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cluelessfisherman

Any reports from the Cass chain? I've been traveling all winter and haven't been able to do any ice fishing, but am finally headed home ane looking forward to a little 'ice' time!

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FishMaster007

Was up by cass last weekend and had a good time. Started out on a lake north of leech lake looking for some sunnies caught 100's of little perch and a couple 7-8 inch sunnies this was in 23 feet of water and they wanted wax worms and tungsten jig vertical worked better than horizontal. The next day we went and fished the chain looking for crappies.Took us 45 holes and three hours to find them but when we did they bit. 35 feet deep hole mud bottom. The fish were at the bottom to 10 feet up. caught them on tungsten jigs horizontal with pink or red plastic minnow imitation ones with the forked tail. They wouldn't bite minnows or wax worms. The only reasoning I could think off was they were eating blood worms so they liked the red or pink color. Also on a side note I caught a big whitefish in both the lakes 3-4lb I didn't even know they were in there. I wonder if the leach lake band stocked them? If so thank you they will be put on the smoker tomorrow!!!!

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Borch

Just got settled in at Cass last night and made a quick trolling run for a little over an hour.   Can you say bugs?!!

I ended up throwing back a half dozen little ones and kept one 17 incher.  Lost a lot of heavier fish.  Water temp was almost 68 degrees.

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bowhunternw

Borch when you says bugs are you talking mosquitos? My family and I were thinking of coming over there camping this weekend and have fears on how bad the mosquitos are getting. Thanks

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Chris Haley

Borch

Jigs and minnows on top of boathouse bar.  I talked with a guy that said they practically caught a walleye on every cast!!  45 mins to get 3 limits.

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Chris Haley

Well the fish have finally started to move deeper.  Cass and Pike are on fire right now in depths of 20 - 22ft.  Doesn't really matter how you fish them.  Live bait rigs as well as jigs and minnows vertically jigged are working great.

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WalleyeChamp

That's good to hear Chris. Thanks for the tip.  I assume you are talking early morning and low light hours but have you heard of anything going during the daytime?

And what's with the nighttime crank bait bite being so slow,,or for the most part slow?

What's your prediction on the next Mayfly hatch?  Do you think we have a couple week window here where we wont have to worry about it?

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Chris Haley

Actually we caught them right in the middle of the day.  As far as the nighttime crank bite.  It might have something to do with the fact that the last week and a half has been the waning to waxing crescent phase and the storms moving through make it difficult for the fish to effectively forage at night.  The mayfly might be another reason your crank bait bite has been off.  If the big swarm is close, the emerging nymphs are a great food source for all, keeping the fish out away from the flats.

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WalleyeChamp

Thanks Chris.  I appreciate that.  Middle of the day sounds good to me.  Looks like a full moon next week.  Now just keep the storms away.

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Rick

Thanks Chris.  I appreciate that.  Middle of the day sounds good to me.  Looks like a full moon next week.  Now just keep the storms away.

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Borch

The day bite is definitely better than the night bite right now.  At least more consistent.  During the day I'm still catching fish from 12-20 fow.  When there's a chop sitting over a school with a slip float has been very effective.  Otherwise pulling live bait rigs or jigging has been good with jigging getting the nod on most days.  I stuck this 28" eye on a jig and a leech last evening in 16 fow. 

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WalleyeChamp

Awesome Fish!! Congrats!    Are you up there all week long again?

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Borch

Heading back on Saturday.  I'm sure you'll do very well.

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minnesotakid25

Any recent info on how the walleyes are biting lately and what has been working? Heading up this weekend. Any info would be appreciated.

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Chris Haley

I've heard a lot of small ones are being caught in 20 - 22ft.  With all the structure on Cass I would get out and graph the windward side of the bars and points first looking for archs.  Then come back and either drop a bottom bouncer and spinner with a crawler on em, or a heavier jig and minnow.

If you get a really windy day, they might move up on top and a blue and chrome crankbait works well out there also.

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minnesotakid25

Chris,

Thanks for the info. Only going to have an afternoon to play with so I'll give it a shot an see what happens!

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Jim Uran

-2 right now in Cass Lake! Making ice!! I went out last night out on Pike bay, I found 5" of ice all the way out to 20' of water so I fished from 20' to 16' and couldn't keep the perch off. A mix between 4" up to 9", I also caught 4 walleyes, none bigger than 14".  It was nice to get out FINALLY!

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Weathertite

Thank you for the update Jim . Please keep us updated on the ice conditions as I cant wait to go after some nice Jumbo Perch.   Mike

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Jim Uran

You got it! Local bait shop said that he sold bait to guys heading out to Cass, Big, Winnie, Grace, Andrusia, and Wolf. We are still at the beginning of the ice fishing season so caution is advised.  The layer of ice that I fished is solid, nice clear ice. I was planning on going today but we have high blue skies, high pressure, and last but not least it's football sunday!!!  I'll be out this week though, and I'll keep everyone posted. It was -2 when I got up this morning :)

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Weathertite

Thanks again Jim , We really need more guys like you out there giving good and safe information. Good luck fishing and stay safe.   Mike

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Jim Uran

Went out to the south side of Wolf Lake this evening, got out there about 4 and fished until 6... Got some small perch right away out in 24' of water but nothing big. Biggest were at 9" and kind of chunky. Marked some high flyers out in 26' but couldn't get them to commit to anything!!! Only a couple in the last half hour I was out there but I'm guessing they were crappies!!! 6" of ice is what I measured all the way to 28'

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IceHawk

Jim Glad to see you posting again always enjoyed your posts and top notch detail you put in to your fishing reports!

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Jim Uran

Went out from the wayside rest out on Cass tonight, I noticed there was some hard houses out there so I ventured out that way. I found myself out in the river channel so I presume. I was using my flasher to find the depth as I scooted along. It went from 14' down to 16' then back up to 12' so I set up along that channel break. I fished in 16' of water from 4 until 6:30 and iced some pretty decent perch until dark time and then it went blank!  I was hoping for a walleye or 5 after dark. There was at least 6" of ice all the way to where I was fishing tonight. 

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Weathertite

Thank you for the information Jim . I was going to hit you up for some information tomorrow but I believe you are physic as you told me what I needed. Jumbos ?

Thanks again Mike

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Borch

Nice job Jim!  As you get a chance to fish that area more you'll find it has a lot to offer.

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