• RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE

    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  
shadow886

Rice Lake (AKA the river)

Recommended Posts

shadow886

I am new to this area and I was woundering What is up with all the houses on rice lake. I know there in a deep hole, catching crappies. BUT is the fishing that good, or is everyone just seeing houses and joining in.

How good is the fishing out there?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
smartguy

People tend to get panfish, pike, and the occasional walleye on Rice. I think its more popular because its so close to town, as opposed to having great ice fishing.

the proximity to Brainerd can be nice, but it can also some with its costs. Very common to hear of thefts from houses out there.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Ouimon

I like to fish Rice a few times a year, but tend to fish out by the big Island "Whitey or Whitely" Island. When I have fished the main hole, the bay just off the landing where al the Ice Houses are, you can sure catch a lot of crappies, sunnies, a few northern and sometimes walleye. That bay has gotten very weedy and there are some nice weedlines to fish, but many fish the middle of this "Bowl" with good results for Crappies.. Sometimes getting big slab crapies. The Mississippi supports a great crappie population.

The main bowl has better ice than out by the island. You will notice that when fishing the island side of the channel, there is still a slow sluggish current that pulls your lines back toward the bridge, which is above Potlatch dam. Be VERY CAREFUL going out. I have found that when thee is 15" of ice in the main bay, there may be 10 or 11" on the S. side of the Island. By the way. I never fish the river channel side of the island, just behind it. I won't be the fool that drives out on river ice in the winter.

The island is better for small waleyes, lots of northerns, bigger jumbo perch, and the occasional smallmouth bass. I once caught a silver phase muskie about 3 pounds, which goes to show that you never know what may come out of the river. Eelpout and sheephead are also part of the mixed bag that can surprise you there.

I haven't been out yet, but I wait unntil it is really safe. Rivers are tricky, and with all of the reports of unsafe ice, water, and slush layers, I would stick close to the bay for a while.

Paul W, Ouimon.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
storm_rider_1

anyone know how much ice is out there? i have saw some snomobile tracks going accross, wondering if i can bring the 3 wheeler out.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
storm_rider_1

I went out there tonight, there was 5 to 8 inches of ice, guys around me on wheelers and snowmobiles. Got a few crappies, saw a lot on the vex but couldnt get them to bite.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Ouimon

Good report, Thank You. Can't wait to get out there yhis year. I would assume there will be people driving out on the ice between Christmas and New Years... How was the Snow/Slush and layers of water we have been hearing about on local lakes? Was it tough getting around out there? Paul W.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
storm_rider_1

There is a nice packed down trail that goes out to all the houses, pretty easy pulling. I have been taking the wheeler out the last few times. There was a good 8 or 9 inches where i was at. I havnt come across any slush out there. Did real well today, caught about 30 crappies, and one nice walleye, kept six the size of the ones in my avatar. Hope its ok to eat fish out of the river. shocked.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
shadow886

is the crappie bight a night bight or what time? I can't get out until 5pm after work. Is it worth the trip?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
storm_rider_1

I was out from 1 to 6 and caught them the whole time, my bro in law stayed out later last night, i will find out how he did and let you know. He got out about 5:30 and had caught 3 before i left around 6.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
storm_rider_1

So my bro in law stayed out until 8, and caught just a rock bass between 6 and 8. He said a few guys were still out in there permenants when he left, know idea if they were catching fish. Seems like the nights could slow down?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Ouimon

Nice catch! Thanks for the ice/slush/snow report too. I think as rivers go, they accumulate a lot more of industrial and farming pollutants and runoff than lakes do, but we are pretty far North and the river hasn't had a chance to go too far. Like down in Red Wing and the other pools and dams in Southern Minnesota that have mercury warnings and say you shouldn't eat more than a pound or two a month! I think the river fish up here get a clean bill of health. Years ago, downstream from Rice Lake is Potlatch, and there was a Mercury scare from the paper mill waste, and locals said it was bad to take fish from there. It has cleaned up a lot, and I think taking fish from below Potlatch is OK too.

Fishing this summer under the Potlatch dam, just below Rice Lake, I kept catching those Zebra mussels on my rapalas! They are ALL OVER the bottom. I heard about the aggressive foreign species, but hadn't seen how they can really take over.

Anyway, good luck on the river, and hope you get a LUNKER!

