My recent field journal posted on CrazyOutdoorsmen.com:
My old college roomate and I made the short trip from the cities up to Scandia Minnesota on Sunday to try our luck on Goose Lake. I think there are multiple lakes in Minnesota called Goose, so it's the one in Scandia or close to it.
We got to the Goose Lake around 9:30am with some euro larva and waxies. It was warm and sunny when we arrived, so we were looking forward to the day. We drilled to find about 13 feet of water but heard that there is one small area of 25 feet depth. As soon as we put down the Vexlar, we saw fish on the screen. Trevor and I put out a few tip ups and set up to jig for pan fish and hopefully some crappies. We found the fish to be very close to the bottom (6 inches to 2 feet off). The water had a lot of sediment in it and it was very murky. It looked like a small lake after a violent storm had turned it over in the summer.
If you look at the map you will find the important areas (Map available in journal: view this journal .) At about 3pm the trucks flooded this area and drilled like crazy. We set up near the permanent shacks. Our bite was steady in the morning then sporatic for the rest of the day. They seemed to come in waves. A group about 30 yards from us were in about 15 feet of water pulled a 30+ pike through the ice. It was a very healthy looking fat fish.
If I was betting on a good spot, based on what everyone else was doing, I would recommend trying the edges of the deep areas (Map available in journal: view this journal .) as it seemed this is where the majority of anglers flocked to. I would get there before 2pm to set up and you would have your pick of the area.
One note: If you want to catch fish here, pick up your coffee and pour a glass. It had been slow for a little while so I told Trevor that as soon as I poured myself a cup of coffee, I would catch something. I almost dropped my rod down the hole as I picked up my thermos and a fished hit hard. Never fails! During the day we were able to pull up enough for a nice dinner after being pretty selective. We had one flag but nothing was on the other end. We left around 6pm and spent a great day shootin the breeze on the ice. Great Sunday!
I wouldn't mind trying the lake again now that I know what to do and where to be. What is he using for bait? Seems like there is quite a bit of structure and places for slabs and other pan fish to thrive. Like I said in my journal, as soon as we put the vexlar down, fish were passing underneath us like crazy.
Even eminent chartered accountants are known, in their capacity as fishermen, blissfully to ignore differences between seven and ten inches, half a pound and two pounds, three fish and a dozen fish. ~ William Sherwood Fox, Silken Lines and Silver Hooks, 1954