• 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  
jvjohnson

eyes and perch

Recommended Posts

jvjohnson

was planing on going to milacs but with the bite beeing so slow out their thinking about making my first trip to leech. is it worth my time or should i tough it out on the big pond. How is the bite and maybe some depths.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ImissReeds

You can probably have lots more fun on Leech this year than the pond. Jumbos, walters, and super sized slime rockets. Depths vary by the day, but don't be afraid to look shallower than 20'.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
CB34

I have had pretty slow luck so far this season. We caught a numbers of sunnies and northers on walker bay early in the year. I have fished the main lake a few times also. One walleye too big to keep is all I have to show for it. The perch I caught on the main lake have been pretty small. It is a very big lake that I am just starting to learn I guess. I am hoping to try my luck again this weekend for Eelpout Fest. I have never been to it before.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ImissReeds

Try a camera and moving around a little and I would think you could do better on the jumbos. I know someone recently who was up and said there were tons of little ones on the camera to keep it away from, but eventually the sumos showed and were eager to eat...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
CB34

When I find the perch I seem to get into a school of small ones that dont even have large ones mixed in. I have got a few nice fish in the 9" range out of these schools but hardly a jumbo. I have watched a few guys with cameras but, I have not developed alot of confidence in them. I like to fish with my vexilar and adding a camera to the house floor it gets a little crouded.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
JigginIsLife

with the past expirence that i have had, any where on the lake is a potential hot spot, if you got a camera use that and search for any type of structure. finding the perch late morning into early afternoon has always been good, especialy up shallower 14'-19'. havent been there this year, but earlier i heard walker bay was lighting up, no sense in going this weekend though, pout-festers will be tearing that up.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ImissReeds

CB34, if you so set on arguing the use of a camera and the "fact" there are no jumbos in Leech, so be it. Just trying to help clue you in a little. If you don't believe me, your loss. Its not worth my time to try and convince you anymore.

MMMM... Chef Roberts breaded on 10-13"er fillets.......

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
CB34

I was not trying to argue anything maybe my post came off wrong. I appreciate your suggestions. I believe the jumbos are there, thus I keep trying. I usually go out with my kids and wife so setting up the portable and getting everything set up once is quite a bit of work and moving once is about the limit for me in an outing. Sorry if my post came across negative.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
JigginIsLife

Well i didnt take it that way CB34, but i can deffinatly understand the not wanting to use it becuase it takes up space. when your on the ice, space is limited especially with your family. a camera is nice to use, if you are excellent at using your vexi then a camera can be obsolete (sp), except with a camera you can see alot further along the lake bottom. my .02

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ImissReeds

Cameras work great if you use them smart.

If all the fish coming in are a size your interested in hooking, the bite is aggresive, and you don't have a 1ft x 1ft space in your floor plan, then they have no application.

But, what I'm getting at is, they are great for weeding through packs of smaller more aggresive fish to get the big sloppy jumbos who are slower to bite sometimes. Cameras also let you know from fish's body language which moves are working and which ones you need to tone down. Plus there are invaluable when the fish are hitting lightly and only taking the minnow or worm barely into the mouth, since they allow you to wait for the second gulp to set the hook.

I use them all the time for scouting panfish by just poping around in holes looking for and IDing fish before I set up the house.

If I had to pick a vex or camera only, it would be the vex for sure, but if you don't know how to properly use both, your missing out on a lot of added success and fun.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
JigginIsLife

 Originally Posted By: ImissReeds
If I had to pick a vex or camera only, it would be the vex for sure, but if you don't know how to properly use both, your missing out on a lot of added success and fun.

I agree with that %100 there is no substitue for the combintation (except possibly old timers who know exactly where they are going)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ImissReeds

Nature Vision hasn't patented the "old-timer with decades of experience" model yet, but they'll probably try soon enough.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
jacobj12k

What's the latest word on perch/walleyes in Walker Bay? I was there partying last weekend and fished a bit on Kabetogoma (sp?) and caught a bunch of tiny perch, but nothing else. I'll be simply fishing this weekend looking to find some decent perch action for my kids during the day and hopefully some eyes before the season closes.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
jacobj12k

Any other lakes around Leech worth driving to for an active bite currently? My 9 yr old son and 5 yr daughter would appreciate their dad not boring them by staring at a hole in the ice \:\)

My username @yahoo.com will accept advice ;\)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
jacobj12k

Well, seeing as I recvd zero replies to my request for a little guidance on Leech Lake I went out and drilled holes in a place I thought could produce away from other houses which wasn't that difficult with all that ice and so little pressure.

I didn't get into em good, but managed a couple small eyes and my first eelpout. LeechLakeFEB23-242008024.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
12345

that pout is huuuuge how big was it?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
trollenslow

WHOAAAA... now that's a pout. easily would of been the big fish on pout wknd. Betcha that made the heart race before knowing what was on the other end!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
jacobj12k

I didn't have a scale so I don't know what it weighed.

It was a blast to catch. I was using a super light action rod and I thought I hooked the bottom when I set the hook because I couldn't get the fish to move off the bottom for a while. I had set up quite a ways away from anyone else and was alone so it was a bit of a challenge getting the pout through the ice by myself. I think I may have to try fishing for pout sometime.

