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


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  • 'we have more fun' FishingMN Builders

Depends how much fishing you do. I would say 5 to 6 hours

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There is some great walleye holes as well

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Stopped in the park for few casts and got 3 smallies and a walleye all about 14 inches

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Look for the holes in the rum river they are holding fish. A friend of mine caught a musky, 12 northerns, 17 walleyes, 31 smallmouth, 2 large mouth, 3 crappies. He was using white twister tails on a orange jig head. This guy knows the river but he also if you see a creek coming in you better fish it.

He fished most of the morning

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Moose, maybe I should pay your buddy take me out.  We went out Saturday morning on the Rum in kayaks and didn't have any luck.  The water was muddy, presumably from the storm that went through Milaca the night before.  We started with finesse stuff like senkos and jigs and fished the back eddies, current breaks, etc. and got nothing. Switched to brighter, more aggressive baits like spinner baits, squarebills, chatterbaits and topwaters and still nothing. Had a couple followers and lost a couple at the boat, but they were small.

 

Went out with the intention of floating from Princeton to CR 7, but that would have taken way too long.  I think 3 1/2 to 4 hours in we were a quarter of the way there and that was with limited fishing.  Ended up turning around a paddling upstream back to Princeton, which sucked, but it would have taken us until dinner time to get to the CR 7 launch.    

 

I don't have fish finders on the kayaks and the water was murky enough that you couldn't tell if it was 3' or 12' feet in the middle of the channel. There is a TON of wood in the water, so much that it's hard to what's the best stuff to fish.  There was 2-3 spots you couldn't get through with a boat.  Downed trees completely blocked the river except for a small spot to squeak through with a kayak or canoe.  

 

Definitely a learning experience for us both.  If we ever go out again we will plan to fish a much smaller portion of the river and check water clarity before we launch.  It's a gorgeous stretch of river to fish or just to kayak.    

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  • 'we have more fun' FishingMN Builders

I just called him he was fishing some oxbow lakes that we know about.

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This rain is keeping the rum muddy.

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Well I am seeing tons of young turkeys. Looks like the geese had a heck of hatch as well. There are ducks around. Seen a few pheasants. There is a stud of a buck on county road 16 in the refuge. I am going to hunt for him. Seen a good number of bears as well. I have not been out fishing as my wife has a heck of list I have been working on.

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Went out to Elk Lake in Zimmerman on Saturday.  I'd never fished the lake before and didn't have a ton of time so we just flipped docks the whole morning. Probably caught 20 bass or so and got bit off twice by pike.  Most of the fish were on the smaller side with maybe a third of them over 15 inches.  Got one nice 20 1/2 that only hit 4-5 on the scale.  Caught fish on wacky rigged senkos, swim jigs and t-rigged plastics.  

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That is not to bad Juan. It might have not the best day for fishing

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Yeah, we were happy with it.  Some docks had 3-4 fish on them and others had none. Once you drill down which docks are good you can save a lot of time. Lots of docks on that lake. 

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6 hours ago, Juan Grande said:

Yeah, we were happy with it.  Some docks had 3-4 fish on them and others had none. Once you drill down which docks are good you can save a lot of time. Lots of docks on that lake. 

Yes there is. 

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Heads up people here in Princeton we got over 2.5 inches of rain in my rain gauge so far and north of here got the same or slightly more.

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Seeing I got laid off I am going fishing. My wife says go but Finn is not happy about this.

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On ‎8‎/‎6‎/‎2017 at 2:26 PM, monstermoose78 said:

Seeing I got laid off I am going fishing. My wife says go but Finn is not happy about this.

That sucks moose what were you doing at that job?

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4 hours ago, ZachD said:

That sucks moose what were you doing at that job?

I was helping other find jobs. I will find i job soon. I have been applying like crazy and I have been getting a lot of great leads from colleagues. 

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Crappies are biting on Lori Lake on the east side look for them surfacing.

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Strong crappie bite continues on Lori lake! Hearing of some walleyes on green being caught on the north west corner in 23-24 feet. Pike are crushing top water, spoons, and Minnow baits on most lakes. Remember to follow the rules for pike because pike over 30 inches help the health of the lake. 

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4 hours ago, gimruis said:

I'm new here.  I've been fishing the Rum a few times this summer and the smallmouth fishing has been fantastic.

Welcome to the site gimruis!! The rum is a great fishiery ! The top water bite is on and soon the frog bite will take off.

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The flocks of geese are now flying over my house in the morning and evening, but when this happens Finn gets all jacked up. Like right now he is nudging me and running pawing at the window. A few minutes earlier when the first gaggle few over I was going to change the laundry and Finn raced down and sat by gun safe  whining. 

