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Mr. Papermouth

Clearwater fishing

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Mr. Papermouth

Hey fishing studs out there, I was thinking about fishing the east side of clearwater today, any reports on fish or ice conditions? I assume that the ice is plenty good but it is always good to ask. The last 2 years I have not driven out due to bad ice conditions. I eventually drove a little but only to the hole closest to the private acess i use. FISH ON!

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rockman

I haven't been out there yet myself, but the word is to be careful by the narrows, and by the island.Prudent advice, that has proven to be useful in those spots, in recent times.Others here can give a more up to date report on current ice conditions.

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irishwalleye

People driving everywhere. Permanents everywhere. No fish under me tho. Bad day on the ice.

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Mr. Papermouth

Well the fishing was slow this evening. We fished the east side just north of the channel in 38 FOW. We really caught some nice ones a few years back! (multiple 14") we fished one of those old spots from 4-8pm. caught and released a 11.5 inch walleye off the bottom and a 13 inch crappie abouy 4 feet off the bottom. That was it though. Thought a nice bite might have been comin with the crappie but nothin else came thru. Didnt move around but checked the 10 or so holes we drilled around us at depths from 25 to 48 feet and read nothing on the flasher! maybe head for a different spot some day soon but it sounds brutally slow out there from folks we spoke to.

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Gas Man

I was out there tonight too, north of Bj’s along the west shore in 24 feet. Pretty slow out there. Got out late, no time to look for crappies and be ready for walleyes at sundown, off the ice by 7. Has it been this slow for everyone out there?

Gas Man

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FishSystem

Sure has been slow out there all year. They are definetly in there, but those crapps are hiding like BinLaden!! I talked to countless # of guys who get out there, and I am yet to hear a story of success.

Those where the fun days Papermouth when you and I hit that spot, and eyes on bottom, crapps up high all in the same spot. I remember... I had a monster Rock bass, and came out to tell you about it as you drove up, and it wasn't you. It was D.N.R. and they were out doing the creel survey. Of course I told 'em NO for the "should there be a DNR Public access for this half of the lake?". Gets hit hard enough without one. I miss those days. Can't even go up to URL and get them crapps like we used to. Later Bro.

I might get chad to go out with me for a day of scouting with nothing but an auger, scoop, and the Aquaview and gps. Gotta find the green weeds, and I know they are there with that really clear water. I guess I would start in 10-12 ft. Who really knows.

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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
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    • 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.)
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      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. 😎
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      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).