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  1. 13 points
    Had a great time with the boys fishing over the weekend.
  2. 6 points
    a pair of nice blue gills from July up north
  3. 6 points
    Took the kids out. I usually don't keep many fish, actually these are the first i've filleted in a year, but my wife put in a request to actually eat some fish. My little helpers had a ball reeling in fish, watching a little bit of iPad and generally making a terrible mess out of my boat. (ever seen a banana stepped on in boat carpet, ugh). Even managed to snag 6 nice white crappies.
  4. 4 points
    Wife and I tried some trolling the other night. Caught a dozen or so fish in about 2 hours. Biggest was 21” lots of 17-19” inch fish. Too bad u couldn’t keep a couple. Fish were stacked in 18-21’ on the edge of a rock reef. Couldn’t believe how many fish I was marking. Tight lines!
  5. 4 points
    Finally got out in the area since I've been fishing other areas as of lately. Got a tip of fishing weed line using a short lindy rig with a sucker minnow...well tip was accurate. Got out onto the water a lot later than I had hoped for but finding LIVE minnows was a hard battle I hadn't expected to encounter on Sunday morning. After hitting a few spots I took off to take the old man out fishing for his birthday. We weren't on the water for more than 5 minutes he was pulling up his first big walleye of the morning. I went a LONG time before catching my first fish. Bite was aggressive, you'd feel the fish inhale the bait and hold it, all you had to do was drop the rod tip and set the hook. We released atleast 4 over 24 on the morning and I think if I could have found minnows 3-5 inches long instead of 4-6+ inch long suckers like I was doing would have been best. A three foot lindy with a #2 Hook going into the mouth of a sucker minnow being trolled from a few feet into the weed line to the edge of the weed line worked best. Fished from about 7:30-11 when we decided to take off to go have lunch.
  6. 4 points
    A quick update seems to be in order. Over the past month I have fished 6 days or so on 3 trips. Finding fish that are biting has been the key, remember the fish have tails, and they use them and they do not eat everyday. Some days near reefs, others out in the middle mud, and others along shore breaks. Some days there are high percentage of slots and others with barely any. Along the shore breaks there is a nice mix of perch to be caught as well and they are still kicking out crayfish that are molting. I am not a down-rigger/long-liner unless i have to. At this time of year we mostly troll at .8 to 1.0 mph, dependent upon the current, with spinners, 1.5 to 2 ounce bottom-bouncers, and full crawlers. We have had some success raising our lines for the high-flyers, those fish hovering off the bottom. I had one nice mark, a high flyer up 7 feet, i raised my line up, felt the bite, began raising my rod tip more and cranking, but the fish was so strong, i was fully extended had little to no leverage and , it slammed my rod against the side of the boat and shook off. It was easily a 30-plus incher. The next trip looks to be Labor Day weekend and the World Ploughing Contest near Baudette. Here is a couple photos of our catches.
  7. 4 points
    bigfish, reach out to this guy. he does replicas...but VERY high quality. Tim @ [email protected]
  8. 4 points
    Can’t tell you particulars about Birch since I haven’t fished it but I’ve fished the area and plan to be there in about a week. This time of year can be tough. Are you marking anything on your electronics? If yes, it’s probably a tight bite window. Make sure you’re fishing The first and last hours of daylight plus the major moon phase. This time of year we fish at night quite a bit. We’re in the waxing full moon right now so it should be decent at some time. If you’re not seeing anything, try zooming in on the bottom and see if they’re laying low in the mud. Work them at them at the peak times if they are. Try half crawlers, they might be eating bugs. If nothing is laying on the bottom, they’re probably shallow. Troll raps shallow or bobber up shallower than you might think, like 5-7 fow, maybe even less. I think Birch has decent weed beds. Try those too. Walleye will get into them in the daylight hours. Good luck and report back! And feel free to be my 1000th like, lol! I just noticed the funny number when I submitted.
  9. 4 points
    Well I have to head home today. After a blah start the fishing ended up being pretty good. We ran into pretty good numbers of 14-15" fish and loads of 12-13 fish. We had really good luck on sand. Consistently 22-26' of water during the day with half a crawler. Yesterday morning we actually did best on bucktail hair jigs with a half crawler. I also did well running a spinner and crawler over rock bars in 10-13 feet. Not as much for numbers but much nicer fish, as well as bonus smallies and a few 6-7 lb pike. Middle of the week the in evening it was lights out. I started running cranks on a 13-15 feet break line and the fish were loaded..... but wouldn't touch the crank. I went to a spinner that first evening and it was as good a fishing as I've had here. 18 eyes in 45 minutes. Most 14-16" fish. It was also the only time leeches did anything for me. Crawlers worked as well. This bite did tail a bit as the week went on but that also may have resulted from the cold front.
