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  1. Icing Catfish - First Timer!

    A few friends and I decided to try our hand at something we've never done before - targeting Channel Catfish through the ice. This definitely proved to be a bit of a challenge and took me out of my comfort zone. After getting a few bites and fish up the hole we started to figure out a method that worked for us. I don't feel like it's the most productive way to catch these fish but it worked out for us that day. At the end of the day everyone in our group caught quite a few fish, had their rods doubled over and left with smiles on our faces. These fish put up a heck of a fight on Walleye gear! I will definitely try to get back up there this season.
  2. St Cloud Get Together 2/24/18, 8:00 am until you want to leave The St Cloud Get Together will be on Cedar Island Lake near Richmond. As of today the ice conditions appear to be excellent with 2 feet or more of good ice in all areas except necked down current areas. The highlighted routes are being traveled frequently at this point. The Cedar Island Lake is well known for a great place to catch channel catfish through the ice. What you may not know is that it is also and excellent spot for catch crappies, walleyes and the infamous party crappie,(rock bass). Channel cats can be caught on the same gear you use for crappies or walleyes. Those targeting cats often use pieces of minnows, chicken liver or live minnows. These baits can be fish under a sensitive bobber or jigged on a small jigging spoon. Despite there size, channel cats can be very light biters so take that into account. Crappies can be caught on the usual crappie techniques, including plastics. So if cats aren't your thing there still the crappies or walleyes to target. As the name implies, this event is mostly for fun. It's a great way to meet others from the forum, tell stories, share techniques and maybe even a few fishing spots. There will be a potluck about noon with a raffle drawing following lunch. The plan is to have a fish fry with any donated catfish, crappies or walleyes from the morning. If folks could pack a fillet knife and a fish cleaning board that would be great. Also storing fish so they don't freeze makes the cleaning process so much easier. Bring a dish to pass. This is a family friendly event so bring the whole family! I will have some fishing goodies for the kids. Cedar Island Lake is south of Richmond MN on CR 22 east of Horseshoe lake. There is a public access about 3 miles south of Hwy 23 on CR 71 that is a good option for cars or wheelhouses as the CR 22 access is a bit steep. For those who have used the winter access for Horseshoe Lake the Cedar Island winter access is directly across the road from this access. I look forwards to seeing you all there!
  3. Was out walleye fishing tonight and the cats were pretty aggressive just after dark. Caught 2 cats that were 4-5 pounds and lost another just as big. Ate some tasty walleye also. Don
  4. St Cloud Get Together 2/25/17, 8:00 am until you want to leave The St Cloud Get Together will be on Horseshoe Lake near Richmond. The event will be held near a spot called the Meth Hole. The area gets this name from the methane gas bubbles that sometimes leaves a small hole in the ice. As of today the ice conditions appear to be adequate. The Meth Hole area is well known for a great place to catch channel catfish through the ice. What you may not know is that it is also and excellent spot for catch crappies, walleyes and the infamous party crappie,(rock bass). Channel cats can be caught on the same gear you use for crappies or walleyes. Those targeting cats often use pieces of minnows, chicken liver or live minnows. These baits can be fish under a sensitive bobber or jigged on a small jigging spoon. Despite there size, channel cats can be very light biters so take that into account. Crappies can be caught on the usual crappie techniques, including plastics. So if cats aren't your thing there still the crappies or walleyes to target. As the name implies, this event is mostly for fun. It's a great way to meet others from the forum, tell stories, share techniques and maybe even a few fishing spots. There will be a potluck about noon. The plan is to have a fish fry with any donated catfish, crappies or walleyes from the morning. If folks could pack a fillet knife and a fish cleaning board that would be great. Also storing fish so they don't freeze makes the cleaning process so much easier. Bring a dish to pass. This is a family friendly event so bring the whole family! I will have some fishing goodies for the kids. We will need to monitor ice conditions as it's been a weird winter so far. Given the current ice thickness it is important that vehicles are spread out a bit. Try to avoid parking 3-4 vehicles right next to each other. Know what your vehicle and fishhouse needs for ice based on it's weight. Horseshoe Lake is south of Richmond MN on CR 22. There is a public access about 1 mile south of Hwy 23. DO NOT USE this access as it sits on the river and is a high current area. Instead use the winter access further south(see on map). I look forwards to seeing you all there!
  5. I'll be fishing the red river this weekend from Saturday until Sunday for giant channel kitties. On the Minnesota side, where is the best public place to shorefish for one of these trophies? Also, what bait tends to work the best if you're not using cut bait? I'm looking for alternatives. Thank you guys!
