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
ziminmn

Shinner Minnows

11 posts in this topic

It looks like from all the fishing report posts that the bait of choice is shinner minnows. My wife and I will be on the lake in a house boat for a week starting next Saturday, fishing, relaxing, and taking a break from the daily grind. My experience with shinner minnows is that you end up with a lot of floaters fairly quickly. Any advice on keeping shinners alive and healthy for a week on a houseboat?

Also, I'm considering getting Canadian licenses. We intend to head towards the east end, near Blueberry Island or Anderson Bay and there looks to be a lot of fishy looking areas on the Canadian side. Is the fishing there worth the extra cost or should I save my money and stay on the Minnesota side?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

HI ZIM.,

I WOULD BRING FROZEN SHINNERS, FREEZE A BUNCH OF SANDWICH BAGS UP. CHUBS ARE WORKING GOOD TOO.I WOULD ALSO BRING POWER BAITS ...AS FAR AS CANADA, DO YOU HAVE YOUR REMOTE BORDER CROSSING PERMITS, DON'T WANT TO BE CAUGHT WITHOUT THEM.

SINCERELY,

FISHMEISTER

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the reply Fishmeister.

Freezing them before hand is a good idea. We usually go to Minnitaki for our annual Canada trip and my experience there is that you just need some meat on your jig, doesn't matter too much if it's live or dead. Minnows still tend to out catch plastics up there for us, but Powerbaits are a good backup plan.

I didn't have my act together in time to get the RBCP in advance so we plan on stopping by customs on Friday afternoon with the paperwork and (hopefully) pick up the permit Saturday morning.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Z,

You should be able to wait in line at Canadian Immigration and get your RABC that night. I went there one afternoon and got mine in about 20 minutes.

Berng

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Guys:

Just remember that you also need the U.S. Customs form I-68 to cross back into the U.S., unless you use one of the video phones.

Jeff

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What does form I-68 do for you? And where are the video phones located?

I also was thinking it might be easier to walk across the bridge for the permit instead of taking the truch and boat all loaded up over and back.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

ZiminMN:

Form I-68 is the U.S. version of the RABC. It allows you to call into Customs via telephone when you arrive back in the U.S. Without it, you are required to check in to customs via video phone - (I believe one is located at the landing in Ranier) or in person. From my understanding, this law has always been on the books but never fully enforced. Since 911, they are now enforcing them. I understand the fine is quite steep and forfieture of vehicle is a possibility. I order to get an I-68, you need to apply in person at a U.S. customs office. They will run a background check, take your fingerprint and picture and charge you $30.00 per family or $15.00 per person. The pass is good for a one-year perion from January 1st to December 31. Children under 18 are included for no charge - just proof of citizenship.

Hope this helps!

Jeff

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

STILL NOT ENFORCED...BORDER PATROL THINK ITS A JOKE!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Half of them arent aware there is such a thing. We found this out last year when we asked MN. DNR and patrols about it and none of them new it was on the books and they had to go back and check on it. Sounds like Mn. way of getting a couple extra bucks from us.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

When you freeze them, do you have to do anything special?

Thanks,

BHS

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm thinking it would be best to spread them out on a cookie sheet (don't tell the wife!) on wax paper or something so they freeze individually, not in one massive block. Then put them in the baggies. They would thaw quicker and probably be in better shape.

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

    • Rube
      Spent a few hours on Skogman yesterday. (3:00 to 6:30)  Most of the time the vexlar was so lit up that you couldn't see the lure. Bad news is that they were very small sunnies and crappies. Fished in the area of the cluster of ice houses in  24  ft water. No fish kept this time out. Good ice but getting a little sloppy.
    • SaintPaulPaul
      Another Spring-like day on Thursday. I got skunked but my buddy landed a couple of nice ones. C & R.
    • Rhino26
      Very true! Cenaiko Lake had at least 100 houses on it at 7 in the morning on Saturday and it is only a 28 acres. It is absolutely packed with fish though. 
    • SaintPaulPaul
      Even in the metro the little bit of snow pack is insulating the ice pretty well so far. I've been out 3 days in a row and haven't noticed any significant melting. The forecasted rain for the next few days will probably change things a little.
    • leech~~
      Well I started! Read bottom up. I say start emailing and bugging Joe Stewing at the DNR. And I still think Joe is wrong. fishing licenses and Trout stamps are still a tax to fish.   Hi Steve, Actually, MN has the second most native Lake Trout Lakes (116 lakes) in the country only behind Alaska. Most of which are up in the NE part of the state. We have not tried stocking Lake Trout in Big Watab due to its size (245 acres) and available habitat and forage.  We already stock Rainbow and Brown Trout and have had good success creating that fishery. Stocking another predator in a small system like this wouldn’t make sense and would likely hinder the success of our trout stocking. Big Trout Lake in Crow Wing County, while similar in depth, is much larger (1,400 acres) and has far more habitat available for Lake Trout as well as tullibee and whitefish are present which are good forage species for Lake trout. As far as stopping guiding for Trout on the lake, I don’t think that is a big issue. Guides/anglers still have to abide by the rules and regulations.  To be honest, there is really no need to protect these trout. Big Watab Lake is a put-grow-and-take fishery with a limited number of carry-over fish so as a manager I would rather see these fish get harvested and taken home.  It would be one thing if we were trying to produce a self-sustaining population of trout, but we aren’t.  We stock the lake annually with 10,000 Rainbow and 2,000 Brown Trout which are paid for through fishing license and Trout stamp sales and not tax money. Our last creel survey indicated that 81% of the anglers were seeking trout. I hope this answered your questions. Sincerely, Joe Stewig Area Fisheries Manager | Fish & Wildlife Minnesota Department of Natural Resources 1035 South Benton Drive Sauk Rapids, MN, 56379 Phone: 320-223-7867 Fax: 320-255-3999 Email: joe.stewig@state.mn.us Area website: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/areas/fisheries/saukrapids/index.html State website:mndnr.gov     From:
      Sent: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 10:48 PM
      To: *Info (DNR) <info.dnr@state.mn.us>
      Subject: Big Watab lake-stocking   Question: Has the DNR ever thought about stocking Lake Trout in Big Watab lake by Avon MN, ?   It seems to have some pretty good depth and the Rainbows are doing well there. Although a smaller lake it is only about 5 feet shallower then Big Trout lake up by Cross lake MN which Lake Trout are stocked in to. It would really be nice to get some more Lake Trout lakes in this state. Also, I know there are people who Guide for rainbow on Big Watab lake as I had seen their ads on craigslist in the past. They boast about limits every time out.  Can something be done to stop this practice? It seems odd to use tax money to stock the lake just to let a few people profit off it by taking so many stocked fish out for their own gain! Thanks for your reply. Steve A