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 :)

    • TheEyesofanAngler
      Hey there, i'm new to the forum and very passionate about bass fishing! I'm from the saint cloud, MN area and i'm looking for good bass fishing locations? I prefer to fish ponds and lakes and im definitely willing to travel. Anyone willing to share a few spots? 
    • FishandFowl
      Thanks guy's. Good to be back. Sometimes life just keeps you busy. Didn't pulverize it just not ideal connection. Nothing a little Hickory smoke and some Cajun Spices won't cure. Here is a pair a friend of mine and I got a few years back. Lucky day to score 2 Toms in the same morning! Heading out tomorrow for some Walleye's hoping it goes well.   Thanks, Greg
    • Jmnhunter
      i cant narrow it down, just ordered a new regulator  and hose assembly instead; cant find replacement hoses locally anyhow that i could test out
    • SkolVikingsGuy
      Wondering if this coming Memorial Day weekend would be a good weekend to come up or if the fishing is slow?  Would love to have the kids catch some easy walleye if possible.  
    • BobT
      Got a reply from the DNR to my last question, which included a reference to tournaments. She forwarded my question to another and I'm still waiting for that reply. 
    • PSU
      In case anyone is interested. The link says 2017, but inside the link says 2018 https://www.cityautoglasswalleyeclassic.com/copy-of-2017-winners  
    • Rick
      A region-wide effort to better understand West Nile virus in ruffed grouse is getting underway in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.  “In the Great Lakes region, West Nile virus has been found in a small number of grouse with no known population-level effects at this point,” said Charlotte Roy, grouse project leader with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Still, we want to let hunters know we’re in the first steps of monitoring the virus, and we’re planning to do some limited testing of birds this fall.” In 2017, West Nile virus was identified in more ruffed grouse in the Great Lakes states than in the past. The virus has been present in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin for about 17 years. West Nile virus has been documented in more than 250 species of birds; however, not all birds develop clinical disease from the virus. Corvids (including blue jays and crows) are very prone to illness and death from the virus, while other species may be less so or may not develop symptoms at all. Last year, Michigan had 12 positive cases of West Nile virus in ruffed grouse. Prior to 2017, only one positive ruffed grouse had been found in Michigan, and that was in 2002. The virus was confirmed in one ruffed grouse in the early 2000s in Minnesota, and is yet to have been detected in a Wisconsin ruffed grouse. West Nile virus in ruffed grouse has become a topic of concern because of a recent study in Pennsylvania reporting that the virus may have contributed to population declines in areas of lower-quality habitat or where habitat was scarce. Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin are in the early stages of planning to test samples from grouse this fall but at this point there is no evidence that the virus is having a population-level impact in the Great Lakes region. “By monitoring birds at a regional level, we will be able to gain a better understanding of this disease in ruffed grouse,” said Kelly Straka, state wildlife veterinarian with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Ruffed grouse are hunted annually by around 300,000 hunters across the three states. Preliminary reports from 2017 hunters were mixed across the Great Lakes region. While the virus could impact brood survival of grouse, other factors such as cold, wet springs during nesting and hatching; drought conditions; or habitat decline can also affect birds seen and harvested. Biologists in the region are optimistic that the great habitat for ruffed grouse in the Great Lakes states will help populations thrive despite the virus. “We are looking to hunters and outdoor enthusiasts to help us in this endeavor,” said Mark Witecha, upland wildlife ecologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. “This is an excellent example of agencies and organizations taking a proactive approach and working together to expand our knowledge about WNV and ruffed grouse.” Recently, the Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Health Committee held its annual meeting in Traverse City, Michigan. West Nile virus was one of the topics for state wildlife health leaders. More than 25 wildlife health professionals from 13 Midwestern states and Canada were in attendance. Individual agencies are currently reviewing ways they will be monitoring their grouse populations for West Nile virus, and additional information will be shared when more details are determined. Like humans, wild animals can be exposed to West Nile virus and survive the exposure. Currently, there is no evidence of humans becoming infected by consuming properly cooked birds or by handling birds. Research has shown dogs can be infected but are very resistant to developing clinical signs of the disease and are considered an end host. Ruffed grouse hunting is open in the fall and Minnesota hunting information can be found at mndnr.gov/hunting/grouse. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • TheEyesofanAngler
      what temp is between 55-60 degrees in central minnesota 
    • gimruis
      Isn't that something how they don't recognize the blind as a problem?  I've had turkeys walk literally right next to it too.  Nice bird FishandFowl, hope you didn't pulverize it too bad.
    • Rick
      An angler from Stillwater has set a new record for lake sturgeon in the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ catch-and-release category.  Jack Burke and fishing buddy Michael Orgas were recently on a lake sturgeon fishing trip to remember. Fishing on the Rainy River in Koochiching County, the duo was having a lot of success fishing for Minnesota’s biggest fish, landing 20 fish in three days including six lake sturgeon over 60 inches before hooking into the new state record – a 73-inch long lake sturgeon. “We had been having some great action and knew there were big fish in the Rainy River,” Burke said. “This particular fish took about 45 minutes to reel in. When we got it closer to the boat it blew some bubbles and came to the top; I knew it was a huge fish!” Burke caught the fish on May 4, around 11 a.m. using a muskie rod supplied by his fishing partner Orgas, with 80-pound braided line rigged with a circle hook and crawlers. The fish measures 73 inches in length and 30 inches in girth. This beats the previous record by 3 inches that was set by two separate anglers who both boated 70-inch fish on the same day in April 2017. There are two kinds of Minnesota state records: one for catching and keeping the biggest fish in each species based on certified weight; and the other for the length of a caught and released muskellunge, northern pike, lake sturgeon or flathead catfish. The DNR announces new state records in news releases, on social media and on the DNR website. Find current records and guidelines for each type of state record at mndnr.gov/recordfish. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.