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I have been out to rice lake in shakopee twice this year during the week for quick morning hunts. Both times it has been typical of rice lake. Lots of birds, lots of hunters, always one group on the lake that ruins things for everyone else. Rice lake is what it is. It is almost unhuntable on weekends and early season weekdays are crowded and can get frustrating and almost silly.

But I noticed a sign that says next year rice lake will go to hunting by permit only. Has anyone else heard about this? I'm not sure how I feel about that. If there was ever a place that needed a controlled number this is it. But on the other hand I only live 5 minutes away and if just want to slip out for a couple hours before or after work it's not a bad place.

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That would be awesome I live 2 minutes from there, if it were more regulated if could be good. That place can really only hold 5-8 parties max.

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I also live close to here and was planning on getting out soon. If either of you guys has interest, feel free to shhot me an e-mail. mikelentz at frontiernet dot net I usually frequent area's east of the cities, but would like to get out on Rice lake.

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I drove down to the access last night and there were 13 rigs there! On a Tuesday night! I did see the sign that stated Rice Lake will be a Control hunting lake by permit only next year. Maybe it will help with crowding, skybusting etc.

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Hopefully that post discourages others from going down there. confused.gif

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I was out there and talked to a CO. He said that they are doing it for a number of reasons - but mostly 4 swans have been shot there so far this year.

He said mostly it was a specific "group" doing it that does not care or does not know.

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Well those people are mindless if they've done it four times! I'm guessing anybody that accidentily shot a Swan once wouldn't even think of raising their gun at anything white ever again. I'm going to drive down there at 5;30 tonight and see whats happening.

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No, I think you took "group" the wrong way. I was trying to be politically correct. The group is the minority immigrant from the east smile.gif

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I totally misunderstood you... With that being said, I think I saw the same guy with fourty Bass down on the shores of lake Mtka... blush.gifshocked.gif

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Intentional or not, anyone that shoots a swan needs to be put away for a long, long time!

Trumpeters are making a great comeback now and we see them all the time where we duck hunt and they always fly by in the morning while deer hunting as well.

Every day we've been out duck hunting this fall, we've had the same 5-6 Trumpeters cruising the lake. The sure like to come look at our decoys and we almost ended up with an adult and an immature landing in them the other day.

But the sad part of this story is we found a dead one on the lake we are hunting as well. We spotted a white floating object way across the lake and weren't sure what it was. Given that the water is low, it could have been a rock sticking out. Well, 1 week later, the white thing was still in the same spot and we cruised over to take a look. Sure enough, it was a dead swan and it was stuck on a mat of weeds. Hard to say if any fowl play was involved, it was pretty decomposed and picked at when we found it. frown.gif

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I went down to Rice Lake a few hours ago and talked to a guy there to kinda get the lowdown and while I was there counted 19 cars!!! He said what was said earlier, that this small lake is way overcrowded, but also said ducks are flying.

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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.

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      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.
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      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.

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

    • fins_n'_feathers

      Posted

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    • 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

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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