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
JustinG

WHO IS GETTING EXCITED FOR TROUT FISHING!?!?!?

20 posts in this topic

Well, after about 2 weeks of ice fishing under my belt fishing for Walleyes, I just have one question to ask:

Anybody getting excited to fish for Trout yet????? laugh.gif

Can't wait to start pounding some Lakers and Rainbows again!!!! There is no other ice fishing like it!!!!

Hey Steve, How many days are left till opener? You must have a countdown going by now!!!

Hey Great Outdoors, Are you ready to dish out some trout punishment with me out on Burntside again???

I am pumped!!!

Justin

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Trout? Streamers shreamers! Why bother with 13-inch trout on Miners when any red band on the Vex on Burntside could be a 20-lb laker?

Justin, I have ALL the appropriate dates circled.

There are, of course, a couple weekends before the traditional winter inland laker opener when lakes wholly inside the Bdub are open for lakers.

I've walked into Trout Lake off Vermilion quite a few times to tangle with Sir Lake Trout before the masses can find legal trout water. Hmmmmm, methinks that, even though I'm old and fat and the early season snows have been deep, I'm up for another walk or two. Shoot, what's a few miles on snowshoes when a fella's been without laker fishing since September?

Of course, Justin, I wouldn't want to keep you from dreams of those panfish-length brookies and rainbows on those lame ole streamer lakes. I'll understand if the trek to Trout Lake is just too big for you young guys who are in good shape. Fore please, gentlemen. Catfish is playing on through. grin.gifgrin.gifgrin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That sounds like a throwdown... laugh.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yeah, Tracy, these young guys just don't understand the subtleties of our generation. You gotta smack talk 'em! grin.gifgrin.gifgrin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I am surely pumped to go fish for the lakers. I hear stories all the time i just have never caught one. Hope the BBash comes soon!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

JustinG

Ready for blast off on those Burntside trout. cool.gif

Hope we have some good ice by that time, but think it will be snowmobile or wheeler for the 1st few weeks. confused.gif

That is, unless we get a drastic change, like a 6 hour downpour of rain that stops before turning to snow, then freezes. smile.gifsmile.gifsmile.gifsmile.gifsmile.gif

Yeah, right!! tongue.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey, I'm happy as punch if we can eliminate the pickups from Bside for opener. Keeps the traffic down!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I still have the itch to get after eyes and crappies but I'm getting ready for Lakers.

Picked up a few # 6 & 7 Pimples that'll get custom paint over bright, think I'll go back and get some more while I have the paint booth setup. New toys brings the Laker Fever up a few degrees.

I've added a Jason MitchellElite Series 36MH Mackinaw to the arsenal. Spiral wrapped and I'll have the Penn 920 levelwind with 10# power pro in it. Can't wait to load that rod up with Naked, Drag Ripping, Laker Anger.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Steve,

The pickups will be self elliminating about 50 feet from shore at the Bash. smirk.gif

I hear there has been a full size pickup by the houses off Sandy Point the last few days. confused.gif

The driver is obviously not pursuing a career in brain surgery! cool.gif

Perhaps a degree combining Scuba diving and Limnology, but not brain surgery!! grin.gifgrin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I am stoked for lakers for sure!!! any of you Ely laker takers over there ever want to venture over to the gunflint trail for some amazing laker fishing, you are welcome to come on over. I have fished burntside for about 6 years ever since I was in school at vermilion and have done fairly well but the laker fishing over here blows burntside out of the water.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Steve,

I don't exclusively fish for stream trout...I just like a little variety!!!!! Lakers are by far my favorite fish to catch!!! I also picked up one of the Jason Mitchell 36" MH Mackinaw rods this season!! I really like the design of the rod...check them out if you need a new one!

Jim, by the looks of the ice so far this season, we may be limited to snowmobiles and wheelers for the duration of the season! Have you checked the ice conditions on Burntside lately? Has Dave D. checked out on Snowbank?

Can't wait!!!

Justin

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Justin, while Bside ice isn't thick yet (from 2 to 6 inches early last week), there's almost no snow on it, so I'm sure it made ice in the cold last week and if we don't get some more big dumps it'll be plenty thick for pickups in another month.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm more than ready to trade in these finicky walleye bites for a laker charging up 30 ft to slam your lure. B-Dub lakers, the Bash, and our Apostle Islands trip can't come soon enough!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Steve,

The BS report I got two days ago was 4 inches off the end of the dock, 2 inches another 20 steps out, then another 5 steps, hit cloudy ice with chisel, heard it crack, then tippy toed off quickly.

