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  1. 8 points
    Went out Walleye fishing Saturday night and I caught this beauty. Measured 45 1/4" and estimated weight of close to 30#'s. Fought it for over 40 minutes. Caught on 6 pound line with a #4 hook. What an epic battle.
  2. 4 points
    Got a break from the strong NE winds and hit the lake Wed 6-13. The thermal image from Coast Watch was clouded over to get the latest surface temps so we went on a hunch. Left the Duluth Harbor and headed up the shore till we found a temp break and bit clearer water. We found the temp of 43 and a seam of clean water and it would have been a shorter boat ride if we put in at Mcquade. Orange X Raps and 57 Chevys w/ 100' of line out worked for us. 5 for 7 on Cohos and 2 lake trout.
  3. 4 points
    My opinion is no fish kept. The Rainy is such a special fishery that I think we can all eat burgers. In that cold water, with almost everyone fishing jigs, hooking mortality is surely very low. I've fished the spring run since the years where you would not want to eat the fish.....thanks Boise. I hope this special fishery isn't taken away from us...….unless compelling evidence can show we are damaging the LOW fishery. I hope all interested folks weigh in on the plan. To me, it is obvious the fishery is changing, but is it just natural cycles or are we putting too much pressure on the resource? One observation: sure not many charters fish near the south shore these days. Why are those fish gone? Whatever it takes...…...we need to keep this lake special.
  4. 2 points
    Even with the walleye season closed, the area will still be busy with Sturgeon fishermen.
  5. 2 points
    Shulsebus, I use a 5' leader with a red, black, pink, or bronze #4 hook on my leech and crawler rigs. Cliff
  6. 1 point
    Hi everybody! I made a mad dash trip up to Life of Riley Resort this past Friday/Saturday and got back home early Sunday morning. No fishing planned, I was dropping off two of my grandkids to work at the resort for the summer! If you're at the resort say hi to them! Izzie (17 year old granddaughter), is working as a cabin girl. If you're there for breakfast she may be serving at your table. It's her second season there. Jordan (16 year old grandson) is working as a dock boy. He'll meet your boat, get you gas, bait or ice and of course clean your fish if you're staying there. It's his first summer there. We left home Friday evening at 5:00 P.M. to a typical St. Louis summer evening (95 degrees and humid) and got to the resort shortly before 7:00 A.M. to temps in the mid 40's and lots of wind! Left for home about 3:30 P.M. Saturday and got home about 4:00 A.M. Sunday morning. Just short of 36 hours total and about 29 of those hours driving. It was worth every minute to me to be able to get the two of them there where they can spend the "summer of a lifetime"! I would have loved to have had an opportunity like that as a teenager. We'll be back up in early August to spend some time fishing and bring them back home for school! If you do stop in and meet them tell them that you heard they were there from their Poppa, and that Nana and Poppa said hi!
  7. 1 point
  8. 1 point
    Follow the link to read about the plan the DNR and steering committee has for LOW. I think it is a step in the right direction but personally wouldn't mind seeing the season on the Rainy River close April 1st. https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/lakeofthewoods/index.html
  9. 1 point
    It would seem unlikely the DNR has anywhere near an accurate number for fish kept during the winter. The number of fish caught and eaten by guys in wheelhouses and sleepers is seemingly uncountable. It's a big lake but the road network for us anglers to pursue the schools of fish in the basin is amazing. I am starting to wonder if there is a correlation between the winter catch with the wheelhouse numbers explosion and the fact the south shore bite only lasts a couple weeks in the spring. Also, it was not all that long ago the ice fishing was pretty good most of the winter without going out 10 miles or more. It's hard to imagine Big Traverse getting a significant dent in the population by anglers in the winter, but it does make me wonder. North and east of the big basin, the fishing has stayed consistently good even with all the charters making daily runs north. Our new Large Lake Specialist surely has an interesting and challenging job. Hopefully, one of these days when someone asks him the simple question "Where did the fish go?", he will have an answer. Participate and good luck
  10. 1 point
    Keeping Leeches lively for weeks. Usually after hitting the water for a few hours a nice rack of ribs on the grill and may be a small rum and coke on the deck watching the sunset works great for keeping me lively, until the next weekend at least! ?
  11. 1 point
    I have one and love it use it quite often fishing bass or pitching wood for crappies. I have the taller version the springfield pole. IMO the springfield is stronger better built then a swivel ease. They also make a butt seat that has a bracket where you pivot the butt seat to lean on.
  12. 1 point
    I agree with srj, whatever it takes. They could lower the open water limit to 3 eye/2 sauger. Dont think too many would oppose that. With the wheelhouse craze over the last 10 years, you could almost figure somthing had/has to change.
