Balsam Lake, Polk County

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5/22/18 @ 1:45 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 @ 8:21 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 @ 9:29 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 @ 8:32 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 @ 2:01 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 @ 12:01 PM
koal
koal
USER since 1/12/15

anyone have an ice depth on Balsam Lake, Polk Cnty

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1/25/17 @ 9:02 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 @ 10:22 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 @ 10:36 AM
PimplySwede
PimplySwede
USER since 1/6/09
Could someone post ice thickness/driving info? Thanks.

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1/31/16 @ 12:23 AM
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CHARIPAR BROS.
CHARIPAR BROS.
USER since 6/16/08

MOON PHASE (63%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

ICE DEPTH
10 inches

AIR TEMP
31° - 35° F
Drove up to Balsam Lake today, no one driving vehicles on the lake. Was told there was 10in out by one of the islands. Learned all werd fishing and driving on Little Balsam Lake (NW finger of Balsam Lake). Yep we drove on 10 in of ice there too. Many full size vehicles and "Ice Cstle" type trailers. Kept chasing gills and crappies in 20fow, sorted through alot of them and kept a mixed bag of 15.

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