Share this post


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



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • mrpike1973
      Did real good on cats today got 4 wife 4 and I got a huge sucker that was fun. Horseshoe sure opened up today.
    • eyeguy 54
      Sure glad you had some help moose and all turned out well ! 
    • Rick
      Impressive, both Tom and Jeremy
    • eyeguy 54
      Almost time but maybe not quite... Although I did get the yak out of the backyard today, on to the trailer and up front to spend some time prepping it for time on the water soon.  Indeed it was fun getting out with you and the gang a few times this winter and looking forward to the next outings whenever they may be. WIll share what worked for me and look forward to reading some more info from others. Panfish is what I love going after and I had great fishing with gold jigs almost all winter. Did use a few other colors that worked also but that gold was hard to not use. Tear drop style tungsten in and 4 mm from Widowmaker Lures. Tried some from sportsmens direct also the last couple outings and liked them also. For plastics, the wishbone was good and also impulse mayflies and slug bugs. Tried and bought too many different things to try... LOL. Fished with shrimp for the first time ever this winter and that was a challenge and fun to try something different.  Started out with my good old ultralight gander mountain rods with the frabil titanium spring bobber and then bought a couple of the TUCR Inferno with the orange tip. I really like them for the 4mm and prefer the old ganders with a 3mm. Won a custom 32 inch power noodle from Kichler Custom Rods in Elk River at an event in Wisconsin and used it a few times yesterday. Very nice and looking forward to playing with it more. CGI inline reels still doing their job fine and I did grab one of the new Descent inlines and it worked sweet also. Nice that it now has a pop off spool instead of the gold screw off knob. 10 1/4 was my biggest gill and 14 for the crappie. Even went after catfish 3 times. Saw my first catfish tornado on the vex and iced a lot of fish after being taught how to use a bobber right for those super light biters. thx RickG   My highlight of the winter was getting a PB northern on a tip up up on Mille Lacs with stick in the mud. Fun City! My good old FL 18 is still working dandy and although I am tempted to upgrade, not sure if I will. Nills 6 inch saved my back from the hassles of the gas and when I put the Milwaukee on it life got even better. All in all a fantastic winter fishing with great guys and learning how to be a better fisherman.   Fish On! 
    • monstermoose78
      Well monstermoose78 is done ice fishing around here for the year. Why you ask I fell through yes there was 28-30 inches of ice on the lake, but the shoreline nope. Went fishing with @Cret Jigs and we had fun fishing. I cut lots of holes and we got some good ones for the knife. Cret jigs brought a plank for the way out but on the way in I did not make it to the plank. Cret jigs helped me get my stuff the shore and out. I worry about the guy on the wheeler and they guy who used the plank to get out too. Thanks Cret jigs for a fun day. 
    • redlabguy
      To all you guys who’ve been keeping us posted, thank you. I’m an islander so I don’t have much hope for the opener, but I’ve been reading all the posts (read them year around), including entertaining posts on new gear, and, again, thanks for letting a lot of guys know what’s going on there. The current weather, forecast and web cams, give me hope! I’m thinking I may get back home in three weeks, maybe four. Keep the sun shining, Dick
    • jkrash
      What a difference a day makes, yesterday the dam was locked up tight and today it's roaring. Walleye should be running this week...
    • IceHawk
      Well this morning was officially the end of the ice season for me.   Its been a lot of days on the ice this winter and I have to admit I'm  a little burnt out.   It wasn't easy but it was time to end it.  Have to admit It was a sad moment putting the gear away but it was time as needed space today to put the boat in the garage   Learned a lot of new water and reacquainted myself with some old standbys. Fished 10 different counties this winter so definitely fished a lot of different areas.  Fished many species on the ice this winter so there never was a dull moment. Didn't take a ton of pics just a few need to take more just have never been a pic type of guy LOL.   Iced 7 walleyes between 26-28 3/4 all on local lakes.  So just a tip if you dedicate some time locally big eyes can be found. Fished panfish everywhere in the state highlight area for big fish being Becker and Ottertail Douglas counties. Biggest gill this winter was 10 3/4    many 10's came topside but couldn't break 11 this winter. Craps 15 inchers were tops. Good fish but had goals set at a 16.  Some things learned this ice season where number one lure for the eyes was a old school hammered silver Swedish pimple. It far out produced anything else.   Kenders tungsten where my mainstay for gills and crappies. The plastics of choice were power bait wishbones,  chigger frys, and Northland impulse mayfly's.  The catfish were a hoot and a  change of pace did well on Maynards slammers Glow red. The equipment and gear I was running and never failed me all season were Thorne Bros Rods- For eyes Perch sweethearts. For the Panfish I was running  Power Noodles, panfish sweethearts,  and my favorite the Tripwire. Reels Pflueger Presidents, Prestige ,and Supremes.. Did use some inlines also from 13 fishing The free falls where worth every penny. Ran a K-Drill 8 inch early and late and During the thick ice Ran my strikemaste Lazer.  Vexilar Electronics the old trusty FL18 my eyes underwater, Please Don't  think that I'm pushing these products because I'm sponsored by them, I'm Not. Just want to give a thumbs up and honest opinion on  some top notch equipment that has worked and weathered the storm of a good hardwater season. Realize we all work hard for our dollars and I can honestly say these products where worth every penny and never let me down!  Well Off to the Garage to start getting the boat ready for the Next season  By the Way big Shout out to some of the best Anglers I had the chance to share the ice with this season from FM.  Thanks  Borch,  Bass Thumb,  Moose,  Eyeguy, Rick G , Tom Sawyer for shareing some ice time with me.  Hopefully I get to meet and fish with a few other FMer's this summer or next hardwater.  We had some great Times great laughs and managed to even ice a few fish   Looking forward to having a few summer outings in the future.  BYE BYE Ice Hello open water 
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      Thank for the update and photo Dave and Diane! Cliff
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      I was out on Vermilion fishing today again. Big bay still has about the same amount of ice but the ice is a lot softer now! Small patches of 4" to 6" deep slush pockets on it. Pike bay seemed solid when we went out but when we returned almost the entire bay had about 6" of very soft slushy ice on top! That will be my last trip out this winter. Talked to one Native that I saw checking a  net that he had  out under the ice in Pike Bay. He had caught around 15 walleyes and a pike today and 8 or so walleyes yesterday. Tough way to catch fish! Cliff