  13. 1 point
    Definitely a crawler bite for me this morning. And I had good luck on the rocky edges of a reef, my favorite kind of fishing even with occasional snags. 16-20 fow. Summer is here! RLG
  14. 1 point
    With everyone's helpful advice, we have decided we are going to pick one day and make a day of going from one end of the lake to the other, and back, just for the experience and scenery. I trust my navigation skills, and will just plan on taking it slow and easy. Staying in the middle of channels and trusting my electronics to hopefully keep us safe from hazards. And if you trust the long range forecast, looks like mother nature is going to give us a great day to do it. For next Tuesday, the forecast shows partly cloudy all day with a high of 78 degrees, winds light to variable (5 mph). Perfect for an all day boat adventure. And typically not good for Walleye fishing, so makes it easier for me to give up the day of fishing, ha! Thanks all for the information and suggestions. ?
  15. 1 point
    I’ve considered going that route. I’ve purchased leeches packed in bedding and preferred them that way over water. I think it would work well. What I did change to was using my 13 qt Engel cooler to keep my half pound of leeches in. It keeps them cool all day in the boat from just being in the fridge. I’m finding I can easily go a week without changing the water if they’re just stored. I changed it once after using them. The water is still crystal clear and there has been zero dead loss. It’s like they’re back in hibernation mode.
  16. 1 point
    With all do respect to Cliff, even if he is booked there are a lot of guides that you can call through the guides league. Cliff is just one of the few on this forum, which we are all very thankful for! Fishing can often be better as a new system approaches!
  17. 1 point
    Feeding them only pollutes the water and they die sooner. Just refrigerate and change water like Borch said.
  18. 1 point
    Keep them in the frig in the back where its coldest and change water every few days. They will stay lively for weeks.
  19. 1 point
    I want the fishing activity for the local economy, but it would be kind of cool if they could close the Rainy River for spring fishing to see how that worked out, but that's probably not realistic.
  20. 1 point
    Mr Mayor, Lots of good guys on this site, when the time gets closer and a time frame of when you can actually get on the water is nailed down you could ask and some one from the area may let you jump in their boat for a day or a couple hours. A nonresident can buy a license for a 24 hour[$14] or 72 hour[$36] time frame and a trout stamp isn't required[not many trout lakes in that area anyhow]. Shore fishing can be good. There are not any bass in Swede. Might catch some from the boat landing dock at Goose. You could wet wade Waconia and fish a pretty good area. I would try to get in a members boat from this site if I were you though. Workin'
  21. 1 point
    Waconia is a good lake to try and you can rent a boat there too. Pretty much every lake in the state is legal to float a boat; access is the only hinderance, which fortunately is still not a big issue. So may good bass lakes in the area. Here’s a screen shot that might help frame some ideas for Waconia.
  22. 1 point
    Welcome to Fishing Minnesota, Mr Mayor. Ahh yes, Jersey? Usually spend some time in Elizabeth , Long Branch and Paramus every year for work.... love the traffic? I havent fished that area in a few yrs, but Hydes used to have nice crappies, tons of 12-14 inch bass with some good ones mixed in and quite a few smaller northerns. White spinner baits, in 1/4 and 3/8 will get plenty of bass. Waconia also has a good population of panfish and largemouth.
  23. 1 point
    Here's the trout stamp info from the regulation book: Trout and salmon stamp validations are printed on the ELS license. This is the only verification needed to prove purchase of the trout and salmon stamp. Purchasers may request the actual pictorial stamp for an additional 75 cents. Except as noted, anglers need a Minnesota trout and salmon stamp validation and a fishing or sports license when fishing in designated trout streams, designated trout lakes, Lake Superior, or when possessing trout on waters that are not designated trout water. All trout and salmon in possession require a trout and salmon validation, unless received as a gift, see giving fish, page 34 . Trout and salmon stamps are not required for children younger than 18 years old, adults who are 65 and older, people fishing with a 24-hour or 72-hour license or people who are exempt from fishing license requirements or who receive a fishing license at no charge Here's the online license site: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/licenses/index.html
  24. 1 point
    From Sterling-Rock Falls area. Started going up in 1969 when the Wicals owned it. Mike Wical was a baker in our town and a friend of my dads. A few years after he bought Life of Riley our family started going up every year. Many years for opener then started going end of July as family got older so kids could tube/jet ski. Now we go up 2-3 times a year. Were up week over memorial day and got into huge crappies. Helped tear down the original store years ago when I was in my late teens so Mike had to build new one.
  25. 1 point
    Anybody else catch a bass yet?! LOL! I did get one this morning on my Mississippi River shoreline that made me a little excited. I was running through my Muskie gear and this nearly 21 incher grabbed my Top Raider on her third attempt. It was pretty awesome watching her try for it. Spawned out by the way.
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