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Anyone get out this weekend? I was out Thursday and Friday night and it was slow. Last night I fished until about 11:00 picked up 5 and kept 3. It seems as though the fish just are not in shallow like they were 2-3 weeks ago.

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Fishing on Minnewaska has been good for quite awhile. Like always, it's just a matter of finding them. Reports last week were good at night and those who were fishing in wind during the day have been doing good with crankbaits with fish from 15 to 23-inches common, as well as some bigger fish. It's only going to get better the cooler the water temps get. I wouldn't let wind and light rain deter you from fishing during the day. Fish the windy side with crankbaits and jigs in and near the weeds during the day shallow first, and then move right to the breaks if you're not finding fish (jig and a minnow) or a Lindy/redtail/shiner. Don't overlook the weeds shallow with cranks at mid-day, especially if the wind is really blowing. The night bite can be very good vertical jigging and slip-bobbering (anchored) in 13 ft., right at the weed edge. You'll see boats before dark but very few once the sun sets. Typically the bite doesn't get going really good until about 9 p.m. using a jig with shiners and fatheads, and/or, slip-bobbering with a glow hook (demon) and a shiner right up until it freezes. As a rule, some of the best fishing is from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. It's dark and the later in the season it gets, really cold. But more times than not, it's really worth it. Fun lake in the fall.

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    • eyeguy 54

      Posted

      probably eagles if fishing. I think the fultures like highways. :):) 

    • monstermoose78

      Posted

      Thanks for the heads up as I  grouse that area and my dog is very young. I know I will be carrying my 40 cal when I go up grouse hunting.

    • Perhaps immature eagles?  I don't believe they get their white head until 4-5 years of age..

    • I second the Vermilion Club-great food and they always welcome the dog (black lab) on the deck and give her water. We have been over on major holidays (July 4th, Memorial day, etc) and can always squeeze in somewhere and if not, there's "the kid" who charges $10 for "their dock".....love the place! 

    • monstermoose78

      Posted

    • You are right, it's a grouse.

    • BringAnExtension

      Posted

      I am not a hunter and I live in southern Minnesota, so I don't know how to identify this bird.  It walked into our campsite at Tettegoche State Park last week.  I am thinking a grouse?

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    • BringAnExtension

      Posted (edited)

      I don't have much to report, as I have not been fishing much lately, but wanted to add a topic on our quiet forum.

      I finally got a chance to go out on Mazaska this past weekend.  I tried my usual methods with almost no luck.  Fatheads on a jig and under a slip bobber.  From 9 feet down to about 25 feet.  I had a couple of bites, but that was it.

      Water temperature was still a balmy 68 degrees and a stiff wind was coming out of the southeast.  Even though I caught nothing, it was a beautiful day to be on the water last Saturday.

      One day closer to hard water season ...

      Edited by BringAnExtension
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    • phillyfacks

      Posted

      We've got a cabin up on Pelican and I've definitely noticed less cormorants on the lake this summer.  The state did grant the owner of Gooseberry Island a permit to kill cormorants, which was done this Spring.  I talked to a DNR officer on the lake this summer and he said they had shot almost 400 birds, I don't recall the exact numbers but it was somewhere between 350-400. 

    • Consider me in on a personal boycott of The Landing. Horrible horrible horrible customer service skills by the owners/management.

      1) it is much quieter on the water without the big blasters running up an down the lake from the Landing.

      2) Had a craving for wings while out fishing one night. Called ahead ordered up some wings- great taste- tiny crappy wings. Asked for a side of Blue Cheese and Celery - upcharge of like $3.00 for those. Washed it down with a bottle of Coors Light. $23.50

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      Got their bar tab and they were done. Yearly group that dropped a lot of cash in the past. Never again until new ownership is on board.

      Unfortunately they have deep pockets.

      As soon as new ownership / management takes over the crowds will return.