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2020 Forest Lake-Hinckley-Lindstrom-Pine City-Rush City Fishing Reports


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Started on Comfort. Fished 3 different spots with 0 bites. Went over to green and caught lots of small crappies and sunnies in 30fow. Euros on a jigging spoon. no bobber.

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I fished Big Marine yesterday afternoon in 15 fow. I caught VERY tiny bluegills and perch until sunset.

I then caught a handful of crappies (nice, but nothing special) over the next 90 minutes. The fish were at least 7 ft off of the bottom (i.e., they were not in the "zoom" area on my Marcum flasher).

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Just got back from a experimental day at Green Lake. I usually fish deep at this lake but decided to go shallow due to a malfunctioning vexilar. [PoorWordUsage]! Went to the channel with my little brother and spot fished three different ares. Saw 3 walleyes but they wouldn't commit to the bite. Caught around 10 crappies but none were over 9".

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Went out to Chisago tonight with my girlfriend. Fished in about 30fow. Started off with euros and caught a bunch of little crappies. Switched over to minnows and ended up catching my limit of 9-10 inchers. Fish were a little finicky they liked a lot of action. Was there from about 6:30-11:30pm, vex was lit up like a christmas tree from the bottom about 15ft up the whole time. Not a bad night.

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decided i was going to fish chisago area so i left work friday at 11:30 (1-30-09). first stop, big green, decided to set up well away from anyone else in 24 fow. crappie bite was non stop until about 10:30 p.m.. ended the first night of the weekend with 75+ crappies, majority were 9", 9.5" crappies. didn't keep anything less than 10", went home with 7 crappies.

saturday morning I moved to south center, set up in 17 fow near one of the deep drops. watched hundreds of sunfish cruising the edge with an occasional school of crappies. caught and released about 20 sunnies and a 1/2 dozen crappies.

contemplated staying where I was to try for evening/night walleyes but decided to move deeper. setup in 28 fow and caught 15 crappies (5 over 10").

sunday morning I dropped the camera down and at about 10, started seeing walleyes moving from the shallows to the deeper water, only got one 10" to bite (first walleye of the year). saw maybe 20 walleyes only one was keeper size.

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Fished an East Central Lake on Saturday and Sunday and got my tail-end handed to me by my 9 year old. The crappies and sunfish wanted a small bait and bit real light but came after the bait at mach speed on Saturday. Sunday stunk for me, but my brother lit the crappies up on minnows.

Nothing big (10" was the biggest crappie) but good entertainment.

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Well my dad and I decided to hit a lake in Aitkin County that we have had luck on in the past. This time though we wanted to try some new spots. I looked at a GPS and found a 25ft hole in a bay that I thought would hold some crappies so that is where we headed, turns out my secret spot wasn't that secret and there were about 20 ice houses in the hole. We decided to pass up on the crowds and post up in a 20ft hole a little off the beaten path, we threw the truck in 4WD only to end up getting stuck next to a plowed ice road. We spent the next 2 hours digging out the truck, luckily two nice gentlemen helped us push it out. By this time im completely soaked in snow/sweat. We drag our suitcase style portable to a where I thought the 20ft hole was and just start punching holes with the auger to tired/lazy to check depths. Open the ice house up and see a bunch of mouse [PoorWordUsage]! The little %#*@'s chewed holes through the canvas and soiled the shack. We decided to fish anyways, only to find out we must have missed the hole by a few yards and wound up in 16ft of water no fish other than a bunch of 4in perch. We packed the shack up early after a dissappointing day only to have a HUGE gust of wind come through and blow my shack about 100yards bending all the poles. At this point I just didn't care anymore, Gives me an excuse to buy a better ice shack.

...Long story short it was a memorable day to say the least and still better than a good day at work. If I get my new portable this week I will be going out this weekend and try to get a report up that involves a little better luck and maybe some pics too.

~Craig

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Was out on s.center wed. was there from 1pm to midnight fish weren't jumpin out of holes but did manage 2 10in+ crappies and two walleyes a small guy and a nice 3-4lber both released my buddy was siked as we all were, we sat there forever didn't catch much til dark and bam the crappies showed up along with that big walter. Turned out to be a decient night. grin

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Went out today on a lake in the north metro in search of some big bluegills. I found a spot in 7-9 ft of water that was just full of nice green weeds. Had to use the low power mode on my FL20. I drilled one hole, dropped my flasher down, and immediatly caught an 8.5 inch gill, so I grabbed the auger and drilled maybe 20 holes. I used a blue marmooshka tipped with either Gulp! waxies or red and white maggots. My girlfried used my last lindy pounder in glow/green tipped with red and white maggots and a slip bobber. We had to hole hop a little after a few fish out of each hole but the bite was really consistant. We fished for about an hour and a half and came home with 16 gills between 8.5 and 9.25 and realeased another 10 or so. All in all it was a great day to be out.

