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
Ray Esboldt

Someone Give Me Some Good News!!!

13 posts in this topic

Hunted this morning and there were a fair amount of first light ducks, then mostly nothing. We ended up with 6 for two guys (4 mallards, 1 ringbill, and 1 bufflehead). I just didn't see many signs of migrators in our East Central MN spot. Did some birds move this week? I'm hitting Western Minnesota later this week. Someone tell me I was on the wrong side of the state today!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You are on the wrong side of the state, Ray. blush.gif

Great hunting over the course of this week...lots of ringbills Wednesday, Saturday and today it was mallards, and lots of them. By far the best season I have ever experienced, and the weather has been great. grin.gif

Good luck on your trip.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Way wrong side of the state. You'll see when you get out here.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I took a buddy of mine hunting in NW MN near my hometown for 4 days (Thurs.-Sun.). We only hunted mornings and managed 23 ducks and 2 geese for the weekend. We really had a mixed bag of birds- Buffleheads, Ringbills, 1 Bluebill, Mallards, 1 Wigeon, and almost a Merganser. blush.gif

Overall, the amount of birds we saw was way down from what I'm used to at this time of year. The first 2 weekends of the season had way more action, probably a couple of the best days I've ever seen.

A couple interesting things were the geese were migrating on Saturday morning, tons of them! But Thurs, Fri, and Sunday we saw very little goose activity.

Sunday morning we had much colder temperatures and I'm guessing that many of the small ponds and sloughs iced over. We saw lots of puddlers on the pond we were hunting. Mallards, Gadwall, Wigeon, and a few stray teal were all flying around. I think they got iced out of their spots that morning.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Did ya cook up a little duck for you and your buddy? I had goose breasts (cubed) in the crockpot Saturday night that was awesome! Put some BBQ sauce in there, a tad too much cyan pepper, and then not quite enough liquid smoke and let her cook for 5 hours. Wow was that good! A little hot too (cyan pepper) grin.gif

As for the weekend, there were some ducks migrating south through our area both Saturday and Sunday. Ringnecks (mostly), 'bills (not many), redheads (not many) and then a few mallards and a few geese is what we saw moving. Got 6 ducks between 4 of us on Saturday and 11 ducks between 3 of us on Sunday. Ringnecks, gw teal, mallards, 'bills, one redhead and one nice drake woodie. All in all a good weekend. cool.gifgrin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Quote:

Did ya cook up a little duck for you and your buddy?


Oh did we ever! Mmmmmm...

Quote:

I had goose breasts (cubed) in the crockpot Saturday night that was awesome! Put some BBQ sauce in there, a tad too much cyan pepper, and then not quite enough liquid smoke and let her cook for 5 hours. Wow was that good! A little hot too (cyan pepper)
grin.gif


My mouth's watering. That sounds pretty good!

The funny thing about bringing my friend up north, he's a little caught off guard by the number of ducks we see and the number that decoy awesome and want to land in the decoys. Guess that doesn't happen around the west metro. smile.gif We also set up for divers and get a lot of up close and personal looks at these fighter jets which he isn't used to either.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Quote:

We also set up for divers and get a lot of up close and personal looks at these fighter jets which he isn't used to either.


Yeah, we had our diver dekes out too and got blitzkrieged by a couple flocks. Sometimes ya just can't swing the barrel fast enough....or they're so darn close the bb's just don't have a chance to pattern.....or worse yet, BOTH! We had both on a couple flocks yesterday. wink.gifgrin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Here's a little pic of Sunday. Normally we wouldn't have shot that many hens but we were just not seeing anything. Birds were coming in the dekes 1 or 2 at a time and we took what we could. Only 1 duck got away which was a teal until we went to pick up the decoys and 2 hen buffleheads landed in them.

chrisadamcz3.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Dude, You're way on the wrong side of the state. I hunted behind Dougs farm this weekend. Should have been after duckies on Saturday and not pheasants. Shot our duck limit in no time Sunday morning.

You gotta get out here.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You guys are going to make it hard for me to sleep. grin.gif

What's the western MN diver count like right now. I may tow the boat to hunt some of the bigger sloughs, even though I've killed plenty on walk in waters.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Divers are so-so, besides the ringbills. Overall mixed birds in the sky. The Mallards and Ringbills have been the most populated this year...big greenheads and nice mature ringers.

I really can't confirm a bluebill sighting yet. I hope they come down for a visit this year. grin.gif

Oh, I would definitely bring the boat and try bigger waters. wink.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Agreed. Only difference is there ARE bills in the big slough behind Dougs farm. Not a million of them, but they are showing up.

Bring the boat.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sweet! I'm going to be a bit north of Slayton. So, if they're there, they should be where I'm aiming.

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

    • papadarv
      I live north of the metro in East Bethel so not to familiar with south metro lakes. Minnetonka, Prior, Medicine, seem to have some popularity. On the north side the Chisago City area Green, Chisago, Lindstrom, Center, and Comfort are usually productive for pan fish, northern, walleye and summer bass. Big Marine also holds some nice crappie to 14" and larger Sunfish. Forest Lake and a bit west Coon lake also holds a variety. Last year I did a fairly extensive look at DNR lake surveys within a 3 hour drive north of the metro and came up with this list that looked promising for Walleye. I have fished a few during summer, but not all, with fair success.  Here is the list. This is typically what you will find on the DNR Lake Finder site only their survey will be for all species. I just took the walleye info. The Navionics link BringAnExtension listed should give you great contours for any of the lakes your interested in.
    • Jim Uran
      Well that fell apart quickly lol, Looks like starting tuesday we won't see above freezing for a while, I saw lows in the single digits and even a - sign! 
    • mrklean
      I have a 949i hub and love it very warm and holds heat really well 
    • Big A
      Scored a lowrance Elite 5Hdi today for $169.99 (awesome sale). Plan to use this on ice and in boat for GPS purposes. Paired with the navionics app, excited to compare accuracy side x side.   If interested in the sale, it's at a store that rhymes with meander fountain..     This is an upgrade for me, I have used the app with good success. Hoping this new unit will be a bit more accurate.
    • Big A
      I scored an ice armor extreme black and orange jacket for $140, lots of new jigs with free shirts and hats as incentives. Crowds were insane, easily the largest I have seen in many years of attendance. Had a great time though. Ice is inevitable, but my patience is not my strongest virtue