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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 10:41 AM 12/21/06 (CST)
Ok for those wanting fishing reports here you go.

I was up on Fish Lake near duluth yesterday. Fished from 11am to 5pm. Walked about a mile out toward an island that holds alot of fish in the summer. We never fished this area in the winter before so it was new to us.

We drilled holes from 6 feet out to about 15 feet. Not alot of structure around, a few logs and rocks mainly a mucky bottom.

We ended up with 3 decent perch and one small pike. Not a great day but better the working. We moved alot and did alot of searching but didn't find a whole lot. The perch were taken on small crappie minnows either ona small jig or on a dead stick.

They would just fly in and hammer the bait and then you wouldnt get anyhing for another hour. Very sporadic.

From all the people we talked to the reports were about the same.

The ice was poping and cracking ALOT and we thought that the fish might have spooked more then normal. We did all we could to elimanate our noise but ice popping isn't controlable.

Walleye seem to be coming from mainly dead sticks in the area, they are very shy lately. White or green glow hooks or blood red seem to be working. Just fish slow.

It was a great day to be out even though we didn't hit the mother load. I will still be eating fish for dinner tonight though.

Does anyone think the ice popping effects the fish or do you think there are use to it and just ignore it. The popping scared me at times so I thought it might scare the fish to.


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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 11:09 AM 12/21/06 (CST)
When she's making ice it can get noisey out there. I don't think the fish care .I watch them & they do not get skiddish when the ice cracks .



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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 01:31 PM 12/21/06 (CST)
I had someone invite me down to one of the St. Louis River dams.. in Scanlon.. I have to coach (only practice.. but still gotta be there) today so I won't be getting out there... I wouldn't mind trying winter 'open water' fishing. Long as I only gotta tie a couple knots and can keep my gloves on for a good part of the time smile smiley



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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 01:33 PM 12/21/06 (CST)
The river can be mighty good fishing up that there. Not usually for the novice fisherman even more true during the winter.


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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 01:58 PM 12/21/06 (CST)
How thick was the ice?
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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 02:04 PM 12/21/06 (CST)
Everywhere that I was I had 6-8 inches of good clear ice.

There were wheelers going almost everywhere on the main lake basin. The areas around the dam and around the bridges are sketchy as always on Fish Lake but other then that it was good ice.


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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 04:54 PM 12/21/06 (CST)
Thanks for the report, nofishfisherman!



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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 06:03 PM 12/21/06 (CST)
I actually fish the St. Louis River shoreline more than anything else in the area.. especially with lower water levels and no sonar to run the boat with I'd rather be safe than try anything stupid wink smiley

I'll hit up all the areas available from Duluth to Jay Cooke Park entrance then from Esko/Scanlon all the way up the shore then drive up to Brookston etc.

The Cloquet River I like sometimes also but don't fish it nearly as much.. (that's the one there Hwy 33 becomes Hwy 53).

I guess you could call me a Smallmouth junkie (even though I got a big mouth sometimes wink smiley



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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 10:44 PM 12/21/06 (CST)
My great Aunt owned large area of land in the Burnet/culver area off of 53. The land she owned actually included some shoreline of the Cloquet River. She passed away 3 years ago now and we had to sell the land. However my grandparents farm which is just down the road is still in the family. It takes a 20 minute walk through the woods and then we can be at the river from their property as well. Although the power company owns the land right up to the river in that area. I have never fished the river even though it was so close. It would have been tough getting a fishing pole through the woods to get there.

Maybe this summer I will have to make a little trip up there to explore more of that stretch of river.

A few winters ago I was winter camping up there and almost got an upclose look at the river. I was walking along a ledge of ice that was probably 2-3 feet thick that hung over the river edge. Needless to say it cracked and fell into the water, some how I managed to push off of the chunk as it fell and was able to propel myself back up onto the river bank. I was inches away from being very cold and wet.


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