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    MarkB

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    Muskies

    'we have more fun' I Share On FishingMN


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    monstermoose78

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  1. 13 points
    I just returned home from a sweltering 4 day trip on Vermilion. In all of the years that I have fished Lake Vermilion, I don't ever remember it being so hot for so long. We had no top on our boat and once that sun got overhead, it was game over for us. The heat was just too unbearable. We heard that a couple of people were hauled off in ambulances due to heat stroke. But now, for the fishing report. During the 4 days that we fished, 2 were great and 2 were not so great. We fished the same spots basically, all 4 days. Nothing changed weather wise and, except for the heat, conditions seemed ideal. We saw only very sparse mayflies with no slicks anywhere. We found the walleyes in 18'-32' of water. When we were right on top of the reef in the rocks, we caught some real nice smallmouth and jumbos right along with the walleyes. Our best smallmouth was 18.5", our best jumbo was 11.5", and our best walleye was 26". We used both crawlers and leeches and I could not define a preference for one over the other. We ate walleyes while there and brought home our limit for 3 fishermen. None of the walleyes that we kept had mayflies. Surprisingly, the jumbos that came from the same reefs were full of mayflies. The areas that we fished were snaggy and I found that a 1oz bottom bouncer and a teardrop floating jig(blue and white) with a 3'-4' leader greatly reduced snags and satisfied the fish. We generally fished till about 1:00 when the heat became unbearable. We fished Big Bay, Portage Bay, and Fraser Bay. Big Bay and Fraser Bay produced all of our fish. We tried slip bobbers on top of reefs at varying depths and basically struck out. On Wednesday, we were fishing Fraser Bay when a smaller boat with a man and a woman came trolling by us next to an island(Alepo, if you must know). She hooked up and proceeded to fight what appeared to be a big fish. The fight continued and we finally decided it was a muskie. It was a joke watching these very nice people trying to land this fish because, they had no net and were completely unprepared to land this fish. She brought the fish up beside the boat and the man cradled his arms under the fish and lifted it up. That fish slapped him in the side of the head 5 or 6 times on the way into the boat. It was difficult to keep from laughing. We congratulated them and moved away only to see the man pick the fish up and heave it over the back of the boat. I went back and, sure enough, the big fish was on it's back and was belly up. We asked if they wanted us to revive it and, so, we did. She was mishandled and it took 10 minutes or better to get her to where she kicking pretty good so we could let her go. She swam away and disappeared. The fish was 45" long by their measurement and it was caught on a small spinner with a sucker minnow for bait. They said they were fast trolling this set-up for northerns. All in all, it's always great to be at the lake in spite of the weather. We have a second trip planned and reserved for late September. I'm pretty sure the weather will have cooled by then. Good Fishing, MarkB My best walleye of the trip
  2. 9 points
    Found the walleyes during the afternoon today. Wind blown rock reef. 8 feet of water. Bobber and leech. All the walleyes had perch minnows in their bellies. We caught 11 and kept our 8. The one pictured was 23 inches.
  3. 5 points
    Thought I would go for a cast after supper...able to fish around reef point area for an hour using pop-r’s(by request from smalljaw)...lots of active smallies...here is a sample...all put back to their beds....
  4. 4 points
    The Leech Lake walleyes are on the move and our guides have been chasing them! With a recent fly hatch and some heat moving in this week has been a grind but we are still finding limits. A few keys to putting fish in the boat have been the location, the presentation and the wind. Most of our fish have been on Sucker bay and the main lake. Duck point, Ottertail point and Stoney point have all been good and putting out fish. We have been focusing on the 11-14 feet of water and covering ground has been important. Both Duck and Ottertail points have nice break lines that top out around 8 and bottom at 20, which, is what we have been focusing on. Try to run your boat along the break line and make note of where the fish tend to be. If they are on the top of the break fish there and likewise for the deeper water. Our presentation of choice, when the wind allows it, has been bottom bouncers with spinners. Gold, pink and white, and green have all been getting the Leech Lake walleye guide fish in the boat. Try to run these at 1.3-1.8 mph with just enough line out to “bounce off the bottom.” The wind has been a nice advantage the past few days. Use the wind to push your boat along the desired path for a nice easy drift. As stated above the places we have been focusing on are actually in the same area but with different layouts. this allows you to make sure you are fishing in the waves and not in flat calm water. As you may know, leech is very clear so on a flat calm and sunny day it can be tough. Find the waves and find the action. We do still have some openings for July yet. Give us a call to see what we have open. https://leechlakeguideservice.com Dennis Carlson with his Biggest walleye 27 inches. Caught on a green spinner rig
  5. 3 points
    Got out on Fathers day with the Kayak down the Mississippi River for some good ole Smallmouth Bass action. River was low which made a great float and the smallies were hungry! They just couldn't resist the wacky worm once again. We have such an amazing fishery here in MN, glad to call this state home. Enjoy.
