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Minnewaska is very busy during Waterama. Be especially careful if you're out on the lake at night after the fireworks show. Boats and pontoons are going every which way and I always come across plenty with poor/improper lighting, and in some case none at all.

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we were out there today, fishinG was okay, ran into a total [PoorWordUsage] at the access. we put the boat in, before we could even park the truck the retard and his bud were backing the boat in to the point where their motor almost backed in to our boat, and his little retared chick friends were giggling the whole time like they thought the boys were being cool, but they just made us very madd.. hey moron, do that again and ill jump over my boat and make sure you NEVER do that again. am i the only one that has to deal with [PoorWordUsage] holes on waska?

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I wasn't fishing with him and I didn't take the photo...but he did show me the photo on his phone. It was laying from nose to fin on the ruler and that was good enough for me to report.

I will see if he can email me the photo and will post for your own satisfaction. Still not sure why you just have to give me heat all the time...but whatever paddles your boat.

10 to 10.5 inch sunnies don't seem to be so uncommon right now. I have had several different independant reports in of gills 10 to 10.5 inches...most being caught with panfish leaches (not shrimp smile )

Fish On!

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Hey Landdr

Heading to the wonderful waska tommorrow am with my wife and kids for the weekend, I would appreciate the latest hot spot update on where to catch what if you wouldn't mind !!!!

Thanks for the info in advance !

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Most people have been going after the sunnies. Still good reports on big sunnies...both shallow 6 to 8 fow and out deeper in 16 to 18 fow. I would probably target the 12 to 14 ft weed line but there are many many spots to try. Priests Pt, Peter's down to Baycrest, Swenson Pt. and Bay, Minnewaska House pencil weeds, Lakeside Ballroom bar, etc., etc.

You can slip bobber with a panfish leach, crawler, waxie, etc. or even pull spinners for them and maybe pick up a walleye along the way. You can even pull small crankbaits...again maybe pick up a walleye or even a crappie.

Bass and pike pretty much everywhere and very aggressive...shallow to deep.

If you want to catch a lot of fish and several different kinds, Waska is a great lake to go to.

Fish On!

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Got out for some night eyes last night. Been itching to do so and finally got to it.

Once again the lake turned flat on me. Hard to fish eyes shallow with that flat of water.

We did manage to catch 8 eyes, 1 smallie and a pike. Kept 3 eyes that measured 15, 16.5 and 17.5. Four to six fow with a F11 Vampire. There were a couple boats on the lake when we started but had the lake to ourselves by eleven. People always leave right when the fishing gets the best!

Might try it again if I can find some time.

Fish On!

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I haven't been on waska yet this year--last year was very good for the panfish--are there any reports or how is the sunfish bite??

thanks

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I was at Game Fair thru the weekend with booth and seminars...vbut need to get out for some fishing this week. Gotta catch up on work first tho.

The panfish bite has been very good and steady. I occassionally hear a poor report or two but the majority are really getting into some nice sunnies and some crappies as well. There are some more productive spots but for the most part just work the 12 to 14 ft weed lines all around the lake and you should have good success. Good sunnies are being found in the 16 to 20 fow water areas as well...off School Point, Priests Point and other areas off the breaks.

Bass and pike everywhere.

Walleyes are out there but there is also a good supply of forage for them so they are a tougher bite since they have so much else to eat. Best walleye bite has been at night but we usually pick up a few during the day as well.

Fish On!

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Barsness Park (call city hall for reservations or stop at park) or maybe even Hunts Resort for the Glenwood Side. Hobo Park possibly for the Starbuck side. Glacial State Park south of Staruck also has camping.

Barsness Park is pretty open with kid play stuff and right by the lake.

Sunfish are really biting well as well as bass...kids should have a great time!

Fish On!

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Landdr a 10.5" bluegill?? can I see that picture? with the ruler

10.5" gills on Waska are as plentiful as old ladies at the VFW playing bingo.

They are literally everywhere.

When fishing Waska I only keep 9.5 to 10.5 inch gills.

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10.5" gills on Waska are as plentiful as old ladies at the VFW playing bingo.

They are literally everywhere.

When fishing Waska I only keep 9.5 to 10.5 inch gills.

Oh boy...time to get out your hip boots boys, it's getting deep!

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Hey...I just said my cousin caught "one" that was 10.5 inches.

That's not so unreasonable since many people catch 8 to 10 inch sunnies on the lake both summer and winter.

