Jump to content
  • 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.

Recommended Posts

Fished this morning in the shantytown "area". Best action I've had on the river this year. Was at least 100 yards from any other shack. smile

Between 7:00 - 9:00 kept 6 crappies all between 10 & 12+ inches. Threw one back, lost a couple, missed a couple. Also caught a couple silvers and a sheepshead. frown Don't remember ever catching one through the ice before.

Not much ryme or reason to what they bit on. Caught a couple on a plain red hook, couple on a red Diamond jig, and a couple on a pink Genz Worm.

Can't get back this evening because of VD Day, but I'll be hittin' it again in the morning. The ice conditions are better than it's been all year. Do yourself a favor and bring your ice cleats. Don't have any? BUY SOME!

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Replies 2.6k
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

  • DonBo

    159

  • Fisherman For a Lifetime

    91

  • River Dan

    76

  • Turk

    70

Top Posters In This Topic

Popular Posts

Fished the River twice this past weekend and targeted panfish in the 4-20' depths.  The areas I found most productive had a couple things in common, rock rubble, current breaks causing a deflection of

Was nice to hear that the Croix upstream of Stillwater was pretty much normal level, so I fished out of Osceola yesterday. Was an absolute beautiful day to be out! Didn’t get as hot as expected, nice

Fished the Hudson area yesterday morning solo from 6:00 am to around noon.  Total of 8 walleyes and sauger between 12 and 16 inches.  No other species caught.  2 were above 15 inches.  All on troll-to

Posted Images

I went out on Saturday night from 3:30-6:00 and caught 8 most of them on a red and some on a plain red hook. the best bite is from 3:00-5:30 then it shuts off.

I went out again on Sunday and caught and caught 6 from 3:00-5:00.

I have been doing better with small minnows they come up and look at the big ones but don't commit.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Ash, you da man! I got 4 more Sunday morning somewhere near your spot. Have not been able to get out in the afternoon yet.

Good report, keep 'em coming.

Link to post
Share on other sites

DonBo schooled me and Sutty yesterday afternoon. It took me ~6 hours to catch 5 keepers between noon and 6pm, Sutty had 5 or 6, and there's Don in his portable not 30 yards from me yelling out the wall "TWO MORE!". I think he said he had 8 keepers total, threw back a bunch more.

grrrrr

Link to post
Share on other sites

Drove out of Prescott Saturday morning. First time out of that end this year, wanted to check a few spots that produced last March. Crappie bite was good when I got holes punched at 9:00 for an hour or so, then trailed off, then picked up again around 1:00ish. Lots of hole hopping looking for schools of baitfish near the bottom. Didn't catch much while the baitfish were directly below me, but when they moved out of the sonar cone there would be a couple marks remaining (crappies)that would then bite what I had down there. Bite was real light. Only a couple fish actually cruised up and inhaled the bait. I found the larger, more active fish in 20 fow within 4' of the bottom. That bit slowed so I checked out holes I drilled in deeper water. Deeper water (30-40 fow w/ fish 5 to 15' off the bottom) held fish the whole time, but on average were smaller and very light biters. Water was very dirty, couldn't see to the bottom of the hole. My usual dirty water goto large purple and black shrimpo got me a goose egg. Everything was caught on small jigging spoons (silver or gold) tipped with 1 or 2 Gulp! waxies (white). Ended up icing a dozen from 8" to 12" all C&R. A rapid jigging motion would get their attention, but they would only take the bait if it was practically motionless. There are a lot of year classes of crappies present in good numbers it seems this year. This fall and winter I have caught a spread of sizes from 7" to 13", with a unbelievable amount that are a cookie cutter 10-10.5" and as thick as two lake crappies put together grin. Looking forward to the next few years, thats for sure!

big one of the day...

DSC02328.jpg

Link to post
Share on other sites

tommyk, that's the best report we've heard from the south end yet. Seems the fishing is picking up all over the river.

Thanks for posting.

Link to post
Share on other sites

I have a question for all of you river guys.Where do you guys get onto the river in bayport and would anyone be willing pointing me in the right direction once i do get out there?

