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Mike89

they are doing both...

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Rick

How is the ice fishing going?

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IceHawk

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

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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:

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Tom Sawyer

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

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Rick

Is the night bite going?

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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.

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Rick

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

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.🙂

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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 🙂

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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...

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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.

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Borch

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

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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