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Fished Forest Lake, Bone, and Big Marine yesterday. Fished tip-ups on Big Marine all afternoon and got a few flags, 6-9 FOW. Set up on a deep hole for the evening hoping for some crappies, but they never materialized. Great day to be out.

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Hit N.Center this a.m. from 8:00-10:45. Minnows and red euro's. 26fow, caught crappies suspended 8-14 down. Bigger fish on minnow's. Also had a couple sunnies grab a minnow in 8-10 fow. 20-25 fish, 2 that would have been keepers, had I been keeping any. Still fast, fun action for a couple hours.

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10 hours on Green in 24 fow. Kept 8 crappies. Biggest 2 at 10 1/4 and 11 3/8 the rest were 9 of course. Caught too many fish to count but mostly little ones. Saw 4 walleyes on the cam one even came in for a real close look and moved towards the bait. Then backed away!! Damnit! Lots of people. About 5 inches of water on the road out from the access when I left at 5:00.

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I was on Big Marine Sunday (2/8) 4-10 PM and although it was a nice day, action was slow. Between three of us caught five nonkeeper crappies, nothing else. At least the beer was good!

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has anybody ever caught a largemouth out of rush?i caught a tiny one by cigar on saturay...first one ive ever seen out of there.

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has anybody ever caught a largemouth out of rush?i caught a tiny one by cigar on saturay...first one ive ever seen out of there.

I've caught quite a few by accident, both summer and winter. Mostly between 12 and maybe 16-17 inches.

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Around the time the pannies move to the shallows to spawn I have gotten some pigs. Last year my girlfriend got a 5 pounder in the channel between the two lakes.

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Was out on West Rush Lake yesterday with a buddy of mine from 4:30am to about 10am. Fished two different spots and did OK. First spot, caught 13 9-11" crappies in about 22 fow. We threw back about 6-8 fish that were smaller/larger than that size. Used minnow heads or small whole minnows. Then when things seemed to slow down, moved about 300 yards northeast of where we were and immediately started nailing the perch. Drilled 6 holes and was hole hopping in 8 to 11 fow. Perch were anywhere from 7-11". Caught around 25-30 perch, but only kept about 15, due to size. Kept the ones that were 9-11". Perch were hitting on Minnow heads and waxworms. Overall, had lots of fun and was a good day. ,mk,lo

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has anybody ever caught a largemouth out of rush?i caught a tiny one by cigar on saturay...first one ive ever seen out of there.

I caught a 21 inch largemouth trolling for muskies about 3 years ago. We catch a stray bass here and there fishing for muskies but they are usually in the 13-16 inch range.

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me and my girl friend went down to the anoka dam Saturday, she hooked up with a nice carp right away, than it went in to the rocks and got tangled in the rock i believe that was it for the day. but we went back sunday, there for awhile, caught a few nice smallies off my corn rig, got stoked for the season, and started to remember why i love fishing so much. also got out to my favorite little pond and got a few tiny sunnys yesterday, tons of bites, nothing worth bragin, but hey first fish ive caught this year that wasnt in a hole, so iam happy.

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i was out on fri. the crappies were just coming in it and they were only in one area that was one that warms the fastest and the only area we found a few. kept 7 crappies. biggest 11". still some time before there is a lot in shallow. we did see a few bass starting to move shallow. it took till the afternoon for to see the bass to start moving in shallow into the cuts.

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Got out this afternoon with the kids. Very little action on a the bobber/bait rigs but really got into them with a little beetle spin. Found lots of fish hanging out on the surface. Cast the beetle spin into them and slow, slow, slow roll it back. We would get bit on almost every cast. Nothing huge but most crappies were 7-9", a couple nice sunnies about that size and a few bonus bass and northerns once in a while. Lots of action and lots of fun for me and the kids plus a really nice day!

