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Fishook

Park Rapids area is very tight lipped!

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Fishook

A.A. - I couldn't agree more with you. The PR thread does not get much action. I am from IA but we spend lots of time in the PR area. My username will give you one lake name if you are familiar with the area - Fish Hook. I would like to see more conversation here so maybe your attempt will pick things up. We spend lots of open water time up there and I usually get up to ice fish once or twice a year. Thanks for trying and we can only watch what happens.

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Avid Angler

This forum is so tight lipped up there.

I fish up there quite a bit year around and I check this forum once and a while, and it is dead. There are so many lakes in this region that are excellent fishing lakes. I know probably about four lakes that I am confident I can get on fish. I want to live in this area, because there would be no reason a person could live on fish year around up here. It's a great place, and if I ever move up here, I will take this section under my wing and help you guys that need help getting on the fish, but for know the spots are limited and I want to enjoy them when get up there. If your looking for pike and panfish. I might be able to help you.

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LuciandTim

I spend time fishing the area in the summer. Not much on the ice. I also Deer hunt in the area. Nevis to be exact. Uncle has a cabin on Deer Lake.

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scruffy

yeah i don't know why this p.r. forum is always so quiet. now that bow season is over, i'll have some more time to fish. will try and have some updates. i've only been out on the ice once since new years. speared a nice pike (3-4 lbs) on wolf lake. had one other nail my decoy, but never got to throw at.

my bro was to red lake on tues/wed and the bite is on up there for sure. he and 4 other guys got 70-some all day tues, and 30-some fish wed am.

haven't heard much of anything out of straight lake. a few smallish crappie, and occasional eye. but straight is usually a pretty consistant producer for crappie/walleye.

any one been out on shell yet? i've not yet winter fished that lake. only a few summer trips. many hammerhandles.

anxious to hear any reports out there...

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Fishook

Have you ever fished Island West? Just curious if anyone has heard of anything going on through the ice at that lake.

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sami0115

i will do my best to give feedback all summer this year. i mainly fish Potato for bass. i will to Potato about 8 or 9 times thru this year, and will be glad to report. i will be up there in 2 weeks for some ice fishing and if i have any luck i will let you all know.

lets get this forum rockin this year!

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Avid Angler

Hey guys,

Thanks for the responses! It sounds like most of you don't live up there, and that is who really uses this thread. I heard the crappies have been hitting on Heinz lake in the hole. The fish are suspended. There are few small lakes up in the Paul Bunyan state forest that are real good for bluegill and crappies. They are off of old logging trails, but you can get to them with a truck. Lower dead lake has been giving up some pike. The numbers are there, but your average size is around two to four pounds. That lake needs the anglers out there that want to catch pike. Way to many in there, but the action is normally fast. I am hoping to go up there in the next few weeks. I will probably try Potato, Big Man Trap, Blue and Big Sand. All good lakes, but need to find the fish.

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joneshat11

This would be great if we all could get something going here. My parents just got a cabin up there and it seems that I spend more time trying to find good spots fishing than I do actually fishing. Not only is this forum here tight lipped so are the bait shops up there. I haven't been able to get a word out of them and thats even after an over hundred dollar cash register bill.

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sami0115

we have done well in the West arm of Potato the last 3 years that we have been up ice fishing. we go up the last weekend of January every year. mostly catching pike on tip ups with sucker minnows. generally the pike are roaming in 20 to 25 feet of water off submerged points. i added an underwater camera to my ice fishing arsenal last year. it is great to watch a pike come in and hit the minnow. in most cases the pike charges the minnow to wound it and then backs off and then comes back again to take it for a run. so i have learned that just because the flag went up doesn't mean that the fish is on yet. give 'em a minute and then wait for the spool to run.

i have had almost no success on Potato for sunnies or crappies thru the ice. so if anyone has suggestions for spots or presentations it would be greatly appreciated. we are planning on staying in the west arm, but do have mobility and a portable ice shack if there are places nearby to try.

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Willy

Sami, For crappies in Potato, I would try just off of that first point on the north side of the west bay when coming from the landing. The point has a small flat and then it dumps into about 50 feet. I have done well here in the summer. Never ice fished Potato, but that would be the first spot that I would try. Punch a bunch of holes from the point all the way out to that deep water. Jump around until you find a few. For sunnies, I would try and find any weeds that are still standing and fish those. Other than that, Potato seems to me like it would be a hard lake to fish in the winter with it being so deep and filled with structure.

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sami0115

thanks... i know what spot you are talking about.. i will give it a try next time..

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Fishook

What lake are you on? We have been on Fish Hook for five years and I have learned alot about that lake, Potato, Eagle, and a few others around P.R. Our hearts are up there all year long even though we can't always be. I have to agree with you about the bait shop advice given out. I have come to the conclusion they tell you what they think you want to hear and will always be very general. I don't have a problem with that but I do take issue when they act like I don't know a thing about what I am asking. That said, I really enjoy the challenge and every year I am learning more about all the lakes I try.

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PRWoody

Hello Folks,

As you can guess by my Alias, I am from PR. Born, raised

and reside in PR. Lived on Fishhook all my life. Have

a vast experience on many of the nation vacation land's

wonderful lakes, as Dead Elephant would put it! To

answer your question, quite frankly we don't care!

We get sick of the pressure from the cabin owners and

visitors. Don't like that answer, live with it! I am

not speaking for everyone, but I can say the vast majority

that are serious about their fishing around PR.

Reasons why, we have literally seen lakes get hammered

where selective species have never made a rebound.

Fishhook, Itasca, Big Mantrap, Emma, Crow Wings, Duck,

Two Inlets, Long, Bottles, Portage all had great pan-

fishing until the "word" got out and were slaughtered.

