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Rochester Area Fishing Reports (Zumbro, Reservoirs, Foster Arend, Chester Wood)


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buster1118

Was out there today and we nailed the crappies a bull gills lots of jigging with minnow heads and tails. Pink custom jigs and spins ratsos worked the best. strait off the landing 10-15 ft of water.

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pheasantpro10

What landing are you speaking of? I am heading out on Sun. would like to hit it. Has anybody made it out to rattle snake?

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Never made it just wasn't to sure about it. I talked to another guy and said he didn't think people were out there after the rain. But we did hit a local pond and the ice is great I would say 10" or so and the fishing was pretty darn good. Hopefully somebody will venture out on the zumbro. Does anyone know if the flood hurt the river or did it just hurt shady lake. Thanks

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i made it out yesturday seen a small truck didnt get a chance 2 fish auger broke down maybe try today.

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barndogger

ice in front of fishermans inn as i'm told 8-10 but further out ya go the worse it gets....that was of saturday the 1rst.. hope the cold seals it up...

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*CRAPPIEKING*

so the ice out there is drivable????? how big were the eyes? good to see they are sticking in there.

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pheasantpro10

What has been the best morning or evening? Thinking about going tomorrow or maybe I'll stay all day!

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Like every year and just about every lake down in southern mn you have to keep moving to find them.

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*CRAPPIEKING*

went out sunday, fished all day tried lots of spots and caught lots of fish! grin anyone else doing good out there?

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no luck? must have been the day haha caught alot of the 8"ers that got put back and enough 10 and 11" to make it worth your time. The fish would come threw and you would pop 1 or 2 fish at a time, the bigger fish were more active and would move more to get your bait. All the crappies were caught on minnows. The most active time we had was early afternoon the later it got the slower it was. a hand full of post again and a over a 1000 views hahahhaha, kinda like the fish out there alot of lookers

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What areas have you guys been trying? I am looking to hit up a couple here next week. I did try one out of town a little ways a week ago and could not keep my line in the water. Took a lot of sorting but ended up with a nice batch of pan fish to take home and eat. Let me know guys.

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scott

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i don't think that the 1000 views on the post was to find out the magic place to go....aka lurkers, most people that come here are killing time. you can go to any res/lake in the area to catch fish, whether you get em depends how much searching you want to do.

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hahaha alright, your right what people post has nothing to do if there will be more people out on the water or not. i mean a report with a pile of slabs and pic probably wouldnt do anything for people, they would be just looking. that probably woulndt get them motivated to get off the couch, your right. grin coming from a person with a report ha

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flyfisher03

I saw a someone in a boat on the lower end of Lake Winona yesterday.

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    • gimruis
      I didn't specifically blame you or anyone else.  If you felt that I did, I apologize.  But I am quite sure that when someone posts a bucket of fish or a bunch of them sitting on the ice, they aren't going back.  In fact, when someone posts a photo of a large sunfish or crappie, I already assume that the fish is released.  I would certainly HOPE that's the case to benefit all of us.   This new regulation would not exist now if there was not a problem.  As I previously stated, I personally know individuals, even in my own family, that heavily contribute to this problem.  A new bag limit of 5 sunfish isn't going to make much of a dent.  Instead of keeping 20, they'll just keep the biggest 5 they catch.  And the harvesting of big bluegills has already been established as problematic that has led to this very restriction.  Either that or they'll just go to another lake and start harvesting there instead.  There also seems to be a lack of enforcement with existing laws as Conservation Officers simply can't keep up.   I have not kept a single fish in several years now.  And even before that, the number I kept could be counted on one hand.  I do enjoy the taste of a fresh fish fry on occasion but I strongly feel that too many of them are being harvested by others and I am determined not to contribute to that.  There was a time in my life many years ago when a day of fishing was defined by how many fish I came home with.  I'm past that.  Way past it.  Many years ago there used to be a quality population of perch in Mille Lacs.  We'd go out to Isle Bay in the fall every year and pile into those things by the dozen.  We always went home with some and they tasted great.  But looking back on that now, it was shameful and selfish because that resource is non-existent anymore.  I contributed to the demise of it over and over and over.  It still bothers me and we're heading down that path with other fish too.   I realize my opinion will offend or differentiate with others, including yours Icehawk.  Thank you for being honest.
    • smurfy
      thanks ProV..yea thinking wheelers will need to be our mode of transportation!!!!!!! has anyone caught or treid for tullies out there yet??????????
    • PSU
      Agreed Skunked, I do the same at the lake. We too never allowed a tv at the cabin for many years, but as the kids aged (and didn't come up as much) we decided to start watching sports, etc. 
    • GeluNumber1
      I'd be willing to make the drive if it's held this weekend. Not sure if I'm comfortable driving out past then with the warm weather forecasted. 
    • SkunkedAgain
      It is pricey but you are paying for high speed, reliable internet assuming you can get a clear view of the sky (no tree branch or other obstructions). I have read mostly positive reviews but it comes down to what you are willing to do and/or pay for connectivity.   I did order the kit since Mrs. SkunkedAgain told me to, "...stop being a penny pincher and just do it already." I don't plan to stream as we don't have a tv at the lake, but will use it in order to work remotely so that we can be there more. I am fortunate to be in a position to do so.
    • SkunkedAgain
      When I drilled last Tuesday it was about 23" of ice near Hibbing Point in HOL bay
    • TomWehler
      Anything possible.....every year different, makes it more fun. Been hang'n round lake since 1974 n owned island since 1994....fun junk x 100000. Very Special place to me n mine.  One year was in the bay boating March 29th...lake clear on April 2......Couple time lake clear 2nd week April...fun  stuff, but cool doing traditional Dock Dip.  Major Shrinkage!!!      Here some dates since own island...huge mix.  One thing for sure, ICE WILL MELT......but Ya never can tell what goes on down below, as this lake can be more spooky than you or I know..  : ) Big Smiles n Keep on rocken!   T     1994 May 2 1995 May 3 1996 May 14 1997 April 30 1998 April 14 1999 April 26 2000 April 20 2001 May 2 2002 April 25 2003 May 1 2004 April 29 2005 April 19 2006 April 18 2007 April 29 2008 May 13 2009 April 30 2010 April 6 2011 May 1 2012 April 2 2013 May 17 2014 May 13 2015 April 18 2016 April 25 2017 April 15 2018 May 8 2019 April 30 2020 May 1            
    • PRO-V
      29" of ice by Stoney Point on Winnie. Lake travel is good but accesses could go bad quick.
    • Rick
      Regulations in this instance is meant to preserve a resource meant for all.   I find most who post here have a very healthy CPR ethic. Occasionally keeping wild fish meals is also healthy.   The regulations are merely a check to ensure those with a 'keep all mindset" don't abuse the resource.   I hope you're doing your part @gimruis to ensure a kind and generous of heart mindset.   Words mean things.
    • Brad B
      I am now good with this happening this weekend or the originally planned 13th as I can now make either date. regardless I still might hit the chain up this weekend. have a spot over on cedar island I want to try out. 
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