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Tyler Holm

UPLR Lake Zumbro Report (4/16/07) (2 pics)

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Tyler Holm

Last night was a beautiful night to be on the water. The fish cooperated too for the most part. The top 3 finishers had 8 fish limits so the fish were out there for the lookin.

We found our fish up near shore with deeper water nearby and not far from the main current channel. Where there was a lot of wood, there were more fish. The fish were not in full feed mode, but could be persuaded into taking a bait. Many, many times the fish would just tap it, or poke it resulting in many missed hooksets. I never did come up with an exact answer for them, but trial and error eventually produced a nice bag of fish.

One thing that stand out in my mind right now is the # of snags we got!!! This was frustrating, but vital in our successful catch rate. If you didn’t place your cast within about 1’ of the wood, you didn’t get hit. If you got it in the magic stop, then your odds were greatly increased. Yes, we snagged up a bit more and lost a pile of lures (and broke 2 rods, but that is a different story), but we also caught 40+ fish on a semi-tough evening of fishing.

The crappies hit well on a Culprit paddletail with some blue or purple in it. Blue or purple 1/32 jighead worked fine as well. For the gills, my bait of choice was a white Exude Micro-Shad on a 1/32 oz jig. They seemed to take it better if you had a little piece of waxie on there, but it wasn’t necessary for the most part.

1st Place – Mike Smith (he won it with these dandy crappies)

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2nd Place – Andy Valek (and big fish winner with a 2.5ish Carp)

3rd Place – Tyler Holm (Lost to Andy by 0.06lb (sorry to those that heard the fowl language shout when I read the scale – it was like when a turkey shock-gobbles)).

Andy Anderson had a 9.5” gill

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PS. I didn't see a single person keep fish this evening. All fish weighed were successfully released. Nice job everybody!

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    • Wakemup
      Thanks Cliff for the update, and thanks Brett for the info too!
    • FishinCT
      You can fish a little meat out of the ones with really big claws. Tails are easy once you get the hang of it. Meat pops right out then just pull the intestine(?) and you're good to go.  I'd rather people use fish guts as crawfish bait rather than throwing them in the woods for my dog to find 
    • Nix769
      You can also get the ArcGIS app to access the county files on your mobile or download the .kmz files on the county site to use in Google Earth. Either way very useful.
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      Well most people use a fish head or two in the trap as bait.  Any type of raw  meat will probably work well. No need to purge them as they are coming out of clean water. Just boil the whole crawdad in salt water or better yet in a Cajun mix! The tails are about the only part worth messing with. Cliff
    • Walleyehunter82
      I live on Little Cormorant Lake, I believe sometime next week that it will be open.  The lakes out there are changing fast!
    • meerkat
      we got a lot snow down in the twin cities than up north and temps are a lot higher than it was in 2013.   I think we will have enough open water to fish the opener.   No one needs to cancel!  I HOPE any way
    • meerkat
      what do you use for bait?  I heard you can't use left over fish guts.   do you have to soak them?  sorry not sure what that process is called.
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      meerkat, Many people eat the rusties. Very tasty but like walleye wings it takes a lot for a meal! Cliff
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      I just got an e-mail from Brent Flatten in the Tower Fisheries Office stating that they hope to get the Dock in by Monday if the river clears of ice. Will set the trap nets on Tuesday and the first net lift will be on Wednesday. They may even collect eggs Wednesday if there are enough ripe females. Very good news! Thanks for your update Brent! Cliff
    • AlwaysFishing23
      I would imagine the man made pepin connected to the sippi is open not the actual lake pepin?