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BisoNation

sometimes they just want to get you to show their bosses they are doing their job....  id' say if they went the whole day with 0 citations that they ARE doing their jobs by attrition.

if my 3 year old son is there in house or in boat, can I have 4 lines down and 2 lines out of boat?  i believe I can.

 

ps- crappie bite on battle lake slowed to a crawl, there was hundreds of houses on there by shoreliner, think they fished it out? haha

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Chill62

Made it out this weekend again with a bunch of friends on Saturday morning.  Ice conditions at shore were great condition, ice driving around was just fine especially since I was only in 2wd.  Fished a deep hole from 6:30 till 2 pm around Dent.  Fish were active and everyone was able to land a few fish.  Fish ranged from 12-16" with average being in that 14-15" range.  Tons of people out there.  Coming off the ice the access was no longer in great condition but was still very easy to get off the water.

Fished over by perham in the afternoon for crappies hit a deep hole that usually holds good populations.  Graphed a ton but only 3-6" crappies.  Fished till graphs died, guess LX7's with a 9 amp hour rating wont run 12+ hours lol.  Access on that lake was getting very sketchy to say the least.  Everyone kept driving on good ice so the trails coming off the lake were sporadic at best.  Lots of snow on the lake and lots of slush and flooded spots on the lake.  We were throwing water with 4wd in the pickup locked in.

Fished Sunday morning again, buddy I took is worse than most 5 year olds so it was an interesting morning.  Got one around 7:15 right away.  Was trying to set his rod up and graph and hooked one in the process he gave it too much slack and lost it.  5 minutes later he's fighting one and I can hear drag flying off so I thought I went too light of gear for him, he landed an 18.5" tuilibee!  Biggest one of the weekend and ended up being his only fish.  We fished the rest of the morning and ended up with about a dozen of them.  Range was from 5" to 18.5" average being about 14" again.  Access coming off was same condition but you drive through a "Beach" on shore and the beach is getting really dug out and soft.

Unless we get tons of cold weather soon I might be done for driving on any access that gets hit by sunlight.  Sun has tons of power and I got a nasty sunburn on Saturday while hole hoping!

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Chill62

Sorry for the delay, I've been in Iowa for work for the past three days and came into a bigger mess than your brother in law using your bait caster!

I was only able to fish on Saturday due to work.  Weather had most of my friends hesitant on going out but three of us went out chasing tuilibee.  I rarely ever release a lake I'm fishing due to protecting that lake from all the people who internet fish BUT I will be changing it on this post.  I fished Loon Lake by Vergas on Saturday morning.  We walked out from shore on the north side since the narrows by the culvert are sketchy most of the year.  We got onto the lake by 6:30/45 and it was perfect conditions.  NO Wind! 28 degrees.  Half inch of snow on the ground.  Felt amazing!  Fish were INSTANTLY Biting!  It was awesome!  I easily caught over 20 fish, sadly lost an EASY dozen at the top of the hole!  It was a BLAST!  We ended up keeping 41 nice sized tuilibee all before 11 am.  We butterfly the tullibee to all the brine to get into the meat more and this is where we started having issues.  Of the 41 tuilibee I cleaned and yes I cleaned every single one because I was raised to not waste a fish, I was only able to salvage 12 fish.  29 of the 41 fish had a round worm/tape worm thing in the meat.  I'm not talking those dark black specks I mean 3" worms in pockets throughout the fish.  Some would only have one pocket but some would have 6-10 pockets and the pockets would have a ton of worms in them.  If you are looking for catch and release head out there have fun but if your looking to weed through 70% of your fish like we did go ahead keep them but it's a waste.

I've fished Loon Lake and Rose Lake and both have worms in them!  Did we happen to get bad fish and you could go out and not get them sure...but do you butterfly your fish and inspect every single one?  Or do you notice the worms as you go to grab a bite of smoked fish?  I'm not running the risk of keeping a fish that has worms.  If I go back to either lake I'll be doing catch and release only.

