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
Wade Joseph

My Boats first Laker

17 posts in this topic

I caught a Laker today (20") on the Sconni side today in 96' of water. I started trolling out from the Superior entry and as soon as it went down to 90 I had a knock down, then bam, hooked one. Got it landed, had another knock down when the wind picked up (and the waves) and I had to scoot for the south shore since I had my 4 year old with me. But hey, it was a great day on the water...a nice Laker for my efforts PLUS I picked up a nice 18" eye on the troll home along the south shore. Drake had a blast and he loves to hear me say "get the net".

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Good job on popping that boat's laker cherry. Now, for a really interesting experiment, if you fillet them both and fry them up like shore lunch you can taste one of the best fish in fresh water (laker) and one of the most overrated fish in fresh water (walleye) side by side.

Ooops, did I start that old argument up again? smirk.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Do I detect a frustrated walleye angler? Its ok Steve, I'll help you improve your walleye skils if you help me with the lakers. smirk.gif

HAHAHAHAHA

Thanks, I plan on eating both of them tomorrow evening.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Steve dont be hating on my eyes! wink.gif

We all know the fish taste best in this order.

1) Muskie

2) Large mouth bass

3) Small mouth Bass

4) Steelheads under about 20"

5) St.Louis River Sturgion grin.gif

Really though eyes, Crappie, Perch and Gills only taste like the breading you put them in. Unlike those oily trout and salmon. As far as smoked there is few that are better though. Yummy! tongue.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wade, congrads on the laker today. Pretty soon thats all you will want to do is troll the big lake and your boats will keep getting bigger wink.gif Guess you didnt need me to take ya out and show you how its done. You figured it out all on your own grin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'll still take a lesson or two. As my Dad says, "Even a blind hog can find an acorn once in awhile".

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wade ,,,so now that you have a better idea about what to do on the big pond ,,,will You take your dad out there when he comes to visit ????

Good job on the laker smile.gif ,,it wont be the last shocked.gif

Randoid

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wade I just reread your post. Please tel me your 4 year old has a lifevest on at all times. I wont tel ya what to do but I would hate to hear that something happened to him out there. 4 years old seems young to be on the big lake in a small boat. Just my opinion and you know what they say about them. Congrtas on the fish.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Steve you fishing tomorrow? Something about a 20-30mph nw wind scared all my fishing buddies away. I havent been on the pond for 2 weeks going on 3 by next weekend. I can just feel this summer slipping away.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Im not sure yet. I have to see what happens. If I do it will be in the afternoon.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Congrats Wade,

I just want to know one thing... Did you cacth your first Laker on my lucky yellow rod? If not what was your set-up?

Again Congrats!!!!

Tom (BD11)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Steve, Lakers taste better than Walleye? Please get the professional help you so sorely need!!!!!!!!!!!!! laugh.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes Steve, he has it on at all times, A) because the law in Sconni says anyone under 13 has to wear one at all times, B) because Its a small peice of mind for me.

He loves to go fishing and knows the drill, no life jacket, no fishing.

To put your mind at ease..if the waves are over 1' I don't take him out, thats why we ran for shore when the wind picked up.

Loonasea...yeah, I will take my Dad out....Just wondering when your gonna get your butt out there. Your boats bigger than mine.

Tom...I didn't get that rod, I think Randoid still has it. Set up? I was pulling a silver spoon with red tape on it at 80 ft on the port side downrigger heading due east at 2.2 mph. The spoon was 8ft behind the release, I was pulling a purple and silver spoon on the starboard rigger 8 ft behind the release at 88 ft. I had the radio playing and If I remember correctly I think "Honky Tonk Bedonka Donk" was playing. I don't rememeber what station I had it on, sorry. ALl the hits I had were on the silver/red spoon.

I think I am gonna hit minnesueing today for some more Crappies.

Ran, we need to get together one of these weekends... NEIGHBOR

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wade

I was considering putting downriggers on my boat with the winnings from the Hawg Walleye Hunt ,,,But it just doesnt make much sense to put them on a tiller boat,,(unless I take my wife out with me ,,then she can sit on my lap and set the lines),,,and if I do hit the big pond it will be boards and dipsies in my boat

If You are looking for spoons I was thinking of firing up my air brush and painting a few spoons with some of the colors Ive heard are working out there ,,,Ill have to get to walmart and buy some fingernail polish in some exotic colors and start to experiment

Randoid

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sounds like a plan Randoid. I only have about 4 spoons right now, need to get more....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Northlander, I reckon Great Outdoors was jabbin at me, not you. grin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ya I guess I read too fast Steve. Last day at work til 11pm before 12 days of vacation and I think my mind was wondering in a million places. Thanks Ill rid my post.

