Fished hard for 3 days on Big Stone Lake and the bite was very, very tough. The nice Marked a lot of fish and just couldn't get them to bite. Did manage some dandy perch and trophy gills,(released) but not a lot of numbers. Saturday late afternoon we stuck 3 gills over 10". My nephew had one that was at least 10 1/2" but released it before I could measure or get a pic. Sunday we had 2 more at or just under 10". Had to downsize to get bit. Did catch a couple on set lines with fatheads. Spoons didn't get bit often. Tungsten jigs or flies tipped with plastics or eurolarvae got most of the action.
Found fish in or near basin areas near shallower rock structures. We would drill, drill and then drill some more. Once we found fish we would make smaller moves or wait out schools cruising through the area. Travel conditions were excellent. Just had to watch out for the occassional drift or old plowed road. Here are a few pics from the weekend.
Well we wrapped up a few days up north. Tried a lake I’ve been to a few times in past but seem to always struggle at getting anything going. It took a lot of miles on the sled and be willing to go out in subzero temps and strong winds but I was able to contact a massive amount of gills. Ended up catching around 300 I figure. Biggest was about 9”- 9 1/2”. A lot of dandies over all. Kept a few meals to hold me over for a while. Next day went back and threw out a tipup with suckers I had left over from a few weeks ago. I literally could not keep the flag down! ( haha what a funny sentence!!) it was not stop flags and fish! I even had one spool me as I running up to it! So much fun. The gills were all in about 14fow but were stacked from bottom up to about 5 ft down. It’s One of the clearest lakes in the state So I was able to sight fish them and let me tell you if your able to sight fish gills its one of the most entertaining things I can think of doing. Even we’re able to put a decent amount of miles on the sleds. The trails up there were the best I’ve seen and were perfect shape for riding.
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Found this and would like to see your opinions....
The DNR is in the process of finalizing plans for the Quality Bluegill Initiative, revealed last summer in the hope of going public early this spring.
Implementation would happen in 2021. The goal was to greatly increase the number of lakes in the state with reduced limits for bluegills in hopes of growing bigger sunfish.
Big sunfish, as anybody who's dunked a worm knows, is among the rarest of fish in Minnesota. A true trophy, 10 inches or longer, might be tougher to catch than an eight-pound walleye. Decades of liberal bag limits, anglers keeping too many big fish and the belief that you could never "overfish" sunnies took their toll.
The DNR spent the past several months identifying between 200 and 250 lakes on which it can cut the current statewide 20-fish limit to 10 or five sunfish. Lakes on the list needed to meet certain criteria, including public support and the biological capability to grow big bluegills.
Jim Wolters, DNR's area fisheries manager in Fergus Falls, said there are 13 lakes in Otter Tail County and 5 in Becker County under consideration for reduced sunfish limits.
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Here’s the end of my fall open-water fish. (I can't wait 'til I can start casting again; Perhaps that's blasphemy to say during the heart of hard water season...)
These were mostly perch with one or two sunnies.
I adjusted my usual recipe: Made a pulverized dry batter of 1 part peanuts, 2 parts goldfish crackers, 1 part whole wheat crackers, 2 parts flour.
Dusted the fillets well and pan-fried in corn oil. Seasoned with a sprinkle of Cavenders.
(First time I’ve tried peanuts in a fry-batter and The “critics” (wife and 2 kids) gave it definite two thumbs up!)
Doesn’t look like there’s been much talk of recipes so perhaps this will start a thread as I'd love to hear if others here have "secret ingredients" to savor up their fishies.
By eyeguy 54
Who likes them? I have never tried them. Friend nailed big perch in ND yesterday and loves them. Not sure if I would take a bite. Lol
Anyone know how thik the ice is on big marine and are they driving out there? thanks would like to go out there tonight but have to drive out bad hip
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By Mike89 · Posted67 here and don't want any big one's I enjoy seeing them swim by!!!! didn't get out this winter with some health issues, but plan to next year!!!
