• 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.

  • WE CREATE LONG TERM, MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS IN HERE ... PLEASE JOIN US.

    You know what we all love...

    RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE
    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

loki

South turtle

Recommended Posts

loki

Fished south turtle near underwood on friday pm, numerous small perch no gills or crappies seen.  Puzzling.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
monstermoose78

It happens I went to osakis this winter and got one gill all day

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Fishing Frenzy

Not familiar with Sourh Turtle but to Moose's point Osakis had a ton of very nice sunfish and the Lake had heavy fishing pressure for 3 years and they fished a lot of them out. Takes a few years to get them back.

Edited by Fishing Frenzy
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
monstermoose78

I fished south turtle. Some days they don't bite. I normally can do well on crappies and gills but turtle is a good lake. Osakis is too they were there just not biting

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
IceHawk

Frenzy I have to agree with you on your observation of Osakis. In the last two years  Ive noticed the decline of the big gills in there. Unfortunately what hurt was those couple years the bite was on fire and selective harvest wasn't being practiced and unfortunately the effect is being seen. Good thing is there are a lot of small 4-6 inch gills comeing up just may take a couple years to fill the niche again. The crappies on the other hand WOW.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Fishing Frenzy

Yep there are still a few nice gills in there but not nearly as many as there once were. I am interested to see how much longer the crappies can handle this fishing pressure. Saw an article in the paper last year that estimated they fished 1 million crappies out of there 2 winters ago. If that's true that's an insane amount even for how many people were out there.

 

 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
IceHawk

There definitely is a good population of Pies in there and a few year classes that really look good for the future. . Good thing is a lot of the Pies tend to stay in the main lake in the winter and are a lot less pressured, other than two years ago when they found the big schools in town bay. :(Fished Big O a good amount this winter and noticed the schools weren't as thick but the size was a lot better than years past so this definitely signals to me that the numbers are down some. What I would like to see is some restricitons put on the panfish in this lake, If not I'm afraid in a couple years that the trophy potential of Big Owill be a thing of the past.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Fishing Frenzy

Agreed, if they were to put in down to a limit of 10 or 15 less people would go up there but I doubt the DNR will do that. They may have to start doing that statewide. Once word gets out on a hot bite on a lake there is a ton of people out there. I wouldn't be against a lower limit of sunfish because all I need I is 4 or 5 for a meal.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Tom Sawyer

A size limit and also closing down prime spawning grounds to fishing until bass opener, or later, would do wonders to protecting the resource. Why anyone needs to eat large male gills is ridiculous. See it in a local lake that has great potential, if these fish were left alone, to spawn, and then to protect the nests of the very genes that make big gills. Go figure.

 

Lower limits usually promotes keeping larger fish.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Fishing Frenzy

Agreed. Over 9 inches I throw back don't even taste as good as the smaller ones, but you have those people that keep those big ones and it just ruins the lakes.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ANYFISH2
13 minutes ago, Tom Sawyer said:

A size limit and also closing down prime spawning grounds to fishing until bass opener would do wonders to protecting the resource. Why anyone needs to eat large male gills is ridiculous. See it in a local lake that has great potential, if these fish were left alone, to spawn, and then to protect the nests of the very genes that make big gills

Not sure what part of the state you fish most?  In the lakes i fish in central and north central minnesota panfish are rarely even started to spawn by bass opener. 

Agree with your thoughts,  just not the timing.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
monstermoose78

People think gills and crappies spawn earlier than they do. First they go into the shallows to feed. This when fishing is to easy, but so much fun. It has been 20 some years sense I fished bedded gills. I think I was 16 or so. I was taught the damage I can do during this time. When I see beds I stop fishing for them. I explain to everyone why we need to release them big bull gills. I do believe in having fish mounted, but eat them 7-8 inch gills

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Tom Sawyer

As I stated, "bass opener, or later", don't understand why my quote in your post Anyfish2 is different. Anyway, how about "protection of spawning grounds". This practice is nothing new for Largemouth, and ironically has been implemented on Lake Osakis. Even if prime Bluegill spawning areas were protected from people who pluck off, large, very skinny males, from protecting their nests, that would benefit most lakes.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
monstermoose78

