Jump to content
  • GUESTS

    If You  want access  to member only forums on FM, You will need to Sign-in or  Sign-Up now .

    This box will disappear once you are signed in as a member.

  • Connect, BE BRAVE - We Share Fishing Reports & Outdoor Information Here

       
       "Post Your Thoughts" - Leave YOUR mark, make each place you visit "a little better"! Post please......

      Join the Minnesota Fishing Report Club, where only club members see what is shared. Just 99 cents to join. Click here please.

      Because you want others to share great outdoor information with you!!!! Share what you 'love about your area'.

      EMOJI those posts you 'appreciate, please.'

      Have Fun!!!

monstermoose78

Moose's Report - Cambridge-Elk River-Foley-Milaca-Mora-Ogilvie Fishing Reports

Recommended Posts

Fishing Frenzy

Great Fish! To bad about the Walleye.:)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
monstermoose78

It's ok I would have tossed it back

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Kelly Oman

Nice job moose!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
eyeguy 54

Good to see you got out there finally moose. go get em !

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
monstermoose78

Thinking I should try a night bite soon? That would allow for me to find sh during the week.

  • Thumbs Up 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
monstermoose78

The night bite is being kind to me should have got more fatheads

  • Thumbs Up 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
river rat316

Dammit .... Knew I should have gotten out there

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
monstermoose78

Moose wins!! @river rat316

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
monstermoose78

 Live update fishing the edge of a drop off from 6 to 8 feet of water along the line. Catching lots of little bluegills and a few small crappies.missed one northern pike and hit my Sucker minnow under my float. there is about 16 inches of ice and I drove my truck out

IMG_0791.JPG

IMG_0792.JPG

IMG_0793.JPG

IMG_0794.JPG

IMG_0798.JPG

IMG_0799.JPG

IMG_0800.JPG

  • Thumbs Up 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
monstermoose78

Got one pike

IMG_0802.JPG

  • Thumbs Up 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Fishing Frenzy

Nice pike! Tryed your pug bug jig today moose and it worked really well!

  • Thumbs Up 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
monstermoose78

It is a great jig 

  • Thumbs Up 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Fishing Frenzy

Yeah they hammered it! Yesterday had a bigger jig on and they just sucked on it and I missed a lot. Put that on and caught nearly every bite I had.

  • Thumbs Up 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
monstermoose78
12 minutes ago, Fishing Frenzy said:

Yeah they hammered it! Yesterday had a bigger jig on and they just sucked on it and I missed a lot. Put that on and caught nearly every bite I had.

That is great to hear keep up great fishing 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Jplante

Driving trucks out on basically every lake now? I have only been to Leech and Mille Lacs so far, hoping to hit metro lakes on sunday with the wife and 2 year old

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
monstermoose78

Most lakes are between 10 and 15 inches

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Jplante

ok, thanks moose

 

  • Thumbs Up 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
MJ1657
On 1/8/2017 at 7:10 PM, monstermoose78 said:

Got one pike

IMG_0802.JPG

Looks like its been eating well. 

  • Thumbs Up 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
monstermoose78

Yeah it had big bump in its belly but it was released

10 hours ago, MJ1657 said:

Looks like its been eating well. 

 

  • Thumbs Up 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
monstermoose78

My old man met me on the lake today and I showed him I am a skilled angler! lol we had a great fish fry!

IMG_0815.JPG

My old man only added one crappie and 5 gills to the bunch

  • Thumbs Up 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
monstermoose78

For details fished 18 to 21 feet of water away from the city on ice. The bait that the fish preferred was again the smallest pug bug with black maki mino or white. Red, watermelon, shiner, and pink did not work. The snitch was able to detect the lightest bites as my dad was use a blue ice noodle and was not having any luck. Once I got my dad to switch to one my meat rigs it was game on. He was using a older st. croix legend with white custom jigs spins 3mm tungsten jig. He was adding a waxworm and caught a few fish but I was still out fishing him 10 to 1 or more. I did get 8 gills over 9 inches which was great to see for this lake. 

  • Thumbs Up 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
monstermoose78

Can't wait to get out fishing to relax and only think about catching fish.

  • Thumbs Up 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Cret Jigs

Hey Moose ... what size Pug Bug do you typically use?  Smaller or bigger on your locale lake? ;)  also, do you use the xl maki minnow or the smaller regular one?  For Crappies, noticed that the xl seems to catch bigger fish but not as much quantity?  Curious about your thoughts?

