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Buffalo Lake Fishing Reports by Jiggin Jim Guide (Annandale Area Lakes)


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The sub-zero fishing has been fair, need to move around, sometimes lake to lake. I caught some nice sized to over 13" Crappie from a local puddle. I tried for pike today, but the holes froze in fast, I even tried jigging with rattle baits for an hour. Buffalo lake has slowed down for many, but if your willing to really work, fish can still be caught. Several fishermen have been doing alot of searching area lakes. Sunfish could be in 20ft today, then move to 12ft the next. I have found some crappies in 8ft. even then they can be 3ft. from the bottom. I have been looking for any green weeds or some that may just starting to die off, on the smaller lakes. with the warmer weather coming in this weekend, time to really hit it. Ice conditions seem good, but as always, you still need to watch where your going. Some areas I was drilling through over 24" of ice.

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I'm going for pike this weekend. I may hit about 4-6 lakes, with a tip-up and jigging rap.

As for the Crappies, I'll see if photos work? [img:left]pelcrappies001_zps2e8f98e5.jpg [img:center]http://pelcrappies002_zpsd3e8799d.jpg

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Tried Waverly Lake this afternoon, Only 1, 7" inch Crappie, the ice was popping like crazy. The wind didn't help matters, drill out a hole 10 minute later, the holes would be filled with snow. I spoke with guys fishing, not a single fish caught, they had spend 3 hours with only nibbles. Dean lake tonight had a slow bite as well, though the early morning bite had produced a few bluegills. The public ramp (near the bay club) on the west section of Clearwater Lake is rough, several people blazed their own trail but you had a high truck, or AVT can use it.

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Found plenty of dink walleye's out on Waverly a few weeks ago but nothing of size like you were saying Jim.

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Fishing this weekend, was both hot and cold. Pelican saw alot of panfish just both the front blasted in, they were not very big but if you pick thru several, and put some time in, you could find enough for lunch. I tried for pike Saturday afternoon, but the wind and cold would freeze the tip-ups. eek Thinking of making a sputter can, maybe that would work on those days.

Dean lake had been fair of sunfish, but if you were to use minnows you may catch some of the cigar walleyes, that were stocked not long ago. Did see guy that had 3, 10-12" walleye in his pail froze up, he did have a couple fair sized gills but "he thought the walleyes taste better that size.". I personally would have let them go, but if that his bag oh well. crazy

I fished Constance today, sunfish and crappies bit ok, Sunfish an hour before sunset, the crappies came after about 20 minute. I didn't keep any of the fish.

I just want people to know, I Don't keep very many fish when I'm out. The most I would keep is 5-6 crappies, maybe 7-8 sunfish, some days I just fish and release everthing caught. As some may think I fish so often, I may have large bunch of fish in my freezer, FAR from it.

I have given some of my catches to an older lady, who lets me bowhunt deer on her land.

Last thing, I was driving past Pelican Lake tonight on 117. Notice a guy fishing the pond on the west side. Curious about why he was fishing there? I walked out to chat, (5-10 minutes) saw he had several bullheads (7-9 inches) in the pile. sick Asked if he has caught anything else? his reply "Nope only the bullheads, I like eating bullheads from cold water". Been catching 7 or 8 bullheads the nights I fish here even caught a dogfish fish one night. I'm thinking ok, said "You have fun, good luck." sicksick So much for fishing there.

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You know what they say about bullheads... freshwater lobster! Or is that eelpout? smile

In a few days there will be a bunch of guys out there seeing what all the fuss is about.

Btw - nice crappies - it's always fun to locate a pod of slabs!

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I'm thinking of hitting some of the local sloughs that feed into main lakes. Could be another Pelican lake situation, First guy on the fish, sneek out the slabs before others even know what they are driving past. grin I have seen guys fishing little known lakes and ponds. A couple I think had been walleye rearing ponds. Like Green Mountain once was, would be nice if a person could get a list of the lakes and pond the are DNR rearing waters for walleyes. Some that may not have used for a couple years.

13yrs ago, guys found the pond behind the Target store in Apple Valley, was a walleye pond, for 2 years the fishing was great. Until the road work and run off hit the lake, along with sunfish getting into the pond. was great fun while it lasted.

