Jump to content
  • GUESTS

    If You  want access  to member only forums on FM, You will need to Sign-in or  Sign-Up now .

    This box will disappear once you are signed in as a member.

I want to drive bald eagle so bad


Recommended Posts

I would like to get out to s decent spot on Bald Eagle for both crappies and walleyes. I know that the best spots are by cigar island, but I am still nervous to drive me jeep grand cherokee out. are there any decent spots that are walkable. If you do not want to give away the spot I understand, but if you would like to help a brother out, you can reach me at [email protected]

Link to comment
Share on other sites

On the lakemaster software it's .8 mile if you take the shortest route from the public access to the NW corner of the island. 8/10ths isn't that far, especially with the little snow fall we have. Look at it this way, there aren't many people that will do it so you probably won't have much competition out there.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

well i do know the walk will be worth at least a small snack of crappies. Haven't had the motivation to walk lately. I seem to be the only guy not catching much. I have been out 10 times this year and have 4 walleye, 14 inches longest, and 20 crappie, 10 inches the biggest. Now I have been targeting walley spots not large school crappie spots. Is this a bad year or is this normal???

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Mike,

It's not a bad walk at all.I had my little ones out there a week ago,if they can make the walk out there any one of us should be able to.The part that sucked was that after about 2 hours out there they were ready to go back home!!:) Lol!!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

the walk isn't that bad, I was out there last weekend and with the snow packed down on the ice from the snowmobiles it made for a nice walk. the fishing on the other hand was not so great. I think we had one flag go but no hook up, and nothing for crappies not even a bite.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Pulling a Jeep Cherokee straight up from 20' would take alot more effort than a half mile walk back to it at 11PM!!!!

The metro is shot for driving on this year in a car or truck. I hope that we are all smart enough to realize that by now.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

SFBOY,How much ice did you MEASURE on the lakes you've been on recently? And by recently I mean today, not last week.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

thanks guys, know it is the right thing, just needed some reenforcement. Good luck before the season ends. ONLY 2.5 MORE WEEKS!!!!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Havent been out in a week and a half and there was 7" then on the ruler. If you say there is enough to drive on the lakes now, have at it. To me, its like betting $1,000 to win $1; too risky for me. My creepers an I will just have to drag out the shack for the rest of the year. Good luck with that.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Just curious about the actual thicknesses. I was parking on West metro lakes about 3 weeks ago when I measured 12 inches of ice. We had about 4 warm days since then and the rest have been cold, so I imagine things have gotten thicker. I haven't been back to those spots and I haven't measured so I won't say what they are now.

You're right that it is not good to go out on 7" of ice. I just didn't imagine that any lake had that little ice on it just over a week ago. I guess bald eagle doesn't freeze as fast as most lakes. Come on over to the western metro if you want to find some thicker ice.

On the same note. Can anyone give some current ice reports? Has Tonka hit 14"?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I just got of Bald Eagle an hour ago. I was towards the west side of the island and had 12". I measured using the ruler on my ice scoop. 9" was clear, 3 were white. Two perch, and nothing else.

BTW the lake is still closed to cars and trucks as posted by the Sherrif as of 5:00PM Friday Feb 10.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Thanks H2Ofowlr for the report. I drove out on Tonka tonight. I measured 15.5 inches everywhere I drilled holes. Only 2-3 inches was cloudy.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

One thing for everyone to keep in mind. I saw a report by the DNR stating that because this has been such a crappy winter for ice that you actually need TWICE the normal thickness to be safe.So in a NORMAL year where you would need 8"- 12" for cars or small trucks,this year there should be 16" - 24" to be safe. There were cars going in up near Walker Mn where it should definately be safe to drive by now. Be smart,stay safe. Good fishing all.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.


  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • smurfy
      kettle....have you chased around any sunfish lately???? kinda wondering if there done spawning???? the last time i was up the sunfish we did clean that had eggs in it didnt even look close to spawning. although i know they seem to carry eggs around most of the summer it seems!!!!!!
    • SkunkedAgain
      Maybe the bamboozler will end up being like every fish story, some old timers holding their hands out as wide as possible to demonstrate to a youngster just how big it was....
    • smurfy
      kettle, when are you going to fish for something decent to eat????🤔🤣🤣   nice batch of fish!!!!!!!!!
    • muskie-mike
      My wife agrees about the pizza...was the best...  
    • Kettle
      Fished a bigger lake, fish or at least the eaters are on the mid lake humps. Water Temps 68 degrees, freezer now has 6 total as I've been eating fish often. Tomorrow we chase the 30" walleye for catch and release.  
    • LUCIFER
      Stuntz Bay Boathouse Historic District - Wikipedia   They have some info.  
    • smurfy
      👍that can be arranged!!!
    • MarkB
      I just returned home today from 4 wonderful days of fishing my favorite lake. We arrived late Saturday and was able to fish a bit that evening. Our group was comprised of my cousin, one of our very close friends and myself. On Saturday evening we managed to catch 16 walleyes on crawlers, leeches, and minnows. In spite of less than perfect weather conditions(95 degree heat and high to near hurricane force winds) we ended up with 103 walleyes boated and perhaps that many missed and lost during retrieval through Wednesday early afternoon. Minnows worked best one day, leeches worked great one day, and crawlers were the ticket Wednesday with our biggest fish of the trip coming that day. The bites ranged from very light to jerk the rod out of your hand. Our terminal gear consisted of jig/minnow, Lindy rig, to my old standby 4 ft leader, 1oz bouncer, 2 red beads, and a Gamakatsu size 8 orange hook. The bouncer rig outfished the rest by a wide margin. Speed was a huge factor and .4-.6mph was the speed that worked best. The high winds made boat control/speed a real challenge. We caught all of our fish from 8ft to 24ft with the optimun depth ~14ft give or take. When we got to the lake the water temp was 64.5 degrees and yesterday afternnon when we quit, it was 68.5 degrees. We did not see any significant amounts of mayflies except in the water columns in a few areas of the lake. The fish we cleaned went from stuffed with mayflies, full of crawdads, to full of perch minnows. We found the fish in the rocks and on mud flats. I looked for the fish with sonar and only fished where I found fish. I found our fish in the east end of Big Bay, Daisy Bay, Armstrong Bay, Portage Bay, and Bystrom Bay. We caught fish at every place we stopped. Wind dictated where we fished on any given day. On Monday, I had to cross the east end of Fraser Bay and in over 60 years, I have never seen it that rough.  We found the cheapest gas at Shamrock Marina($6.29/gal) and the best bait at the Y store. We have eaten pizza at the Vermilion Club for more years than I can count and, to put it bluntly, we were very disappointed this year. To us, it was definitely not the same quality of pizza we have become accustomed to. Suffice it to say, we will be ordering something different from the menu in the future. All in all, Lake Vermilion provided us with another lasting memory. Great fishing on the greatest lake in Minnesota. We will return in mid-September and we are already anxious. Pictured below is my cousin with two nice walleyes caught 10 minutes apart. They were caught on crawlers.   Good Fishing MarkB🙂    
    • Wanderer
      Maybe pay him in smoked pike so he can taste some fish instead just crunching down on walleyes all the time! 😉
    • smurfy
      Hey stay outta it.😫🤭🙄 😊   Thanks kettle I may take you up on that sometime.
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.