Upper St Croix Lake, Douglas County

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8/14/18 @ 10:29 AM
FISHING REPORT
Capt. Jarrid Houston
Jarrid Houston
USER since 5/24/16

MOON PHASE (15%)
Waxing Crescent

I agree the lake has taken a dive on numbers of quality fish over the last 10 years.  However, there are still a few,  I mean only a few QUALITY large mouth and small mouth.  Over the weekend we saw at least 4 large mouth push the scales around the 5 lb mark, but that was 4 out of X amount which is a small percentage.  We did see a 18" walleye come top side as well to be photo'ed and released. Pike are tiny, although 5 years ago we saw a dead 40" floating in the spring in the North Bay. Pan fish have declined like crazy because of overfishing/harvesting.  Years ago it was a simple ice bite for nice numbers and size of crappies.  Wish the DNR would make more stirct rules to match that of NW MN Ottertail county.  Same goes for all WI waters.  The WIDNR is behind in keeping good quality inland lakes managed well. All we can do as anglers is promote the improtance and spread the good word.  Tight Lines, JH

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8/10/18 @ 10:57 AM
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Drahts
Drahts
USER since 9/8/17

MOON PHASE (1%)
Waning Crescent

This lake used to be a top quality smallmouth lake.  It also used to be a top quality bluegill lake.  It also used to be a pretty good walleye lake.   Over fishing has made this an average bluegill lake at best.  At some point people started keeping the bass, they're a mere shadow of what they were.  Walleyes have been raped by the spear chuckers. 

You'll find some largemouth in the obvious weeds along shorelines, but it was never a great largemouth lake.  Smallies on the south end, it's a pretty obvious lake to fish in that regard.

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8/9/18 @ 10:35 AM
Bryson Mazur
Bryson Mazur
USER since 8/9/18

Hey guys, I will be fishing this lake this weekend, and have never fished it before. I will be targeting mainly large, and small mouth bass. I'm wondering if you guys can help me out with a few spots, just looking to have some fun and catch some bass.

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3/7/18 @ 8:59 AM
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Capt. Jarrid Houston
Jarrid Houston
USER since 5/24/16

MOON PHASE (66%)
Waning Gibbous

Decent report..  Thanks for taking "enough" for a meal!  Makes a difference, and hopefully the other 50 in teh fish village helped the cause.  My gut feeling tells me otherwise.

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3/7/18 @ 8:59 AM
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Capt. Jarrid Houston
Jarrid Houston
USER since 5/24/16

MOON PHASE (66%)
Waning Gibbous

Decent report..  Thanks for taking "enough" for a meal!  Makes a difference, and hopefully the other 50 in teh fish village helped the cause.  My gut feeling tells me otherwise.

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3/6/18 @ 8:52 AM
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Shanagolden
Shanagolden
USER since 3/18/13

MOON PHASE (76%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
31° - 35° F

Fished on saturday afternoon down by the Island on the south end.  We were among about at least 50 other people out there.  It was a village out there.  Some action with Bluegills, Crappies and Perch.  Nothing great had to do a lot of hole hopping and sorting to find any keepers.  Did take home about 10 gills and crappies for a meal.  

Ice was in great shape, someone had plowed several roads and made travel easy.  If you got off the plowed area you would have needed 4 wheel drive as there was a crust with some slush underneath but it wasnt bad.  Didnt measure but close to 30 inches of ice

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6/29/17 @ 7:34 AM
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Capt. Jarrid Houston
Jarrid Houston
USER since 5/24/16

MOON PHASE (37%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F
Took a night to do some grilling, boat riding, swimming and fishing with the wife and dog.  Started out grilling at the Park up on the NE end.  Nice park with plenty of parking, rest rooms and grills (bring own charcoal and lighter fluid). Then went for a ride in the boat to the Beach by Lucious Woods.  Swam for a while with the dog. Then went fishing.  Started out slow and unable to located anything other than a couple of small largies. Ended up running into a pile of crappies with a few big gills mixed in. 12 feet of water with a soft plast was best. Ended up catching about 25 fish including a nice largie, a nice pike, and a smaller walleye. It was a catch and release night (mostly always is for us!). We like the let em go, let em grow approach.  Fun night on ULSC.

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8/18/16 @ 7:40 AM
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Capt. Jarrid Houston
Jarrid Houston
USER since 5/24/16

MOON PHASE
Full Moon

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F
Lakeview Lodge Bar and Houston's Guide Service hosted the first annual bass fishing tournament this last Saturday on ULSC.  It was a great turnout and we saw several bass caught weighed recorded and released.  Cash payout was 1-3 places.  We also had several prizes raffled off and a funraiser for the outdoor club of Solon Springs.  Best bass was a 4 lb smally, 2nd place was 3.25 pound large and 3rd was a 3 pound large.  It was a derby style tournament meaning biggest fish weighed first was going to win tie breakers.  Most anglers did better in the morning hours before the sun came out.  We even had a a contestant catcha a musky.  Others caught several pike and a few walleyes as well.  This was a conservation tournament, further meaning no fish were harvested!!!  The fish were caught in all areas of the lake using a plethra of techniques.  We look forward to next year and thank you for all the support!  Tight Lines, JH

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7/13/16 @ 7:29 AM
Capt. Jarrid Houston
Jarrid Houston
USER since 5/24/16

Make no mistake they are in there.  Your right, lots n lots of little ones, but every once in awhile there is a big one caught.  About 5 years ago talking to a lake home owner up on the NE side, he said he had a 42"er floating dead on his beach that spring.  And I know we boat fish from 18"-26" every summer.  The key is to harvest the small ones and let the bigger ones swim.  That way we all have a stab at catching a "quality" pike.  Same goes for walleyes.  We have caught lot n lots of small ones, but every once in a while we get a good picture fish.  26" is the biggest we have brought top side and hopefully it is still swimming.  It would be hovering around that 30" mark today making it a old fish. 

Also, I sometimes hear of a few smaller muskies being caught (although we have not seen one) only on camera from other guys fishing days.  Good luck out there,

Jarrid

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7/12/16 @ 11:51 AM
PimplySwede
PimplySwede
USER since 1/6/09

Double-edged sword - too bad that a great fish died for nobody's benefit, but it's good to know that those little hammerhandles actually grow up.  I haven't caught one over 24" in forever on this lake.


Maybe the eagles made use of it........

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