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

      Minnesota Fishing Report Clubs - ONLY 20 FREE MEMBERSHIPS Per Area - Join Today - FREE   03/08/2018

      Fishing Minnesota has 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. Initially 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 see detailed fishing reports/tips  around your area and will share your detailed fishing report as soon as you join, then 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.

    You know what we all love...

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

Sign in to follow this  

Using Live Decoys

Recommended Posts


I built myself a dark house for fishing out of last year, but this year I decided I wanted to try spearing out of it. My success has been minimal, I've been seeing fish everytime I go out, but I haven't had a chance to throw the spear. I've been attaching a sucker minnow to a jigging spoon and using that as a decoy. It seems to work well, maybe too well. Most of the fish I have seen come rushing in and nail the minnow. It seems they either get hooked (so I still get to catch them) or steal the bait off the hook. Is there something I should be doing do increase my chance of getting to throw the spear? Maybe a different setup so the fish stick around the hole a little longer? Any advice?

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

experiment. There are so many ways to attract pike it's unexplainable. First off I would say go bigger with your decoy. 10 - 12 inches is not too big for a live decoy. I know people who use 18 inch suckers! This might slow em down a bit. Very commonly shallow water pike will be mor aggressive than deeper water, why, I guess they are more into the quick ambush mode. Use an artificial lure, this may slow em down. Usually agressive means agressive, whatever you use. Keep at it, you will find those opportune moments when they come perfect. Good luck, Brent

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Spearing seems to be one of the few times when "big minnow...big fish" actually means just that. We have had some big suckers (up to 18 inches) under our feet and gotten or seen some of our biggest fish while using them. We have a 2'x6' hole with a sucker at one end and a decoy at the other.

Usually you will find out quickly which one most fish prefer that day and when you do, try to slow it down. It doesn't work every time, but you will notice the fish relax and cruise in slowly when the bait isn't moving irradically.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

so fish, you have them on different lines, is there a reason that you do this?

Share this post

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

  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • opsirc
      I took a set of my mother's ear- rings and made lures out of them.. Do not remember if i ever caught anything on them. But they were flashy.
    • BisoNation
      lakes like Ottertail Lake had 1000-1500 castles on it this year.  we are very concerned about pressure.  good points in this thread that could apply to many other minnesota large lakes.
    • icefisker
    • holmsvc
      I think everyone buying a wheel house and heading out for days at a time is what has really caused fish to move out of the area more than anything.  I think it would be interesting to have the major resorts track the fish cleaned by their guides summer verse winter.  It sure seems to me they take way more people out ice fishing than summer fishing.
    • gimruis
      There may be way more pressure in the winter but the harvest is MUCH higher in the summer.  Fish are far more active and feeding heavily in the summer months than they are in the cold water months.  Plus in the summer there is this thing called hooking mortality.  The days of keeping 4 or 6 walleyes and 10 crappies are coming to an end.  Its unsustainable virtually everywhere including a large body of water like LOTW.
    • cookie129
       I got  a call from goose yesterday That Bryce Luthens passed away on the 17th of March.  Ibot number 17. He was one of the many that toasted the crappie gods at the temple. so sorry for your loss of your good friend goose and Sandy
    • eyeguy 54
      powerbait wishbone
    • walleyeluv
      which is the best way to get to 16 mile with truck?
    • leech~~
      Whats a wishbone look like?
    • monstermoose78