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Erskine / Mentor Area Lakes


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A family member recently purchased a piece of property near Erskine and has given me permission to use the house whenever. Just wondering about any decent walleye opportunities nearby. I know Maple has a pretty good reputation but I am not too familiar with it other than catching crappies out from the culvert in the spring. Any hardwater suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Seeker,

I wouldn't consider any of these lakes too great of a walleye fishery, but there are some to be had. The best local lakes I've had in the winter is on Union and Sarah. Good variety of fish, however no walleye's ever. I do also know some of the smaller "un-named" lakes can be good.

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Thanks for the reply Hemlock. I'll just have to scout around if and when I get up there.

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Lake sara has really went down hill the last 5 or so years. we used to be able to go out on the ice and caught all kinds of fish. but lately you dont caught much of anything even in the summer. we went out this summer and caught a few small northerens and that was it. we fished from 5 or so til bout midnight. only northerens.
maple has really been down also. but very early you can find some. other than that its tough with all the boat and snowmobile traffic. union havent fished much but here some reports on occasion. spearing in these lakes has really brought down the size of the northerns. hope this helps.

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If you're into panfishing at all, I'd hit Union early and often. There are a ton of bluegills in there and some big ones too!! 4 or 5 of us used to go out and catch our limit and then have a big fish fry. Not many people fish the gills on Union, but it is a lot of fun when they're hitting. Nice crappies too!! I'm into walleyes bigtime also, but a good panfish bite is just as much fun - plus its during the day - fish the eyes at night!!

FI

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that is what i was kind of wondering myself were the local lakes doing anything and some set up spots for some pike walleye and some crappie on sarah and union you see some not alot big fish caught out of these lakes which i can be there and all set up in 45 minutes just get tired of all the long and late drives dont get me wrong i like to fish Lake of the Woods and Upper red just like to get on local ice and get some fish and another question why is there so little attention be paid to these lakes by the DNR as far as restock help out the small lakes would also help the local businesses it seens like the right thing to not just stock one lake and forget about everone else if you know what i am getting at

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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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