• 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!!!

Recommended Posts

The Chemist

Do i heard a rumor that a large northern was taken in richmond area (33lbs) . Seen pictures of the fish but question whether the lake i was told is correct. Not looking for the lake name though I have that.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
IceHawk

Haven't heard of any big pike being taken out of my area, but I know a young kid got a 33 lb pike out in South Dakota last week.  More than likely the fish you heard about. It was a beast and what better ending than a youngster hooking something like that he's hooked for life!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
smurfy

Got bored so took a cruise around the chain. Not much for activity.most activity was on long by the island just south of cozy corners. The usual small towns in rice few on the meth hole area. Long down by browns was almost deserted.

Edited by smurfy

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Coleman
On 2/3/2018 at 5:31 AM, The Chemist said:

Do i heard a rumor that a large northern was taken in richmond area (33lbs) . Seen pictures of the fish but question whether the lake i was told is correct. Not looking for the lake name though I have that.

 

If it's the fish I know about, it was speared on Rice.  One of my tenants showed me the fish the other weekend.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
The Chemist

Yes that would be the one. A friend of mine sent it to me. The guy who got it is a friend of his nephew. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
smurfy

the chain was pretty much abandon today about 3 pm. browns lake had most the activity with 3 big houses out. otherwise maybe seen 4 other places with activity of 1-2 each place. the winter accesses looked pretty sloppy!!!1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
IceHawk
Posted (edited)

Yah its sloppy out there. Been a tough bite locally lately. Hasn't been much going on other than a A few scattered fish here and there.  Not  a lot of numbers or size.  The diehard  local panfisherman are fishing just not around home. Been running into some of the local big guns on some of my travels to other lakes fishing just not so close to there backyard ;) Thanks for the Report Smurf!

Edited by IceHawk

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
smurfy

;) no problem. i'd like to head to the northland at some point before ice out but not in the cards right now, especially with the conditions up there.!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
IceHawk
Posted (edited)

Some of the Staff guys  might be doing a few runs in the future if your interested .Dont have to go more than a hr from home.  I might have to blindfold u LOL!! shoot me your number in a pm if your ever interested

Edited by IceHawk
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
smurfy
Posted (edited)
18 minutes ago, IceHawk said:

Some of the Staff guys  might be doing a few runs in the future if your interested .Dont have to go more than a hr from home.  I might have to blindfold u LOL!! shoot me your number in a pm if your ever interested

:grin: sounds good!!!!!!!! i'm a good boy blindfolded..........wit beer!

Edited by smurfy

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Borch

Decided to get out after I finished clearing snow and a few other chores at home today.  Found a lake without too much snow and found some nice gills and crappies willing to bite.  Fish seem to be transitioning from basins to the shallower flats.  Found these in 18-20 fow near the breakline.  Got these both on tungsten scud flies.  Also got some on plastics. 

20180306_150737.jpg20180306_154030.jpg

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Naturboy
Posted (edited)

I got to go out yesterday on Grand Lk and was surprised that most of the area I was on(out of the public access) there was only about 2 -3 inches of snow. Just wish the fishing was better. Think I kept 6 gills, but it was a short walk. Frozen soon to be slush again at the shoreline kept me from driving out in a minivan. 

Edited by Naturboy
Content

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
smurfy
Posted (edited)

drove past the chain about 4;30 ish. sure not many people out?????? did notice more vehicles parked on the shore and wheeling out!! there were a few vehicles out further though.

the local pubs where a whole lot busier!!!:grin:

Edited by smurfy

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
smurfy

drove by the chain yesterday about 3;30 ish. sure was quiet out there. i didn't see a soul on horsehoe, a few on becker, and a couple on cedar island in the bay just south of the road access.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
IceHawk
Posted (edited)

Was out there fishing today and it looked a lot different then yesterday. At least 15 vehicles and at least 5 wheelers. looked like small citys. There was a lot of ice getting shredded out there! The bite was sporadic but things r on the upside. Found some crappies today rideing right under the ice and they were aggressive! Access is just about toast heading out on Horseshoe pretty open.  Cedar island was looking tough when I left couple more warm days and its wheeler city for this cat. 

Edited by IceHawk
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
smurfy

Everyone must of been at corkies for the meat raffle Saturday.;) yea those landing looked a bit scary. Thought it was a bit funny, seen several holes augered in the river Saturday when I drove by.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
IceHawk
Posted (edited)
1 hour ago, smurfy said:

Everyone must of been at corkies for the meat raffle Saturday.;) yea those landing looked a bit scary. Thought it was a bit funny, seen several holes augered in the river Saturday when I drove by.

