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Eric Wettschreck

Fairmont-Marshall-New Ulm-Worthington Area Fishing Reports - SW MN

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Eric Wettschreck

We hit Fox lake today. The ice was a good 16 inches when we got there, but 50 degrees and hurricane winds did a number on it. Bloody lake has a sign at the landing saying it's closed to vehicles. I don't know about the rest of the lakes in the county as to if they're closed or not. I'm thinking if you want some last minute ice action ya better hurry up. Forecasted temps along with this wind will do a number on the ice for sure.

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eagle_3464

Hey Eric, it was nice to meet you and the wife yesterday. Action was a little slow by the time I got there but was still a nice day to be out. We'll have to get together in the open water so I can learn a little about this area.

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broken_line

te main ice should be fine untill next week then it might be a little iffy oday and tomarrow are gonna dent it good! it isnt spupposed to freez at night..

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walleyeslammer

Walked by a lake today and it was really looking rough with a few open spots on the edges where the drifts were all winter

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zamboni

65 tomorrow would be a beautiful day to sit on a bucket somewhere and pull in some sunnies and crappies.

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Polar Bear

Drove by Fedji Lake near Madelia around 11am today and all the ice was piled up on the north shore. Surprisingly, ice out this year is about the same as last year even though we had almost twice as much ice this winter. Go figure.

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tjbassmaster

Polar Bear, Have you heard if they got the fish kill they were hoping for out there?

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onlydrakes4me

I live in madelia, don't know if they got a good kill off this winter or not. I talked to a couple of guys who belong to the local sportsmans club and they didn't konw either.

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Set n Hooks

So far for the lakes around here, i havent seen any winter kill either. Most lakes opened up today or were half open last week.

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88fan

I stopped by Fedji on the way home this morning and saw several dead crappies, 1 dead bluegill and 1 dead carp. I'm sure there are more, it's hard to see them because of the cattails. I also saw several LIVE carp by a culvert flowing into the lake. So far it looks like game fish died, rough fish lived. However I could not find any dead perch and there were lots of them in there.

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broken_line

thats a really shallow, small lake. does the water smell like dead fish?

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88fan

I guess I didn't notice a smell, there were lots of seagulls though.

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broken_line

if the winter kill was bad there would be a bad stink... and there would be huge ammounts of fish floating along the shores on the north side now.. it actually takes alot to kill a fish, especially carp being that they can take an arrow sit in the bottom of my boat for an hour and still flop around

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onlydrakes4me

I drove by Fedji this morning and no smell, did see some dead fish on shore. But not huge numbers like i thought there would be. I saw 10 - 15 crappies and sunnies, 1 bass and only 1 dead carp.

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Set n Hooks

Not Too bad, havent had a look around our lakes yet.

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hockey_19pro

I'm gettin' the itch, and I know the rest of you are too. With that said, has anyone hit the inlet at shetek or school grove yet for some spring crappie action? I'll be home next weekend (going to school in Brookings)and you can bet I'll be out! Also, has anyone ever tried Island lake in the spring for perch?

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ac777

I wouldn't mind hittin up a lake some where, I was going to hunt snow geese but not looking like they will be around unless this storm pushes em back south.

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LOTWSvirgin

I found a couple today but I was in Iowa

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kosterguide

i found a couple today aswell but i was ice fishing up where there is still ice, lowvirgin why dont you get mike and head up this week ill be chasin crappies and gills in the bemdiji area untill i fall in. you got my number drive up

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LOTWSvirgin

He has to work I have to be in kato on saturday. But the time is coming I will be there someday Hey give me your email I got something for you to check out

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kosterguide

[email protected] i am also getting rigged up for ice out pike dont that sound fun

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LOTWSvirgin

Email sent

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broken_line

im going saturday or sunday on schoolgrove for some crapps..

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Polar Bear

Here's some fish kill photos from 3-23. Surprisingly, most of the dead fish were gone 24 hours later. I suppose some sank and some were eaten by gulls, coons etc.

A DNR fisheries specialist is scheduled to speak in Madelia next month about the future of test netting and stocking Fedji Lake.

Fedjifishkill021.jpg

Fedjifishkill023.jpg

Fedjifishkill026.jpg

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tjbassmaster

Thanks for the info and pics Polar Bear.... And if possible keep us informed on what the dnr has to say in a month.

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Set n Hooks

Sad sad sight.. =(

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Set n Hooks

im going saturday or sunday on schoolgrove for some crapps..

Didn't invite me.. =( ha Just kidding

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broken_line

i am failing by .04% so if i can talk my dad into it im sure ya could come.. i thought you were going to tys this weekend, so i didnt ask... sorry

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broken_line

that is bad!! lot of nice fish lost there =( why isnt there an airator in there?

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onlydrakes4me

Most of the fish must have been gone when I stoped by. that is bad. I didn't realize fedji had that many different year classes of panfish.

The lake does have an aerator, but it was not turned on, i think that the goal was to let the lake die off to try to get rid of the rough fish

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