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i'm looking at trying there since it is close to my house. just wondering if anyone could give any info looking for some crappies mostly but, wallies would be good also grin.gif

thanks in advance


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Lake byllesby- The name sounds familiar, where is it? Not that I know how the fishing is, just wanting to know where the lake, if it is good.

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I've fished Byllesby in the summer time, but I can't say i've ever hit it in the winter. In the summer I mainly stuck to the bullheads, catfish and northerns out there and it was a fairly good bite usually.

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I drive past that lake at least once a month, and it finally ocurred to me that I should find out more about it. The DNR has some good information on their lake finder web site. Sounds like some nice-sized catfish and northerns, with panfish, bullheads and carp. It's got 3 public accesses, so it would be an easy lake to try.

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I live near the lake also, but quite honestly i've only fished it a handful of times. Locals refer to it as the "dead-sea," and there can be some truth to it. Walleyes I have caught there have been after dark, or right at dark along the main channel that runs through the center of the reservoir. This can be difficult to find, and unfortunately I can't remember the depths to look for. Basically, look for the drop into the channel. There are a few scattered spots along shore where there are unmarked rock/gravel piles as well. Try to find these.

As for the crappie bite, I don't hear too much about it. Late winter, many crappies are out in the main lake making their way back to the west end to spawn/stage in the shallow wood.

Most of this information is second-hand, so please take it as such. Good luck!!!


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I have been fishing Byllesby the last 6 years now and I would say this has been the worst year. I have had my perm out there since before Christmas and we have caught 5 walleyes and two crappies. I know most of the people on the lake and nobody is catching anything really. If you were to fish it I would go to the campground for walleyes and go off the rocks in about 20 fow. It is a steep drop off, for every foot that you go from shore it gets a foot deeper. The pines would be your best bet for crappies in about 17 fow. I personally wouldnt waste my time going out there. There are much better lakes in Faribault to fish. The "dead sea" is exactly true for byllesby this year. I personally think people just use the lake to party on and not to really fish.

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hey thanks for the replies guys sounds like the ice fishing is really slow everywhere, not just byllesby. from my own experience and others i have talked to one of the worst ice fishing years, maybe this spring it will get real hot!

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