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It won't be long!!! Do you fish it often??? What a lake to be able to fish. And to think people go to the dead sea!!! To each there own. Where do you fish on the lake? What bait do you prefer? Have you ever caught any quality smallies??? What other lakes in the area do you fish???

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The Dead Sea?? I haven't fished it a ton, but have caught several very nice fish.

It's best fished in the month of June.

Smallies...I have caught several nice fish on the large point on the corner of the lake. There is also a large point with rocks bouyed that I have caught a couple of fish as well.

Can be a tough lake though and sometimes the walleyes are where you least expect them!!!!!

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Geo between Garrison and wahkon. My own personal thoughts and yes I have caught alot of fish there. It sickened me to see all the dead ones go to waste. Not to mention the deployed nets. Enough on that.
Hammer em on to a better subject. YES big sand. The pt you refer to (cool ridge)??
I have yet to catch a smallie there. I did however c/r a 31" eye there last opener. Do you use live bait or cranks or plastic. I have caught them fishing for eyes on live bait.
Do you fish the culvert on emma ever? Are you from the area ? What other lakes do you fish in the area?

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I drove by Big Sand yesterday and it and Emma was still ice covered. The ice had lifited on big sand and was honey combed on emma.

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Bob/MN

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A good friend of mine has a family place there and there is some good fising to be had there. The average size walleye is probably abound 3 pounds. The DNR and fisherman have taken good care of this lake.

They use live bait rigs pretty much strictly and leeches seem to be a favorite. There are a couple big flats that produce well early and then most of the time is spent drifing the bars. Have caught smallies there by accident, but have never targeted them. Some good sized pike are in there too.

The water clarity on Big Sand is the best I have seen on any lake. Its unbelievable.

Hoping to be there on opener....

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Rippin'
I live about 35 minutes away. I fish there several times a year...wish I would go more, but there are just too many good lakes.

Smallies I have caught are on livebait. Leeches especially. I have gotten a couple on rattlin' rouge's.

Biggest fish(walleye) I got out there was a 26.5" last summer. Just a gorgeous fish.
I actually have yet to catch a fish out there too keep. Funny how that goes.

I work with a guy who lives on the lake and he does well out there with jigs and shinners and lindy's and shiners. I am going to try to make it over there more this summer. Can have success pulling cranks over deep water too!!! Nights can be excellent.

Other lakes?? I don't get over there often. I have fished Island, Leech, Big Birch, and Ten Mile. Like I said, so many lakes and not enough time to fish. Let alone all the lakes that I live by in DL.

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Anyone got an updated report on the ice on this lake?

Any prediction if the fishing will be good on opener or will the water still be too cold?

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**** - seems my diversion to keep people off the lake hasn't worked. Regarding muskie, my best recommendation is to go through the channel at the access into LAKE IDA. there is a small lake that you go through first (part of IDA) that has produced muskie for us. 17 lb. two years ago. Chances are that you'll be pulling in pike snakes though...

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Danigel~~

I knew the you were just bs'ing about that not being a good lake. First of all there is no such thing as a bad lake. The worst day of fishing is better than the best day of work. Besides that, there isn't a bad lake up there. Being up there sure beats going to college in the Twin Cities. I want to buy some land up there once i am done with college. My girlfriends grandparents live west of itasca state park, and that has been some of my best fishing. I usually get up there about 7 times a year, and i cant wait to come up there in may. I will stay off of your lake though. I have my own private water to fish.

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My last reply was erased so here I go again. Gel go to belle taine. I believe you could stand to catch some ****. Plus one more boat to dodge wouldnt be bad. Hammer em I agree there are to many lakes to say one of theme is great. I have so many lakes I like to fish here. I will not post them. I am sure you no why. If you wanna talk shoot me an email. What do you know about little floyd dl??

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Danigel,
Thanks for the tip on the muskies. I had heard there are a few in there but I probably won't spend too much time looking for em. Don't know much about crappies on Big Sand, never caught any. Find a mucky western bay in the spring, if there is one.

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Hi I have never fished Big Sand before and was wondering when the best time to get walleyes up there is? I am guessing that late may would be a good time to jig fish the shallows, but will take any advise.

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Hammer em'- I was thinking about fishing Big Sand the Week after opener. Do you think Big Sand is a good place to go for that weekend? My Fiance' grandparents have a place (Right by the access) on the lake and I really thought the lake had great structure to fish for walleye. Just would love to know to start the week after Opener


Jens

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To all:
BIG SAND IS OPEN. Opened this weekend from my source on the lake.

Jens,
I would say you might be a touch early, but maybe not. It typically isn't an opener lake. But that doesn't mean it wouldn't be productive. With it opening up now, you might be hitting it pretty good too?
I guess that's why they call it fishing!

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Any updated predictions about opener on this lake based on when the ice went out etc?

I imagine it will still be pretty darned cold...

