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.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
Esox66

Water Clarity

Recommended Posts

Esox66

Just wondering if anyone has an update on the water clarity of LOW. Someone told me the lake is getting cloudy again similiar to last year before freeze up. Is there any truth to this? Also, I am new to this forum and want to say thanks to everyone for providing the helpful information.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
curt quesnell

Dont get drawn in with the worry warts esox. What happened

last year was one of those "once in a lifetime" deals. That

grey milky crap that came up thru the holes was new to even

the oldest fishers on the lake.

Those big blows can cause many problems,

the most common being rough ice. I have my fingers crossed

for a nice calm freeze up but even with some wind there

isnt any reason to expect conditions like last year.

And, by the way, Welcome to FM

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Esox66

Thanks for the input Curt. I Have 2 trips set up over new years and in March. I'll keep my fingers crossed too for a calm freeze up.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Pikester

What did cause the water to be gray last year?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
bapperpimp

The "Perfect Storm". As one guide put it, "Wind was blowing 40 mph from 3 different directions for a week straight and then the next day, it iced up."

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Royal Dutchman

Seems like everyone had a different theory but what I saw was large sheets of 4" thick ice that were getting driven down into the mud & sand by 6-8' rollers & scopping the stuff up. That material froze into the ice & made people think that the water was muddy all winter when they drilled it.

Holes I drilled in the morning looked muddy from the material in the ice but were clear by evening. Also toasted my auger blades.

Funny thing was the blow occurred in early Dec. and we caught very well right up to Jan.1 over Pine Island so it is hard to blame the slow bite on the cloudy water. I think some areas west had other conditions.

The only place I caught consistently was the evening bite in the ice riff about a 1/2 mile out in 12-15'. The problem was the slush & slabs of ice from the blow were stacked under the surface ice as much as 6' deep at times and moved around with the current so the place you got through today may be stacked up tomorrow.

We still had goods days here & there but hard to put 2 or 3 together anywhere.

My observations are in no way scientific data but what I saw in 50-some days of fishing the lake last year.

I hear that this hasn't happened before & hope that it doesn't happen again!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
fiskyknut

Well that theory is a darn good one. That Limnologist 'Widetrack' had a great post last year in respect to why the muck stayed in suspension as long as it did. Just like every year on the big pond we have to keep our fingers crossed and hope the BIG northerly winds don't show up when the ice is trying to thicken up.

Last year was an odd one and we had to do things a bit differently for sure. Shallow water with current was the rule. Early and late action was good for the most part, and some days saw very fast and furious fishing well before lite and/or after dark too. My best fish of the entire winter came from 10fow in current at 1 in the morning.

Another winter season on the pond....Just what will this year bring? The fishing this summer was probably the best I've ever expierienced in all my 44 years myself, especially for them BIG fish. I know others who'd attest to this as well eh!!! So I'm super optomistic that this winter will see fantastic fishing.

fiskyknut

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Pikester

Thanks for the theories guys.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
widetrack

Furthermore, and in continuance...

You calling me names again???

grin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
fiskyknut

Man Oh Man you gots a memory like an Elephant!!! No more Pine boughs or Red X's on the ice for me after last years fiascoe's!!!!

Got that new Ranger snuggled down for the winter or you still pulling Jakes and Grandmas?

Been out to the Rainy at all this fall?

And how did that funny 'portable' shack of yours work out anyhow? I'd like to see one sometime.

Norm

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
widetrack

The Angle is pretty well iced up... Boat is a muddy mess sitting in my driveway.... Suppose I better put it away soon. Haven't been to the rainy...

I'll have to post a picture of the widetrack shacks current location sometime... It's up on ash tree posts in the NW angle... Been shooting quite a few deer out of it... It will be there through muzzle loader season, then back to ice fishin... It's awesome!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
fiskyknut

Something else WT... Have you ever done any winter fishin in or around that deep spot with steep break on it's W side located off of a Canadian point with same prefix as the Angle? I have wanted to give that area a winter jig for a few years now.

Kicker boat is ready still for the Rainy iffin you want to some time yet this fall?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
widetrack

NW point of big island?... I dont get there often, but yes I've had success in the area...

PS: I'll keep the fishing offer in mind... thanks... I'm pretty well locked into hunting mode right now... I've been told I have a one track mind before... grin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
fiskyknut

Uh maybe, I was just doing that code-talker thing again eh! I'm stone cold sober and did'nt want to spill a bean!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Lip RIPPER!

Stone cold sober? You better hurry up. You can't drink all day if you don't start in the morning.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
fiskyknut

Well you can if you start the nite before, twas buck nite like every Monday nite at the local eagles ya know!

