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
Northdrifter

Frontier to Birchdale Report

12 posts in this topic

Howdy all,

Just was checking to see if anyone has been out in the past couple days? I'm heading up tomorrow and wanted to see if any color or method has been working the best?

Been fishing the Rainy in the fall for 15 years now and have learned that if your don't catch a fish at the spot your at within 15-30 minutes... move...also go for at least 3 days... example... last year... brought a new crew up and they fished the first day. It was really slow, only caught a few fish. So they left the next day, what a mistake. I had a nice eye in the boat within 10 minutes of launching.. That day we caught more that enough and also had 6 between 25"-29"... this was the same spot we fished the day before... The rule for the river... be persistent.. it'll happen...

Enough rambling, also, anyone try trolling?

(by chance... just checking to see if the crew that guides on the St. Croix reads these postings...we'll see you in Baudette if your heading up)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i am also interested in throwing sum raps anyone ever try b4? does it work??? also, is there sum smallie action too???

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I was out of Birchdale Wed. caught about 26, largest was 22", tried pulling cranks with no success the jig and minnow was the way to go that day. Good Luck.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We fished Frontier a half day Fri, a full Sat. and 1/3rd day today. Overall about 50-60 fish I guess, I didnt count really hard. Biggest was a bit over 23" and smallest about 6". grin.gif

Nothing was consistant as far as color, jigs size or wether we drifted, anchored or slip drifted. Shiners, goldens and rainbows all worked equally as well. Never used goldens up there before but the small to medium sized ones worked best.

We trolled cranks and got a few but not many so we went back to jigging. Purples and greens caught fish.

A JR's rattle spoon in gold worked well when I put it on. Maybe I should have used it more often than I did. confused.gif The fish seemd to really smack that when the jigs were getting pecked at most of the time.

MAKE SURE YOU BRING YOUR STINGER HOOKS! Also spinner attatchments for your jigs are a good idea.

Not many big fish caught in the 3 days we were there. 1 that was 29 something and a FAT 25" were about all we heard of.

We stayed at Dutchmans and I would recomend them to anyone who wants to hit the river. Within minutes of all the popular landings.

I want to get back up but with work and the weather turning south I may be done til spring up there.

Dress warm and good luck.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

wow. what a weekend!!! three of us made it up from st cloud saturday morning. on water at vidas at sunup, went up and down from there. they started out small, but got bigger. around 9.30am sat i had a 55 inch, 26 inch girth sturgeon and around 1pm had a FAT 25 inch eye. the 3 of had about 35 fish total,kept 7, 4 northerns and a smallie, jigging all day. sunday went out of landing in baudette, upstream. one the guys had a 29, 28, and a 26 eye. all hogs. had a few others that were big but lost em. today we had about 35, kept enuf to fill out our limit and will b eating good this week. jigging with different colors, but rainbows workt best and had to have stingers. stayed at dutchman sat nite...great place, i'd stay there again, maybe next fall when i try the fall bite again.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Anyall I think I talked to you at the Dutchman. We were in room 13 in the new side across the road from the office.

I had the maroon F-150 and black Lund Explorer and 115 Yamaha. With a tall, old and ugly grey haired guy. Probably had a barley pop in his hand. grin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Northlander

Im not that tall just ugly and grey ( and I do like beer)

Randoid

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes you are and yes you do! grin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

northlander, sorri that wasnt me, i was in the room sleeping, you talkt to joe, he was in our group tho.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ok sounds good.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Appreciate the good word guys! Wish I would have had more time to hang out last W/E but life was really crazy right then! Seems like everything happens at once.

I did fish Monday from 10:30-12:30 & did OK. Had to almost max the troller to hold in the wind but had the best slamming bites of the fall. Might have had some tail suckers but never felt them in the wind. Had 2-16" & 2-18" & had on 2 heavy fish I lost. Everyone of them just hammered the bait. Switched to my Power-Pro rig so I could feel better in the wind. Love the stuff for sensitivity but I do tend to loose heavy fish on it.

Group of three guys with us reported a 70 fish day on Mon. with multiple upper 20's. These guys are hardcore! They went out this afternoon in 40mph gusts, released a 24, & replaced the keepers they ate last night.

Looks like the weather is going to warm back up (avg. high is 48 now) so why don't you all go deer hunting so I can get in a full day on the Rainy instead of these 2 hour flashes!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Doug if your losing fish on PP you probably have your drag set too tight on the hookset. Set it to slip a bit on the hookset otherwise you open up them soft mouths and unless you get a hook in something solid they can shake the hook out. Another option is a 3-4' shocker leader of mono tied onto your PP with a back to back uni knot or even a small barrel swivel.

Nice meeting you and your wife. Ill see ya next spring.

