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CommonSense Guy

LOTW Muskies?

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I will be up there from the 19th-26th chasing skies. Any reports such as algae blooms, water temps, or what the fish are doing.

I will report what we find when we get back.

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Put some miles on yesterday (75) and found there to be quite a bit of algae blooms. It's not quite in full swing, but definately present. Water temp is ~74-75. Witnessed a guide boat hauling in a 50"er. Does that get you excited? grin.gif

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Do you mind if I ask what are you were in or where the algae is and is not? I will be in Whitefish Bay but may roam if I feel the need. There are a few 50's swimming around that pond.

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Whitefish is clear as can be. My parents have a place there, and it never gets green or pea soup. Once you head north and west through up by Yellowgirl, is where it begins.

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That's what I hear. There are a lot of fish up there but I might have to stay away. There is pleny to keep a guy busy in Whitefish. Thanks for the info I appreciate it.

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Hemlock, as you head West and North out of Whitefish how's the muskie fishing? Any general drop off in quality in between Whitefish and Big Narrows areas? Does Yellowgirl and West (and further North) have as gooda muskie fishing as the Angle, Big Narrows, Sabaskong, Whitefish areas?

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Just got back from the Angle and the algae bloom was indeed an issue - you got to play the wind and find the cleaner spots, although there are fish in the algae areas but you can't see the durn things.

The fish we caught came on Suicks and Phantoms mainly with one on a Bulldawg and one on a spinnerbait.

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Scoot, I can't answer your question the way you'd like (probably), since I'm not a muskie fisherman. I do have a fall trolling trip planned however.

Anyways, all I can tell you is that people muskie fish all of these spots. Yellowgirl has muskie (in fact when I was with Paul Waldowski, I watched a 50" come into a guide boat) Whitefish has muskies, the angle gets a lot of muskie pressure, as does Big Narrows. This tells me they are abundant all over. Pick your area you like and give it a whirl. Whitefish Bay does not get any sort of algae bloom. There might be slightly higher amounts in the water right now, but still great visibility in the water. As much as 12-15'. At least you can see 'em and get your blood pressure up!

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When does the algae bloom end and the water clear?

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It will clear up around the 2nd weekend in Oct, give or take a week.

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    • BringAnExtension

      Posted

      Zach-

      I have been making annual ice fishing trips with friends for about 12 years ago.  We have tried LOTW, Mille Lacs, Red and one other lake that happened to be where we could use a free cabin for a weekend.  With that one exception for the free cabin, we have also rented sleepers.

      We have never made it to Devils Lake, but it is on my personal bucket list just because of the possibility of those monster perch.

      Six years ago, we ended up back on Red and no longer consider any other option.  Here's why:

      • This fishing is good.
      • The Petrowske family are wonderful hosts.
      • No other resort that we have used has come close to being wonderful hosts.  They just didn't put any effort into it.

      Now, I don't know how that you translate to your running portables, but I have never been disappointed with our trips to URL.

      Hope that helps.

    • CaptJohnWis

      Posted

      Headed UP NORTH.

      Leaving for Athabasca tomorrow. My trip of a lifetime was there about a decade ago. My buddy Herb and I caught many BIG lake trout about this same time of year. Sadly I could get nobody to go with me since it was a spur of the moment decision. A camping trip I was supposed to be on to Reindeer Lake got called off (not by me) at the last minute. I was bummed so started looking around for other far away big trout and pike lakes.

      Here are pictures from my best laker trip ever. Hopefully this one will be even better!

      Be back to Rainy around the 10th. Herb wants to try Mille Lacs for bass when I get back. Any tips for that lake in mid-October appreciated. Course it will be hard to pry me off Rainy now that the bass are starting to school up.

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    • Thanks FishinCT, makes me feel a bit better.....

    • fins_n'_feathers

      Posted

      Usually we skip the the river until later in the year but it was the cleanest water we found and the only place we caught any fish. Heading out now to give it another try.

    • curt quesnell

      Posted

      Close to home is possible, try those places first?  I will be out this weekend (if this cold doesnt kill me first)  Better luck next time fins

    • Ok so every year Try to get the guys from work on a fishing trip. Trying to decide on where to go we usually rent a cabin and run portables.

      I am thinking Devils lake, LOW, or Red

      Devils we would do the lodge ice house package because the deal is too good to mess with bringing a trailer and sled or wheelers with.

       

      what would you choose and any other suggestions Leech or Vermillion?

    • I plan on taking all my ice fishing equipment out of my shed this week I cant wait

    • fins_n'_feathers

      Posted

      any  reports from today? we pounded through the washing machine waves all day and got nothing! Lead core,jigging, spinners haha! Ended up getting all our keepers within a mile of home when it was all over! Who else was out there? Am I the only one that did poor today?

    • proguide

      Posted

      Cool nights and only a few warming hours each day have water temps coming down into the 50s this week.  This is actually pretty normal for the last week of September so there is nothing to odd here. 
       
      The catfish have slowed down over the past few days with this cool off.  They are still around to catch.  They are hanging near structure, usually on the drop off to the channel right next to it.  They are also on the softer side of the current in holes.  It seems that longer sit times are in order this week to allow the fish to come out, find and decide to eat the bait.
       

      Sucker seems to be the bait of choice right now.  Frogs just have not been getting any attention.

    • leech~~

      Posted

      26 minutes ago, DANR said:

      From the fall Pelican Lakes Association newsletter - DNR Fisheries Update:

      You may have heard about the 454 adult cormorantsthat were removed from Gooseberrry Island this May by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services Unit under a permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  DNR staff looked at the stomach contents of 30 birds. Eleven of those birds had stomach contents including: 38 perch (mostly 4- inchers), 7 spot-tail shiners, 7 bluegills, 6 crappies, 1 rock bass, 1 pike, and zero walleyes.

      Thanks for the Update.  Hopefully they shoot 400 more next spring! :):)



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    • BringAnExtension
      Zach- I have been making annual ice fishing trips with friends for about 12 years ago.  We have tried LOTW, Mille Lacs, Red and one other lake that happened to be where we could use a free cabin for a weekend.  With that one exception for the free cabin, we have also rented sleepers. We have never made it to Devils Lake, but it is on my personal bucket list just because of the possibility of those monster perch. Six years ago, we ended up back on Red and no longer consider any other option.  Here's why: This fishing is good. The Petrowske family are wonderful hosts. No other resort that we have used has come close to being wonderful hosts.  They just didn't put any effort into it. Now, I don't know how that you translate to your running portables, but I have never been disappointed with our trips to URL. Hope that helps.
    • CaptJohnWis
      Headed UP NORTH. Leaving for Athabasca tomorrow. My trip of a lifetime was there about a decade ago. My buddy Herb and I caught many BIG lake trout about this same time of year. Sadly I could get nobody to go with me since it was a spur of the moment decision. A camping trip I was supposed to be on to Reindeer Lake got called off (not by me) at the last minute. I was bummed so started looking around for other far away big trout and pike lakes. Here are pictures from my best laker trip ever. Hopefully this one will be even better! Be back to Rainy around the 10th. Herb wants to try Mille Lacs for bass when I get back. Any tips for that lake in mid-October appreciated. Course it will be hard to pry me off Rainy now that the bass are starting to school up.
    • PSU
      Thanks FishinCT, makes me feel a bit better.....
    • fins_n'_feathers
      Usually we skip the the river until later in the year but it was the cleanest water we found and the only place we caught any fish. Heading out now to give it another try.
    • curt quesnell
      Close to home is possible, try those places first?  I will be out this weekend (if this cold doesnt kill me first)  Better luck next time fins