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


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TimONeill

Camping at Chester woods this weekend, how has the bite been? Crappie or blue gill will be the main targets.

Thanks,

Tim

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Hello My sons and I will be floating the Zumbro from Millville down to Theillman on Saturday. We have never been on the Zumbro before. What kind of fishing action might I expect on that stretch of the river? Any suggestions on tackle? We are targeting smallmouth, but are interested in pursuing any and all of the many species rumored to be found in the mighty Zumbro.

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flyfisher03

It should be a fairly easy float. There is a lot of scenery to look at. As far as fishing goesthrow some mepps spinners or rapalas. I can't get much more specific than that. I've floated the stretch just upstream from there, but did not fish (did see some muskies that left the lake though).

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Has anyone been out on Foster's yet? I'm wondering if there is enough ice yet. This cold weather is getting me really itchy.

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Evobassfish

I went out yesterday to check and it showed about 1.5-2" . I stepped out 2 yrds and it started cracking. I wouldn't go out on it just yet, especially with the warm up we are expecting the next couple of days.

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The rain forecast for Wednesday and Thursday is not going to help.

I fished Lake Onalaska this weekend; based on the forecast for the next week or two, I won't be ice-fishing anywhere again real soon. mad

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Yeah agree. The last few days have WAY to warm. I was hoping to get out this weekend but agree with eyehunter. Although the warm weather was nice to get everything ready to go.

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Hey has anyone caught a brown trout in Foster? I saw they haven't stocked any in a while but the fish they did stock were respectable browns. Just curious.

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Foster-Arend has been stocked with several thousand adult rainbow trout every year going back to 2001; it also has received brook or brown trout adults in some years, most recently 495 adult brook trout in 2010: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/lakefind/showreport.html?downum=55001900

Trout stocking in ponds is done in the winter, so I would expect Foster-Arend to get some adult trout soon.

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Redbeard5289

anyone got an ice thickness check on Foster Arends relatively recently?

Now that my son is off from school for witner break I'd like to take him out and scratch both of our ice fishing itches....

Much appreciated!!

-Redbeard5289

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3 to 3.5 is what I found Xmas eve. I am not going back until we get some cold weather. If u stay close to shore on the east side, you should be ok....maybe 5 inches if you're lucky?

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Any one been out on the ice on the Zumbro by the Ponerosa yet? Would like to give it a shot, any suggestions on where to try would be great!

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Fish_Hunter

Anyone been out on the Rochester Res. anywhere? How thick is ice? Noticed no one is talking anout them anymore on here, taboo?

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People have been fishing on all of them. You will find anywhere between 4 to 8 inches. After this week all the meltoff should refreeze and I imagine more ice will be made.

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Fish_Hunter

Thanks for the update I want to take my 3 year old out with me but wanted to make sure the ice was good enough for mom. ha ha

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Anybody been out fishing Foster's lately? I was out there after Christmas for a couple days and had luck. This cold weather will finally bring some more much needed ice.

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Anyone here fish Willow Creek Reservoir recently. I have tried to find information on it but everything is quite old. I heard in the past it produced pretty good but got fished out very quick. So, I am just wondering what the status of it is now. Any help would be great.

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Reservoir Dawg

I haven't been there since this summer but I have heard of people catching fish out there.

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I haven't been out on Zumbro at all this year. Has anybody? Just wondering what the ice and bite conditions are. Any info helps a guy out. Thanks!

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northernfishin

Fished Silver Creek today. 4-6" of ice. Mix of black and white ice. Quite a few people out there. Fished an hour at sun set and got a nice crappie. Marked a bunch of fish, but will go back out the coming days and see what else will be out there can be caught

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Redbeard5289

Went out to Willow Creek Reservoir today with my son. Good 4-6 inches of ice on Willow Creek with about a little snow cover on it to make walk pretty good without spikes.

Unfortunately we only caught 3 small gills (3-4 inches) and a small perch (4 in) during our 2 hours out there this late morning but we sure had a lot of fun. Saw about 4 other 2-3person teams out there when we left, talked to one guy who was having the same amount of luck that we did.

Redbeard5289

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I went fishing out to the Cascades today and yesterday and just pounded the crappies..a lot of small ones but a few decent. fishing about 9-10 ft of water

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I went fishing out to the Cascades today and yesterday and just pounded the crappies..a lot of small ones but a few decent. fishing about 9-10 ft of water

Where is the parking at cascade?

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The street/neighborhood is called Interlachen right off of county road 22, and you can park right next to the bike path

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northernfishin

Is there any structure out there or is just a basin? Is there a lot of fish too? I'm debating on trying this out next week.

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Is there one "lake" at Cascade that is better than the others. I want to bring my five year old out. Thought about K-7 in Byron also.

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Redbeard5289

heavyduty,

K-7 Reservoir near Byron is a bit of a hike, especially for a 5 year old, IMO. Its not impossible but it might be a bit much.

I found that that foster arends and willow creek reservoir is an easier/shorter hike for young kids. Just an FYI for you and your son... Happy Fishing!

Redbeard5289

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    • smurfy
      momma insisted on heading out to Dino's for there sunday brunch, so of course that meant a drive past the lakes. the ice is starting to turn dark. noone at the river access and becker looked abondoned, so did horseshoe for that matter. there where a few out from the landing on eden lake, but there were 4 trucks out on cedar island..just where the lake opens up. there goofy!!!   there was 1 small vehicle out on long and a few wheelers on the south end but noone out by the island by cozy's.  browns had some wheelers out.
    • 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
      I’ve only fished Kab once but I can imagine it behaves a lot like other shield lakes.  Try to spend time near current and use large baits; either live or artificial.  I’d never go pike fishing in that area without some F18 Rapalas.  The good old Original Floater in silver/black back being a top color choice.
    • 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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