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i am planning on fishing 8th crow wing for the opener. I was wondering if anyone has any helpful info for me. does the lake have a lot of traffic and will i have to fight for a spot at the access. I have heard good things about the lake and the dnr report has good numbers. I would appreciate any help.
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How did you do on 8th Crow Wing? We're going there Thurs., 5/16-5/20, staying at In-You-Go on the SW corner. I posted a question about fishing on this lake a while back & was told to try the areas near the two small bays on the east end. Other info I've seen indicates the sunken island toward the west end, & the northern shores. Any suggestions?

Bill

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We fished 8th for opener from about 5am till noon without much luck. we caught a couple big perch, but didn't boat any walleyes. of all the people i talked to no one had much luck. One guy caught two walleye. There was some fish on the finder but they werent biting. we tried everything from jigging to trolling.There is a lot of good structure on the lake, and once the weather gets a little more stable the lake should start producing. Let me know how your trip goes, and tell me what you think of the resort.
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This was not a good opener to judge things by. Next weekend will be much better with the warmer water. You should hit things real good when you are up there. Not only should the walleye be biting but the Crappies & Bluegill bite should be turning back on. Good luck and enjoy the Chain!!ScottS

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Fishing on 8th Crow Wing was poor last weekend, Thurs - Sun 5/16-5/20. Sunny but very windy out of the N/NW. Water didn't seem to have warmed up, but I didn't check the temp. I caught 1 walleye in about 28 hours of daytime thru dusk fishing (I didn't go out at dawn as it seemed too cold). 3 others caught 0. We neither caught nor saw any northern. Apparently a small number of crappie were caught, but no heavy action by any means.
We also tried 9th & 10th Friday afternoon with no success.
I'd sure like to hear that fishing has picked up here, as we may likely come back next year, if for no other reason than to prove that we can catch fish in this lake!
We did like the resort, In-We-Go.

Bill

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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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