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Spearfishing - Where are you now?


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Neighbor_guy

Sorry to hear your laid up Gordy. I will admit, after I got the trailer home today the little voice in my head said "just go to the lake anyways, MJ will get you into somebody's house" winkwink

There's always next time.

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I got a DL Smithing spear this weekend. 

Thanks MJ - you too.   I finally got a hole cut yesterday.  No luck while exploring a new lake but at least it got the blood flowing again.   Plus I got to swim the last two Grumpy

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Sorry to hear your laid up Gordy. I will admit, after I got the trailer home today the little voice in my head said "just go to the lake anyways, MJ will get you into somebody's house" winkwink

There's always next time.

Not worried about it, I'll get my turn soon enough.

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I went out after work this morning. Did a lot of staring and that was about it. I wish this weather would even out for a few days straight.

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Its going to even out COLD, COLD and COLDER. What more could you ask for in early January smile

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Its going to even out COLD, COLD and COLDER. What more could you ask for in early January smile

Is it cold down south too?

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I must have bumped the sights on my spear, because I missed a nice little eater. :-)

Sham I have a spare spear scope and a bore sighter that I can your spear back to hitting the Pikes eye in no time. whistlegrin

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Neighbor_guy

I'm right here today...

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And I can honestly say I have never seen this lake so dirty....

But I'll give it a go.

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Option b was to drive up there. But I was hoping to sight fish some sunfish and it's normally easy to do here. But I see milfoil and algae here this year instead of clear water and cabbage. Next weekend "option b" will move to the front if the line.

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Option b was to drive up there. But I was hoping to sight fish some sunfish and it's normally easy to do here. But I see milfoil and algae here this year instead of clear water and cabbage. Next weekend "option b" will move to the front if the line.

You aren't missing out on much up here. I was taking a pic to show clarity and that one wandered through. That's been it.

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But I see milfoil and algae here this year instead of clear water and cabbage.

this may be a dumb question but I'm trying to get a feel for how the plant life effects water clarity

are lakes infested with milfoil murkier because of the milfoil?

is cabbage a native plant and does it make the water clearer?

do the same effects happen with the water in the summer?

thanks in advance for any info

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Saw some pike in the last 3 days. Took a 31" and passed on some. Saw a 3# eye cruise thru at midday about a foot under the ice(sneaky guy). Lots of algae. Waiting for some cleaner aqua.

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this may be a dumb question but I'm trying to get a feel for how the plant life effects water clarity

are lakes infested with milfoil murkier because of the milfoil?

is cabbage a native plant and does it make the water clearer?

do the same effects happen with the water in the summer?

thanks in advance for any info

Not sure this will help Stick, but the last three years the lake I live off of has been very dirty and it has milfoil that has bee sprayed the summer before it got dirty. The 5 years prior to that the lake was clear, and it had the milfoil, but it was clear until later in the season then it would cloud up to the point you couldn't see about 1.5 ft down that was the first couple years, then it got crystal clear for a few years then back to the three years ago when they sprayed for it.

Hope that makes sence. crazy

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thanks Gordy

I guess what you're saying is that when they do a spray on the milfoil it makes the water dirty later in the year?

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Yes..

When milfoil is alive it cleans the water...

when it dies; it is an excellent source of nutrients for algae and other things that cloud the water up.

-Merk

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When Milfoil is allowed to run its normal life cycle, it dies off in the fall. The decay of the milfoil supports a late algae bloom that is not always cleared up by ice up. Lakes that spray in the summer can get in front of that bloom a little bit.

The lake I was on yesterday is known for having gin clear water. Winter visibility of 20+ feet in most years. This year, 4.5-5' max and very green/brown, it was kind of sad. I never saw a fish, any fish, no sunnies, no bass, no pike, nothing. Most of the time I can cut a spear hole and sight fish panfish all day long.

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If I don't get a call to work tomorrow I think ill head to the spear house and see how many feet of ice I have in my hole.

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The wife came with today hoping to spear her first fish she didn't have to wait long but she missed a really nice mid 30s hopefully the luck turns around

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I'm going to head out and load up the house and move it to a different lake today.

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I'm hoping to get out to Green lake today if I don't kill myself removing the snow we got mad

I removed my house from the lake you were on MJ, earlier this past week.Oh and left you and arch a present grinsick

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    • Oohfersuure
      I would explore helical footings.  Why not? Below is a company I’ve worked with. Not sure if they work up north or if they know someone that does? They are knowledgeable, a phone call should do er’ and see what you can find out. Good luck!   https://goliathtechmn.com/
    • eyeguy 54
      I just look at pics 😁😂😉
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      Remind me to bring tums!! Lol
    • Rick G
      ice is still looking good, have roughly 24inces give or take a little. Cats have been kinda tough to find in any real numbers. I have done a bit of scouting this week.  I think I might have an area pinned down that has activity... Will do a bit more scouting this weekend and into next week.   Will Have  The location posted by Mid week for sure.  Will also keep monitoring ice conditions.
    • Rick G
      Well, might as well add some details to Royce's pics...lol With the longer days and warming weather pattern this week.  We have started to see more quality fish moving shallow to take advantage of the food and cover skinny water provides. Panfish start to move out from the basins during late winter to feed on the insects that become more active as the days get longer and warmer. There is also more oxygen available due to the weeds starting to grow again.     We have been finding more quality fish showing up in the 8-12 ft areas close to the greenest thickest weed available.  Insect type baits  like the p3 spug, the chigger fry and mayfly rigged on 3-4mm tungsten jigs have been working best.
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      Never been there in may but early to mid June has provided lots of great memories!
    • JerkinLips
      Have fished 15 hours the last yesterday and today without catching a walleye. Y store only had crappie minnows and Fuel and Food had no minnows Thursday morning when I came up so I had to fish with the crappie minnows. My fish house neighbor caught 3 walleyess yesterday morning on pike suckers so I went back into town to get some after bait was delivered. Didn't help. I have only caught four 15" tulibee and a 12" perch. Switching to lake trout the rest of the weekend. 34" of ice. Gas sugar barely made it through. McKinley Park landing has a lot of water on the plowed road as you enter the lake. The Ice Castles may have a hard time getting off the lake this weekend. Good luck if you venture out and be careful.
    • gimruis
      I haven't got mine either.  But I don't intend to fish again until there's open water.  Carry on Bob
    • smurfy
      awe man............🤧😪 nice.................👍
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