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

      1st Please Post Your Fishing Report - Then Join the NEW - Private Fishing Report Clubs   01/24/2018

      Private Fishing Report Clubs - Click Here - Post Your Fishing Report Before Joining
      1st, be sure you post a fishing report in the forums, then ask to join after you post a fishing report in your area forum. The Private Fishing Report Clubs are where folks can share private fishing information with club members who have proven they know what's going on. Fishing Report Clubs Link also in Menu above. Apply to become a member today, while it's still easy. 
  • RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE

    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Recommended Posts

Drake

Been kinda quiet on the forum lately...any one been hitting the lakes lately? We've had a hint of spring, the warmer weather has made it nice to be able to be out on the lake and move around, but it has also helped to melt snow. The standing water created by the melting snow is getting better on the ice, with the amounts decreasing some each day. One of my anglers said that he noticed yesterday was definitely better than the day before, with the water subsiding especially around areas that had been where they had drilled several holes yesterday. The forecast through the weekend is showing highs in the mid 30's with the lows getting down around 10 the next couple of nights, so that's good.

The past few days has been definitely a variety pack, with anglers spreading out in the area hitting a several different lakes in search of a variety of fish. For those who have been in search of perch, they have done well on Blackduck Lake, where not only have they done well with the perch (which the best bite is in the morning hours, and still doing the weeding of the smaller ones and keeping the ones in the 10-12" range) but managed to reel in a rare slab crappie. On Blackduck Lake you won't find good numbers of crappies or sunnies, but when you do manage to reel one in you will find that it is a wall mounter. Anglers also noticed that the walleye were pretty active, catching and releasing several eyes while searching for perch....now I can't wait until this spring's fishing opener to hit the open water for some walleye.

Panfish were also sought, and caught, the past few days by anglers trying numerous lakes in the area, keeper size gills are hitting in the deeper waters in the daytime hours using a jig tipped with waxies.

Upper Red has been a mixed bag of reports, for example one group of three were up at Red and said they reeled in 3 crappies and while talking to them one angler who was fishing solo came in with 9 crappies in the 13-15" range. But folks are spreading out a little more, some are finding the aggressive crappies that are taking the bait (plastics have done well when they are aggressive) before they even hit the bottom, while others are finding the crappies down there but less aggressive and finding that a red glow jig tipped with a minnow head on a dead stick is working best for them.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Roscoe16

Can anyone provide a current report on the perch bite and ice conditions on Blackduck Lake? Can vehicles still be driven out? A group of us is heading up there Wednesday night to fish on Thursday. Thanks!

Roscoe16

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
woodman

I was out last week and there were trucks all over the lake. The weather is suppose to warm up in the 50's on Wednesday so that should do some damage to the shore ice. I will be up on the Duck all day on Wednesday, so I will let you know how it is when I get home.

Bring the wheelers if you have them, that is what I have switched to for the rest of the season!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Roscoe16

Thanks Woodman. I'll be watching for your report.

Roscoe16

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Drake

So Woodman, how did you end up doing? No school for you today?

Still trucks on the ice today, and the perch fishing was good this morning, doing a little perch hopping in the 18-22' depths, jig and waxies.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Roscoe16

Any particular area better than another? When I was up there in January we did well on the northeast shorline, from the public access up to Dunrovin's Resort.

Roscoe16

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
woodman

sorry for the late report. I found lots of perch in the 18-22 ft range. They did not want minnows as much as they wanted waxies. I bet I caught 3 to 1 with waxies. We had to sort a lot, but it was fun watching them charge the hook 6 ft off the bottom. The fish would come and go along with northern and walleye. We drilled to the motor on the auger, so lots of ice still. The water in places was about 5 inches deep, so hopefully that will run off in the next few nights, so we don't need a boat to fish on the ice. My boss asked where my motor was for the portable, since I was sitting in about 4 inches of water.

Fun day on the ice and it is comming to an end too quick! frown.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Roscoe16

Thanks for the report Woodman.

Can vehicles still drive out at the access?

Roscoe16

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Drake

As of this morning, the water is subsiding some on the lake, but the access is still wet. There are trucks out on the ice this morning, but we are going to play it safer and switch over to the fourwheeler and see what happens the next couple of days.

