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Has anyone been there this week? What is the water temp? Any walleyes moving? I plan to fish it saturday am, I will post results.

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fished it this last weekend the earlier you can get out there the beter the eyes seemed to stop biting around 7:00

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Lake Itasca was featured on the back of Outdoor News about a month ago. It sounds like it doesn't get a lot of pressure. I will be in Park Rapids this weekend and might see if I can get up to Lake Itasca sometime during the weekend. I bought a park permit last fall and need to get my money out of it. Hopefully it wont be terrential rains all weekend.

Good luck,
Nels

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Thanks guys. CM, any tips on depth and approach? I was going to go 1/8 oz and shiner and try anywhere from 6-16.

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Thanks--I will report next week if I make it over there.

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about 8-12 feet and we were doing just as good if not beter with fat heads

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Did not make it over, fished George instead. The weather was so bad. But we did go over to bike, hike, etc. (in the rain) and the people at the bait shop said walleyes were going good. Some guy was cleaning a mess of rock bass at the landing (???) Again thanks for the info.

Just out of curiousity, has anyone eaten a rock bass, ever?

LA

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So how did you do on george? We did fairly good on Itasca friday and saturday

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Monday morning, two pike, one bass. It was tough, raining, etc. Were you fishing the west arm?

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Lake ALice, there are some people who eat rock bass. They are known a Iowans. (an observaion made by a summer's work at a resort)

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I cannot really imagine eating one. Just got back tonight from up north, Itasca gills were really going. Right near the island, 6 feet, flu flus and waxies.

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We used to keep them & eat them when we were kids. I also have kept them on a rare occasion ice fishing when it was slow & I was hungry for some fish. They're a pain to filet, but they seem to taste alright. I'd guess they're pretty fishy tasting like any bass if you'd keep one over 3/4 of a pound or something like that. It seems like when you clean them their skin's really tough, so when you get through it sometimes you cut right through their backbone too. Seems like the skin's tougher than the backbone.

I fished that lake a couple of times a few years ago in late August & got I think 3 eyes between 17-19", but they were hard to come by. Of course they often are that time of year about anywhere. It's not really that big & then buried in the middle of the park, plus the low speed limit I'm sure cuts down on the serious fisherman traffic.

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I'm heading up there this weekend and have caught an eye & a pike in 6 trips on the lake. What's the best way for someone to have some fun out on the lake for anything?? I tried bass on year along a fallen tree and they'd strike but couldn't hook them. Tried for sunnies and that was a was of time. Trolled and spot fished and nothing. Looking for an info...lures, bait spots. Don't want to go skunked again!! Thanks

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First of all, I've never fished the lake yet but there are couple techniques that are usually good on any lake if your just looking for some action. For Bass and northerns I would troll a firetiger shad rap along the weedline or cast a white spinnerbait up in the reeds. Also flippin a black Berkley Power worm (Texas rigged) up in the weeds should get some bass. If none of those work I have also had good luck casting a small white jig with a white twister tail along the weedline for crappies, Bass, and Norherns. Try those techniques and let us know if you catch anything.
Good luck,
Nels

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Hope this isn't too late but I did well tossing a chartreuse spinner bait (tiny term) on the weed lines that dropped into deeper water and in the shallows (i.e. the bay by Bear paw camp ground) a texas rigged or short carolina rigged(8-10") tube bait produced good #'s. And if you can find some lilly pads, throw that tube in, I **** near had the rod hanked out of my hands. Good luck.

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jason:
hey. here are some SIMPLE tips to get you some bass and pike. pick up a natural looking floating rapala (5-6") and also a bright colored one. and grab a jointed rapala of natural tones, or maybe blue and white. attatch these to a swivel, or small leader. these are all you need to "have fun" on nearly ANY lake that holds bass and pike. find a weed line, or shallows with lilly pads, and cast your rap close to the pads/weeds, retrieve, and hang on. make sure you have a pliers or hook remover as well, because the 3 treble hooks won't let you down. also, you can pick up some large spinners of various colors. pike and bass love them.
good luck and have fun...
-perch.

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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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