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
augie1

Mid March Ice Fishing

5 posts in this topic

I'm coming back to do some late season ice fishing March 15-19. I know St.James/Hanska/Long/Cedar/Sleepy Eye lakes. Any suggestions? I will have two teenage boys with me. I was born and raised in St.James. Now I live in Plano, Texas which is a subarb of Dallas, Tx. If anyone out there can hook me up with some local knowledge and equipment, that would be great!

Thanks,

Augie

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Augie1, welcome to FM!!

I'm not very familiar with the lakes you mention. I'm farther southwest. I'll be fishing Sarah, Shetek, Lime, and Bloody for crappies and perch.

A very good combo for both crappie and perch is an 1/8 oz Rattlin Varmit tipped with a minnow head or waxies on one line, and a deadstick with a minnow on the other. The Rattlin varmit has a glass bead that rattles and attracts the fish. Sometimes they will hit the varmit, sometimes they hit the deadstick. I like the glow red and perch colors. If you don't have any, you can find them by clicking here.

Go-Devils and Glow Demons work very well also. I use the same setup. Jig with one line, deadstick with the other. If you need Go Devils, you can find them here.

Good luck to ya!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

st.james has been good but there is no size to them so if want a meal and just want to go fishing st.james would be the best bet.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Augie, I would also suggest getting some small plastics, like a ratso or nuggie. A lot of the time, when meat doesn't work, just the little flicker of a plastic tail on a small jig works. I use the JB lures like Boilerguy said as well, but have really found down here the small stuff really does attract them and intice a bite.

Another good key is making sure for the panfish you don't use too heavy of line. it really does make a difference, and make sure you don't have your drag too tight, give it some play, those soft mouths on crappies tear easy, play em, don't horse em!

Good luck, keep checking back to see where a bite is hot closer to your arrival date.

Boy I used to love my summer days in St James when my dad was playing fast pitch there all the time. I even have a good scar on my chin to remind me of St. James my whole life!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I haven't been home since X-mas to fish the lakes but I can give some general advice.

St. James is probably your best bet for the lakes you listed. The action is fairly hot all day until dark. Some bluegills get over 8" so they are "keeper" size. Between 3 of you, you should have some success. (Just head out to the middle where it's deeper)

Long lake was pretty worthless over X-mas although I guess some people were catching Northerns (But the season is done) Panfishing is minimal on that lake.

Cedar is much like Long, I wouldn't expect much

Kansas is probably the same, although I never fished it over X-mas

Sleepy Eye is a lot like St. James with a lot of bluegills (BUT SMALLER) and perch as well. It could provide some fun but small size.

I know people catch Walleyes (season closed) on Hanska but I never hear much about panfish. When I was younger we caught some real nice gills but that was 10 years ago.

There are some other lakes that may be good if you head West towards Windom.... I wont say names but check out the DNR site if you want.

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

    • ANYFISH2
      7/19 Day 5   Day 5 was spent celebrating my Isaacs 11th birthday!  Lots of cake and catering to him.  The exciting typical swimmimg and paddling ruled the day.  Grandma and grandpa DeZurik came up to celebrate his birthday as well.  Always nice to get both sets of grandparents together at the same time.   Fishing continued slow even more.  Still a successful night though. The birthday boy conceded his seat in the boat so grandma and grandpa cpuld join me for the evening fish trip.  My folks in all truth haven't been fishing for 2 years or more.  It was just nice to get them in the boat.   I struggled as the acting to put them on a consistent bite.  Mom as able to scratch out the biggest walleye at 17".  Dad brought home the honors of most fish caught landing a 14" and 15" walleye, 8.5" bluegill, and 2 perch as big aa his leech! I mustered up 1 small pumpkinseed.
    • ANYFISH2
      no doubt aboit the hooks, they are lottle stickers.
    • DLD24
      I like drifting with them and snap jigging them with a controlled fall...Almost every time you'll feel that tick just as it's hitting bottom... Last time I was on mille lacs that's all I could get them to go on. As far as colors I'd just match the forage Tullies in the lake use blue,purples,silvers....Perch use perch colors.. I think the jiggin rap is my new favorite way to fish, but it gets scary with them little hooks when you got a big eye on lol.
    • DLD24
      Fished Big Sandy from 8-2 today and got 10 eyes (no keepers) keeper crappie and perch.... Marked tons of fish, but it was tough to get them to go, Lindy rig with a half crawler was the best by far. I tried leeches,jigging rap, jig n plastic. Points and reefs were the spots, later in the day a lot of fish were off the edges of the reefs... Just one day this year I'd like a happy medium weather wise, either I'm in 4ft rollers or 90 degrees with zero wind haha.
    • Garmandu
      According to Al Linder you can do it all with them...on his video that I watched a while back he was in deeper water throwing into 15 feet and working it back to the boat.  I have not tried it yet but will have to sometime this year.  Sand or gravel bottom would be the best.
    • ANYFISH2
      Just started playing with these this week as a friend has been have goos luck all summer with them on the Cass lake chain. I have not any success yet but not real sure on the best way to use them with my set this week.  My friend searches pods of fish out with electronics then spot locks and vertical jigs. I have no electronics or spot lock so I have been control drifting and jigging.   My questions...   Is there a depth they work better in, shallow vs. deeper?   Better vertically jigged vs trolled vs casted and jigged?   prime colors? of course my be lake dependent.   typically, aggressive jigging vs subtle jigging?   Thanks for tips
    • Perchy
      Yes, insured. I will ask the adjuster, thanks.
    • Captain Acorn
      Thanks cliff and lb I have actually had better luck with the puppet minnows from northland but I have mainly jigged them vertically definently is a fun way to fish 
    • LBerquist
      I've been trolling at about .5mph while using a jigging rap. This way one guy can still drag a lindy. I keep the front hook intact but my boat has contributed about half a dozen to the lake so far this summer. Im still working on getting the hang of it. If I know I'm in a rough area I will attempt to keep the jig from hitting bottom which still seems to be effective. I did pick up a couple off brands that don't have a front hook that I want to try. This is just what I have been toying around with, I'm definitely not an expert at it.
    • fisherjmb
      Hi Everyone, a couple of questions, I know there is free public boat ramp in Stillwater just above the lift bridge. Is there another public boat ramp further down river? I thought I read somewhere that Beanies is or was becoming a free public boat launch. Is that the case? Also, I am thinking of heading there on Monday to try my luck. Any tactics/depths/areas that have been producing for anyone?