• 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.

  • Join In - We Share Fishing Reports & Outdoor Information Here

     
      You know what we all love...

      The same things you do!!!! Share what you love & enjoy in the outdoors as well as thank those whose posts you 'appreciate.'

      Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  
JBMasterAngler

Island Lost In The Season?

Recommended Posts

JBMasterAngler

So I've read previous post last year about how nobody fished island in the winter. Is it just not accessible at all? Are there spot that are within walking distance? All the bad reports I've heard have been for walleye, but I'd rather target perch and some tip up pike. As much as I'd like to hit fish, I don't like crowds at all, so island might be right up my alley.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
LoonASea

The main reason I dont ice fish Island Lake is because Mn Power draws much more water from Island then most other area lakes,,,with the changing water levels it makes the ice ,,,,well sketchy,,,In my 8 years of being up here I can honestly say I have never seen a vehicle on Island lake ice ,,,snowmobiles and quads yes,,,,I cant think of any fish holding structures with in easy walking distance from the public access

Hope this helps

LAS

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Surface Tension

If you don't like crowds you'll love Island Lake.

Having no resorts on the lake with no plowed roads is one reason there isn't anyone out there. The landings are not plowed and parking is limited. To access the lake by foot you'll have to travel a 1/4 mile just to hit the lake. You can get closer access at the bridge and you'll see a few portables around there. Just remember moving water and dropping water levels is not a good thing and you'll be fine.

Both a sled and determination to find your own fish is what it takes to fish Island lake. Island lake having a multiple of scenarios where you can find eyes during summer could hold true in winter as well. I can offer one winter pattern that works on Island. Look for humps and bars that come out of 25' of water. Its an afternoon and into dark bite so you'll adjust to and cover the depths as the eyes move. A tip-up helps to cover that hump and the different depths along with holes drilled that you can bounce around to with your jigging rod. Add a couple partners and things get figured out sooner. Of coarse it helps if you have a couple of those spots on a GPS.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Jack Stasney

Loonasea is correct because of where the Cloquet river flows you are going to have a lot of moving water to cross over trying to get anywhere from the public access'. For a truck that means another Rice Lake incident if you aren't careful. I've driven out in spots close to shore, but only after having walked out earlier and checked ice depths and even then because no one else is out there you are making your own path. If you are really interested in fishing Island Lake and driving out come to the United Northern Sportmens Club Fishing Tournament Jan. 25th. The entry is cheap, its a good time, and there are some decent prizes. That being said don't be fooled there are a ton of people that live on that lake that fish it regularly in the winter. So if you or someone you know lives close to a honey hole then cheers, but otherwise I hope you own a snowmobile.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Northlander

Jaxtas thanks for the date on the UNS contest. I like that one. Small little thing but you can win some great prizes. 1st place $1000 isnt it?

As far as ice fishing Island Lake your basically stuck around the bridge if you dont have a sled or a wheeler with tracks once the snow builds up. I can honeslty say when ever I have fished up there I have only seen like 3 other people out fishing it. Unless they were walking off by the bridge.

Any spots I could mention for walking out are done with now that we have so much snow.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
JBMasterAngler

That bridge area is a popular shorefishing area in the summer isn't it? I'm assuming you can park along the road?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Northlander

Ya it was BD110's brother who won it. Im going to get there early and take his spot this year. grin

I just like that contest because its a good cause and relaxing.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ripstick

UNS is Jan 25th agian.As far as the lale over all. Well its changing and its pushing some fish into new areas. It can be a very good lake in the winter for big crappies. Just have to to find them.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • JerkinLips
      No ice in Stuntz Bay yet but I did lift the boat out of the water onto the boathouse deck.  Easy to drop it back in if the water is soft after I get my deer.
    • Calvin Darling
      I took a trip this August to Buffalo River State Park to wade in the river while hitting the holes. My brother and I caught a variety of fish from red horse and chubs to a clam. All fish were caught on worm chunks. This spring/summer I want to use my new 5wt fly road and see what I catch
    • monstermoose78
      Let’s get them 22-27 inch fish out of the lake
    • Agronomist_at_IA
      I think anybody can see that the food/forage base is or has declined in Mille lacs.......having a lot of large fish doesn't help it at all. I think they should thin the herd.
    • AlwaysFishing23
      Well was a sad day today indeed. Got the kayak all vacuumed out and cleaned up. Then hung it in it’s winter spot in the shed. Trailer got a cleaning to. But until next year so long open water. Time to finish putting the open water gear away and finish getting the ice gear out.
    • Troy Smutka
      10/21/18     I have hunted in the Hutchinson area the last two weekends with my Dad, son, and some friends. Dakota ducks are trickling through central MN as the calendar migration has begun. With strong NW blows before or during the past two weekends, we have harvested mallards, gadwalls, redheads, bluebills, canvasbacks, and ringnecks, as well as a couple of geese hunting from a boat blind on some shallow lakes. This calendar migration should continue over the next couple weeks whenever we can get a strong NW or West wind. It will take some more cold and frozen water in Canada to get the big Canadian birds to come down--hopefully that happens before Thanksgiving. Good luck, and I will see you out there somewhere.
    • Wanderer
      Snow?  Yeah I finally ran into some today.     And I HAD to get them on the tailgate! 😅   And that is one of the reasons to leave that stuff in MN for a little while.  😎
    • leech~~
      Wow, I am certainly getting beat up over on this side of the fence today.  On month old posts and mostly by the mods oddly. ☹️
    • leech~~
      RICK!!!!!!!!!!!  eyeguy hurt my feelings!  He called me a name and told me to shut up!  He needs a Timeout and Warning!! 😡
    • leech~~
      Not hunting the wet birds this year sorry.  So you mistook my lil funny to Wanderer?  I think he knows I was just pulling his chain.   😉  Good Luck.