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Yellow Dog

Cedar Lake near Aitkin

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Yellow Dog

I have never fished this lake. I drive by it a lot as it is on the southwest side of Aitkin.

Anybody fish it? Any walleyes or crappies to be had? Is it a populated lake with the jet-ski crowd or pleasure boaters?

The shoreline looks like it might be receptive to buzz-baits for some bass too.

What do you think?

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FlyingV

Its good for Crappies and Bass if you can find them. It water is stained very dark from local swamp run off. It has lots of nice back bays and quite a bit of un developed shoreline. I heard the DNR has been putting Muskies in it for a while but I have not heard of anyone fishing for them.
It can get busy on weekends.

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Matt Breuer

My folks have lived on it for many many years, and I have been fishing it since I was 15. The lake is full of bass, and does hold populations of both crappies and walleyes, but you have to work for them, especially the 'eyes. Quality when found however! Muskie fishing out there has been getting more pressure every year, and yes, it's pretty decent, the size of the lake makes it interesting to find them as well. There are a ton of jet ski enthusiasts, as well as pleasure boaters, but it's a big lake!

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Yellow Dog

Thanks! I called the DNR fishery in Aitkin with these same questions and I talked to a very helpful gentleman. He talked about the DNR doing a netting project on Cedar right now for muskies. He mentioned that it is rather cool on that lake right now to net muskies, but they have netted a few nice walleye.

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bronzeback01

We fished Cedar two weekends ago. A lot of small pike and bass. the pike were all suspended about 5-6 feet off the bottom in 13-15 feet of water. the bass were comming on weed lines drops, most on light colored spinner baits. The biggest bass came while sight fishing weedy flats on the back side of islands. Not much for walleyes, but one guy in our group did accidentaly catch a 30" walleye while jigging for muskie. The water was crystal clear when we were up there, I don't know how it is now though.

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knoppers

I usaully do good on the bass pitching crankbaits on the steep drops, have not used any spinnerbaits yet, but I am planning fishing the lake on the 4th weekend, and since the water is still cold 62-64 degres on area lakes this weekend, the bass should be shallow.
I have fished this lake in early, and late summer, the water has always been quit clear.

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    • Wanderer
      When you rubbed your hand on the ducer before, did you notice a thin layer of ice on it?  I’m guessing No, with how you described the situation, but that can happen with a ducer that’s below freezing when you dunk it in the water.  It ruins sensitivity.     You’re open ice fishing, yes?  Not in the warmth of a house?  Like the others mentioned, could just be your graph doesn’t like the cold.  And it’s always better to have the depth range locked in than on auto.   Good luck Bob.
    • Walleye Guy
      Do you have a link to an article or regulation that shows the changes?
    • Wanderer
      Yeah, I think we’ve had enough.  The silver lining for me is I DONT plan on fishing this weekend.  But I do have to ready my sled for next weekend in ON.  I’m hoping the snow isn’t as bad up there.  Strange to think it’s a possibility but yeah, that’s how much we have in MN.   I kept my face plastered to the plane window going down to Denver on Monday.  The snow line peters out around the NE/CO border.  The only people not complaining about snow and cold at home were from CA!   I thought there was a noticeable lack of fishouses out on our MN lakes too.  I hope to get a good view of Mille Lacs when we come into Brainerd.  It was amazing how small the lake looked on the way out! 😄
    • smurfy
      so anyone know whats up with snowfighter???????? he hasnt posted in a long long time?????? hope all is well with him. my parents bought the cabin from his dad!!!!!!
    • Dusty
      good news, I heard earlier that it was under consideration.
    • artjaco
      Looking at the latest images, the lake looks pretty iced over... are there any areas of thin ice / open water to be found? Not looking to fish, need to test some safety gear with a group. Any river mouths open or areas between Duluth and Tettegouche?
    • Bigfatbert
      Yup !!   Also note the new one over change to 26”... it’s currently 28” 18”-26 must be immediately released , and one walleye over 26” may be included daily and possession. Kab , Namakan, Sand Point , Crane . These changes start on the 2019 opener .
    • AlwaysFishing23
      So after the 8” of snow the other day the lakes are a huge mess. I was out for a snowmobile ride yesterday and went to a lake not to far from home. I like to ride out there a couple times a week. So I made a loop around the lake and the snow was about knee deep but had no issues. I was just about ready to head home and checked out an area I like to fish. Well.... I jumped a plowed road bank and sink in about 1 foot of water and slush. I pinned my sled and barley crawled along about 50 years to dry snow. So my weekend plans of fishing are done. This was a smaller lake so I’m sure all lakes are impassable. I have what I think id a good ice fishing sled. A Polaris 600 with a 136” track never had an issue before but with all the snow and slush now there’s no way I’ll be able to fish. The snowmobile trails haven’t beeen grommed after the last snow and I’m getting sick of riding the ditches. Anyone else annoyed with all this snow now? Thanks Mother Nature I now have nothing to do this weekend! 😥
    • DonkeyHodey
      Way to let "Quasimoto" go and perpetuate his/her goofy genes...  If I catch a bunch of funny-looking, humpy 13.5 inchers in the future, I'm blaming you! 😁  (...as opposed to the scrawny 9 inchers I'm lucky to catch...) Poor thing looks like it's gonna get stuck in the ice-hole!
    • BobT
      I usually keep my sonar unit in the house because I put it on the charger every time I get home. Just for fun, the next time it does it, I might try just warming up the transducer and sending it back down the hole to see what happens. Thanks.