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Pretty soon, they'll be fishing them on the east side of the lower part of the lake. From Hwy 2 go north on co. road 62 and park on the south shoal lake road, you'll see the lake to the west. Keep in mind you are accessing the lake through private property so tread lightly. Sight fishing at it's best out there. Keep in mind the limit is only 5, but i'll tell ya' from my june experiences out there, it's well worth your time.

Brian

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tread lightly, pick up any garbage, whether it's yours or not, don't chew up the guy's yard, stuff like that. If the property owner prevents access there, it'd be tough to access that part of the lake, as the public access is on the west side of the lake.

Brian

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I was out on Bass yesterday and man, what a day! I fished from about 12 till 4:30 and caught 25-30 bluegills, a 18" walleye, a 13" crappie, tons of perch, and a couple 3-4 lb gaotrs. Everything was let go, hopefully that crappie will contribute a few more to the lake, as I believe there's not alot of them out there. I used both small crappie minnows and waxies. All fish were caught in 7-10 feet of water. If I would have brought my portable I coulda' sight fished for sure.....maybe next time, if this snow/rain doesnn't play too much havoc w/ the ice. No problem getting out there from county road 62, but on the way off the lake, the ice near shore got "spongy", I thought I was gonna get wet, but it is real shallow there.

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It wasn't as good today as it was yesterday, but me and a buddy managed to catch a few bigger gills. Between the two of us we had 6 that were in the 9-10" range. We probably caught a total of 20. Instead of doing the run and gun approach, we camped out on a hole a piece, as the wind was furious out there. Hopefully we'll get a little cold snap to firm up the shorelines as they're getting worse day by day. I just don't wanna quit ice fishing yet! grin.gif

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    • Bobberwatcher
      I don't see ice going out til April. Some more 50 degree temps on the way, but still getting near or below freezing most nights and an extended forecast I saw is showing highs around 30 and even some single digit lows at night for the last couple weeks March. Little if any rain too. 
    • Bobberwatcher
      I don't see ice going out til April. Some more 50 degree temps on the way, but still getting near or below freezing most nights and an extended forecast I saw is showing highs around 30 and even some single digit lows at night for the last couple weeks March. Little if any rain too. 
    • CigarGuy
      Looks like there's plenty of ice still in Spring Bay! Kids snowmobile racing.
    • BWpineisland
      My wife is in total agreement with yours. I love the quiet and remoteness, my wife hates the ice travel!
    • SkunkedAgain
      There aren't a lot of cabins in the bay to begin with, a whole other bonus! For the folks on the south side of the bay, it's an access issue as well. People in general are less likely to go in the winter when you don't have road access, because now you introduce ice conditions, snow depth, darkness, cold, and other factors into the trip. While I have always enjoyed those challenges, it is much different to drive up on a Friday night and pull up to your place versus get there at 10pm, unload machines and gear, and go across the lake at night with gear in tow. I love it. My wife hates it. My daughter is in the middle.   Enjoy it up there.
    • smurfy
      yea that ice looks like its about on its last leg!!!!
    • Rick G
      Being we had a few hours of weather cold enough to make ice I decided to check out one of the small shallow lakes in the St Cloud area.  Ice was in surprisingly good shape this morning, had about 6-7 inches of hard ice again.   Found a pretty decent bite in 8-11 ft of water.  Crappies were riding high in the water colom while sunfish remained close to the bottom for the most part.  Best bait for me was a 3mm motoroil/chrome with a impulse mayfly. By mid afternoon we could definitely tell the ice wasn't as firm as it was in the morning. By the time we left at 4pm I had put all thoughts of returning tomorrow morning out of my mind.  At no point did I feel unsafe, we were prepared for whatever, floatation suits, ropes and ice picks at the ready😏😁.  Today was definitely my last day on the ice for the yr...next stop, spring carp/suckers😁   VID_20240229_150704553.mp4
    • Rick G
      Just trying to make as little noise as possible once holes have been drilled.  
    • CigarGuy
      I take my sxs all the way down Phillips Rd. road to Cains driveway and turn around at the entrance to Laura's and her son's Brian's driveways, Brian bought Davey Crockett's old place.(I think that was his name). You see them fishing on his dock at the beginning of the narrow part of the channel heading in Black Bay. They have the only 2 driveways that are plowed during the winter down Phillips Rd. My neighbor, whom you met, used to plow his boat house road so we access the lake easier in the winter for ice fishing, but he doesn't ice fishing much anymore, so just sleds down that road. I think I know who lets you access the lake, nice of him. I'm surprised more people in Black Bay don't use their places in the winter. I'm heading up in the morning!
    • chucker1101
      I drove on I-35 over Albert Lea Lake on Jan 5. It wasn't even partially frozen, and it's like 6-8 ft average depth or something like that. Those lakes in Sourthern Minnesota didn't even get 2 months of ice this year.
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