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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Calling Out the MN DNR On Pike Fishing B.S.

The MN DNR sent out a press release yesterday encouraging people to get out and fish.  In it they got onto the topic of closed seasons and why we have them.  Here is the line of BS I take issue with:

They are telling us a major reason why we are not allowed to catch and keep pike right now is because some people might target walleye under the guise of fishing for pike.

As our DNR has told us, pike populations in the central portion of this state are having a detrimental impact on walleye populations.  The pike are out of control eating up as many of those precious little walleye's as they can and the DNR finds that acceptable because they can't have a few people targeting walleye's out of season that would be released.

C'mon DNR, get your head out of your ass!!!

If anything pike being closed makes keeping the bass fishing season closed enforceable.   It is the position of this blog that there should not be a closed season for pike in the central portion of this state, period!  Lets get the hammer handle issue under control because that is a real problem.  People catching and releasing some incidentally caught bass and walleye while targeting pike would be a rather small problem by comparison.  

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Winner, Winner, Getting Something for Dinner!

Thanks to getting 4 Anglers in the Top 10 at Beaver Lake I had a pretty good Fantasy Fishing roster last week and I'll be rewarded for it.  Probably a Strike King Lure.

This makes the second time I reached my goal  to win a prize this year.

Holding my Muse
Caught a 24" Golden Bullhead on the 13 Fishing Muse Gold Rod last night.

Updated: My prizes from FLW for Beaver Lake
6XD, Hat, 10XD
Don't know if I'll ever have a use for the lures.  Throwing deep diving cranks is something I haven't done in years.  There are some spots on Sullivan Lake I could give them a try if I ever get the Trophy back in the water.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

One Crappie Goal Achieved, Just 93 to 300

14.25" Glow Demon w/minnow
The silver bullheads came in with a bang last night at the Grumpy Old Man Hole as I recorded a personal best slabber bullhead.  Getting a 14" or bigger has been a goal of mine since I first got one that went 13 inches back in about the year 2000.  I got 7 silvers total tonight, so now I just need 93 more to reach 300 for the year and make my other Crappie Goal this year.

Get the full story of tonight over at the Fishing Log Blog.  

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Baxter Bass Snatcher Tournament Season Now Set

Due to the changes made for Mille Lacs this year we had an emergency meeting to get a new date and lake.  We ended up having to change two dates and one lake.  Both tournaments are in June.  Here is our new schedule:

June 4th Birch Lake (Hackensack):  Platte/Sullivan lost out to Birch on the vote.  I'm more OK with that than the 8:00AM start time.  If it's a hot day the 4PM end time really gets to me.  I fished the tournament we had at this lake in October of 2011.  It was memorable tournament to me for a couple of reasons.  My dad had by-pass surgery that week and Bill Ludenia tied me for 6th in Angler of the Year Points; He beat me out of the place on the tie breaker, so I missed out on being in the Club Super Six.  I like the lake and it has smallmouth.  I haven't seen a lot of this lake and we fished it at a totally different time of the year.  It will be interesting to see if that shallow bay on the southern most end is a big player;  I've never been in that bay and don't know if it has rice or what.

Sunday June 19th South Long Lake:  We originally had this tournament scheduled on June 11th.  I like the fact that we are having it on Sunday, so hopefully the access won't be as crowded.

The rest of the schedule is unchanged.

July 16 Fishhook
Aug. 6 Pokegama
Aug. 20 Rabbit
Sept. 24 Whitefish

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

When Natives Netting Your Lake Is A Good Thing

Last year there were rumor's that Indians were out netting on Platte/Sullivan.  I never saw anything and never bothered to check into it very far.  I figured that people saw the boat that was out bow fishing for rough fish and assumed they were natives like I did until I found out differently.  I also figured Platte/Sullivan would be an odd choice because it's full of hammerhandles and bass and doesn't really have an outstanding walleye population .
Anyway, this past Friday Facebook Page posted pictures of Fond Du Lac band members at one of the Platte/Sullivan accesses.  I will admit I tightened up a bit, because I was worried about how many bass and bowfin they might catch and what size.  I was tempted to go down on Saturday morning and see if I could check out what they got. But it was to cold and windy for me to bother with.

Turns out I didn't have to go because CO Kuske was there and got a count of all the fish the natives got.  There was a message on the Platte Lake Owners Association Facebook Page letting us know what Kuske told them and encouraging us to call him if we had questions, so I did.  I was relieved to hear they didn't get a single bass or bowfin.  They did bring in 57 pike, 7 walleye, a tullibee, and a bullhead or two.

When is it a good thing when your lake gets netted?  When they take out 57 pike, the vast majority of which had to be hammerhandles.  In my opinion the Fond Du Lac band did us a service.

Monday, April 04, 2016

Rock Dock In, Skunk Streak Out

Conditions: Cool 40-34 degrees, Sunny, calm to very light winds out of the N.

