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
BLACKJACK

Weekend Report 2/16 - 2/18

10 posts in this topic

I love the big tug and arch in your rod as you're setting the hook on those big Red Lake crappies (and walleyes)!!

Got back yesterday from another successful trip, my brother and I rented a house from Kelly and Jon. We ended up with 22 crappies (8 Friday, 9 Sat, 5 Sunday morning), approximately 26 walleyes, and one 27 inch northern. The walleyes were all in the 12-19" range, we ended up taking home four nice 16 inchers. We didn't catch any really big ones but those 17-19 inch fish were nice and plump and fun to catch!!

We had to work for the crappies. Most were caught outside the hardhouse, we set up a 60 yard loop outside the house, at the end of the loop was my portable (The Outpost) with fresh bait, then we had holes drilled every 20 feet in a circle. Every 15 minutes from 4 until 6 I'd make the loop with my Vexilar and rod/reel. It was 'combat fishing', windy and cold, the snow was blowing in my holes, it was cold enough to freeze them up, when I couldn't bust thru with my transducer, I'd get my brother to run around and skim them all again. I'd make the loop, go warm up, get some liquid refreshments, and swap out rods so the first one could defrost, and then go back out. It was work but it ended up paying off, I caught most of our fish on the outside loop while my brother, sitting in the house caught next to zip. At one point on Friday night, I caught three crappies in a row, the last two without a minnow head on my jig!! Rebaited and tried the next hole, caught two more right away!! One of those fun crappie times when you’re trying to get your jig down the hole ASAP, the Vexilar wasn’t lit up but the minute my jig hit the bottom, a fish would show up and chase it.

Best time of day for us was the normal crappie time of dusk, right about the time I needed to turn on my headlamp. By 7 PM the bite was done. We did get a flurry Sunday morning. I had set my alarm for 5:30 AM, caught nothing. About 7:30 (sunrise) when my brother leisurely rolled out of bed, he started catching walleyes right away, and I picked up 5 crappies. We had to leave by 9; it would have been fun to fish longer to see if the crappie bite continued during the day. I'll always wonder what would have happened if I had popped those outside holes open and moved around, whether we would have continued with a good day bite. Oh well.

Jig color didn’t seem to matter, red, green, plain, when the hot bite was on, they bit anything. Rattle reels actually produced better during the day, especially for walleyes. Only caught one walleye at night on the rattle reels.

Kelly and Jon provided good service, as per usual. Jon fixed our heater on Sat, and then came back and double checked us before dark. Kelly seems to have assimilated Jon into the business just fine; it gives him more time for wandering and BS’ing!!!

Overall a very fun trip!! Caught lots of fish, had a nice fish fry, had fun!!! Wish I would have reserved another weekend in March! I REALLY wish the Red was only a two hour drive instead of 4 1/2 !!!! I’d be there every weekend!!!

Gotta love the big tug and arch in your rod as you're setting the hook on those big Red Lake crappies!!!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Nice I am glad you caught fish.

I was up there on Friday night to early Sunday. We did not get into the crappies but we did well on the eyes. We caught 40-45 walleyes (only about 12 under 17", the rest over 17", biggest was 22"), one 13" crappie, a few small perch and one 36" northern.

It was a blast. It was my first red trip, and I will defintely be going back. The sound of rattle reels going off is such sweet music.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You and Northsider#13 had the same house. It is interesting how the bite changed over the weekend. Brian was able to sit in the house and you guys had to work hard outside.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The fishing in the house seemed to be picking up Sunday morning, I sure would have liked to stay a couple more hours to see if a day bite developed....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well I WAS UP THERE FRIDAY TO SUNDAY IT WAS SLOW ON THE CRAPPIES 8 FOR THE THREE DAYS TWO LIMITS OF WALLEYE

THREW BACK ABOUT 50 WALLEYE WITH A LOT OF THEM KEEPER

STILL FUN 6.5 MILES OUT OF HILLMANS JUST NORTH OF THE YELLOW PLANE THAT LANDED THAT WAS COOL!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We were up all weekend, managed 14 slabs and 40 eyes. Our afternoon and evening bites were horrible, but the mornings were very good, starting at about 6:30 and going until about 9. But we can't complain, we caught fish and ahd fun!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Group of 3 went up Sunday night fished through Monday mid-day. Ended up with a lot of nice walleyes! The morning bite was good and steady with lots of keepers and some too big up to 20". We had our limit before noon Monday, but could not catcha crappie. It was a fun trip and we will be back. Most fish on the rattle reels but about 1/3 on jigging spoons, when you saw them on the flasher most bit but not all.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Kelly, the important thing was you had the house in an area with fish, I didn't mind working for them!!!