 

Cret

  • Thumbs Up 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
monstermoose78

I use all 3 sizes of pug bugs. I should up size more but the gills don't like the xl mino as much. With the medium sized pug bug I use the whole maki mino the 1 inch one. With the small pug bug I pinch off some of the body to help with short strikes. 

 

Yesterday I was out scouting for the get together to find us some productive water or spots. Fishing not easy I caught some gills, bass, crappies, and pike. Thinking I need to look for some less pressured areas of the lake. I would moved around the lake but the wind was killing me. So I set up the shack and fished. I did not get as many photos as I thought I took.

IMG_0822.JPG

IMG_0823.JPG

I took photos of the bass and crappies but I must not have saved them

I took photos of the bass and crappies but I must not have saved them

I took photos of the bass and crappies but I must not have saved them

  • Thumbs Up 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
monstermoose78

Went up north today with @eyeguy 54 and we found plenty of ice if the access would have been better we would have driven out. We fished hard as both of us have similar fishing styles. We jump hole to hole picking off the aggressive fish with plastics. The wind did not do us any favors but we still caught a good number of fish. If eyeguy took photos maybe he will post em. Thank you eyeguy for the call I wanted to get out fishing today. 

IMG_0867.JPG

IMG_0868.JPG

IMG_0869.JPG

  • Thumbs Up 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
eyeguy 54

fun time on new ice. :)  no pics today. I was lazy...  lol 

  • Thumbs Up 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Cret Jigs

Might be available to tag along or to meet somewhere ... (thinking its north somewhere)

  • Thumbs Up 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
monstermoose78

Went fishing with @river rat316. Fished about 10 feet of water. Caught many gills from 5 to 9 inches. River rat caught a great large mouth. I caught fair number of crappies a couple dandies. I am going to miss ice fishing until next time.

  • Thumbs Up 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.




  • Similar Content

    • knoppers
      By knoppers
      2020 Current Fishing Reports - Click Here. Show us your pics. 
       
      thought I should start this topic up for the up coming ice season. with the recent warm weather, it may be a another week or more for safe ice travel. please be safe out there.
    • Joe
      By Joe
      2020 Brainerd-Aitkin-McGregor Fishing Reports - Click Here. Show us your pics. 
       
      Lot of nice fishing reports and lake information follow..
       
      The top Brainerd area fishing guides are posting in this report as well.
       
      Have fun and feel free to ask questions.
       
       
       
    • klw
      By klw
      Current Brainerd Fishing Reports - Click Here.  Show us your pics. 
       
      On Sunday I was able to enjoy some of the hot summer bite on Gull Lake. Just so happens that I has sharing my enjoyment with a local guide and his three customers. Me and my son in a three hour time period were able to catch and release about 35-40 walleyes. Of these 35-40 we caught 3 that were longer than 13". I was a little dissapointed to watch the boat next to me keep limits of these 10 and 11 inch walleyes. I understand the need to make clients happy but I sure hope that this is not the norm.
    • WalleyeSnob
      By WalleyeSnob
      Current Brainerd Fishing Reports - Click Here.  Show us your pics.
       
      My parents are looking at buying a cabin on north long lake
      I have not heard a lot about the walleye fishing there. Do any of you guys fish this lake at all or know much about it??
      Also if you could rate the top 5 walleye lakes in the brainerd area for me.
      We are also looking on Gull and Pelican.
      Your help would be greatly appreciated
      thanks
    • ANYFISH2
      By ANYFISH2
      Current Brainerd Fishing Reports - Click Here. Show us your pics. 
       
      Made it out last night for the first time.  Hit Shamineau for the evening bite.  Fished 21 ft water, about 15 yrds out from the milfoil edge.  Fish marked regularly from 4:15 till 6:30.  7 fish caught and probably 10 misses, first time out give me break!  Most of the walleyes were small with 2 14" fish put in the bucket.
      Minnows under a bobber with a plain hook or a white jig caught all the fish and bites.  Nothing on spoons.
       Ice conditions: we had a consistent 9" of very good ice on Shamineau.  Large houses are out on the far west side.
       
      Lake Alex has fisherman on most of the community spots with four wheels being used.  On the east end ice is good ranging from 8 to a little of 11".
       