My dad and I got into some big ones last year that might have been 10 to 10.5 inchers but that was just a chance one and we did not measure them. Those were some very big gills tho!

Might try some night fishing tonight...I think I seen a growing moon!

Fish On!

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Noticed the lake temp is starting to drop. Last night in the strong East wind it was down to 73.6F Hopefully that will continue and the W's will pick up.

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we're taking the kiddies camping on minnewaska tues and wed and was wondering if anyone had any fishing reports or tips--mostly panfish preferably on the glenwood end. alos we plan on doing some trolling for pike or walleyes with raps---I believe tues is a full moon and I'm not very good at the whole night time trolling thing.

if you don't want to put it on the interent feel free to emial me @ [email protected]

thnaks Landr for the camping spots---Are you working at all on tues?

Thanks alot--I'll drop a report when we get back

Aaron

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firefish

Glad to see you are getting some time to get the kids out camping and some fishing...hopefully the weather will work out as well.

The panfish slowed for awhile after the major rain events...added a lot of water to the lake and stired it up. Kinda shut things down for awhile but I have been starting to hear better reports again.

Work the 12 to 14 ft weedlines for panfish and you should do fine. Definately some nice sunfish out deep though too...even out to 20+.

Bass and pike have stayed pretty active and you shouldn't have too much of a problem catching them as well. Same spots as the sunnies.

Walleyes are tougher to come by during the day. You can work the weedlines or even try some deeper spots with jigs, rigs or cranks. I have not heard to many good reports and usually only get a couple when we go out during the day. I am going to try to get out tonight if the wind goes down...nice moon and it is calling!

I will be in Tuesday for awhile but then not sure what the day has in store for me. I still have some food plots to finish up so I might be out farming. smile

Fish On!

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well got back from minneswaska--the campground was awesome and the kids had a blast. the fishing was extremely slow compared to last year fished weds for 6 hours with very lil to show for it tried for sunnies first and hole holed and tried some drifting as well. caught a few but all small tried trolling for pike any where from 7-15FOW not much to show at all but a nice day on the water weds. could have been the cold front pushing thru had higher expectations out of waska but that lake gets pounded hard every season each year so got to slow down sooner or later. might try for some eyes out there in a few weeks when the water cools

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I had the family out there thursday. Chased sunnies for the better part of 6 hours. Only 4 keepers. Very slow compared to last time I was out there.

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I would agree things are slow this summer. Been fishing Waska for the last 5 years, and this is the slowest I've seen. Not sure it's the water temp as I have seen it warmer. Have noticed that the perch population is improving. Seeing more and more 9 and 10 inch fish.

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We have been finding a lot of sunnies on the south side...Peter's and west of there typically. We found them a little shallower this time...more in 10 to 12 fow rather than 14 fow. I think as the lake settles down from all the rain, the bite should get better and better.

Just try fishing for walleyes with a crawler and you will get plenty of sunnies!

Still an agressive bass and pike bite.

Fish On!

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Hello fellow fishermen and outdoorsmen. I was just wanting some advice on spots where the bass and pike bits have been good. I have been coming to Minnewaska for the past 5 years over the labor day weekend and haven't had much luck with bass around the lake but have found spots with sunnies. It would be awesome if anybody could point out some spots for me for the weekend where the bass bite is good.

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Sorry I missed the posts...had a trip to Canada and just got back. A lot of fun!

I personally have not had a problem catching a lot of bass and pike on Waska...my wife has definately outfished me on the bigger pike. I posted some photos on this.

But it is still "fishing" and not "catching", so I am sure everyone will have different results. Some know the lake better than others as well. But I don't think you will get too many rediculous reports from the good "bait shop guys" around Minnewaska. I think you will find the majority of them are very helpful and will do their best to get you on some fish...or at least a good time trying.

We have picked up a lot of bass and pike, and some really nice sized ones, pulling Reef Runners along the weed lines in 12 to 14 fow. I think if we slowed down and threw some spinnerbaits, jigs or plastics we would even catch more...but we like to troll and cover some ground for the fun of it.

I would agree with GoingFishin...I think that is right on. Maybe even slow down and try some casting, jigging or rigging as well. I have caught some of my biggest bass and pike out from Peter's and Baycrest.

Dilber007...how did you do? Do you have a report for us? I heard the weather was pretty tough over the weekend but I wasn't around to confirm.

Fish On!

