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Saturday Lake Zumbro Report

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I went out Saturday from about noon to 4:00 and managed to do quite well on bluegills and white bass. The water was obviously high (up about 2') and looked like chocolate milk starting at Rusch's Bay and going UPstream from there. The debris was horrible and looked every bit as bad as it does at ice out. We ended up fishing in Ryan's Bay and found the water fairly clear.

In one spot, we were catching white bass on spoons, jigs, and also with a bobber and piece of nightcrawler. We also caught them all over the bay trolling rapalas. In the other spot we tried, we caught a lot of bluegills, all in the 7-8.5 inch size. The bluegills were actually holding very tight to some flooded shoreline. We also managed one 15" largemouth and one 14.5" smallmouth.

The bonus was that it was nice and peaceful out there due to the no wake signs!

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    • Cliff Wagenbach
      I can not think of any lake in the Ely area that would have 5" of ice. Even the beaver ponds in the Tower area barely have ice on them! Cliff
    • BD110
      Took a ride around to look at a few lakes today in the Duluth area today.  Needless to say I did not like what I found.  Mostly open water is what I came across.  Any thin ice I found will not be able to hold up to any kind of wind or heavy snow fall.  Come on colder temps...   As always, Take care, Tom (BD110)
    • GeluNumber1
      Someone is already fishing on 5 inches in Ely. Look up rough fish on google, then go to the first result, then go to "recent forum topics". Neat stuff.
    • Mitch K
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    • eyeguy 54
      hurry up ice!