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Lake McKusick in Stillwater


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stillwaterangler

Anyone ever fished this lake? I always thought it was more of a swamp, but this fall i saw some hand size sunnies on the north west corner of the lake. It's only about 3 fow but they must move to a deeper holding area as my neighbor says he's been catching them out there. Any input all?

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Jarrid Houston

LAke Mckusick, Grew up on corner of West Mapl Street right next to the lake. As a kid, we used to catch small pannies, and lots of bullheads, but never no size. The lake does not hold a great population of fish, because of shallow waters, but maybe things are different now. I do know that if we wanted better fish as a kid, we would either go to Lily, or bike down to the river....You should do me a solid, and try it and let me know PM me, or hit me on an email. [email protected] Good Luck!

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Dale_Gribble

Im sad jerk-baits figured out how to use the internet. Id say if your gona try it, make it sooner than later since sunnies will probably slow down as we get some cold weather for a change and o2 levels might fall in a smaller lake like that.

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i live on maple street now, from what i understand the state record pumpkinseed once came out of mckusick, but the lake winterkilled a few years ago and has been restocked. i fished it once last winter and caught small perch, sunnies and crappies but i've also caught some of the bigger sunfish when i was fishing bullhead fishing for flathead bait last summer.

there have been people fishing it more than once this winter but i haven't tried it yet. looked to me like they were fishing some of the really shallow water so i'm not sure how serious they were. there are a couple older threads in this forum too on it, maybe some of those smaller fish are getting bigger now. probably a lot of smaller fish to sort through. i don't get out much and lily lake is right up the road, looks like it has a little better potential.

sure would be sweet if it was deeper and more fishable!

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Jarrid Houston

I agree on it would be awesome if the fish got big in there and the lake was a tad deeper. Friend of mine did end up getting a few crappies out there a week ago. I think he kept them, which I would tend to disagree with doing on such a small lake, but I am a catch and release guy pretty much all the time...I think it makes me feel better knowing I let a fish go for someone else to catch another day...Let me know if you get out there and how ya [email protected]

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there were a handful of people on lily last weekend when i drove by, i'll probably fish it tonight for a few hours if i can get home from work by 7.

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i fished lily this afternoon into evening. started in 17fow and got a couple small perch then moved to 35fow and caught a lot of tiny dink crappies. nothing to talk about though.

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Jarrid Houston

Thanks for the report Hunter, At least you caught some fish....I wonder where the bigger craps are and where the walleyes are in that lake...

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im curious as well, i hear there are big walleyes in that lake, just few and far between. i might have to try it once or twice more and see what happens.

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  • 8 years later...

i know this is 8 years later, but i just fished this lake for my first time yesterday and caught a bass that had to of been 3 or 4 pounds.

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    • smurfy
      i figured it be close to go time for you!!!! and with global warming you might just get to ice fish 1 month a year soon!!!!!!!🤣   me...i'm leaving wednesday morning for the northland!!!!!!🤭🤫 got 4-5 maybe 6 different lakes on my hit list!!!!!!👍 then i think i'll call it a hard water season!
    • Wanderer
      The 30.20 barometer probably didn’t help much.  But it also might be worth trying shallower?   10 feet seemed to be good in the past week on a few lakes and have read here that even shallower has been doing well for some.
    • Wanderer
      I went out of the Federal Dam landing yesterday on Gull.  It was in good shape and we had 22 inches of ice where we fished.  I thought about going out again this afternoon but wind gusts to 25 don’t thrill me on bigger lakes with no real snow cover.
    • Wanderer
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    • knoppers
      well nothing is biting, I did catch 2 very small perch in 15 FOW, had all kinds of activity in deeper water, but no takers. my locator would lite up with fish, but nothing bites.
    • IceHawk
      It's just about go time smurf 😀 I didn't wish for this weather but there won't b any complaints about it for sure. Been a great ice season but honestly ready for it to be over. I  plan on picking up the boat soon getting it ready and doing a little pool 4 fishing and maybe a rainy river run yet. Probably got a couple ice outings left next week maybe some last minute runs to ottertail county. Had a epic day with some buds today locally, fish were right under the ice was a blast 👍
    • smurfy
      rumor has it an ATV went thru on Pokegama by grand rapids..........sounds like the guy made it out ok. not sure how accurate it is?????
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    • FrazerBay
      let me know if you get a hold of them.Maybe they can can come back and finish the job they started 4 years ago on my boathouse after getting half the money upfront
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      I'm blaming icehawk.🤪🤣 thinking he wants to go back to work and is doing his summer dance.🤭
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