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mulefarm

Going to try and get out for a day. Hopefully they bite 🎣

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mulefarm

Any action out there today?

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mulefarm

Rained out 

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King Canada

Crappies and Perch at the right place at the right time but just small Walleyes...big bug hatch over night Saturday into Sunday.

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mulefarm

Glad to see the crappies showing up! Hopefully they will come back strong.

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mulefarm

 Couldn’t buy a fish today. With the water temp up, really thought they would bite.

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mulefarm

Anyone driving on the lake yet?

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Borch

Maybe in an airboat...

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IceHawk

Be lucky to find foot travel on there 😲 Checked a few lakes in that area other day most I found was 3 inches and some serious slush pockets. 

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mulefarm

Any reports?

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eyeguy 54

Slow!

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IceHawk

Things are tough down there but fish can be found with some serious effort and knowledge of the lake. My suggestion is get a good game plan in place before going. Some structure is holding fish and some of the obvious spots isn't.  Water is really clear snow pack minimal and the fish have been real spooky! 

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mulefarm

I’ve got to imagine the ice is a mess?

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IceHawk

Check it out let us know! Save me a long trip 😀

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bigbad401

Can anyone give ice thickness for Big Kandi?  Plan on heading out there on Sat.

 

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IceHawk

Should be around 20 plus inches just don't get close to the island especially the East tip rock spine some dangerous ice in this vicinity. Good luck please report your success or failure been a tough nut to crack this year. 

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Rick

Welcome to FM @bigbad401.

 

If you like Kandi and the other area lakes, be sure to follow @IceHawk.

Click his name and then this icon to follow...Screenshot_20200208-175350_Chrome.jpg

 

Let us know how you do, good or bad, please. Pics are awesome!

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bigbad401

Thanks for the reply.  We are probably going on the lake from Park 2 and staying up in that area.  So not near the point even though that is where we like to fish for opener.  

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mulefarm

Are they still drilling the cedar trees in?

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mulefarm

@bigbad401, did you make it out?

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bigbad401

Made it out on Saturday.  Drove out from the Northern Lights cabins on the south end of the lake.  Was out there for over 8 hours.  We caught 4 perch and 1 walleye.  There were a ton of perch but they did not want to bite.  The walleye was small.

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mulefarm

Thanks

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mulefarm

The ice should be out this week.

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Rick

Thanks for the updates guys.

 

Please keep us posted. The more talk the merrier.

 

Help keep the spirits up. 🙂

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IceHawk

Mulefarm How was your success this winter on there?  We fished it quite a few times got into some Nice fish  but definitely not the numbers like years past. Caught some big old Catfish through the ice there this winter. WoW some tankers was pleasantly surprised! 

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mulefarm

Didn’t make it out for ice fishing. Definitely some big cats in there. I believe they were stocked in the early to mid 80’s. There use to be a catfish tournament in August.  Friends said ice was not good and the lake didn’t get the pressure of years past. Hopefully the open water season is better than last year.

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mulefarm

Anyone chasing crappies?

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Rick

Not yet for me.

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mulefarm

Looks like it’s going to be a good opener. 

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bobberineyes

I was thinking the same thing.