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Update: more crappies in shallow and more people fishing. Bays and channels on both lakes. Probably west for more crappies. It's not a trophy trip... it's a fill your bucket trip.

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why not a catch and release trip.......I still can't understand how some people think if you catch fish you must keep fish.....I have litteraly had people get mad at me for releasing fish!!! I have no problem with keeping a meal here and there but I never go out fishing with the intention or even thought of keeping fish. I hope everyone is getting out and enjoying the spring crappie fishing but just remember to let a few go to grow......Good Luck

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Great post Ozzie. I am in the same boat or walking the same shore as you. There are certain trips that I go out to catch a few for the pan, but very very rarely do I keep a limit. The only time I do a limit is when my grandparents are coming over. Fishing isn't only about going home and messing up the kitchen counter with fish guts.

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Got out this afternoon with the kids. Very little action on a the bobber/bait rigs but really got into them with a little beetle spin. Found lots of fish hanging out on the surface. Cast the beetle spin into them and slow, slow, slow roll it back. We would get bit on almost every cast. Nothing huge but most crappies were 7-9", a couple nice sunnies about that size and a few bonus bass and northerns once in a while. Lots of action and lots of fun for me and the kids plus a really nice day!

Nice to see you getting out Timmy!

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i agree with the whole letting fish go thing to a point i mean ya gotta think most of the crappies and sunnies gulp the hook down so is it wise to throw back a fish like that it could look great when you release that fish but ive seen many time the same fish belly up behind the boat its gotta be a jugdement call

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      On the south end...  Ice has covered Lake of the Woods and in some areas of the lake, ice fishing has begun!  Other parts of the lake need a bit more time but things are moving along nicely.  It is always a good idea to work through your favorite resort or outfitter as ice thickness and conditions vary from one area to another. When ice roads / trails open up, it is normally snowmobiles, ATV's and side by sides with collapsible fish houses initially.  As the ice thickens, each ice road operator will announce when weight limits increase. Some resorts are getting fish houses out and fishing is beginning this week.  This is happening in areas of good ice that has been checked and marked.  The initial word is fishing is very good! Spearing and tip up fishing for pike on back bays has been going well with a nice variety of eaters along with the trophies at over 40".  Extreme safety is always important, especially so with early ice conditions.  Each resort / outfitter will share info as it is available.   On the Rainy River...  The Rainy River is ice covered.  With the current of the river throughout the year, knowing where and where not to travel on the ice is a must.  Work through resorts / outfitters for safety as some areas are not safe.   Pike, walleyes and sauger are being caught in areas where ice conditions allow, back bays and areas with low current that have been checked and marked. As the ice gets thicker in December, a snowmobile trail will be staked from Baudette to Wheeler's Point offering travel on the river, Mother Nature dictating of course.  When it opens, stay on the trail for safety.  No trail is marked yet. Up at the NW Angle...  Ice is progressing nicely up at the Angle.  Some local snowmobile travel has been happening in marked areas with good ice conditions.  Like every year, there are areas with cracks, current, etc.  Stay on marked trails when things open up.  Ice fishing for some will begin next week.  Check with your favorite NW Angle resort for specifics. Travel to and from the Angle via vehicle through the 40 miles of Canada is open.  Must be vaccinated and have a negative PCR COVID Test. Plan ahead with testing or rapid tests are available in Baudette and soon in Warroad.  Once at the Angle, no additional COVID testing is necessary for traveling back south from the Angle through Canada.  Want to avoid crossing the border?  Snowmobilers can take the groomed and staked trail across the lake.  Charter transport via bombardiers on the ice trail or flights over the lake landing on an ice runway are available through the LOW Passenger Service and Lake Country Air this winter.    
    • Kettle
      Smurfy, just finishing up residency. I move up Dec 21st. Not sure how much ice fishing I'll do this year, likely some. Trying to pay off the school loans before I buy a ton if toys. I should be able to provide some weather reports and some ice reports as I can walk out and always check with the hand auger. I'll be renting a cabin on little bass but my sister is up by Marcell so I'm sure I'll get up there weekly 
    • smurfy
      awesome picture!!!!!!! not really liking the 8 inches of snow, but if bowstring had 4 inches.......lakes i will be visiting should have a good 8!!!!!!!!! 👍
    • Austin12345
      Picked up the eagle claw one two weeks ago at the Blaine ice show can't say enough about it has room for 6-8 rods and all my tackle, bait pucks, Plastics and line. 
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