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Has anyone successfully fished for Burbot/eelpout on the lower St. Croix? Based on the DNR fish survey reports it looks like my best bet would be by the Kinni narrows. The numbers there look good.
My current plan is to try perpendicular to the sand bar on the north end stagnant water where it drops from 5 to 40 ft depth. I'll drill a set of holes starting in the deep and ending just short of the sandbar shallows. Then I'll progressively fish from deeper to shallower water as sunset approaches finishing up in 10-15 ft of water. I've got a couple poles rigged with glow buckshot rattle spoons and I'll buy some fatheads in Prescott to put on the trebles.
If anyone has a better location on the Croix or reasons why this is a fools errand I'm all ears.
We I just rolled into the Cass Lake area right at prime time. So I quickly drilled a few holes until I marked a few fish and set up. Man the wind is howling! Any rate the bite is slow but steady and I've landed several 12" crappies like this one.
Then a bit later stuck a thick slab just shy of 15". Here's a pics of him heading back.
Caught fish on a gently sloping flat about 24 fow. Got fish on both minnows and plastics.
I'm here for a few more days so hopefully will have a few more to add.
So my family is doing a big reunion for like a week at a resort on Moose lake (the one just NE of Cass). My uncle from Hawaii is coming, and he's a fishing nut, so I was hoping to get him on some LM bass while he's here. Does anyone have some suggestions for where to catch em on Moose or surrounding lakes?
I'd like to do some top water frogging over Lilly pads so he can see how fun it is, but I'm sure he'd be happy catching em any way we can.
By Matt Breuer
Fishing in the Bemidji area has taken a bit of a hit, and anglers have to work a little harder for their walleyes than they did a week or two ago. The jig bite is a thing of the past, and people rigging crawlers or leeches on the breaklines are starting to out-produce the guys fishing with jigs in shallow. Bottom bouncers and spinners with a crawler is also working very well on outside weed edges and off the breaks. The crankbait bite remains good over the sand and cabbage, as well as around mid-lake rocks and rubble. Salmo Hornets in 6-11' of water going 2.4 mph has been working well for us.
Bass are hot right now, with smallmouth on the ledges waiting to ambush their next meal, and largemouth in the deep vegetation soaking in the 77 degree water temps.
Panfish anglers should all rejoice, as July is the month of the plate-sized bluegill and the mid-summer slab crappie. Look for deep cabbage, and work it over with safety pin spinners or a bobber and wax worm. Mid-lake structure with cabbage is the best this time of year.
Musky anglers are reporting a hot bite right now, with people seeing or catching fish on most every trip. Many of our walleye clients have lost baits or even fish due to muskies being overly aggressive. I'd venture to guess that now is the time for the musky hunters to smile.
Plenty of fish to be had before summer is over! Give us a call!
Who's gonna be up on the lake next week?? Last year we had a small group sharing fishing info over text and it worked pretty well. Let me know if you're interested and we can get set up. Fishing should be good!
By Jim Uran
Well guys looks like ill be moving to cass lake. Going to continue my education, looking at some special ed licensing courses. I'm sure ill be around here fishing from time to time but ill be fishing new waters around the cass lake area. Here is my # shoot me a text anytime! 218 401 1563
By HUMMER 55
Great info below and newer reports are on the pages that follow.
Anyone been out hitting the wally's hard on Cass Lake? if so has there been a time frame where theres more action during the day? and has anyone found a certain depth that there hanging around in?
and hows the night bite ?
How about other fish?
By Chris Haley
I heard that crawlers on rigs with a small spinner or a slow death hook is working real good pulled through the cabbage weeds. Anybody doing anything out there?
Fishing Reports for the Bemidji are a below? Lake Conditions and Access as well?
Enjoy posting how the fishing is going for you and include Pics if you'd like.
Lots of great info below and newer fishing reports are on the pages that follow.
By ZachD · PostedWell I ended up picking up the Cabelas zone specialist on sale for $160 plus I had a coupon in the mail for 20 off A $150 purchase
Picked up a new chair and a power owl call ( Im pretty sure I can call better with no call than that thing) I had a 200 gift card so I walked out of there with 17.00 credit
Not bad I say I really liked the blind I sat in them all that were set up with my chair and I grabbed a bow from the archery department. I know people will probably disagree but dare I say from what I seen I like it better than the bullpen even.
It seems to me to be made of a good material too and I can see it lasting awhile as I will take care of it and I am not going to leave it out for days on end. We will see how it is to hunt out of soon.
By mrpike1973 · PostedI love my 6 inch K Drill however the blades seem to dull faster to me once I figured it out. Happy as a clam. I do regret selling my power auger. I bought a 8 Eskimo power auger for when I go to Mille lacs. the K drill will work just fine but I liked having the 8 inch hole for eyes up there harder to turn there head in a six inch hole. I know you can drill 2 holes together but for me it just worked. Short story Rick G is right on I love my K drill. Would recommend to any one and it's so much lighter when runnin and gunnin.
By Tony S · PostedJust wanted to share info on what I know about how those USGS stream gages work. The stream gaging station will not reflect accurate readings of stage and discharge while ice cover is present. If you are looking at USGS stream gages you will see a little note in the data table that says "Ice Cover" if this is the case. They won't be useful until the ice is gone and "Ice Cover" is not showing up next to the readings. They work on water pressure to estimate the height of water above the gage. More water flowing under the ice creates more water pressure, so makes the estimated gage height and corresponding estimated discharge go up. The USGS gage at Manitou should be accurate (no ice cover). The higher flow will draw the fish in better than low flow. Another good one to check is the LWCB gages for Rainy Lake and the tailrace below the dam(s). That will help determine if it's the Forks affecting water levels or just more water coming out of Rainy, which is nice and clear. Hopefully it won't get muddy! Maybe see you out there DucksnBucks. T-Rock-1.
By Wanderer · PostedI saw teal for the first time this morning. I've had 8 drake mergs hanging around the house for at least a week. Ringnecks have taken their place for about the past week. The goldeneyes came and went pretty quick. I heard snows last night. Other guys reported the same this morning. One person reported a flock of Ross' geese last night. Too bad they don't show a hint of setting down around these parts. Ive heard woodies but can't say I've actually seen one. And my wood duck house appears to still be empty. There was a No Vacancy sign on it by this time last year. In all, I'm seeing the usual suspects but I have to say the numbers are less than last year. I hope that's just due to there being more open water all around than last year.