Have a few hours to kill tomorrow morning. Anyone been out to Silver Lake shore fishing lately?
Anything good to report?
Sorry for this late report, I have been pretty busy. I went out on the Trout opener, 4-7-18 i believe, and had the best opening day i have had there yet! I got there a little late and all the boats looked to be rented so i was stuck shore fishing. Fished in the south side of the lake near 56 entrance and as soon as i sat down it was immediate action. I was using slip bobbers, dropping the down 6-8 feet. Luckily it has been so cold, the weeds haven't had much of a chance to grow so they were no issue at all. I left with my limit and helped two other guys get there limit, ending the day with 20 rainbow trout and 1 albino rainbow trout( never seen one before, looked amazing). With work and weather i havent been able to get back out since, but maybe this weekend ill try to stop out. Crappie should be biting soon i believe!
Got out on Sunday at 10:30 Fished till 3:30 started with minnow below a slip bobber got one after trying many different spots.Then whIle moving to another spot pulling the minnow in the water to keep it alive caugth another so I started trolling deep with a little Cleo spoon picked up 2 more.
Finshed the day after my favorite rod and reel fell in and out of sight before I could grab it.So if you find a st croix rod with the name Standing on it let me know Jeff
Went out Saturday for the Trout opener. Was there when the gates opened at six and it was cold, but many showed up. Only caught 1 and didn't see many catch any while I was there. I left at 8:30.
Got out this past Sunday. In case anyone was wondering, there was no ice. The parking lot and ramp were open and the Park Ranger's boat was docked.
I fished off of the south dock with minnows a few feet off of the bottom. Only had one bite. Saw a few fishermen across the lake, but didn't see anyone catch anything. I only had one bite, no fish.
Got out today from 2 until 6 fishing the south part of the lake and was able to land 7 crappie all around 7 to 9 inches, to 7 inch perch and about a 15 inch northern. I caught everything today on minnow on slip bob or jigging, had waxys but only used them for the first hour. It was pretty sunny today so it was a pretty slow start with most crappie caught after the sun was about down. The ice is about 4 inches where i fished with few inches of ices slush.
I was able to get out for a few hours on Monday( 3-5:30) and wound up with 1 gill and 6 crappie. Most crappie were caught using a small minnow and the gill and a couple other crappie on a waxy. It seems that late afternoon fishing is picking up a bit, and the fish are also becoming more active from what I've seen over the last couple months. I will be out all weekend if ice permits, as this is likely the last weekend of good ice!
I was able to make it out this Saturday from about 1 to 4. I fished the Southside again and was able to pull 4 crappie and 4 gills. I found a small hole in the weeds that i would drop down in at about 13 FOW. three of the crappie o got on minnow and one on waxy, all gills were on waxys.
This lake has been tough fishing, making you really have to work and move a lot to find the fish. My biggest tip is to keep hole hopping, gills can be found around any weed line, either in the weeds or just outside. Crappie have been tough, later in the afternoon seems to be the best option. I have yet to get a northern this year so i cant help too much with that. Also i need to fish the north side more to get a better idea of where the fish are over there.
I got out this past Saturday morning from 9:30 to 11:30. Only a few other guys out. I fished between the island and the southern dock. The ice was 10 maybe 11 inches. There was about a foot of snow on top, and the bottom 2 inches of snow was slush.
I used a chartreuse tungsten jig tipped with a waxworm, in about 18 feet of water. I had to work for them, but I managed to catch 3 small bluegils and one small perch. Bouncing off of the bottom a few times and then deadsticking it about 6 inches off of the bottom worked. That was my first perch I caught on this lake.