By BobT · PostedLatest data that I have found indicates it is best to recharge deep-cycle batteries as soon as possible after each use and and quickly as possible without overheating the battery. One of the worst things we fishermen do is deep-cycle our batteries and then leave them set for long periods without recharging. This is very hard on batteries. The Minn Kota Precision on-board charger is a good choice. It is a smart charger so it uses a multiple charging sequence so it will control both voltage and current output depending on the state of charge of the battery(s). Each bank can be set up for individual battery type and is individually controlled for optimum charger performance. I think you have made a great choice.
By LakeofthewoodsMN · PostedOn the south end... A great week of ice fishing with lots of fish frys. Good fishing reports, most fishing in 27 - 33' of water. Ice conditions on LOW remain excellent at around 30 inches where most are fishing. Use combo of jigging line and deadstick. Try spoons or lipless crankbaits with rattles to pull fish in. Pink hook with a minnow on deadstick effective this week. Some good colors overall, gold, glow, pink, green, orange and chartreuse. Don't be afraid to downsize presentation on a tough bite day. Small spoon with a minnow head, wax worm or euro larvae can catch extra fish. Electronics will catch more fish. Some nice walleyes showing up suspended. Pike fishing continues to heat up. Tip ups and big baits on quick strike rigs the ticket. On the Rainy River... Local anglers catching some walleyes in the river. Most anglers fishing the lake. Extra caution is always needed on the river, especially with higher current this year. Thin ice around the International Bridge in Baudette. Work through resort or know ice conditions if ice fishing the river as ice thickness varies. Up at the NW Angle... Ice fishing reports good up at the Angle. Resorts in 26 - 32' of water. A mix of walleyes and saugers with big jumbo perch and pike in the mix. The snowmobile trails both across the lake and in the woods are in great shape. Jigging with a bait with rattles has helped to pull in walleyes. Fish houses on the ice through March 31st, walleyes and saugers open through April 14.
By smurfy · Postedi'm gonna claim B.S. on the spear all the big ones. i live and breathe pike spearing and in no circimstance am i out there to get that elusive monster pike. i'm 62, not sure i'd be considered an old timer, but i've been sitting in a spear shack since i was maybe 10. do i spear a few fish....yeah......small ones ....yeah!!!!!! fact is i let alot of fish swim for another day!!!!!!half that fun is watching there goofy behavior under the ice along with the other species of fish see!!!!!!! and lastly, i gues the term big fish is in the eye of the beholder. like kettle said.............its legal.........have at it and dont let anyone discourage you from doing it.👍
By Kettle · PostedIt is a generational thing for sure. Most of the old timers that spear pike over 30" do eat them, there are still people who will fillet a 26" walleye to. We have regulations that do allow this and although it may seem that people are constantly taking big fish I do think that there are more people who do not. I think the movement has slowly grown regarding conservation of fishing. Spearing was something I did a lot in my teens and really enjoyed it. I speared regularly on a lake loaded with 20"-25" fish and the locals loved people who speared because the pike had essentially taken over the lake. It all depends where you go. I'm not much for eating a 36-40" pike and I'm not going to mount it so why spear it? Spearing is a sport, legal to do and fun. So do not let anyone sway you from doing it!
By rundrave · PostedWe are now officially just a few days out. Weather looking great for the rest of the week with no snow in the forecast! If you are planning to attend, chime in over on HSO and let us know: HSO Big Stone get together Anyone have any fishing reports to share after the weekend? I am sure it was was a busy place with the nice weather. I am still trying to formulate a plan on where to meet up. I would prefer to not fish in the herd but may not have that option. It may just depend on who is all coming and from where. It appears we will have some people from SD and MN. Give me some feedback and let us know what works or doesn't work for you. I think we can all get around on the lake with just about any means of transportation if we avoid the drifts. But I think snow cover is pretty minimal right now.