Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
LuckBites

Koronis or Rice?

14 posts in this topic

Last year we had some luck on Rice but this year we are trying Koronis. If you were to fish one of these lakes this weekend, which would it be?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My cabin is on Rice, so of course I say "go to Koronis, and take everyone with you"!

I usually stay on Rice, but actually have caught some nice opener 'eyes in the river between the two. I'll be curious to see where the water levels are. That might sway my choice. Based on the last few years, I'd vote Rice to be honest.

cjac

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We have done well on Rice in the past and Koronis is alright but I think that being Koronis is bigger and deeper it seems it doesn't turn on until a few weeks after the opener.JMO

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I haven't decided yet. I've had some of my best openers on Koronis. The bites on both lakes can be very good. Then again this is true for any lake in central MN. I'm leaning a bit towards Koronis but that might change.

Borch

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Borch- What works best for you on Koronis? We have had some tough openers there. We manage to get fish but nothin spectacular.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Alot depends on water temps. But I usualy start at the weed edge and then work shallower. Last several years we've done very well in 5 ft or less. Once it gets dark it's definitely under 5 ft most openers. One thing I've found is that when people have a tough opener on Koronis it's usually because they are fishing too deep. I've just learned this over the years. Often the guys fishing off the docks do ok during those tough openers.

As far as techniques go. Livebait rigs with minnows, crawlers or leeches. Crawlers are often good early in the year. Also a 1/16 or 1/8 oz jig with a minnow, leech or half a crawler works well flipped into the weeds, up along shore or around docks. Then there's casting or trolling cranks, my favorite approach once it gets dark.

Good Luck!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'll second the trolling cranks. 7-11' during the day and shallower at night.

My buddy dragging us to Rice wants to lindy rig leeches. Not sure if he knows a depth to start but you can bet it will be shallow!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks Borch, We will be out there saturday and poss. sunday unless I come back and fish Tonka.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey Borch,

Remember a couple years ago on Rice for opener when the eyes were stacked up where the Crow comes in? Big ones, right in the current and slack on the side.

What was that scenario? Wondering if the recent rains will create such a pattern again? Any thoughts?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Luckybites: I have usually had luck in deeper water w/ Lindy's. I should be running them most of the weekend but think I'm going to try some cranks also.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Quote:


Hey Borch,

Remember a couple years ago on Rice for opener when the eyes were stacked up where the Crow comes in? Big ones, right in the current and slack on the side.

What was that scenario? Wondering if the recent rains will create such a pattern again? Any thoughts?


Current areas are always high potential spots this time of year. Problem is that many locals also are onto this and the boats are usually stacked in these areas. As far as the rain goes it won't likely effect things much. We've had less than an inch this past week. Most of it has been light to moderate.

When it comes down to it the fish will be deep, shallow or somewhere in between. But I'd put my money on shallow. Especially if it's windy or overcast.

Borch

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Was on Koronis today and only got 1 small northern, in about 6ft of water. Dragging a spinner with a FATHEAD :-) heheh!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Tried Rice Sunday and Koronis today, we caught 5 little northerns and a small eye on Rice, 2 nice smallies (4-5lbs) and lost a 20" walleye at the boat on Koronis, nothing real shallow, 6-12' for all of them. Everything on Rice was caught trolling, everything on Koronis was on shiners. As with most reports I've heard it was real slow!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Fished Rice Sat morning and caught 9 northerns and 1 small eye. All pike trolling and the eye on the deeper edge. We need some warmer water!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • Sushilicious
      We only fished for 5 hours (only 2 hours were worthwhile 29 ft).  
    • Sushilicious
      OK so day before father's day we had terrible weather. 1st spot was in 14 ft of current n we caught 4 eyes. Did c a sturgeon role but waste of time other than that. Next spot 6 eyes still a wasted time cause of the weather but the old man did caught a 20 in so it wasn't all that bad. But once the weather allowed we catch  26 eyes n in 29 ft of water n one was 24 in.
    • Sushilicious
      Definitely have 2 disagree with with u 2. I understand the drive n the worry but if you've fished the csn chain for 10+ years there shouldn't be a worry 2 find a campsite cause you've driven past plenty of them. Also we're in the same boat regardless of the travel distance to fine a campsite. Yes it is nice 2 have a guaranteed spot but since they went 2 paid 2 camp regulation they have taken out a number of campsites so it limits options. ALSO U R WAY WRONG ON SAYING MORE PPL R AT THE PARK NOW. I went last Saturday  (day before father's day) n we seen like 4 or 5 more boats than canoes. It's nice for ppl who don't know the csn chain but it's terrible for the economy.   Fyi. First time I went fishing on the chain I went lake trout fishing on David......... I was 6 weeks old ......... I'm 32 now..... my dad's been fishing the csn chain for 65+ years    P.s. love how there's less pressure=better fishing.
    • Rachelkate21
      Hey! Does anyone know any brooks/steams/rivers that would be full of trout? Preferably near lakeville, mn but ill travel!
    • redlabguy
      Nice fish, Jeff. And good lesson on 1/2 crawlers, Cliff. I'm off the water for a few days with family doings, but should report I've seen a lot of mayflies in Frazer and near the portage. Clouds on the sonar and slicks of the water. I'm guessing it's not the big hatch, but it's providing a lot of food for fish. good luck out there.
    • osok
      Just got back into town from a slightly too long "vacation" dealing with relatives. Anywho, how has the fishing been on Superior, are the fish local or have they migrated N.E? 
    • AaronTC05
      I just bought a new Elite 7TI and the sun cover it came with doesn't really snap on very securely.  I'd say it just rests loosely on the outside.  It won't fall off if I flip it upside down, but it feels like it wouldn't stay on going down the highway or withstand any sort of jarring.  It takes hardly any pressure to pull it off.  Is this normal or is it a defect?  I've never owned a graph with a sun cover so I'm not familiar, but I imagined it would be a lot more snug.    
    • leech~~
      We will see if Sailorfly is another ask a silly question one hit wonder? 
    • jiggin9
      I have a Lowrance Elite 7 and was curious what lake chip most of you recommend for Lake of the Woods.  The insight pro chip that came with my unit is very basic for up there and was looking for a more detailed chip.  I'm not sure what brands are compatible with the Lowrance and which ones aren't.        Thanks in advance! 
    • Hines R
      Glad it didn't take a swim. My buddy had one of the cheaper Minnkotas deploy while he was up on plane using the main motor.  Needless to say it was a weak pin in the release system. It was a rental boat so he didn't have to deal with it. Bent the heck out of the stem portion. It was fully modified!   Didnt know now you were still going up to LOTW. Thought you were selling the place. Assuming you don't have the Sportcraft anymore since I don't think you'd put a Minnkota on that. If you still have the Sportcraft I know someone that might be interested in it.    I head up to South end out of Wheelers point tomorrow after work. Up for 2 weeks. Touch base with me if you are coming up or have the Sportcraft still for sale.   Ryan