  10. 3 points
    Hello my dear friends.. Let me introduce my movie about my geese hunt. it was very hard journey, very long, and very dangerous. but i have a luck ! Please watch my movie and tell me what do you think about my hunt in comments or here.. Thank you very much. VIDEO HAS ENGLISH SUBTITLES. all videos taken by me.
  11. 3 points
    James. Truth told it is a story of half truths. If they wouldn’t go on the plugs. We went back and jig rapped em.
  12. 3 points
    Gee John, that's funny. I have never known Rainy to get windy/rough. Ha We had a windy week when I was there but a few calm days so I could fish the reefs. Boat control on the reef's is tough when the wind is too much. Like many I assume, I catch a lot more fish when I can actually control my boat. On the windier days I just gave up and went pike fishing. I found a few new spots for us this year and had a blast. Even on a windy day I would rather be out there than stuck here at work. I am retiring next spring/summer so work won't get in my way then. Bill
  13. 3 points
    Got out again Friday early morning and then again Sunday evening fishing on the chain...Friday morning was a bust as we tried trolling over deep water and did not get anything. We then tried jigging raps on a weed line that treats us decent through the years and got 1 12" eye. Sunday we tried again planning on taking a tip from a friend and trying some structure using long leaders lindy rigging...we did not get a bite despite the graph littered with fish in the 18' range. I switched to a jigging rap and caught a 16" and a 19" in 20 minutes then we drifted off the spot while the other 2 set up jigging raps and by the time we got back to the structure the fish disappeared and we went deep water trolling back to the access. while doing so we caught an 11" crappie over 70' of water and that was it. Good times on the chain again!!!
  14. 3 points
    I can’t imagine NOT being able to catch crayfish in the Miss around the Cities. Find some rocks and drop in. Kill some fathead minnows for bait. Of course if you’re looking for eating craws, that’s another story.
  15. 3 points
    It’s illegal to use sunfish or perch for bait.
  16. 2 points
    I've caught plenty of bigger panfish, but none that were feistier than these!
  17. 2 points
    These bears gives me a lot of problems, but i can not shoot them because i have no license for bear. and i prefer to live in peace with bears.. they gone from my place after 2 nights.. they keepeng me warned all these time. main task - not to drop any foods around camp and show them that you see them they also fears me like i am fear them ...
  18. 2 points
    Thanks Wanderer, For the most part, I was marking fish all over the place. Spent most of my time in that 12'-18' range off points and running raps. It just felt like they weren't biting at all, so maybe your tight window theory is the issue. Hoping the next few weeks will change things around a bit. Thanks!
  19. 2 points
    Man that part of the world is so beautiful. I've been wanting to take my kids up there on a camping trip, but at 5 and 6 it might be just a little too much. or not. I guess a guy never knows till he tries.
  20. 2 points
    The end of last week I was really liking what I was seeing on the humminbird. Lots of fish and bait in the basin but just couldn't get them to rip.
  21. 2 points
    You are right there Bill, any day on the lake is better than being at work. When it’s too windy I still drop my anchor to stay on top of the fish and it’s a lot easier on me. Was out today for a few hours 9:30 to noon on the north arm. Saw a lot of fish on many reefs but only found one where the fish were cooperating. Picked up 3 in the slot, a 20 and 19” along with six 13”. Supper on!
  22. 2 points
    Here are the current regulations. This is north of the Stillwater lift bridge north to the Arcola High Bridge. https://www.nps.gov/sacn/planyourvisit/upload/Map-10-High-Bridge-to-Boomsite.pdf
  23. 2 points
    I use braid. For the jigging rod use a wire leader of some type if pike are a problem. A piece of tooth proof or equivalent in 15 pound test can just be tied in. I prefer a snap on the end but it isn't necessary. South bend makes good leaders that have thin wire, and small swivels and snaps. Invisa-leader is name. For the big bucks there is a 49 strand tieable wire.... both these are available at amzn and in test down to 10 or 13 pounds. You can also buy nylon coated and melt the coating to really secure the knot. FF has the cortland. you might have to order the AFW stuff
  24. 2 points
    ^^^^^^^^^ What they said! Definitely bring 2 set ups! Nothing worse than going all that way, and through all that work only to have a rod or reel break early on the trip and you can't fish anymore. A second set up weighs next to nothing, and could be worth more than anything else you pack if you end up breaking one.