  6. 3 points
    Hope everyone has a fun and 4th July!
  7. 3 points
    Happy Independence Day to my fellow FM friends!
  8. 2 points
    That will work for houseboating, but if you're camping you need a reservation. Can't just camp anywhere.
  9. 2 points
    I happened to be out on the chain this morning and drove from Big Trout to the very west end where Pine River comes in. Rutgers Bay was the worst for moss by far from what I saw.
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    Yah, sometimes it’s hard to get info about city fishing when most of us try to get AWAY from the city! I read your post a few days ago and only thought of the river, Minnehaha Creek (both already mentioned) or the City Chain of Lakes. I used to trailer my bass boat to Calhoun or Bde Maka Ska and trolling motor the whole lake and sometimes into Lake of the Isles. We always picked up nice bass on the weed lines and an occasional muskie. My best bass was a 6-4 but we always caught at least one 5 lbs along with multiple 3’s and 4’s. I never spent enough time on Harriet to figure it out. The River can be fished in sections. Just pick one. Some of the harbor and island areas were always good for white bass and smallies. Look for rip rap. My favorite bait was a small bomber model A with clear sides and chrome middle to emulate the shad. Occasionally I’d tie into some channel cats or even a stout flathead.
  14. 2 points
    Although I appreciate the replies and any effort because I know it's good faith, they're not of much use. As originally posted, this is really looking to withIN Minneapolis / St Paul.
  15. 2 points
    Getting closer for me. We will be up on 7/25. If you guys see a red Lowe FM 165 (Fishing Machine) w/90HP Merc, that will most likely be me. We stay at Idlewood so with no CA this year I suspect we will be traveling east a lot. I know by then Black Bay is "supposed" to be done but I manage a few eyes in there this week. I just like fishing that area, I fished it a lot years ago with my dad. There are big pike everywhere so I will hit a few spots that week. The reef's I like best for eyes are mostly all east. The way the border looks I don't think Smalljaw will get to see his cabin in CA this year. That really stinks! Years ago I wished for a cabin on an island on Rainy, that is still a fantasy I guess. I wouldn't be too happy if I finally had my cabin and I couldn't visit it. I am retiring this summer if things line up right. After this trip with my wife I might try to get my dad back up onto Rainy if I can figure it out. He is 83 and in decent shape except a bad back. My mom is our concern, she has dementia and needs watching, so far my dad is her full time caregiver. My dad started taking me to Rainy when I was in my early teens so I owe him. I know there may be better places to fish but Rainy just keeps me coming back. Muskies, I really enjoy you posting. Oh, have you ever caught a musky on Rainy? I have not that I recall. Thanks for letting ramble on your thread. Bill
  16. 2 points
    Good report rayguy! I have heard from many lakes in the area that the sunnies are just getting onto their beds!! The armada will sure be out in full force this weekend as the fourth always draws a major crowd out there!! Great for sight seeing but not so much for fishing...on calm days if you can get over to trout lake the whitefish have been biting on jigging raps in the 60 ft range. troll till you see a bunch of fish in 40+ ft of water and start jigging until your rod bends over!!! great fish for the smoker!!! Good Luck
  17. 2 points
    Well here is my two cents. Have done a lot of fishing and not much catching. Been very windy and now feels like a oven so its a hard bite. Walleyes we have caught have been fairly shallow. Most on live bait but a couple on shad raps. No real pattern , one here and one there. Bass are more active. Morning has been good for them. The past weekend I think its the most pontoons and wake boats I have ever seen on Whitefish. Big fishfly hatch the last few days. This weekend you better get up early cause the armada forms about 10:00 am. One strange thing is we still have sunnies on nests around our dock. Very late for that. So guys keep your eyes open as there are some crazies out there buzzing around. Happy fourth!