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If you want a suggestion, try sandy lake near sugar. I have heard there was fish in there, but am scared to try with what looks like moving water under the road. I'll send a pm of another pond if your willing to try it. I have absolutely no idea if it has fish, no idea how deep, not listed on dnr website, etc. What I do know is I saw stuff jumping in it last spring. I just have no time to check it out myself. Disclaimer: if it turns out to be a 2' max deep giant puddle thats completely dead, I claim no responsibility for wasting your time. grin

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If you want a suggestion, try sandy lake near sugar. I have heard there was fish in there, but am scared to try with what looks like moving water under the road. I'll send a pm of another pond if your willing to try it. I have absolutely no idea if it has fish, no idea how deep, not listed on dnr website, etc. What I do know is I saw stuff jumping in it last spring. I just have no time to check it out myself. Disclaimer: if it turns out to be a 2' max deep giant puddle thats completely dead, I claim no responsibility for wasting your time. grin

It's about 4-5 feet deep I do know northerns will run up there in the spring to spawn

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I think I may finally break down and try the "secret slough" on saturday. It is a little hike, especially with this snow. Hopefully it turns out to be reasonably deep. I will be thrilled if I find 10'+.

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I fished pelican Friday through Sunday for pike. My suckers are so small, not a fish. Others in same area around me seemed to be getting some nice pike, largest I saw was 35inches, but they had extra large minnows. Fished buffalo lake later Sunday, a friend in his house, only one good hit. His house has been in one places for the past 4 weeks. He hasn't caught much, but it's more that weekend get away.

I did fish a small pond west of Pelican before the snow hit. Got some nice crappies ( up to 11in.)and reasonable bluegills ( maybe 8in). I guess the guy I had talked with a couple weeks ago had been fishing the very bottom. I now wonder if the lake may make it this winter. Not from freezing out, but smothering due to the light of sunlight for the weeds.

You can walk out but need to on lake across the road, as the ditch is has a 18-24inch drop off around it. I may start a few guide trips out there, just using flip over house. Gps grid can be e-mailed, you would not believe the location. As every one drives right pass it. this is the first part. North 45º 12.4__ West 93º47.___. If you guess let me know.

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Great report Jim. Sometime those tiny ponds can hold some nice fish. I have found a hand full of good ones over the years and have also fished quite a few that didn't have anthing in them. Once in a while the exploring pays off wink

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Mo Gator, My fishing web site is down being redone. Prices are for open water are 8hrs./$300.00 4+ hrs/$200.00 for 2people. 1 person $200.00/8hrs 4hrs/ $150.00. I do not furnish accommodations, but there are two hotels in Buffalo, several of my clients have stay at the Country Inn.

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oh sorry, I wasn't very clear. I was referring to ice fishing rates/ accomodations (such as the fish house you put clients in)

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I normally don't do many ice fishing trips. I do have a 2 person flip over shelter. I rates for winter trips, are half price, the summer / open trips. I will be doing open water trips starting in March, for walleye and Sauger fishing.

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If the fish are biting they are healthy and have O2-if 02 is low they will usually be high in the water column. If they survived the winter B4 last(and they did if they are over4'') they can survive anything.Sounds like a cool little lake.

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I am going to take my Gf out to Buffalo to visit her sister in the nursing home tomorow and want to kill 2 birds with one stone. just wondering if any fish have been cooperating on buffaLO LATELY and where i might want to look for some? a depth or something would help anything would help thanks

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I was on buffalo tonight. Marked plenty of fish but only managed a few crappies. Just weren't in the mood. I was at around 14 fow most guys were still fishing deeper.

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I have never been skunked on buffalo before, but yesterday was the first time. Usaully able to catch 1, but yesterday it was only missing a few light biters. I was working 12-28 ft of water mid lake structure, but notice most of the houses were set up on the first break of the shorelines. So maybe they are getting some there. Hope this helps

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Alot of guys will start pulling houses off, now that walleye and pike season is done. A few may still go for the crappies during the next week, but once the over night removal starts only the portable guys seem to venture out. The lake has gotten rather dark and cloudy, as some guys are having a hard time seeing down very far for spearing.

