Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .

Recommended Posts

There are a group of us (3 to 5 boats) that travel from Nashville, TN to Rainy Lake the last week of June each year. We leave on Friday morning and spend that night in Eau Claire, before getting up Saturday morning and driving north to cross the border at International Falls.

After seeing several fishing shows featuring Smallmouth fishing in northern Wisconsin (during the catch and release season) we are considering stopping for a day or two to try our hand at some of the awsome fishing you seem to have.

We are all fairly experience Southern Bass fishermen and love to catch Smallmouth.

What I am looking for is some suggestions on good (great?) Smallmouth lakes along highway 53 that we might try.

If I need to post this on a different portion of the Wisconsin forum, please let me know. Thanks to everyone in advance for any suggestions.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Chetek Chain might be a good place to try. Shell Lake also has some good smallie fishing as well as Long Lake (the big one in Washburn County).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have fished the Chetek chain for over 15 yrs and have yet to catch one. At one time it was a good smallie lake but their decline has been tremendous. If you are interested in Smallies and I were to guide I would take you to LCO (Lac Courte Oreilles). Its only a short drive east off of 53 on Hwy70. I have fished allot of lakes and as far as smallies go I have yet to find one that would beat it. if you are interested shoot me an email at wffa1@msn.com and I will tell you spots on LCO were you can go for smallies

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I agree with vman, LCO has a healthy population of smallies along with Grindstone (across the road from LCO) and Big Round a little to the north.

I know it's farther out of the way but if you took a trip to Ashland, the Chequemagon Bay on Lake Superior has some phenomenal smallie fishing.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Sign in to follow this  



  • Posts

    • I love my custom Adam Bricker rods.  The guy just makes rods that look, feel, and preform well. Plus he has some really great options like a rod butt that pops out the back with a fish hook remover. You can also get the option of being able to change out blanks if you want. Which comes in handy if a guy goes from panfishing to walleyes. Plus he stands behind his work. The guy is an artist when it comes to building rods not only with looks, but preformance & function. Nothing else comes close to what he builds. With that being said, I do consider them a luxury item.   I have a slight addiction and have about 50 open water rods and 40 ice fishing rods, that range from cheap to expensive.  rl_sd pretty much said it all though. For $30 or less a guy can get a solid ice rod combo that preforms just fine. One of my favorite ice rods is a south bend Rod and reel combo I picked up for $25. It has an 8 ball Bering reel and a ML Rod that works well for perch and walleye. 
    • Minnesota, Merica, and the World commie boy!
    • Yep.  Before we were married, camped at fall lake MEA weekend.  In a tent.  Snow falling in the cornflakes.   I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now.  Or something like that.  Mama ain't happy ain't nobody happy. 
    • Who's Art? Yer neighbor?
    • Hey now!!  Any snowmobile is a work of Art!
    • Hell, a garbage bin on it's side sorta looks like that.....
    • HAHAHAA!  
    • We also had an old Johnson sled that looked sort of like that......
    • A Fall retreat! The acrid smell of a wood fire....crisp leaves crunching underfoot....frost tipped-grass sparkling in the early morning sun....nuttin' like a nice, cool Fall day in da woods!  A cup o' steaming cawfee in yer paw....
    • I use em for target practice. 
  • Our Sponsors