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

    • delcecchi

      Posted

      On 9/13/2016 at 4:37 PM, loadmaster said:

      Well, got out of the hospital and rehab a couple of weeks ago, Its been a long haul went in on Feb 15, with some massive heart attacks.   Starting to feel better and have hit Fish a couple of times.  Thought I would check out the site and see if traffic has picked up,  Sorry to say not much different, a lot of lookers as usual and not a lot of posters

      Been there and done that.... Not the site but the hospital etc

       

    • certified jumbo

      Posted

      In northwest Wisconsin 26 hunting dogs have already been killed this late summer.   Already breaking the record of 23.  Be careful in the northland.

    • Wanderer

      Posted

      I guess if you want it bad enough, you'll be there.

      "Oral" auction might be the law when it comes to this type of sale.

      At least one has most of the month of October to shop for recreational land.  Not like there's anything else going on this time of year! :grin:

      Thanks for posting, Rick.  It might be worth looking at that list.

    • HunterFisher11

      Posted

      Thanks for the info!!! Will be up there on 10/5-10/8, have been looking at the weather and I hope they are wrong because looks like rain... Have you ever tried fishing out on pike island area? Brother inlaw drove down there this summer and said there were quiet a few people fishing there.

    • Minnesota motorists can support conservation with a new critical habitat plate featuring a wild turkey.
      The new plate displays a colorful tom turkey and is the ninth critical habitat plate offered. Other plates display a moose, loon, pheasant, chickadee, showy lady’s slipper, a fishing scene and two with white-tailed deer. There is also a specialty license plate for state parks and trails.

      “Wild turkey restoration in Minnesota is one of our great conservation success stories,” said Kim Hennings, wildlife land acquisition coordinator. “The critical habitat plates are a great way for motorists to show their interest and support for Minnesota’s fish and wildlife resources.”

      Wild turkeys are native to southeastern Minnesota, but disappeared by 1880 because of habitat loss and unregulated hunting. Successful reintroduction efforts starting in the 1970s led to turkeys now living over a wide range of Minnesota.

      “The wild turkey critical habitat plate has been long awaited for by our membership in Minnesota and turkey hunting enthusiasts,” said Tom Glines, National Wild Turkey Federation regional director. “We love the wild turkey resource and want to do everything we can do to keep wild turkey populations healthy and thriving.”

      The Minnesota Legislature created the critical habitat license plate program in 1995 to provide additional opportunity for Minnesotans to contribute toward conservation. Motorists who purchase a critical habitat plate pay a $10 initial fee, plus a minimum annual contribution of $30 to the Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) program. Every dollar generated through the sale of the license plate is matched with private donations of cash or land. The annual $30 contribution is not tax deductible.

      Critical habitat license plate revenue has generated more than $59 million to acquire or improve 22,000 acres of critical habitat and helped fund non-game wildlife research and surveys, habitat enhancement and educational programs. Information about the program and details about how to order plates are available on the DNR website at www.mndnr.gov/plates.

      The new license plates are now available at deputy registrar offices statewide. For questions about ordering critical habitat license plates, call the Department of Public Safety-Driver and Vehicle Services at 612-297-3166.

      Discuss below - to view set the hook here.

    • The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources recently honored two youths for their outstanding conservation efforts during a ceremony at the 2016 Minnesota State Fair.

      Eliza Sankovitz from Waseca in Waseca County received the 4-H award and Melissa Schilling from Frazee in Becker County received the Future Farmers of America (FFA) award.

      The DNR Commissioner’s Youth Awards are given annually to an FFA student and 4-H member who have demonstrated initiative, leadership, creativity and achievement in conservation and wise use of natural and agricultural resources. This is the 25th year of the award program.

      Curious about the quality of the water in Clear Lake, Eliza Sankovitz asked the question, “What pollutants might be entering the lake?” This was the beginning of Sankovitz’s 4-H project titled “How Clear is Clear Lake.” Sankovitz found three locations around Clear Lake and took water samples after rain events. She then tested the water samples for bacteria, nitrates, chlorine, lead and pesticides. Sankovitz said she did find some pollutants entering the lake.

      Sankovitz is the daughter of Tom and Gretchen Sankovitz.

      Schilling grew up on a farm in rural Becker County. As a member of her FFA Fish and Wildlife Management team, she placed as top individual multiple times at regional competitions. Schilling also placed first in her area and third at state in the Minnesota Senior Envirothon.

      As a member of the Youth Conservation Corps, Schilling worked at the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. While on the job, she assisted with prairie restoration, bird surveys, goose banding, invasive species control and refuge facility maintenance. Schilling is currently enrolled at the University of Minnesota Crookston, and is pursuing a degree in wildlife management.

      Schilling is the daughter of Charles and Regina Schilling.

      Discuss below - to view set the hook here.

    • BringAnExtension

      Posted

      11 hours ago, ZachD said:

      I am sure Johnny P is all booked up on weekends by now and for some reason some of the guys don't like sleeper houses all though I may push for it this year last year was such a hassle packing everything up for the night loading the trucks having to bring sleds and wheelers. I much rather bring my flasher couple rods and lots of beer. I go fishing enough running and gunning its nice to have a break where you just show up and fish.

      Yes, he probably is.  I book with him early.  I think that he offers guide service in December up until he opens the sleepers up.  Might align with your portables.

