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OK fist for the report... I was out on Star tues night and man was it cold. I was in 22 FOW and caught 5 small eys. Then something really wierd happend. I was jiggin a rattling varmit and it got heavy... when I pulled up what I thought was another small eye my eye went wide. It had the round flat head of a dogfish and the tail of one as well but heres the kicker... it had legs??? I didnt have my camera and didnt want to kill it either so I released it. But I have never caught anything like it b4, it was trying to crawl aroung on the floor of the house! Oh and it was about 10-12 inches long. Anyone know what it was cause I would really like to know?

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DTro
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minneman

Yepper, the footed fish. Mudpuppy is the name, wasteing your time is thier game.

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Burnham

that is one weird lookin son of a gun

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icehole10

Yep that's a mudpuppy alright. I've caught many of those on lida. Theres just something not right about pulling something through the hole with four legs!

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DLoutdoors

For me, I just instantly cut the line!!!! YUK! I can't handle any snake-like creature coming up the hole! You sir, caught one of those elusive "mud-puppies"...YUK! I get the hee-bee jee-bees just thinking about those gross little things :-) Yes I am a wimp!

Cut the line, re-tie and start looking for "real fish" :-)

However, I have found that when you are in an area with "bait" like that, the eyes are usually feeding on them!

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Ray1

I was thinking of mounting the 16 1/2 incher that i caught earlier this year on lida. I almost got a master angler award for that one. J/K . Nice mudpuppy though.

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crappeyeslayer

Well its good to have a name for the face. YUCK is right, im glad we dont get those in the lakes down south!!

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DTro

 Originally Posted By: Burnham
that is one weird lookin son of a gun

So is that thing on the end of the line grin.gif

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Dahitman44

My kids still have nightmares regarding those nasty Mudpuppy.

YUCK!!!!!!!

Plus they don;t die in -10 weather -- really, they don't. Creepy little dinosaur.

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walleyes12

Try having your drunk buddy smack you up side the head with one! Nasty!!

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dragon81

I remember seeing one on the camera crawling on the bottom, Think it was pelican but cant remember for sure. Almost mudpupied my pants....

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cliffy

Ah yes, the muddpuppy. I seem to catch at least one a year. All have been on Lake Lida for some reason.

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Bison9

I have the funniest story - about 2 or 3 years ago, my buddy and I were sittin out on Pelican walleye fishing in about 22 ft of water. I was telling him about these strange creatures we catch back home called mudpuppies. About mid-sentence telling him this story I was pulling up what I thought was a stick and lo and behold, it was a mudpuppy! I looked at my buddy and said, "yeah! That's what they look like!"

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RedDog3

I have caught a lot of those ugly suckers on the mississippi river.

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BiffleFan

They are a vicious animal in the spearhole, they look a little like bare k.

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eyefever

They work decent as bait. Caught my biggest largemouth on a mudpuppy.

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perch_destroyer

Gross, I've never caught one, nor do I look forward to. We fished Melisa yesterday and seen one crawling on the bottom. At first, it looked like a wounded fish dying on the bottom. Then, it began to walk and puff out its gills,cheeks, or who knows what. I watched Pikes swim past him. Even those things didnt find it appealing and they'll eat anything. the Perch

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Grant

dtro- that looks like flatty bait \:\/

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Dahitman44

They are very gross -- we just hit then with a 2 x 4. crazy.gif

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tacklebox7FF

lol.. and can't say I've caught one of those... But I can say I've caught a bullhead through the Ice before...

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ImissReeds

Dahitman, you should change your name to Dasissyman for admitting things like; YUCK or GROSS or EEEUWWW...

I can't believe you guys are scared or stumped by the immature stage of a salamander. Also known as a waterdog. Its just like a tadpole.

As stated before they make awesome baits, especially for BIG fish. If you want to drill a big bass, walleye, or northern I'd pull these around in the summer if I were you guys. In fact mature salamanders are good for large fish as well.

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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. 

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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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