Unfortunately, many were "locals" that took advantage

of the circumstances, but there was also many from

outside the local zipcodes. I am personally at fault

for Fishhook and partially at fault for Itasca and

Mantrap. Best advice, do your own homework and don't

rely on the locals to give out their secrets on this

website! I am probably one of few that even knows about

this site in PR, let alone knows how to get on the

internet!

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northernlights

I agree, Big Sand was fished out to the max and then the DNR stripped all of the eggs out of the walleyes. Havent fished it since

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NELS-BELLS

Welcome to the forum PRWoody,

I had the same paranoid attitude as you do when I 1st registered on this forum. I have since learned that most of the people that are registered are the type of people that are concerned about the future of fishing. Most of us don't give out GPS coordinates to a spot or expect them. We are just people who love to fish and share ideas, info. and maybe lakes that we have had success with in the past. Heck, you can go to the DNR website and get fish survey info on lakes.

If someone says they caught some walleyes on Potato in 17' of water...its not like they are selling out the lake. I don't think that there is going to be a swarm of people fishing Potato as a result. Besides I have fished right next to people and they are catching fish one after another and I don't get a bite or vice versa.

As far as visitors coming to the Park Rapids area in the winter, I've got to believe that most are snowmobilers and very few are ice fishing. I bet most of the people on the lakes now are locals and they are the ones that will go out day after day until the fish are gone or stop biting, but I could be wrong.

I've had a cabin on Eagle L. for 5 years now and hopefully I will get up there this winter for the first time and try some ice fishing.

Hey, if you want to share some of your GPS coordinates, you can email me. wink.gif

Nels

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PRWoody

If you ever read the ODN, it is funny how the same lakes

are producing the same fish in the same depths every

time. I get the feeling ODN, gets a recorded message

from Kevin at Delaney's. What lakes are hot; Big Sand

is kicking out walleyes all over the lake. Many under

the slot limit. Good luck trying to get on the lake

unless you like to do some water hopping in front of

the boat landing! Eagle has been producing crappies,

have no clue were to go on the lake, rarely fish the

lake. To answer some other post, there are no trout

in Elk, that is a muskie only lake, with a few walleyes

that can be found from time to time. Have not heard

much about Emma, people only seem to fish for crappies

on that lake during the winter.

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sami0115

NELS...

i will be up on Potato next weekend (27th to 30). if you are up that weekend you should stop by for a beer or three. we generally set out tip ups for pike and jig for wallys and panfish. nothing too exciting but a great bunch of guys, you might even be able to get into a poker game...

Andy

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PRWoody

Sami,

I will find out for you the ice conditions on Potato,

can get very scary over the main bar going in the

north part of the lake. We use to ice fish off the

rock pile in front of the Pines. Some years we would

hammer the walleyes, 200+ a winter. 1/2 of those

were over 20". Alot of CPR. As I type, we are getting

snow and expect another 6 inches by Saturday. All

the lakes will probably be snowmobiles only for driving.

Plowed out a trail to the fish house last Saturday and

there are some people that are going to be in a world

or hurt after this next snow! You may want to bring

an extension.

Woody

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sami0115

Woody...

what year did you go to P.R. high school? i graduated in '84. i fish Potato quite a bit in the summer. and make it up there once or twice in the winter. we have a log home on the north shore of the west arm, just in from the bar a bit.

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PRWoody

I graduated with you! Played TE with Craig and Tony

on the 83' football team. That should give you a clue!

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sami0115

Andy K is my guess....

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PRWoody

Very good grasshopper!

What is with your avatar, you look 60 years old and

bald! Life's been that tough on you the last 20 years!

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scruffy

nels:

Quote:

I bet most of the people on the lakes now are locals and they are the ones that will go out day after day until the fish are gone or stop biting, but I could be wrong.


i agree that most out ice fishing are locals, but as far as us fishing until the populations are gone, that's rediculous. i'm not sure where your getting your info or opinon from, but i've never known or heard of any locals abusing the lakes. but have witnessed first hand tourists over-catching and keeping. i'm sure there's a few bad apples up here as everywhere else, but i take offense to your blanket comment of locals fishing out the lakes here.

most of the fishers i know locally seldom take fish home.

also, i agree with prwoody. of all my friends, i think only one has internet access. probably has something to do with the "tight lipped" forum here.

and i won't defend bait shop owners, but i'm sure they do get tired of all the "cities-fishermen" and their inquiries. even though their money spends the same. personally i'd rather catch one walleye in a spot i figured out than a limit in a spot that someone turned me on to.

fished boot lake near the access on tuesday. minimal catch. buddy and i caught 4 northerns and a decent bass. were going to go up to lotw, but weather reports calling for winds up to 40 mph and snow. didn't want to drive all the way up and not be able to fish.

any one been up to red or winnie yet?

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sami0115

i'm not bald, receding hair line maybe. how can you tell, i have a hat on. now, i may be fat, but 60 years old? i hope not..

where were you this summer? we had our 20 year reunion.

i wasn't sure if it was you when you gave the clue, so i called Kevin Long at work to verify my answer.

you should come up to the cabin next weekend and have a few beers with me and my buddies. do a little fishing and beer drinking and card playin'

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NELS-BELLS

Scruffy-

I didn't mean to offend anyone. I just know how it is around here. Someone gets on a bite and then they tell a friend or relative and next thing you know half the town is out there on that spot. Unfortunately some people get greedy and keep going out day after day and keeping there limit. Its not as big a deal with the larger lakes, but it is with smaller lakes.

Again, sorry, I'm not bashing any local people. As a matter of fact, I'm just jealous because you get to live up in what I call "Gods country".

Samii-

Thanks for the invite. If I get up there that weekend I will definately take you up on that beer or three.

Nels

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