus,

About par for the course on that lake. In summer time, you can look down (in sun light) and see clouds and clouds of little sunnies. I have fished this lake threw out the last 20 years (ice and summer from shore and boat) and have not seen any crappies out of their for 5-6 years now.

Work the lake and find the big fish. The bass and hammer handles are in their, you just have to find them.

Good lake to take the kids to.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
skunked_again

I am sure this is a fluke after hearing from you guys, and talking to my friends who have fished the lake, but I did catch a few nice 12 to 13 inch crappies on there last year. I also caught a bunch of bait (4 inch sunnies) and have caught bass and small northerns in the summer. Better off going somewhere else if you ask me.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
john.wells

Alot of lakes that are loaded with little chips have some chunks swimming around. Bald Eagle is a classic example. I wouldn't call it a fluke, but I wouldn't advertise it for sure. I don't want to come off wrong, but a nice little lake or honey hole can be devasted by loose lips. We all want to help our brethren out, but there are LOTS of people lurking in the shadows looking to steal your claim. Just take a peek at the "who's online" feature at any given time. Do what you can to steer them to lakes that are already pounded, which isn't all bad as these types of lakes are good regardless. Like I said, please don't take it wrong. I'm not a vindictive person.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Wanderer

I think Norris was a victim of that several years ago. I almost posted on this after Shackbash with the simple comment: "Ah....there WAS a time...."

Good luck all!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Shack

I would drive the extra miles to Coon, before I would hit this lake. Unless I wanted to just get out with kids and catch sunnies and throw out a tip up. I would not expect much.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
skunked_again

I agree. If it was a honeyhole worth keeping secret I would not post on here. But hey, if someone wants to go and find out whether it was a fluke, be my guest but post your results. However, I do have to say that I am impressed with the amount of info people share on this site and only hope it keeps up.

Share this post


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



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • monstermoose78
      I have two boss toms at my dads and I think a strutter might be the ticket
    • IceHawk
      I'm really leaning to buying a mojo scoot and shoot amd trying that this year talk about a adrenaline rush. 
    • IceHawk
      I've used a full body full strut before can be good or bad depending on a birds mood at the time. In certain situations they can be a killer, 
    • Wanderer
    • Wanderer
      Shiners and suckers not needed for us this weekend.  The better pike were sucking down my wife’s crappie minnows on a demon in 20 feet.    
    • monstermoose78
      I have 3 avian x hens two feeders and one head up. I gave semi strut Jake as well.  I want to get a full strut
    • jlang_04
      Hey relax, I haven't been out since that weekend. With an 11 months old at home, fishing gets put to a halt quickly! I've been following the threads as much as I can. I know guys are catching crappies in the deeper water still, basins with the chance to go up to shallow. French is usually good for that but have heard Roberd's has come in late. Two weeks ago there were ice castle's everywhere and we were drilling to the end of the auger. I like Cedar too near Faribault because it's an easy access and typically holds fish. You'll have to let me know where you go and how you do! Fish on!  
    • IceHawk
      Have to Agree moose the turkeys are becoming a little smarter each year. Better decoys have definitely upped my odds last few years. Seriously considering those Dave smiths or some Avian X.  Moose what are you using for a setup combo with those Avians? My customs look nice but always looking for something better 
    • sunniewally
      Watching fish on the camera is really fun> One day a musky was being a real pia!  But it was fun watching him. Some days it's around some days not. today I saw him only once.  You sure can learn alot on what it looks like on your depth finder and how the fish are reacting to the different techniques a guy uses!  Have fun, good fishing!
    • Glenn_S
      We have a couple openings if anyone is interested…We will be capped at 15 boats.

      http://www.minnbass.com

      2018 Schedule
      June 2, 2018 – Farm Island
      June 16, 2018 – Upper/Lower Mission
      July 7, 2018 – Clearwater
      July 28, 2018 – Lobster
      August 18, 2018 – Big Birch
      September 8, 2018 – Championship, Lake TBD

      $25 membership per person
      $400 entry per team
      Big Bass $20 per boat at the ramp

      Rules, Payouts and other information listed on the website
      We are a club that has a ton of fun and we don’t take ourselves too seriously.
  • Share & Have Fun