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
Tyler Holm

UPLR Lake Zumbro Report (4/16/07) (2 pics)

1 post in this topic

Last night was a beautiful night to be on the water. The fish cooperated too for the most part. The top 3 finishers had 8 fish limits so the fish were out there for the lookin.

We found our fish up near shore with deeper water nearby and not far from the main current channel. Where there was a lot of wood, there were more fish. The fish were not in full feed mode, but could be persuaded into taking a bait. Many, many times the fish would just tap it, or poke it resulting in many missed hooksets. I never did come up with an exact answer for them, but trial and error eventually produced a nice bag of fish.

One thing that stand out in my mind right now is the # of snags we got!!! This was frustrating, but vital in our successful catch rate. If you didn’t place your cast within about 1’ of the wood, you didn’t get hit. If you got it in the magic stop, then your odds were greatly increased. Yes, we snagged up a bit more and lost a pile of lures (and broke 2 rods, but that is a different story), but we also caught 40+ fish on a semi-tough evening of fishing.

The crappies hit well on a Culprit paddletail with some blue or purple in it. Blue or purple 1/32 jighead worked fine as well. For the gills, my bait of choice was a white Exude Micro-Shad on a 1/32 oz jig. They seemed to take it better if you had a little piece of waxie on there, but it wasn’t necessary for the most part.

1st Place – Mike Smith (he won it with these dandy crappies)

mike_crappies.jpg

2nd Place – Andy Valek (and big fish winner with a 2.5ish Carp)

3rd Place – Tyler Holm (Lost to Andy by 0.06lb (sorry to those that heard the fowl language shout when I read the scale – it was like when a turkey shock-gobbles)).

Andy Anderson had a 9.5” gill

andya_gill.jpg

PS. I didn't see a single person keep fish this evening. All fish weighed were successfully released. Nice job everybody!

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

    • ZachD
      Send me a pm for some ideas in the area. I plan on hunting Dayton and Monticello mainly but if those don't work out I need some backup plans.    
    • ZachD
      I sent you a private message.
    • Stick in Mud
      I am with you, net_man.  I *hate* that I can't C&R walleyes in the fall.  I mean, what's hooking mortality at 6-12 ft deep with artificial lures in October and November?  I've never had a fish not swim away, and I can't remember one that didn't do it in a hurry.  Drives me crazy, as fall trolling on Mille Lacs is one of my favorite ways to catch fish.  This year, thanks to the weather, we did get out in December...and the fishing was nuts.  If only we had been able to be out all fall...   I wonder if the night ban in the fall (even if we haven't hit our quote) has more to do with enforcement than anything else.  I have no idea what's said at meeting I ain't invited to. 
    • ZachD
      The big one in Sherburne I hunt a lot and even during firearm season I never see anyone close to me as I like to get back as well. During archery it is even easier usually I only see a truck here and there but the place is huge so you never see them.   You living in Andover there is a 200 acre public place like 10 mins away from you that doesn't get hardly any archery pressure I sometimes go there after work for a quick hunt and there is only a couple trucks there usually.   There is also a very small one on the way up to the big one in Sherburne that on spur of the moment I went to on gun opener and I was the absolutely only person there.   But really most every one for archery is going to have minimal pressure. 
    • ZachD
      Don't forget the flea and tick guard too my buddy found a tick on his lab when him and my dog where playing in my backyard last week.