It was warm enough to work up a sweat punching 2 holes threw more than 20" of ice by hand. I saw lots of fish and never caught any, but it is still a great way to avoid the wife and get out and get some exercise.
Another good option for you would be the St. Croix. There are many varieties of fish and good Walleye, Small Mouth and Crappie fishing, and there are reports out there of people catching 17 different types of fish in one outing. The DNR reports more than 60 varieties of fish are abundant in the St. Croix. Another advantage is that you can use 2 lines in the border waters. I am guessing the fish there are as safe or safer to eat than the fish in Minnetonka, where they use Tribune to control weeds which kills the invertebrates and is hazardous to get on your skin. They call it Tribune but it actually is:
Diquat dibromide which is a moderately toxic chemical (34). It may be fatal to humans if swallowed, inhaled, or absorbed through the skin (4). Concentrated solutions may cause severe irritation of the mouth, throat, esophagus and stomach followed by nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, severe drying out of bodily tissues, gastrointestinal discomfort, chest pain, diarrhea, kidney failure, and toxic liver damage (24, 36, 42). Very large doses of the herbicide can result in convulsions and tremors (36). Rats given lethal doses of diquat showed few signs of illness during the first 24 hours. They then exhibited lethargy, pupil dilation, respiratory distress, weight loss weakness and finally death over the course of 2 to 14 days after dosing. Similar patterns of symptoms occurred in mice, guinea pigs, rabbits, dogs, cows and hens.
P Ross, Thank you very much for the info in this! have a gps so that won't be an issue. we definitely like to chase muskies that is for sure. I have heard that this is a busy lake so I think we're going to plan on fishing during the week for sure. do you have a suggestion of a better/less busy lake to fish that is within a reasonable drive?
Depending on what side of St Paul you are on it could be a 15 minute or 40 minute drive during normal traffic. It is west of downtown about 30 minutes. It is a very busy lake in the summer. Get out early to fish if you don't like heavy boat traffic. Bass/pike/musky and panfish are plentiful. Walleye are tougher to catch. It really is a bunch of big bays connected by channels to other bays. GPS is handy if you travel the channels to fish different bays. Fish the weed lines for multi species action. Casting spinner baits in 8-15 feet will keep you busy during the summer. Endless docks to try if that is your structure of choice.
My son attends college at one of the campuses in St. Paul and has told us he has decided to stay up there this summer. (we're from Wisconsin) we started talking about planning a trip up there this summer to visit him and maybe do some fishing. This lake doesn't appear to be too far from the area he is going to be living. I'm wondering if anyone can lend me some insight on this lake as well as give me an idea of how long it would take to get there fron the St. Paul area. any help would be appreciated.
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Another beautiful day on the lake, I can't wait to feel the waves again. Ice fishing is a good way to escape cabin fever, and the wife. My C-fish camera makes it fun even if the fish are not biting. There were thousands of pan fish, they just were not hungry!
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I punched 3 holes in Phelps bay near the Red Bridge, 2 for fishing and 1 for my CFish camera. I never caught anything, but my camera allowed me to C a number of fish. Most of what I saw was Sunfish and Large Mouth Bass. I was in 15-20 feet of water and all the fish were just off the bottom.
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Caught 1 Last Friday.
Ice still has some weird spots, but thickness is good. At least 12" off the Lake Minnetonka Regional Park Boat Launch near Crane Island. I've heard permanents and full sized trucks are all over the lake after last weekend.