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Clear Lake Fishing Reports - Gibbon


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Whats the story with this lake? I saw that the dnr did some stocking in 2007, i thought they were letting this lake go. Plus I have been seeing a couple of icehouses out there the past couple winters!

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You might also want to post this in the Southwest MN Forum as well. Gibbon's in kind of a weird area. Not a lot of lakes and that area's really not well covered by a specific forum.

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Doesn't look like they put in a large number of fish really, maybe just had an excess of fry and wanted to take a gamble? In the past it has had some great fishing.

I know there was a fish kill out there last winter (or maybe the winter before) and some very large walleyes washed up on shore.

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Clear lake was double stocked, and had very nice fish in it until the winterkill, Man, were there some dandies in that lake. It was a sad day when I saw all those nice Wallys laying on shore. That was 4-5 years ago. (I know riverrat, time flies). It might be a good "sleeper" lake. I haven't fished it for years, but i know there are still bullheads in it. mmmmmmmm....whiskers.

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Thanks for setting me straight Pyrex!

I have heard of a few isolated reports of 1 or 2 big walleyes being caught last summer and the summer before, so maybe a number of fish survived?

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There were dead walleyes on shore after the winter of 07/08, but I didn't see enough to think it was a total kill.

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That was what I was thinking of 88fan, most of them were nice fish too if I remeber right?

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Clear is my "home" lake and is a very interesting one too. It had a major winterkill in the winter of 2000-2001 and then was restocked. Fishing was good in 04-05 and has slowly fizzled after that. Two winters ago (07-08) there was a winterkill also, I would say a strong partial kill. Lots of 18-24" eyes washed up dead. I also found a few along the shoreline this year when it opened up, but I would guess it was a very minor winterkill this past year. There are walleyes in there, but it is a very hard lake to fish. Bullheads and carp dominate the lake, and there is a ton of bait(minnows, orange spotted sunfish, etc.) Live Bait fishing is almost impossible with the bullheads and the water is extremely brown/discolored which makes crankbaits even diffulcult to fish.

I will be out there trying it now and then this summer as I have my whole life. Hope this helps and let us know if you try it!

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Clear is my "home" lake and is a very interesting one too. It had a major winterkill in the winter of 2000-2001 and then was restocked. Fishing was good in 04-05 and has slowly fizzled after that. Two winters ago (07-08) there was a winterkill also, I would say a strong partial kill. Lots of 18-24" eyes washed up dead. I also found a few along the shoreline this year when it opened up, but I would guess it was a very minor winterkill this past year. There are walleyes in there, but it is a very hard lake to fish. Bullheads and carp dominate the lake, and there is a ton of bait(minnows, orange spotted sunfish, etc.) Live Bait fishing is almost impossible with the bullheads and the water is extremely brown/discolored which makes crankbaits even diffulcult to fish.

I will be out there trying it now and then this summer as I have my whole life. Hope this helps and let us know if you try it!

Great information. If the water doesn't get too low, you'll see me over there once or twice.

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  • 2 years later...

The last 2 winters hit clear really hard! Tried it a few times this year with out a fish of any kind to show for it.

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  • 2 months later...

I have fished this lake quite a few times in the past 3 years.

The last few I did pretty good.

Last spring I went to Clear a few days after the opener. I fished for approx 5 hours with no fish. While loading the boat a fellow came over and asked if I caught any fish and I said no, didn't even mark one.

he said with the winter kill this last spring, many eyes were dead on shore all over the lake. Is this true I do not know but I went back one more time, fished my locationg I always did well at and nada.

Have not been back since. last trip there about the 1st of June,2011.

Usmtsrocks

In regards to using cranks in the open water, I have killed the eyes there on crankbaits so yes, they are very effective. One simply needs to find the correct color and size but the eye do go well on cranks on Clear.

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I haven't seen one soul out ice fishing Clear this winter and I frequently drive by the lake.

I witnessed the winter kill firsthand this spring. Numerous 15"-17" dead walleyes on shore. I never heard if it was a total winterkill, however.

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I would not doubt at all there there are a few fish left. But, it surely is not what it was.

Probably some pigs swimming in this lake, one just has to be willing to spend alot of time to find a few.