  25. 2 points
    that 3 acre island in the bay where the kingpin campsite is where our cabin was for 25 yrs before the park took it from us. it would be hard to tell you how many casts for pike I took in grassy bay. Pike shouldn't be a secret. cast weed beds. Don't forget small islands or rocks. they hold a surprising amount of pike. one thing we found was small main lake weed bed that rarely get touched produced well. small as in little pockets. you only might get a fish or two off of each, but it adds up. big fish secret....troll big deep diving crank baits off of main lake points or structure. troll across and from shallow to deep and deep to shallow. Not a high productivity method, but quality. good luck
  26. 2 points
    In fairness, the VC was never designed to be a boating destination. He has about a 30 foot easement so not a lot of options and has neighbors to appease. Tough scenario and a crapshoot for boaters. They are fully aware of the dock problem at the Bayview as the neighboring (old Bayview) cabins got a couple of the end docks in the original sale and the other side (separately owned) got shoreline for the RV docks. There were endless issues to get through just to get the place open in June. The intent is to expand the dock system next year with a probable floating structure but not something they could accomplish immediately this season. They have a guy working the dock so pull up and if allowed he can guide you to an RV dock (not a given but they have been pretty cooperative). I have faced the full docks as well but would rather see that than a closed business. Kudos to Dean for the RV park and Arch for the bar. I know them both and they have pumped a lot of money into each while being extremely accommodating to the concerned neighbors....who are now some of the best customers. As per the food I like the reduced menu from the previous venture. I would highly recommend anything with the pulled pork....pp nachos, pp sandwich, pp tacos. A blended bulldog never hurts either! Hopefully next season docks will be resolved.
  27. 2 points
    Went yesterday. For the first (and last!) time ever, I made the run from Northeast Bay to Redgut via Frog Portage. I am so glad I did not meet another boat. Ticked at least five rocks on the 15-20 minute passage. Caught nothing in Porters or Redgut but was only there a short time. Thought I lost my Storm Big Mac yesterday. I was just starting a trolling run over 40 feet of water. Had let out about ten feet of line. Lure was just starting to wiggle and could not have been down more than a couple feet. Got an awesome hit and line snapped – I probably had my thumb on the spool as I was letting out line so drag had no chance to work. But the fish (I suspect musky) got rid of the lure and it and my titanium leader popped to surface where I retrieved them. Fishing was very slow with only a dozen fish landed.
  28. 2 points
    Kettle gives good advice. You’d have to go up to 20lb flouro to keep the pike from biting off. I’d run 8lb on both though. But that’s just a personal preference.
  29. 2 points
    Always pack two! I take my reels off and duct tape the rods to the inside gunnels of my canoe, makes it easier to portage. I run 8 lbs flouro on my 6'3" rod for jigging and 6lbs mono on a 7'0" rod for lindys
  30. 2 points
    Just got back from a week at Harmony Beach Resort, and wow is this an awesome place! They were easily able to accommodate my wife’s huge family! Their whole setup is really nice. The 2 guys they had working at the docks were awesome! My wife’s family doesn’t fish, so I was the amateur guide for the week...except for 1 day, where her brother actually hired a guide. I didn’t bring my boat, because it’s just too small for Kabetogama, and the other available boat was out of commission. So with only 1 boat for the week, we had to shuttle people back and fourth, which cut down on fishing time, but it worked out. The guide we went out with typically takes people to Rainy Lake through kettle falls, but we wanted to stay on “kab” and Namakan. We still had shore lunch at kettle falls though, which was a cool ordeal. He also took us to check out hoist bay and stevens’ island. It was really windy that day, so it probably prevented us from fishing an extra spot or 2, but it was still a really fun experience. Overall, we caught around 150 fish for the week. We caught a ton of pike! Surprisingly, not very many bass. Several jumbo perch. And an equal mix of walleye and sauger. Biggest pike was 30 inches. Biggest walleye was 23 inches. Biggest bass was 17.5 inches. Like I said before, my wife’s family doesn’t fish, so a lot of people were catching their first ever walleye or pike. So there was lots of excited kids (and grown ups) all week! Lots of fun was had, both on the water and at the cabin. Sounds like this may have been the first of an annual trip. Harmony Beach is awesome!
