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.

  • RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE

    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Recommended Posts

Hows the perch bite?? Haven't heard much on Bone this year. Thinking about making a trip up this weekend. Hows the Ice conditions and how thick is the ice. Any information greatly appreciated.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I haven't been out there for a couple of weeks, but the perch are there (eater size crappies as well). Fish off the main lake points or out on the mud flats near groups of shacks. The ice is in nice shape, i'd say at least 16" and probally much more than that by now. The snow on area lakes isn't bad at all, but still wouldn't hurt to have a 4x4 truck. When I was out, there pickups were driving all over.

As always stay away from the creek, and springs along shore on northern half of the lake. Good Luck!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

smaller than average, catch 10 and keep one. Not a trophy lake but lots of numbers, I would keep a 9"er on that lake. Nothing spectacular, but can be fun smile

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I am planning on fishing Bone during the first week of October. Have not fished the lake for 7 years now. How is the water level this year? Any places to stay on the lake?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Its low but better than most area lakes. Watch your motor on the south landing.

Probably can rent a cabin from a private party on vrbo. Not sure if Wilkins Resort does short term RV camping. I think Restpoint is selling all of their RV spots. There is a motel in Luck and also camping next to the golf course by Big Butternut. Closest places I can think of.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Is this lake pretty green with algae right now? It usually is. I want to fish it when the bloom clears.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I was out there yesterday and its very green with algae and the weeds are starting to die off. I think we will need the weather to cool down before it gets any better.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Going to Bone Lake in two weeks to my fiancee's friends cabin wondering if there is any walleyes in Bone or are there any good lakes in the area?

Thanks

DBO

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Bone Lake has very few walleyes if any. Its a good bass, muskie and panfish lake. There are also some pike too. Fish early and late in the day as it is a very heavy recreational lake. The boats and jetskis are out in full force on any nice weekend day.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Try Big Butternut, Big Round or Balsam Lake. All are close to Bone and are popular walleye lakes.

Talk to the folks at Northbound Sports in Mlltown for the current fishing reports.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm trying to plan a trip with the girlfriend to Bone lake, guess she use to go there often when she was younger. Are there any problem areas for trucks/wheel houses to watch out for? Thanks for any tips.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'll confirm this when I get a chance but I do not believe there are any trouble spots on Bone (except maybe in front of Fox Creek), but the rock piles may stick through the ice. I would check with a bait shop and confirm conditions though. There's one access in the very southwest corner and one on the very north end.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Unless you are OK with driving on 10 inches of ice I would leave the truck on shore. I was up there last weekend and never found more than 10 inches of ice.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the updates guys. I called the Wilkins Bar and Grille and they said that I should be good to go this weekend. So I'm hoping for the best. Heard there is a tournament on the north end of the lake so the ice should be plenty "safe" this weekend. If you see and red truck, black topper and an green castle stop by and say hi. Thanks again.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Make sure to take a couple limits of crappies while you're out there too!

Bone Lake is filled with untold numbers of eater sized fish. It is a very underfished lake in the winter.

There are many spots to go, but I always do well half way between the big island and western shore (30-35' deep), south of the big island (30-35'deep) and out in front of Wilkins in the same depths. You can literally catch all of the fish you want! Though a 10" fish is a big one, there are all of the 8-9" crappies you would ever want (and of course baby fish too.)

They bite all day and night, but night fishing is generally better because the trillion smaller perch tend to go to sleep smile

When fishing during the day, a small jig free falling with a minnow catches the bigger perch and crappies too. Waxies seem to attract only the little ones.

A camera is a blast on the lake, and allows you to select only the bigger fish (during the day).

Minnows and waxies perform equally well at night on a small glow demon. Some days you could probally catch them on bottle tops smile

The problem with this lake is that they are underfished, and become perpetually stunted. I wish more people fished it, in hopes of bringing the average size back up to what it was 15 years ago.

For pike the north bay (by the landing) is always a good spot, as is the narrows between the small island and shore. Fishing for them can be slow, but the average pike pushes 8 pounds!