  18. 2 points
    Awesome report. Thanks!
  19. 2 points
    There are sturgeon in all parts of the river, but Stillwater to Bayport is really gonna be your best shot at catching one. Especially right around the Excell Energy plant. Good luck.
  20. 2 points
    I mostly fished muskies today. Had two hit this morning. Finally saw a fish on the rocks tonight. Heard of one 51 incher caught tonight.
  21. 2 points
    I assumed the water was lower than it normally should be, although we've received some rain the last couple days so maybe its up now (or coming up?). I float the Rum in a jon boat every summer about 4-5 times and its easily one of the most overlooked smallmouth fisheries in this entire state. Rarely do I see others out there other than occasional kayak or group of tubers. I am fully convinced that the only lures the bass see out there are the ones I throw at them. I catch a fair number of dinks out there in the 10-14 inch range but just about every trip I also tie into at least a couple fish that are 17+ inches. I don't catch a lot of walleyes but I usually catch more of them near deeper holes or when the water is higher. I do catch a fair number of pike and the biggest I've caught is 38 inches. The toad below is 20 inches and weighed over 5 pounds. I intend to start going after the 4th of July. Once the fishing in lakes starts to get poor (which will be soon), the river heats up.
  22. 2 points
    Low water pushes the fish into deeper holes and makes finding them easier. When you see the frogs jumping on the roads come fall it’s crazy times on the rum!
  23. 2 points
    This will be the first Independence Day weekend on Rainy Lake I have missed since 1999. I have a favor to ask. Please tie on a Pop R and catch one of those bass gorging on mayflies. Post a photo for all to enjoy.
  24. 2 points
    Coon Creek in Coon Rapids has smallies walleyes pike catfish largemouth. Fish downstream from egret Street. the rum river is good too
  25. 2 points
    Went to Mille lacs with my dad brother and friend we kill em. We caught around 50 eyes and I caught 20 of them it was a blast. It was a much needed trip to clear my head and do what I do.
  26. 2 points
    Absolutely. Anyone interested in Muskies should only fish east of oak narrows.... Please... preferably even further east..
  27. 2 points
    Finally took the boat off the trailer in into the lake...during my lunch....of course had to stop and check a spot ... no bait...used jigging rap for 20 minutes...1 sauger-12 1/2” and one 25” sucker...caught in 22 feet, surface temp at 66 degrees, water is at normal summertime levels, some mayfly carcasses floating in the water. Watched a few bass surface eating bugs on top of the water where I tie my boat up. Sorry couldn’t fish for them due to lunch time restraints...another day....
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    I stayed up there for a week and a half....the hottest week and a half of my life. I need to move to Alaska! I bought $40 worth of bait and used none of it. Quite the shame. I did have nieces and nephews up that loved being in the "bath water" of Vermilion. Water temps were consistently 80 degrees and above. I'll save my hard core fishing for later this summer and fall I guess. A lot of memories were made and I added three youngsters to the stable of first-time waterskiiers on the lake. MarkB - your reports are always great to read. I'm glad to hear that you had some success.
  30. 1 point
    Water was a little cooler today. Still to hot to fish, and had grandkids here. Finally some rain. Looks like over an inch... Maybe I won't need that extra dock section after all.
  31. 1 point
    Hope y’all have had a great 5th too!
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    OK, I’ll give my report and see if anybody else has anything to say. Headed out last Wednesday to Fish Lake. Just some bluegill and little perch and a couple of outside the slot walleye. Then when evening came, switch from crawlers and spinners to leeches and spinners and picked up four walleye. Three of them were within the slot. Anywhere from 8 to 14 feet of water. A lot of recreation on the lake and it seemed the fishing for walleyes picked up later in the evening. Just covering water on the flats and edges of weeds
  34. 1 point
    Just came across this forum for the first time. I have been coming to rainy lake since I was born, and have always had a passion for the pre july 4th fishing in the bays and try to make it up at or before that to enjoy. This year with things in flux we will be up mid july. I know that is traditionally reef time, but have never had much success. I have read and talked with some locals who say find the reefs that come up to 25-40 feet surrounded by deep water. Does anyone have any advice on spots to hit mid july. I will find them on a map, but am definitely a novice reefer. Thanks Erik
  35. 1 point
    Algae! Ever since the zebra mussels have gotten into Whitefish the floating mats of algae have been a nuisance, but this year is terrible. I hate that crap. You can't troll without it getting all over your line and lure. Not fun to swim in either! My parents have even mentioned leaving the chain it bothers them so much. Does anyone know if this is the blue-green algae that is toxic to dogs? No chance I'll fish during the day this weekend, it's nuts out there right now.
