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Walnut Lake (in fairabult county)

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I was wondering if anyone has ice fished walnut or south walnut lake (A.K.A. Walnut lake W.M.A.) The dnr survey in 2003 looks great. I would like to drive out on S. walnut twords the inlet/ outlet area on the east side of the lake(not the channel between the lakes) I know its only a few feet deep. Im afraid of driving near any springs that may be out there.

looking at the air photo's ,I have a feeling theres deeper areaa ,up around the bend near the north east corner of south walnut (where the East branch of the blue earth river splits). Its way too far to drag everything from shore, and snowmobiles and A.T.V.'s arnt alowed in Wild life management areas . Any info would be a great help.




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I have fished it in open water by the bridge in the past. We caught some nice walleyes and a few pike. When they were biting, it was shoulder to shoulder people lined up. I have never ice fished it though. It would be weird to ice fish with only 2 ft of water under the ice. Good luck.

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Fished out there during first Ice for 4 hours and did not get a bite. We fished out in the middle of the south lake. The fish that are in the came from the river because last year the water was low and when we quit fishing it last year there was only 10" of water under the ice and that was mid January. I have talked to DNR out there and they said you could dag your house out with a 4 wheeler but he didn't want me to leave it out there when I was fishing. It sounded like it is a gray area. By the way good luck finding anything over 3.5'other than the channel.

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    • fisherjmb
      My parents were up yesterday and Wednesday and they did pretty good. Out in the mud in about 33-34 feet. Lots of boats were trolling but they did well looking for pods of fish and then spot-locking over the top of them and jigging with leeches and frozen shiners. 
    • Jmnhunter
      i havent been out in for atleast a month out there but check out walleye dan's facebook, he usually posts a report weekley; https://www.visitbrainerd.com/blog/fishing-report-july-16-2018/
    • ifishwalleye
      Hi, I’m looking for a fresh report for this weekend. Thanks in advance! Good Fishing!
    • roony
      Is the water starting to recede on the lakes East of Orr? I heard it was really high on Myrtle. We're coming up to Black Duck in a week or so, just wondering if things are getting back more towards normal. 
    • AlwaysFishing23
      I’ve fished sylvan heavily the last two years. Done very well. Many nice pike, bass, walleye, and bluegill. For pike trolling shadraps pretty much any where will get you all the 20”-25” pike you want. Plenty of dence cover all over for bass and that is the usual bass presentations. And for gills in the spring the channel between the two bays was VERY good this past spring went three days in a row and got 2 limits each time ( two angles in the boat) and relesed many many more.  Also the panfish limit on sylvan is 5 per person so be aware of that. I was out there 2 weeks ago and did ok. Again two limits of nice gills and a handful of pike but it took a lot of work to find them. I’m unsure of the walleye fishing out there but have heard it’s a good lake. Im not an expert on sylvan but know a little so hope this helps ya out. Good luck!
    • BartmanMN
      Thanks Cliff. I am coming up for my week of paradise tomorrow as well.
    • tacklejunkie
      The last two times on the river have been slow to say the least. Trolled Shipping channels, river channels, and all the flats. Crawler harnesses and crank baits. Anybody having any luck out there?
    • gimruis
      If the water is that clear and you can see 17-20 feet down, the fish will be very spooky.  And if the sun is out, they will be looking for relief from the sun in the form of shade.  Night time might actually be a better option.
    • gimruis
      Not terrible.  But they can be merciless, I will tell you.
    • Mike89
      below the darn is a park there too if I remember right, Plus Garden City has a park by the river too I think..