Definitely possible he does draw a crowd! :grin: They are checking the ice thickness there yet 4 full size trucks and a couple cars out on Becker  today yet. :crazy:

Edited by IceHawk

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
smurfy

No way would I cross that river at this point.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
eyeguy 54

for sure. walking only time out there! 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
smurfy

nice!!!!! nuttin better then a fresh meal of skin on sunfish.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Naturboy

I was out yesterday afternoon and noticed the water in some holes was clear and other holes the water was milky white colored. Anyone know what that’s from?

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
eyeguy 54

we noticed that over the last 2 days also. pretty strange. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
smurfy

i think its a sign you guys should be working!!!!!!!!!:grin:

 

seriously, ive seen that before to so would be real curious if anyone knows why!!!!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Borch

I hit the ice west if St Cloud this morning and start tearing up the ice looking for some crappies.  First thing I noticed us that the ice had changed significantly since I fished last weekend.  That bottom 1/2 of the ice was water saturated.   Even though there was 24-28" of ice I'm glad I walked out as the ice is not very strong right now.

Icehawk stopped by and after a search and destroy mission we did get on some nice crappies.  

Be careful out there.  Don't just assume the ice is good because it was a few days ago.

  • Like 2

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



  • Similar Content

    • Sunset Lodge
      By Sunset Lodge
      Hello from the NW Angle!
       
      On the Minnesota side, spinners and crawler harnesses are still the preferred method of walleye fishing, with the hot colors being pink/gold, orange/gold and orange/chartreuse. Walleye are being caught off of structure scattered in the mud between 20 and 30 feet. Down riggers and deep running crank baits have also been productive.
       
      Canadian walleye are being caught in channels off of islands and along reefs in 18 to 25 feet of water. Both bottom bouncers with a crawler harness and a jig with minnow or shiner have both been successful in Canadian waters.
       
      Musky fishing success has increased in the past week. Fish are being caught on crank baits and blade baits. With water temps in the low 70’s muskies are favoring rocks near weeds. 
       
      Our very own, Travis Palmquist, released a 54.5" musky yesterday!
       
      Fall is a great time for trophy fishing!
       
      We hope to see you soon,
       
      Sunset Lodge





    • Sunset Lodge
      By Sunset Lodge
      Hello from the NW Angle!
       
      In Minnesota, walleye are still scattered through out the main lake basin. Night crawlers on a spinner remains most effective.  Make drifts/passes parallel but off of structure including islands and reef break lines in 24-30 feet.  Hot colors have been gold/pink, gold/orange or hammered gold.  Deep running crank baits are another good option, often producing bigger fish and large northern pike. 
       
      On the Canadian side of the lake, fish can be schooled on humps and reefs.  Once located, fish these areas with a jig and minnow or shiner.  Pulling spinners in 25-30 feet of water is most productive in covering ground to locate feeding and roaming walleye.  Muskie action continues to improve through out the week.  Multiple big fish were caught on Sunday with many others boated as well as, a lot of lookers.  As activity levels rise, blade baits have been triggering positive reactions. Water temperatures remain consistent in the low 70's. 
       
      Until next week,
       
      Sunset Lodge






    • Sunset Lodge
      By Sunset Lodge
      Hello from the NW Angle!
      Water temps are consitently in the mid to high 70’s.
      Walleye in Minnesota can be caught on reefs with a jig and minnow. More productive methods currently are bottom bouncers and crank-baits in 24-28 feet of water.  Covering a lot of ground is key when the fish arent schooled together.  We have had many 40”+ Pike caught while trolling, reports of large Muskie also.
      Candian walleye are spread out as well, making bottom bouncing and deep cranks the ticket to success. Fish mud bottomed areas deeper than 25ft for best results. Many nice jumbo perch limits have been coming in recently. They are biting on a jig and fathead and are concentrated at 28-30ft.
      Until next week,
      Sunset Lodge
































    • Sunset Lodge
      By Sunset Lodge
      Hello from the NW Angle!

      Water temperatures are starting in the low 70’s in the morning, reaching mid to upper 70’s in the evening.

      Minnesota walleye action can be hot running deep diving crank-baits straight, down rigging or lead core. Soft bottom areas can also be worked with spinners and a night crawler.  Fish have been favoring gold on bright days and orange, chartreus or pink in low light.  Many larger northern pike this last week in the boat via crank-baits just outside of rock reefs and points.