  36. 1 point
    Thanks for sharing...I was lucky enough to grow up on sand bay. As for muskies, I’ve caught a few smaller ones. The picture is of the lake today...it was a nice day but work needed to get done...no fishing
  37. 1 point
    @ozzie I’ve been wanting to get on some whiteys for a while and have talked about hitting the chain for some time. Just might have to try that tip now that I have an honest fishing boat again. Or let me know if you have an open seat sometime or want to jump in with me.
  38. 1 point
    I used to fish right below the Grays Bay dam on Lake Minnetonka when I was kid. We caught all kinds of fish there. I often wondered if a guy could start there and float further down on Minnehaha Creek in a kayak. It sounds like its quite possible, especially after a good rain like we just received. Might be worth a try.
  39. 1 point
    Hey smalljaw, sorry you’ll miss out out the “smallie” fireworks...lol...I’ll make sure to post a couple of pictures next time I’m out...it’s been a bit warm here with heat warnings up until next week...temps been around 85-90 and humid. Happy 1st of July to anyone north of the border and Happy 4th of July to everyone south of it!
  40. 1 point
    That’s nuts! I’ve only started working the river a few times this summer. Got onto one small eye. Mid-day seems pretty rough, or I just need to try changing up my tactics. Water seems pretty low as well, not sure if that’s a pro or con. I love getting on the smallies. So far from what I’ve seen they’re either toads or dinks, no in between. Can’t wait for some fall action!
  41. 1 point
    Don’t go to the Cannon River on weekends! It’s nothing but an army of drunks floating down the river. Vermilion River east of Hastings would be better. Good for crappies and white bass.
  42. 1 point
    Was out on the Rum today, it was a hot morning and slowed down during the afternoon. All on the frog! Had a good mix of largemouth/smallmouth and pike.
  43. 1 point
    Definitely if your coming up to Musky fish the above report of 2 twelve hours days on West end and not even a follow has been my experience as well……through many humbling trips. In addition lots of boats trolling on west end as well … early season …… Try East of Oak Narrows …… you will immediately become a much better Musky fisherman …
  44. 1 point
    Last weekend there were a TON of boats musky fishing in HeadOLakes bay. There were so many that I actually had to come off plane and snake my way through the boats since they were packed in so close together. Still quite a few boats that were out chasing musky on Sunday.
  45. 1 point
    Well, got a response from Minnesota DNR and to my chagrin, it was not as I expected. Was told that if my daughter was purchased the $5 16-17 yr old license, then it would last the remainder of the year even though she turns 18. So she would not be required to purchase the adult license when she turned 18. Huh! Who’d have thunk it?!?
  46. 1 point
    They had to come out of Mille Lacs and then settle up at least temporarily in this deeper hole. And since Mille Lacs walleyes are already skinny to begin with, well, you can see the starvation occurring exponentially.
  47. 1 point
    Isaac was at it again this evening! He has now broke his PB 3 times since Friday. Friday he caught a 19 1/2" that weighted 4lbs 10oz, then Saturday the 5lb 2oz, 20 3/4" girl above. Now today, he catches another 20 3/4" but this one weighted 5lbs 6oz! He is on fire! Or, I am just good luck!
  48. 1 point
    back in the day ms fishing star and I just zipped two sleeping bags together and that kept up us worm.
  49. 1 point
    If someone is legal keeping 15"+ bass, it's none of your business whether they keep 15"+ fish or not. Just walk away and leave it alone. If you want to change the regulations, try doing it in the proper manner instead of a confrontation at the boat ramp. I don't know how others would react, but if you approached me, it certainly wouldn't be positive experience.
  50. 1 point
    Gotta be careful to keep the holier than thou attitude under control whatever you decide to do. After all not much difference between bass, northern (looking at you harpooners), walleye, even gills.
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