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


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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    • knoppers
      ice fishing has begun in the backus area. I walked out about 20 feet, did not punch any holes, but it looked like 4 good solid inches. some lakes capped over thursday night, so be careful, as the ice thickness will not be the same all over. my lake had open water in middle of lake, but capped over thursday.
    • CigarGuy
      Problem with the west end is no plowed roads. Safest setup is my sled and portable. We've had so darn much slush the last few years, even that setup can be challenging at times.
    • papadarv
      Coon lake Anoka Co. 95% locked except for narrow strip from Lexinhyon drainage ditch toward flagpole point. Several 100 swans/geese keeping it open. The ice ridge 30 ft off shore next to broken lce will most likely pose early ice access issues.  1/2 dozen Youngins fishing the channel said ice was 3 to 3 1/2".   
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    • monstermoose78
      Google  little elk road east 
    • JerkinLips
      4'x6' would save a little bit of weight, but would reduce the surface area for floating on snow.  I have been thinking of making a 6'x8' to better accommodate the occasional guest.  I would put this close to a plowed road for easy access and removal at the end of the season.  Then use the 4'x8' for further out on the lake.   2x6 skids would give a little more clearance for the bottom over snow and water on top of the ice, and wouldn't add much weight.  I put electrical conduit on the bottom of my skids for wear strips and tracking.  This is the floor before insulation, sheathing underneath, and conduit.
    • smurfy
      Even the ice rods
    • smurfy
      Well I'm ready
    • Austin12345
      Does little elk one of those with multiple names I can't seem to find it on google maps. looking to get on some early ice tomorrow.
    • monstermoose78
      Went and checked little elk and Baxter 3-3.25 inches about 8 feet off shore. I did not go past that as I don’t want to fall in again. I need 5 inches to feel ok and it will be some time before gets there unless it gets cold soon. Let’s pray for no snow. 
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