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Recreational netting for whitefish and tullibee (cisco) is anticipated to open on several Schedule I Lakes in the Grand Rapids fisheries work area beginning in late October, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Schedule I Lakes, which are more susceptible to sudden changes that impact water temperatures, will be opened and closed on a 48-hour notice posted at lake accesses, other public places, and the DNR website. Schedule II Lakes, will open Nov. 3.
Schedule I Lakes (48 hour notice)
Anticipated opening dates are as follows:
Friday, Oct. 27 through Sunday, Dec.3, for Deer (near Deer River), and Turtle (3.5 inch mesh).
Friday, Nov. 3 through Sunday, Dec. 10, for Side and South Sturgeon (1.75 inch mesh).
Friday, Nov. 10 through Sunday, Dec. 10, for Big Balsam and Nashwauk (1.75 inch mesh).
Schedule II Lakes
Lakes open to whitefish and cisco sport netting Friday, Nov. 3 through Sunday, Dec. 10:
Bass (north basin).
Cut Foot Sioux*.
Deer (near Effie).
Round (near Squaw Lake –1.75 inch mesh).
Sand (near Max)*.
Swan. (1.75 inch mesh)
Twin Lakes (near Marble).
Little Winnibigoshish* (1.75 inch mesh).
*Bowstring, Cut Foot Sioux, Sand, Winnibigoshish and Little Winnibigoshish are designated infested waters because of the presence of faucet snails or zebra mussels. Nets and equipment used in infested waters may not be used in any other waterbody unless they have been dried for ten days or frozen for two days.
Fishing regulations require that:
Netters purchase both a whitefish netting license and angling license.
A person may use only one gill net, not exceeding 100 feet in length and 3 feet in width.
One end of net must have a pole, stake, or buoy projecting at least two feet above the surface of the water or ice.
Nets must have an identification tag attached near the first float of the end that is projecting from the surface of the water or ice.
Identification tags must be a minimum of 2 ½ inches by 5/8 inch permanently bearing the name and address of the owner. Identification tags for marking nets are provided by the owner.
Nets may not be set after sunset or raised before sunrise.
All gill nets must be set and lifted by the licensee only. Anyone assisting in the taking of whitefish or ciscoes must have proper licensing.
Nets must be tended at least once every 24 hours and all gamefish and non-target species must be immediately released from the net.
A net may not be set in any water deeper than six feet.
A net may not be set within 50 feet of another net.
Minimum gill net mesh size shall be no less than 1-3/4 or 3-1/2 inch stretch measure depending on the lake (see full list of lake and size regulations online).
Nets used in designated infested waters must be dried for a minimum of 10 days or frozen for 2 days before using in a different water body. Nets should be dried for 10 days or frozen for 2 before moving from any lake to another.
Nets used in spiny water flea and/or zebra mussel infested waters should be not used in any other waterbody
Nets should be transported in sealed container.
Whitefish and ciscoes taken by sport gill-netting may not be bought or sold.
Whitefish and ciscoes taken by sport gill-netting may not be used as bait.
Within the Leech Lake Reservation boundaries, the possession limit for whitefish taken by sport gill-netting is 25, and the possession limit for ciscoes taken by sport gill-netting is 50.
Net placement should not inhibit use of the lake by other boaters.
About 700 people obtain special permits to net for whitefish-tullibee each year. The DNR bases netting schedules on expected water temperatures, fish abundance and vulnerability of game fish. As the water temperature cools, game fish head to deeper water and whitefish-tullibee come to shallow water for fall spawning. Netting is allowed when there is little chance that game fish populations would be negatively impacted by recreational netting in shallow water.
Find information about sport netting by lake, minimum mesh sizes, and fishing regulations at
http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/rlp/regulations/fishing/whitefish-tullibee.pdf or contact the DNR’s Grand Rapids area office at 1201 East Highway 2, Grand Rapids, MN 55744, or call 218-328-8836.
Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
I think I'll give it a try today. Looks like it could be windy, which can help a bit with the down river drift.
I might try to get out Sunday as well after the game. But, I think it's time to start putting the summer toys away for the year. Just not the boat yet. Will keep that out for a another 2-3 weeks.
Will tell you how I do if I get out today.
Another thing I'll add. I've fished above the SCSU dam a bit this time of year. Always just went a bit north of the Wilson Park landing and pulled some cranks along the east banks. Normally did pretty well. Would normally work all the way up past the Hospital.
I was wondering if anybody that lives on the lake has Satellite Internet Service? If you do I have a couple of questions- Who is it through? What does it cost for the applicable data plan you have? Do you have any complaints, compliments, concerns about it.
I would like to sign up & do it but I don't want to regret having a 2 year commitment or similar & find out it is bad-horrible connection. Do you burn through the Data extremely fast? We are up to the cabin almost every weekend April - October & then every other through the winter so not being there enough isn't the issue just wanting to justify having it.
Headed up this weekend for the first trip of the fall. Thinking about fishing the lake with all the good reports from there, but has anybody been up to Clementson, Frontier or Birchdale areas recently that could give a report? Thanks.
Thanks for chiming in and sharing how the river has been treating you lately. They sure are fun to catch. I am hoping to get out again this weekend for some more smallie action. Hopefully they are still near where I was able to find them last weekend....
I fish pretty much exclusively above the Sartell dam. I normally try to hit it 2-3 times per week. Over the last 3 weeks, I thought the fishing was down right ridiculous(even with the crazy high water) at times, 12-20 fish in a hour or two before sunset. I found them right up on the bank, and of course in slower moving water. There are a few spots north of the dam that are great places for high water. Some larger areas where the water can swirl around and create backwash. In fact, I'll point my boat down right and put spot lock on, because the water is flowing back up river, and just cast parallel with the bank.
Most of the time I'll throw a Scatter rap, then when I see a fish chasing bait, I'll throw out a wacky rig.
I went out last weekend to a spot I've been hitting, and the fish have diminished big time. Caught 6 in a couple hours. Then I went out last night, and caught one walleye.
So, with that in mind I figured they had to of gone to the deeper rock piles. And, sure enough, I caught 2 just before sunset, then I headed in.
If you have SI, just drive down or up river and look for large groups of rock piles. Go up river from them, and try and do a controlled drift over the rocks. I normally use a jig and a tube. And there's no mistaken them when they hit.
Even a few eyes mixed in every once in a while.