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
eyepatrol

Erie

1 post in this topic

Well I went to Erie today in search of some panfish, knowing before hand that the pannies in that lake seem to be on the small side. Well, my outing pretty well confirmed that today. Caught lots of sunnies and some crappies, but nothing of any size. Sunnies were 6" or less as were the crappies. Most of the sunnies and crappies came in 5' - 7' of water in amongst the weeds. Once I got outside the weed edge it was either dead or perch the size of your index finger. I also fished in 30fow and picked up a couple small crappies suspended at 18 - 20fow, but they were far and few, only coming through a couple at a time. Also caught a couple 2lb lm bass which was fun on 2lb test line.

A black #8 Ratso ruled the roost today, although other jigs worked too. No meat required at all. I didn't take any specific measurement of the ice, but I'd have to guess it was around 24", possibly more. Auger motor was right down to the snow before I'd break through.

As for the snow, there's a good 12" (more in some spots) on pretty much the entire lake. 4-wheel drive is definitely a must. I could get around, but it was slow going at only 10mph.

Well, that's my report. Like I said, in late May and early June when the sunnies come in shallow, they're all pretty small from what I've seen. And I saw the same again today. It was fun though getting a line wet and having a little bit of a tug on the end. And the bass were definitely fun.

Not sure what the best pannie lakes in the Hutch area are. Maybe Minnie Belle or Washington, I don't know. If anyone has suggestions on a good pannie lake where the fish have size to them, I'd be interested to hear it! smirk.gif

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

    • BassThumb.
      Yeah, but this one is packed with useful information and tips, and not everyone who browses the site today saw this in 2015. It's really a great thread, and that's why I bumped it.    Wouldn't it be more sensible and more useful to the members of the site to simply edit the title and remove the "2015"?   ***How about it, mods? Rejuvinate this thread with a new title!***
    • ZachD
      Was just south of Crosby on a small lake searching for eyes. Missed one that smacked my rippin rap twice Missed one on a bobber Then my buddy missed one on rattle reel   Just wasn't our day
    • cookie129
      wow what a shot  
    • ZachD
      Has anyone tried out the polar bird hub houses? The floor looks like a neat concept I wonder how well it works. Looking for a small 2 man hub so I don't have to drag my huge heavy 6 man thermal hub when I go alone.  
    • ZachD
      I don't care if dnr checks me multiple times a day or I have to prove that I am not doing anything wrong. That is how they catch the guys who are doing stuff wrong. I am always legal so What do I care I have been checked what like 5-6 times in my life so far even if every time they were a bad_boy ( they were not ) who cares I have to deal with them 10-15 mins out of my day? Think about how many pricks they have to deal with every day.