Big Sandy Lake, Aitkin County

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11/27/17 @ 4:55 PM
cjkrolak
cjkrolak
USER since 12/8/12

Normal seasonal water level change is about 2 feet you can see live water level measurements at the Corp of Engineers web site below, also see the seasonal trend and historic highs:

http://rivergages.mvr.usace.army.mil/WaterControl/stationinfo2.cfm?sid=SDYM5&fid=SDYM5&dt=S

During the flood of 2012 the water was ~3 feet above the normal seasonal high water mark.   Since 2012 I can remember one spring that the water was about a foot above normal high water mark and four years it was within normal range.

You can also check with the Corps of Engineering to see if the water level mgmt process has changed since 2012. 

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11/25/17 @ 9:21 AM
anderscr
anderscr
USER since 11/25/17

Hi all, found this site this morning and hoping to get some input from those on this site with some history with Big Sandy.  We are looking for a lake home that will be our year-round residence and are considering Big Sandy.  We've done some fishing on the lake for the last couple of years but none prior to that.  I've done some reading on the water level fluctuations and flooding of 2012 which is concerning. Wondering how often there are water level fluctuations to the degree that they cause problems with docks, lifts, etc. We are considering a property that is in a flood plain (also the property is on a point).  Would like some opinions from those with experience on the lake if we need to stay away from properties on a point and/or properties in a flood plain, etc.  Thank you.  

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10/23/17 @ 7:17 AM
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Tim Zwieg
Zwiegs
USER since 1/10/12

MOON PHASE (14%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
56° - 60° F

WATER TEMP
51° - 55° F

Isn't that nice Stan.  I was going to hit Sandy this pat weekend, but ended up at Ann Lake instead.

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10/7/17 @ 3:51 PM
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stan the guide
stan the guide
USER since 4/25/14

MOON PHASE (95%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
51° - 55° F

WATER TEMP
56° - 60° F

Beautiful on BSL in the AM.  Finally found the right depth @ 13 to 15 feet.

I had 4 keepers 15-16"  and I had 16-20 Walleyes in the 12-13 1/2" group.  I use nothing but  a jig and a minnow with a slow drift -I don't use  motors with Walleyes.  Caught one nice Crappie (13").  Had my spot all to myself - it was heaven.  

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8/14/17 @ 11:55 AM
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Tim Zwieg
Zwiegs
USER since 1/10/12

MOON PHASE
Last Quarter

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F

Got out Saturday for a couple hours with my wife.  It was slow, we tried pullibng spinners on bottom bouncers.  We caugh one little walleye and a smll northern.  We did however miss a couple bites as well. As always though it was good day on the water.

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7/24/17 @ 10:40 AM
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Tim Zwieg
Zwiegs
USER since 1/10/12

MOON PHASE (2%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

Duluth, sorry been absent from the site for a bit, how was the weekend bite.

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7/20/17 @ 9:33 PM
Duluth
Duluth
USER since 7/20/17
Heading up to BSL tomorrow after work.  Hoping to hit the lake hard on Sat and Sun.  Bringing up the wife and kid and would love to catch a few walleyes, so any advice you seasoned vets can provide would be very much appreciated.  Feel free to send me a private message.  Thanks!

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7/14/17 @ 3:23 PM
cjkrolak
cjkrolak
USER since 12/8/12

Tim, thanks for the update.  I haven't tried your point yet this year, I've been mainly up on the sunken islands in the main part of the lake, I found they were deeper like you say the weekend of the 4th, I'll be wetting the line again Sunday.

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7/14/17 @ 11:02 AM
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Tim Zwieg
Zwiegs
USER since 1/10/12

MOON PHASE (72%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F

Got to sneak out on BSL the other day.  My favorite underwater point still holding fish.  They have moved a litter deeper, but needless to say they are still there.  They have slipped out to abotu 19', but still able to pick up some little walleye's snap jigging with a fathead or a shiner, I just wish these walleyes would get a little bigger.

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6/27/17 @ 11:31 AM
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Tim Zwieg
Zwiegs
USER since 1/10/12

MOON PHASE (17%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Raining

AIR TEMP
61° - 65° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F

Got out on BSL last weekend for maybe the second time this open water season.  Having a cabin there, and fishing tournaments other places makes it tough, I missed the place.  Anyhow last weekend, it seemed to rain every 2 hours, did you notice that too!!

Tooked my daughters boy friend out, fished primarily 13-16 fow on an underwater point that I happen to really like.  I was snap jigging an 1/8 oz jig for walleyes, used fat heads and shiners, caught small walleyesm 13"-15", a couple of Northerns and a couple nice Crappies too.


Big Sandy Lake, Aitkin County Photo
Big Sandy Lake, Aitkin County Photo
Big Sandy Lake, Aitkin County Photo
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