  31. 2 points
    Hoping someone on here has an FP heavy hauler they could chime in. Wanderer it's like a bag with a large foam type back rest. It is one that I have my eye on or the mobile elite from cabelas as they are both under 150$ without the pins and plastic connectors
  32. 2 points
    I have a Mo Marsh blind that has only been impacted by mice when I left it in the duck boat for storage one winter. The construction is good but can get a little tedious folding it up with the door bars. Pins and plastic connectors got you down? Don’t look to that blind then. I’m going the other route on my next blind: Less is more. Right down to almost a sack I can bury myself in.
  33. 2 points
  34. 1 point
    A decent pike will bite through 20 pound flouro in a heatbeat. Certtainly 14 pound like happened to me yesterday....
  35. 1 point
    Still a good bite on the rocks, just fewer humps having fish. Takes some searching to find a group. However, the fish still on the rocks are biters...and some big ones. I've been spending part of each day pulling cranks with lead core or flat lining and that is putting lots of fish in the boat also. I'm not seeing the huge schools in the mud anymore, just pods here and there but very fishable. Also catching some jigging. The water is amazingly cool still...below 70 every morning off the south shore. It has been a while since so many fish have been hanging within a few miles of the south shore. Boats are scattered over a huge area from around 28 feet and out. Sure nice not having to make long runs all the time. Fall fishing could be terrific this year with all the fish still on the south side. Forgot to mention the lack of algae blooms. Can't remember a year without major blooms by mid August. Good luck
  36. 1 point
    Hello Friends: I have a 2001 Lund Tyee Magnum 1950 that needs a new portside transom corner cap (hard plastic cap with three screws) from banging into the dock during storms. It appears Lund doesn't manufacture this part anymore (called Aronson's, and can't seem to find it at any local stores or on any of the online parts companies (great lakes skipper, etc). Any sense for where I may search next? Thanks
  37. 1 point
    I spent the last 3 days on Birch Lake by Ely and caught next to nothing. I jigged off the points, casted the bays, pulled cranks deep... everything I could think of. I'm coming back on Labor Day weekend with 4 other guys and am not very optimistic. Looking for pike and walleye. Anybody have any tips? We're staying at River Point.
  38. 1 point
    I did try my anchor one day, its a fluke style, maybe 13-14#. My boat is 16', I sure thought when I bought it I was OK but it held for a bit and then let go. I had a lot of line out as well, just too many big swells I guess. Ha, my plan was good but I guess my equipment or execution was off. Bill
  39. 1 point
    Sweet! That's the one thing I couldn't get going last week at all was a trolling bite.
  40. 1 point
    Here is the picture of the Island last year
  41. 1 point
    Oh, and two rods/two reels/spare line. It would totally suck to be back in and break a rod or have a reel/line go belly up.
  42. 1 point
    Went this afternoon. Wind was predicted with a high of 5 MPH. NOAA said the gusts only reached 18. I hate to tell them, but it was much higher on the water. My trolling motor was sucking air quite often. Coming back in even my 150 was sucking air a few times. Fishing lousy. Just a few pike and dink walleyes.
  43. 1 point
    Got your attention eh!!! Well the best turd cleaner is back eating dog turds in my tree. Eat’em up little buddy!!
  44. 1 point
    I’m assuming you want to stay on the lake you want to fish . Big lake , Birch lake , White iron lake , Shagawa , or Lake Vermillion might work out for you..
  45. 1 point
    VERY slow for me in the Frazer/Smarts Bay area over the last week using a Lindy and Crawler or leech. Actually been dreadfully slow (for me at least) for the past month....
  46. 1 point
    The Minnesota DNR website has a shorefishing page: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/fishing_piers/index.html
  47. 1 point
    got out with RickG to his secret honey hole again. Pretty fishies. Had to get out of the yak and go for a swim 2 times.
  48. 1 point
    finally got my first 10 of the year last week. @Rick G iced one also. hybrid and a male gill.
  49. 1 point
    Is anyone familiar with Big Turtle Lake near Marcel? The Arcadia Lodge website claims it's a great place for smallmouth. The wife and I have fished Pokegama and Sugar Lake (the one next to Vermillion) in the past and we've done well on Largemouth & Northern on most trips, but I thought it would be nice to try a lake with more smallmouth (though we have caught a few on Pokegama). Thanks.
  50. 1 point
    UG...Do Indian Slough from the dike road down or take your boat down from Wabasha and cut back into the lower end of the slough across from Tipiota Point and work the shallow pockets and fringe weeds. Lots of tackle wrecking possibilities are found there . The bay ahead of Tipiota will also harbor some brutes. ------------------ Sure life happens- why wait....The Crapster....good fishing guys! [email protected]
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