Special Thanks to guys plowing roads around to different areas, on area lakes.(buffalo and Pulaski)

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  • 3 weeks later...

With the snow we have gotten in the past few weeks people have already hung up the ice equipment. Driving is either a real pain, or some just like to shovel snow if stuck, and then there are people with high raised trucks and extra large tires. Almost like mudding only the truck washs of easy. The guys I talked with and a couple places I went, had fish on the sonar some would hit while others seem to just swim past my offerings.

Maybe it is time to go very very small, a size 18 or 20 hook with only waxies or a few maggies. Buffalo lake water had gotten almost a dark brown on the south side. I can tell spring is starting, saw my first large flock of Robins, the water is starting to flow more and more over the deer lake dam. Watching for the pike run to start.

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    • SkunkedAgain
      Luckily we don't have large open areas of ice that break away, such as on Red Lake.   Stay safe and warm.
    • JerkinLips
      Earlier this morning it looked like Vermilion froze over last night but now I see open water on the Hibbing Point webcam.  The strong winds must have opened the lake back up.  Tonight the temps drop to single digits and the wind dies down by 5am so it will freeze over tonight.  Expecting 1-2" of snow on Friday with high winds so hopefully the snow will blow off the new ice.  Saturday-Thursday looks very cold with no more snow, so the main lake should get a solid freeze.  Some are ice fishing in Stuntz Bay already, and some braver than I may walk out from McKinley Park this weekend.  I'm going to wait until the end of next week to venture out, although it will be very cold.
    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the south end... Ice is forming, but other than some back bays, it isn't ready quite yet.  Mother Nature is on track.  Some resorts are making the prediction of December 10th for day houses being out, give or take, but at this point, this isn't set in stone and time will tell.  There are cold temps in the forecast and things look optimistic.  Many resorts and outfitters have been checking ice conditions.  When the time is right, resorts and outfitters will slowly and safely begin marking and grooming trails for ice travel.    Please remember, ice conditions vary greatly in different parts of the lake.  One ice road can have good ice that has been checked and marked while down the shoreline there may be ice not suitable for travel yet.  Work through resorts and outfitters on the ice and stay on the marked trails for safety. Anticipation is high as the walleye and sauger fishing this fall was good and fish were staged in good numbers along the south shore.   On the Rainy River...   Much of the Rainy River is frozen up.  Things are progressing but it certainly needs cold weather and some time. Ice conditions vary and on the river there is current, so much like the lake, we encourage visitors to work through a resort or outfitter for safety.   Up at the NW Angle... Ice is forming nicely and is right on track for this year's ice fishing season.  There has been no ice fishing yet as resorts are simply monitoring ice conditions at this time, waiting until the ice is thicker before marking trails and getting fish houses out. Fall fishing was excellent with walleyes in good numbers along with some monster pike being caught.  All indications point to good fishing when the ice is ready as the fish are there. Driving through Canada to reach the Angle no longer requires COVID vaccinations or the use of the ArriveCan App (which is optional).   For those looking to access the Angle while avoiding customs, there are few options.   1.  When ice conditions allow, the snowmobile trail will be groomed and staked from the south shore up to the Angle. 2.  The Lake of the Woods Passenger service provides round trip bombardier service across the lake.   3.  Lake Country Air provides air service to both the south end and NW Angle.    
    • Wanderer
    • leech~~
      Was just going to post this!  
    • Wanderer
      At least they can all say they were there early!  
    • SkunkedAgain
      I'm still hoping for a sunny warm-up to melt all of the existing snow off of the existing ice, and then an arctic blast. After that, I'm hoping for a giant walleye to hop out of the lake and filet itself before skinny dipping in some batter and then relaxing in a hot pan of oil in my kitchen.
    • gimruis
      I'm planning to go later this week.  There's fresh snow coming tomorrow too.
    • gimruis
      I would highly recommend not doodling around out there at night time either.  When those cracks form, the piece breaks off from the main sheet or the land and you are then caught "adrift" with no way back.   The bite is not as good as it normally is from what I have read either.  We're so used to hearing that "its on fire" for the early ice bite but that doesn't appear to be the case.
    • leech~~
      Well, a new report for today talked about cracks opening up and ice piling up!  Better check the night before you head up.  😕
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