• RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE

    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Recommended Posts

Team Otter

When a person talks perch fishing, typically the conversation involves lakes such as Mille Lacs, Winnie, Leech, URL and Lake of the Woods. Folks, I'm here to tell you we have the same quality perch fishing right in our back yard. I have been fortunate enough to be a part of one of the best late-ice perch bites I've ever seen for the better part of 3 weeks now. And, finally, I can safely say that a pattern has been established. A lot of time and effort has gone into this bite through a handful of us and now we have just been having fun catching beautiful perch. I can easily look past crappies and 'gills for these perch. The action is phenomenal, as well as the quality of fish and the company. You all have probably read my previous reports on this bite, so let me get to "the meat" of what I have seen take place over the course of the last few weeks.

This pattern involves several different items but I think the #1 factor is knowing and understanding where perch spawn, whether that be when the ice is still on the lake or just off. Right now, the male perch we're catching are milting, so the spawn is right around the corner. Another factor is staying in and around bottom content that is as hard as concrete. Whether that be sand or gravel, it doesn't matter, but the harder the bottom the better. We found fish over mud that were suspended and very active but also very skiddish and not as concentrated as those fish on the sand and gravel. Mobility has been a key too. 5 minutes is about the maximum amount of time I am spending in a hole. If nothing is happening, move on. Sometimes, a move means 10' while other times it may mean 100 yards. You need to be ready to stay on top of the fish. Presentation has been small, vertical jigs gobbed with spikes that drop quickly but also have a tight twitch to them. The fish are not smashing the bait unless you get on the right school but for the most part, it takes some work to entice them. 21 - 28' of water has been the predominant depth and most of the quality fish are between 2 - 6' off the bottom. Today, we actually had some really nice 'gills and crappies in the mix, which was a pleasent surprise. Water clarity is also playing a role in our success. Over mud, the water is crystal-clear down to 20' while the visibility in the sand and gravel areas is 6'.

If you do happen to cash in on this late-ice perch action, please be sure to practice selective harvest and/or catch and release. This is a resource that needs to be protected, just like anything else.

By the way, Eric, I'm glad you remembered your camera. Pictures will be coming soon!

2 Da Gills, nice to meet you. I hope you got into some fish this afternoon/evening.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
eyepatrol

What a gorgeous day to be out on the ice! Gettin' a sunburn before we even get to spring! cool.gif

The fish were predominantly timid today, although the bigger bruisers were more aggressive. Just to add to TO's post/comments.....TO was nailing the fish using a Fiskas jig while I was picking up a fish here and there with a marmooska. Lime green/orange/white were the predominant colors tipped with colored spikes. And yes, the water clarity difference was amazing!

Anyway, as promised, here are a few pics from today's outing.

TO with a sumo perch!

p3170063ff0.jpg

TO with a couple more colorful bruisers.

p3170062fo5.jpg

Your's truly with a couple more dandys.

p3170065fk3.jpg

And two of the healthy 'gills we got today.

p3170064fh9.jpg

As TO mentioned, it was nice to meet you today 2 DA Gills. Hope your day went well.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Team Otter

Great photos Eric. They sure turned out nice. Again, it was great spending the day on the ice with you. We need to do more of that. Enjoy the fish!

Ken, we missed you. smirk.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
clamtrap

Are you going to be out running around there in the a.m? I will be out there around 8:00 or so. Did you drive out .

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Team Otter

Actually, I may take tomorrow off. If I go, it's going to be late in the afternoon. I've been out 7 out of the last 10 days, so I think it's time to hang with my wife and daughter a bit. smirk.gif

We drove out but the drive in was not pretty. I would recommend walking.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
eyepatrol

Yeah, that wouldn't have been pretty if I had needed to call my wife and ask her to pull me out of the lake. blush.gifshocked.gifgrin.gif Not sure how I'd explain that one. tongue.gif "Uhhh....honey....guess what I did today?" blush.giflaugh.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Team Otter