      Canadian walleye fishing has been more productive away from reefs and points in soft bottomed areas. The best method is to pull a spinner to find concentrations along the bottom and switch to jigging to fill out limits.

      Musky attitude in Canada varies day to day. Plenty of fish are still being caught in shallow weeds including a couple of 50+ giants this past week.  Fish are also being caught in more traditional mid-summer spots such as rock reefs and points.  The most productive baits this week were crane baits or other flat baits, buck tails and top waters. 

      Until next week,
      Sunset Lodge
       













    • Sunset Lodge
      By Sunset Lodge
      Hello from Sunset Lodge!

      In Minnesota, walleyes and pike have been found using crank-baits on the south side of Oak Island.  Walleye have also been caught pulling spinners in 26-30 feet using gold and green.
       
      In Ontario, walleye have been very active using pink and orange jigs on the breaks of reefs or casting shallow crank-baits in 8-12 feet by rocky shoreline points.  A good mixed bag of smallmouth and pike have been found with the walleye as well.
       
      Musky fishing has really picked up with lots of fish over 40+ inches.  Fishing sand and weedy bays near rock reefs have produced well using buck-tails, small crank-baits and top-water baits. 

      Until next week!
      Sunset Lodge

    • Sunset Lodge
      By Sunset Lodge
      Hello from the NW Angle!

      Water temperatures are currently hovering in the mid 70’s.

      Minnesota walleye action has been really good with bottom bouncers and a night crawler. Gold spinners with hints of chartreuse, orange or just hammered gold are favored.  Walleye and occasional large pike can be had trolling deep diving crank baits around shoreline breaks and reefs.

      Canadian walleye fishing continues to excite anglers via jigs and minnows. Pink or white jigs tipped with shiners will put fish in the boat.  Night crawlers on spinners will produce fish in the mud deeper than 25 feet. 

      Musky action has been all over the place, fish are still being found in sandy, weedy bays, rock points and reefs.  The nearing new moon should have fish on the prowl this week. 

      Congratulations to our neighbor and local guide, Forrest Huset and his dad Sean on their victory at the Lake of the Woods Musky Bowl this weekend!

      Another neighbor, Jerry Klema, landed a 29 1/2 inch trophy walleye last week!

      Until next week,
      Sunset Lodge
       
       
       
       
       
       



    • Sunset Lodge
      By Sunset Lodge
      Hello from Sunset Lodge!
      In Minnesota, walleye have been found using green, gold and orange spinners in 24-30 ft.  Jigging in the morning on tops of the reef has been the most productive.
      In Ontario, walleye fishing has been very good jigging on top of reefs as well, with gold and orange being the hot colors.  Musky fishing has been heating up as muskies are moving to the reefs and windblown points.  Multiple muskies have been caught over 50 inches within the last week.
      Happy Independence Day!
      Sunset Lodge








    • Sunset Lodge
      By Sunset Lodge
      Hello from Sunset Lodge!

      In Minnesota, Walleye fishing has been good in 18-28ft pulling hammered gold and orange lindy rigs.  Jigging has also been very productive on top of the reefs before the Walleye move out deeper onto the flats.  Key areas have been Dawson Island, Little Oak and Shady Island.
       
      In Ontario, Walleye have been found deeper in 22-30ft.  A gold or chartreuse jig with a fathead or frozen shiner have been producing well around Deepwater bay, West side of Falcon and Gardner Island.  Many fish over 24 inches including a few Northern Pike and Muskie.  

      Good luck and keep your lines wet!
      Sunset Lodge








    • Sunset Lodge
      By Sunset Lodge
      Hello, from Sunset Lodge!

      Fishing has picked up significantly this week. In Minnesota, high winds limited fishing areas but many of our guests were able to find the walleyes stacked up on the humps pulling spinners.  Gold and green crawler harnesses are working the best.

      In Canada, working a slower presentation such as a lift and drag technique has been most effective.  Limits of walleye are being caught using gold and chartreus colors in 18-22 ft.  Key areas have been Deepwater Bay, Monkey Rocks and the west side of Falcon Island.  Smallmouth fishing has been heating up as well, using a jig and plastic on the rocks. 

      We hope to see you soon!
      Sunset Lodge

    • Sunset Lodge
      By Sunset Lodge
      In Minnesota, walleye fishing has been fantastic! Using a jig and minnow or a bobber rig, walleye can be had anywhere from 3-15 feet in the evening and 18-25 during the day. Pink and white, chartreuse or blue and white jigs have been the most productive.