Bljuegills also spawn multiple times in a year. We normally only see the earliest spawn because the beds are easy to see, but when the gills spawn in deeper water we don't see the beds

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • Wanderer
      Welcome to the site @eg_gophers2124 I have never even seen the lake but these screen shots might help. Navionics Judging by the Lake Finder report, it’s a super clear lake; 17-20 foot clarity but with plenty of weeds. A couple shots of the weed report. Starting from scratch, I would head to the southwest area.  The southern basin has better looking structure too. You might do well simply working edges of the emergent weeds with spinnerbaits in low light and weedless frogs or spoons up in the weeds when it gets to be mid day.  Crawler under a slip bobber on the weed edges could do well also. It’s purely guessing on my part.  Hopefully someone with experience on the lake will chime in. Good luck!
    • Mike89
      walked that creek to the river many years!!!  again home area!!!!  
    • Rick
      Bring your spinning rod and fish for walleyes or white bass at the confluence. Wherever the river is pounding the shoreline fish the current breaks for big flatties. Heavy fiberglass rod with a sturdy baitcaster and 50 lb power pro line will be effective. Fish the head of snags for channels. Setup just like a Lindy rig for them with 1 oz to 5 oz no roll sinker and a big live bait like a 7" bullhead or even larger sucker for flatties. Use cut strips of bait off a large sucker or something similar. Frogs can be good too. Have fun.
    • ifishwalleye
      Thank you Vermilliongold. This took care of the problem. 
    • eg_gophers2124
      Yes it is open. It is $7.00 this year. It is a nice access and I use it every time instead of one of the public accesses. It is on Hwy 24 & county rd 39. It is a little old lady that owns it and collects the money. There is a bucket and notepad to write your plate number on if she isn't home.
    • eg_gophers2124
      We have rented a cabin on Sylvan Lake between Pillager and Brainerd for the family this weekend. My 13 year old really would like to find some bass and pike. I have never fished the lake and don't fish for bass or pike often, does anyone have a fishing report and tips of what depth/lures to use? We do have a boat to get around the lake.  TIA
    • Rick
      Lake is connected to two others with zebra mussels The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a report of a zebra mussel in East Loon Lake in Otter Tail County. East Loon Lake is between and connected to East Spirit Lake and Sybil Lake, both of which were confirmed as having zebra mussels in 2016.  A lake user contacted the DNR after finding a single adult zebra mussel in East Loon Lake, which DNR specialists confirmed through photos and the specimen itself. No additional zebra mussels were found during a follow-up survey. “It’s helpful that an alert individual contacted us when they suspected they’d found a zebra mussel,” DNR assistant invasive species specialist Mark Ranweiler said. “Because they kept the zebra mussel, we were able to confirm the species identification.” Whether or not a lake is listed as infested, Minnesota law requires boaters and anglers to: Clean watercraft and trailers of aquatic plants and prohibited invasive species, Drain all water by removing drain plugs and keeping them out during transport, and Dispose of unwanted bait in the trash. Some invasive species are small and difficult to see at the access. To remove or kill them, take one or more of the following precautions before moving to another waterbody: Spray with high-pressure water. Rinse with very hot water (120 degrees for at least two minutes or 140 degrees for at least 10 seconds). Dry for at least five days. Zebra mussels can compete with native species for food and habitat, cut the feet of swimmers, reduce the performance of boat motors, and cause expensive damage to water intake pipes. People should contact an area DNR aquatic invasive species specialist if they think they have found zebra mussels or any other invasive species. More information is available at mndnr.gov/ais. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • Hoey
      ....is a City Park.  Land of Memories  with a lot of Minnesota and Blue Earth River shore access and I believe you can access the confluence of the rivers there as well.   Another attraction not really connected to fishing is Minneopa State Park with the falls on one side of the road and drive through buffalo herd area on the other.  Parks require a car window sticker for entrance.   Good Luck
    • mrpike1973
      I like them when it's dead calm they seem to work great then. When it gets a little ripple on top not as effective but still learning with them. Thanks for the report jigginjim
    • Mike89
      class of 70 here, and the park across the river  is Land of Memories if I remember correctly...