      Have not been on Fish Trap, however, Action Dock Service has warned that there is an large open area on the west side of Big Island as of yesterday.
       
      Please be aware that Alex, Shamineau and Crookneck have many aerators in use all around these lakes for shorline protection.  Be very aware of what is in front of you, especially at night.
       
      Good luck.
    • GunDr
      By GunDr
      Current Brainerd Fishing Reports - Click Here. Show us your pics. 
       
      Since I've found this site 4 yrs ago, I just don't remember anyone mentioning fishing Ole Miss. in this area.
      I do see a few ice shacks set up during the winter months just north of Brainerd, apparently panfishing.
      Are there crappies to be found, maybe some smallies?
    • Rick
      By Rick
      Current Brainerd Fishing Reports- Click Here.  Show us your pics. 
       
      Here's how things are looking on the chain...
       
       
    • early007
      By early007
      Current Brainerd Fishing Reports - Click Here. Show us your pics!
       
      With open water angling only a week away I'm starting to get the itch for shore fishing crappies. When they first come into the shallows it can be one after another. That first fish fry of the year sure tastes great. Many of you have your favorite spots to catch the big ones. Here at the bait shop people are always asking for good spots to catch a few from shore. Here are a few of my favorites to get you pointed in the right direction.
      Gull Lake
      1. Bar Harbor- Excellant spring fishing off the boat docks. One of the top spots in the area. Tends to be crowded when the fishing is on. Get there early in the morning!
      2. Green Lake at Maddens- Small bay on the left side as you enter Maddens Resort complex. About 100 yards of public fishing along shore. One of my all time favorites since I was a kid. Crappies, Bluegills, or Bass you never know what you will catch.
      3. The Ditch- It is a drainage ditch in a pasture that leads into Gull. Located about a 1/4 mile off of the Gull Dam Rd. on the corner as you head towards Ernies Bar and Grill. It can be very good early in the spring as it will hold the warmest water Gull has to offer. Later in the spring it is full of Largemouth Bass and Rock Bass.
      North Long
      1. 371 Bay- Don't overlook this diamond in the rough as you drive by. If you time it right this shoreline can offer the best angling the lakes area has to offer. April and May offer a good Panfish and Bass bite later on as the water warms the bay becomes very weedy. Tremendous Bass fishing in the summer. I've caught many 1 pound plus crappies on this stretch of shoreline.
      Pelican
      1. Breezy Point Docks- Similar to the Bar Harbor docks on Gull. When the fish are biting Breezy can be a very popular site. Nice crappies can be caught anywhere among the extensive dock system. The #1 shore fishing spot on Pelican.
      Whitefish Chain
      1. Bertha Boatworks- A small bay within the marina with public fishin from their docks. It can be very good depending on the water levels. In higher water years the crappies pack into the small bay. Sometimes so thick you will see their fins sticking out of the water. Easy pickins with a small bobber and a small crappie minnow.

      There are plenty more hot spots for the shore angler but these are a few to get you started. Some of my best crappie fishing of the year comes from these spots. For all your crappie fishing needs such as lively minnows, worms, plastic tails, or a few more of my hot spots stop in. We'll set you up to catch the big ones. Have a nice day!
      Jason Erlandson
       
    • IceHawk
      By IceHawk
      Now that we have some nice new fresh snow on Lakes I thought I would give out a little trick of mine that I use when Walleye fishing all winter if there's snow on ice . . This works with ATVS, Snowmobiles, and Trucks. Most of us have summer setups electronics  in our boats. Why not take advantage of them in winter. Before putting your boat away for summer pull one of your Locators off if GPS compatible and mount it on a Blue box  suction cup for Truck or Ram mount on ATV  or Snowmobile. If you don't have a chip buy a lake master, lake insight or Navionics. Whatever is sufficient for your brand of electronics. Next get a game plan together on your depths  you want to fish according to the  ice period your fishing early mid late winter.  Go out to a lake after a nice fresh snowfall and basically follow the break lines points etc with your mode of transportation just like you would in your boat. Once you have laid a path out on your depth go back and cut holes in your trucks wheel tracks saves piles of time and keeps you on a designated depth you are targeting saveing lots of time. Right now I have my Lowrance Elite 7 mounted on a suction cup on windshield in my truck. When I get on a lake and want to fish a underwater point I will first decide on depths I intend to fish  set my course to follow that depth keeping constant eyes on my electronics to stay on that depth just like I was in my boat. First I will start  off close to the  shoreline and follow that depth   to tip around tip back to  opposite shoreline. Staying exactly on depths I want to fish, Walk out stand back and look at your trail in fresh snow you will see exactly how that piece of structure is laid out. It shows obvious knobs,  tip of point inside corners etc. . Then go out with your auger and pound a series of holes every 15 foot or so in your vehicles wheel tracks all the way around your trail, as they will be right on the depths you want to target. . Next I Ice troll all these holes during day giving each hole only a minimal amount of time  before moveing on, until I hook a fish or two. The location hooking of active fish useally dictates where I want to be setup before prime time to capitalize on that prime bite.  This technique has proven itself for me over and over on many lakes. Works like a charm on the Millacs mudflats. or if you want to target the edge of a nice weed line. 
    • Joe
      By Joe
      2020 Bemidji Fishing Reports - Click Here.  Show us your pics!
       
