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
hunter23

fishing biting in area lakes

11 posts in this topic

I was wondering what the ice was like on some of the lake and what the fishing is like on the lake around the area. I would like to catch some panfish and eyes

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Fished W Battle and OT this last weekend. It was a pretty slow weekend for us. The ice was very spotty on Battle with numerous slushy spots. Travel was difficult with a wheeler if you got off the beaten path. I talked to a few people that had luck on OT with perch and croppies on the east end of Battle. Good luck.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

thanks for the info mnfishing it is well needed help I have not been out at all this year just trying to find out some info on some of my lakes that I fish

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My Iowa friends and I are headed to Ottertail this weekend. I guess a lot of guys are going up to Ottertail Lake and catching a bunch of perch. Everyone here is calling the lake "New South Dakota" because Waubay has slowed down and no one goes there any more. Is the ice safe to drive yet?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It is possible to catch a bunch of perch on Ottertail, but I doubt the quality will be up to Waubay expectations. If you get more than a couple perch over 9 inches in a day, you're doing pretty good on OT.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That's great news! 8 to 9 inch perch is good enough for me and my buddies especially if we can pile them up in the bucket. I got a sharp knife and can clean anything big enough for the deep fryer. Can't wait to get up to Ottertail. How about the 'eyes? Are they biting too?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You will catch at least a few 'eyes on OT almost no matter where you drill a hole. Problem is they are the same size as the perch, 8-9".

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Where are you getting that size eyes? Last trip I got a 4" and two 6", I was hoping to step up a size maybe the 8-10" range. I don't know if reproduction is phenomenal or growth is terrible slow. Prob reproduction.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the info guys. That's awesome. Just got off the phone with my buddies up there right now and the report is very encouraging to say the least. It sounds like a real ice fishing smorgasbord! Can't wait to get on that charter bus!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Bass Pirate,

Did your buddies give you a report on ice thickness and where they accessed the lake? I am coming up this weekend with a group and we are hoping to be able to drive out.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Maverick,

I keep forgetting to ask but I assume they're driving on. The latest report I got was awesome. I guess they've been pleasantly surprised by the size of their catch too.

basspirate

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

    • eyeguy 54
      Smoked 8  up this weekend and really better than I thought they would be.  fillet fish leave skin on for brine 1/2 cup noniodine salt 1 cup sugar 1 qt water brine overnight rinse, pat dry and let sit out for an hour or so.  sprinkle with a seasoning if you like. I did lemon pepper on a couple and seafood magic on a couple.  have smoker heated to 200 put in smoked with a little cherry wood smoke 1 hour and done.  should be about 155 degrees internal.  nom nom nom ! ! !       
    • smurfy
      I have a BIL that lives south of there a bit. He says carnelian has lots of springs in it and wouldn't drive out there for no amount of money.
    • wookiemofo
      Out on the north end. 8", 15" and a 24" over night. I've lost about 8 so far off rattles. Not sure if I'm not getting a good hookset or what. I've tried horsing them in and babying... headshakes are dislodging the hooks.   any advise? I'd have 12 on the board had I not missed any!
    • Rick G
      Was at Carnilian a few days ago....looked like the front end of a truck went through just in front of the access.    
    • monstermoose78