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walleyes4me

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walleyes4me

I am not seeing anything so far in these posts about Reno, so I thought I would ask the question. Has anyone been out on Reno? How is the ice? And of course is there anything going on? I really enjoy this lake and am curious if it is producing.

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gotfish

The ice is fine. We had 16 inches over the xmas weekend. The fishing wasn't all that great. Lots of little perch yet so you need to hit the right times for the walleyes to bite, but you will have to figure that one out on your own.

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walleyes4me

I am pretty sure I can find them out there. It was the ice I was worried about. I guess I know what I'm doing this weekend. Hahaha.

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tram

Can I pull a big house out from the southwest access ? I want to go about 3 miles out, how is the snow and ice conditions ? Can I get around ? I have an hour drive so, any help would be appreciated.

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glojig

where abouts are you heading? there is alot ot slush spots

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Lutefisk82

I'm heading out to Reno this weekend. Any size to the perch people have been catching? Also any word on the walleye situation out there?

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gotfish

Caught a couple decent size perch. Probably 1 in 30 or better are keeps. It's not worth the bait you go through to be catching them. I'd rather pull up my lines and drink and wait for the walleye to come through I guess.

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Lutefisk82

perch out there hittin on flu flu and a minnow?

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beer batter

Most of the perch are too small to even fully bite a minnow. You'll get a bunch of tail biters stealing your bait though. Waxies on a small flu-flu were able to land those 4 inch perch all day long though. Never got a keeper in the 100 or so we caught. Had the camera down watching northerns chasing those perch around. They'd swim right past our shiners, and leave a cloud of silt and they jetted off chasing perch. Walleyes wouldn't hit until after dark for us. We saw them swimming around all day long, but just browsing.

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Lutefisk82

I'll be throwing out some chubby darters and see if i get any response from that.

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beer batter

Tried the chubby darters, tried most everything in the box. We saw some walleyes last weekend on Minnewaska that were ignoring our shiners and eating the tails of minnows that we cut off (we had been jigging just the minnow head). The minnow tails had sunk to bottom and a few walleyes were scavenging dead food instead of fresh lively minnows. So we dropped down some pieces of minnows on plane hooks layed them on the bottom, but no takers. Learned quite a bit just watching them though.

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Lutefisk82

Maybe with the cold front the bite will change.

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WallyGader

I have a cabin on Reno but have never ice fished it, i heard of some people getting into the crappies out there on the hard water but not much of anything else.. I was just wondering if any of you have done good with the eyes at all, i usually only get a few in the summer, but still not like it used to be...

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Lutefisk82

Not much for walleye on the lake, I'd head elsewhere if you are looking for nice eyes.

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Goinfishin

I have been fishing Reno every weekend sicne first ice the eyes have really slowed down the past couple weeks but we had decent success early in the season. Anyone having any luck with the panfish?

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fisherking32

Have been trying it out there for a couple weeks lookin for some nice perch. Last year was much better, I think the heavier pressure has really downsized the perch and crappie. Walleye success has been very poor. This is a shame. This used to be a pretty good lake, but I think it will take a few years to recover.

I think I'm movin to waska

Good Fishin'

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beer batter

 Originally Posted By: fisherking32
This used to be a pretty good lake, but I think it will take a few years to recover.

Unfortunately, Reno is already into it's third year of "recovery". The lake is changing for whatever reason. Weeds are growing in much more than previous years, perch population has exploded, and sunfish are very prevolent - where as previously you couldn't find a sunfish after searching all day. Also as much as it pains me, the bass fishing has vastly improved. This lake is turning into Minnewaska minus the Minnewaska Lake Association to restock it. The DNR test nets still show a fairly high count of walleye for the area, but the counts are way down from 4 years ago. My guess is that the high counts of perch and sunfish are picking off much of the walleye fry each year. The lake may never recover to the premier walleye fishery it once was the way things are going now.

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bigbucks

The heavy perch population can't hurt the walleye population much. It may just be in a cycle like it was 10-12 years ago where there's so much for the walleyes to eat they don't need to bite on our fishing tackle. In that case they eventually ate it down & were still hungry, hence the fishing was really good for a couple of years or so.

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WestCentralGuru

The sunfish and crappies have seen an increase on reno the past couple years. Although many are too small to keep as of this past weekend. The perch are really small with none kept out of 100 caught sunday. My buddies were also out Sunday and managed to bag two nice walleyes in 20 feet. One was 24 inches.

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fisherking32

One other thought,

With the power of the technology we have today, fishing is much easier. The power of these boards is a powerful tool also. If you look at the views on some of the threads, I wonder when a guy posts that he's nailin' big crappie on lake X, how fast does this lake get pressured into oblivion?

I know, theres still cell phones and all, and one guy only tells his best friend, but this site has power and I think some posters should use restraint in being so specific.

What do you guys think?

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goose89

Yep, I agree with using restraint in specifics. This has improved dramatically over the yrs though.

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glojig

Yes,I think your right fisherking32, and I also wonder why some people think just because there is a few fish being caught it gives them the right to thow out there respect for others,by coming to a lake where they probably have never fished before catch as many fish as they can, tell everyone they know,in some instances even trespass across somebodys property to get on to the lake,only to leave and go to the next hot lake and do it all over again!! sorry but the lack of respect some people show makes me sick!!

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Goinfishin

I live on the lake and personally think the changes are due to the lake itself changing. The DNR has stated this in the report they put out with the 2006 survey. Anyone who has put down a camera in the lake will tell you the perch are everywhere which means to food for the fish is everywhere. This I feel has the biggest impact on fishing. The walleye fishing this winter has been better than the 2 previous years in my opinion but it is far from fast and furious.

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WallyGader

Our 2nd year we had our cabin a guy plowed a path a down our driveway through our yard right down to the lake. My dad had a run in with this guy and he said "i hope you dont mind". GET A CLUE!!

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