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.
Sounds 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.
RoseyPike 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.
Launched 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 😂
I'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!
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!