• 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.

  • Join In - We Share Fishing Reports & Outdoor Information Here

     
      You know what we all love...

      The same things you do!!!! Share what you love & enjoy in the outdoors as well as thank those whose posts you 'appreciate.'

      Have Fun!!!

Recommended Posts

monstermoose78

I know the lakes are open and that means some the first open water fishing spots are producing. Any one out there catching em yet? I will be riggin the ultra light up today so I can stop on my way home from work. :) 

  • Thumbs Up 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Cret Jigs

Might have to join you ... the FEVER is hitting me!!

  • Thumbs Up 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Wanderer

Good luck!  Always a fun time of year!

 

I just finished my last day of ice fishing this season on 19 inches of ice yesterday in Ely.  Today I drove to Maple Grove and saw three boats on the lakes on the way down.

 

I used to be one of those guys. :grin:

  • Thumbs Up 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
monstermoose78

I wish I was in ely

  • Thumbs Up 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Wanderer

Me too.  Always tough to leave - even if the fish aren't biting.

  • Thumbs Up 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Cret Jigs

Nailed the Crappies last night in 2-3 feet of water!!   They were all 9-10" and skinny runts for the length.   All were catch n release and topped off with a 18 64/65th " bass at dark!!  it was as close as 19" you could go with out being 19" LOL   What a rush on 4 pound test :)   Tried to take a pic and flash wouldn't work on phone :(  

 

Cret

Edited by Cret Jigs
  • Thumbs Up 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
monstermoose78

Way to go cret

  • Thumbs Up 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
crappie king 42

OPounded the little crappies wednesday morning and than hit the river the rest of the day fished till five. Got around 50 crappies moose knows where im sure its no secret. Than at the river we got around 70 suckers. A few nice pike as well. 

Snapchat-14445485.jpg

Snapchat-161912613.jpg

Snapchat-509372497.jpg

Snapchat-289343002.jpg

  • Thumbs Up 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Kelly Oman

Awesome job guys!i gotta get on them suckers looks like fun

  • Thumbs Up 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
monstermoose78

I know where my hands smell like crappies 

  • Thumbs Up 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
monstermoose78

It is great to see the photos keep it guys. Remember there are crappies in the rum river!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Kelly Oman

Anyone willing to share a spot for the suckers and redhorse? I tried the elk river and mississippi all around elk river and didnt catch a thingor even see a fish. Is everone catching them on the rum?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
monstermoose78

Yep or the little creeks 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
crappie king 42

Have to look for moving water on the rum and not just regular current. Look for fast flowing creeks entering a river or a where a couple braches meet for suckers. Still a little early for red horse yet but lots of whites are spawning now. Only place ive ever caught crappie on the rum was in milaca when the darn was there but its gone now. Pm me if u are interested in getting on some suckers and i can help you out. Just remeber the best is yet to come with the sucker run. Its only beggining it will last into may. And even after that i kmow where to get them mixed with some walleyes as well. 

  • Thumbs Up 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
SpearPike

Awesome catch guys!!    Are you guys using night crawlers?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
crappie king 42

I prefer the small worms i put two on a hook otherwise baby crawlers i use one. If regular crawlers i use half to a quarter u dont need much on the hook. 

If u use larger u will miss alot 

  • Thumbs Up 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
crappie king 42

Also please remember if you are not keeping the suckers u must put them back in the water. They are a native fish. They only live in clean water and they provide a forage base for pike walleye and bass. Do not throw them on the bank. If i see u do it i will notify the dnr with ur plate number and pictures. It really irritates me. 

  • Thumbs Up 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
SpearPike
1 minute ago, crappie king 42 said:

Also please remember if you are not keeping the suckers u must put them back in the water. They are a native fish. They only live in clean water and they provide a forage base for pike walleye and bass. Do not throw them on the bank. If i see u do it i will notify the dnr with ur plate number and pictures. It really irritates me. 

Thanks!!  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
monstermoose78

Same goes for me or if I see you shoot them and leave them. Dogfish keep panfish in check as well let em be if you are just killing em

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
crappie king 42

Got out yesterday it was slower. Got 18 in 5 hours. Most were redhorse however so they are slowly movin in. Here is a pic of the biggest whivh was also my first of the day. 

Snapchat-1565695461.jpg

  • Thumbs Up 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Kelly Oman

Anyone finding the crappies shallow yet?

