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ANYFISH

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ANYFISH

Choose a new lake every year and this year the dart landed on Whiskey lake near Brandon. Any info on ice conditions(atv use)and any useful tips and reports would be appreciated.

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fisherking01

Lots of ice, vehicles driving all over, no one staying on the lake for long that I have seen. Fished it once this year, saw a couple of bass and a perch, never went back. Good luck, Brent

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mamohr686

I heard there was a significant winter kill about 3-4 years ago or so. Can anyone else verify that? I had heard that it was a decent early season walleye lake but both times I've fished I only got a couple of strikes and no keepers.

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fisherking01

There's 60 fow in whiskey, no winterkill, just pressure kill. It's a small lake, and like most when it gets a hot bite it gets fished down to nearly nothing. The walleyes average 26 inches, not a lot of them. The perch are gone for the most part. The sunfish are fairly abundant with decent size structure. There is a stable bass population with some big fish. There are few pike with the average size exceeding 10 pounds. Crappies are cyclic, with the population on the low end right now. There are fish there, just not the numbers it takes to keep my interest. Brent

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ANYFISH

Thanks for the info guy's, keep it coming if there is any. I found a map and looked at the DNR info and the Northern's and sunfish looked numerous, I guess things have changed since 2003. It's my new lake so I will give it my best and maybe get lucky. Thanks again.

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waska

sounds like a sweet lake! I love big fish lakes

I hope its managed well in the future, I'll have to give it a try soon. thanks for the info fisherking

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    • Borch
      It usually pays off finding your own fish.   Nice report.
    • Borch
      Welcome to the forum.  Lots of good options already given.  Have some fun!
    • ozzie
      The fish are out there and they go hot and cold on the bite but they are catchable!  Anytime you can get the kids out fishing is worth it in my opinion!  Take them up and wet a line is about the only way you will find out if they can catch anything or not.  The main thing to look for before going to Red is the week leading up to the date you plan on fishing is to watch the wind speed and direction.  If blowing from the west for a few days the water stirs up and gets hard to fish. 
    • ANYFISH2
      Welcome TheEyesofanAngler! A ton of good bass lakes around the area.  For numbers of 2 to 4 lb bass, the eastern Todd County lakes near Burtrum and NW Morrison county are hard to beat as well.
    • Wanderer
      Good job guys!
    • YellowFinRed
      Have only been out a couple of times now but did get a 5.5 lb walleye my first 10 minutes out in 16 feet of water. Lots of fish in the 16-20 feet range. No jumping in the boat but catching fish on the mid lake areas. I'll be darned if I'll sit under a bridge with other boats when you can catch fish out on the lake without others boaters around.
    • Gillraker
      Any reports from Buffalo?  I would imagine that they are doing OK right out in front of the marina/beach.  Anybody?
    • DonkeyHodey
      agree with gimruis.  look to the river. Your chances of catching a 3# bass or better are exponentially better on the river.  (There's a reason SC/mississippi was chosen for the Gov's opener last year--the Mississippi around here is really a world class smallmouth fishery.)  (most river rats will tell you that you can essentially catch smallies any time of year and often as by-catch while targeting other species.)  Below the SC dam is pretty much catch and release only (all 12-20 inchers must be released) but it's quite loaded with big smallies! (and lots of good shore areas on public land)  Just be prepared to lose a few lures on snags... Frankly, If you want to stick to lakes, I think you can pretty much pick a lake in a 30 mile radius...--most produce bass in good quantity, it's just years may vary in terms of sizes.  Clearwater is good.  Consider Bass lake adjacent to it.  (...it's not just a clever name.)
    • Wanderer
      Haha!  Based on our conversation at the truck I’m going to edit that comment a teeny bit!  Cuz I know both of us had a workout.  I was still sore yesterday but it was a good sore. 😎
    • gimruis
      I like Clearwater too.  I haven't fished in in a couple years now but I used to and we caught a lot of fish out there.  The one negative was all the competition - there seemed to be a tournament almost every weekend. Another overlooked place to target smallmouth: RIVERS.  The Sauk River and the Mississippi between St Cloud and Elk River is plum full of bass and receives minimal fishing pressure (its just my opinion but rivers in general are very under fished here in MN).