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

    • Wanderer
      They look like they were fun.    15 boats on one spot, eh?  That's a ton!
    • Wheres_Walter
      We struggled on walleye on Frazer bay this saturday, so sunday morning I started throwing senkos.  Not quite consecutive casts like Wanderer, but i went all morning catching nothing, then caught these two cousins with 3 min of each other, smallie off the point, then the big mouth around the corner in a shallow bay.  18" smallie, 17" LMB. Good fun.    We did get about a dozen walleye on sunday night after the storms chased 15 boats away from the point we were fishing.  Mostly small, but a couple keepers.  Chartruese Jig and rainbows in about 10-12 FOW.  Couldn't buy a bite with a chub.  
    • monstermoose78
      I have good Jeremy how have you been doing. I need to get out fishing with you soon.
    • Walleye #1
      Stick in the Mud   I do think sometimes that those fish see so many jigs and shiners that something such as a crawler or leech is a great change up and will get bites.  Also with the bug hatches that are happening, those are two great baits.       Leech Lake   Leech Lake Walleyes once again found themselves spread out and in different areas and related to different pieces of Leech Lake structure.  Shiners and Leeches seemed to be the bait of choice for those Leech Lake Walleyes, but plastics are still catching some fish.  Be sure to stop in at Full Stringer Bait and Tackle, Swansons Bait and Tackle, Tutts Bait and Tackle, or Sportland Bait and Tackle for all your bait and tackle needs.     West End The LOA Fishing Guides found much of their success on the West End of Leech Lake.  Focusing in on the flats around West Goose in depths of 7-10ft of water, as well as the wind blown points such as Duck, Big Hardwoods, Ottertail, Pine, and Bowmans.  Sucker Bay also proved to have a good wind driven bite throughout the weekend.   A Jig and Minnow was the best presentation by far, but in most instances instead of jigging it, dragging or swimming it along the bottom seemed to work best, but when the front came in on Sunday the Leech Lake Walleyes were snapping and aggressively jigging was provoking the bite.  When things slowed down, slowing down with a lindy rig and leech put fish in the boat as well.  Green cabbage once again was a key to finding active walleyes and jumbo perch in 5-8ft of water.  Pitching an 1/8th oz KenKatch jig with a shiner caught Leech Lake Jumbos, Walleyes, and pike.  Slip bobbers and leeches/shiners also have put fish in the boat being either fished in the weeds or windblown points.   East End/Main Lake On the Main Lake, the rocks still were producing a great bite as well as some of the East End points such as Battle, Sugar, and Five Mile when the strong Westerly winds were blowing.  Annex, Submarine, Pelican, and North Bar were all producing fish in 10-14ft of water. Lindy Rigs with leeches or shiners seemed to work best, but the biggest fish still seem to want a 1/8th or 1/4oz jig and shiner.  
      Leech Lake Crappie and Bluegill fishing still remains strong.  When the weather warms up for a couple days both species are moving onto their beds and are actively feeding.  Looking to Boy Bay, Millers Bay, Shingobee, and Steamboat for the best action in 3-6 feet of water.  Just remember to use selective harvest as these fish are more vulnerable.  
    • Troy Smutka
      Memorial Weekend,      Hit Waconia Saturday morning for bass. Caught about 40 largemouth--most from 14 to 17 inches, with a few 17 and 18 inchers--and several nice pike. Fish were in cabbage out from bedding areas, in about 6 to 9 feet of water. Fish were scattered, lying in the weeds looking up for sunfish that are staging in these areas preparing to move in and bed. With this situation, we buzzed spinnerbaits and weedless spoons over and through the tops of the weeds, and the bass aggressively came up on them, as well as some pike. Had one lazy muskie follow as well. Got good footage for a bass segment of Fishing and Hunting the North Country on You Tube. Added footage of a couple smallies from out in the Hutch area Saturday evening. The bass fishing will continue to get better as the water warms, with more big ones, and the sunfish bedding bite is probably only a week or less away. Good luck, and I will see you out there somewhere.    
    • Troy Smutka
      Memorial Weekend,      Out on Washington Saturday afternoon and evening after hitting Waconia for bass Saturday morning. Caught largemouth, smallmouth, and pike. Added footage of a couple smallies to the largemouth and pike footage from Waconia for a bass segment of Fishing and Hunting the North Country on You Tube. Caught the bass and pike on Washington in four to seven feet of water, out from bedding areas, on spinnerbaits, Rippin' Raps, and Shadow Raps. Up on Mille Lacs this coming weekend for a walleye tournament, then will be back out in the Hutch area the next weekend guiding. We were targeting bass this weekend, but got a tip that walleyes are biting on a couple Hutch area lakes on live bait. Good luck, and I will see you out there somewhere.
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      Geez Terry! Now you will be telling me that walleyes are only good muskie bait! Cliff
    • JeremyCampbell
      Nice report Cret Musta been a thrill getting that 9.75 Gill.  
    • JeremyCampbell
      Wow dude lol Sup Moose how you been?
    • guideman
      Vermilion has excellent fishing for both bass species   The east end has the best Smallmouth action and the west end has the best Largemouth action, however you can catch either on both sides of the lake.  For Smallmouth, rocks, docks, points, saddles, reeds, wood and the shoreline rubble are all very productive. Most of the green bass are found in or near the slop and the west end has the best of what they like the most. Spinnerbaits, any color as long as it's white, stick baits, cranks, topwaters, jigs, swim baits and soft plastics all work for Smallies. Jigs, topwaters(Frogs) plastics and a host of other stuff will catch the green bass. Have a great time, the midweek traffic is very minimal.   "Ace"   "It's just fishing man"