Fishing reports have been great for crappies on the area lakes. Walleyes are not biting as well in lakes but when the rum is clearer that is the place to be.

Bears any no quota hunters this might be your year to get a bear around here. 

Deer seem to every where drive carefull. 

Seeing some ducks flying around. 

I have seen a few grouse and pheasants.

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Caught some gills this was the first one 

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My thumb was covered in slime and I could not get the phone to turn on most of the time

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geese are around in good numbers.

deer seem to be every where so drive safe. 

Turkeys well they had a heck of a hatch.

pheasants are doing ok seeing a few. 

Fishing has been hit or miss every where. 

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I went back to the Rum on Sunday afternoon and floated it for about 4 hours.  My Father and I landed 23 smallmouth and 2 pike.  I caught two 18.5 inchers and a 19 1/4 inch smallmouth.  Here's one of them.

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    • gimruis
      I went fishing for the final time this season yesterday.  It was not very good.  Its the latest I've fished in a season for many years though because its been so warm out.   I decided not to duck hunt again this season based on the lack of success I've had in recent years.  By the reports I've heard locally, I made the right decision.   Between a full time job, yard work, going to the gym, and being a responsible Father/Husband, I don't get as much time to do what I want to anymore.  That's just the reality of it.  Sometimes I regret the decisions I've made on that, but now I'm stuck with it and its a necessary evil.  Retirement is still 20+ years away.  But I did go fishing 31 times this past season and I'm taking the whole week off to deer hunt.  After deer hunting I'll be pheasant hunting until the end of the year.   I'm grateful for my health and my mental ability that allow me to continue to do the things I enjoy, albeit not as much as I used to.   I try to post on here when I have successful days of fishing or hunting.  Sometimes it seems like the only fishing updates for weeks on end come from Vermilion.
    • smurfy
      🤣 neighbors don't bow hunt and they might just get a deer iffin a deer happens to run over them.😉   Thanks!!👍
    • Wanderer
      Is that that little guy at the feeder with the cr*ppy rack?    Your neighbor got the ‘tirdy pointer last weekend with his bow. 😉😝   Good luck Smurfy!
    • smurfy
      To the original intent of the post, I fished about 10 days ago and now done. Time to play with guns. Got the home front and cabin pretty much all set up for winter. Next up go get dat turdy pointer.
    • smurfy
      I hear ya bud, just pulling your chain a bit .😉
    • smurfy
      My in-laws used to live just down from morning star. They weren't on the lake but they supposedly had access to the lake near morning star, some lake easement for residents living on the opposite side of the lake.
    • deanbaron1990
      One last morning on the water this past Saturday before we took the docks and lifts out in the afternoon. Trolled the Morning Star bay for crappies. It was slow with just 2 or 3 crappies, although they were big ones. We could have kept them but chose to release. Also got a couple of northerns. I got skunked but my girlfriend got a good size northern. Biggest fish that any of the four of us caught on Saturday.
    • leech~~
      Well, actually going on family life expectancy.  Not many man on my dad's side made it past their late 60's.  On the other hand my wife's side most lived to late 80's into 90's.  So again, I really don't want to leave me wife in an area she is unfamiliar with or know anyone.  If she should pass away before me for some unknown reason.  Yes, they will find me dead in a cabin in the woods. 
    • ozzie
      Well I had to go north this weekend with the predicted weather and boy did it not disappoint!   What a great weekend of perfect weather!!  Hit up Gull Lake Saturday afternoon equipped with a dozen lite pike minnows and a plan to move until we graphed fish and move if they don't bite.  First stop we searched and found one spot with bait balls and a few fish but nothing was biting so we went searching.  Searched alot of ground over the next hour and half and didn't mark a fish, so we went back to the spot with fish marked and as we pulled up there was one boat right on the spot...catching a fish!!  We trolled around with this boat exchanging information and catching fish for the next 2 hours.  We ended up catching 9 throwing back a 25" and keeping 8 from 13" up to 23" that was gut hooked.  Fished in 20-32' of water using lindy rigs with lite pike minnows.  Some fish we would give a lot of line to and they would have the bait swallowed and other times we would give line and find the hook just barely in the lip!  Missed a lot of hook sets but could not beat what was possibly the last fishing trip of the year for me...GOOD LUCK 
    • ozzie
      I have been gearing up getting ready to walk again after 10 weeks!  I have been lucky enough to get out fishing a few times and can't wait to get out in the deer stand...bad thing is I have a basketball tournament for my 4th grade son on opening weekend of deer season and I am the coach!  Oh well I have used enough patience getting this far, what are another few days!  Otherwise not much for me to do...
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