Jump to content
  • GUESTS

    If You  want access  to member only forums on FM, You will need to Sign-in or  Sign-Up now .

    This box will disappear once you are signed in as a member.

Recommended Posts

Looking for fishing information on Big Mantrap and Norway Hills Resort. Starting to plan for 2004 vacation. Would be in the mid-July to early August time period. Any info will be appreciated. Thanks

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Husker,
I was also wondering on fishing on Mantrap, muskies in particular. I'm heading up in 2 weeks for some muskie fishing. Have you done much there? Has anyone? Every time I see a post for Mantrap there is not much for a response. Who knows, maybe it's a secret gem!
Coach Dog

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I fished Mantrap for Musky last Thursday. The conditions were not ideal, but we tries anyway. I was told the fish were reaaly biting around coates island a few weeks ago, but had slowed down. We fished the area and never saw a fish. However on our way out from the access we spotted about a 36" laying under some lilly pads. I was told red/white bucktails were the ticket. Please let me know how you do.
Thanks,
Eli

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I was up on Mantrap a couple weeks ago. I saw two muskies that were ready to hit but did not. Both were on top water. The lake is clear as a bell so low light hours may be the best.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Any recommended patterns for this lake in mid-September? We're only going to fish for one day, but maybe we'll get lucky.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Mantrap can be hot at times, and other times a dead sea. It has a nice mix of numbers and at times size...

I spend the majority of my time on the lower basin and the east arm hitting the midlake humps. You are almost guranteed to see fish on these spots (if you can find them).

If you want numbers try smaller bucktails and spinnerbaits - if you want a shot at size, throw topwater. Prop baits are best - like a topwalker or thunderhead... I have yet to land a fish under 46.5 inches on a topwater lure on Mantrap...

AND PLEASE BE PREPARED IF YOU GO!!! I fish Mantrap quite a bit, it is one of my favorite lakes. Fishing pressure is increasing, and I feel that the release reate is not as high as other muskie lakes. There are alot of people out there that know very little about muskie fishing, and wind up keeping the fish they do catch. I see a number of boats out there tossing baits with SPINNING RODS AND REELS. I have also found dead muskies floating in the lake, that were likely caused by release mortality...

If you land a muskie, please keep the fish in the water as long as possible. If you don't have a net or cradle, get one...

When you net the fish, keep the net and the fish, IN THE WATER until it is unhooked. Then if you must, take a quick photo and release the fish as soon as you can. Basically keep it in the water as long as possible.

I may be preaching to the choir here, but last weekend I watched a boat land a 40 inch class fish. They had a nice big net, but when they netted the fish, they pulled it into the boat to unhook it. The guy even went so far as to put on a glove to handle the fish. This fish was out of the water for at least 5 minutes and with the water temps in the mid to upper 70's the odds of that fish surviving that much stresss are slim to none.

Then, after they took a photo, the guy just dumped the fish into the lake! I then watched them hover around the spot, following the muskie as I am sure it struggled to swim away... Hopefully the fish survived...

These guys had all of the tools, but didn't ues them properly.

So please, if you want to enjoy this fishery, handle the fish as little as possible, and keep them in the water....

Sorry for the rant, but I needed to vent...

Good luck,

John B

Link to comment
Share on other sites

JWB475 Well put. And you are very correct there are alot of people on that lake in particular that keep fish. I could not believe the amount of fish kept about 3-4 weeks ago when the fish were going good. It really is an individuals choice to keep a trophy fish but I also believe if you put back that 46" it will someday be 50+". Just my personal thoughts. Again your post was well put and I hope it is read by many and we all can take/learn something from it. Thanks

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 2 weeks later...

I hit Mantrap last weekend on Saturday from about noon till 9PM.

Day bite was tough for me, but from 6:30pm till just after dark it really picked up. Moved alot of fish on topwater, and had some blow ups. All the fish were shallow, less than 6 feet...

I managed to land a nice fat 46 incher on a Giant Jackpot at about 7PM. Nothing beats landing a muskie on a topwater lure.

