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.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
CatManLee

Sturgeon Fishing and Bait?

Recommended Posts

CatManLee

I'm a fairly successful Sturgeon fisherman. My biggest has only been around 37lb's, but I have caught alot of them. When I chase Sturgeon, I always use the same bait...Crawlers! crazy.gif

I usually try and cram atleast 3 big juicy night crawlers on my hook, toss the slip rig out near a "honey hole" and waste away the day waiting for fish.

Anyways, here's my question.

I hear of people using "scent" or dipping the bait in something for added smell? What are we talking about here?

Is it a Crawfish scent, blood bait, cheese, etc? If you don't want to give away your family secret, that's fine. I just wanted to see what everyone else uses, besides Crawlers.

And I know certain people use minnows, but are these as productive as Crawlers? How about cutbait?

Come on Sturgeon Pro's...let's hear it.

If you don't want to tell everyone here your secrets, feel free to e-mail me. grin.gif - ktrf@mncable.net

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Hibbing

In the past I've dipped my crawlers in )(*&))*&* and also spray them with %$#@#%%$. For cut bait I like to use %$##&!:):):)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
LEECH21

Haha grin.gifwink.gifgrin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
RIVER RAPTOR

I don't know about Sturgeon but on other Species of fish good ole' WD-40 has worked...try that.

RR

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
LocalGuide

"old" is the key word... Its because of the fish oil in it..

Anything is good and couldnt really hurt.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
fiskyknut

Catmanlee, go back a few pages to a post from last spring titled "Sturgeon out of Baudette", I spill the beans on what most local anglers I know, myself included will use scent-wise.

Think sprimg......fiskyknut

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
CatManLee

Thanks Fisky.

It's amazing how tight lipped some fisherman are. It's like they think everyone else will catch all the fish if they say anything! crazy.gif Oh well, what can you do? I will still share any and all info I can on ANY topic if it means helping other fisherman. smirk.gif, but thats just me.

I'll look back at the older posts, thanks.

WD-40? Really? I've heard that before, but never thought much about it, I always thought it was just an "old Tale".

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
deepportage01

I use a large c hook with a cut up chub you can get them at morres in brainerd on your way up let them thaw befor use. no wd-40 unless your reel needs it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
CatManLee

You use circle hooks? I like circle hooks for cat fishing, but have never tried them with Sturgeon. I've always wondered if they would work well with the sturgeons mouth?

Or did I get the "C" Wrong...

I'm heading up to the Rainy this Saturday (4/8) to chase some Sturgeon. I'm probably going to launch at Vidas, just to the East of Clementson. I would try around 4-mile bay, but don't want to deal with all the boat traffic. As long as the river doesn't have too much debris (Huge ice chunks, etc) That's my plan.

If anyone else is going to be up, feel free to stop and say hi. I'll be in a maroon Skeeter set up for cat fishing. I'm sure I'll stay within a couple miles of the Clementson area.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
SM1

Circle hooks do work great. They are ususally what I use- try one.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
deepportage01

yes circle hooks are the ticket the biger the better

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
CatManLee

WOW, I could get a bunch of crawlers on a 10/0 Circle hook! shocked.gif Do they usually hook up in the mouth or is it on the lip/suction part?

I'm also curious, do you get alot of Sturgeon that drop the bait before they get hooked? I've always thought they were kind of spooky biters.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
deepportage01

when they bight they bight. very rarly do i loose any fish once they take the bait i think they just suck it in. usuly they are hooked up in the sucker 3-4 inches[mouth]. i started runing c hooks 3 years ago becuse every time we would get one with any size it would just destroy a normal hook. our catch rate also went up once we switched

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
hanson

CatMan-

I just stumbled across this. I'll be up there in 2 weeks fishing them buggers.

IMO, ditch them darn circles for sturgeon. The sturgeon I have caught in the past tend to be very light biting. You'll either see your line move or your rod tip twitch, which means its time to pick up the rod and feel for the bite. This is no time to have a circle hook tied on.

Circles work best when a fish grabs your bait and swims off with it hard. Your Red River channel cats would be a good example of this. Pike through the ice aren't too bad either. You need to stop the progress of the hook by holding the line and let the fish swim off, which causes the hook to pull out of its mouth, catch on its lip, rotate, and set itself. Easy eh?

Any time a fish moves cross current or upstream, which a sturgeon will do, a circle hook will be at a disadvantage. The fish needs to be pulling away from you good to get an easy circle hook set.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
deepportage01

catman,clicker reels and c hooks is what i was taught out on a guided trip on the columbia river and those guys out there are pros when it comes to sturgeon fishing.c hook also work very well when you use a lot of weight 6oz or more the fish only has to move the length of your leader 1-2ft some times less befor the hook is in. you are right the fish has to be moving away to get hooked. but when you say works best when swim away hard these fish are always swiming hard there 10-150lbs and it wont take much if a fish over 25lbs swims away with the bait.sorry to disagre with you catman but ditch them darn c hooks for sturgeon come on i would rather ditch the bait.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Hibbing

We've tried the circle hooks in several different sizes and were totally disappointed. Many missed hook-ups. The best seems to be the old fashioned Kalee hooks.