I wouldn't call.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
eyepatrol

What happens out on the lake stays out on the lake, eh? wink.gifgrin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Team Otter

I use that same line when I'm in Chamberlain. grin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
clamtrap

I will give you report tomorrow night, we are going to try the spot were Ken was talking to use last weekend and go from there. I would like to get in to a few pannies later on.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
clamtrap

Where was Ken at?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Team Otter

Good luck. You should do just fine.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
bluebill

TO that spot has been great for me for the last 5 or 6 years the crappies move in there just days before the ice goes out big and fast good luck

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
hawkeye43

Great to see you got a shot with my house in the backround. I just knew I should have stayed, but what can a man do.I can't be in two places at the same time and only so many hours of daylight. Eric you need to trust me it only gets better. Waders and boards are alot of fun.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
eyepatrol

Quote:

I just knew I should have stayed, but what can a man do


One word....RETIRE! grin.gif J/K! smile.gif

We'll see how the rest of the season goes. I got some honey-do stuff tomorrow and next weekend. And, by the weekend after that I might be headed out to South Dakota, or the lakes might be open.

Regardless of what the weather and ice does, I'll be back again as soon as my schedule allows. wink.gif

Was good to see you again Ken.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
clamtrap

Ken I will see you in the A.M? My uncle and I will be out there with the ranger. Go Gophers

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Team Otter

The crappies were there today just not in the numbers that will be to come. Perch are still ruling the roost. grin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Team Otter

He was there for a bit in the morning and then had to go buy "work stuff".

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Team Otter

We wanted to make sure you didn't feel left out. smirk.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
hawkeye43

I was thinking about what the IRS would say about a wilcraft for work dedution wink.gif.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
harvey lee

I would say it will work Ken as you need it to get across those muddy fields. I would bet that Tom would be willing to cut you a fairly good deal this time of the year. You wouldnt have to worry about early or late ice for sure.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
hawkeye43

It will be afternoon the soonest, need to put some time in working at a turkey dinner in town.

T.O. I will talk at you in the morning. wink.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Team Otter

Sounds good. Give me a ring before 10:00.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
clamtrap

The bite started really good and then when the cold front came in they just shut right down, but we managed a few.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 DA GILLS

TO and Basscather it was nice to meet both of you as well. Saturday I did some exploring for a good part of the afternoon. I was mainly looking for the bluegills, but did come across some perch. I caught one 9 incher and few smaller perch as well. No big numbers for me. After some considerable searching I did find some quality bluegills. It was late in the day when I finally found them.

I was able to get clearance to head out again Sunday afternoon and thought it may be slow with the weather. I actually caught bluegills steady until heading home at 5:30 pm. The bite was mainly light, but with the drop technique I was able to detect bites when the line went slack. Most the bluegills on Sunday were in the 7 to 8 inche range with a some just shy of 9 inches. I also found that if I dropped to less then 1 foot off the bottom and then raised the bait, the activite and larger fish would follow. I would then dropped my jig extremely slow until I had a taker. It was a fun afternoon.

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 :)

    • Cliff Wagenbach
      I do not think that there are docks at the overnight campsites but some do have sandy shorelines. Most of the shore lunch/picnic  sites do have docks but are not overnight camping sites. Cliff
    • Getanet
      Thanks for the info guys. Looks like I have some research to do. Chucker, do you know if Hinsdale Island has a place to dock a boat ?  I'd hate to have it banging against rocks all night.
    • Rick
      The new northern pike fishing regulations, which were announced recently and go into effect on the May 12 fishing opener, have three distinct zones to address the different characteristics of pike populations in Minnesota, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