  • Thumbs Up 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
monstermoose78

Yes I am

  • Thumbs Up 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Cret Jigs

Yes ... they are moving in and out of shallows :)

 

Getting some in 2-3 feet and some in 6-12 feet in the weeds.   One night its hot and the next its slow.   When its slow ... there in the deep hole right off where i'm fishing. 

Edited by Cret Jigs
  • Thumbs Up 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Cret Jigs

The Gulp Minnow was working great last night!!!!   It was a Crappie Moon!!   What a peaceful Fun experience!    Friend lives on a lake North of Saint Francis .... good ole dock fishing ... MY MY MY!!    Son!!

Just a side note .... The Bass were coming out of the water all over around us.   Frogs were croaking up a Choir!!   So nice to have an early spring!   Enjoy it .... great living in Minnesota!!

 

Cret

  • Thumbs Up 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
monstermoose78

Saw you all down there yesterday so I went looking for gills and turkeys 

  • Thumbs Up 1

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

    • Wheezy Outdoors
      By Wheezy Outdoors
      The sweltering heat, high humidity values, and intermittent thunderstorms have certainly provided some challenges for anglers but even as we enter the dogdays of summer the fish are still on the chow!
      As we all know there is never any shortage of action when one sets out to target Bass. Smallmouth Bass can be found along the deep weed lines, rocks, and sunken humps. Try using a Drop-Shot Rig tipped with a Leech. Largemouth on the other hand can be found working the weeds inside and outside the lines using Tubes, Spinner Baits, and Carolina Rigs. In the early morning, try working docks, shoreline structure and swimming platforms next to sharp drop-offs.
      Of course, usually by this time of year we have shifted our focus to chasing Large Slab Crappies. The weed beds are holding large numbers of both Crappies and Sunfish. Pay especially close attention to the cabbage along deeper drop-offs. Slip-Bobbers using live bait or plastics, Small Swim Baits, Spinners, Beetle Spins are all working well, these buggers have been hungry!!
      The Walleye bite is also one that has yet to relinquish to the torrid, humid conditions. A lot of techniques have still been producing good numbers of fish. Anything from pulling Spinners in the weeds, Lindy Rigs, Slip-Bobbers, jigs tipped with Leeches, Crawlers or Chubs… Cranks, Shiver Minnows and the list goes on!! It really is Dealer’s Choice it seems, trolling Cranks on the mid-lake flats has been best toward the evening hours until after dark, Spinners have been enticing them during the mid-day, as well as jigging raps for the walleye found out over the deep structure.
      -Cheers!
      Alice Wiese
      Wheezy Outdoors
      218-275-7525
       





    • Wheezy Outdoors
      By Wheezy Outdoors
      The sweltering heat, high humidity values, and intermittent thunderstorms have certainly provided some challenges for anglers but even as we enter the dogdays of summer the fish are still on the chow!
      As we all know there is never any shortage of action when one sets out to target Bass. Smallmouth Bass can be found along the deep weed lines, rocks, and sunken humps. Try using a Drop-Shot Rig tipped with a Leech. Largemouth on the other hand can be found working the weeds inside and outside the lines using Tubes, Spinner Baits, and Carolina Rigs. In the early morning, try working docks, shoreline structure and swimming platforms next to sharp drop-offs.
      Of course, usually by this time of year we have shifted our focus to chasing Large Slab Crappies. The weed beds are holding large numbers of both Crappies and Sunfish. Pay especially close attention to the cabbage along deeper drop-offs. Slip-Bobbers using live bait or plastics, Small Swim Baits, Spinners, Beetle Spins are all working well, these buggers have been hungry!!
      The Walleye bite is also one that has yet to relinquish to the torrid, humid conditions. A lot of techniques have still been producing good numbers of fish. Anything from pulling Spinners in the weeds, Lindy Rigs, Slip-Bobbers, jigs tipped with Leeches, Crawlers or Chubs… Cranks, Shiver Minnows and the list goes on!! It really is Dealer’s Choice it seems, trolling Cranks on the mid-lake flats has been best toward the evening hours until after dark, Spinners have been enticing them during the mid-day, as well as jigging raps for the walleye found out over the deep structure.
      -Cheers!
      Alice Wiese
      Wheezy Outdoors
      218-275-7525
       





    • cg2
      By cg2
      Anyone know of lakes with decent shore fishing near Mankato? I've gone to North Shore on Madison Lake but can't find any shore on other lakes near by. Any suggestions?
    • Sunset Lodge
      By Sunset Lodge
      Hello from Sunset Lodge!

