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Eric Wettschreck

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

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walleyehunter80

Drakes, Do you have a doctors appointment today too?

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broken_line

just cerious but how long does it take for the fishing to be good again after a freezeout?

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walleyehunter80

i would guess 3-4 years depends what size fish you call good. i would have to say that if a lake gets stocked the spring of 2009 that they would be big enough to keep by 2013 or 2014 give or take a year depending on how fertile a lake is

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PerchPounder

You might be surprised how fast a lake will actually rebound if you consider that there is a possibility that not all fish died when the lake froze out. We have caught walleyes 17-24" out of a lake the winter after it froze out. I would guess that there is a possibility of that same thing happening there if there is any kind of freshwater entering the lake to sustain a small population of fish.

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Set n Hooks

Technically its a new quarter now, so.. all A's!!! but idk if i'll be albe to come out anyways. =(

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broken_line

dang... which inlet were you talking about?? the one by the public or on cr 22? i saw a few guys fisihng off the road today but was toooo cold to see if they were catching any thing..

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onlydrakes4me

Walleye80 just got home sick of making potatoes. Beer was cold and tastes good

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walleyehunter80

ha ha ha i bet, the only way you could get me to drink a beer is if it were ICE ICE COLD!

Have fun up there today as I will be looking at rings for a short time and then heading to the woods with rifle in hand

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usmtsrocks

Any crappie/sunfish reports for the start of open water season. The weather has been crappy and cold, curious if the fish are in late ice stage(deeper) or shallow water. Looking at trying a few spots possibly this weekend.

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hockey_19pro

I was thinkin the same thing usm...it's sad to say, but I think the crappies are still gonna be deeper for at least another week or so, with the temps we've been having lately. O well, I'll still probably be out wetting a line this weekend!

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broken_line

i mihgt get out tmo if i get my boat motor fixed...ive tryed for crapps bullheads and carp but havnt had any luck yet..

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mr_jman

going off my fish finder... There still seem to be a lot of fish deep, some have moved shallower 7' - 10', but nothing has been super shallow (under 5') Take it for whats it worth but those are my observations so far.

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JBone

Sounds good J-Man

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JBone

Note from admin, please read forum policy before posting again, thank you.

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crothmeier

was out last night fishing from shore. caught some eyes and a bunch of crappies. Seems like things are picking up with the water warming up.

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pwally

was out last night fishing from shore. caught some eyes and a bunch of crappies. Seems like things are picking up with the water warming up.

Sounds like a great time. I am hoping to find the same thing when I take my 5 year old son out in the next few days. What time of day did you catch them?

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crothmeier

was out from 7pm till dark. no live bait just a jig an a twister

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pwally

Any particular color?

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crothmeier

white jig head, kind of a maroon colored twister tail, but from what i saw they's bit anything they could see.

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pwally

If you'd be willing to let me know what lake you caught those on you can e-mail me at [email protected]

If you don't want to give that info out, I totally understand.

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crothmeier

i think most lakes right now are hitting in the shallows if you find the right spots. look to running water or north shore as they warm up faster as well as wind-blown shorelines.

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wnksw

How about what county, and what size of lake you were fishing on? That way a person would have to do some research and investigating to find out exactly where you were.

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theghost_03

Was on a local SW mn pond last night and finally had some success. The fish were running shallow throughout the day and had alot of success presenting live bait and moving slowly compared to earlier success had trolling with plugs.

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muc33

Thanks for the report Ghost!!! Great to hear you found a good bite!!!

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crothmeier

Took the wife out last night from 7-8:30 fishing from shore, caught maybe 20 crappies 8"-10" and one small sunfish. All C&R. the fish were not right up on shore like they were last week, maybe the cooler weather pushed them back out

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crothmeier

tried sarah last night. 1 cat and 1 big bullhead. Trolled many different colors of cranks, at a few different speeds, also tried the jig n twister. Slow night.

There were about 15 boats out there right away, but close to dark most left.

Anyone having any luck out there?

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Ryan84*

Not really. My buddy was out there on monday and caught a 22" and 24" walleye but said he had a tough time keeping those big yellow belly bullhead off especially at sunset.

Went out last night too. Caught 6 walleye only one was a keeper (16") the rest were to small, 2 perch, a big bluegill, and 1 bass.

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Joe15

And where was this?

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123fish

Cats being caught in Sarah. That probably makes the DNR swallow pretty hard when they hear that.

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kevfish1

The walleyes have been really biting on the lakes in this area. Fished this morning and had good success pulling spinner rigs along a rock edge. The fish seem to be real aggresive right now.

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    • gimruis
      Most lakes with muskies still ban spearing.  I personally think Mille Lacs should go back to the way it was for decades.  Just my opinion.   You are probably right.  If they had caught it trolling in soft water, they probably would have done the same.  I don't know.  I personally think that most people spearing know the difference when they see one, but obviously not all of them do.
    • Getanet
      Well, now I want some pancakes!  
    • Hoey
      I fished Friday and Saturday with two guests from work.  We went to the mud both days.  The bite was tough.  Not as many high flyers compared to two weeks ago.  Fish seemed more finicky, some spooked easily while others were just sniffers.  The guides indicated that the bite had softened over the past week as the fish were consuming larvae from a hatch, fishing deeper resulted in a lot of tulibee, shallower were smaller eyes and sauger.    My cabin neighbor spent a day fishing.  He started off in the mud and headed to shallow water around 230pm, as he heard this was the place to be.  They added one to their bag.     I just spoke to another party that moved their house into 16 feet along a sandy break and did really well yesterday 230 to 6pm.     We had fish dinner on Friday night and surprisingly enough, we scratched out one short of our take home limit.  Size-wise, these fish were in the lower range with larger ones being 17s down to 13s.  We also were able to enjoy some slots.  Here are a couple.       The weather was probably the best we have experienced this season, both road and lake-wise.  I am hoping for 4 more weeks of winter, as I have some trips planned between now and mid-March.      
    • cookie129
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    • Rick
      They're looking for sites they can spam to boost their SEO. They try to look legit at 1st. I immediately welcomed him then put him on his posts need approval before they show up.   Whenever you see something odd like that, just report it and I will take care of it.
    • Rick
      Welcome to FM @Ando009   Please let us know how it goes for you.   Pics are awesome.
    • Wanderer
      @Rick me thinks we have another    Any idea what they get out of making these posts other than trying to establish some usage on the site?  I checked jurik’s profile.  Is there some back door they can create through registration and posting?
    • Wanderer
      Sounds like the same situation I experienced further out on their road.  Plowed, then flooded and refroze with a double layer of ice - almost a foot difference between the tops of the 2 sheets.  
    • trumy
      Dropped through first layer to second layer of ice and got stuck were driving out from  burntside lodge on plowed road  have moved road some no problems good solid road buddy came from  up by lake of the woods last weekend one ton dually pulling his ice castle  went out from the lodge road caught 5 lakers on friday not sure how they did on Saturday 
    • SkunkedAgain
      That's the point Rick. jigginjim talked about leaving a portable out on the lake while he was gone (more than 200ft away). Therefore he needed to have his name on it. I think that we agree on this.
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