Me and Danny may be up there...

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I faired quite well in mid September last year with the eyes. I know that is too far off, but something to keep shelved!

Have fun!

Keep the rods bendin'!!

Jim W

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Hammerhandle, had a muskie in about the 40" range last fall but my netter wasn't able to get it into his puny net. Threw my Hot 'n Tot out the mouth as soon as he scooped.

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Hey Jim,

Where you on Big Sand the second weekend of Sept last year when the temp was around 90 degrees with strong south wind? I was out there that Saturday, did well.

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GEO,

Yup, I was! Then a couple days later that ugly front came through bringing the temps into the 50's and turning the bite sour!(for me at least).

First few days ever fishing Sand! That water is truly amazing!

I have another Family "shin-dig" Sept. 8-13th. Maybe I'll see some FM'ers up there!

Jim W

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    • JerkinLips
      There were a lot of ATV/SxS running around the lake but I found it quite slippery even with AWD engaged.  I did see a couple of snowmobiles crossing the lake.  There is enough snow to keep the slides lubricated, especially when the temperature is above freezing.  If your track is studded that would help traction and slide lubrication.
    • SkunkedAgain
      It looks like it's ATV/SxS season on the lake. Snowmobile season is on temporary (or permanent) hiatus.
    • JerkinLips
      Was back Tuesday-Thursday this week after I discovered that walleye season ends on Sunday, February 25th.  I thought that the season has closed the last day of February in recent years.  I see that I fished on Monday, February 28th two winters ago so lucky I didn't get busted then.   The ice was in very good shape.  I found 15-18 inches of solid ice in the areas I checked.  There was no standing water on the ice and very little snow as shown in the 3 pictures of the McKinley Park landing from Thursday afternoon.  When the temperature was below freezing, the ice was very slippery.  When it warmed up mid day it wasn't as bad.  The landing was starting to deteriorate today, but with the cold weather on Friday it should freeze over.  It may start to get bad again by Sunday when it warms up.  Full size vehicles were still driving out close to Birch Island so apparently that path is still good.   Fishing was very good for late season.  Most of my walleyes were again 9-12 inches, but I did catch a 21, 24, and 27.  I was lucky to catch my limit of 14-15 inchers today to bring home for a meal.  The walleyes preferred small rainbows, but also liked lively chubs.  I caught four fish on the same small rainbow today when I was running low on small ones.  I finally gave up on that minnow when I went 20 minutes without a bite.  I had 3 rainbows come off the hook on their own; one when I dropped it in the hole and the other two when I dropped them to the bottom.  I think that happens when you hook them in the soft part of their body.  I caught my first tulibee of the winter (15 inches) and it really stunk up the house.  I also caught a lot of perch for the first time this winter.  I only caught 1 perch the previous 14 days I fished, but I caught 11 perch in these 3 last days, including six that were 11-13 inches long.  I wish I liked to eat perch so I could have kept them.  The hardest bite I had this week was by the pictured 8 inch walleye.  This little guy grabbed that full sized minnow and pulled it quickly to to bottom of the hole.  (However the 27 inch walleye did peel off a bit of drag bringing her in).  Morning bite from 830 to 1230 was best.   If you venture out the last weekend of the season, good luck.  Be cautious of ice conditions since the sun can really melt some holes in the ice this late in the season.
    • smurfy
      i cant speak for out that way but check the st cloud thread.......Rick gavee a pretty decent report on the ice around the area. he fishes a ton in the winter and is thinking of calling it quits............that tells me something!!!!
    • Mike89
      be careful!!  
    • mulefarm
      Thinking about one last outing, any information on the ice?
    • Brianf.
      There's not much snow left from what I can see on our Ring cam.  This is facing North across Niles Bay.  Also, the temp is 44 at this moment so what snow might be left is going fast.  
    • rundrave
      @Rick G   have you changed your approach or how you are fishing with no snow cover this year? It seems to really have changed things. Fish are spooky to  any movement above the ice.  Even just jigging a rod with your hand etc. spooks fish. Weed lines are not dying off etc., fish are staying up shallower etc.   I have had a lot more luck just dead sticking and bobber fishing and being away from holes or intentionally drilling holes in slush pockets or drifts to eliminate shadows etc.
    • smurfy
      Awesome cause Rick!!👍👍👌
    • Rick G
      Fishing has been pretty good for the most part with the exception of a slow day mixed in here and there. Been on a few different lakes in the last week. Ice conditions continue to fluctuate depending on warm and cold spells.  Right now there is 7-8 inches on the lakes I have been on. Snow cover is just about gone again, and with the warm days coming I think our ice season might be coming to an end locally.  Today I fished with a good buddy and we were on a mission... To find enough fresh fish to feed the folks at a local veterans home Friday dinner.  Mission accomplished!!!   Found a good mix of perfect eater size fish😁.   
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