• GUESTS

    If You  want access  to member only forums on FM, You will need to Sign-in or  Sign-Up now .

    This box will disappear once you are signed in as a member.

  • WE CREATE LONG TERM, MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS IN HERE ... PLEASE JOIN US.

    You know what we all love...

    RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE
    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  
Jimmy from Cottage Grove

Did the Geese Leave?

Recommended Posts

Jimmy from Cottage Grove

I was just wondering what everyone was seeing for geese around the area. I hunt in the lake elmo, stillwater area. Last weekend there was thousands of birds around. I haven't been out scouting. Yet my buddy hunted our spot last night, and this morning. He did not see one goose. I am worried that they moved out. What is everyone else seeing in the area?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Dean Schellinger

If they cannot find anymore open water they might have left, but chances are the snow and today's cold have changed their patterns. We went out this morning in hopes the geese would fly but they didn't get off the river by 11 so we packed up. Scout various times of the day and you will probably see some geese, otherwise move to area's with open water close by.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Jimmy from Cottage Grove

I went out tonight scouting. I seen about 20 birds on lake elmo. It was just open a little bit. Last year lake elmo actually stayed open til the middle of January. I checked all the usual hang outs. Zero. I went through Cottage Grove, Woodbury, Lake Elmo, Stillwater, and Oakdale. And I only seen those few. They had to of pushed out of the area.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
IceHawk

The geese we had really busted out of here the last couple of days. I'm figureing the deep snow is makeing finding good food sources very tough thus the geese are moving on looking for greener pastures. On a side note I bet Rochester is filling up here I come!!! smile.gifsmile.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ironman

Driving back to the cities from Alexandria the only geese I saw were two seperate flocks near St. Cloud. Headed down to Dodge county this weekend myself...no scouting so here's to hoping.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
123fish

A lot of geese have been moving through the far corner of southwest Minnesota since Sunday. They are good sized flocks and high and heading south. I'm only twenty miles from the Iowa border and there's no way they were going to end up in Minnesota. Still some geese in the area though.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
brittman

There are plenty of geese in Washington county. They have realigned themselves with the open water that is left.

They do not need to fly 10+ miles to the corn fields they were feeding in two weeks ago. They are finding adequate feed close to their new home.

I was seeing hundreds of geese on the Oakdale and Lake Elmo boarder every morning. Ponds and lakes froze - they left.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Jimmy from Cottage Grove

Brit I am assuming you mean the field off of 10th street, and Radio. Do you hunt in the area there? I see some people set up in that field some times. Most years actual Lake Elmo is one those places they stay at because it freezes last. Since it is almost 150 feet deep. When I drove past that on wednesday it was almost frozen over. I am sure it is now.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  

Announcements



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • Wanderer
      Ely area lakes were showing 69-71 today.  That was a warmer than expected surface temp but I doubt it goes very deep.  Very little spawn activity compared to past years for this weekend.
    • eyeguy 54
      I like the stretch upriver better but can only drift down that area.  I would wear my arms out traveling up stream!   Hopefully do a drift down soon.  
    • jhousenga
      59 crossing Daisy Bay Friday night. 67 in Big Bay this afternoon.
    • monstermoose78
      The stearms in the arrowhead are small very small I would recommend a 6 foot or short rod for most streams as you will be pitching your bait out. They are also over grown with brush wading these streams is a challenge. You will be fishing for mostly brook trout above the first posted boundary FYI it’s normally a large water fall but not always. Also the first week of June there will not be much from the lake to the first posted boundary anyways. Remember there special regs below the first posted boundary and the above the first posted boundary.  If you want to use your fly rod I would hit the small trout lakes in the area. A split shot and small chunk of crawler is my go to bait for Brookies. There are a few streams with some browns and rainbows but very few. If you are fly fishing look at Thompson lake by  devilstrack lake it’s catch and release. Mink lake, kimball lake are also good. 
    • Squirrelhawke
      Growing up in South Dakota I did quite a bit of fishing in the black hills for browns and rainbows, most of that fishing was best accomplished with a long pole and just drifting my bait down the stream if you can read the eddies and slacks in the water you should do fine.  Of course I'm assuming they bite the same up north as they do out west.  It was a kick when I went  back out there 2 years ago and on Sunday morning fished the little 6 ft wide stream running behind the campground, all the other campers were amazed that I would pull out a fish about every 20-30 ft no monsters but plenty of little beauties at 7-10 inches. If the water is clean and the fish are there you just gotta find out what they are eating at that time of year.  Hopefully this helps and if I'm wrong some of the guys with Minnesota experience will pipe up. 
    • Squirrelhawke
      I do a bit of fishing from the coon rapids dam on down to 694 and I usually bring 2 rods because I lose at least one lure to the rocks. Bear that in mind and also realize that there are nice smallies, eyes and cats in that stretch of river. I also had over 3 feet of pike eat my stink bait I had out for channel cats. If I didn't have a circle hook on it would have been a nice pic to share. Good luck and hope to hear of some good luck. 
    • delcecchi
      It would take a lot of code to make multiple windows tiling the screen work, would be my guess, and would create few additional sales so isn't worth the expenses.    Just pick up an inexpensive 5 to 7 inch unit and use it for the map.   
    • Wanderer
      You look like the Phantom Fisherman - except the toes.  Or maybe the River Detective  🕵️‍♂️ Gotta love those good runs in short times!   
    • Bryan P
      Awesome Eyeguy! That is a good run of smallies there. I like your spot, that was my favorite fishing stretch for them when I lived in St cloud. Mississippi is such a great smallie fishery. Im blessed to live right next to it too. Now lets get the current to go down some! 
    • eyeguy 54
      I LOVE SMALLIES !  LOL  I am blessed to live close to so much fun.