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Where?

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BIGFISH.JZ

Ummm... 'Lake X'

<250 acre private lake. Clear weedy lake with 30' basin. Very little fishing pressure & C&R of large fish and selective harvest to maintain healthy populations. Property owners that are VERY protective of it. Police have come out accusing me of trespassing 2 times, when I had permission. That's all I can tell you, sorry.

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lake x and river x are 2 of my favorite places. :) :) 

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X Bay is one of my favorites!

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Wanderer

But WHERE on Lake X?  The main basin?

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BIGFISH.JZ

The whole lake is a basin. A couple strategically and of course accidentally placed pine trees concentrate the fish at the weed edge that's closest to my access point. The best spot used to be on the other side of the lake, close to the people who dial 911.

I think we got lucky with this rain, may have prevented winterkill in some of the small weedy shallow lakes. I think the panfish bite is going strong on your favorite small lake x. But since this page is about sharing info, here's a map.

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Wanderer, you won't even reveal if you are male or female on your profile!! I'm not sure if I am sharing any more maps or tips with you. I know some tight lipped people but I, at least, know what sex they are!! 🕵️‍♀️

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delcecchi

If this is a natural lake in MN it is public.   There might not be any way to access it without trespassing but the lake itself is public.  At least that is the way I understand the law.   

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36 minutes ago, BIGFISH.JZ said:

Wanderer, you won't even reveal if you are male or female on your profile!! I'm not sure if I am sharing any more maps or tips with you. I know some tight lipped people but I, at least, know what sex they are!! 🕵️‍♀️

wanderer????? he's bi...……….half scales half fur bearer!!!!!!!!!!

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I have fished A LOT of lakes, swamps, slews, rivers, creeks, cricks, ponds and large puddles. I have snuck through uninhabited land, walked by vacant cabins, knocked on doors, jumped fences, went around gates, moved boulders, fished from private docks and even lied to curious questioners. I've had threatening notes left on windshield, been asked where I came from, been told to leave and even threatened face to face but there is ONLY ONE LAKE that the POLICE have walked out on to kick me off of!!! And 2 weeks later another deputy tried the same thing!! Public or private, I would be shocked if anybody could stand their 'ground' without a driver's license showing that you lived on the lake. Hell, I know a guy that owned property on the lake that 'wasn't allowed' because he liked to (legally) spear big pike!! I know the laws VERY well but I also know cops and wardens can arrest or ticket for ANY REASON, real or not, its up to a judge to sort out the grey area or fine print. Read Minnesota statute 68B.

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17 hours ago, BIGFISH.JZ said:

Wanderer, you won't even reveal if you are male or female on your profile!! I'm not sure if I am sharing any more maps or tips with you. I know some tight lipped people but I, at least, know what sex they are!! 🕵️‍♀️

 

Well, I’ve posted plenty of pics over the years but normally without makeup.  Maybe I should think again before going out in the morning. 🤔

 

16 hours ago, smurfy said:

wanderer????? he's bi...……….half scales half fur bearer!!!!!!!!!!

 

Thanks for the clarification smurfy!! 😀

 

By the way, BIGFISH JZ, I recognized that spot on the map.  Maybe I’ll see ya out there in the next week or so? 😉  Good luck out there - it sounds like a great place to enjoy some great fishing.

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Last night the action was a bit slower, caught around 30 from 7-10pm using bigger lures like raps. They were definately chomping tho.0316191955b.thumb.jpg.ccdad8911b8ef25a38a7def72c270d25.jpgI also had 2 of the monster fish on that I know are in there. First one bit about 9pm and fought like the devil, lost it in the hole when it straightened out my jig hook. 2nd one was half hour later and it broke the tiny treble hook on my UV jiggin rap. GRRRR.... The big ones will put your tackle to the test, EVEN if you are expecting them. I had to keep the one in the pic (bleeding bad). All others were C&R. Wish I could have got a better look at the big ones, we've released a few 16"-18.5" there so its hard to say how big they were.

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On the issue of "natural Lakes" in Minnesota being public, I think one of the greatest examples of that fallacy is what happened to the poor guys who landed their plane on the ice on Lower Red Lake, a number of years ago. The Red Lake Band took their plane, all their gear, fined them, and ultimately I think they had to take the plane off the lake with a flatbed, in pieces, they would  not even let them fly out as I recall. So much for sneaking in there.

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ANYFISH2

Not a fallacy, lower Red Lake does not belong to the State of Minnesota.  It is part of the Red Lake Nation.  Completely a different situation.

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If you look at the first couple pages of a play book it describes how a natural lake can be completely private. By memory... If it doesn't border a road right of way or public land and the land beneath the water is privately owned then it is, in fact, a privately owned lake. But MN Statute 68B lets law enforcement create circumstances where you can be legally on a lake one minute and in violation the next!!