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      On the Rainy River...   Walleyes hanging out in some of the deeper holes throughout the river.  Moving up and down the river, hitting numerous spots until you find which areas have walleyes is a good method for success.
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      Bass and pike are plentiful on structure, docks and weed edges.  Hitting various "goto" spots up and down the river is a fun and normally productive day.    
      The sturgeon "keep" season continues through Sep. 30.  Catch and release Oct 1 - April 23, 2022.
      Up at the NW Angle...  
      Great fishing continues on both sides of the border.  In U.S. waters, deep mud of Little Traverse Bay continues producing walleyes in 28 - 33 feet.  Gold, white and orange spinners with a crawler is effective.
      Underwater points, sunken islands and neck down areas with a bit of current in 18 - 27 feet holding fish.  These areas are good areas to jig.
      Pike and muskie anglers are still finding good fish on weedy points using jerkbaits and topwater. 
      Travel via vehicle through Canada to the Angle is open.  Boating into Canadian waters is now open.  Contact a NW Angle resort for details.
      Charter boat transport and float planes are still available through the LOW Passenger Service and Lake Country Air.  
      A complete list of lodging and fishing packages around LOW, the NW Angle, Baudette and the Rainy River at www.fishingminnesota.com/Lodging.  


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    • Troy Smutka
      Hi everyone. It has been a slow start to the 2021 waterfowl season in MN. A combination of a bunch of factors including very low water conditions and fewer wetlands, much warmer than normal temperatures, and a lot of shooting on MN lakes and wetlands in September has led to not a lot of resident ducks left around, those that are around not moving much, and a delay in the migration of ducks and geese from the north. The saving grace for this season for me has been watching my nine year old son graduate from coming with and watching, to fully participating. Practice shooting and calling this summer has him calling and harvesting birds with a 20 gauge, and a pair of waders has him helping with decoy set up and take down. He has shot his first duck of multiple species already, and his Dad and Grandpa have managed a few ducks while letting Parker take the singles that have come in. This past weekend, we finally saw some migrating flocks of canvasbacks and gadwalls, so the calendar migration is starting, albeit a couple weeks late. Should be some good pushes of ducks into MN the next couple weeks, so good luck, and I will see you out there somewhere.
    • Wanderer
      You sound a little conflicted. 😉   It took me a long time to be content with not having the freedom of my early 20’s; fishing and hunting as much as I wanted and at a moment’s notice.  But don’t regret a single day you have on this earth.  There’s something great about every day.  It’ll come back to you while you make the most of everything else in life.  
    • leech~~
      Welcome to the forum.  Are you Amish or live off grid or something?  🤔   EZ Freeze brand LP Propane Refrigerators are made in the U.S.A. by a small Amish company committed to the highest performance and highest quality in the industry.
    • murphyrobbert
      I'd like to learn more about refrigerators. Please share your thoughts with me and let me know which gas your refrigerator uses.
    • Mike89
      he sure doesn't explain it very well then...  I read it the same as smurfy.... 
    • SkunkedAgain
      I took Gimruis to mean that he regrets working full time....me too! 🤣   On my next lake trip, I am hoping to figure out where the mice are getting into my sauna. I also am planning to fish at least one solid day on Vermilion this fall. I don't seem to have great luck this late but I feel compelled to make the effort when the opportunity arises.
    • smurfy
      🤔 so gimruis, I read this as you regret getting married and having kids???
    • gimruis
      I went fishing for the final time this season yesterday.  It was not very good.  Its the latest I've fished in a season for many years though because its been so warm out.   I decided not to duck hunt again this season based on the lack of success I've had in recent years.  By the reports I've heard locally, I made the right decision.   Between a full time job, yard work, going to the gym, and being a responsible Father/Husband, I don't get as much time to do what I want to anymore.  That's just the reality of it.  Sometimes I regret the decisions I've made on that, but now I'm stuck with it and its a necessary evil.  Retirement is still 20+ years away.  But I did go fishing 31 times this past season and I'm taking the whole week off to deer hunt.  After deer hunting I'll be pheasant hunting until the end of the year.   I'm grateful for my health and my mental ability that allow me to continue to do the things I enjoy, albeit not as much as I used to.   I try to post on here when I have successful days of fishing or hunting.  Sometimes it seems like the only fishing updates for weeks on end come from Vermilion.
    • smurfy
      🤣 neighbors don't bow hunt and they might just get a deer iffin a deer happens to run over them.😉   Thanks!!👍
    • Wanderer
      Is that that little guy at the feeder with the cr*ppy rack?    Your neighbor got the ‘tirdy pointer last weekend with his bow. 😉😝   Good luck Smurfy!
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