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
FishBrawler

Big Lake report

7 posts in this topic

Camped on Big Lake Sept. 29 - Oct. 2. Campsite was great except the surrounding area was too shallow to fish. Caught only four walleyes ranging from 12 - 16 inches in 17-18 feet of water, on orange jigs and minnows in the evening. Day bite was uneventful except for a large northern smacking and missing a spoon. No Smallmouth. The water temp was 54 degress. Marked a fair number of fish but could not get them to bite. When they did bite it was quite aggressive. Could the lake have just turned over? Also, one of our boats failed to start - never had a problem previously but I suppose the 12 year boat was due. The other boat became crowded with four guys and a dog, but we managed.

At least we had good food, friends, and weather. Even got a grouse near the Echo trail on the way back. Beautiful lake and I would go again - the fishing can only get better! smirk.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Brawler lots of the lakes are turning over with some already done up that way.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

FishBrawler, thanks for the report.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

FishBrawler: thanks for the report. It is a beautiful lake and my wife and I still look forward to giving Big Lake a shot on Friday.

Do you mind sharing what flavor minnows you used?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Spent most of the morning and part of the afternoon on Fri.

Oct. 6 on Big Lake. No fish, but still had a great time. It was very windy and my 14 ft puddle jumper was thrown around pretty good at times. Spent the rest of the weekend enjoying the Ely area driving around, hiking, and taking pictures. Can't wait to get back to God's country again. grin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Should have been hunting grouse around that area in the week i was up there i did very well. Watched a little guy get grouse near ed shave lake that was cool.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Tell me about it monstermoose. I think I saw more grouse this weekend than the rest of my life put together. It was a romantic getaway weekend with my wife so there was no hunting for me. I've only grouse hunted a few times and still have not gotten one. Of course I had numerous grouse standing 10 yards away from me when I was only armed with a camera. Hope to get up there again this fall to grouse hunt. grin.gif

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

    • Surface Tension
      Ha, fixed.
    • HugeHogChaser
        Wow that looks great! What type of wood did you use if you dont mind me asking?
    • fisherjmb
      Was up at Long Point with 5 guys last Thursday PM through Sunday AM. Thursday evening after the wind went down a bit the fishing was great. Ended up getting our limit for the 6 of us that evening. Ate fish that night. Friday and Saturday were slower but still pretty good. A LOT of little ones so we had to sort through them to get some keeper fish. Ended up getting our limits to take home by Saturday afternoon and then the rain started. Very few slot fish, which was a bit of a surprise. Only 4 over 19.5", with 2 at 20, one 22 and the biggest being 25. Jig and a frozen shiner/fathead worked well. No real preference between the two minnows. Jig color didn't seem to matter that much but we had best luck on gold, pink, chartreuse and glow white. Depths we fished were 21-26 feet, pretty much all those depths worked fine. Really fun trip and I look forward to the next one.  
    • Musky hunter 82
      Here's a couple pictures of one of the 14' boats I redid, a 25hp will be plenty of motor for a 12' boat.  The14' bat in the pictures with the additional weight from the wood would go 26mph with just me in the boat.  As you can se  left the compartment open for the gas tank, so I could monitor the level and so I could breathe better. Send me a message if you have questions.  It's really a fun project to work on these old boats.
    • HugeHogChaser
      Do you have any pics of the process or finished product by any chance?
    • HugeHogChaser
      wow, this is exactly what I was looking for. Unfortunately idk what the hell i'm doing, as I have no carpentry skills LOL, but i have a buddy that builds houses, so I am sure he would have the necessary skills and tools to assist me. It cant be too hard, right!? haha. Anyways, I appreciate the information, this is GREAT. Ill be sure to touch base with you if I have any questions. Thanks again!! I have a 25 hp motor right now...really old, a chrysler 25 HP from like...the 70s or 80s. You thank that'll be enough power with the added weight?  
    • HookedUp4821
          You can keep one Walleye 13.8- 17.7 a day. With the conservation licence you can take 2 fish out with only one over 27.6. and with a sportsman licences you can take out 4 with only one over 27.6.   
    • eyeguy 54
      dont wear your voice out  
    • Surface Tension
      Thanks All.   No big plans this weekend and and the weather has been putting a damper on outdoor projects and chores.    Still I might sneak out for a few hours this weekend.      
    • Barefoot
      In and around narrows is where most people were fishing.  Lots of fish under 14 though.