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McGregor-Aitkin-Crosby-Deerwood Area fishing reports


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Aitkin area - lots of snow!  Shocker, right?  Never really measured the ice but I doubt it’s over 20 inches thick with maybe 16 inches of snow on top.  And slush happens....  Bring a snowmobile if you

From this past weekend in the Brainerd/Crosslake area...found the panfish on the weedlines or just out from them in the 10-16' of water range and used all sorts of methods but the best had to be 2.5"

family cabin on Ripple over that way, a good lake too...   sure looks like a good time for ya!!!!  👍

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getinked3

Any tips for a mid august trip to Big Sandy? Haven't fished the lake in almost 20 years. I've been studying my lake maps already, just wondering if there are any must visit area's of the lake.

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BucksnDucks

I've been pickn up 4-6 walleyes each evening trolling raps and crawler spinner harness rigs on the edges of the weedline. After dark I havent been able to stay on the water, the skeeters have been nuts.

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fishbock

Brother caught a 20 inch walleye last weekend which was the 2nd biggest ive seen on the lake, anyone catch any eyes much bigger than that on Big Sandy? Theres gotta be some big ones on the lake.

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I caught a 22" about 2 months ago. This weekend though we found a approx 26" washed up on shore.

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Been waiting all summer for this trip up to BSL, 5 more days and I will finally be on the water... pretty excited to see what the lake has to offer. After reading through some of the earlier posts, I just wanted to say to some of you that seem to be the "year round fishers of BSL" Thanks for all the tips and pics that are up, and that I will be as respectful to your lake as I would hope you would be on mine... C.P.R. the whole week.

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palisade1kid

Good luck and enjoy the land of whoooooooo. At least that's what all of the tubers are screaming.....whoooooo.

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taking the family to visit friends on Minnewawa this weekend. Any tips on where to catch some fish this time of year? I have never fished this lake. Species doesn't really matter. They would be happy with anything. any advice would be greatly appeciated.

tony

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I was across the highway all last week on Big Sandy. SPOONS! Thats all I have to say on that one... live bait wasn't working spinners weren't shiny enough.... Started throwing the five of Diamonds and the Northerns started jumping in the boat...(then right back off of course) Made the mistake of handing the Five of Diamonds over to my Dad who proceeded to bring in a Nice 12 pound 36" (pictures to come).

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I was across the highway all last week on Big Sandy. SPOONS! Thats all I have to say on that one... live bait wasn't working spinners weren't shiny enough.... Started throwing the five of Diamonds and the Northerns started jumping in the boat...(then right back off of course) Made the mistake of handing the Five of Diamonds over to my Dad who proceeded to bring in a Nice 12 pound 36" (pictures to come).

Nice report!

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Was up this weekend and ended up getting a few eyes and a few crappies. They eyes all came in about 7-12 fow. We trolled lindy rigs for about 3-4 hours on sunday and got about 6 in the boat. Nothing huge, just had some fun. Crappies seemed to be very sporadic. Caught them on and off along with a LOT of rock bass.

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Has anyone been on the fresh ice yet this year? are they biting?

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Agent Andy

How is the ice on BSL? We are planning our first trip there for the year this Saturday. Do we need to bring wheeler on snowmobile???

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How's the entrance to BSL? Are there any spots that you know of to watch out for?

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Deer_Assassin

The enterance near big sand bar is fine,as of Friday. Theres a ice ridge right next to it. It would be hard to pull a trailer out there,but my dually went around it just fine. Never went on any of the other launches.

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fishuhalik

Any idea if a corolla would have any problems getting around on Sandy? Heading up on Saturday

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dougr1969

I will be there tomorrow morning and will post tomorrow evening on the landings and the fishing.

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Cyberfish

Hi Doug, I may be coming up this weekend, would like to fish w you again! laugh If the bite is slow, I might be up for another 40 miles north where I been getting lots of nice sunfish

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Finlander

Going to Aitken to attend a wedding this weekend and I was wondering if there are any lakes open up there to fish for panfish? blush

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Not sure which lake your targeting, but by this weekend some small ponds should be open.

West of town the ice looks real dark and one or two more sunny days should do it. The larger lakes may take some more time.

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I was down by Farm Island on Monday, and it was still ice covered. I'll drive past it tomorrow and post an update.

The last 3 days have been very sunny and warm up here. Cedar lake still has quite a bit of ice. I doubt that the bigger lakes will be open by this weekend, but next weekend they should all be open.

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I was hoping to put the dock in this weekend (Gun Lake) and would be interested to hear if things are going to be on schedule for this weekend?

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crappie todd

Korns, did yu do any ice fishing Gun this winter.? This is the 1st year in 21 years I didn't make it up there for ice fishing.

My journal shows April 25th to be about average ice out. except last year when it was out early April.

The lake level was up when I was there last in October. I wonder where its at this spring.

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Todd,

I made it up there only once this year (I'm working fulltime and going to school fulltime, so don't have much available time).

Gun historically has ice out around April 15th, at least that is what I have seen over the past 30 years.

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Farm Island still has a lot of ice. It has melted away from the shoreline, but still looks strong after about 20 feet from shore. The weather this weekend will not help melting much. A few of the small ponds west of town on HWY 210 have opened up.

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knoppers

gun lake, and the lakes near it are all ice covered still as of this afternoon. turner lake towards mcgregor was open. I just hope the ice is off fleming by next thursday, planning on putting the dock and pontoon in then.

keep any updates coming in, thanks.

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Hi all, I was thinking of running up to the hunting shack this weekend and getting the boat out of storage. I'm near Lawler there by Mcgregor, any lakes open yet?

Just want to put the boat in and make sure it runs and all that, might as well wet a line and catch a sunny while i'm there.

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