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Bigtime22

Anything I should watch out for on this lake??? Springs or aeration? I have been researching some lakes around my house and this looks like it would be a great spot to fish with very little travel. Any ice info would be appreciated.

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sparkydm

Haven't been out there myself yet but a friend has. Ice is good, should be fine all over. get a map on your way to the lake, GM is right by there, look for the "reed island" there is some good structure in that area. Mostly what you'll catch is smallish pannies. however, the dnr has been stocking it with walleyes and you can catch pike and tigers. see you out there maybe

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Bigtime22

Thanks for the info, I will most likely be heading out there today. It would be nice to have a close lake produce.

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Bigtime22

I was out on Orchard today and boy was it slow. The ice out there is in good shape, just a little tough to drag a portable through that snow. Caught a small crappie and also a small northern. Nice relaxing day, didnt even have to change my bait too often. There were a few perms out there with about a dozen portables. Beautiful lake, will definitely be heading back in the future, hopefully with some success.

7+ inches of clear ice in all areas drilled.

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magic_minnow

i got out on Saturday as well. was there from 11am to 5pm. from 11-4 it was real slow, marked fish all along the bottom but no takers. Bunch of perms and ports out. Around 430 ish it started to pick up and i must of released around 20 small crappies. hot bit for about 30 minutes...that small window of opportunity is the key. My buddy lost a nice crappie that made it up to the hole. If i had to guess...a solid 10". They seem to prefer plastics over crap minnows. No takers on tip up. Talked to a few of the folks out and they werent catching much either...just some small pannies....i was in about 22 fow.

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I figured this would be as good a thread as any for my first post to this site. First of all, thanks for all the great information. I've learned a lot already and I'm sure I'll continue to learn from all those who take the time to post.

Specific to this thread, my son and I spent most of yesterday on this lake. Since there were perm houses out there and I've seen other cars and trucks drive out, I figured I'd be OK to drive as well. About 30 yards from shore we heard a ice crack loud enough to be heard over the rumble of the diesel on my Dodge 2500. Being that I'm not that comfortable with the idea of driving on ice, I opted to back up, park and we pulled our gear out on foot.

Since I don't have a flasher to check depth or mark fish, I had to just take a guess. We ended up in about 16 fow (based on amount of line to reach bottom) and were on about 16" of ice (12 clear & 4 white). Unfortunately, all we were able to get for fish were small gills on wax worms with the smallest jigs we had. Anything else we tried was worthless.

So, how does a person learn how much ice is enough for a fairly heavy pickup? I realize hearing the cracking is normal but this one was just too spooky.

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AceintheHole

Just takes some getting use to. I sank my truck in 05 and still am very uncomfortable with driving on the ice. Best thing to do is to not even think about it pretend your just driving down a normal road.

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    • Hoey
      OK - we made it back!!!  Every trip is different with it's own potential perils.   I finally got into my house on Friday around 11am.  My guests were rookies, so i spent time with each of them, getting setup, heaters started, Vexilars set, houses banked, lines prep'd and set, bait, etc...  The bite was somewhat slow and many small ones.  The day got better 3 to 430pm.  Ended up with 6 nice eyes (19, 18x3, 17x2), 13 jumbos (most ever for a day), 12 small sauger which we ate for dinner.   On Saturday we headed up to the south shore of the Angle, longer ride, so again did not get started too early.  Ended up with our 6 eyes for our limit, these ranged from 15 to 16 inches and a 4-pack of sauger.  Again the bite seemed to pickup at 3 or so and was done by 430pm.   Ice as 3 foot or so.  Snow depth varied a lot, depending on the condition of the ice.  Smooth areas were blown off to crusty 6 inches or so.  Rough ice surely held a lot of snow.   The drive back on Sunday was somewhat tough from Baudette to Emily, winter storm warning.  Slow go, low visibility, and icy roads, sometimes down to 15 mph.   Next scheduled trip is with my wife, son, and three of his Gopher swim teammates for spring break in three weeks.  
    • Naturboy
      Those were caught from a shallow lake (17’) in 9 feet of water at the bottom of the first shoreline break. I was using a UV buckshot and minnow head since the water was murky. The crappie is still swimming the walleye not so much. I didn’t get the exact location. Sorry  
    • Sunset Lodge
      Hello from the NW Angle!

      Minnesota fishing has been most productive in 20-24 feet of water.  Guests are bringing home their limits of Walleye and Sauger with the occasional Perch and Northern mixed in. Fish have been most active early and late in the day and the bite has been terrific. The use of electronics continues to be very beneficial with fish taking jigging spoons, jigg’n raps or rattle baits.  Snowmobile ttrails on the Minnesota side continue to be maintained and are in great shape. We are still making ice, with most spots at over 30 inches. 

      North and East of us in Canada, big Crappies are coming in on light tackle setups out of 30 feet. If you are looking for walleye, they are everywhere!

      Until next week, 

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    • JBMasterAngler
      On the Bayfield side of the bay, the target depth is typically 10 to 40 ft. The basswood island area is where they go after lakers. There’s a plowed road that goes out there. As of last week the ice was about 20 inches in that area, might be thicker now. Check out the Bayfield webcam, you can see what kind of activity is going on.
    • Jarrid Houston
      Wanderer, stop in at the River Rock bait shop in Ashland and they will get you pointed in the right direction.  They are always pretty cool about that.  Fishing near Ashland off of 2nd landing can be good.  Don't need nothing more than regular walleye gear, and some tip-ups and really there is no rhyme or reason where a guy should set up shop. Its a pretty wide open water and the fish that live there are always on the move. For us, most often, the sit and wait pays off.  It has been slower as of late, but still some fish..  Good luck, JH
    • cat44
      Anybody know if there is a pressure ridge/ice heave out in front of the Warroad Access? I know ice conditions will change throughout the coming weeks. Looking forward to getting after some pike.  The last few years there has been a pressure ridge there, last year it went from Springsteel over to Swift. And we've been up there plenty of times when there hasn't been one at all. Just curious to find out what conditions are like in that bay. Thanks!
    • Hoyt4
      Most likely our last trip up this year unless we go up for crappies but i'm running out of weekends. We had another great trip this weekend the fish are so fat this year more than I remember in the past.  Got my old man out for a good walleye bite he had a blast and caught a ton of fish. One day they just attached the bait as it was coming down they would come up and smash. Next day you put in the bottom and not even see the lure on the vex bring up a tad and they would smack it. Fun and a lot of snow hitting yesterday when we left.
    • PRO-V
      Agreed!!
    • SaintPaulPaul
      Switch to regular Budweiser and they seem to just jump out of the hole. No, seriously the way I improved my landing success through the ice was to go to small treble hooks. One small one on a 6' leader, a weight and Colorado blade above the leader seems to work for me. If you are on the flag right away, you don't risk gut-hooking them. I also recycle my Power Pro musky line and put it on tip ups. Also, I should add that I always  have a jaw-spreader and 8" forceps for quick and easy hook removal.
    • Iowabrewcrew
      Funny...seems like when the Emerald run slowed down up there 4-5 years ago, the fishing followed suit!
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