Thanks again!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

yeah, I have only rented a house once in my life and it was from kelly and jon. Had a heck of a time in a great set up.

Anyways, was back up friday, got on the lake at about 7am and went out a little farther than 5.5miles. Found a spot that put the two of us away from everyone. Popped some holes and liked what I was seeing on the 20th hole. set up and first 5 minutes had a 30" pike through the hole. No longer than 5minutes after that pike swam we pulled our first slab up. In the next 30min we ended up with 6 on the ice. Caught them on both the eye dropper fire tiger colors and a pink demon. Nice to have 16" come up through my hole, biggest for the year for me. The rest of the day was steady walleye bite picked up numerous 14"-18" eyes. biggest around noon on a varmint 22". Also caught 10 jumbo perch that found the bucket. About 3:00 to go to the bathroom and when I was coming back in the house I seen the other guy loosing a nice slab on my rod down the hole. The walleyes continued and that was pretty much it, picked up 2 more slabs at 7:30pm and that was it. We ended up leaving the lake around 8:30 with 8 crappies, 4 eyes, 10 jumbos between 2 guys, enough for a good nights meal.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Any More updated reports? Anything this week?

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

    • Deet
      Anyfish2 - thanks for the reports. I believe it was you who had written a little summary that included a rough estimation of when the LF river busts open and muddies the Rainy.    Can you (or anyone) comment on when that's looking likely to happen? anyone know when the river cleared the Frontier landing? I think you said that happening gives a 1-to-2 week notice on the LF breakup.
    • cabsav
      recommendation for first timers to northern Minnesota?  we need decent lodging, boat or sitontop kayak, smallmouth is our favorite but we will fish for anything that will bite artificial.  thanks in advance for any help.
    • cabsav
      My Alaska trip fell through, so I'm thinking having never been to Minnesota that should be my destination. thinking a week in august. Probably start International Falls or Duluth. We need a resort with sit on top kayaks or aluminum boats, comfortable lodging without being plush and not ripping our heads off pricewise.  We will target Smallmouth, but if it will hit a lure I will fish for it. any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
    • Chill62
      Went out of Stoney Point sunday morning.  FYI Watch for deer almost smoked a few on the 20 mph section coming back into the access!  There is an ice heave forming off of the rocks going straight north.  If you want to fish Paris Trench people were crossing instantly using boards.  We weren't gutsy/brave/stupid enough to cross there since we were pulling a trailer behind a four wheeler and had 3 of us with all our gear.  The ice was sketchy from access to point at the point the ice heave goes a little further away from shore and it allows you some room to avoid the point's tip.  There is open water immediately around the point tip but ice looks great if you follow the tracks and avoid huging the tip.  We couldn't find a place to cross the ice heave to get to Paris Trench so we were going to try a few spots further north since we could see a few groups set up north a ways.  About 5.5 miles north of the access the ice heave quits and you can cross it without any worries.  Since we could cross the GPS spot we wanted to fish was only 2.5 miles away and we fished there.  Out in the middle we had 26-28" of ice and barely made it through.  While fishing a plane landed on the lake and a 1/2 ton extended cab pickup came from the NE some where, it was too foggy misty to see where and we didn't see him leave.  Coming back from Stoney Point's Tip to the access was very sketchy.  Made me nervous since there was a lot of slush and water but ice held us up.  If you plan on going out next weekend you may need to find a different access, or atleast I would!  Talked to a guy who came in behind us, they crossed the ice heave at the access using boards how they did and they said it was very slow and only got two.
    • james_walleye
      I've got a 53" ski...41"pike and an accidental 22" smallie on V. I have caught a 31" eye but not on vermilion.  Id  like to get a 30 out of there.