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I've had an old rapala cd-18 since I was a little guy and the wife has hung it on the wall and won't let me fish with it anymore. Just wondering if anybody knows a store i can go find this at. I've been to the Cabela's in Rogers and owatanna both, sportsman's Warehouse in coon rapids and about every Walmart bait shop and gas station I've stopped at with no luck. Really miss using this lure as it is the most productive thing I've used outside a 3 inch red and white spoon.
Very interesting article regarding diets of muskies and other game fish. I was surprised that the percentage of walleye eaten by musky was as low as it was.
I am starting to collect more and more Muskie lures. What is everyone’s go to colors for fishing muskies in MN?
By dutchboy II
What is your personal best Minnesota Pike? Were you targeting Pike when you caught it?
Mine is 42" from a shallow lake North of me. It was very skinny for a 42" fish. I caught it while fishing for Bass on a spinnerbait. Water was very warm and unfortunately I wasn't able to revive it. I contrast that to a 42" Pike caught in Canada trolling. That fish absolutely stopped the bait on the strike.
Learned a very good lesson that day. Always have a decent size net in the boat, the fish don't know what species you are after.
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Last summer was my first foray into the Muskie world. My 7 year old and I were out bass fishing (his favorite because of the casting) when he had a Muskie follow his bait to the boat. This wasn’t our first encounter with a Muskie. We’ve seen probably 8-10 in the last 3 years with one being a giant that was following my trolling motor while fishing walleyes. After that last encounter he wanted to give it a try. I picked up a couple cheap Muskie rods and repurposed a bass reel with decent capacity and an old round reel I bought for catfish. I also picked up a giant net that I could also use to fish 2-3 drunk adults out of a lake at a time. I spooled my sons reel with 60lb braid because of capacity and mine with 80. I then sent a text to Scoot to pick his brain and hoped he’d give me a little insight into the world of muskies. He came through and even let me borrow a few lures to get started. I had no idea what I was doing and he helped a lot and got me excited about it.
Our first time out i am casting out one side of the boat and my son out the other. We are in the area of the most recent Muskie sighting our last time out. My son is pitching a top water that scoot sent with me and I’m throwing a spinner. About 45 minutes in my son yells there’s one following my lure but he stops reeling. When I turned around all I saw was a boil in the water. I asked him if he was sure it was a Muskie and I could tell by the look on his face that it was something big. He just says yeah and sits down on the bow of the boat. I tell him to get casting again and get her and he just says not yet. I’m just going to rest for a minute. We didn’t boat any muskies last summer but still had fun. It’s a nice change of pace once the water warms and walleye fishing slows. I caught a handful or northerns but they were all pretty small. It’s crazy how anything that hits your bait when you’re chucking giant lures and holding a pool cue makes your heart skip a beat.
Our first time out I realized that old reel wasn’t going to cut it with the low gear ratio. It was a lot of cranking to get any blades going on the bait I was throwing but used it for the summer on the half dozen times we went out. This (kind of) spring I’ve been thinking fishing. I normally fish walleye with some bass and crappie mixed in but I keep going back to that dam Muskie! I decided I’m upgrading my reel and going to start the collecting of Muskie lures. I had seen prices of lures but quickly learned that they’re also very proud of Muskie reels.
I am partial to Abu Garcia reels for some reason and picked up a Toro Beast reel to replace the old POS that I tried out last year with a 6.4-1 gear ratio. I’m thinking I’ll be a little happier with cranking this one than the old one.
I dont really have any question of any sort or looking for any advice but this warmer weather has me thinking fishing. Just sitting here thinking about my now 8 year old hoisting his first Muskie and hopefully me getting my hands on one as well. Anyone else ready for some soft water?
Also, I’m thinking that the hardest part about musky fishing isn’t all the casting and standing. It’s actually finding somewhere to store that dam giant net where you aren’t stepping on it or your kid is snagging it.
By Dakota Loing
Hey I was curious to see if there were any active fishing clubs near whitebear lake or forest lake
So the weeks betwixt point and click and smoke pole deer hunting always have my ire up to get that last Musky Missile into my hands. Gotta scrub that slime into my glove until next year. Going to give the Mississippi below Falls a try here in a few hours. Might find it frozen, might find a spot to get in. I'll bring my boat because I'm an optimist, but I'll bet the kayak is where i end up.
Wish me luck, otherwise I have a scheme on my mind for my favorite frozen central mn musky lake.
By Jesse Wilkins
Hey fellas, I developed a free fishing phone app for my fellow fisherman. It’s called FishIQ. I broke down 10 species by their location based on the water temperature. So if you’re looking for quick pointers or interested on where to find other species throughout the seasons give it a try! Hopefully it leads to more fish at the boat!
