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i was out on it 3 times now and have caught a total of 5 of them for about 6 hours out there. i dont know what happened to them. i fished in the main 15 ft hole. last year i would catch them just as fast as i could rebait. i did however catch a ton of perch. all little but it kept me entertained for a while. anyone else been out there or have any ideas what the deal is?

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I thought i seen a post last spring on this lake about alot of dead fish on the shore.
maybe winterkill?

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i guess thats possible but i would almost doubt it because its not THAT shallow of a lake and last winter wasnt that bad....but i dont know much about it. its deffinatly a possibility.

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it wasn't winterkill at all, it was later in the spring, june I think. I contacted the DNR and they said it was a combination of the spawn and a gill parasite. in my opinion, its probally what this lake needed, as there were far to many small crappies in there. maybe now we can grow some slabs.

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Heres what i know about fleming lake this winter, i hit the ice during halftime of the vikes poor showing against the bears on sunday and got off the ice just as the game was gettin done. During this time i had drilled 4 holes, all of which showed fish in them, i had landed about 3 limits of crappies, some odd sizes of perch, and one nice bluegill. Maybe i hit it on a good day but i think that if you move around and find the fish most others can do well also.

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panfishhunter, can you give me a snow depth report, I was planning on being up there for bringing in the new year, do a little ice fishin' and a little riding on the sled. wasn't sure if I should bring the ATV or the sled. I am glad to here you did good on the crappies.

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  • 2 weeks later...

tryed a little fishing on the 1st, and the same thing, lots of small crappies.

panfisher your AWOL. have you been out lately?

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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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