Thanks

Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey Openwater9 - I will do a separate post with directions to the Bayport ice road with pictures. No need to clutter up this thread. It should be up in a couple of minutes.

Steve

Link to post
Share on other sites

Openwater, look in the GTG forum. A bunch of us are getting together out there. Be a good time to learn a bit about the river.

Link to post
Share on other sites
TurnUpTheFishing

Had one of my better days on the river today.

Fished the bayport area in 29-32fow. The fish were not going gangbusters but could still be coaxed into biting. The fish were near the bottom infact we never marked a fish higher than 5' and the majority were with 2'. We got them by bobbering or deadsticking the smallest minnows we had, some only 1" long the bigger your minnow the less action you saw. Gave waxies a try and caught a few but they seemed to prefer the smaller minnows.

Ended up C&Ring a bunch of crappies the average being around 10-11 and one was pushing 13" also kept a few for dinner tonight. Also, I thought I had a slab of a crappie at dark only to be let down when a big ol sheephead came up my hole. First sheephead Ive heard of iced is it common?

stc09.jpg

Link to post
Share on other sites

Nice Catch! was out yesterday in shanty town and ended up with two crappie 12 and 12-1/2 marking fish all day anywhere from a foot two 6 feet up got these two about 5 feet up a lot of chasers and would only bite on just jigging a smaller minnow it was very nice day on the riv glad i got to be out!

Good luck all

Travis

Link to post
Share on other sites

TurnUp, I caught 2 sheepshead this week. First time I ever remember catching them through the ice.

Link to post
Share on other sites
St_Croix_Banks

I spoke with someone that caught a mudpuppy on Monday. He said he didn't even want the jig back.

Link to post
Share on other sites

I can deal with the mudpups during the winter but this sheepshead thing bothers me.Never used to catch them on cranks,now you cant keepem off.Only one solution boys!were gonna have to start eatin them.Turk how did you say you liked them cooked?

Link to post
Share on other sites
AuggieDawg11

A friend of mine did an experiment with sheepshead, white bass, and even some crappie. He prepped them the same, soaking them in lemon juice for a little while and fried them up. None of us could tell which was which. The only give away was that some of the crappie fillets were smaller.

Link to post
Share on other sites
magic_minnow

My buddy said he got 25 crops last night, CPR. Largest was 2 lbs, according to him, but we all know how fisherman talk... =P

Link to post
Share on other sites

Donbo,

I will be out tomorrow afternoon for the evening bite. Any particular area I should try? If you like you can e-mail me at dougr1969aty a h o odotcom.

Link to post
Share on other sites
St_Croix_Banks

Fished tonight from 4-6pm. One nice 12.5" crappie. Also, caught what I think was a moon eye. About 15" long, silvery color with large eyes, kind of thin. Wished I had my camara to post a picture. Any thoughts?

Link to post
Share on other sites

We did a similar blind taste test a couple of summers ago with fish we caught from the St. Croix. We fried them up all the same, with only the cook knowing which was which, and the consensus ranking was as follows:

1. Northern

2. Walleye

3. Crappie

4. Sheepshead

5. White Bass

Link to post
Share on other sites

Ye

Fished tonight from 4-6pm. One nice 12.5" crappie. Also, caught what I think was a moon eye. About 15" long, silvery color with large eyes, kind of thin. Wished I had my camara to post a picture. Any thoughts?
Yep you got yourself a mooneye.
Link to post
Share on other sites
St_Croix_Banks

Ye, I looked it up on Wikepedia and there was a picture which showed the color and the forked tail. They described it as a freshwater Tarpin because it goes after the bait with such gusto. It was true for me, I missed it the first time and my jig was about 6 feet over it on the Marcum after I tried to set the hook. Then the fish shot up like a rocket and hammered it. Pretty cool.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Man, is it just me, or has the bite been really tough these last few days?

Was out Fri. afternoon and again this morning with very little to show for my time.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Don, Friday morning was smoking. Caught a limit of Crappies in about 2 1/2 hours. Most were between 10" and 11" with two 12"'s.

Today and yesterday was a different story. Caught five in the morning between (9 1/2" and 10 1/2") then went out again at 4:00 pm and caught and released a 12" and a 13".