First I stopped at Bulldog.  Nothing at the access and some fish in the thick bulrushes in really shallow water at Holy Family.  Needed a cane pole to reach them my long rod was about two feet short.  Next I went to Rock.  I got distracted by a large raptor as I came down the hill, so I didn't notice the Rock Dock was in until I could see it in the KIA's back up camera.  I managed to get one pike on a Panfish Chatterbait, so I ended my Skunk streak.
Panfish Chatterbait

I left about 7:15 after a little wind came up out of the N.  I went to the GOMH where some guys were fishing on the SE side.  There was fish activity two to three long casts out in the hay on the SE side.  There also was some baitfish activity around the GOMH, so I decided to get my rods and fish.  Didn't get anything, but the guy gave me his minnows.  It was cold so I left at around 8 while it was still light out.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Winner, Winner, Getting a 13 Muse Gold Rod for Dinner

I really didn't know anything about Muse Gold Spinning  Rods by 13 Fishing until they offered one in their weekly contest this week.  I looked up the rods which retail for $175 at Tackle Warehouse and decided to enter the contest.  Thanks to my wit I won.
 It was a caption the picture contest and that is what I came up with.

Where are the Bullheads?

I don't want any more toothy's.  I want some silver and maybe some orange and some more rain.  The Silver bullheads showed up last year on the 13th, ten days after Platte Ice out.  Hopefully they will show up sooner than the 13th this year.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Got Skunked in the Slop Slip

Rock Dock not in yet, so I improvised.
I started out by going to the Grumpy Old Man Hole today.  It was a good thing I was there because Mike B. stopped by pulling his Tuffy.  He had been out on Rock Lake and didn't have any luck.  I didn't have any luck at the GOMH.  I then went to the lake place and got the Slop Slip and drove over to Rock.  The wind was heavy enough that I wasn't going to paddle anywhere so I stayed out from of the access.  Didn't get a thing.  I stopped at the GOMH on the way home and tried for about an hour. Nothing.

Maybe the warm temps tonight and rain we are supposed to get will bring some fish in before it turns cold tomorrow night (fingers crossed).

Monday, March 28, 2016

No Dock, No Wind, No Fish

It was a nice day, but the fish never showed up at Rock or the GOMH.  The Rock Dock is still on shore.  Maybe tomorrow.

Will the Rock Dock Go In Today?

Easter Evening at Rock Lake
Most years the dock is in at Rock Lake within a few days after ice out, except in 2010 when it took a month plus for the DNR to put it in.  If not, maybe I'll get the Slop Slip out there on Tuesday.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Will I Be Able to Hit 300 Crappie this Year?

This was the goals I set for crappie at the beginning of the month when it looked like we were headed for early ice off.  If I can start getting some by the end of the month I'll feel pretty good about it.  The forecast for the next week looks positive.👍👍

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Platte Lake is Open

Platte Public Access

It is now clear for travel from the access to Jenny's so ice is out on Platte Lake as far as I'm concerned.
Erskine Lake is open
Bulldog is 15% open and I would say about the same maybe a bit more on Sullivan

So cold and windy I didn't bring my rods with.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Rock and Long Ice Out, Platte 90% Open

Rock Lake Looking Northeast

Rock Lake looking Southeast 
The lakes gave me a surprise today.  I took mom into Onamia and Onamia Lake was wide open.  I went to Bulldog first tonight and it was about the same.  Next I drove North Platte Lake Drive and all of Platte that I could see was open except the northeast corner.  I decided to go take a look at Rock and was shocked to discover it wide open.  The wind was such that it was unfishable.  Next I checked Long and it looked wide open.  Then I went to Jenny's and there was still some ice there .  There was also ice at the Platte Lake Access so I am not calling Platte Lake Open as I couldn't get from the access to Jenny's in a boat today.  I was a little to pumped up from the open water and ended up spilling the minnow bucket when I arrived at the GOMH.  Thank goodness I had my fishing towel along to help clean up the water.  I didn't fish very long and didn't get a bite.
Platte Lake Access

Mille Lacs Lake, We Hardly Knew Ye

The DNR has released the 2016 fishing regulations for Mille Lacs Lake.

They didn't highlight the part about not being able to keep bass until May 28th.  So that along with the new bass limits and slots put the kibosh on the Bass Snatcher tournament we had planned for May 21st.  What is the club going to do now?  I guess I'll find out on April 9th when we have an emergency meeting.

As for the new regulations themselves I have no problems with them.  I think going to all catch and release with artificial's only for walleye was the best coarse of action that will impact the smallest amount of people.  There are other ways to catch walleye's than dragging live bait on rigs or under bobbers.  The launches have the ability to apply for an exemption to the no live bait rule.

On the bass end of things, I think the 17-21" protected slot combined with the 4 fish limit should be sufficient to protect the trophy status of the bass in the lake.

I like the fact that they are protecting the 30-40" pike.

I give the DNR one :
  (They would have gotten two thumbs up had they left the MN Opener for catch and keep for bass this year.)

Monday, March 21, 2016

Not Today, Not Tomorrow, Maybe by Easter

The clouds today kept it cooler than forecast and the wind today wasn't strong enough to do much damage to the ice.  I don't foresee much changing for the next few days.  I forgot to bring my camera when I went out tonight.  I got skunked and had a pair of swans swim by.