      Canadian walleye are being found a little deeper at 22-26 feet. Many nice fish were caught this last week, multiple 26-28 inch and a very nice 30 incher. A jig and frozen shiner is the go to, however a freshly dead fathead works equally as well.
       
      Surface water temps are in the high 50’s at sunrise, reaching mid to upper 60’s by evening after this sunny Memorial day weekend!



















  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • meisterluv
      Hi guys,   I'm driving up to fish the Alexandria area and would like pointers on which lakes would be best for quality fish.  I've read about darling and carlos but feel those might be to heavy pressured and possible to big of a lake for me.  Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
    • DRAGFOOT
      Summer slipping away means Fall fishing though!
    • BobT
      Did you find most of those in the afternoon? We didn't do so well. Tried for eyes on various midlake humps for about an hour and then changed tactics to panfish for about 45 minutes before we had to leave. Found one decent size northern pike but that was it for us.    Enjoyed having the opportunity to meet you, Borch. Too bad we weren't able to spend more time. Maybe next time.🙂
    • Chill62
      The tournament the girlfriend has been fishing ended Saturday night so we were able to take off early Friday and make it out for an evening bite and again Saturday morning.
      Friday night fishing was good but a lot of 6-7" gills but we did land a few 9.75" and 9.5" gills.  Really tough bite had to cover LOTS of water to find them.   Saturday morning the crappies moved in and were really aggressive but they were 6-8" with only a handful over 10". We landed a few more 9.5" but we had to cover miles of shoreline jigging trying to find them.  Boats next to us weren't even catching a blue gill it was a tough bite.  Very negative bite.   We left the water Saturday and was instantly approached by the game warden.  I was working on my trailer prior to loading the boat and he was asking the typical questions about fishing because he's seen my trailer very often at the access.  He was pleasantly surprised that we didn't keep a fish.  He said everyone has been keeping limit after limit and he's seeing the size drop from almost 9" average down to a group that morning had kept 7" for 4 limits.  Told him we kept 8 fish last Saturday for some meals and that was it in the 3 weeks we've been fishing up there, needless to say I think he was shocked and proud that people weren't just taking limit after limit home.   Tournament ended Saturday night at midnight for the girlfriend.  The app keeps track of everyone's best 10 fish and her length at the end of the tournament was 95.5" which puts her in first place. Second place is at 91.5" and third place 91.25" so unless something major happens and they don't like our pictures she should have the win!  It was interesting in the beginning to be excited for 8" gills then after we got 10 of them they jumped to 8.5" then to 9.0" then 9.25" then pushing for 9.5".  Was a lot of fun.  I believe she has 2-9.25" and 4-9.5" with remaining being 9.75".  The final 10 fish were all caught in Becker County on one lake and were let go to swim again.  I stress a lot catch and release and keeping only what you want or NEED for a meal but during this tournament we caught the same fish 4 times.  He is blind in his right eye, big beautiful blue gill and I caught him week ago Saturday and again Sunday and the girlfriend repeated me on Saturday and Sunday this weekend.  Each time he measure 9.25" so we either caught the same fish 4 times or we caught 4 different gills all the same length in the same area of the lake.   All fish were also caught on Panfish Pirate 5 mm lead jig in Lipstick color with either Push Up or Bubble Gum soft plastic Kraken.  We are waiting for an official announcement from the organizers that these scores are official and I'll report back at that time!
    • ANYFISH2
      Nice work Borch! Or maybe I should say Mrs. Borch?   Looks like I missed out.
    • papadarv
      Keys to make the blade work well. *Sharp! *Cutting edge needs to line up to the Gullet of the opposite blade! *Add a .020 shim 1/8" wide between blade screw and cutting edge. Increases cut angle to same as K-Drill! I'm working on another set welding  1/4" piece of blade to the outside blade edge extending the blade 1/2" past auger flight making it a full 8" hole. Note how the K-drill blade extends 1/2" past the auger flights.  
    • leech~~
      I like your blade work as well. Two summers ago when I sold my hand auger at my garage I think I throw out about 4 sets of those old blades as well!  😣
    • papadarv
      Made the drill point out of a spade drill bit welded to a 3/8” 16 bolt/screw than cut & ground to shape the point. Drilled & tapped center of blade bracket. Tap slowly as that steel seem a grade or two above basic mild steel.
    • bluewater2
      Thank you  
    • leech~~
      That is some sweet work right there. I see these at garage sales all summer, may be I should start picking them up?  Looks like you added a drill point on the end of them as well. The adapters and the end point are key items on making these right.