Sorry for being the Debbie Downer but just sucks.  We were soo excited because they were 41 15-17" tuilibees and only able to keep 12 of them.

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Chill62

Was debating on trying to get out on Good Friday and decided I would stay home.  Buddy had 8" of snow at his place around DL and with 6-12" being forecasted I decided to stay home.  Buddy went out and fished from 5:30-7:50 and got 7 tuilibees.  With the weather forecasted we stayed put and waited till noon to start moving around.  Got to the lake around 2 and there was an easy foot of fresh powder on the lake.  He had to plow a path with his vehicle and I followed in line to get to the fishing spot.  Still had over 24" of ice on the lake though with a foot of fresh powder.  Got the house set up with the two vehicles blocking the wind and parked using the receiver hitches to secure down the fish house.  Got set up around 2:30 and within 5 minutes I had my first one on and sadly lost it.  We were in 45 feet of water and the fish were coming through 30-42 feet of water.  We ended up catching 4 monsters (19.5-20"), 2 huge ones (18-19") and one baby (10").  I had two personal bests with the 4 fish I caught on Saturday and I lost one after it straightened my hook.  I've never had a fish fight like that before!  People who've been following my posts know a few weeks back I got spooled and I was afraid of getting spooled again even though I put a TON of line on this time!  Was a great bite from the time we set up till 5:30, from 6-7:30 we got one fish.  Hopefully try it again next weekend.

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BTL

That's awesome. Those are some huge tullibee, congrats!

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Chill62

Thanks dude.  Picture sucked but I could barely pick the fish up it was soo thick in the shoulders.  Buddy was out today and got a 15.5" at 2.10 pounds.  Think looked like a football.  I'll hopefully have the cameras out this weekend and try and see if we can get them to cooperate for a video and some better pictures!  I would not be shocked if my big ones were near 4.5 pounds.

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otterman91105

That really sucks that some of the lakes have fish with worms in them. I would not eat them either if they had worms in them.

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Chill62

Otterman it does suck but the only way to tell is by taking a filet knife to the fish.  Wish you could tell externally but you can't.  

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slammer

Kinda quiet here.  Ive been out a number of times and have had a hard time finding anything consistent for active fish,  crappies or eyes.  Did ok this past weekend but fish were" one here and one there".  Cold front Sat. didn't help.  Looking forward to the weekend with some stable weather and a better bite.

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Ben Mattis

Headed to little pine the second week of June.  Usually I am there in august or september and troll with shiners or worms. Should I be jigging with shiners since i'm earlier??? Or something else?? Thanks in advance...I will glady buy ya a beet at zorbas for the advice!!

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huntnfish

I am sure the presentations you've been using will work earlier in the year as well. I don't know about little pine but the lakes I've been fishing are starting to turn into the summer leech and crawler bite now. I prefer leeches over shiners because they're cheaper and heartier. 

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BTL

Spent the last 2 weeks in OTC and had a great time. Mostly fished bass but caught some other stuff too. Sucks to be back home...

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Chill62

Made it out Saturday for a little bit on a new to me lake by Dent.  Was seeking gills only but caught a few crappies.  Very negative bite but with all the weather activities going through can't blame them.  Jig and soft plastic is what we were throwing and landed a few but all were released chasing bigger ones for a tournament.  8.5" was our biggest one but got a few 11-12" crappies mixed into the batch.

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bowhuntermitch

Fished Ottertail Friday evening last week. Walked out from the Pelican bay access and fished the first break on a sharp drop off. I was in 17' of water in one hole and about 19' in the other. I had small perch and bait fish swimming through all day. Seemed like when the baitfish showed up, the walleyes were not too far behind chasing them. There was 8-10" of ice depending on the spot. A group of guys were dragging their small permanents out with ATVs & SxS'. They didn't seem to have any issues. There were a couple small pressure ridges about a 1/4 mile out from the access. I could see them being an issue if they get any bigger as we gain ice. Carefully checking them, it seemed they were fully healed with no less than 7-8" on both sides of the ridges where I checked.