      Each of the zones – north-central, northeast and south – provide protection for different sizes of pike, and there are reasons for those differences. “We’re continuing to let anglers know there are new pike regulations for those who want to keep pike on inland waters,” said Chris Kavanaugh, DNR northeast region fisheries manager. “We also want to share the thinking behind the new regulations.” North-central zone
      The north-central zone is the largest of the three zones, and here the possession limit is 10 northern pike, but only two can be longer than 26 inches; and all from 22 to 26 inches must be released. “We’re responding to angler concerns about the over-abundance of small, or hammer-handle, pike in the north-central zone,” Kavanaugh said. Through anglers keeping small fish but protecting the 22 to 26 inch pike, the objective in the north-central zone is to both reduce the abundance of small pike and allow medium size pike to grow larger. The advantages of growing larger pike are twofold. While protected these medium size pike will eat small pike, helping reduce abundance of small pike. And when they eventually grow out of the protected size range they will be a more desirable size for keeping. Southern zone
      In the southern zone, where reproduction is limited, the regulation intends to increase pike abundance while also improving the size of fish harvested. Anglers in the southern zone can keep two fish, but the minimum size is 24 inches. “The management issue in the southern zone is the opposite of what’s happening in the north-central zone,” Kavanaugh said. “With low reproduction, stocking is often necessary to provide a pike fishery in the south. Here we want to protect young pike and give them a chance to grow.” Growth rates are much faster in these southern lakes so most will reach the 24 inch keeper size in a few years. Northeastern zone
      In the northeastern zone, pike reproduction is good but these lakes do not have the high density problems of the north-central zone since they still have a nice balance of medium to large pike. Here, it makes sense to provide protection for large pike while they still exist. “The trophy pike of the Arrowhead Region have definitely made some great stories and photos over the decades,” Kavanaugh said. “But these fish grow slowly in the cold water and if too many anglers keep trophy pike here, they’ll be gone.” In the northeastern zone, anglers can keep two pike but must release all from 30 to 40 inches, with only one over 40 inches allowed in possession. Other considerations
      Anglers who want to keep pike will need to be prepared to measure them. Those planning to take advantage of the expanded bag limit on small pike should familiarize themselves with the extra cuts it takes to fillet the fish. New pike regulations do not affect border water fishing regulations or special regulations that cover individual lakes, rivers and streams. Darkhouse spearing regulations for pike differ slightly and those regulations are listed in the spearing section of the regulations booklet. For more information on the new zone regulations visit mndnr.gov/pike or contact a local area fisheries office. Contact information can be found at mndnr.gov/areas/fisheries or in the printed fishing regulations booklet. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • Rick
      The lingering cold weather is delaying ice-out on Minnesota lakes and rivers, which could make it difficult for DNR crews to have the 1,500 public water accesses it manages ready in time for the May 12 fishing opener. “I want Minnesotans to know that we are doing everything we can to get ready for the fishing opener,” said DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr, “but mostly what we need are warmer temperatures and sunshine.” There are approximately 3,000 public water access sites statewide, and the DNR’s Parks and Trails Division manages about half of them. “Winter weather is always a challenge to Minnesota’s public water access sites,” said Nancy Stewart, water recreation program consultant. “Because of the late ice-out this year, DNR crews will have a shorter window than usual to get boat ramps and docks ready for the May 12 fishing opener, but we will have as many of them ready as possible.” Every year, repairs are needed at hundreds of sites, because freezing temperatures and ice cause concrete to crack and buckle on the ramps. In some years, crews can get a head start on that work, even before ice-out, but this year the snow has prevented them from assessing damage, and the ramps can’t be re-leveled until the ground thaws. In the meantime, crews are busy rehabbing docks by, for example, changing bumpers and wheels as needed so that they’ll be ready to pop in when the time comes. “Even if every last dock isn’t in by the opener, there will be places to fish and boat,” said Stewart. Helpful resources on the DNR’s Public Water Access website include: A map showing where ice-out has occurred. Phone numbers for DNR Area Offices for updates. Boaters and anglers can also get their questions answered by calling the DNR Info Center: 888-646-6367 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday). Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • Rick