Thought for sure I was going to land another shortly afterwards, but it wasn't meant to be I guess...

I will be back on the water this weekend, not sure If I will hit Mantrap or try another lake.

Let us know how you do...

Good luck and best fishes,

John B

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Three of us hit Mantrap on saturday. We fished hard and fished from 8 am until about 5 pm. No fish in the boat, but we had 2 follows and one partner had one fish on for a few seconds right away. That fish was huge, close to 45". It jumped clear out of the water and I can still picture it! What a sight, man!!! I saw the other 2 follows and they were dandy fish as well, probably 40".
We threw a lot of bucktails and a few cranks. Black bucktail w/ silver blade is what all follows were on and was the lure that the one fish was on for a bit. The fish we saw were shallow near shore, pads, reeds, adjacent to deep water. We also tried some mid-lake structure w/ no success.
All in all, a successful outing. No landed fish, but we saw fish. Big healthy ones at that. I'm very impressed w/ that lake. It's a pretty lake that is very clear w/ LOTS of structure. I bet the fishing is tough when the sun shines. Can't wait to go again, maybe in October.
Coach Dog

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.


  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • 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😁.   
    • leech~~
      Thanks for clearing up your statement.  So what is the daily limit down there?  
    • SkunkedAgain
      How thick is the snow on the lake? Is there any left?
    • Kettle
      His guide business harvests less than 1,000 teal a year. The state of Louisiana harvests over 150,000 teal a year and over 2 million ducks total. If that makes sense. 
    • leech~~
      Maybe I'm confused, but I hope one guide is not killing anywhere near the birds as an entire state of hunters?  
    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the south end...   Ice fishing continues strong and it is still winter on the border.    Overnight temps in the teens and twenties are maintaining ice nicely.  Fishing continues to be excellent.  It has been an incredible year for walleyes and saugers with both numbers and size.     Resort fish houses and sleeper fish houses are available.  Some ice roads are allowing pickup trucks pulling wheelhouses as well.  Check with each individual ice road for specific limits.   As always, and certainly this year, it is important to stay on the resort ice roads.  It is tempting to go off on your own as there isn't much snow, but that is a risky move any time of the year.  Resorts and outfitters keep their roads on the best ice and monitor it numerous times per day.   Lake of the Woods enjoys an extended ice fishing season each year.  Fish houses are allowed on the ice through March 31st, the walleye / sauger season goes through April 14th and the pike season never ends.   The majority of ice fishing for walleyes and saugers is taking place in 24 - 34 feet of water.  Jigging one line and using a live minnow on the second line is the way to go.   Pike anglers fishing shallower shoreline breaks and reporting good activity and big fish.  Pike activity will only increase as we approach the month of March.  Arming your spread with a mixture of live and dead baits will allow you to quickly figure out what the pike wants that day. Alewife, smelt, herring, numerous sizes of live suckers, or even large shiners work well. On the Rainy River...  Most ice fishing is taking place on the lake.  There are a couple of resorts that ice fish on the Rainy River.  Know ice conditions or work through a resort or outfitter for safety.    The river is open east of Birchdale.  Those who enjoy the spring open water season on the river are optimistic the river will open early.  Is your boat and fishing gear ready when it does? Up at the NW Angle...   Another very good week of ice fishing up at the Angle.  Walleyes, saugers, jumbo perch, eelpout, pike and some big crappies in the mix.   Water conditions are clearer this winter compared to most.  For that reason, the morning and evening bites have been stronger than midday overall. Jigging one line and deadsticking the second line is the way to go.  Electronics help in determining what the fish want that given day and will up your catch of fish.   Ice fishing has been excellent, come on up.  It's still winter on the border! 
    • Kettle
      There's only one Waterfowl guide in the country that I went to. He runs about 20 trips a year. So he harvests about 185,000 less teal a year than some of the individual southern states. In MN, lots of the teal are gone before the early teal season 
    • leech~~
      Wow, don't want to be one of those guys.  But, you don't think such liberal limits down there, hurts the northern population next spring?  
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.