The camera showed me a few walleyes, and most of the walleyes I saw were very aggressive and got them to bite. Usually I have the opposite problem on Ottertail. See lots of fish, but have issues getting them to commit. Ended up taking 3 home for supper for the wife and I. Lost a couple at the hole (I must be rusty) and threw a couple more back. It's good to be back on the ice! 

 

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Chill62

Great update!  I've never iced Ottertail and I should one of these years.

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slammer

How much snow on OT after the storm?   Was out b/4 xmas fishing on the east side but not much happening.  Only a couple eyes and a few perch.

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Bmann

Was out there yesterday in the Ranger, went 3 or 4 miles SW of the 78 access.  Lots of good roads out there, but we didn't have any trouble in the snow either.  Trucks were also getting around pretty easily as far as we could see.  Bite was okay, decent perch and small walleyes seem to be on the humps, but also hearing of a good bite on the shoreline breaks in 10'.  

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Chill62

I've been north of Ottertail we got 16 inches of snow with the storms last week but its fluffy.  I've been able to get around with the wheeler almost anywhere I want to go.  Near other fish houses there are some serious drifts that people need to be careful of but they are manageable. I have a rav4 so I've been using the wheeler in case I get stuck somewhere little easier to get out lol.  Hopefully with the 5 day forecast a lot of this snow will compact down and get harder.

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Anyone else tired of the cold yet because I sure am!!!  Friday night got down to the cabin l went out and got holes drilled and heater running. Fished an hour between 9 and 10 we landed 3 or 4 crappies, they were either 8 inches or 13 inches. Fished Saturday morning didn't catch a thing. Moved house and started fishing for evening bite and landed about a dozen crappies and we found them either small or huge no middle ground. Sunday morning no fish. Sunday evening landed 8 and they were 10 inches or over 13 again. During then later hours ended up a 21 inch eye on a rattle reel.    Crappies wanted glow jigs in 4 mm or 3 mm tipped with soft plastics with wax worms. Few did end up taking large crappie minnows. Had mixed bag of minnows and shiners, rainbows and fat heads never got bit. Weird.   

 

Hearing good reports of panfish being very active especially if you stay mobile. Guys fishing shallow are finding fish in the weeds.  Also hearing the elusive winter bass are starting to put the feed bags on. They are cruising the edges of weeds. Haven't heard any reports of walleye even with the full moon we just had.   

 

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Well weather didn't look friendly so we didn't fish today. Yesterday we attempted to fish Star, drifts weren't friendly to getting off the plowed paths. Tried and ultimately switched lakes. Fished a little bay and caught a mixed bag of bass, blue gills and crappies. Group next to us caught a 21 inch walleye using a spoon. Was steady for small gills but moved to a deeper hole and the girlfriend was on fire. 14, 13.25, 12.75, 12.5 were her big ones. Fish were aggressive and glow was key. Bite was steady for over 4 hours. Heres pictures of her big one which is a WAM master angler. All fish were released FB_IMG_1548642280739.jpg.5a38e90c36dd02788237d927e250b985.jpg

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Chill62

Sorry I haven't posted in a while we went chasing tulibees on Saturday morning.  Buddy "Scouted" the lake ahead of time and was able to get near to where we wanted to fish so we went out at sunrise...  Both of us got stuck in the process but found a place to wedge our vehicles into the snow bank to allow vehicles to drive by us on the "Road" that was plowed.  Fish were down there and a few were chasing hard core.  After switching gear and presentations up around 10 I landed 4 in a matter of minutes and then it was time for us to get going.  I caught 4, 1 dink and 3 medium sized ones.  My buddy caught 3 all were mediums.  Snow was stupid thick on the lake we were on and we had flooding the moment we drilled the first hole.  I'd love to get back out again but sadly unless there is an actual road or someone has tracks I'm out of commission till then.  Fish bit on a larger spoon with a 4 mm jig.  I tried my old reliable using a smaller spoon and only had lookers.  We should have stayed longer but we went home for a nap.  If anyone is looking for some videos for tulibee fishing a buddy of mine Scott Mackner has produced a few great videos for tulibee fishing and "Icing Massive Tulibees 2017" is a great video from one of our better days we had 2 years ago.  He also takes a little time prior to getting going in the video showing our secret technique for how we rig up our rods.  We had no snow so it made it very different than our current season.