Good luck and catch some fish!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Bone Lake was really busy this weekend due due Luck High School fishing tournament but it was really fun. Ice is over 23" where we were fishing fish are in deeper water. It was like a Christmas tree between 25' and 35'. It was not too cold but fish quit biting after 8pm. Minnows and artificial lures worked perfect. My next update will be in two weeks.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Anyone been out the last few days? Thinking about taking my old man out there around 3 this afternoon and fish into the evening based on hearing about the evening bite.

Any pointers for a guy that hasn't fished Bone through the ice before? Also, we have to walk out, so wondering about which launch we should go from. Is Big Round worth a dump in the winter?

Thanks!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Many of the lakes in Polk County have major slush problems. I haven't been on Bone Lake personally but I talked with a bait shop owner today and he said that travel was brutal on most area lakes. Some are better than the other. I have a place on the north end of Big Round and I am up there right now. There are 8 fish houses on the lake that I could see from the north side. Normally there would be 50 or more. Three weekends ago I attempted to take my ATV out on the lake. Big mistake. I got stuck three times within 100 yds of my shore. Deep drifts and slush.

Conditions are tough. The fish are there to be had. Take a snowmobile if you have one.

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  



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • I have a group of bachelor drakes on the pond this year.  The pond water level is high so there is flooded timber. A great combo for photography.                                  
    • Well I had a little project that we found after buying our camper used. It had a leak in the back corner which 3 other same type campers in our camp ground had in the same spot. I sealed the roof a few years ago but have not had time to tackle the soft floor in that corner. Spent one weekend ripping out to find out what I had and a 3 day weekend repairing it. Had to build boxes as new supports to tie into the good wood past the rotted area. Really glad there were two metal frame supports under that end as I could span them with the new wood. Re-insulated and put new plywood down and it's looks great. Now my wife doesn't have to worry about getting into her side of the bed without going through the floor!        
    • Well I guess I could close the loop on my water heater since I finally had time to look at it.     I haven’t pulled the element yet but have filled the water and run through everything with my meter.  I’m 99% sure it’s the element.  I have 120V to it and it Ohms out at 2.  I figure that’s the water giving me that reading since the elements should Ohm out at 10 or more.  Basic rule I learned in shop: Power to the load; load don’t work; load is broken.  Looks like a $15 part.   What I did enjoy learning is getting the propane part of the heater operational.  Never had that before since the wire harness was apparently always disconnected from the ignition module.  I plugged that in and she fired right up.   Now to get my sealants put on tomorrow and clean and lube the bumpout gaskets.  I bought some LED light bulbs to try also.  And time to get a bigger TV installed in the main living area.  That 13 inches just doesn’t cut it with my eyes anymore!
    • Prespawn might be a stretch but I bet you see them on the beds.  Late start/almost no spring in these parts but the water has warmed quickly once the ice finally left.   Last weekend, at about the same latitude as OTC (assuming that’s where you’re headed) the males were all over in the shallows.  Didn’t see many bass beds yet and didn’t see any big females but they’re getting close.  Didn’t have a way to check temps so I can’t tell ya that, just what I saw.   Heading to Ely this weekend - I’ll have temps and observations from there next week.
    • So Fenton is the pick, maybe we can sell off our talent and pickup some middling speedsters/diamonds in the rough and make a vegas like run. 
    • It is not looking good from our end. I finally got Morgan out yesterday and she came to full draw on a nice tom but he busted her on the draw and scooted out of there. I got a shot off at him at 20 yards and he was walking and I didn't quite lead him enough. I clipped feathers back in high but he was fine otherwise.   I have family obligations this coming weekend and stuff going on the following weekend. There's a good chance that our turkey season is over.  If this was Ryan without the tag he would be pushing hard and still chomping at the bit to shoot something. Morgan is much less concerned with filling her tag.    Unpunched tags drive me completely crazy! But it looks like we will have some in the Engel household this year. Sorry team! Good job to you guys who managed to get it done and my apologies that we couldn't hold up our end of the bargain. Well... Ryan did, but Morgan and I couldn't do it this year. Next time!
    • The lake was low when we fished it but they only closed the dam days before ,, should be able to get under the bridge to get to Little yellow ,,, I have not heard that the crappie action was going well tho ,,, Did catch some decent pike  but no walleyes 
    • How high is the water, wondering if we can get into little yellow this memorial weekend or not.  How was fishing?