I'll check it myself early next week, but question the thickness to be pickup safe in a month.

The place that was checked above was one of the 1st places on the lake to freeze. frown.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Jim, that's too bad. Shows how variable that can be. Is there a lot of snow on top of the ice where you checked? If it froze early there, I expect that last dump we got went right onto the ice. Where I was checking in Van Vac Bay (from the access out to almost half way across the bay, there was only an inch of crystallized snow. I'm sure that's because Van Vac is one of the last places to freeze up, being so big and deep. The ice was gray, not black, but was really hard and good where I drilled holes.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Steve,

Burntside had just frozen over Friday night/Saturday morning, then we got the 12 inches of snow on Saturday afternoon.

The next day off the Van Vac Landing, the ice looked kind of grey in many spots, assume the water was seeping into it which would be a good thing.

It appeared to have opened between Honeymoon and Brownell Islands, very dark and the wavy lines coming up would indicate water had soaked through, or the snow pushed the ice down and cracked it.

We'll check it with a cordless drill in a few days.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

YO Great Outdoors,

I will swing by for coffee after the morning bite is over around 9:30 am. tomorrow. I will probably need more minnows!!!! cool.gif

Justin

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Quote:

I've walked into Trout Lake off Vermilion quite a few times to tangle with Sir Lake Trout before the masses can find legal trout water. Hmmmmm, methinks that, even though I'm old and fat and the early season snows have been deep, I'm up for another walk or two. Shoot, what's a few miles on snowshoes when a fella's been without laker fishing since September?

Of course, Justin, I wouldn't want to keep you from dreams of those panfish-length brookies and rainbows on those lame ole streamer lakes. I'll understand if the trek to Trout Lake is just too big for you young guys who are in good shape. Fore please, gentlemen. Catfish is playing on through.
grin.gifgrin.gifgrin.gif


Hey, if we get some decent ice on Vermillion I would be all up for making that hike into Trout with you again.

If we don't get some ice, though, I think I am going to make the haul up to Found (one of those "lame" streamer lakes grin.gif) for some of those brookies. grin.gif

It is a bit further of a hike than Trout off Big V but Oscar pulls the sled for me so it isn't too rough grin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Justin,

Have you been doing any good for walleyes???

Is the ice getting any better on Shags???

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ok, you guys need to calm down. I can't handle it. I started thinking about the bash a week ago and now decided to figure out what I needed to get geared up. Now I am stuck. I was commited to NOT start any new hobbies. That is over now.

While sitting in my wheel house tonight trying to thaw out my portable, (in my front yard) I made a new dimond willow rod with my best bass reel on it. You guys have me hooked and I haven't even ever seen a laker. Well not in the winter at least. You never know, I might be the one that ends up on the pole!!!! shocked.gifshocked.gif

Your luck just changed Lisa. Maybe not for the good, but it changed never the less.

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

    • mwal
      They guy that taught me to diver hunt had all wood decoys. They ride totally different than the plastic decoy. In low light hard to tell from real birds. That was in 1976. I think he put out about 50 bills and goldeneye dekes
    • Neighbor_guy
      I think it might be time for calling season. I've got the itch. Been working the hand calls the last few days. The neighborhood dogs and cats fall for em almost every time. New batteries in the foxpro and the critter just in case. Got plenty of #3 buckshot for the 20ga and the rifle is ready to bark(as soon as muzzle deer is closed).   please stop and share your seasons ups and downs here. Otherwise I will try not to bore you all too bad with my pour calling and shooting.    Good of luck and happy calling.   
    • timjones
      Yep, glad they took the snow out of the forecast for next week except for some flurries on Sunday but that shouldn't hurt anything. They lowered the temps a little more also. If the forecast holds and the wind stays down I think the lake could lock up by the 9th or 10th. Walked down to the shore this morning expecting to see some ice along the shore but nope. Looked like there was a little skim out in the bulrushes but that was it.
    • eyeguy 54
      Why so many batteries???  lol   I use with weed wacker and leaf blower.  pine needle blower mainly  soooo much nicer than sweeping;
    • eyeguy 54
      then I will need to buy the bigger dewalt batteries. they look spendy.  I have 7 ryobi batteries now. 2 are the 4 amp.    600 pounds should be plenty  from what all are saying. I can take the 2 , 4 amps back and grab the dewalt. hmmmmmm, decisions desicions. lol