 

We hit a second lake up for the evening for crappies because of the tournament the girlfriend was in.  The lake had been an evening bite usually 5/6 till 9:30/10 so we got out there around 5 and there was a huge group that walked out from their cabin fishing and they were landing fish like crazy.  Bite wasn't too great but landed a few nice crappies to add to her final measurement total. Currently the girlfriend is in 4th place in the Ice Queen Crappie tournament which I think is very respectable since 1st place is from Iowa, 2nd place is from Vermont, and we aren't 100% sure where 3rd place is from but for 4th place to be caught 100% in Becker/Ottertail Counties says something about he resources that we have around us.

 

This weekend I'm going to try and get our perm house off of the lake since nothing went right Sunday before the storm hit to get it off then.  I'm hoping I'm not spending 4 hours trying to plow a path out to the house because I'm about 2 miles from the access and both buddies who have plow trucks are on or will be on a beach somewhere instead of a frozen lake...can't blame them!!

 

Watch out for slush pockets...looked like some people on a lake were purposely drilling holes on a main road to stop people from driving down them causing the road to flood.  It's going to be a long few weekends if we don't get warm temps and this snow melts/settles.

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Chill62

Has anyone been out yet this year?  I haven't even put the boat in the water yet, I'm hoping to change that this weekend! 

 

I don't know if people saw but a boat burnt up on Big Pine this past weekend.  They left the access going to their dock and the driver smelt something so stopped shut down the engine and found the fire.  Extinguisher was used but didn't put the fire out.  Other fisherman came and rescued the driver thankfully.  Take away is please check your fire extinguishers and make sure you break in your motors nice and easy in the beginning, you never know where a mouse has left a present for you to find later.

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Chill62

Got out this weekend.  Hot bite going on a lot of local lakes.  Bait shop said bite has been great in the 5-7 foot range with a jig and shiner minnow.  We got out Sunday and fished with Lindy's off of suggestions from the neighbors.  Saw guys pulling leeches and they weren't having any luck, saw some pulling cranks and they were getting snot rockets.  We kept the Lindy's going and had a great Sunday.  My boat was down for the weekend so I was in a backup situation so was different but we were on the fish.  11-14 feet was best depths.  Shiner on a lindy rig was the ticket.  Due to the slot we could have kept 5 fish but one was too big to eat and too small to mount.  Fished mid morning to mid afternoon in flat calm conditions and the fish didn't seem to mind one bit.  Probably ended up with 30 eyes between the two of us and we kept 4 fish for a shore lunch.  Average size was 19-22" which was protected with the slot so I went through a lot of hooks.  Biggest fish was 26.25" which I released.  Had doubles on at the same time and both were over 20" which I have never had happen before.

 

White Glow #4 hook, Soft Green Glow Bead, 8 ft leader, lightest sinker we had in the tackle box (Due to wind being calm), and a spot tail shiner.

 

11-14 feet but graphed more fish in that 14+ feet of water but they didn't want to bite.  

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Chill62

Got out this weekend to chase crappies and gills. Mn dnr lake finder showed a ton of them. Tried covering water and we got into the walleyes. Tight to weeds with leeches and got mixed bag but didn't get any panfish! Biggest was 28", 25", 22" and a 32" pike. 

 

Fished Sunday different lake hopped everywhere a sheeps head, northern, and a fat gill in 23' of water. Switched lakes and found a few walleye from 1-4 PM on edge of breaks. find fish fish hard if nothing move. We sat on fish over an hour no luck. Moved found 2 on graph instant fish then move keep repeating. 

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