Balsam Lake, Polk County

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8/8/18 @ 2:16 AM
Snuff8
Snuff8
USER since 6/16/14

Anyone been out on balsam recently? How is the walleye fishing on this lake?

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5/22/18 @ 12:45 PM
Sconistyle
Sconistyle
USER since 5/22/18

The DNR states that Balsam Lake has brown trout in it.  Is that true.  I recently got a place in the Balsam Lake area and love to trout fish in addition to the typical species found in lakes.  Thanks. 

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2/7/18 @ 7:21 PM
airborne1986
airborne1986
USER since 8/16/14

I haven't fished this area for a while and was wondering how the crappie bite is? trying to find something to keep the wife happy while I try to tip up fish :)

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1/29/18 @ 8:29 AM
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PimplySwede
PimplySwede
USER since 1/6/09

MOON PHASE (95%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
26° - 30° F
Picked the wrong day to go back.  Of COURSE there would be a contest.

Managed to find a spot where I wasn't crowding anyone or blocking tipups about 100 yards from where I've been catching fish, but about 2 feet deeper.  Camera down, only saw one bass and a school of small perch over 2 hours.  Drilled out a little deeper and found the perch nursery.

Moved in shallower and immediately caught a nice gill, moved everything and set up there and that was the last fish caught.

Can't blame it on the contest - last year was out there during it as well, more people, more noise, and you couldn't keep 3 tipups going for long.  This year I wasted $12 on minnows.

Could it be the Super Full Blue Blood moon affecting the bite?

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1/19/18 @ 7:32 PM
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Western Extreme
Western Extreme
USER since 12/17/17

MOON PHASE (6%)
Waxing Crescent

No one will hate you. Bass are very good. I eat them out of Upper Turtle Lake all the time. 

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1/19/18 @ 1:01 PM
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PimplySwede
PimplySwede
USER since 1/6/09

MOON PHASE (6%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

ICE DEPTH
18 inches

AIR TEMP
16° - 20° F

Tried Balsam a couple times in the past 10 days.  Had the camera down, fish are there, just very tight-lipped.  Schools of bass mixed with bluegills moving through, very few biters.  Occasional northern and perch came through.

Small lures worked best, caught a dozen bass on teardrop/waxie, only 3 on tipup with small shiners.  8-12 FOW.

No size limit on those bass, 5 per day.  Kept 9 in the 13-15" range, coming out of cold water they fried up and tasted like something I'd pay for in a restaurant.  Mix of Shore Lunch Beer Batter with some Cajun added for a kick.

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12/24/17 @ 11:01 AM
koal
koal
USER since 1/12/15

anyone have an ice depth on Balsam Lake, Polk Cnty

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1/25/17 @ 8:02 PM
PimplySwede
PimplySwede
USER since 1/6/09

Anyone have an update on the ice thickness after all this warm weather?

I've heard of vehicles going through on 3 different lakes recently, but I'm not sure if it was a matter of the thick ice thinning down, or people driving in areas where there already was thin ice.

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1/4/17 @ 9:22 AM
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PacoLoco
PacoLoco
USER since 1/4/17

MOON PHASE (38%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sleeting

ICE DEPTH
9 inches

AIR TEMP
21° - 25° F

Fished point off east end of Big Island on 1/2/17. Caught about 10 Perch in 25 Feet of water.

3-4 Tip up flags went up in shallower water with nothing home.

Pretty slow.......

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2/18/16 @ 9:36 AM
PimplySwede
PimplySwede
USER since 1/6/09
Could someone post ice thickness/driving info? Thanks.

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