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Jim W

Ice fishing Lake Byllesby

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Jim W

Curious if anyone has knowledge of or has ice fished lake Byllesby in/near Cannon Falls?

Few years back I did a little "lazy man's" fishing from shore and wound up catching quite the array of species! From Carp to walleye!

I plan on trying it out at least once this winter!

Jim W

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alkfish

The lake has some nice walleyes in it as well as crappies. Like many other of the lakes on the cannon chain, it can be a feast or famine situation. Overall quality of fish is nice. Very good early ice option before all the motorized traffic starts up.

~~~~~alkfish

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Jim W

alkfish,
WHen you are icin', are you adhereing to the old river channel? Is there a location you could share that you have had success at? You can always e-mail the info. Or you could share whatr you know here as well!

Jim W

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Jim W

alkfish or anyone,

Still interested in a little more info on Billesby. WHich access to use, typical depths targeted etc etc. I do a lot of icefishing and since Lake Byllesby is a little closer than most places for me, I'd give it a whirl.
As you know, going in completely blind ice fihsing has it's set-backs!

SO any additional info would be greatly appreciated. Heck, I'd be willing to hook up with someone who has fished Byllesby, by bait and maybe even lunch(if we catch fish!LOL)

Thanks again!!!


Jim W

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MnSportsman

Jim,
I'll send ya an email with some info(re: ice fishing) about Lake Byllesby, if you'd like.I only live about 2 miles away, & fish it mostly during the winter.The water has been drawn down since October, in preparation for spring flooding potential, so the same info for the rest of the years fishing, doesn't always apply.(structure/depths/etc.) Let me know.

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Jim,
I'll get a map of the lake & mark (hilite) areas on it that are productive most of the time.Along with some other details, & send to your address. I'll try & do this before the weekend.
& Yes!, let's hookup sometime & go!
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[i haven't been online much, due to work commitments, therefore the absence.]

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MnSportsman

Jim W.,
I have not forgotten the info, but I'm having trouble using my computer to hilite areas on the map. I'm going to try & get a friend who's better at it to try for me. Please be patient.
Thnks!

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Jim W

MNsportsman,

No ice, no hurry! I just appreciate the fact your going out of your way!!

Jim W

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The ice has closed over the whole of the lake/reservior,except the West/River end, but it is still very "scary".
There are a few that have been out, but I haven't fished there as of now. So, no real accurate report. But I am concerned about ice-thickness variations, current flow & the many springs can be troublesome; I've had troubles on this lake before,as have others.If ya do go out here, take a buddy, and go slow. Maybe towards Friday/Sat.., I might start trying a few spots I know.
Jim W., In regard to those spots,I hope to have the highlited map to you then too.
See ya out there!
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Hey MNSPORTSMAN I also would be interised in f

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All: I went to Byllesby on Saturday(5th) and there were probably a dozen shacks out there, snowmobile and ATV tracks all over, and even, believe it or not, some vehicle tracks. Talked to a guy who was there two days before that and he said he drove on it. We caught a few walleyes that weren't too bad. If anyone is interested in going sometime and need a partner, I'd be interested. I live in Red Wing, e-mail is mhwardus@yahoo.com. Good luck to anyone that goes, although I don't think I'd try it this week due to the warm weather.

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Jim W

Well, maybe late January or the early part of Febuary we should get a group from fishingminnesota.com for a day of Lake Byllesby fishing? What do ya say??????


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I second the motion. Just heard guys are doing good off the north launch(just west of the beach area). I'm game anytime someone's looking for company. mhwardus@yahoo.com

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MnSportsman

Jim W.,
Check your email..
I believe I finally got the map change to work.
Let me know if possible...
BTW,
check the post below.

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Jim W.,
I tried posting back when the site was having problems, but had no luck. I was trying to warn about thin ice. A fella I know went thru while walking on the ice by the South(Goodhue Cnty park)side during last week(First wek in Jan.).
I went out with a buddy on the same saturday(5th) as mwchiefs
, in the evening, by the Dakota Cty landing to see if we could get some action , but had no luck. We walked on & were fishing in 8-12'water, & the ice was 6-7" thick there(at the landing. While we were there, a couple of people in a full size P/Up w/topper, drove ACROSS the CHANNEL!! Ice was cracking all the way & we were amazed that they made it! When we left there was a 3"crack we had to cross that wasn't there when we came on. I know fellas that have been fishing out there for 30 years & they aren't driving across that channel! Please be careful out there!!! Especially after this warm weather! I have had 3 close calls on this lake in the last 4 years & I probably won't drive on it again for some time.

I am interested in see some of you here, but
definately when there is more ice & less water. There are shacks as in past years, by the "Douglas Beach area"on the N.(Dakota county side). & they have some across the lake by the Boy scout camp(accessed from the boat landing on the South(Goodhue county side)[we call it the "Boy Scout landing]. There may be a few by "the pines", but I'm sure they are only using sleds/ATVs, or walking across private land.
I would not recommend anyone to attempt to access the "main" lake from the Goodhue county Park landing. as this is where the fella went thru while walking. You would need to parallel the main channel up river then cross by the cliffs, in an area that drops to about 25-30 feet. Not to be suggested this year for sure!!
Just a suggestion on safety.. of course.Not preaching, Hope everyone uses good judgment on this.

Good Fishing to you all!
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Please stay safe!
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