LPCrowRiverFisherman

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  1. LPCrowRiverFisherman

    To glow or not to glow......

    I feel you don't fish in the dark enough. Many times over the glow jigs have outproduced non-glow. Even a faded glow produces less than a fresh charge to the glow. Escpecially for crappies, walleye and catfish. Oh wait, that's pretty much all the fish that bite in the dark. I guess I like glow jigs.
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    Braided Line - Not sure if I'm loving it

    This time of year the carp are less spread out and more schooled up. I don't have much experience fishing them in lakes other than spring time, but in the rivers they actually put the feedbag on until water temps drop below 50-55. I actually can count on catching multiple carp in a day on plastics while fishing for Walleye in the river I fish when water temps are right. Actually fishing for them can be lights out if you find a school. I use 40lb braid while fishing for them so braid isn't the issue. I noticed from other post you are in Litchfield, i'd suggest trying the Crow and finding deeper holes. Stop with the corn and stick a crawler on your hook. Size 2-4 hook, a leader, barrel swivel, and preferably a sliding egg sinker. Good luck.
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    Catch and Release Lakes?

    What would be your take on having a couple lakes in the state being catch and release only? I fished one from shore in the UP of Michigan yesterday and it was down right amazing. It is what I would imagine walleye fishing in Canada is like. Quote:Learned of a lake in the UP that was catch and release only due to mercury levels. We could use a lake or two like this in Minnesota minus the mercury. Naturally reproduced populations with walleye and pike everywhere. Not to much size today, up to 20" for eyes but its a tough time of year for shore fishing big eyes. Thats right shore fishing and catching bunches of walleyes on a lake in the beginning of September. When I say the fish are everywhere I really mean they are. All I can say is amazing.
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    Deer Lake

    Learned of a lake in the UP that was catch and release only due to mercury levels. We could use a lake or two like this in Minnesota minus the mercury. Naturally reproduced populations with walleye and pike everywhere. Not to much size today, up to 20" for eyes but its a tough time of year for shore fishing big eyes. Thats right shore fishing and catching bunches of walleyes on a lake in the beginning of September. When I say the fish are everywhere I really mean they are. All I can say is amazing.
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    Catch and Release Lakes?

    I would call it a sportfish for the challenge. Anybody can through topwaters and crankbaits any day and catch "sportfish". Don't get me wrong, I love fishing pike but I change it up now and then for the challenge.
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    Ouch!!!

    Happened to me in the end of May, a Pike put a treble from an X-Rap through my palm next to where the thumb connects. The pike was hanging from my hand and the hook wouldn't come out of the mouth so I had to cut the hook connected to the pike first to release it. Pushed the barb back through the first time and the hook wasn't long enough to get the barb through and clip it, so I had to push it back in and then back out to where I could snip the barb off. This was the first fish of the morning, in a sit on top kayak nonetheless. I wasn't letting this ruin my day so I wrapped it up in electrical tape and fished the rest of the day. Electrical tape is all you need for a fishing first aid kit.
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    Fenwick Eagle GT vs. Fenwick HMG

    That's the issue, going to the store. That would make my decision real easy, but I am 2.5-3 hours away from anywhere that would for sure have the HMGs in stock. I'm in the middle of nowhere at the moment waiting to return to the homeland (MN). Hopefully before November.
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    Fenwick Eagle GT vs. Fenwick HMG

    I am looking to get another spinning rod for casting light jigs for walleye. I have a 6'6" ML Eagle GT and I like it for this application but it is a little light when hooking up with larger walleye and accidental carp. I was wondering if the 6'9" ML HMG had a slightly stiffer tip?
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    Fenwick Eagle GT vs. Fenwick HMG

    The reason I had to ask is because the MH Eagle GT Casting rods actually seem stiffer than the MH HMG Casting rods. I really love my HMG casting rod. I was hoping to hear that the HMG was a little stiffer in the spinning series. I know the quality of the HMG is better. I will wait for a few more responses before I pull the trigger.
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    Any early bite reports on suckers, carp, or drum?

    Got two white suckers and two carp today on a tributary of the South Fork Crow River. Fight was good, but the bite was LIGHT!!!
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    Bowfin

    Chances of catching them in the winter are next to none. Most of the time they are just roaming aimlessly. They are a warm water fish that only seem to become active once the spring panfish spawn starts. They seem to be most aggressive when the water gets to its high temp in the summer. I have never actually heard of anyone catching one in the winter. Shallow would be the way to go, 6 foot and less, and probably with dead bait under a tip up.
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    Uninterested Pike?

    Stick some dead bait on the bottom, and I mean on the bottom. Smelt will do, but my favorite is large creek chubs caught during the summer and froze til they are to be used in the winter. Quick strike rig would probably be best.
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    Ice fishing for carp

    Look for current and you will find them in higher numbers. I have caught a few at the end of a channel with current. Also when spearing a small river the carp seem to stay in the main channel current, so to make your chances better look for areas with current and safe ice. Go as small as you can with your jigs and euro larvae would probably be best, but wax worms will work too. Don't get your hopes to high, most are just cruisers in the winter and won't even stop to look.
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    pike stratagies for fall

    Flat Rap. Size 10
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    Don't have a boat?

    Awesome, all there is to say.
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    So I'm hooked on catching catfish

    While we are on the subject. Gordie, use a comma, they make reading and understanding much easier. Back on subject, I usually stick with cutbait, my favorite is cut creek chub. If times are hard and I don't have creek chub I will try to find some frogs. I have also been experimenting with birds, I have tried rotten pheasant and mourning dove. The birds can either be plain or mixed with sauces such as BBQ, steak sauce, teriyaki, or maybe your choice of cheap booze, just add a little of the booze.
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    The Fun Has Began

    It looks as if the shallow lakes in south central MN have started to show some life in the shallows. Carp and Buffalo have been everywhere. Two of us hit a couple lakes yesterday, one lake was for numbers but lacks size and the other was for size. The numbers lake was a great way to get the shot down, we got 25, and I don't think a single one surpassed 4 pounds. The size lake didn't let down with at least 4 fish over 20 pounds, and only 11 fish shot. Shallow bays, cattails, and a little current seem to be holding rough fish right now. Couple of 25 pound Buffalo
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    late spring = clearer water?

    No matter how late the ice goes out, the wind and rain before first ice are what make the water conditions what they are.
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    Meadowlark!

    First time I have posted in here in years, but I was excited when I found a pair of Meadowlarks along a country road.
  20. A few photos I was able to get while checking the lake ice. Guess I am done ice fishing for the year.
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    pike lures

    Swimbaits and Husky Jerks are very good options at a not so high price. I would highly recommend purchasing a few Rapala Flat Raps size 10 or 16. That Bay place seems to have some cheaper Flat Raps.
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    How much longer do we have on the ice?

    Lake of the Woods and Rainy Lake ice went out on May 18 of 1996. Looking as if this could be the case again this year.
  23. I see quite a bit of precipitation in the forecast, and lets not forget it is April. If we do miraculously scrape together some sunshine before the 20th, snow will melt, and there is plenty of that north of St. Cloud. Just Sayin'
  24. Just got a look at my schedule and looks like I will be attending the event in St. Cloud. Is there any backup plan if the water happens to rise to an unfishable level in St. Cloud?
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    Pflueger president 6730 vs Shimano Sahara

    I have a Pflueger President paired up with a ML Fenwick Eagle, smoothest spinning reel I have ever owned. And paired with that rod and 8lb power pro the farthest casting, best jigging setup I have had.