      Fishing Reports for the Bemidji are a below? Lake Conditions and Access as well?
      Enjoy posting how the fishing is going for you and include Pics if you'd like.
      Lots of great info below and newer fishing reports are on the pages that follow.
       
  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • mrpike1973
      Thanks EricO!!
    • Dave S
      Based on what I've found, the Navionics app on a phone only gets you within 100 feet. The triangulation off cell towers will be nowhere near as accurate as a gps. It's still helpful but it requires drilling a few more holes to get on any given structure accurately.
    • IceHawk
      Yes and I have it  on my phone use it occasionally walking out  as many do.  You could put it on a kindle or a  tablet and it also would work.,   but I honestly don't think there as accurate  But this may just be my opinion and I may be wrong.  How many guides charter captions rely on the safety of there clients with a phone? There's a reason why they run top GPS plotters accuracy.  I can tell you from experience some lakes are not mapped by Navionics well and are inaccurate.  Some lakes are  way better mapped detailed and accurate with a Lake Master or Lake insight chip. So having multiple options is key depending on the lakes you fish.  Try comparing  your phone accuracy to a GPS chip on a Top quality Lowrance Humminbird  or other GPS system.  Set a waypoint and use the two to your destination and you might surprise yourself the phones accuracy to spot on spot.. Another negative way to small for me to see driving, Ill utilize the locators on the boat. Kind of makes sense when there are 4 of them on there to pull one off and get some multi use out of it. 
    • delcecchi
      You could put navionics app on phone and do same thing.  
    • Wanderer
      Drove out today with my truck with the plow on. Checked ice as I went.  12 inches of clear ice covered by 4-5 inches of frozen slush.  Never heard a crack but who could in the wind?!   Plenty of trucks pulling large wheel houses out so I went home and got my little hard side house to finally put out.  Drilled some holes, marked a few fish, pushed the snow off the spot for the house and set it down.  Very few fish marked after that and only one caught.  The skid house blues but at least it was warm and comfy in that gale.  We’ll try for a reset tomorrow.
    • leech~~
      Been doing this for years on my sled. 👍
    • IceHawk
      Now that we have some nice new fresh snow on Lakes I thought I would give out a little trick of mine that I use when Walleye fishing all winter if there's snow on ice . . This works with ATVS, Snowmobiles, and Trucks. Most of us have summer setups electronics  in our boats. Why not take advantage of them in winter. Before putting your boat away for summer pull one of your Locators off if GPS compatible and mount it on a Blue box  suction cup for Truck or Ram mount on ATV  or Snowmobile. If you don't have a chip buy a lake master, lake insight or Navionics. Whatever is sufficient for your brand of electronics. Next get a game plan together on your depths  you want to fish according to the  ice period your fishing early mid late winter.  Go out to a lake after a nice fresh snowfall and basically follow the break lines points etc with your mode of transportation just like you would in your boat. Once you have laid a path out on your depth go back and cut holes in your trucks wheel tracks saves piles of time and keeps you on a designated depth you are targeting saveing lots of time. Right now I have my Lowrance Elite 7 mounted on a suction cup on windshield in my truck. When I get on a lake and want to fish a underwater point I will first decide on depths I intend to fish  set my course to follow that depth keeping constant eyes on my electronics to stay on that depth just like I was in my boat. First I will start  off close to the  shoreline and follow that depth   to tip around tip back to  opposite shoreline. Staying exactly on depths I want to fish, Walk out stand back and look at your trail in fresh snow you will see exactly how that piece of structure is laid out. It shows obvious knobs,  tip of point inside corners etc. . Then go out with your auger and pound a series of holes every 15 foot or so in your vehicles wheel tracks all the way around your trail, as they will be right on the depths you want to target. . Next I Ice troll all these holes during day giving each hole only a minimal amount of time  before moveing on, until I hook a fish or two. The location hooking of active fish useally dictates where I want to be setup before prime time to capitalize on that prime bite.  This technique has proven itself for me over and over on many lakes. Works like a charm on the Millacs mudflats. or if you want to target the edge of a nice weed line. 
