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Miltona and Ida update

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I have had better days on these lakes but this weekend wasn' all that bad.

Miltona - We were on the West end on Saturday morning and evening and again on Sunday morning. The best bite was on Saturday evening. We caught about 18 cigar 'eyes (no keepers) and a 4 lb snoot. The two mornings were much slowere. We only caught 8 smalleyes and perch. But man was it beautiful out there on Sat. night. It was nice to finally catch my first walleye with my Fl-18!!!

Ida - we did a little spearing out here on Betsy Ross in between angling. We ended up with 4 in 2 days all from 4 lb - 7.5 lbs. I did see a Northern that had to have weighed at least 10 lbs but chose to let it go and then the pike took my sucker minnow. Nice fish!!!! I did some checking with some other houses to see if they were catching any crappies but it appeared no one was really doing much.

Disappointing event of the weekend. We went driving around on Miltona and ended up going out past the Northeast Outfitters rental. In the next group of houses there was a house that had about 25 perch laying outside their house. In the pile was a walleye that had to weigh at least 8 lbs. I am curious why anyone would keep something like that and not photo and release. Oh well...

I'll be back this next weekend to find some more 'eyes. Has anyone found any yet?


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Jason...sound like an adventurous weekend!...Glad you found success with the FL-18....flashers are becoming indespensible for ice fishing!

The area where we put the rental house has put up some nice perch...and as dissapointing evidence showed...an occasional lunker walleye as well!...There's a good 9 days of walleye angling left...let's go get 'em! *(but be sure to save some for the spring opener!)

good luck!

Northeast Outfitters
915 Hwy 29 N NE
Alexandria, MN 56308
(320) 763-9598

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Hey there!
Another weekend update on Ida.

I saw the largest Bass I have ever seen spearing. It even bit my wooden decoy. The look on his face of disappointment was hilarious.

As for spearing we did pretty good. Took 5 Northerns on Sat. All 4-6 lbs. Then we got one more on Sund about 5 lbs. Should make some good pickling! smile.gif

Didn't get a chance to do any jigging. Father-in-law said it was too cold. We planned to go to Smith. Heard the crappies were biting.

The boat show at Stubs got the summer heart pumping. What I wouldn't do to get a new Alumicraft Tournament Pro 175 with a 75 4-stroke Yamaha! Man, if only the wife liked fishing as much as me! frown.gif

Well, my winter fishing is coming to an end. One last trip to LOW for some crappies in late March. Otherwise, let's bring on some warm weather!

Hope everyone finishes the season well.

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Southernminny: My dad had a lake home on Ida for over 30 years. I can't even begin to count the bass that we caught and released in that lake. I have one that I mounted back in 1983 that went 5-13oz. My sister now owns the lake home, but I haven't been back there for awhile. It is a great body of water. Glad you had a good weekend. I'm headed to LOW two weeks from today and again on Mar 20th. You must be fishing north for the crappies eh? Bill

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    • jigginjim
      If you live on the lake from what I have seen and heard they put the boasts ok n when nobody is at the ramp checking. So much for the great inspection, no decontamination after leaving the lake, that's a major issue I see. So far I have not seen any of the inspection crew at other lakes. Nobody on Constance, Buffalo or South ramp of Maple lake.
    • Fishing Frenzy
      Has been pretty slow lately. One night you do decent then the next nothing. Very hit or miss.
    • BobT
      Aren't there some great spots along the Mississippi south of the TC? I'm not familiar with that part of the state but it seems I've heard things. 
    • Rick
      Is the night bite going?
    • delcecchi
      I would surmise the slop bays across from the resort would be good for largies.  Crappies, next bay down from resort to the right of the point with the giant mansion on it.     Smallies, any rocky shoreline or rock pile, for example  Windsock Island and vicinity. Pike, various weedy areas mostly although I have never had much luck deep in the slop.      Maybe some of the folks who go the LOR will chime in.   At least you didn't ask where to catch walleye on the west end. 😊
    • Tominator692
      Went out Walleye fishing Saturday night and I caught this beauty. Measured 45 1/4" and estimated weight of close to 30#'s. Fought it for over 40 minutes. Caught on 6 pound line with a #4 hook. What an epic battle.
    • Fishguy20
      Going for some largemouth on pike lake near duluth tomorrow if I could get some advice that would be nice. Never fished it before 
    • Fishguy20
      So island was kind of a bust when I went a few weekends ago. It could be the fishermen or could be just bad fishing   
    • Mr Mayor
      I know all those areas well.  I'm a Parsippany~ish kid myself.  Traffic did suck when the commute was 40 one way- now just 5.5, all backroads. @Wanderer Hey for boat rentals a license isn't needed?  I have my NJ boat lisc, but doubt they'd honor it.... To ALL!  Thanks for all the replies and help here... sooo looking forward to the trip. I will  indeed look closer as the time draws nearer, and omg, I would love to be a boat buddy (we say boat b!tch), and consider this my "ask".. Thanks again fellas! Tight lines!   Mr Mayor
    • Skibo