Today down right sucked. Ended up catching a bunch of small crappies and gave away a 9 3/4", 9 1/2", and two 11"ers.

Hopefully tomorrow will be like Friday morning. Sausage

Link to post
Share on other sites

Friday morning? Tomorrow? Man, get a job would ya??? grin

I did a bit better tonight so guess I'm not as depressed as I was this morning. Hopefully things will be rockin' again for the GTG next Saturday.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Well, I got out today and I didnt do so bad. I got to the Croix kinda late around 9 am and fished until about 1230. I got 5 slabs, biggest one was 12.5 inches and smallest was 10". I lost a few more at the hole. I think if I got there earlier I would have caught more. Right when I finally got set up, the crappies were pretty aggressive but then they shut down. All fish caught on plain hook and minnows. I tried different jigs and combinations but the plain hook and very small crappie minnow worked the best. Good luck yalls.

Link to post
Share on other sites

I was out with a buddy and I picked up a fat 10 incher 20 mins after we set up...then it was wave after wave of lookers. My buddy said he couldn't take having his heart broken anymore and we left at 6:30.

Tried everything. Plain hook...jig...waxies...plastics...small minnows...large minnows...minnow heads...

We were in about 35 ft of water...

were we doing something wrong?

Link to post
Share on other sites

I have not done as well as some of the other posters here. Sun. 22nd caught a 21 striped bass to my amazement. It doesn't help matters when we have people that feel the need to drive 60-70 mph through the fish houses without a care in the world. I'm shocked at the lack of respect these days.... what's the hurry? Heading out Tues. am... high lines

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.




  • Similar Content

    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      By LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the south end...  It's fall in Minnesota.  Dress warm and catch walleyes!  That is the theme with good fall fishing this past week.  The colder weather has walleyes snapping.  Most anglers anchored up and jigging with an emerald shiner.  Walleyes are relating to bait in anywhere from 15' - 23' of water.  Structure, areas of the lake adjacent rivers / streams and areas in front of bays holding good numbers of fish.  Pike continue to be active in bays and along shorelines.  Trolling crankbaits continues to catch anglers a mixed bag.
      On the Rainy River...   Some commenting this is one of the best runs of emerald shiners up the river in years.  The river is still low, current slow.  More and more walleyes are coming into the river each day.  Best depths anywhere from 7-24'.  Most anglers are jigging with live or frozen shiners.  Pink, glow and gold combo effective.  The fish are moving often, try different current seams, flats or holes until you find them.   When you find them, action can be fast.  Don't be afraid to pull crankbaits over flats where fish are spread out and you can cover water.  Four Mile Bay holding walleyes in 10-15'.  Sturgeon anglers focusing on deeper holes with current.  Nice smallmouth bass being caught by walleye anglers.
      Up at the NW Angle...  Until the US / Canada border opens, guests can travel across the lake staying and fishing in MN waters.  There are boat shuttle / passenger services available to the Angle.  Check with your favorite NW Angle resort for options.  
      A nice walleye bite this week up at the Angle.  Jig and a minnow on points and areas with current all good places to start in 13'-26'.  Gold, pink, and glow colors great choices.  Some big pike caught by walleye anglers jigging.  Pike and muskies in bays and off of rock points. 


    • JBMasterAngler
      By JBMasterAngler
      What’s the status of small lakes in the arrowhead? I’m going to Grand Marais this weekend, and the forecast looks pretty miserable 😩 I have a feeling I’m going to be busting through ice to launch my boat. But is it at all possible that some of these little designated trout lakes could be locked up completely? 
    • JBMasterAngler
      By JBMasterAngler
      DNR has a proposal to remove the dam on the Grindstone River, in Hinckley. The reservoir, which serves absolutely no purpose, is about 27 acres, and is nothing but mud and silt. I’m in favor of any and all dam removals! They’re taking comments via e-mail until November 12. If you want to write the DNR, subject e-mail “Grindstone EIS” to [email protected]
    • Hawkem9
      By Hawkem9
      Hey guys, 
       
