• 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!!!

GrizzlyAdams

Lake Osakis Fishing Reports

Recommended Posts

Mike89

they are doing both...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Rick

How is the ice fishing going?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
IceHawk

Heading up there tomorrow Ill have a fresh report when I get back 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
IceHawk

Spent another day on the Big O yesterday and it was interesting to say the least. Found a fair amount of fish up on the N end in Mantheys bay but getting them topside was a challenge. The pannies were cruising the basin area in small schools and moveing constantly.  By  hole hopping and being persistent I was able to find some success.  Put some decent fish topside and released a couple gills 9 inch plus and two 13 inch craps. Equipment played a key roll and usally does,  the bite was so light a power noodle of some kind was a must. Light line 2 lb and 3 mm tungstens with tiny teaser tails sealed the deal. Osakis is usally a challenge but I'm usally up for it. By working hard you will find success on there and the feeling you have when you get them to go is all worth the work :grin:

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Tom Sawyer

Thanks for the report Chris. Nice work. That lake can definitely make you feel like a hero, or a zero....

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Rick

Is the night bite going?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Fishing Frenzy
3 hours ago, Rick said:

Is the night bite going?

Has been pretty slow lately. One night you do decent then the next nothing. Very hit or miss.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Rick

Thanks for the heads up. You going over weed tops or deep?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Mlaker3

My wife and I had a good morning on Friday with bottom bouncers, spinners and crawlers in 20-24 ft.  Caught 9, threw back 3 18-19 in, 2 13-14 in. 

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
matt320

Any reports on panfish or bass? Taking the family camping this weekend staying at head of lakes resort just looking to keep my kids entertained. Thanks. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
BobT

Last Saturday when I was out there, I noticed a few panfish caught off 1/2 mile bar near the top of the break. Looked like they were using bobbers but I don't know anything more than that. Didn't see any super-sized fish but I was too far away to tell much anyway. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Borch

Made a day trip up to Osakis today for a walleye and panfish outing.  Got on eyes right away on the deeper humps pulling spinners or cranks on bottom bouncer. 17956.thumb.jpeg.a6afd0f457ff9b89361c53177a1bc7b4.jpeg

 

Didn't start fishing until after 9:30 this morning and the bite fizzled about 11 am.  Went looking for panfish and found mostly smaller gills in the reeds.  Finally found some nice gills in the deeper cabbage one of the bars.

Water is pretty stained and surface temps were around 80 degrees.

  • Like 1
  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
matt320

We fished the small lake a few week back the water was really high. No luck with bass around the pads tried Texas rigged worms and spinner baits, we did find crappies in 8-10" around Lilly pads and reeds crappies were caught on panfish leaches and small glow jigs. 

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Rick
4 hours ago, matt320 said:

We fished the small lake a few week back the water was really high. No luck with bass around the pads tried Texas rigged worms and spinner baits, we did find crappies in 8-10" around Lilly pads and reeds crappies were caught on panfish leaches and small glow jigs. 

Nice report Matt. Thanks.🙂

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
whateverisbiting
On ‎7‎/‎13‎/‎2018 at 9:25 PM, Borch said:

Made a day trip up to Osakis today for a walleye and panfish outing.  Got on eyes right away on the deeper humps pulling spinners or cranks on bottom bouncer. 

 

Didn't start fishing until after 9:30 this morning and the bite fizzled about 11 am.  Went looking for panfish and found mostly smaller gills in the reeds.  Finally found some nice gills in the deeper cabbage one of the bars.

Water is pretty stained and surface temps were around 80 degrees.

Is that a gulp worm?  I am not on Osakis but cant fish with live bait without the bass, sunnies, and perch hammering it instantly.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Borch

Gulp crawler.  In the spot the walleyes were going in there was a pile of 3-5" perch that tore up the real crawlers.   Gulp crawlers took care of the issue and the eyes liked them too. 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Borch

The gulp crawlers in packages are tougher than those in the alive container.  The one in the picture is from the alive container.  Both versions work well on spinner and slow death rigs. 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
whateverisbiting
2 hours ago, Borch said:

The gulp crawlers in packages are tougher than those in the alive container.  The one in the picture is from the alive container.  Both versions work well on spinner and slow death rigs. 

Thanks for the tip something new to try 🙂

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Tom Sawyer

 We've been big fans of the 3" minnows, and 5" leeches, along with crawlers, great color combinations, with floating versions ta boot.👍👍     Found the pinched half crawlers to work great for adding spin to "slow death" presentation...

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
BobT

For the past week I've been playing around chasing crappies and sunnies, which I haven't done in decades so my experience level is quite low. Been experimenting with Beetle Spins and although I haven't been getting many, I have been finding success pulling in 13" crappies and 8" and larger bluegills and pumpkin seeds. My experimenting so far has been along the edges of pencil reeds.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Borch

Good to know Bob.  I was getting mostly small sunfish there.  Those beetle spins can be very effective.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
BobT
21 hours ago, Borch said:

Good to know Bob.  I was getting mostly small sunfish there.  Those beetle spins can be very effective.

What are some "tricks" you've used with them? So far, I've been having the best luck with slower and more steady retrieves in 6' - 7' depth so I'm guessing I'm not too far off the bottom. Water is getting into bloom so it's not easy to see into it very well. Tried lift and drop retrieve with little to no success. Getting a lot of little ticks, which I suspect are smaller fish. I'm using 1/16oz. 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Borch
1 hour ago, BobT said:

What are some "tricks" you've used with them? So far, I've been having the best luck with slower and more steady retrieves in 6' - 7' depth so I'm guessing I'm not too far off the bottom. Water is getting into bloom so it's not easy to see into it very well. Tried lift and drop retrieve with little to no success. Getting a lot of little ticks, which I suspect are smaller fish. I'm using 1/16oz. 

