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Wallmaster

Normandale Lake

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Wallmaster

Thinking of going to Normandale Lake tomorrow afternoon with my wife and try for some panfish. Any new reports please. Thanks....WM

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MnMike58

With 9 mile creek running through Normandale, is the ice safe?

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Wallmaster

My friend and his wife were on it with his car yesterday and caught a few Crappies and said 18 inches. He said to just stay away from that area near the falls. Some guy's said they were getting larger Crappies from 7-10 pm.

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Moonie

Any updated ice condition reports for this lake? I have a couple hours this afternoon and I'd like to drive out if I can. Thanks!

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HopkinsFishN

Saw someone out there a few days ago with a truck on my way home from work. . .can only imagine that the ice has gotten thicker since with this cold. Like stated above just stay away from the falls..Let us know how ya did.

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Moonie

roger that! thanks hopkins!

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sandbagger

I work in the office building right across the road from Normandale. Have seen cars out there several times this week. Should be ok.

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Moonie

Went out at around 4:00-5:30 yesterday pm. There was a thin ice sign on the access so I went out and drilled some holes first to check ice depth to be safe (there's about 17-18 inches). so I got out, found that hole by the falls and drilled several holes from 5-10 feet... nothing. didn't even mark anything on the vexi. It was my first time out there, next time i go out there will be with a can of corn and spinning gear for carp this spring.

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manmountain

18 inch Crappie? Are you kidding me? I got a 13 once years ago out of Normandale, but 18 is nuts.

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JimBuck

Are you human manmountain? laugh If so, I question your motives.

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Supercrew

Are you in Bloomington, I am 3 mins from the lake, can I launch my 17'er and just run electrics? My kid and his lady friend are always looking for cheap thrills and don't want to drive for 2 hours.

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Duffman

Do yourself a favor, stop by and take a peek before bringing your boat down there. It may be possible to launch a boat there at certain times of the year, mid-summer is not one of those times. It would be a lot of work to get my 16.5' Navigator out and away from the access right now. I've never even given it a serious thought to ever bring my boat to Normandale, I stick with the canoe.

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Andrew Erickson

yeah you could walk across those pads right now.

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    • Joe
      The Walleyes are in their full summer patterns now. Our Leech Lake Fishing Guides are finding the walleyes in a few different places using a few different techniques. The key times of the day are the low light periods which has been an important factor for catching these fish on calm sunny days.   Trolling the flats has put mid summer Leech Lake Walleyes in the boat. The main idea here is to cover ground using crank baits and find the active fish. Aim to move the boat at about 2 mph and getting your lure of choice within 2 feet of the bottom. Don’t spend too much time on on spot even if you are marking fish. Our Leech Lake walleye guides have had the best luck running # 5 Rapalas in the bleeding copper flash or bleeding hot olive color. If you are finding the fish a little deeper switch up to a #7 to keep that lure in the strike zone.   When using this method be sure and target the flats where there is weed and gravel mixed in. Duck point and goose island are great spots to start when pulling these cranks. 9 to 12 feet of water has been the most productive area for us. The other technique that has put walleyes in the boat is lindy rigs and moving slowly on or near break lines. Walker Bay has plenty of structure for this method and we have been focusing on the south end. Leeches and crawlers have been working the best in the 10-16 feet of water range. With the crawler a green or brown floating jig has worked well. Try to keep the boat moving under 1 mph and closer to .5 the better.   Have fun.... Leech Lake Guide Service
    • Joe
      The Walleyes are in their full summer patterns now. Our Leech Lake Fishing Guides are finding the walleyes in a few different places using a few different techniques. The key times of the day are the low light periods which has been an important factor for catching these fish on calm sunny days.   Trolling the flats has put mid summer Leech Lake Walleyes in the boat. The main idea here is to cover ground using crank baits and find the active fish. Aim to move the boat at about 2 mph and getting your lure of choice within 2 feet of the bottom. Don’t spend too much time on on spot even if you are marking fish. Our Leech Lake walleye guides have had the best luck running # 5 Rapalas in the bleeding copper flash or bleeding hot olive color. If you are finding the fish a little deeper switch up to a #7 to keep that lure in the strike zone.   When using this method be sure and target the flats where there is weed and gravel mixed in. Duck point and goose island are great spots to start when pulling these cranks. 9 to 12 feet of water has been the most productive area for us. The other technique that has put walleyes in the boat is lindy rigs and moving slowly on or near break lines. Walker Bay has plenty of structure for this method and we have been focusing on the south end. Leeches and crawlers have been working the best in the 10-16 feet of water range. With the crawler a green or brown floating jig has worked well. Try to keep the boat moving under 1 mph and closer to .5 the better.   Have fun.... Leech Lake Guide Service
    • BirchPtMike
      I only fish the east end ,but your deeper idea is correct. Fish are running 25-35.  Crank baits are best right now ,but rigs were getting them this AM. Might want to run bottom bouncers and spinners with a crawler. Every day is different lately so keep looking. Good Luck
    • Muskies
      It was a beauty...20” long and would guess 4 1/2+lbs. It was released right after the picture. My wife caught that one In late May in 10 feet of water.
    • Wakemupwalleye
      Any help on the walleyes would be great. Been up here a week and caught my share of 13 and below but just can’t get on anything with size. Quite honestly not marking anything. Feel like I’ve tried everywhere. Have they gone deeper? I’ve been fishing reefs that normally hold fish. I’m on the west end but will fish anywhere 
    • gimruis
      Went dock skipping again yesterday with a friend near Zimmerman and it was still effective.  Chartreuse with black flake has been the go-to color in that murky water.
    • Better Than Working!
      How big is the first one? That is a mighty fine looking fish! I am jealous!
    • monstermoose78
    • Muskies
      I have to agree with everyone. Up on rainy lake, the bass have been bitting...here’s a few pics...
    • jigginjim
      Try walking the west side, if you can get a float tube you will have the whole lake to access. Jigs with swimbaits, twisters or crankbaits, jerkbaits work well.  now the you it's summer, frog type surface baits will get you some large bass or even a muskie.  Sorry, I  have been guiding, not watching the network.  
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