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Iron Man

I've been out a couple of times so far near Winona and had pretty good luck. An area north on US 61 that the locals call Schnieder's has been real hot, but gotten hit pretty hard this past week. I pulled 20 nice gils out last Saturday and Sunday was much the same. All fish were caught in 3-5 foot water. Peak times were around 2:00pm and 5:00pm. However there were 50 cars parked along 61 on Sunday.
Airport (or Bartlet) lake has been pretty slow. I sat for 4 hours and came home with two nice ones. Most of the action is over about 25 ft of water, suspended over 10-12 ft.

If you have any other info on ice fishing in the Winona area or in southeast MN, please let me know.

Fish On!!!

Iron Man

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Jim W

Thanks for the repo Iron Man!

Nothing like getting into some fine gills eh?
I'm heading up to the Winnie tourney but hope to get down for some back water fishing soon!

Jim W

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Creek Kid

Been seeing some guys out in different areas around Lake Winona. Have no idea how much ice is out there. I work in Winona and am planning on giving it a shot after workk some night if I could get some inside info. I've bass fished it in the summer but have no idea if there are any hot spots for ice panfish. Am planning on just sitting in front of the boat landing where Franklin comes in. That's where I've seen most of people. If I had an idea of a hotspot to check out I'd be happy to report back if there was decent ice.

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Sarge

Iron Man, do you, or have you heard of anyone icefishing on Lake Lacanne?

Fished there this summer and marked a number of nice fish on the electronics, wouldn't mind trying it ice fishing if its productive.

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ssendek

Hey Sarge,
Where is Lake Lacanne?

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Sarge

Its north of Winona on HWy 61 near Goodview. When I went there this summer they were in the process of making a public landing right off of Hwy 61.

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rockdog23

Hey Ironman,
Schneiders is in the new limit area, 10 sunfish per day, not 20.

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Jim W

rockdog23,

Not to "rock" your boat, but Iron man stated he caught 20 bluegills and said nothing about keeping 2o. ALso, he said gils not sunfish.

Unfortunately, we need to put out fires before they start is all! After seeing how things balloon in the past I am just making sure is all. However, I appreciate your information on the limit. That is what this site is all about, fun, education and fishing!!


Jim W

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rockdog23

Jim,

The limit on bluegills(locally called sunfish) is 10, he also stated pulled out, nothing about putting them back. So his thread can be read either way, can it not?

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Sarge

Blue Gill, Warmouth, Green, Hybrid, Longear,Redear, Orange spot, what else am I missing here? All are considered to be in the sunfish family and are considered "combined" when it comes to DNR limits in MN.

I personally can't tell you the difference by looking at them or eating them. smile.gif Mmmmm!

Thanks for the info rockdog23, sometimes when regs come out midseason not everybody gets the info.

As for me, if I pull up 20 gills, I'm lucky if 5 are keepers.

Good luck all!!!

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Pumkinseeds!

How could I forget them!?!? wink.gif

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