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Crosby/Emily Area Report 6/8
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Surface temps after this weekend started rolling into the mid-upper 60's finally!
In the shop we have been hearing a wide range of reports, from trout action to walleyes and of course panfish, and overall our anglers have been quite happy with their results.
Crappie locations have varied from lake-to-lake as some have moved away from the shallows onto deeper weeds and edges while others are still hiding around docks and bullrush beds in shallow water. Serpent has been providing some shallow water action for crappies and sunfish in the morning and evening hours while lakes such as Emily, Mary and Nokay have been better in 9' - 15' during the evening hours.
For sunfish look shallow (3' - 5') on Island Lake and Dolney throughout the day.
Bass reports have been very good, with lakes such as Bay, Clearwater and Upper/Lower Mission kicking out some nice fish on plastics and spinnerbaits around docks or along pads/rushes.
Trout action has stayed about the same in numbers of fish caught but we have seen quite a jump in quality. Many of the anglers coming off of Huntington and Manuel have reported catching good numbers of fish and catching several 15" - 20" rainbows in the mix. We also saw several fish in the 22" - 25" range this past week! Most of the fish from shore have been caught on trout dough fished off the bottom while cowbells and long-line trolling crankbaits have been taking most of the fish from boats. As always, early morning has been best but the last hour before sundown has been nearly as good.
Walleye reports have been good overall on Washburn, Rabbit and Farm Island. Serpent has kicked out a few as well, although the bite time is quite short in the evening. The bite has switched from jigs and minnows to more long snells with leeches or crawlers. There are also a few being caught on crankbaits at sundown and after on these lakes. 14' - 22' during the day, evenings and after sundown less than 8'.
Pike have been providing plenty of action on Manhomen, Emily and Horseshoe. Sucker minnows, big stickbaits, spoons, spinnerbaits; pretty much whatever is in the box that can be fished in 8' - 12' of water!

Good fishing!

Posted on: 2015/6/8 9:33
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Re: Greer lake area
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Greer itself is a good panfish lake overall; size on the crappies is mixed but if the bite is good the kids would have a blast. We just spent last week fishing Emily and Mary quite a bit and both lakes have a ridiculous amount of crappies and they are quite easy to find with basic electronics. If you were to go east across 6 on 36 there are a bunch of lakes there that all have good crappie fishing; Upper Dean, Rogers (5 fish limit there), Island, Ross and Stark. Adney and Perry are both on Greer's side of Hwy 6 and both are capable of cranking out some crappies as well.
That should give you and the kids plenty to try out and keep those rods bent over!

Posted on: 2015/6/8 8:23
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Re: Poor Mans Lobster
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Eat both quite often and although different they are quite good. My wife prefers pout over any fish and would kill me if I caught one and didn't keep it for her. Boiled pike is a Christmas tradition in our house but instead of 7 Up we use a mixture of water, vinegar and pickling spices to boil them.
Melted butter on top with some lefsa to boot = skip the turkey for this guy!

Posted on: 2015/6/1 14:32
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Area report 5/20
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Well, after a strange week and a half following opener we are finally seeing the sun, some warmer water temps and some better fishing!
Walleyes have been in a funk a bit with all the rain, cold fronts, etc. but have now started to show up a bit more in the traditional areas. Weedlines and rock ledges in that 14 - 20 FOW are finally kicking out fish and more should start to show up as the week rolls on.
On Serpent and Rabbit jigs and minnows still take the cake but there are some fish taking rigs with leeches during the day. Late evening don't be afraid to move shallow; at dark and after the majority of the fish are coming from 3 - 8 FOW near rocky shorelines and shore points.
Pike action has been good if you throw spinnerbaits or spoons over shallow weeds or near bullrush beds. Upper/Lower Mission and Emily have been good bets on nice pike. Few pike reports from the pits but with the seasonal rise in trout numbers they are well fed for the moment.
Speaking of trout, action on the pits has been good overall. Pennington and Huntington have produced the best numbers of fish from shore, with a couple of dandies coming in from those lakes as well. Portsmouth and Sagamore have been best from boats, and the average size has been excellent. Small spoons or crankbaits long-line trolled behind the boat at 2-3 mph has been the best, especially early in the morning.
Panfish reports have been limited but we expect that to change now that the weather is in our favor.

Good luck fishing everyone and have a safe Memorial Weekend!

Posted on: 2015/5/20 16:59
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Call her quits boys!
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Went out tonight for one last hoorah through the ice; trip was over before it started. I fell through completely more than 100 yards from shore...took a few minutes but got myself back on the ice and back to the truck.
This was on a lake that there were a few guys out on this morning and the owner of the private property I went through had been out there last night. That little spell of rain we endured this morning took the last bit of strength she had in her out.
Hanging up the gear and breaking out the long rods for the next outing!

Posted on: 2015/3/30 21:32
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Re: Better panfish lakes around Outing?
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If you're up north of Outing I wouldn't be afraid to check out the Trelipe lakes for crappies, but at this point I'm guessing you're gonna want to wait for open water.

Posted on: 2015/3/30 21:28
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Re: Any Pit Reports?
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Sorry so late on the reply, maybe you were one of the guys in this morning and already got the scoop but I'll follow up anyway!
There were a few really good reports from early in the week; still riding high in the water column over deep water.
Ice conditions of course are not as good as they were a couple weeks back but with the cooler nights we've been having now the ice that is there is firm and holding. Shorelines are a bit sketchy but if you're willing to shimmy the shorelines a bit you'll find somewhere to get on. Most of what we are hearing there's still 15"-20" of ice away from the shores out there.

Good luck!

Posted on: 2015/3/21 15:02
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Re: Farm Island?
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Quote:

olbaidhh wrote:
so its not a island or a reef or a hole, flat etc on Millacs ?


Correct, it's a lake north of Mille Lacs.

Posted on: 2015/3/5 9:25
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Re: Trout report 2/12
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That's a great question! The DNR fisheries biologist out of Grand Rapids has been pushing for this for a while now as we found out, and has suggested that along with laker stockings that they also stock cisco (tullibee) as a forage fish. The lakers will reproduce in the pits so there would be no need for annual stockings, rather it would be either on an every other year or every third year basis. The guy we spoke to listed a couple of lakes that they feel would be best for them, one of which was Manhomen 1 on the Pennington Chain.
It would be neat to see, all we can do is wait and hope something happens.

Posted on: 2015/2/23 9:13
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Re: Trout report 2/12
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fishermanhunterguy wrote:
Jesse when you say guys are catching some browns do you mean brookies? According to the DNR poster in the parking lot and their webiste they only have rainbows and brook trout. If there are browns could I ask which pit?


I do mean browns! The majority of the trout out there are rainbows and brookies but there are browns present in Section 6 and Huntington. And according to several darkhouse anglers that have been spearing pike on Sagamore they are in there as well, although we can't confirm that as according to the DNR they have never been stocked in Sagamore. Section 6 for many, many years was managed only for brown trout but due to poor anglers success they discontinued the stocking of browns and switched to rainbows a couple years back. Now we are seeing more browns from there and they are as expected larger fish. Huntington has received several brown stockings in the last 2 years as "supplemental" or basically additional stockings after receiving their quota of rainbows and brookies.

Posted on: 2015/2/14 12:38
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