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Koronis or Rice?


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Last year we had some luck on Rice but this year we are trying Koronis. If you were to fish one of these lakes this weekend, which would it be?

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My cabin is on Rice, so of course I say "go to Koronis, and take everyone with you"!

I usually stay on Rice, but actually have caught some nice opener 'eyes in the river between the two. I'll be curious to see where the water levels are. That might sway my choice. Based on the last few years, I'd vote Rice to be honest.

cjac

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We have done well on Rice in the past and Koronis is alright but I think that being Koronis is bigger and deeper it seems it doesn't turn on until a few weeks after the opener.JMO

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I haven't decided yet. I've had some of my best openers on Koronis. The bites on both lakes can be very good. Then again this is true for any lake in central MN. I'm leaning a bit towards Koronis but that might change.

Borch

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Borch- What works best for you on Koronis? We have had some tough openers there. We manage to get fish but nothin spectacular.

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Alot depends on water temps. But I usualy start at the weed edge and then work shallower. Last several years we've done very well in 5 ft or less. Once it gets dark it's definitely under 5 ft most openers. One thing I've found is that when people have a tough opener on Koronis it's usually because they are fishing too deep. I've just learned this over the years. Often the guys fishing off the docks do ok during those tough openers.

As far as techniques go. Livebait rigs with minnows, crawlers or leeches. Crawlers are often good early in the year. Also a 1/16 or 1/8 oz jig with a minnow, leech or half a crawler works well flipped into the weeds, up along shore or around docks. Then there's casting or trolling cranks, my favorite approach once it gets dark.

Good Luck!

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I'll second the trolling cranks. 7-11' during the day and shallower at night.

My buddy dragging us to Rice wants to lindy rig leeches. Not sure if he knows a depth to start but you can bet it will be shallow!

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Thanks Borch, We will be out there saturday and poss. sunday unless I come back and fish Tonka.

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Hey Borch,

Remember a couple years ago on Rice for opener when the eyes were stacked up where the Crow comes in? Big ones, right in the current and slack on the side.

What was that scenario? Wondering if the recent rains will create such a pattern again? Any thoughts?

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Luckybites: I have usually had luck in deeper water w/ Lindy's. I should be running them most of the weekend but think I'm going to try some cranks also.

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Hey Borch,

Remember a couple years ago on Rice for opener when the eyes were stacked up where the Crow comes in? Big ones, right in the current and slack on the side.

What was that scenario? Wondering if the recent rains will create such a pattern again? Any thoughts?


Current areas are always high potential spots this time of year. Problem is that many locals also are onto this and the boats are usually stacked in these areas. As far as the rain goes it won't likely effect things much. We've had less than an inch this past week. Most of it has been light to moderate.

When it comes down to it the fish will be deep, shallow or somewhere in between. But I'd put my money on shallow. Especially if it's windy or overcast.

Borch

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Was on Koronis today and only got 1 small northern, in about 6ft of water. Dragging a spinner with a FATHEAD :-) heheh!!!

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Tried Rice Sunday and Koronis today, we caught 5 little northerns and a small eye on Rice, 2 nice smallies (4-5lbs) and lost a 20" walleye at the boat on Koronis, nothing real shallow, 6-12' for all of them. Everything on Rice was caught trolling, everything on Koronis was on shiners. As with most reports I've heard it was real slow!

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Fished Rice Sat morning and caught 9 northerns and 1 small eye. All pike trolling and the eye on the deeper edge. We need some warmer water!

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