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  1. On the south end... Most of the lake is still ice covered with the exception of large areas adjacent to inflowing water such as the Lighthouse Gap (Rainy River) and Morris Point Gap (Bostic Creek) areas. Open water is expanding daily. Anglers are allowed a limit of walleyes and saugers on the lake, but catch and release only on Four Mile Bay and the Rainy River through April 14. Open water is becoming available in many of the back bays around the lake where pike spawn. The pike season is open year round on LOW and the Rainy River. 3 fish per day, 30-40 inches must be released, one ov
  2. Hey just trying to find a report that says like on March 20th, 2021 the water level measured at Crane Lake was.. say 18 feet 6 inches.. measured again on April 5th, 2021 and the depth is now at 17 feet six inches.. something simple. been searching around this web site.. and way to complex.. KISS Keep it short and simple.. over and out.. same thing any web site you just want a bit of info.. and all this run around crap.. pffff.
  3. JBMasterAngler

    Rush River Report

    Made my long awaited return to the Rush yesterday. Never got a WI license last year, so it was good to be back! Beautiful weather! But conditions could not have been worse for trout! Water was lowest I’ve ever seen! And gin clear, without a single cloud in the sky. We were fortunate to catch the 3 we did. Way too many people out for my liking. But our gear worked, and our boots didn’t leak so it was a great day as far as I’m concerned.
  4. On the south end... Ice fishing is all finished up on the main lake. The focus is on back bays for big pike and areas of open water on the lake for walleyes. The pike season is open year round on LOW and the Rainy River. 3 fish per day, 30-40 inches must be released, one over 40" allowed. Anglers are allowed a limit of walleyes and saugers on the lake, but catch and release only on Four Mile Bay and the Rainy River through April 14. A limit of walleyes and saugers is a combined limit of 6 fish with up to 4 being walleyes. Walleyes 19.5-28.0 inches must be released with one allowed
  5. eyeguy 54

    White suckers

    White suckers are on the move in some of the local rivers. Night crawler on a #6 hook and a 1/4 oz slip sinker brought many to shore the last two days. Crazy light biters.
  6. On the south end... Resorts have pulled off fish houses for the season. There was some ice fishing happening this past weekend but ice conditions are deteriorating quickly. Big pike and some nice walleyes were caught. Big pike are setting up adjacent shallow water areas of bays, streams and shorelines setting up to spawn. Soon those open water areas will turn on. The pike season on LOW is open year round. The limit is 3 pike. Pike between 30 - 40 inches must be released. One pike allowed over 40 inches. On the Rainy River... The Rainy River is open and numerous boat ramp
  7. Is the special 40 inch min pike reg for this lake gone? I only see a 10 per day sunfish limit listed. Thanks
  8. On the south end... Most resorts have pulled off fish houses for the season with a few resorts adjacent to better ice conditions still ice fishing. Big pike are active and staging adjacent to spawning areas. Most fish are being caught on tip ups with live sucker minnows or a dead bait like a tullibee. Most pike angling taking place in 5-15' of water. Walleye anglers finding fish 15 - 30' of water. A morning / evening bite shallower, walleyes and saugers during the day in deeper water. On the Rainy River... The Rainy River is starting to open! Some small boats pushing over s
  9. Rick G

    One last time

    Eyeguy and I decided one last trip was in order to close the ice season out. We found decent ice conditions N of St Cloud within an hour- hour and half drive, though even here shorlines are really looking rough, and the snow they got definitely didn't help much. Anyway, we started drilling and catching in 13-15 ft of water, over the tops of the weeds. Problem was, the crappies were 10 inches on top end.... So we started drilling, and drilling untill we were pulling up weeds with the auger. This is where we ended up finding the big ones . The Best area was right in the weeds,vor i
  10. On the south end... Lots of ice fishing is still happening in some areas while other areas are dealing with ice upheavals due to temperature fluctuations. Some parts of the lake are very accessible, but It is a good idea to call ahead or watch the Facebook page of the resort or outfitter you are fishing with for any updates. Mixed reports. Some catching lots of fish with quite a bit of sorting for keepers happening while others are catching one here, one there. Some nice slot fish (between 19.5 - 28.0 inches) being caught and released. Also some trophy walleyes (28 - 33 inches) caugh
  11. IceHawk

