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  • glenn57
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    cold spring mn
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    #1925975

    our family has a cabin just a bit north of bowstring……..and Jessie lake. last year mother nature hit it with a knuckle ball and it had a severe winter kill. not to mention another favorite little lake 2 miles away we fish is completely dead. looks like it finished the job this year.

    I was up over the weekend, and went out on the cabin lake, drilled holes in 4 different areas ranging from 7 ft to 14 feet. had my underwater camera down and all I seen where DEAD FISH on the bottom at every spot. looks like i’ll be dragging the boat to search for new fishing waters……..not that’s entirely a bad thing. very inconveinient if ya just wanna scoot out for a little bit. frown evil

    Gino
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    #1925989

    That’s a bummer for sure. Sorry to here that.

    glenn57
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    #1926298

    today i sent the fisheries people in Grand Rapids an email with a polite email explaining the situation.

    basiccly the response i got back translate to this extent………. we arent going to to an effin thing………..your on your own.

    James Holst
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    SE Minnesota
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    #1926374

    today i sent the fisheries people in Grand Rapids an email with a polite email explaining the situation.

    basiccly the response i got back translate to this extent………. we arent going to to an effin thing………..your on your own.

    Not trying to be rude but what exactly did you expect from them? Stock your lake because of the winter kill?

    Winter kills are a natural cycle on lots of lakes. I actually search out lakes that winter kill because they can provide amazing fishing and size structure when the lake bounces back. I know that doesn’t help you in the short term but something to consider.

    Winterkill lakes are awesome because they winter kill. When you remove a huge portion of the biomass the remaining fish and subsequent spawns have lots of elbow room and a lot of food per mouth to go around. I feel for you. But give it three to four years and your lakes will be back as strong as ever.

    glenn57
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    #1926453

    i’ll agree with you to an extent, but a severe winter kill last year and now this, i’m totally convinced after I seen what I seen its a total loss. if there isn’t any fish to reproduce…..hows it coming back?????? it sounds like they wont even go take a look. that’s the part that really urinates me.

    to have a moderate kill I can see your guys point. they restocked the lake back in 1996. and i’ll argue part of what I pay for a license is supposed to be used to keep a healthly population. it has a DNR access, a warden I know up there says if there is an access they should take some stock in the lake.

    glenn57
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    #1961634

    well the word is now out…….bowstring has zeebs in it.

    to be perfectly honest i cant believe it took this long since it is connected via a river to sand lake. zeebs have been in sand for about 10 years. now we fished sand this spring and they are noticeably a lot less then several years ago!!!!!

    glenn57
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    #1988643

    just an ice report…..the lake the cabin is on was iced over monday when i left for home from deer camp 2020. all the little slews and pot holes where froze up. geigers on bowstring and the williams narrows cams had ice forming on the shorelines.

    patk
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    Nisswa, MN
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    #1988656

    @glenn57 Anything more on the winterkill and how significant?

    I know last winter was a long one with early heavy snow. Still a little surprised after looking at the contour map. That’s not particularly small or shallow.

    Reason I ask is a friends place is just a bit north of you with similar size and depth as Jessie. Wondering if something similar?

    glenn57
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    #1988675

    @glenn57 Anything more on the winterkill and how significant?

    I know last winter was a long one with early heavy snow. Still a little surprised after looking at the contour map. That’s not particularly small or shallow.

    Reason I ask is a friends place is just a bit north of you with similar size and depth as Jessie. Wondering if something similar?

    what lake would that be if you don’t mind me asking??

    Well the fisheries people did in fact check the lake out. Some of The crappies and pike survived. They did not find any sunfish or bass. They were going to meet this winter to set a plan if they are going to do something with no real assurance of doing anything, but I think enough of the landowners put enough heat on to hopefully do something.

    From what I have been hearing the bigger lakes faired ok

    glenn57
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    #1993712

    anybody been up in the area lately. hows the ice making doing??? plans are to head that way on the 14th. only hitting the smaller lakes.

    glenn57
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    #1999140

    Spear chucking, 3 guys. 9 inches of ice in the area.

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    John Rasmussen
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    #1999623

    Good to hear Glenn, I’m heading up next weekend to Winne.

    glenn57
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    #2002959

    Went up Thursday and I had to deal with this. Wasn’t froze hard enough till Sunday to take wheeler out so needed to us the access

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    glenn57
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    #2002961

    My grand catch for the time spent up there. The nord is from cabin lake that had winter kill last 2 years. Crappies from a lake nearby. I did add 5 more crappies for a limit.

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    glenn57
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    #2011499

    anyone headed up there and planning on hitting small less frequent fished lakes….beware of slush…….it wasnt pretty this past weekend.

    Gino
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    #2011528

    Agreed, I’ve been hitting some pretty crappy slush holes lately .

    John Rasmussen
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    #2011532

    Anyone hear anything about a bite on Bowstring? Was thinking of hitting it in a week or so.

    glenn57
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    #2011549

    Anyone hear anything about a bite on Bowstring? Was thinking of hitting it in a week or so.

    yea,i know i guy that went out of Geigers this past weekend…..very poor fishing success and they didnt dare venture off there roads!!!!!!

    they had the same luck on winnie out of highbanks!!!!!!!

    John Rasmussen
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    Blaine
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    #2012383

    Thanks for the info Glenn.

    glenn57
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    #2127092

    so finally open water season and my first chance up. come home today to avoid amateur weekend but fishing was less then impressive. i did get a supply of pickling nords but everything else was non existant. didnt try panfish.

    my brother was up week of opener, did ok. he thinks some of the lakes turned over with gunk floating in the lakes and that weather was fickle and not consistent!!!

    some seem to think there 2 weeks behind normal?????

    iowaboy1
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    #2127100

    Hey Glenn, did ya see any sasquatch on the way up there or back??
    I was wondering if with all of the high water up there chased them down south.

    glenn57
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    #2127108

    Hey Glenn, did ya see any sasquatch on the way up there or back??
    I was wondering if with all of the high water up there chased them down south.

    Yea I think I seen a glimpse of one headed for higher ground. It was around be outing though!; jester

    iowaboy1
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    #2127111

    Ya, I heard that too, found out later it was EPG standing on top of his SXS trying to find his way home from the bar in the tall grass.

    glenn57
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    #2129948

    Came back today from the cabin, we did ok fishing.

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    glenn57
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    #2129950

    Some sunfish. The mosquitoes were just about as big!

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    Craig Sery
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    #2129967

    Two of tastiest fish! IMO

    glenn57
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    #2130020

    Two of tastiest fish! IMO

    waytogo waytogo i agree. most my pike gets pickled or smoked!!!!!!!!

    if i get one big enough Y-bones come out and fried up!!!!

    Gregg Gunter
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    #2130027

    Pike is the best tasting for me too. I pickle the small ones but I don’t think I’ve had it smoked. I’ve heard that it’s good baked. I’ll have to try it in my Traeger. Get it baked with a little smoke!

    glenn57
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    #2144059

    got back from the cabin yesterday……lotz of rain and the lakes are really high.

    fishing was so so………all together 19 sunfish and 5 pike…..2 of which were 27 inchers.

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