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I am renting a lakehouse on Lower Prior Lake early July with my family from CA. What recomendations are out there for some easy fishing that require the minimim of gear. Also any thoughts on trapping Crawdads....
Anyone catching anything on any of these lakes? I've been out pike fishing on Pierson and auburn last couple of afternoons to no avail- went out for night bite on waconia sat 9th and have been skunked everytime. Cold front the culprit?
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Ice conditions still vary greatly from lake to lake. While seven to ten iches of pretty good ice, due to our lack of snow cover, is common, still use caution.
Channel areas on Minnetonka, for example, may have much less ice than that. Walking, with or without a portable house like a Clam Fish Trap is a safe bet on Prior and Waconia, and many areas of Minnetonka. ATVs should be cautious, and I would wait to put out wheel houses, especially with another four day stretch of near-record to record temps that is upon us.
Panfish are biting on Waconia and Prior. They are working deep water already, 18 to 23 feet, probably due to no snow cover on top of relatively thin ice for this time of year.
Try the center of deep bays or coves, or the deep basin areas not too far from bays or shoreline points. We are catching bluegills all day, with peak time being early in the morning, and AFTER DARK.
Crappies are getting nocturnal, so try staying out after dark. Small jigs with waxies or micro-sized Gulp! are catching both, and a crappie minow under a float is catching crappies and even some waleyes and pike in these same areas. Good luck, and be safe!
Had another good weekend of fishing. Fished Thursday evening to Saturday afternoon and found consistent action all hours of the day. Caught 5 slotters 22-25", and was able to be picky on eaters, only keeping 15-17" walleyes. Plenty of small eyes also, plus I caught 4 eelpout.
I did learn a lesson on how to take eelpout off of the hook. I tried to lift a 20" pout out of the hole by line and the hook pulled out and embedded the bobber in my styrofoam ceiling. The next time I used the fish pliers to lift the slimy fish out.
Had 10" of ice where I was, and a lot of large wheelhouses were being pulled out there. Yesterday someone drove a Jeep out to a wheelhouse close by. I think we will see a lot more vehicles driving out in the next week. Fortunately the added weight hasn't pushed much water on top of the ice.
I think the fourm would still be pretty strong....however when they split the fourm sites up & stuff and changed some things a few years ago it pretty much killed this site. Traffic is a crawl.....they blame it on new media like Facebook and other stuff......which is an excuse.....poor one at that.......the other ice fishing website I go to is stronger then ever.......This use to be my favorite site, today it's in sad shape & I only come because I remember what it once was hoping that it gets back to it someday.
Big Marine had 8" at the north access out to the weeds before the main lake. Lots of walkers, a number of wheelers. 5 inches past the weeds above the ice before the island.
Access was crazy...very inconsiderate people tripple parking, a guy I was with got parked in, trucks behind and in front of him. Luckily I was parked beside him and was able to move enough that he could get his truck out.
Fishing was very slow. Couple panfish, a bass and snake northern.
I was out on Hiniker Pond last night. Had no luck with fish but I was after dark. Straight out from the pier about 30 yards you got a solid 3.75 to 4 inches. Duck lake has about 5 inches. Henry had 4 inches last week. Not sure about this week.
Doc was up there with a couple of his boys on Thursday fishing out of portables. He gave me a call when he was on the ice. I said, “. Let me guess what you got on”. Red stripe Demon with a female fat head hooked through the pooper hole on the dead stick and a purple smelt rattling flyer with a minnow head on the other pole. I nailed it. He still uses a jiggle stick for his dead stick. He had to sign off as a fish came in on the Vex. Put it in the bucket Shaky.
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Ya, McNally's gets pounded right away.
I looked at the ice in front of Schafer's in Onalaska yesterday; there was about 3.5" of ice near the docks, and then it got thinner in a hurry. Apparently someone got wet feet there earlier in the day.
I ended up at Lawrence Lake Marina just north of Brownsville yesterday. There was probably 4" of good clear ice, much better than what I found in La Crosse.
Will post pictures later, but I got one nice largemouth on a tip up at the Marina, one 10" perch, and a couple small perch.
Today I drove around Winona, and fished the backwater pond east of Latsch Island on the west side of the road. The ice there was...not real good. I stuck close to shore on 3" of not-real-clear ice after my spud bar saved me from a cold bath a little farther out.
I caught a few small perch there, and a bunch of small bluegills. Nothing worth keeping, and nothing on the tip-up.
Was expecting the ice to be a little better than what I found, but what do you do?