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river huntfish

Just a report on whats biting would be nice. Are the perch still in great numbers this year and are the northerns biting well or getting speared for that matter

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Bigfife

I am going tomorrow, so I will throw a report up Friday night.

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the buck

My nephew and I were on Little Rock Christmas day. He was there at 7:00 am, caught 2 nice 18" eyes. Northern bit during most of the day. We brought home 4, 3-4lbs each. Lost 2 - If you get one with a white angel eyes lure - it's mine! Ended the day with 4 17-18" eyes for the day. Very few perch . . . only 1 jumbo keeper. I smoked the northern and one walleye the next day and Man were they tasty fresh from the smoker. Good Luck! grin.gif

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jweitgen

I was there on Saturday, that is almost a week ago now. Not much happening where we were. We did catch a smallmouth bass. I have never done that before through the ice. Always an adventure I guess.

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river huntfish

so how is the ice is it good enough to haul a 4-wheeler and take that out or is it to thin. Thinking of maybe spearing or setting some tip-ups out for northerns. how are they biting . where is the best northern action on the lake

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Bigfife

I just got home from LR and there was 9 inches everywhere we checked on the West side. Some guys across the lake had 10 inches. The wheelers were all over out there today. There was a crazy guy out there in a full size truck. I picked up one 13 inch crappie and nothing else. I only had two little marks on my flasher all day. My buddy broke the tip up off twice in 7 fow, so I am guessing those were Northerns.

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river huntfish

was it that slow out there just one. or where there some perch mixed in

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Bigfife

I can usually catch atleast a few dozen perch, but yesterday we only had one little dink. I saw less than 5 marks on my Vex all day. I am sure the fish are somewhere, but I didn't find them. It is still hard to believe because I have never seen so little activity in 7 years.

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Dean Schellinger

It was hit extrememly hard last winter I know that, and all the northerns might be taking a toll on the panfish too. But they do move around alot.

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river huntfish

i am going out tommorow maybe hitting some tip-ups and stuff is the ice still safe

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river huntfish

went out on the rock tonight about 9 inches of GOOD ice. I was surprised to see this. Put out some tip-ups but they were slow with no bites. Caught a bunch a perch(2 worthy of keeping) and 2 northerns. How did everyone else do? Where there any crappies caught tonight?

Thanks

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river huntfish

Come on nobody on the rock i cant believe that i have seen a great deal of people there any reports

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winniewalleye777

was out there this morning... couple northerns, a bullhead, and a lot of small perch. where are all of the jumbos this year? dont tell me they were fished out last year. It was nice getting a few decent tugs on the line last year instead of the usual 5 inchers, i never kept any, but it still made the fishing more enjoyable. I have caught about 5 bullheads this year on the rock which is a bonus grin.gif

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alwaysfishin

I was out there tonight and the flasher was lit up the whole time. Too bad they were all dink perch and dink crappies. No fish was over 5 inches. Ice was good where i was but didn't measure it.

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river huntfish

I believe the rock is fished out our group caught one jumbo. Last year i remember people sitting ther with there limit or a little less and they where keeping 7-8 inches you have got to throw those back. Its time to practice catch and release. Not many do but it would help a lot.

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Borch

Little Rock had a phenomal perch bite last winter. Walleyes and crappies were definitely pretty slow compared to other winters. I'd be very surprised if it were fished out. More likely an issue of prevalent food and baitfish. All the lakes in the area will cycle. Even the walleye factory Mille Lacs goes through it's cycles. wink.gif

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ASMOLEY

Right on Borch! If you thought last winter was good on the rock you missed out on two years ago. Since then perch get smaller every year. Two years ago i would go out and easily catch a limit of 9-13in perch. Now your lucky to get one out of there. All lakes do cycle, little rock has and overabundace of perch right now, so keep your lines wet and we should see a few more walleye in little rock in the years to come!

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Sartell Angler

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Right on Borch! If you thought last winter was good on the rock you missed out on two years ago. Since then perch get smaller every year. Two years ago i would go out and easily catch a limit of 9-13in perch. Now your lucky to get one out of there. All lakes do cycle, little rock has and overabundace of perch right now, so keep your lines wet and we should see a few more walleye in little rock in the years to come!


I agree, two winters ago was awesome out there for perch. Wish this year was like last year at least.

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mrklean

Was out on the rock today only fished a few hours just to get out of the house caught like 20-30 perch, all about 5 inches, nothing to keep but was fun just to get out. Nothing on my tip ups

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alwaysfishin

I've been out on the rock the past few afternoons/nights and have done alright with the eyes. Small perch and hammerhandles during the day, then about 45 min. to an hour and a half of eyes at sundown. After dark it's small crappies and bullheads.

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