Share this post


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



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • nytelyter
      how is the ice should i bring four wheeler or is half ton truck good to go??  
    • nytelyter
      So l@@king to saturday. i will be sporting the new otter lodge xt pro modded out and way ready to go will have my 8" lazer on the new 40v strikemaster and may bring the 3hp power head as well. my girlfriend will be coming and she is stoked for the fun time. thanks everyone for the awesome prizes and also the pre-fishing. will be checking the forum before saturday for updated info. has anyone volunteered to bring a garbage can or two along with some bags yet?? if not i can handle that i will bring some chips and a pan of mounds bars for lunch oh some "pie"  this event always has to have "pie"                         ' Born to Fish. Forced to Work  
    • trro0901
      Just hauled our shack out last weekend, didn't get a bite.  Graphed some, but no takers, could have just been the weather, or tactics, ha.  Haven't really fished the lake much in the winter, figured we should seeing it's a half mile from home. 
    • nytelyter
      i do plan on being there and hopefully a bit early.  
    • Fathom
      Set up deeper on rock reef for the rest of the weekend and only managed one fish (26" eye), missed a couple others. We wanted to stay deeper due to all the traffic on the lake. We did enjoy a good time at Fishing for Ducks, we saw a nice walleye pulled through the ice but it only measured 27.5". Talk about a bummer for that guy!
    • Jarrid Houston
      Roads to the islands always need to be taken very cautious and I would encourage going with someone who knows the area..  I believe they were shutting down the highway H extension due to this recent weather we just got?  Plenty of fish and opportune situtations in the bay.
    • cookie129
      Another crazy busy weekend is in the books. I really enjoy giving out my fishing/what's happening on the lake reports but finding the time has been tough. To say its a grind is a understatement.
       I can tell you again as the season winds down I'm never ready for it to end, as I truly love being out there in my trucks, moving houses, plowing the  hillmen highway, giving advise, helping other fishermen when they do something silly, Driving into a snow bank, dropping there gun down a hole or any other important object like there keys. Every year all the workers seem to get a little grumpy as fighting mother nature, going from sun up to sunset takes a toll physically and mentally. It also seems I ruffle a few feathers every year and its never my intent  so I have to chalk it up as a long season. If I stepped on anyone's toes it sure was not planned or intended as all most every day plan a turns to plan b and c. Mother nature dictates where I go sometimes as well as any plowed roads that can make our job easier. The cookie shuffle worked very well this year as I tell everyone that gets lost in my maze of trails. I'm not a road engineer.
       Man did we get overwhelmed with wheel house's this past weekend, any fish coming from southwest had to go threw a gauntlet of hooks to find my fishermen.
       I had two wheel house's  that I set up at the end of the hillmens highway and was surprised how bad they did. I guess I should of went south not east? The nw road has gotten to much to maintain, there's one lone house out that way that will need a new trail made .
       Its all started Thursday as jonnny boy and I prepped for the weekend with Joe, Zack, Adam and   his crew arriving fro florida. Zacks birthday wish was fishing red lake, they had a blast. They went to westwind where they enjoyed a fish fry, plus they took home a few fish with a couple even getting a ride in florida fish house as we moved a small distance to put it on fresh ice for there last night sunday. Last year when they came we landed on the elusive yet still catchable upper red lake crappie mother load? I think  they had dreams for a year of repeating that. Every year is different and again this year was no exception.
       Ben who proposed in old Minnesota to Shawna 8 years ago were in old Minnesota with there two adorable kids. Louie the fishing machine and his little sister Willa plus there friend Nelli.
       They had a blast also with Shawna getting a elusive yet still catchable upper red lake crappie to boot. They also managed to take home a nice batch of upper red lake walleyes.
       Hunter and his two buddies were in north Dakota. It was slow but they also managed to take home a batch of fish.
       Charlie and Rizzo were in montana , They were very serious about there fishing and went home with there 8.
      Jeromy and his gal were in north Carolina Saturday, sunday . They also managed to get there 8.
       Sunday was a very tough day as we had all 5 houses re rented. I was planning on moving all of them so we battled mother nature the whole time as a ne wind with 2 inches of snow made it impossible to see. At one point I was getting sea sick as I struggled to see, With the sky, horizon and the lake all the same color. wow what a struggle.
       It took us  7 1/2 hours but we got every thing cleaned, moved.
       Mother nature has given us another bout of snow so tomorrow I will let every one know how the houses did the last two days as its time to check the fluids and fire up the fleet
       
    • nickeleye
      Figured I should report back... I fished prime time on Saturday morning and Saturday evening. No action. It didn't help that I forgot to grab the vexilar on the first outing, but it didn't help to have it on the second outing either! ha! Marked a few but couldn't get them to bite. Used a GPS chip to punch some holes over structure, but when I came back with the vexilar, they weren't quite as deep as I hoped. Thanks for the pointers BrianF
    • LucasLongCaster
      Around this time last year this thread was started by @Royal_Dutchman. I got my trip planned for April but by the look of the extended forecast it's not looking to promising, especially compared to where it was at last year on Feb 23rd. 
    • osok
      Been a brutal hard water season for me as well, figured it was a continuation of my fall fishing luck. 
  • Share & Have Fun