I've used them targeting panfish and walleye when they are in the weeds.  You can cast or troll them effectively.   If you need to run them shallower run them shorter or clamp on a bobber to slowly troll while controlling the depth. Tip with a small price of gulp to add some scent.  I've had some luck with a jigging retrieve as well like you described at times.

Lots of ways to fish them I'm sure but this is how I often run them.  They are pretty weed free  unless the weeds are stringy. 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
BobT
51 minutes ago, Borch said:

I've used them targeting panfish and walleye when they are in the weeds.  You can cast or troll them effectively.   If you need to run them shallower run them shorter or clamp on a bobber to slowly troll while controlling the depth. Tip with a small price of gulp to add some scent.  I've had some luck with a jigging retrieve as well like you described at times.

Lots of ways to fish them I'm sure but this is how I often run them.  They are pretty weed free  unless the weeds are stringy. 

Right now there is a lot of algae growing on the reeds and that wraps up if it get close so I find I have to keep a little distance. This makes it a little more challenging to cast into the reeds. 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
whateverisbiting
On ‎7‎/‎22‎/‎2018 at 7:43 PM, Tom Sawyer said:

 We've been big fans of the 3" minnows, and 5" leeches, along with crawlers, great color combinations, with floating versions ta boot.👍👍     Found the pinched half crawlers to work great for adding spin to "slow death" presentation...

 

I have used  gulp with good success for largemouth, but had not tried it otherwise.  I gave it a shot in a number of presentations.  The good news was that fished side-by-side with a real crawler, the rate of getting bites was about the same.  The bad news is that I still could not keep the sunnies and perch off of it and I went through as many gulp worms as real worms.  Maybe I need to use an o-ring like when Senko fishing.  I like to fish eyes with plugs too, but even that does not work even my large plugs are also consistently catching 3" perch.  I did get one nice fish after catching a 3" perch the fish hit the perch.  I think I need to do some deep water bobber fishing with large minnows.  Well it is off to lake of the woods in a couple weeks so I will get my fill of action there.

  • Like 1

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

    • Borch
      By Borch
      A group of us are planning on getting together on Lake Osakis for the day on 8/18/18 for a day of fishing and a midday picnic at the Battle Point Park.  We would enjoy connecting with some fellow anglers from the site to connect and have some fun.  Osakis is a great lake for big gills, slab crappies, nice walleye, pike, smallmouth and largemouth bass.  The best walleye bite has been during low light periods.  Sunfish and crappie bite all day.  We plan on taking a break around noon at the Battle Point Park for lunch.  Right now tentatively looking to connect around 8-9 at the access.  Otherwise look for a red and white Warrior and connect with me, "Borch" on the water I'd you'd like.   I might even have a fishing report really fresh fishing report for you. 
    • Borch
      By Borch
      A group of us are planning on getting together on Lake Osakis for the day on 8/18/18 for a day of fishing and a midday picnic at the Battle Point Park.  We would enjoy connecting with some fellow anglers from the site to connect and have some fun.  Osakis is a great lake for big gills, slab crappies, nice walleye, pike, smallmouth and largemouth bass.  The best walleye bite has been during low light periods.  Sunfish and crappie bite all day.  We plan on taking a break around noon at the Battle Point Park for lunch.  Right now tentatively looking to connect around 8-9 at the access.  Otherwise look for a red and white Warrior and connect with me, "Borch" on the water I'd you'd like.   I might even have a fishing report really fresh fishing report for you. 
    • Borch
      By Borch
      A group of us are planning on getting together on Lake Osakis for the day on 8/18/18 for a day of fishing and a midday picnic at the Battle Point Park.  We would enjoy connecting with some fellow anglers from the site to connect and have some fun.  Osakis is a great lake for big gills, slab crappies, nice walleye, pike, smallmouth and largemouth bass.  The best walleye bite has been during low light periods.  Sunfish and crappie bite all day.  We plan on taking a break around noon at the Battle Point Park for lunch.  Right now tentatively looking to connect around 8-9 at the access.  Otherwise look for a red and white Warrior and connect with me, "Borch" on the water I'd you'd like.   I might even have a fishing report really fresh fishing report for you. 😃
    • 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








  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • Barbelboy
      Gimruis, i'm on your team. My last boated musky was 2005. One would believe it not possible. Now, to double down on Ace's statement, I don't target them frequently, and to be honest I really never was all that particular to fishing for them. But part of it is just bad luck. I probably averaged 8-10 1/2 days musky fishing every summer on lake vermilion for 20 years and I've netted 6-7 for boat mates and lost 4. But while my folk had a place on lake vermilion for 20 years. My blasted twin brother would try out a new buck tail off the dock and catch a 47" fish.  It's kind of a running joke in my family now about how I can't catch one. You'd think i'd eventually put the pieces together and get one in the boat!
    • gimruis
      I stopped keeping track at over 300 hours specifically targeting them.  I'm sure the number was probably closer to double that.  Its a true story.
    • Hoey
      Steve - Nice report.  I will be fishing this weekend with high school classmates, our annual trip, then staying around all week toward Labor Day and heading home on Sunday to avoid the heaviest traffic.  I will be bringing my tree equipment and spending a day helping a local retiree with some trimming.  
    • 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!  😣