JP

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
gorrilla

You guys probably already know this, but for those who don't the trick to good hook-ups on circle hooks is NOT to set the hook. Just reel up tension and keep reeling. If you jerk it before the hook point grabs mouth you'll just pop it out. The greatness of a circle hook is that it needs a corner or edge to hook up, so even if you let them accidentally eat too long it should still slide out the mouth until it contacts the corner or in this case the cartilage-like sucker... and then GAME-ON!!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
CatManLee

Hanson, That is the same thing I was thinking. When I'm cattin, I don't touch the rod till the tip has been touching the water for an hour grin.gif!

I think the best way to use a circle hook with sturgeon would be to slowly pull tight as your getting bit, thats the only way I can see Circle hooks working with Sturgeon. I could be wrong, it's happened before! shocked.gif I'm not saying the guys on the Columbia don't know anything, but maybe the fish there bite different? As I said in a previuos post "Most" of my Sturgeon from the Rainy have bit light.

Hanson are you going to be up for the "Sturgeon Excursion"? I'm going to be up then too, but wanted to get out before then once.

Has anyone said what Marine Band Channel we are going to be on that weekend? I usually miss the "Get-Together" Parts of these, but I'll be on the water someplace.

I just picked up 6-Dozen Crawlers today. I hope the fish are hungry! wink.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
hanson

CatMan-

Yes I will. We're coming up Friday morning, fishing Friday afternoon, Saturday, and maybe some Sunday morning. Staying at Schuster's of course.

I'm going to be with Papa Grump & dtro from the forums here. We'll be in Papa Grump's RiverPro which is the In-Fish crew's old boat. Its a little smaller than Rusty's and has the console moved up front. It should be pretty easy to find.

I think I gave you my cell # earlier this winter. E-mail me if you want it again.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
wareagle

Hanson - I wouldn't give up on the ol' circle hooks just yet. I started using them when I was living in FL and fished off-shore and from the beach. Believe me, the first time I used circle hooks I was setting up a storm and the boat captain was getting pretty pissed with all the missed bites. Once I retrained my brain to reel and sweep my rod I seldom missed a fish after that. I've used 4/0 circle hooks for sturgeon the last 3 years and have had about a 90 - 95% hook-up rate. Also, you never have to worry about gut hooking these awesome fish!!

I'll actually be up there fishing the weekend of the "Sturgeon Excursion" and may swing by Schuster's for a brew or two. A friend of mine is fishing the "excursion" and staying at Schuster's as well.

Joe

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
hanson

I haven't given up on circle hooks, in fact I love them but it has to be the right situation to use them. All of my channel cat fishing this spring so far has been with circle hooks with a very, very good hook-up ratio. Corner of the mouth every time as well.

My sturgeon fishing experience is still pretty limited. However, my experience was with very, very light biting fish. We had very good luck with regular Gamakatsu Octopus hooks. I'm not doubting that the circles won't work, I just don't have confidence in them yet for sturgeon fishing.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
pelicanlanding

Major ice flows all night big fork must of let loose

hopefully river will clear uo in a week

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
tearin' lips

I've used circle hooks all my life for sturgeon. Growing up in the falls sturgeon fishing has been a tradition for me in the spring. In the years fishing with circle hooks I have had 95-98% hook up on sturgeon with them. I have caught sturgeon as small as twenty inches and as large as 68 on circle hooks. Just my experience. I also know of people who swear by regular hooks. Maybe its just a matter of preference and what we have been brought up using.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Sandee

And the levels are also receding, even at the Manitou. Possible that anglers can get in some spring fishing yet on the Rainy River, it's open through next Friday. Depending on the clarity now, it could be mid-week for clearer water. I have seen reports of 4-6" of clarity this last week. Walleyes are going to be really hungry too!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Wiskers

Hint, try some of that TOP SECRET dip powder bait. When you get it wet it turns to gell and stays on pretty darn good.. I get worm flavor, maggot flavor and shad flavor among many others. This seems to get the fish on the crawlers a bit faster.

