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.
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!
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
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 ?
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.
I read that they are going to close the walleye season on 9-5-17 regardless of whether the state's quota is met. Fall fishing gone again........
With these highly restrictive regulations that favor ones desire over another's desire will start to pit fisherman against each other.
If we need to have less fishing pressure on the lake then maybe we should close down all of the public launches. Then some would fish other lakes but the balance would be forced to pay to launch at a resort since we are worried about them. Then that extra business could cover their losses if we eliminate live bait which would hurt their fishing launch business. Maybe we should just ban all paid launch fishing and ban all paid guide service on the lake which just brings additional undesired fishing pressure. Maybe restrict the number of hours any one person is allowed to fish the lake throughout the year.
Heck, I would even favor closing walleye fishing for 3 or 4 years straight if that would get us back to some normal regulations.
Yes, these outbursts are why I do not text any more after 10:00 at night. Time to give up the keyboard also.......