  6. St Cloud Get Together 1/30/16, 8:00 am until you want to leave When after all of your feedback the St Cloud Get Together will be on Horseshoe Lake near Richmond. The event will be held near a spot call the Meth Hole. The area gets this name from the methane gas bubbles that sometimes leaves a small hole in the ice. Today the ice conditions where check again and found to be 14-15" of good ice between the winter access and the gathering area. Thanks Don and Rick. The Meth Hole area is well known for a great place to catch channel catfish through the ice. What you may not know is that it is also and excellent spot for catch crappies, walleyes and the infamous party crappie, (rock bass). Channel cats can be caught on the same gear you use for crappies or walleyes. Those targeting cats often use pieces of minnows, chicken liver or live minnows. These baits can be fish under a sensitive bobber or jigged on a small jigging spoon. Despite there size channel cats can be very light biters so take that into account. Crappies can be caught on the usual crappie techniques, including plastics. We caught a lot of crappies last year along with the cats. So if cats aren't your thing there still the crappies or walleyes to target. With the late ice this winter there hasn't been a lot of people fishing this area. So fishing would be really good. As the name implies, this event is mostly for fun. It's a great way to meet others from the forum, tell stories, share techniques and maybe even a few fishing spots. There will be a potluck about noon. The plan is to have a fish fry with any donated catfish, crappies or walleyes from the morning. If folks could pack a fillet knife and a fish cleaning board that would be great. Also storing fish so they don't freeze makes the cleaning process so much easier. Bring a dish to pass. The is a family friendly event so bring the whole family! I will have some fishing goodies for the kids. Given the ice thickness it is important that vehicles are spread out a bit. Try to avoid parking 3-4 vehicles right next to each other. Know what your vehicle and fishhouse needs for ice based on it's weight. Horseshoe Lake is south of Richmond MN on CR 22. There is a public access about 1 mile south of Hwy 23. DO NOT USE this access as it sits on the river and is a high current area. Instead use the winter access further south(see on map). I look forwards to seeing you all there!
  7. St Cloud Get Together 1/30/16, 8:00 am until you want to leave When after all of your feedback the St Cloud Get Together will be on Horseshoe Lake near Richmond. The event will be held near a spot call the Meth Hole. The area gets this name from the methane gas bubbles that sometimes leaves a small hole in the ice. Today the ice conditions where checked again and found to be 14-15" of good ice between the winter access and the gathering area. Thanks Don and Rick. The Meth Hole area is well known for a great place to catch channel catfish through the ice. What you may not know is that it is also and excellent spot for catch crappies, walleyes and the infamous party crappie,(rock bass). Channel cats can be caught on the same gear you use for crappies or walleyes. Those targeting cats often use pieces of minnows, chicken liver or live minnows. These baits can be fish under a sensitive bobber or jigged on a small jigging spoon. Despite there size, channel cats can be very light biters so take that into account. Crappies can be caught on the usual crappie techniques, including plastics. We caught a lot of crappies last year along with the cats. So if cats aren't your thing there still the crappies or walleyes to target. With the late ice this winter there hasn't been a lot of people fishing this area. So fishing could be really good. As the name implies, this event is mostly for fun. It's a great way to meet others from the forum, tell stories, share techniques and maybe even a few fishing spots. There will be a potluck about noon. The plan is to have a fish fry with any donated catfish, crappies or walleyes from the morning. If folks could pack a fillet knife and a fish cleaning board that would be great. Also storing fish so they don't freeze makes the cleaning process so much easier. Bring a dish to pass. This is a family friendly event so bring the whole family! I will have some fishing goodies for the kids. Given the ice thickness it is important that vehicles are spread out a bit. Try to avoid parking 3-4 vehicles right next to each other. Know what your vehicle and fishhouse needs for ice based on it's weight. Horseshoe Lake is south of Richmond MN on CR 22. There is a public access about 1 mile south of Hwy 23. DO NOT USE this access as it sits on the river and is a high current area. Instead use the winter access further south(see on map). I look forwards to seeing you all there!
  8. Hi all went to the chain last night. I can't believe it only one catfish. been up 3 times this year can't buy one. Any one have any tips. tried shallow and deep by bridges etc. is it because the waters high?
  9. Welcome to Shack's Blog

    Welcome to Shack’s Blog Welcome everyone! This is the new bog format with the new FishingMinnestoa.com website. We encourage everyone to join in and post/comment on our blogs. Whose blog is going to become the most popular? What will everyone blog about? Most likely I will blog about catfishing but one never knows what could pop up in Shack’s Blog. Again, welcome.