    • Rick
      Lakes in the Bemidji area are covered with deep snow, patches of slush and thin ice in many areas. In other words, this year has some of the worst ice conditions in recent memory.   January in Minnesota is consistently the coldest month of the year. The short days and long nights usually combine to create the longest stretches of cold weather of the year.   With these things in mind, there is colder weather on the way. The extended forecast is predicting highs most days in the single digits or low teens, and lows most nights close to or slightly below zero.   This is not the bitter cold Minnesota is known for having in January, but it is cold enough to start freezing some of the slush on the lakes. This is a slow process, so don’t expect the ice conditions on the lakes to improve right away.   Anyone paying attention during the weekend may have noticed many large pickup trucks pulling double-axle fish houses in parking lots all over town. Many of these people didn’t call ahead to a resort or bait store to check the ice conditions. When they got here, they found out they couldn't get on the lakes with their big fish houses.   One look at the lack of fish houses on Lake Bemidji speaks volumes about the ice conditions. By this time of the year, there are usually houses all over most lakes, with little cities on the ice close to the public accesses.   Not this year. The same story of thin ice and deep snow is being repeated all over Northern Minnesota.   Anglers with snowmobiles or other vehicles with tracks have the best chance to access the most lakes, but there is still a good chance of getting stuck, no matter what anglers are driving. Anything with wheels needs to stay on the plowed roads. The resorts are trying to expand their roads as soon as the ice conditions allow it. They are trying their best to accommodate as many anglers as possible, while still keeping things safe. Remember to thank the people who provide you access to the lakes. Don’t complain and have unrealistic expectations just because you paid an access fee.   The lake with the best ice conditions is Lake of the Woods, but this observation is not a secret. The lake with the most fishing pressure right now is also Lake of the Woods, with people from all over the state flocking to the best ice conditions in the state.   The increased fishing pressure on Lake of the Woods will probably continue all winter, or at least until more lakes have better ice conditions, to give anglers more choices. This is going to take a while, even under the best case scenarios for freezing slush.   Upper Red Lake got hit hard in the last storm, along with the rest of the Bemidji area. Virtually all of the roads on the lakes got filled with snow and had to be completely redone. There is slush around most fish houses and traffic on the lakes is still being limited by most resorts.   Anglers planning to fish Upper Red Lake should call ahead or check the social media pages for updates, or they might end up parked in a parking lot, instead of on the ice.   Anglers can get into some lakes with a snowmobile or vehicle with tracks. Use the buddy system, constantly check the ice thickness and have a shovel and a tow strap with you to be prepared for the possibility of getting stuck.   Many anglers are staying home or renting a fish house on Lake of the Woods or Upper Red Lake, instead of trying to do things on their own.   Vikings fans have at least one more weekend of football, and the possibility for more if the team keeps winning. This should give people something else to do on the weekends while they wait for better ice conditions.   Current Minnesota Fishing Reports - Click Here. SHOW US YOUR PICS!   Report on January 8th, 2020 by: Paul A. Nelson runs the Bemidji Area Lakes Guide Service. Guided fishing trips for 2020 and the rest of 2019 can be booked by phone or text at 218-760-7751 or by email at [email protected]
    • IceHawk
      Ice trolling for sure. If there is a low oxygen problem in the lake there wont be after I get done.  😁 I guess I like to put my stuff through the test. I can definitely give a honest opinion on quality after a winter of use. If it holds up to some of the abuse I Put it through it gets a thumbs up 👍 No weak links saved here 😂
    • IceHawk
      Brother in Law was out on Little Mary last week caught a bunch of small gills but not many respectable ones. I know the crappies are normally good size but he said they didn't catch many of them.   
×
×
  • Create New...