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Friday, May 18, 2018

Steve Got His First Ever MN State Fish Tonight

18" on an Ultimate Jerk Shad (Crackle)
4.78lbs Jerk Shad (Crackle)
Goal Achieved on 5-18-18
 The wind was supposed to blow out of the SE this evening instead it diminished and was out of the South, bummer.  But with the way the weather was, I thought the eyes would really be snapping anyway.  I don't think 4 eyes between the two of us counts as snapping, but I'll take it.  Steve might have had a couple of hits in a Rippin' Rap as well.  We would have undoubtedly caught more, but that stupid 10PM night ban cut us off as they started to bite and Steve figured out what they wanted.  No bugs at all.  Such a pity we couldn't fish until 11 or midnight.  Too bad, I didn't suggest stopping at the Grumpy Old Man Hole before I took him home as there was practically nobody there when I went to check it on my way home.  I didn't fish it either, doh.

Good job, Steve!   

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Trophy Is In the Water for 2018

We dumped the Trophy into Sullivan Lake around 7:30PM tonight. I wanted to fish the Sullivan Platte River Outlet (SPRO) area so I put in at the NE Sullivan Access.  Everything worked, but the jury is out on pretty much everything about the trolling motor (battery, pull cord, and the trolling motor itself); It worked fine for tonight, but it was dead calm.
15.25" Teckel Sprinker Frog
I caught my first fish on the real Teckel Sprinker Frog Tonight. My frogging skills are a bit rusty as I caught 3 fish out of about 15 blow ups or follows between the Sprinker, Zoom Horny Toad, and Mad Maxx.
Sunset over the Platte River Outlet
Last years rice beds in the SPRO are thicker than I would prefer, basically, treble hook topwaters and buzzbaits are out in this part of the lake. I will be back and better prepared next time.

But that won't be tomorrow most likely.  East wind

Monday, May 14, 2018

Sun/Mon At Eddy's Jetty

24.5"/4.93lb Grass Pig
11:45PM-3:30AM Eddy's Jetty
Conditions: 50's, Clear, No Wind, Water Level Low and Clear
My arsenal tonight
I was pleasantly surprised to see no ice at Eddy's.  The low clear water made for some awesome fish viewing.  I went to the North Jetty harbor mouth.   There were suckers and walleyes swimming together in the harbor.  On my first cast, I had a small pike follow the grass pig.  Also, a small dogfish checked it out.  On about my fifth cast, I got the 24 incher.  I thought this could be good.  It wasn't.  I was about to give up at 1:30AM when I got another eye on the Grass Pig.
18" Grass Pig
The rest of the night was spent watching fish not bite.  Saw a couple of ski's dozens of suckers and many eyeballs swimming around.  When I was packing to leave a SW breeze came up.  I didn't think it would turn them on and I needed a break, so I went home.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

The Dock Is In

Todd and Mallory came up today and Todd did some needed work to reinforce the dock.  After that was done.  Dad and I came down and we put the dock in.  Steve and Kim's help wasn't even really needed. Turns out all that is needed is one person, a level bar, and the rolling pipes underneath once the dock is at the bottom of the hill, easy peasy.

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Tribute Lilah Loo

I don't remember what my reaction was when Mom called to tell me that she would be bringing my brother Steve's recently adopted dog back home with them from Florida.  We still lived at the lake place in 2005 and she bolted several times over the first few years both at the lake place and here where we live now.  Her and Patti Lou made fast friends.  She was often my bed buddy sleeping up by my head or under the covers.  She got along OK with the cat.  Her and Kaylee not so much, mainly because of the fact that Kaylee doesn't play nice with other animals much of the time.  The little yipper won me over with her personality and I'm sure going to miss her. 

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

2018 Ice Out Platte Lake

I was unable to get out to verify it for myself, but Bear Trax Facebook Page reported it.  I will hopefully have the Trophy in the water on Sunday or Monday.  Thanks to Dads help I was able to get my way too complicated trolling motor situation mostly figured out today or so I hope.  We will see how it works once I'm out on the water.