    • I was on Namakan yesterday and kept 4 eyes 14" to 15" caught in under 20' of water. Water temp is 60. I was rigging with a half crawler. However, I had friends out using jigs and minnows in 40+ ft and they did well. He said he found a school and using his I Pilot just hovered over the top of them. So it seems the fish are scattered and all methods are working.

      1 person likes this
    • monstermoose78

      Posted

      I hope this weekend is better than last!!  I know there is a  lot of ducks around but they have so many places to hide.

    • If you want to stay away from the crowd I would suggest Beacon Harbor I think after jan 1st they don't allow day passes its only beacon harbor and outdoor authority who have houses there. Then they allow only a limited amount of yearly passes.

      Now they don't have all the bells and whistles like a bar and food ect but John and Ann are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. Not to mention I personally think it is some of the best.

       

      Now if you needed a bar and food and all that my choices would be Rogers or Westwind



  • Posts

    • certified jumbo
      In northwest Wisconsin 26 hunting dogs have already been killed this late summer.   Already breaking the record of 23.  Be careful in the northland.
    • Wanderer
      I guess if you want it bad enough, you'll be there. "Oral" auction might be the law when it comes to this type of sale. At least one has most of the month of October to shop for recreational land.  Not like there's anything else going on this time of year!  Thanks for posting, Rick.  It might be worth looking at that list.
    • HunterFisher11
      Thanks for the info!!! Will be up there on 10/5-10/8, have been looking at the weather and I hope they are wrong because looks like rain... Have you ever tried fishing out on pike island area? Brother inlaw drove down there this summer and said there were quiet a few people fishing there.
    • Rick
      Minnesota motorists can support conservation with a new critical habitat plate featuring a wild turkey.
      The new plate displays a colorful tom turkey and is the ninth critical habitat plate offered. Other plates display a moose, loon, pheasant, chickadee, showy lady’s slipper, a fishing scene and two with white-tailed deer. There is also a specialty license plate for state parks and trails. “Wild turkey restoration in Minnesota is one of our great conservation success stories,” said Kim Hennings, wildlife land acquisition coordinator. “The critical habitat plates are a great way for motorists to show their interest and support for Minnesota’s fish and wildlife resources.” Wild turkeys are native to southeastern Minnesota, but disappeared by 1880 because of habitat loss and unregulated hunting. Successful reintroduction efforts starting in the 1970s led to turkeys now living over a wide range of Minnesota. “The wild turkey critical habitat plate has been long awaited for by our membership in Minnesota and turkey hunting enthusiasts,” said Tom Glines, National Wild Turkey Federation regional director. “We love the wild turkey resource and want to do everything we can do to keep wild turkey populations healthy and thriving.” The Minnesota Legislature created the critical habitat license plate program in 1995 to provide additional opportunity for Minnesotans to contribute toward conservation. Motorists who purchase a critical habitat plate pay a $10 initial fee, plus a minimum annual contribution of $30 to the Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) program. Every dollar generated through the sale of the license plate is matched with private donations of cash or land. The annual $30 contribution is not tax deductible. Critical habitat license plate revenue has generated more than $59 million to acquire or improve 22,000 acres of critical habitat and helped fund non-game wildlife research and surveys, habitat enhancement and educational programs. Information about the program and details about how to order plates are available on the DNR website at www.mndnr.gov/plates. The new license plates are now available at deputy registrar offices statewide. For questions about ordering critical habitat license plates, call the Department of Public Safety-Driver and Vehicle Services at 612-297-3166. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • Rick
      The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources recently honored two youths for their outstanding conservation efforts during a ceremony at the 2016 Minnesota State Fair. Eliza Sankovitz from Waseca in Waseca County received the 4-H award and Melissa Schilling from Frazee in Becker County received the Future Farmers of America (FFA) award. The DNR Commissioner’s Youth Awards are given annually to an FFA student and 4-H member who have demonstrated initiative, leadership, creativity and achievement in conservation and wise use of natural and agricultural resources. This is the 25th year of the award program. Curious about the quality of the water in Clear Lake, Eliza Sankovitz asked the question, “What pollutants might be entering the lake?” This was the beginning of Sankovitz’s 4-H project titled “How Clear is Clear Lake.” Sankovitz found three locations around Clear Lake and took water samples after rain events. She then tested the water samples for bacteria, nitrates, chlorine, lead and pesticides. Sankovitz said she did find some pollutants entering the lake. Sankovitz is the daughter of Tom and Gretchen Sankovitz. Schilling grew up on a farm in rural Becker County. As a member of her FFA Fish and Wildlife Management team, she placed as top individual multiple times at regional competitions. Schilling also placed first in her area and third at state in the Minnesota Senior Envirothon. As a member of the Youth Conservation Corps, Schilling worked at the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. While on the job, she assisted with prairie restoration, bird surveys, goose banding, invasive species control and refuge facility maintenance. Schilling is currently enrolled at the University of Minnesota Crookston, and is pursuing a degree in wildlife management. Schilling is the daughter of Charles and Regina Schilling. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.