I've started up this post as I will be visiting Minnesota (to be specific the Stuart Lake in the Ottertail Lake area) and I would love to hook into some fish! I'm originally from the Netherlands, have lived in Australia for the last 8 years working as a fishing guide, I have moved to Dallas TX with my wife and now we will be visiting my in-laws in Minnesota. I would love to catch Musky, which I know West Battle Lake holds, and of course Walleye. I have been trying to look for areas that hold smallmouth but was unable to find any. I don't have a boat up there or anything so I know I will be in a massive disadvantage for musky but I will give it a try with waders. I would love to get as many tips as possible! Cheers!
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By Roseypike19 · PostedSounds great Squirt. Good to hear you have plugs that will hit those depths, but more than likely you'll only need something in the 10-20' range...maybe even higher in the water column. Hope you get to find out! We also eat a few pike. My personal slot ends at about 25-26" - everything bigger goes back - but the new NE MN limits allow harvest up to 30". Northern nuggets are tasty, and I've never had anyone who could tell me the difference when presented side by side with walleye.
By Squirt · PostedRoseyPike 19 and all, Thank you for the tips. Very good instructions and specifics that I can see on the map. I will give these a try. For big pike I am looking for 40 inch plus.... I also like fishing the shallows as you say for the 20 - 30 as I like to eat pike. I think the fillets are the best minnesota offers. For the deep fish I have the tackle and divers to get down 30 - 40 so I will try that. You also gave me specifics around where I am staying, so I will report back on how I do. Thanks all!
By JBMasterAngler · PostedLaunched out of Copas today. Got beat up by the wind pretty good. Caught an 18.5 inch largemouth, and a 17 inch walleye. Then it was a looooooong time in between fish. My son found a brief bit of success when he started jigging a small paddle tail and caught his very first sheephead. Then I had him jig one of those gulp minnow things, and he caught a 15 inch smallie. But that’s where it all ended. After we loaded everything up I threw him in the river 😂
By Rivergroup · PostedI'm in a group of 5 that heads to Vermilion once a year. We'll be on the West end starting 6/13. We're open to traveling but will be looking for walleye primarily. I'll keep an eye on the message board, but any input for success would be appreciated. In the past, we've had luck with crawlers and leeches, but not much with minnows. We've had the most luck with lindy rigs and slip bobbers. We'd like to get ahold of some crappies too if anyone has any pointers. We're used to Mississippi River fishing so we're kind of at a disadvantage when it comes to Vermilion. Thank you in advance!
By Roseypike19 · PostedHi Squirt, The previous tips are all good regarding pike on Vermilion. Find some shallow reeds/weeds and you will find some nice sized pike (Average = 20-30" with a bigger fish at times). What is your definition of a "big" pike? The shallow program is fun and that's how I do most of my pike fishing, but overall that is not how you will find the biggest pike on Vermilion. I'm talking East Vermilion as that's the basin I fish. By now many of the biggest pike are suspended and feeding on ciscoes in deep water. They will make occasional forays into the shallows to follow food (think windy days), but they spend much of their time suspended over the depths. Several really good areas very near you have this potential: 1. The narrows between Moccasin Point and Pine Island. You can't miss this area on a map. There is BIG pike potential here. 2. The deep water break on the east side of Isle of Pines. I have literally seen giant pike chasing ciscoes out of the water here (also a fantastic muskie spot). Those two areas are a literal stones throw from your place. How do you fish the deep water? IDK! Like I said, I'm a shallow pike program guy. The few times I've done the deep suspended thing we found the bait and big hooks on sonar and then jigged 1 oz hair jigs and/or 1 oz lead heads with a white fluke. It worked, but it was technical and tough. If I ever do it again (maybe later this summer), I'll troll big plugs at the depth just above the fish. Last week we had a lot of fun catching many nice pike in the shallow weeds, but our two biggest fish (including a 40"er), came on a very windy, cloudy day while fishing shallow rocky points adjacent to deep water. Coincidence? I think not. So definitely take advantage of those windy, cloudy days if you expect to find a giant. In my experience, those conditions provide your best shot a true trophy pike from shallow water. (Of course there are some exceptions and any cast on Vermilion could land a big pike!) Otherwise, ply the suspended depths and report back what you find. Good luck.
By Roseypike19 · PostedHope I'm not too late on this report. We were up last week (23rd-30th), and overall we had fantastic smallie fishing. We had to adjust a bit as they were definitely more in spawn mode than most Memorial day weeks, but that just meant moving from points and secondary points towards the spawning bays and banks. I really enjoy pre-spawn smallie fishing because they are often schooled up on the points leading into spawning areas, they are fat as heck, and they are very active - and while we had some action in this regard - we had more overall action on the banks and in the bays and saw a lot of spawned out females compared to previous years. So I'd say about a 1/3 of our fish were pre-spawn, a 1/3 were spawn (males on beds), and a 1/3 were post spawn. T'was all fun. The whole month of June = awesome shallow smallie fishing, so whoever is up, good luck!