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Esquagamah or Rat lake


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Has anybody been on Esquagamah or Rat lake? How is the ice? How is the Crappie bite? I hope to get up to Red during the next warm up, if not I will try to get out on Esquagamah or Rat. How does Rat lake Crappies compare in size to Esquagamah Crappies? I know the Crappies run small in Esquagamah but there are great numbers of them.

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Bill

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I was on "Squag" last week. One day I fished for about 3 hours and caught maybe 5 crappies the whole time. The next day 2 of us caught and released probably 50 crappies in about two hours, kept 10 for the frying pan. None were very big. I haven't fished Rat lake since I was a little kid, so I can't help you there.

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I will be up to rat tomorrow. are the sunnies biting and are the crappies in the deep hole? Any help will due. I fish rat pretty hard in the spring, but never in the winter.

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I will be on rat tomorrow. Are the sunnies biting? Are the crappies in the deep hole? Ifish rat pretty hard in the spring. Any help would be good.

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I just got back . Fished all day and only a few small crappies. The size was the most disappointing thing . I also heard of reports of people catching overlimits. This use to be a great panfish lake but with the publicity this lake gets, it will soon be a lake that people drive by and tell stories about. Please practice catch and release and throw the 9 or 10 inch crappies back and we all will see the results.

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  • 5 weeks later...

Has anyone been on Esquagamah recently? I haven't been up there this year and was wondering if there was any plowed roads and if extensions were needed for augers. Might make a trip up from the cities this weekend if a person can get around.

Thanks!

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As of last weekend extensions were not needed. There is a road plowed out to the biggest cluster of houses. If you have 4WD you won't have to worry about getting stuck even off the plowed road. I was in a dakota 4X4 and had no problems.

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    • 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
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    • leech~~
      Maybe I'm confused, but I hope one guide is not killing anywhere near the birds as an entire state of hunters?  
    • LakeofthewoodsMN
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    • 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?  
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