      Water temps in the Northwest Angle are varying between 55 degrees and 59 in shallower areas.

      In Minnesota, the bite has been very good. Big fish have been caught trolling crank baits in less than 15 feet of water. Keeper size walleye are being found in 18-22 feet with orange and parakeet jigs and a minnow being the most preferred combo. We saw multiple fish over 28 inches this week!

      The fish in Canada have been smacking pink and white, and parakeet jigs tipped with a shiner or minnow in 22-26 feet of water.  Aggressiveness has picked up with the rising temperatures. Anglers are reporting a good number of multi specie catches including crappie, perch, walleye, sauger, bass and pike.

      Open water season is just getting started and will only improve! 

      We hope to see you soon!
      Sunset Lodge




    • Sunset Lodge
      By Sunset Lodge
      Up here in the Northwest Angle lines are tight and fish are biting! Water temps are warmer in the shallows at 50-52 degrees to upper 40’s in the main lake.

      Recent weather was not great but the fishing was. Some of the best action has been within a few miles of the lodge. Walleyes have been found anywhere from 3 to 30ft. 22-30ft with a jig and minnow is best during daylight hours. 

      Multiple trophy walleye were caught this week including a couple 28’s and one 31 inch.  The bite off of the dock late evening is really heating up and will produce limits.

      Come up soon to take advantage of great spring fishing! 
       
      Sunset Lodge



    • John Schulz
      By John Schulz
      Looking for some fun easy Shore fishing spots. New to fishing as an adult, only fished when I was 10-13 in scouts. From California having moved to Moorhead Oct 18, just got fishing license for my wife and I. 
       
      Bought some poles and gear and just wondering if anyone can point me in the directions of some great spots to fish off shore, as we do not have a boat. 
       
      Thank you. 
    • Sunset Lodge
      By Sunset Lodge
      We're still OPEN & fishing up at the NW Angle!
      Fishing on the Minnesota side continues to be best early morning and from sundown to dusk. Work deeper edges of the break line in the morning and afternoon, moving up to the flats and points for an evening flurry. With low pressure coming for the weekend expect fishing to be excellent.
      On the Ontario side, Crappie action was really good this past weekend in 30+ feet of water. Lots of fish over 14."
      Lake conditions have drastically improved as water making slush has receded below the ice or has frozen over in most areas. Caution should be used in areas of high current or between islands. 
      Hard water fishing ends April 15th!
      Sunset Lodge













    • Sunset Lodge
      By Sunset Lodge
      Hello from the NW Angle!

      Areas of slush on trails in Minnesota are refreezing overnight and are still in good condition if well-traveled.  Walleye action is getting better every day, with mornings and late evening being best.  Rippin’ raps and buckshots are enticing violent strikes; 18-22 ft of water is key. Big northern pike are hitting jiggin’ spoons and tip ups with large baits.

      Anglers venturing into Canada continue to find schooled Crappies and big walleye deeper into 30+ feet. A slow presentation is most effective for catching crappies. 

      Until next week,
      Sunset Lodge




    • Sunset Lodge
      By Sunset Lodge
      Hello from the NW Angle!
       
      Minnesota snowmobile trail conditions are in good shape. The Baudette trail is great north of Knight Island. Walleye action heats up in periods of stable weather. The best catching is happening in 21-25ft, with the most productive method being a dead-stick beside an actively jigged rattle bait such as a buckshot or rippin’ rap. Glow white/pink is out producing other colors. The late ice bite can be phenomenal on Lake of the Woods, ice permitting we will have houses out through the end of the month!
       
      Canadian fishing is recommended via snowmobile as they are light enough not to drop into the slush as easy as other track vehicles. Crappies are still filling buckets and walleye are actively feeding on reef break lines and points. Walleye season is open through April 14th. 
       
      Sunset Lodge



    • Sunset Lodge
      By Sunset Lodge
      Hello from the NW Angle!

      Fishing is really starting to pick up, which usually means Spring is on the way! 

      Fishing on the Minnesota side has been best at first and last light, which can make for long days on the ice this time of year.  The Sauger bite has really picked up with a lot good sized eaters coming out of 21-25 ft. The most effective colors for both Walleye and Sauger have been Chartreuse, White, any Glow/lighted/UV (specifically red) and hammered gold. When fishing at depths less than 20 feet, keep an active presentation. Northerns tend to be most active in the early afternoon which is a good time to take a break from jigging and put out a tip-up.
       