Happ grin.gify fishing

Share this post


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



  • Posts

    • DLD24
      Is it always impossible to get a hold of Jeff?? It took me like 8 calls to get a hold of him, brought my boat down after I got a hold of him. I told him I was hoping to use it this weekend for one last trip...I've called him multiple times for an update and he never answers... Seems odd for a business.
    • MinnowBuckets
      You know it’s a good day when you’re thumb looks like that from lipping the fish! What sizes are you getting right now, Rick?
    • Rick G
      Last two days have been incredible for both size and numbers
    • Rick
      Recreational netting for whitefish and tullibee (cisco) is anticipated to open on several Schedule I Lakes in the Grand Rapids fisheries work area beginning in late October, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Schedule I Lakes, which are more susceptible to sudden changes that impact water temperatures, will be opened and closed on a 48-hour notice posted at lake accesses, other public places, and the DNR website. Schedule II Lakes, will open Nov. 3. Schedule I Lakes (48 hour notice) Anticipated opening dates are as follows: Friday, Oct. 27 through Sunday, Dec.3, for Deer (near Deer River), and Turtle (3.5 inch mesh). Friday, Nov. 3 through Sunday, Dec. 10, for Side and South Sturgeon (1.75 inch mesh). Friday, Nov. 10 through Sunday, Dec. 10, for Big Balsam and Nashwauk (1.75 inch mesh). Schedule II Lakes Lakes open to whitefish and cisco sport netting Friday, Nov. 3 through Sunday, Dec. 10: Bass (north basin). Ball Club. Bowstring*. Little Bowstring. Cut Foot Sioux*. Deer (near Effie). Grave. Jessie. Maple. Pokegama. Round (near Squaw Lake –1.75 inch mesh). Rush Island. Sand (near Max)*. Swan.  (1.75 inch mesh) Twin Lakes (near Marble). Winnibigoshish* and Little Winnibigoshish* (1.75 inch mesh). *Bowstring, Cut Foot Sioux, Sand, Winnibigoshish and Little Winnibigoshish are designated infested waters because of the presence of faucet snails or zebra mussels. Nets and equipment used in infested waters may not be used in any other waterbody unless they have been dried for ten days or frozen for two days. Fishing regulations require that: Netters purchase both a whitefish netting license and angling license. A person may use only one gill net, not exceeding 100 feet in length and 3 feet in width. One end of net must have a pole, stake, or buoy projecting at least two feet above the surface of the water or ice. Nets must have an identification tag attached near the first float of the end that is projecting from the surface of the water or ice. Identification tags must be a minimum of 2 ½ inches by 5/8 inch permanently bearing the name and address of the owner. Identification tags for marking nets are provided by the owner. Nets may not be set after sunset or raised before sunrise. All gill nets must be set and lifted by the licensee only. Anyone assisting in the taking of whitefish or ciscoes must have proper licensing. Nets must be tended at least once every 24 hours and all gamefish and non-target species must be immediately released from the net. A net may not be set in any water deeper than six feet. A net may not be set within 50 feet of another net. Minimum gill net mesh size shall be no less than 1-3/4 or 3-1/2 inch stretch measure depending on the lake (see full list of lake and size regulations online). Nets used in designated infested waters must be dried for a minimum of 10 days or frozen for 2 days before using in a different water body. Nets should be dried for 10 days or frozen for 2 before moving from any lake to another. Nets used in spiny water flea and/or zebra mussel infested waters should be not used in any other waterbody Nets should be transported in sealed container. Whitefish and ciscoes taken by sport gill-netting may not be bought or sold. Whitefish and ciscoes taken by sport gill-netting may not be used as bait. Within the Leech Lake Reservation boundaries, the possession limit for whitefish taken by sport gill-netting is 25, and the possession limit for ciscoes taken by sport gill-netting is 50. Net placement should not inhibit use of the lake by other boaters. About 700 people obtain special permits to net for whitefish-tullibee each year. The DNR bases netting schedules on expected water temperatures, fish abundance and vulnerability of game fish. As the water temperature cools, game fish head to deeper water and whitefish-tullibee come to shallow water for fall spawning.  Netting is allowed when there is little chance that game fish populations would be negatively impacted by recreational netting in shallow water. Find information about sport netting by lake, minimum mesh sizes, and fishing regulations at http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/rlp/regulations/fishing/whitefish-tullibee.pdf or contact the DNR’s Grand Rapids area office at 1201 East Highway 2, Grand Rapids, MN 55744, or call 218-328-8836. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • bbfenatic
      It seemed cheap to me for all the functionality.
    • Coleman
      I think I'll give it a try today.  Looks like it could be windy, which can help a bit with the down river drift.   I might try to get out Sunday as well after the game.  But, I think it's time to start putting the summer toys away for the year.  Just not the boat yet.  Will keep that out for a another 2-3 weeks.  Will tell you how I do if I get out today.   Another thing I'll add.  I've fished above the SCSU dam a bit this time of year.  Always just went a bit north of the Wilson Park landing and pulled some cranks along the east banks.  Normally did pretty well. Would normally work all the way up past the Hospital.  
    • fishingdad
            I was wondering if anybody that lives on the lake has Satellite Internet Service?  If you do I have a couple of questions-  Who is it through?  What does it cost for the applicable data plan you have?  Do you have any complaints, compliments, concerns about it.         I would like to sign up & do it but I don't want to regret having a 2 year commitment or similar & find out it is bad-horrible connection. Do you burn through the Data extremely fast?  We are up to the cabin almost every weekend April - October  & then every other through the winter so not being there enough isn't the issue just wanting to justify having it.  
    • ZachD
      250 bucks no thanks
    • Bobber221
      Can anyone report on fishing on Rainy River this week?
    • Tony S
      Headed up this weekend for the first trip of the fall.  Thinking about fishing the lake with all the good reports from there, but has anybody been up to Clementson, Frontier or Birchdale  areas recently that could give a report?  Thanks.