Hey guys, I’m going to try something new this year and target mooneye and other shad for catfish bait this year! My only issues are that I don’t know anything about how to locate them or fish them. I mainly fish from shore and want to try something new. If anyone could provide me with tips on how to rig rods for them, where to look, preferably somewhat close to New Hope MN, and what I should use, I’d be extremely happy.
I have an older style marcum under water camera that is black and white and shaped like an older tube TV. Last winter someone stole the camera part but left the TV. Does anyone out there have a replacement camera or know where to get one?
March 4, 2018:
We know everyone is waiting for River updates....We haven’t made the 120 miles round trip to International Falls to check yet. Grants Dad does drive that way once a week and when we know more we will let you know. We are hoping to have a report in a few weeks as there is quite a bit of ice on the river still.
March 11th, 2018:
As of Wednesday there was no improvement on the river opening up. The temperatures have not been that warm with very little melting happening. Also the we have had some pretty cold nights in the single digits and low teens. This coming week looks like we should have warmer weather so hopefully it will get things moving.
Nice work gents! Looks like the back-end of summer bite is heating up. Love this time of year as we head into Sept. How is the water level with all the storms passing through? Has looked rainy lately. Last I was up was early July after that 8" rain storm and the levels were back up to normal after being low in June.
Seven specie day today. Live bait not required! Couple of things of note... I caught eight nice crappies this morning on a deep rock reef, along with a bunch of plump gills. Seems odd, but I’ll take it. This afternoon, I targeted ciscos and whitefish out over the basin. Success! Was happy since I now know whitefish can be targeted year round, not just thru the ice. I also enjoyed the challenge of a different species that not many folks know about. Was a unique and fun experience. By the way, everything I caught was immediately released.
Our week (7/25-8/1) wasn't greatly productive fish wise but I could never really get a pattern to work. I usually use a lindy rig with a half crawler. When we did try jig/minnow not much either. The start of the week the wind was tough to hold on a spot. Later we had no wind and high temps. I marked some surface temps that were like 78 deg, that's pretty warm.
I went down to Brule narrows one day, never been before. Picked a reef and caught a 19" eye pretty quick and then boat control got to be an issue.
Might try a week in Sept once I am retired (Friday is my last day) but I sure miss the ability to fish north of the border.
What is the best time of year for brookies. I've tried spring but waters too cold, summer, bugs bad but fishing good. Never tried fall but I am think that might be the ticket. Usually use worms but sometimes spinner. Is there a special trick to keep the chubs away? Lots of them in my creek.
Good luck with your toilet. LOL
Let me know how it works after a weekend when the kids and grandkids are there using it?
Not sure how the Biolet works, we had a top of the line Sun Mar.
There is a tray in the bottom of the unit that is supposed to hold the extra urine that goes through the compost material.
After a weekend with 5 females, and 3 males using it that tray would be full to overflowing.
Wouldn't have been a problem if the girls would have cleaned it out.
They didn't, I had to.
The whole bottom of that unit would have an inch of urine in there, that is GROSS!
Oh yea, there's an overflow tube on the Sun Mar.
This would fill up with the fine compost material, and plug up, now where do you think the overflow goes?
And yes, I had 2 fans in my exhaust pipe, no it didn't help it dry out any faster, but they did help keep the smell down.
The only thing I can say about ours is that there are plenty of people out there that wanted to buy it when we were done using it.
They do keep a good value, especially up here.
If I was you I'd check out more than one brand, and one user.
I'm guessin if you posted a question on facebook, you might get a variety of user opinions.
We hated ours, maybe you'll love yours.
I'll just leave this topic alone, and wish you good luck. lol