      Hunters are reminded that applications for bear hunting licenses are being accepted now through Friday, May 4, wherever Minnesota hunting and fishing license are sold, online at mndnr.gov/buyalicense and by telephone at 888-665-4236. A total of 3,350 licenses are available in 13 permit areas. Bear licenses cost $44 for residents and $230 for nonresidents, and there is a $5 application fee. The season is open from Saturday, Sept. 1, through Sunday, Oct. 14. Notification to lottery winners will be made by Friday, June 1. Lottery winners will receive a postcard in the mail and can check online at mndnr.gov/licenses/lotteries/index.html to see if they were drawn. The deadline to purchase licenses awarded by lottery will be Wednesday, Aug. 1. Any remaining unpurchased licenses will be available over the counter starting at noon on Monday, Aug. 6. An unlimited number of bear licenses will be sold over-the-counter for the no-quota area that includes east-central and far northwestern Minnesota. No-quota licenses are valid only in the no-quota area. Hunters with a no-quota license can harvest one bear. Bear hunting information is available on the DNR website at mndnr.gov/hunting/bear. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • chucker1101
      There are 11 sites on/around Hinsdale Island, managed by the State DNR through one of the local parks (used to be Bear Island, it now might be Soudan Mine Park). Here's a link:  http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/destinations/state_parks/lake_vermilion_soudan_underground_mine/Hinsdale_map.pdf I think they're free to use, first come / first serve.  #11 is my favorite. I've heard that the ones on Hinsdale island have occasional visits from bears.
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      Check the lakevermilion.com site for a list of public campsites on Lake Vermilion. Cliff
    • gunner55
      We'll be making a trip in to GR again. in the next couple days. See what it looks like then.
    • TomWehler
      Hi I don;t know really if there is a list or not? Hmmmmm. good question? How do ya find out? I do know House boats tie up n camp to some of the smaller ones. So guessing fair game for campers also?? Fast simple way to find out those islands n locals might be to call Vermilion Houseboats n ask a few questions or drop by with a load Hoogies.  That 4 sure get some answers... KEEP OUT, PRIVIATE PROPERTY signs, Boat Lifts, docks ~ cabins n Reputation and of course GUNS n DOGS take care of the lite work for rest of us island owners. : ) 15 years ago Bonnie n I were going fishen an teasing Marauder crew of our hounds NO BOAT TODAY!  We jumped in boat on back dock, told them to have fun, be back soon. Driving around front of island to tease them an pick up front docks we see a boat pulling in to east side of island. I motor over an I ask if I can help them. Two dudes, kind of laurel n Hardy type couple. They say hey man, you a lake cop? Were on vacation an don't want no trouble, Go %$# @#$%^ an back off we are here 1st an need to take a dump. Before I say anything Bonnie says, well bud yer on private property an if you like staying healthy you should get back in yer boat really fast or you gonna know why in 10 seconds. : ) "Yeah well no one can own an island so just back off.....this aint nothing to do with you" That is when the four hounds turned corner of shed full blast in silent sneak attack mode.  : )Guess they were wrestling or chasing frogs or simply in shock that we did not let them in boat cause it took them about 1 minute to react to the voices. But maybe they were just waiting for right moment to GET IT ON! Becky arrived 1st....Buddy, then Barney an then Bailey....... One united big bark turned the dudes heads an you never seen two guys leap into a boat so fast just shy of four mouths full of teeth.... : ) Fat guy flew over the lil guy what seemed like 10 feet right into the bow of boat. Lil guys legs moving so fast to climb into boat an move it off show at same time all while screaming top of his lungs........HELP HELP HELP!!! Bonnie just says as I motor along to front docks to get hound pals.  "Talk to the hounds, this aint got nothing to do with us ~ remember" Fun couple of minutes! Later out on lake they apologized an asked info on places to camp an were sorry for being real DICKS. Told them to maybe got to DNR office in town an ask them about island camping as at the time I had no idea. Actually got to know them pretty good an laugh about this online every summer when they come to lake or when see them on lake once in a while. : ) Keep on rocken! T      
    • Hoey
      Yesterday there was open water, half way from the bridge to narrows used for netting and stripping.  It won't be long now.  The gates are still locked too.