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

1st Open Water Fish of 2018(Bulldog)

5" T.H.E. Jig /maggot Bulldog Lake
It can only get better from here.  The only bite I got tonight. I fished at Rock, Bulldog, and the GOMH.  Ice is out on Bulldog and Rock.  Platte is about 60% out.  I think I'll probably be able to call Platte tomorrow.
Rock Lake

Monday, April 30, 2018

0 for April

I gave it good shot fishing from 7:30-10:30PM, but I didn't catch a thing tonight or this month.  I might have missed one bite tonight, but I'm not 100% sure it was one.  I fished at Bulldog for about half an hour then the rest of the night at the GOMH. I was the only person there.  I really thought the warm temps today would be enough to bring some bullheads in, but that obviously wasn't the case.  It was a beautiful calm night with 70℉ temps when I finally left.  I did have a beaver give me a tail slap on the Se side.  Also had an otter come through before it got too dark.  The cloud cover was to thick for the moon to make an appearance.
Bulldog 20% Open
Rock Lake 50%  or more

I think Rock goes out on May 1st

Channel Inn Bay past SISP

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Dropped A Bullhead Tonight

Right after taking this picture I briefly had a bullhead on. Pretty sure it was a toothy. It turned out to be a really nice night and loons were calling back and forth.
Sullivan Platte River Outlet Mostly Ice Free

I'm thinking Channel In Bay to the Small Island  will be Open by Tuesday

Rock Lake open by Friday???

Bulldog Lake

Will I Catch A Fish By May 1st?

That was the question I asked here at the blog in 2013 on this date. I put my chances in that blog post at 10%.  I then went on to lose a jumpin' bullhead and snag a carp and not catch a fish in May.  I put the odds at 50/50 for this year.  What I've got going in my favor are sun and warm temps which may bring some bullheads into the GOMH.  What I've got going against me are sun and warm temps which may bring other fisherpersons to the GOMH.  With the way the forecast is looking I am highly confident ice comes off the area lakes, minus Mille Lacs, sometime this upcoming week.  And if I don't get a fish by Monday I'm pretty sure I'll be catching by Friday.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

My Tackle Warehouse Opener & GOMH Open

Today was the Offical Tackle Warehouse Opener, even though I did go in there briefly yesterday morning.  Both GOMH Bays are now open.  Loons were calling, swans were trumpeting, frogs were making a racket, saw a great blue heron and a white heron.  A bald eagle was at the dead deer and a deer ran in front of me on 8 on my way to the GOMH.  Didn't get a bite again tonight and I'm now down to two of Pete's minnows left.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Area Lakes, Loons, Swans, and Lost Scissors at the GOMH

I checked out Bulldog, Rock, and the GOMH tonight.  Loons and Swans were at the GOMH tonight for Steve, Kim, and Devin to see.  I found my scissors which I apparently dropped last Fall.  It was a little on the cool side when I first arrived at the GOMH do to a light wind.  There was a guy fishing the NW side with his little daughter.  He said he didn't see any suckers in any of the rivers he checked.  I didn't catch anything.  Once the wind died it was actually pretty pleasant.

Rock Public Access

Pulling away from shore at Rock

GOMH not as open as I thought it would be tonight

Loons and Swans

The scissors I didn't know I had dropped

Monday, April 23, 2018

April 23, 2013 vs. Tonight at the GOMH

Closer to even then I thought it would be. A difference is that runoff has been pumping into the lakes non-stop for 4 days now.  Most of the snow is gone now, while that wasn't the case in  2013.  It took until the 26th for a significant warm up to happen in 2013.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Lake Pepin Declared, Not Much Progress at the GOMH

And so it begins, a lake in MN is declared ice-free.  The snowmelt isn't having much of an effect that can be seen around here yet.

Looks the same as a couple days ago 
Not worried about it as the warm days are set to continue.  I did throw a few casts tonight.  There was one dead sunny floating in the bulrushes.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Still No MN Ice Free Lakes & GOMH Today

There might not be any lakes opening this week, but there will probably be an avalanche of them starting the end of next week.  As for around here, while not pleased with the snow we got it, the forecast is saying Spring is coming.   Here's what the Grumpy Old Man Hole looked like tonight.

The coming snowmelt should mean an increase in current which should mean a fairly rapid deterioration of ice in the GOMH and Sullivan Platte River Outlet area.  If the below forecast holds true then Platte should probably be ice-free by the first weekend in May.