    Stick A Fork In It

    Just did a 6 day marathon of ice fishing in all parts of the state, and from I witnessed on a bunch of different lakes ice conditions are changing rapidly and are unsafe in the S and certain areas in the central parts of the state. Fished the Atwater area lakes couple times. ON these lakes there were areas of open water thin ice, to ice so black it could open any day. I personally advise no travel in the southern region area at all. Central MN still has walkable ice on a few lakes especially one of my favs in particular Osakis . It still held my wheeler the other day but any day could be w
  12. We’re heading up to Lutsen area for the first week of April and I was looking for fishing ideas with kids. Options I was considering: guided ice fishing if the ice is still decent, panfish on smaller lakes or walleye on Sag or shore fishing on superior. I go up steelhead fishing every spring but that’s typically early for upper shore- maybe casting around river mouths? I also haven’t done any shore fishing off break walls so I wouldn’t know where to start- if that time of year is worth it or would hold kids attention, depths to try, etc. They do love climbing around rocks and beaches on sh
  13. Just a heads up. Ice conditions, and specifically access points have deteriorated rapidly since last weekend. I think our days of driving on to all but a few of our area lakes has come to an end for the season. I have been spending my week in the Annandale and Richmond areas. Most of the access points that are on hills with runoff or have south facing shoreline are gonna take a beating first. The good news is, there is still plenty of ice on the lakes, although they are starting to get sloppy..... and the panfish are starting their yearly push toward the shallows. Stay safe and go
  14. Anyone been by the Big Trout landing up by Cross Lake, MN in the past week. Wonder how it's holding up?
  15. On the south end... Fish houses can be on the ice through March 31st. Walleyes are open through April 14th, pike never close. A good week of fishing despite a number of temperature changes. A variety of walleyes, saugers, perch, pike, tullibee and eelpout being caught in 29-33 feet. Jigging spoons with a glow stick or rattles tipped with a piece of minnow for the jigging line. On the deadstick, a colored hook with a live fathead has been effective. Electronics are helpful to show suspended fish. When suspended fish are spotted, reel up quickly before fish swims through. When your lure
  16. I am new to this site and was intrigued by some of the conversations. Sounds like a good time gathering in Richmond, wish I could be there but I am in Missouri and wanting to come up for one more ice fishing trip this coming weekend. ( Mar 5-6, 2021) I fished at Cedar Lake in Faribault with my son about a 3 weeks ago and had a blast. I can sneak away one more time this weekend but would like to know what the ice conditions look like now. Can any of you offer me any suggestions as to the thickness and conditions? Looking forward to one more trip to MN this season. (We just do not have good
  17. smurfy

    tullies on leech

    any idea when the tullibee might star biting off stony point on leech............i'd sure like to give that a go again.
  18. Bryan P

    5 of Diamonds Pike

    Been awhile since I posted. Hope everyone had a great season ice fishing. I have been chasing pike mainly with the Aqua Vu this year and trying different baits. Pulled out the 5 of Diamonds to end the season. Who remembers this one. Anyone use it ice fishing. Thought I Share.
  19. It’s coming fast! I’m guessing March 26th for birchdale
  20. Hookmaster

    Minnetonka

    A little long winded but I'm excited to share. Got out on Tonka 4 times this week. Yes, I'm retired. Bought the Milwaukee 2803-33 and put it on a 6" lazer hand auger that I've had for 20 years but have never used it since I have a gasser too. Very impressed by that set up. Also gave the LiveScope a good work out. Monday afternoon found the sunfish and crappie suspended over a 40-foot hole. Saw fish with the LiveScope with the first set of holes and drilled a few more to get on top of them. Kept 3 of each for fish sandwiches. Tuesday afternoon in the same hole but near the ridg
  21. papadarv

    Rush Lake Chisago

    Son and I decided one last trip before ice melt on Rush. Lots of slush at access, probably unpassable by next weekend with 40 to 50 deg. temps next week. 25" ice with 4" packed snow on fishing area. No hot spot just area with 30 so wheel/skid shacks. Drilled a few around orange marker found nothing, flasher lit up at blue marker suspended 15 to 28 ft. 36 FOW. Bite non existing put everything down, colors, plastic, variety. Got 3 at 9 to 11 inch. Talked to several anglers, same results. Love the floor I built for the flip no water/slush everything dry.
  22. If you intend to fish past Sunday, you'll need a new 2021 angling license. Additionally, the deadline to remove permanent/overnight fish houses is Monday in the southern half of the state. If found unattended over night beyond the deadline, enforcement officials can confiscate the house itself.
  23. Hey all...I am a noob ice fisherman and want to be as safe as possible... The lakes around my area have about 2 feet of ice and the warm weather the past few days has me nervous driving my Ford Ranger on the ice... I am assuming that I should not be concerned yet BUT I just wanted some reassurance before I go this evening. *There is no major flow in the lake FYI* Thanks for any help and sorry if this is asked too much!
  24. Coho Salmon are unlike any fish I've ever targeted. There's not a ton of opportunities to catch these fish through the ice, so to be able to do that makes it that much cooler. Went went out on Lake Superior near Duluth, MN. This was on Sunday. Such a cool experience!
  25. On the south end... A warm up triggered some nice walleyes and saugers up on Lake of the Woods this week. A mix of walleyes and saugers with some pike, perch, eelpout and tullibees being caught in 29-33 feet. Using a bait with rattles or vibration to attract fish is helpful. On the deadstick, try a glow hook with a live minnow or even a glow bead above the hook. Set bait 6 inches to a foot off of the bottom. Try gold, glow colors, chartreuse and pink good color choices this week. Electronics are helpful to show suspended fish as well as how fish are reacting to your presentation.
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