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There was a minor winter kill last year. The oxygen levels did drop a little and it hurt some. I have seen a couple houses out there this year but they didnt catch anything. I havent tried it yet this year but am gonna try it soon. There are a lot of 8 to 9 inch eyes in there

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  • 6 years later...

Anyone know how this lake is lately?  Ive read somewhere the DNR did a stocking last year. Would like to know a bit about the lake.  Thinking about hitting it up here soon.

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    • gimruis
      I'm quite shocked to hear that a walleye tournament is still doing a live weigh in.  Virtually every event these days around here is doing a catch, photo, and release format.   Regardless, nice work.  Congrats.
    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the south end...   A great week of fishing with walleyes and saugers caught in good numbers.   The go-to presentation, again, was a jig and frozen emerald shiner.  Emerald shiners are a staple in LOW and walleyes love them.  Other minnows worked also, but emerald shiners are a favorite of anglers for good reason.   The Lighthouse Gap area, Morris Point Gap and just in front of Pine Island held nice fish in 17 - 21' of water.  Various schools of walleyes and saugers across the south shore.     A quarter ounce jig in gold, glow white, pink, orange, chartreuse, or a combo of these colors tipped with a minnow worked well again.   Some big pike and jumbo perch being caught by walleye anglers. On the Rainy River...  Some nice walleyes were caught on the river this weekend, although most anglers normally head to the lake.  12 - 15' of water is holding some nice fish.   Sturgeon fishing on the Rainy River is closed until the keep season starts up again July 1st. Up at the NW Angle...  Some nice walleyes being caught along with a mixed bag.  12 - 25 feet of water.  Points, neck down areas and bays with warming water were holding good fish this week.    The go-to presentation was a jig and minnow as on the south shore.  A mixed bag as is common around the Angle.  
    • leech~~
      Nice work!   Here's two words you hardly ever hear anyone say anymore.  "grateful and humbled"   
    • Brianf.
      RLG, thanks for the shout-out!     Jeff and I are still trying to wrap our heads around what happened this past weekend.  We are humbled and full of gratitude  for having won 'The Classic' for a second time.     We practiced through all the rain on Thurs and the wind on Friday and found six different spots holding big fish.  Fishing was good on both days with several 'overs' in our catch...but would it hold up for another day?   We didn't know.     On tourney day, we made a long run to our first spot where I lucked out on a 26.5"er on my second cast.  Jeff followed up with a thick 27" er a few minutes later, which turned out to be the big fish for the event at 7.26lbs.  We finished out our limit and weighed-in at 10:30 am for the welfare of the fish in our livewell.    There were some big weights in this event which would have won in most other years, but - for whatever reason - this was our day.  Everything just went our way.  Again, we are just super grateful and humbled by this success.  We also want to congratulate all the other anglers who did well and give a big 'thank you' to the tournament organizers who put on such a great event!  
    • SkunkedAgain
      I had a good start to the season on opener. Fishing was slow but consistent. I had four eaters in the box by lunch dragging perch raps. Crappies were biting. I haven't been up since so don't know how things have changed since then, but I'm sure the walleye continue to migrate out into the main basins.
    • redlabguy
      Let’s start this by congratulating Brianf and son for winning their second City Autoglass Walleye Classic last weekend. These guys know how to fish.  We just got to the lake for the season. Chores are almost done and I’m ready to fish.  red(new dog is more yellow)labguy
    • Jetsky
      I tried starting a 2024 Lake Vermilion Fishing Report topic but it doesn't show up on this board.   Maybe somebody else knows how to do it?
    • Mike89
      then use the BB gun after catching them!!!    and then enjoy rabbit dinner for revenge!!!   
    • leech~~
      Yep crazy. 🤪 I played goalie in HS and my two grandsons play hockey now.  
    • gimruis
      Hockey gear in general is very expensive.  I was in a Pure Hockey last month to get my skates sharpened and while they were doing it I looked around at gear.  A new pair of CCM/Bauer customized skates can easily top 1000 bucks.  Then you need everything else.  It would be several thousand before you had everything.  And then your kid grows like a weed so you need to buy bigger gear.   Then there's goalie gear.  That's enough to buy a small boat.   Nothing cheap about that sport by any means.
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