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
LetsGoFishing

Big Lake Area

16 posts in this topic

Hello Everyone! I just moved to Big Lake and was wondering if someone can direct me on where to fish. I have a couple daughters who love to fish, and would like to find a spot nearby for them to catch some panfish. As for me, I love to fish for anything, from tip-ups for pike, to late night walleye fishing, and also panfishing.

I'm not looking for anyones hotspots, just places nearby to catch the fish listed above. Any help would be appreciated!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

try big lake itself. In years past it's been good.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've not had much luck on either Big or Mitchell this season. You may want to consider Birch, Big Eagle or driving a bit to Maple Lake.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the info. I drove by Big Lake this afternoon, and stopped by the landing to see what was going on. There were quite a few people fishing, and a few trucks on the ice.

I drove through BUffalo and saw plenty of people out on both Pulaski and Buffalo. Being I'm not too familar with the area, I didnt drive by any other lakes.

Also, is there a place nearby to get bait? I'm not too picky as to what they all have to offer, just need something to get me out on the lake.

I have a Green Bay Packer portable clam, so if anyone sees me, stop by and say hi. It would be nice to meet a few people from the area.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Monticello has a good baitshop- shuman's....

otherwise the hardware store in BL sells minnows, grubs and worms.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You are going to have a hard time making friends out there with a Green Bay Packers house....go out and get yourself a Vikings house and maybe people with talk to you, LOL, I'm just kidding good luck to you. Go out to Big Eagle lake thats where you can get some Eye's.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Give Briggs and Julia a try. They are located a few miles north of Becker. I've done pretty well out there for panfish and pike.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hardware Hank sells bait, its located next to the liquor store in town. Can you say one-stop shopping.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

welcome to the site, I see that some of you are new here.

mitchell lake will get some crappies after dark, and both big and mitchell are good for northerns. walleyes can be tough on big, but they are there.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Any one fish Thompson anymore,used to be some crappies and pike roaming around in that little lake?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Where is it located? I'm going out today and would not mind trying a loc. especially if its close??

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Head to the hole on Mitchell around sunset and that will get you some crappies. May have to do some sorting.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

As far as I know, Thompson has no public access and you need to be a member of the "landowners" association to use their access. This may have changed, but I haven't heard anything. Thompson is a exellent panfish, crappie and bass lake with some nice northerns thrown in. I live in BL and this is the lake I fished until the land ownership changed.

Scotty

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Don't let those Viking fans give you a hard time. I have one of those Packer clams too. If you got the deal I got you would not care what it said on. That was quite the garage sale. We don't need to tell every one about it. It is already every sportsman for himself. I live 6 miles north of Big Lake. Shoot me a email and I will let you in on some of my local spots.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

As to where to go to get bait in the area, I always go to Ebners on Highway 10 right before 169 veers off of 10 in Elk River. They always have the best bait and best variety.

To Bassphiss I used to fish Thompson all the time and now they have blocked the lake off to public. I think Thompson Lake is a private lake now. Somebody blocked the old public access off. If you do go out there give a post to let us know how the bite is. I'd love to go out there again. Especially since nobody goes out there anymore

GOOD LUCK TO YOU ALL

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks everyone for the info. I plan on going out this weekend to give it a try. Havent exactly decided where to go yet, but it looks like it will be a good weekend for it.

As for the Packer Clam...hey it was only $50!!

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

    • Buzzbait Brad Ohio
      Thanks for having me Minnesota. I wasn't able to float the Ottertail river but I did fish the lake every morning. Most fish the first 3 days came on top water whopper plopper. The last day, the water temperature heated up to almost 80 so I changed it up a little bit and fished deep water 10-20 feet and caught fish deep. Here's some of the better fish from this week. The fishing up here is great. Can't wait to make it back. 
    • ZachD
      Nice job I will be out on Sat in the boat
    • hitthebricks
      Sounds like my problem, Thanks  
    • JBMasterAngler
      Small minnow raps, #2 mepps spinners, small spoons. Don't need anything else.
    • curt quesnell
      What a great day jigging out in the mud. Little or no wind all day and it was pretty warm but fish were active, biting and large. A big change came yesterday on my close by spots that threw me for a loop but the fish a few miles away seem unphased. I will say it again a great day!
    • monstermoose78
      Thanks for the advice Dave  I dont let Finn fetch on check cord any more. I only used it when he was a pup
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      There are public beaches at both Hoodoo Point in Tower and McKinley Park in Soudan. Cliff
    • leech~~
      In the summer they seem to be about 20' feet down over 50'-80' feet of water. We trolled small raps with what ever would get it down there. I also had down riggers to use.  You could try some deep hook and slip bobbers with a worm in some of the deeper bays to see if they will take it?  Good luck.
    • MinDak Hunter
      I have a bait/rigging question. The kids and I were out on Big Watab chasing a suntan and when I told them that the lake has trout they wanted to try for them but I mostly fish sunnies and crappies. What would I need to get to fish for trout out there? Looking back in the forums I see that some guys use leadcore (I'm not buying new rod/reels) and some use bobbers. Any advice on a common bobber set up? Also, I have an "active" 10 year old so it seems that jigging works best to keep him busy, any advice on jigging for trout?
    • fishingtime13
      Update! Water is way down! But I was able to get a smallmouth with a topwater plug.  And a catfish broke my leader off a  worm, was very confused. Going again tomorrow