• 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.

  • WE CREATE LONG TERM, MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS IN HERE ... PLEASE JOIN US.

    You know what we all love...

    RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE
    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  
Bison9

Wow!!! What a lake!

Recommended Posts

Bison9

Hey all, I just thought I'd leave a quick post about last Friday and Sat:

It dawned on my buddy and I that we would be unable to fish Lake Sakakawea this past weekend and so our backup plan was to fish Mille Lacs instead. We have never fished there before. We got there this past Friday morining and fished the Anderson Reef and the Spirit Island Reef a littel bit. On Saturday, we drove 8 miles out from the West Shore to a small Flat. It was whiteout conditions but we made it.

The first day on Anderson's and Spirit, we managed a 19 1/2 incher and a 16 incher both on a gold Angel Eye. These came towards dusk. We also managed some real nice perch in the day on set lines and fatheads. And, at about 6:30, I hooked into a about a 28 plus incher and he spit the hook at the hole. He got perpendicular to the bottom of the hole and from what we could see, the body of the fish that we were able to see was about 1/3 of his whole length (the hole we were in was 10 inches in diameter!) This was in 24 ft on top of Anderson's reef. We met a real nice guy by that reef as well and he said they caught a 28 incher two nights before that and a 27 the night before that - It seems like this reef is a monster holder!

The second day, we were out by this small Flat and caught 2 25 inchers : One on an angle eye, the other on a set line with a shiner (they eyes by far like the shinewrs better on the setlines from what we could see. We tipped the Gold Angle Eyes ALWAYS with fathead minnow heads.). My buddya nd I also both hooked on to two more 25 plus inchers that we lost halfway up the hole. We could see them swimming around 20 ft. down before we lost them. What a clear lake! We were in 32 ft of water when we caught those. By about 3:30 Pm that day, we moved up onto the structure (the north most structure if you are right smack in the middle of the Flat). We managed one small 13 incher and a bunch of dinks up on the structure.

The key by far is that you need to be in the 30 ft areas (off the tops of the reefs and areas of structure and right on the edges of them in 30 + ft of water) in the day with high light conditions and you have to be on top of the reefs and structure in the low light and dark conditions. This is a must and don't let anybody tell you differently.

One last thing, what a friendly bunch of people that are around those areas! The bait shop owners were real nice and the people fishing around us were so nice. It was refreshing especially with us being first timers to the lake. I am used to fishing Devils Lake in ND and the locals there would just as soon you fall through the ice before you set up and fish by them (much less drive into their town and fish on the lake even!). What a great time we had! This could turn into my favorite lake to fish! Good Luck to all!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Deitz Dittrich

Glad you had a good time over here...to bad the big one got away!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
wall_eye_assasin

Bison9, Sure is nice hearing good news on your fishing and thanks for all the great information you provided. We were just up there and didnt have that good of luck. It is nice to see true icefisherman and knowing how to catch them big walleyes. I will agree everyone we met were kind and and generous with there knowledge of the lake. I truly look forward to many more trips to the big pond.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
farmfishing

Sounds like yall had a very good time. Congrats on the nice fish. The fish have been slowley but shurly picking up out in them areas. Im going to devils lk in a few weeks I hope i do well as u did here.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • Joshua
      Hello,  I have an older model minn kota trolling motor.  Its a 1999 All Terrain Power Max 44lb Thrust.    I cannot seem to find a new foot pedal system for it. Should I just get a new trolling motor? Thanks in advance for any help
    • monstermoose78
      It’s the greatest experience to take a kid duck hunting on youth day. There is not enough kids out there to chase the ducks away. When I take kids o rarely see another person hunting. I wish they had youth day when I was a kid. Stop being selfish and give the kids a chance!
    • delcecchi
      I think that's a great way to do it.  Probably only takes a minute to put it on or take it off. 
    • Pat McGraw
      The guy I bought our place from had an 1/8" cable right down the center of the whole dock. I'll likely move towards a more invisible, section by section approach. However, the full length cable setup has been effective and not as intrusive as one may imagine. Really easy to fasten all the sections at once. May be able to see in the attached
    • DLD24
      Headed north to a little perch and walleye lake this morning. The day didn't start the greatest, go to take off from the landing and the boat porpoised like a mofo... Ah crap forgot the plug haha haven't done that one in a few years... The day got better from there, we found fish stacked up on the wind blown weed line... There were so many fish I assumed they were schools of big perch, but they were mostly smaller walleyes with some real nice keepers mixed in... Crawlers under a bobber were the ticket... They would hardly touch a leech.
    • bbfenatic
      Many of you FM long termers remember FisherDog from way back...he used to post all the time before he moved to Florida.  He was up for a couple days this past week and we got on a good crappie bite in the area, he is a Crappie Guru and man we worked hard but had fun...boated well over 100 in 2 days on the outside weed edges...many absolute Donkeys. Kept a few smaller ones so he could have a fish fry for his family...couple of pics...he's in the blue shirt.
    • ozzie
      Any action out on Gull?  I have tried a few times and have had some success pulling rapalas but finding areas void of weeds is getting harder and harder.  Just curious how others are fairing out there.  I am thinking I need to get out there during the day and try small jigs and 3" minnows as that is what have been in the guts of the fish we have cleaned.
    • ozzie
      I have a buddy that has a cabin on the lake and he will fish the walleyes over deep water and also in the weeds as they seem to relate to both at times.  Seems like a hard lake to pattern but he always seems to catch something out there.  Good Luck
    • Hoey
      ...oh and I ran into Fiskynut on the Lake as well as the Point following Striefffs too.  
    • ozzie
      so just curious how is the water situation in the area?  the document didn't open and I don't get up in the area as often as I would like but I have heard of quite a few storms roll through the area.  I know the sentiment earlier this year was it was gonna take a lot to get things going in the right direction, so has that started to happen or still way below normal?  Thanks