      Looking for some opinions from those of you who fish the lake consistently.  We take a fall trip every year and have been on the cass chain the last 5 years.  Planning on heading to Vermillion this year.  We have two dates in mind being either the 18-25 of Sept or the 9-16th of October.  Love to be somewhere in the middle but it wont work this year.  We will fish Smallies/wallys the majority of the time and planning to stay on the east side.  Would any of you suggest one of those times over the other?  I am seeing the current weather up that way and its making me a bit nervous about the later dates, but if the fishing is better by mid october will certainly risk some colder weather.  Thanks for any input!
    • evinrudespeed
      By evinrudespeed
      So the weather really tanked!! I was hoping to fish until November before winterizing the boat.
       
      Anyone been out...either reservoirs or up Hwy 53? Any idea of when landings start pulling docks...probably on DNR site huh?
    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      By LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the south end...  Great fall fishing this past week.  Walleyes were active with most anglers anchored up and jigging with a minnow.  No surprise walleyes are relating to bait in anywhere from 9' - 27' of water.  Good reports around the lake.  Structure and current areas holding good numbers of fish. Good walleye reports from Four Mile Bay in 10-15'.  Pike continue to be active in bays and along shorelines.  Trolling crankbaits will catch you a mixed bag.
      On the Rainy River...   A strong run of emerald shiners this past week brought more walleyes into the river.  The river is low, current slow.  Anglers reporting groups of fish from Wheeler's Point to Birchdale.  Most anglers are jigging with live or frozen shiners.  Pink, glow and gold combo effective.  Try moving hole to hole until you find fish.  Change the angle of your jigging using different weight jigs.  Pull the jig forward against current, let it fall back and bang bottom.  Trolling crankbaits over flats where fish are spread out also effective.  Sturgeon anglers focusing on deeper holes with current.  Good reports of smallmouth bass again this week.
      Up at the NW Angle...  Until the US / Canada border opens, guests can travel across the lake staying and fishing in MN waters.  There are boat shuttle / passenger services available to the Angle.  Check with your favorite NW Angle resort for options.  
      Walleyes active this week up at the Angle.  Jig and a minnow on points, areas with current, and bay mouths where there is bait all good places to start in 8'-24'.  With the many islands, lots of spots to fish.  Gold, pink, chartreuse and glow colors great choices.  Crappies in mix, 15-30' adjacent to structure.  Pike are active.  Muskie anglers reporting action trolling cranks or casting jerkbaits in cabbage weed bays.  


    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      By LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the south end...  The traditional fall pattern of a jig bite for walleyes continues on the big lake.  There are various schools of walleyes located across the south shore.  A good place to start is 9-15' or 22-29' adjacent to rivers, creeks and bays.  Anchor up, jig over the side of the boat with a frozen shiner or fathead.  Anglers reporting going through numbers of small walleyes and saugers to catch nicer eaters.  Decent walleye reports also from Four Mile Bay in 10-15'.  Pike are active in bays and along shorelines.
      On the Rainy River...   Anglers catching nice walleyes in the river, not the big numbers yet.  Current on the river and the river itself is low.  Most anglers are jigging with frozen shiners, although trolling crankbaits to find fish still effective for some.  Sturgeon anglers focusing on deeper holes with current.  Good reports of smallmouth bass this week.
      Up at the NW Angle...  Until the US / Canada border opens, guests can travel across the lake staying and fishing in MN waters.  There are boat shuttle / passenger services available to the Angle.  Check with your favorite NW Angle resort for options.  
      Jigging with a minnow on structure with a bit of current in 8-24' effective for walleyes.  Gold, pink, chartreuse and glow colors great choices.  Some crappies in 15-30' adjacent to structure.  Muskie anglers reporting action trolling cranks or casting jerkbaits in cabbage weed bays.  Water temps in the mid 50's. 
    • evinrudespeed
      By evinrudespeed
      Heading out to Leech in the cold temps...hoping to stay at least dry. Any reports or bait suggestions? I’ll keep you posted.
    • Snogan
      By Snogan
      Just wondering if anyone else that fishes the Root (especially below Lanesboro) has ever patterned or had any luck targeting sauger/eyes. This is my first year trying for them after hearing whispers for years and I've been surprised with my results. So far I've caught 5 sauger and 4 eyes out of the Root this year, a 17 inch Sauger and a 22 inch eye being my biggest so far. I know the river is a lot better known for trout but if anybody else has had any luck targeting other species I'd love to share reports or tactics. 
    • papadarv
      By papadarv
      Finally got out fishing this season, long weekend on Ottertail, Vacationland resort. Lots of wind Fri & Sun, Sat fairly calm. Marked lots of fish but slow bite with a few walleye & perch. Crallers, raps, suckers, shad. Day 16 - 19 FOW deep side of weeds and 6 - 9 FOW shallow side of weeds after dark. 61 to 62 deg water temp. Lots of bait balls at 17 - 19 and suspended at 20 - 25 ft in 40 - 150 FOW. Much needed fantastic weekend.
      Pics, multi helix 9 SI - DI - Sonar, cabin lake view, Son, Grandson. Hard to believe the monster perch hit a 3" Sucker.