Missed it though or I may have gone MIA like you did during the prefish Wigwam tourney trip!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Lip RIPPER!

I'll leave that one alone.......

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
fiskyknut

LOL! You did have us a bit worried....But you're all grown up!

Todd you could play hookey one day and come on up for some end of the season jiggin too maybe? I'm bummed as I was kinda blown off on Sunday and missed it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Lip RIPPER!

I have hunting on the brain so I doubt I will make it up there.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
TravisC

Hey ripper haven't talked to you in a while did you ever get that deer i got a pretty nice one on sunday. give me a call man.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
wplatehunter

Widetrack how much ice is in the Angle now. I have our first trip Dec 18th and am hoping for good ice by than. Thanks

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
widetrack

It's just starting to tighten up. Hunters were breaking ice last weekend to get out. You should be fine by the 18th.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
fiskyknut

Hey Dave maybe shed some light on the Canada forum as it looks like that JZ fellow is thinking of heading up to the angle to icefish next week?

I'm not sure what the ice is like lately up there but I tried to offer some sound advice!

fiskyknut

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
widetrack

Maybe he has a airboat... there have been a few of those flying around out there.. you can hear them 10 miles away...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Posts

    • JFitz
      I've experienced the same thing - V can be tricky through the ice. There's a ton of structure to choose from and you're pretty limited with how much you can move. We've had the most success just staking out a likely spot during primetime. Drill a bunch of holes and wait for the fish to move up. Tip-ups have helped to cover more ground and locate fish. Like Cliff said, bite windows are real short so you've gotta be out there when it's happening!
    • rainylakefisher
      Did they ever find the two missing boaters from the incident a couple weeks ago?  Haven't seen anything...
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      I agree with gimruis. Do not expect to see the same type of action or type of bite that you can get in the summer on open water! Generally the winter bite is short, ( a couple hours in the morning and a couple hours just as it is getting dark), especially if you are fishing for walleyes. Dark cloudy days can sometimes be the exception. What works one day may not work the next day also. I like to jig with a 1/8 oz. to 1/4 oz. spoon baited with a crappie minnow or just a minnow head on one of my lines. The other line is a plain hook set line with either a fathead minnow, shiner, pike sucker, or a rainbow chub as bait. Type of minnow that works best varies greatly depending upon where you are fishing! I like to set up close to rocks that drop into deeper water most of the time. Cliff    
    • smurfy
      anyone with any info as to how the ice conditions are up this way???????????
    • gimruis
      While I can't offer you any sound advice on your success while ice fishing, I can tell you that very rarely is the consistent success you've had in open water going to be near as good as it is on ice.   And that is mostly because the water is bitter cold and fish are cold-blooded, meaning that their activity is only going to be as much as they need to survive.  Other things working against you are the inability to cover as much water as you could from a boat and not as many bait/lure options, in addition to being limited to a vertical style of fishing.  I'm not saying that you should give up completely, but just keep in mind that a variety of factors comparing one to the other could be why your success isn't sustained.
    • OhioVike
      I have owned a place on Lake Vermilion(WE) since 2011 and have absolutely enjoyed every visit and season on the lake.  Our knowledge of the lake and fishing patterns have grown tremendously.  However, this experience has not translated success onto the ice.  We catch some fish, but feel like we should be doing better.  Typically we use small gear 1/16th or 32nd jigs with minnows, Spoons with just a minnow head or when we go after panfish we'll use wax worms.  We fish all the same spots and don't catch nearly as big or many fish.  When we do catch most of our fish, it's typically on mud flats and we drill a lot of holes.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  
    • OhioVike
      I have owned a place on Lake Vermilion(WE) since 2011 and have absolutely enjoyed every visit and season on the lake.  Our knowledge of the lake and fishing patterns have grown tremendously.  However, this experience has not translated success onto the ice.  We catch some fish, but feel like we should be doing better.  Typically we use small gear 1/16th or 32nd jigs with minnows, Spoons with just a minnow head or when we go after panfish we'll use wax worms.  We fish all the same spots and don't catch nearly as big or many fish.  When we do catch most of our fish, it's typically on mud flats and we drill a lot of holes.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  
    • curt quesnell
      Ice out as far as I could see today, little wind and a cool night tonight. Some wind forecast tomorrow night. It should be fine though. Here is the report   20171119_153600.mp4
    • Fishing Frenzy
      Any ice starting to form again?
    • Dirtyfisheyes
      By the look of the forecast, single digit lows at night and no snow. Should it be safe to say that the first of December would be safe for snow machines? Itching to make the trip. Also any recommendations for lodging would be helpful