New 2020 1875 Pro Guide. Helix 12 Mega SI graph. Can't read bottom when up on plane. I was going to adjust the transducer and this is what I found. Isn't the first rule in transducer placement to put it where there is "clean", undisturbed water flow?? It is below the bottom of the boat, maybe too far. It's a side imaging transducer so I feel the riggers wanted it close to the center of the boat. Where have others placed a side imaging transducer and have it read bottom when up on plane? I don't think you can move it closer to the center line. If you move it to the left of it's current position, the is the power strake in the front 1/3 of the boat. Any help is appreciated!!
New 2020 boat. Livewell is leaking into the boat. Upon further review I found the leak. It's on the white fitting of the recirculation system where the water goes back into the livewell. I'm sure the rigger broke the little nipple on the right side when he installed the fuel/water separating filter as the gray gas line is right there. My question is where does the tubing from the little nipple go? The front livewell?
Hi all. I am currently at Rush Lake near Perham at Four Seaons Resort. We’ve been here three days and have caught basically nothing. Can anyone give me some advice on walleyes here? Where to go and good baits for this lake? I’ll take any advice on any type of fish you might experience with on this lake. Never been here before.....
Has anybody used these Felpro washers? My kid's Corollas oem washer is coated aluminum. This Felpro is a synthetic material. I mistakenly ordered it from Rock Auto. Not a big loss if I chuck them and get the oem ones. OEM on the left. Felpro on the right.
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Hey all, I’m new to the state (moved here from Ontario) and am in the Eagan area. I was sad to find that my boat is a little large for most lakes within a short drive (20-30 minutes), so I bought a kayak. The boat will get saved for trips up north.
Anyways, I was hoping to get some info on lakes/ rivers to try around Eagan. I don’t need specific spots, just lakes that hold fish. Was hoping for walleye/ crappie/ pike.
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.
Hope 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!
Wish I had some information for you rayguy but from what I have been hearing the shallow bite in a few popular bays is non-existent this year. Tough panfish bite...but the sunfish should start biting in the next few days as the water temp on the main lake (Cross) was 60-62 this weekend. Good Luck and keep us posted!!
Spent all last week on the lake. We fished on the east end all week. We found the water temps on the east side, Armstrong Bay, was in the low 70's and on the west side, Daisy bay, was in the low 60's. Kind of a wide range. We found walleye shallow, even caught quite a few of the dock, 5'-9' We found pike in the weeds, perch outside the weeds in the bays. Pike would hit a swimbait or fluke worked through the weeds. We caught the perch on a small 1/8 oz spinnerbait. The smallmouth were making beds in the warmer water and staging in the cooler water. The fish on beds are easy to catch, the staging fish would hit a medium size red squarebill crankbait. It did help if there were rock present, volleyball size or bigger. Pike and smallmouth fishing should only get better in the weeks to come. We did see a dozen or more musky cruising the shallows.
On the south end... A very successful week for Lake of the Woods anglers. Great walleye fishing continues with best success in 17-28 feet of water, with walleyes also being caught shallower. A number of areas along the south shore from Pine Island, Morris Point, Zippel Bay, Long Point and Rocky Point are producing. Knight / Bridges Island area also still holds good numbers and size of fish. Anchored up and vertical jigging, drifting crawler harnesses and pulling crankbaits all working. Gold / pink / orange / glow all working well. A nice mix of eaters, slot fish to be released between 19.5" and 28" and a good number of trophies over 28". As last week, big pike and jumbo in the mix.
On the Rainy River... Most walleyes are being targeted and caught in the lake. There is always a population of resident walleyes that live in the river. Best depth is 12-24'. Jigs and minnows working the best however trolling a crankbait and covering water is also effective. Smallmouth bass near rocky structure. Good pike hanging in and adjacent to bays. The sturgeon season is closed until July 1st when the season re-opens.
Up at the NW Angle... Until the US / Canada border opens, guests can travel across the lake and stay in MN waters. Check with your favorite NW Angle resort for options.
Fishing continues to be excellent. Walleyes being caught on 5-7' flats with snelled spinners and crankbaits as well as jigging rocky points in 10 - 20 feet of water. Walleyes being caught in many different areas on the Minnesota side. Pike in bays and creek mouths. Water temps 55-57 degrees.
I was just there last week. Pike were a little slow, but they should be getting better. Find the weeds. Throw unweighted swimbaits or flukes close to the bank and work them out through the weeds. Stop working them at the edge of the weeds and let them sink. If you don't get hit in the weeds, there is a good chance they will hit it on the fall at the edge.