       

       

       

  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • FishinCT
      Fished Saturday through Monday on the east end. As Brian said it was brutal weather. Wind wasn’t so bad but the wet snow Saturday and below freezing temps Sunday and Monday made things difficult. Didn’t do well until Monday when we put together a 30+ fish day. Caught more than a limit worth of 14-17” fish. Kept just a couple for a meal. Lots of them in that 10-13 range which bodes well for next year.     Nothing special on the tactics. Caught most of them in one spot. Fish were scattered all over a big mud flat in between islands at 30-35 feet. Jig and lindy caught about the same number of fish. Jig caught a few more of the keeper size fish.    Fish were coughing up what looked like mayfly larvae. Is that common this time of year? Maybe it was something else?
    • MnCowboy
      You mention that if an archery hunter and firearms hunter are together they are considered 2 parties. Is that the same with crossbows, which use an archery tag. Would it be considered 2 parties (and obviously could not help fill each others tags)
    • chucker1101
      Only if you're crazy
    • Darrell Larson
      Skunked Again, heavy wet snow last night been shoveling it I'd say 3"+, what ice was there yesterday is now gone in front of my house anyways, more like a big slushy, 30' beyond is open water again. I have 44 degrees on the deck right now, you should be safe making a trip this weekend. If I'm wrong PM me I send you my address and you can come punch me in the nose.
    • mulefarm
    • DonBo
      Buddy and I were fishing just below Whalan last summer and he caught two keeper sized walleye on a Rappala.  We were pretty surprised.
    • SkunkedAgain
      It's not a very deep lake, so it is all relative. Most of the lake is 30-40ft deep so it is a relatively easy lake to fish from that standpoint. They aren't sliding any deeper than on a bright sunny day in July. There is also not much of a fall turnover to worry about.
    • ozzie
      Great to hear from you Dtro!  It is sad that the participation in forums like this is going by the wayside and it seems we are losing valued members constantly which is sad, but also the way of the world.  Great to hear you are succeeding in your latest adventure, but that does not surprise me, as following you for the past 15 years, I wouldn't expect anything less from you!  I enjoyed the news clip and the excitement on the young girls face as she reeled in her first sturgeon!  Keep doing what your doing and don't be a stranger!!   Take care and stay safe!  Ozzie 
    • smurfy
      came back to civilization this past sunday. was nice tuesday when i got there and got alot of cabin stuff done. wed it rained all day but managed to do inside stuff that needed doing. thursday i finished up yard stuff and did a little hunting. friday finally got 2 grouse 😊 them gonna be good!!!!!!!! sat the kid and i fixed up deer stands but holy moly rockey with that snow was it wet in the woods. finished winterizing the cabin.   for me the weather wasnt cooperative to fish, so......... until there is ice the fish are safe from me!!!!!😜 the deer need to worry though!!!! sure would be nice if this snow melted, the ground needs to freeze up some.
    • Hawkem9
      Better fishing out weighs crappy weather for me.  We are leaning the October dates, seems a fair amount of the resorts on the E side close first week of October however.  I would imagine fish slide deeper on Vermillion as the water cools?
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.