 

I like foggy mornings or blizzards and warm moonlit nights. A special thanks goes to ion augers. Come and go before they know! There is no safe lakes from people like me.😇

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On ‎3‎/‎16‎/‎2019 at 4:57 PM, BIGFISH.JZ said:

I have fished A LOT of lakes, swamps, slews, rivers, creeks, cricks, ponds and large puddles. I have snuck through uninhabited land, walked by vacant cabins, knocked on doors, jumped fences, went around gates, moved boulders, fished from private docks and even lied to curious questioners. I've had threatening notes left on windshield, been asked where I came from, been told to leave and even threatened face to face but there is ONLY ONE LAKE that the POLICE have walked out on to kick me off of!!! And 2 weeks later another deputy tried the same thing!! Public or private, I would be shocked if anybody could stand their 'ground' without a driver's license showing that you lived on the lake. Hell, I know a guy that owned property on the lake that 'wasn't allowed' because he liked to (legally) spear big pike!! I know the laws VERY well but I also know cops and wardens can arrest or ticket for ANY REASON, real or not, its up to a judge to sort out the grey area or fine print. Read Minnesota statute 68B.

So which one of these guys is you? lol

 

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Oh man, if I put together a compilation video, there would be drags screaming, nets scooping, water splashing, rods creaking, fish flopping and a few loud WOOO HOOs. The guy fishing his hat out of the water made me smile, from dozens of memories of hats flying from my head. But I don't climb fences with signs on them..... I take the sign down first. Or bring a big marker so the sign reads-

"NO TRESSPASSING

unless your name is

BIGFISH.JZ on

fishingminnesota.com."

When I ask nearby fisherman for advice we're usually fighting doubles. The only time I throw an empty container overboard is when it's tied to the anchor rope and a big sturgeon is on my line. Getting back to the same spot is easy then. But, honestly most spots that people are attempting to keep others out of, are nothing special. If the sign honestly said what I would find behind it, I'd probably keep going. If you have bullets zipping by your head or police escorting you out, multiple requests for access permission denied or find yourself caught in a booby trap.... That's the spot that I'm DEFINITELY gonna be checking out. 

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0321190654b.thumb.jpg.439251b2d2d028d244a025f0b78aa89a.jpgGot 5 nice 12"ers to fill my special regulation lake limit.. Morning bite was as good as evening bite has been. Released another 7 smaller 10" class fish. Fished 545-700 am. Crappie minnows were the bait of choice today. 1 rod was all I could handle with these suicidal slabs. Had one snap my 4# test flourocarbon leader on the hookset. 

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Tonight was the most incredible action I have seen in a couple years. I had my limit in less than 20 minutes. All fish were 11"-12.5". A handful of 9"-11" got released as well. I actually had the pleasure of getting a piece of this action recorded, I am willing to post it but have failed each time. The video shows 6 crappie caught in 4 min 30 seconds even though I had a rod get tangled up and switched to a different one and caught 3 deer on camera as well. I started recording after catching about 10 fish in record time and ended when some water got splashed on the lense. These fish were suspended very high in the water column on the main basin. I don't think that it mattered what was dropped in front of them, they were suicidal. I am hopefully going to keep my lucky streak going and soon I'll be fighting some Rainy River giants. 

Any advice on posting this video, would be great, or if you have had enough of my posts, let me know. Stay safe and have fun!0321192004c.thumb.jpg.cc8d8201b9c358879274529faff9c03a.jpg0321191942.thumb.jpg.0f59b80805f26dcaf00bd2cf20870b30.jpg

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Last night a couple friends and I went to a small unpressured clear lake. We found some good numbers of fish, but there were more small Crappies than nice ones. The bigger ones were starting to bite good right before we left at about 10pm. They were preferring the larger minnows tonight, even the smaller fish. Fished 7-10pm from 14'-24' with best fishing the last hour and the 18-20 fow range. Ice was walkable but there was slush between ice layers. All 25-30 fish were C&R. Biggest 4 were 12.75" -13".  

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Tonight I was on a spot that I fished previously last week. Found very active and aggressive fish but most were 7"-10" but weren't hesitating to inhale a fathead minnow on 1/8 oz jig. Got 1 about 12" and a fat 13" that were suspended a few ft above the school and were a bit slower to take the bait. Got 17 fish from 645-800pm suspended over 22'. The biggest one was probably 3'-4' under the ice. There was another guy a couple hundred yards away that seemed to be seeing similar action. Small fish and slower action still beats sitting on the couch and watching fake tv action!! No fish were harmed by me today.

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The last 2 nights have offered zero Crappies in about an hour or so of effort each night, at prime time, on proven waters. It looks like the nights of the "Suicidal Crappies" have come to an end. I had a good run, but all good things must come to an end.

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Wow

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Tonight was a "Suicidal FOR Crappies" night.... I used an aluminum extension ladder on the south end of a local lake, to gain access to the not so safe ice. Wearing my shoes cuz my rubber boots were at work, I sloshed through 4"-5" of slush, past the open holes caused by the lily pads. I drilled a hole in 12' with my strikemaster power auger and then removed my soaked shoes n socks and sat on my bucket with my feet propped up on the auger shaft. After an hour or so, I removed my hoodie to wrap around my feet. I managed to catch 2 Crappies and a bluegill. 0420192059.thumb.jpg.fffe50cdab7abd95bed7c8d02d649251.jpgKnowing that the ice was probably not gonna hold up, I decided to head to shore without the added weight of the auger. I still broke through about 20' short of my ladder. I had put my phone under my hat to keep it dry. Now I have to figure out how to retrieve my darn auger!! Was it worth it?? Hmmm... Probably not but like I have said before, I like to live on the edge. Also I never stop ice fishing for the season until I break through. If it was anybody else I would say "don't do it" but I wasn't about to give up.0420192030a.thumb.jpg.f2a34d94bfc3ab39b365ea21158c2bc2.jpg

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