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Howdy All.... grin.gif

I just wanted to inquire about the trout fishing in the Wabanna Lake Area. Next weekend on trout opener I'm going trout fishing with my a friend of mine who lives on Wabanna Lake, the only thing is he's not too knowledgeable about the trout fishing around there. Typically I head for the Grand Marais area for trout opener but this year I told him I would take him out around there, but I don't have any knowledge of the trout lakes around there. I have visited the DNR website and seen that Bluewater, real close to where he lives on Wabanna, has Lake trout.

My question is: Is this a good laker lake? and if so, any suggestions on where to go? and what works best there? Any suggestions on other lakes? Trout Lake? Kremer Lake for Rainbows? or any Splake or Brookie Lakes? confused.gif

I'm thinking that were going to go to Bluewater since the deep-freeze is heading that way again and it's right across the bay from where they live..... shocked.gif

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Kremer would be a sure bet for some splake, they usually run in the 12"-14" range. Just fish the shorelines, sightfishing from a shelter, or if no shelter 8-15 feet. I've never really tried deeper, so who knows. Jigging spoons and small salted crappie minnows or waxies. As far as lakers, I don't have alot of info. If you have a sled or atv, I'd hit Trout Lake for lakers. There's alot of structure out there that looks laker friendly. I've fished Bluewater a few times and no luck. My buddy has caught a couple out there, but that's it. I'd try a tip up or bobber rod w/ a shiner and a jigging rod w/ a spoon and shiner head. If you're fishing a designated trout lake, you can only use 1 rod and no live minnows. Hope this helps.

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As long as you are on Wabana just go around to the entrence of bluewater and fish there. It is a great trout lake with lake trout up to 15lbs or so. I have done very well there and still go there on a regular basis. There is a hump about where the lake starts to narrow. Its about 40' of water there and it is a great place to start. Kremer is a good place for splake and some nice rainbows as well. Good luck this weekend I will be doing the same. Be sure you start very early no matter where you go. Trout are early risers and you will do your best before 8am.
Keep your lines tight.

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Fished Bluewater Sat and Sunday (trout opener). No trout, One took a look in two days. Saw lots of baitfish come through, Lots of cool spots on the lake!!!!

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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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