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BirddogBenelli

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BirddogBenelli

Any reports from this weekend? Went out yesterday from 4-8:30. Everything that could go wrong when fishing did...ended up a few crappies.

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icemn17

We got about 2 dozen Friday. One was a little over 10", the rest 7"ers.

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BirddogBenelli

Anybody fished baldy eagle in the last day or 2? Thinking about going out tonight

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fishkaholic

Was out there sunday, caught about a dozen crappies. The fish are there and the bite is inconsistent. They will bite on and off. Fishing about 22-28ft of water with minnows. Not much size to it.

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FishHunter1

My dad and I were out there last night caught about 20 crappies kept about ten between 9" and a couple around 10.5". Fishing in 18-20 FOW.

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Tom7227

Has anyone been out on Bald Eagle around 10 pm or so in the past few nights? Have you noticed an increase in bites around this time? I live nearby and have some bass and crappie in an aquarium and they have gone into a feeding frenzy around 10. I am wondering if that relates to what's happening out on the ice.

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BirddogBenelli

Went out lastnight in about 23 FOW. Didn't bring any minnows...just 1 Ratso! Hammered them! Caught about 20 and kept my limit of 9-10". Very fast and furious fishing.

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Tom7227

Went out lastnight in about 23 FOW. Didn't bring any minnows...just 1 Ratso! Hammered them! Caught about 20 and kept my limit of 9-10". Very fast and furious fishing.

What time? I'm trying to see if the guys in the aquarium are in sync with the guys in the lake.

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BirddogBenelli

Caught majority of them between 6:30-8pm. It was only me and I was swapping bigger fish out for smaller fish. When I left I was still marking fish but I had to get home to the wife. grin

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Tom7227

thanks for the info. you left too early.

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CrappieFshr651

I may have to get out there soon, a buddy of mine said the crappie bite has been pretty decent too, i guess i'll have to find out for myself.

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dewey1980

is bald ready for a 250 deisel and wheel house yet???????

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Jethro80

I heard there is a consistent 18 inches out there. Heard it, didn't see it for myself.

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fishkaholic

there is a consistent 18 inches. a lot of truckers going out and permanents out there. it should be ok. been out there the past week. i would probably wait for another couple inches to be sure.

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olbaidhh

Just wandering if guys are pulling out wheelhouses yet on Bald Eagle... I have a Ford Expedition with a 16' ice castle... will the ice handle it?

Thanks for the info...

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MN Greenheads

yes

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olbaidhh

did you get out? (350 disel and wheel house)

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dewey1980

saturday morning,if your talking to me.

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Red Miller

First time on Bald Eagle. How is driving on the lake? Can you pretty much go anywhere with a 4x4 amd a portable? Also, anyone hooking any walldogs? Thanks guys

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Tom7227

I live on the lake and there are houses and trucks all over so getting around isn't a problem. I haven't been out so I can't give you a read on success ratios.

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anyfishaldo

We fished 10:00am-3:00pm and only kept 3 Crappies. Tried tip ups on the north end with no luck, a neigboring guy flagged like crazy- Muskie and three northern. He was a great guy- helped us out but we ran out of time. I need ot go out of town so we can just fish!!!

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Red Miller

Thanks for the heads up. We went out this morning and there was about 16" to 18" of ice and yes you could drive anywhere. We fished 18 FOW and it was pretty steady crappie action. Unfortunately none were keepable. Great day to be on the ice however.

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bigred1974

fished 21 feet of water last night, marking fish steady but only caught one. didnt even know he bit either

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Mr. Pickeral

Just wondering were abouts people are catching these crappies. Been hitting up some other lakes in the area with moderate success. Thinking its time to switch to a different location and dont know much about Bald Eagle. Any info would be great.

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1forwalleye

I just put my house out this past weekend and caught the small crappies that people are referring to in this link. Does anybody have any luck with walleyes on Bald Eagle? Any informaton would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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    • Mike89
      so what do have against harpooners?????  the Indians did it before us????????????   
    • Reid Saarela
      28.5, but the fattest walleye we’ve seen. My dad and I both agreed it was a bigger fish than my 30 last summer. Wish we would have weighed it but I would rather have the fish swim off healthy! 
    • delcecchi
      I don't confront people on the water about what they do.  Expressing an opinion in general is fine.  Getting up in people's face is different, as I hope you agree.
    • IceHawk
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    • Wanderer
    • delcecchi
      Gotta be careful to keep the holier than thou attitude under control whatever you decide to do. After all not much difference between bass, northern (looking at you harpooners), walleye, even gills.
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      I have eaten quite a few small mouth bass from Vermilion and a few large mouth bass from other lakes. The smaller small mouth are not bad table fare! The larger fish taste like mud to me! All large mouth taste like mud to me!!😛 If you were to suggest to these fishermen that eating the smaller fish will make a much tastier meal, not to mention a much safer meal because of the contaminant level in larger fish, that may make a difference in what they decide to keep.????  But as you said, they can legally keep them of all sizes. The DNR approach of a size limit would be best! Cliff  
    • Harry Goodliffe
      a sign that ASKS people to selective harvest, releasing the bigger fish to keep those better fish genes in the population if you keep fish eat smaller fish...the old bill dance quote "limit your kill not kill your limit.... catch what you can use and release the rest to fight another day"
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      Nice walleye Reid! How big? Cliff
    • Wanderer
      I respect your conservation minded approach but trying to TELL people not to keep those fish will just get you more of the same response you already got.  I also agree <15 inch bass are better keepers.  I keep a few myself each year and rarely keep anything over 16, preferring 12’s for the table. I’ve been a bass tournament angler in the past and have also promoted staunch C&R, much like the modern muskie culture, but have grown wiser with age.  I still target bass quite a bit just because they’re fun! On a 300 acre lake I agree a small group of anglers can and will have an impact with constant return visits to harvest large fish but the only two things you can do about it is, 1) As mentioned, lobby the DNR for protected slots, and 2) When people are happy to show you their catch, congratulate them and mention you like bass too but find the smaller sized fish much better table fare.  And maybe that you also fell releasing the mature fish keeps reproduction up to sustain a quality fishery.  And be nice about it.  Once you turn people off they’ll stop hearing you. That’s about all I have for ya.  Good luck.