      Fishing on the Canadian side has been good since the last snow storm and continues to produce Crappie and Walleye. A light setup for crappies with plastics or larvae has been productive.  

      Slush is still frozen in well-traveled areas but it plentiful off trail.  

      Fishing will continue to improve as the weather does, there is still a lot of time to fit in a last minute ice fishing trip!!
      Sunset Lodge
       







  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • Quincy
      Steve Ahlers [email protected] (218) 729-0384 • Work Architectural Metals   I had Steve put a standing seam galvanized metal roof on my cabin in 2004..I think.  It still looks great.  Will outlive me most likely.   He lives in Duluth but was more than willing to come up to V to put the roof on.   Its been a while but worth a try.
    • CaptJohnWis
      Got about 20 nice bass today. Most on TRD lure and Ned head. Also a pike and a walleye. Water back up to 60 F. These were the last two Raint2019-9-16B.mp4
    • Kettle
      I have not hunted it in about 5 years but there were plenty of people running outboards, you have to be logical and not try and run where you can't. I wouldn't do it in the dark the first time. The majority of places I hunted on swan and had good luck were via canoe where I would paddle then drag it across a bog then paddle more. There are places where no motor outboard, longtail or surface drive can't get to, find these places there will be birds but it takes a lot of work 
    • Mike89
    • Tominator692
      It’s been jig-minnow for me. Boated 32 walleye today. Lots of nice fish up to 17”. But no slot fish. Caught everything in 22’ to 30’. East end. 
    • delcecchi
      Except that basically no one targets Tullibees to any extent.   The issue with walleye is that they are targeted at a level that the fish cannot tolerate no matter the weather or global climate change.   The natives taking their share has increased the pressure, and the various invasive species have made them less able to withstand the pressure, especially considering the political and economic issues.   If the tribal quota was zero as it was for many years, it would be politically easier to maintain harvest by anglers at a sustainable level.   
    • creepworm
      Went out Saturday morning. Couldn't get to my stands due to the monsoon season we are having, so I grabbed a chair and sat on the ground in some willows. Had a doe with a fawn come out shortly after shooting time. Then a small 1 year old buck. Then a bachelor group of 3 small 1 year old bucks. All the deer at one point were within 20 yards of me while sitting on the ground. Didn't kill anything but it was a good time.
    • BenelliBob
      25 outboard blow by any surface drives.....HAHAHA i know this post is from 2012 but yeah...if you wanna race your outboard against me just say when bud. id bet a 6pack my little 23 horse passes you
    • PSU
      Heading up Wednesday. For non-leadcore fisherman (walleyes) has it fully transitioned to a minnow bite or or some of you still using crawlers?   Thanks
    • Rick
      9th annual event to take place at Austin Holiday Inn Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz invites all Minnesotans to join him on Friday, Oct. 11 for the 9th Annual Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener Community Banquet in Austin. Celebrating the pheasant opener is a long-standing Minnesota tradition, and one that Walz is proudly carrying on in his first pheasant opener as governor. “I’m excited and proud to open the pheasant season in Austin,” Walz said. “I’m grateful for the hard work and hospitality shown by our hosts in Austin, and I invite everyone to join us for this special Minnesota fall tradition.” Tickets to the banquet are $35 each and can be purchased at Discover Austin, or by calling 507-437-4563. The banquet will feature a social hour, dinner, and program which will include Walz, Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Sarah Strommen, Explore Minnesota Director John Edman, and local presenters. Tickets are available until sold out. The banquet is part of a weekend of festivities in Austin that will showcase the many hunting, recreational, and travel opportunities the area has to offer visitors. Austin has a population of 24,563 and is located at the junction of Interstate 90 and U.S. Highway 218 just north of the Minnesota-Iowa state line in Mower County. Explore Minnesota and the DNR are assisting Discover Austin in planning the event. WHAT: Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener Community Banquet WHERE: Austin Holiday Inn, 1701 4th St. NW, Austin, MN 55912 WHEN: Friday, Oct. 11, — 5 p.m. social hour; 6 p.m. community banquet TICKETS: $35 per person In person: Discover Austin (301 North Main St., Suite 101, Austin, MN 55912) By phone: 507-437-4563 More information and updates on the Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener can be found at exploreminnesota.com/mngpho. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.