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    • Graham Smith
      Spent the last week fishing Birch and learned a lot.  First of all, the walleyes were tough.  They were not active in the slightest.  We did catch fish but had to work for them.  We picked up some trolling lindy rigs in 13-19 feet of water.  And caught more with a jog and minnow combo.  I saw many more fish deep this year than any other year I’ve been there.  I’d say the most consistent bite with this method was 15-16 FOW.  I did find stacks of fish on specific structure and in a few bays, and often deep 19-22 FOW.  Again, these fish had lockjaw.  However, I started to target very specific structure with marked fish.  I vertical jigged and picked up larger fish. I decided to tie on a Snap Rap and vertically jig in 19 feet.  Within 10 minutes I caught and released my biggest open water walleye to date at 29”.  It was a hog and fought exceptionally well. I’ve only caught 2 walleye bigger and both ice fishing. Most of the keeper walleyes were around 15 inches with another 18” on the snap rap.  That was the only day the snap rap produced fish for me.  I didn’t use it that often but did try it a handful of times without success.   I also targeted crappie on this trip.  It took me a few days to figure out that they were tight to underwater stumps.  Once I found some of these I found fish.  We never got on a complete tear but did catch enough for a good meal.  And catching slabs is a blast.   We spent one afternoon casting for smallies.  We threw crank baits and caught some nice fish with biggest being 18 inches.  This was all catch and release.   Lastly, we ran into a lot of northern with every method.  Mostly snakes but the biggest one was 36” and put up a great fight. We never saw any true monster northern but didn’t target them either. We always release northern.  I’m not against eating northern and I know when prepped right, they are great.  But why keep northern when you have a bunch of walleyes and crappies, right.   All in all this was a great trip.  We had great weather, ate exceptional food and had amazing hosts at Timber Bay Lodge.  And...we had one morning that offered a very special treat.  My son and I were fishing around 6:30am.  The boat was roughly 20 yards from shore when we heard a rustle and large crash. Moments later 4 otters came zipping out of the woods and into the water with a bear on their tail.  The bear stopped at the waterline, looked at us, and slowly turned to walk away.  The otters popped their heads up shortly thereafter about 100 yards from shore and checked us out for a minute.  It was awesome.   I couldn’t have asked for a better trip.
    • Wanderer
      Sounds like they may have dredged up a bunch of food!
    • SoldierGirl
      So after returning to Minnesota after living pretty much everywhere else, I have finally returned to fishing.  Didn't realize how much I missed it until I started again.  I'm tired of fishing the river under the bridge like a troll so I'm looking for some good spots to shore fish around Ottertail.  My regular spot is too warm now and the fish have moved on.    I'm one of the odd balls who's not into muskies or walleyes.  Really prefer bluegill and bass.  I'm a bobber, nightcrawler and beer kinda girl.  Any advice on where to go?  How are the lakes in Maplewood State Park.
    • SoldierGirl
      So after returning to Minnesota after living pretty much everywhere else, I have finally returned to fishing.  Didn't realize how much I missed it until I started again.  I'm tired of fishing the river under the bridge like a troll so I'm looking for some good spots to shore fish around Ottertail.  My regular spot is too warm now and the fish have moved on.    I'm one of the odd balls who's not into muskies or walleyes.  Really prefer bluegill and bass.  I'm a bobber, nightcrawler and beer kinda girl.  Any advice on where to go?  How are the lakes in Maplewood State Park.
    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the south end...  The deep summer "Dog Days" patterns for walleyes are in full swing producing excellent fishing.  As a rule, the big walleyes are hanging out on the deep mud in 30 - 34' of water.  Two main techniques, drifting or trolling spinners with crawlers or leeches at about 1.0 - 1.25 MPH.  Hammered gold, hammered silver and glow white are good starting colors.  The second technique is trolling crankbaits through various schools of walleyes over the deep mud.  Switch colors often but some starters, pink uv firetiger, chrome / blue, firetiger, and gold.  Some walleyes are still being caught shallow based on forage opportunities.  Different schools taking advantage of current conditions in different areas.  Watch electronics and go fishing! On the Rainy River...   Walleyes scattered on flats and in deeper holes.  Trolling crankbaits and covering water effective.  Sturgeon living in deep holes throughout river.  Smallmouth bass and pike active around current breaks, rocky areas and weed edges.  Up at the NW Angle...  Until the US / Canada border opens, guests can travel across the lake staying and fishing in MN waters.  There are shuttle services available and fishing for multi species has been excellent.  Check with your favorite NW Angle resort for options.   Good walleye fishing continues north of Garden Island, around Little Oak Island and areas north and east of Little Oak with deeper mud.  Spinners with a crawler or trolling crankbaits both producing good numbers of walleyes.  Pike and muskies in deep bays and rocky points.  Smallmouth bass in 4 - 14' in rocky areas reacting well to crankbaits.    
    • smurfy
      we still gotta date, maybe!!!!!!!!! i should be done by about 7 pm???????? heck i'd even go to the pickled loon fer a beer or 2!!!!!!!!!
    • WalterJohnson
      Looking for a walleye report. I heard osakis was one of the best lakes in the area, but it seems like most of the things I read are panfish related. Any advice for a middle of August first time on the lake? I’m not opposed to fishing panfish during the day, but would prefer to target walleyes low light... does anyone fish them suspended in the summer?
    • PRO-V
      The DNR should require ducks, beaver and other wildlife to wash in 130 degree water or dry off for two weeks before moving to another body of water. 🤔
    • tacklejunkie
      I was outside the Wisconsin entry.  They were dredging between the lighthouses so they dirtied up the water a little bit  but from where it went from that mud puddle color to that less stained is where they were all caught
    • StillFishin'
      Hey SkunkedAgain, very well put.  Just me and my wife and she doesn't get into eye fishing so we go fur sunnies.   All we need for a fish fry is 6 or 7 keepers, about 7 inchers.  We have a secret deeper hump where they hang out and are usually there so it's fast fishing with very few small perch.  Actually, this year we also had 5 northerns hit the gills while reeling them in but they always let go,  but still fun.   I also enjoy the never ending cabin projects and cutting and splitting wood.   
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