So, I have been looking for lakes within an hour of Rochester for a while now trying to find a change of pace from the Sippi. Have not seen much about this shallow/fertile lake so it has always peaked my interest. Is it full of carp? Does it suffer from winterkill often? The survey shows a good population of walleye and crappie but it was done 5 years ago.
Anyway I made the 3 hour round trip and hoped for the best and expected the worst. I got to say it is a really cool body of water! I was surprised to see 20 or so boats in the lot but it was a friday.
I spent the first hour or so just side scanning the lake like any new to me body of water. I looked for a distinct weedline and was either going to throw floats in the weeds or pull outside with spinners and a crawler. It is a wind swept lake and even on a supposedly calm day, it still made for a good walleye chop. I tried hard for crappie but I was lost trying to find them. It took me a while of exploring but I was able to find a couple 16″ eyes trolling cranks in 4-8 feet. pulling spinners only brought in smaller pike outside the weedline. the lake was pretty green where the water was calm and the cleaner water off the points was my best bet so that is where I focused.
not saying I crushed them but I was able to find some willing fish. it took a while but trolling cranks seems to be the best bet on that day anyway.
anyone here ever fish this lake either hard or soft water? I want to try it again someday but would like to hear some other strategies for targeting the crappie and walleye.