Rice Lake, Barron County

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6/29/17 @ 8:07 PM
Itwasthisbigiswear
Itwasthisbigiswear
USER since 8/26/16

Looking for some info on the musky action of the lake.  Tried the side over by veterans a bit, been over by the dam a decent amount, and over on the Bungalow side of the lake casting for muskies.  Catching alot of northern! But can't seem to get a ski. I like rice lake cuz the next closest musky lake is 20 miles away. Looking for some pointers, or at least the best section of the lake to try. 

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1/19/17 @ 1:11 PM
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Last Minute
Last Minute
USER since 1/30/15

MOON PHASE
Last Quarter

CONDITIONS
Sunny

ICE DEPTH
15 inches

AIR TEMP
36° - 40° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

Went ice fishing for 1st time in 2 years yesterday for about 5 hours.  3 of us fishing, 3 small pike caught and released, I think they were triplets.  Ice conditions were good with about 4 inches of snow on top and no slush.  Will try to go again in the Rice Lake area next week if we don't get too much more warm and wet weather!!


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12/30/16 @ 9:12 PM
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jjdubs
jjdubs
USER since 12/2/15

MOON PHASE (2%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
11° - 15° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

Caught a lot of tiny perch and one decent pike. A few people were driving out on wheelers, snowmobiles, and sidexsides. I was off of one of the landings on the north side of the lake. If anyone can give me any tips for walleye or panfish on this lake I would really appreciate it. Haven't done too well and I come up at least a few times in the winter. PM if you would like. Thanks!

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12/29/16 @ 3:28 PM
swampthing715
swampthing715
MEMBER since 12/14/16

Sorry Gary, didn't find your post until the 29th. My experience last year told me that if can find ten feet and weeds you can find bluegills. Got to sort them but you can catch supper.

6 inches of ice 30 miles south of there,but not consistent. Talk to  the bait shop at Stump Lake liquor. They were very helpful.

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12/25/16 @ 11:29 PM
Dodgeman 1
Dodgeman 1
USER since 8/13/13

3 friends and I are thinking of coming up to fish Rice lake for pan fish the 29th and 30th of this month. Wondering if the lake is safe for 4-wheelers and what the ice depth is on average. What's biting? Any advice is appreciated. Thanks in advance.

                                                  Gary

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12/21/16 @ 9:27 PM
Big-Fish-R
Big-Fish-R
USER since 4/9/08

Saw a vehicle that went through, not sure when....north part of lake.

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12/14/16 @ 1:57 PM
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ricelake
ricelake
MEMBER since 3/25/15

MOON PHASE (99%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
0° - 5° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

The cold weather finally arrived which made the lakes lock up fast and furious. With that said, it is still very early, and not all areas have "safe" ice to go out on. Use extreme caution when walking out to go fishing, as this time of year ice can vary in thickness. With arctic temps forecasted, we all can hope for some good ice building nights before we get a bunch of snowfall on top of it.

The walleyes can be found in the shallows chasing their prey. Key in on low light time periods, and avoid as much movement on the ice as possible. Fish are not used to people making noise over their head yet, and avoiding any unnecessary commotion on the ice can help you catch more fish. Do not be afraid to run your bait in very shallow water as fish will still go in very shallow to chase the baitfish. This is a great time to catch fish that are very aggressive with a jigging action on a rod and reel combo. Find the first drop off and work both sides of it, and you will find the walleyes moving in and out to feed. Use a jigging rap, or a spoon tipped with a minnow. When deploying tip ups, make sure to use some type of leader material of 12 inches or longer with a small treble hook.

The panfish can be found in two locations right now. I like to start along old weed beds, and underwater structure to start the season. If you know where there are fish cribs, or a stump field, fish will congregate around these. You just need to make sure you are very close to these structures. Fish can be skittish right now, so drill some holes and give it a little time for the fish to filter back in before giving up on a spot. If the fish are not found on the structure, bump out to the main lake basin areas with deeper water. Make sure to stay safe, and be smart out there right now.

 

Good luck fishing and remember, introduce someone new into the outdoors. They will appreciate it for a lifetime.

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11/8/16 @ 3:53 PM
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ricelake
ricelake
MEMBER since 3/25/15

MOON PHASE (60%)
Waxing Gibbous

Fall is a great time of year. We have plenty of options to choose from on what we would like to do in the last few weeks before the cold winter sets in. With the weather the way it has been, getting those boats out of the garage is a wise choice. It's not too often we are given weather like this in November. Some don't like it, others are taking advantage of it on the water.

When searching for walleyes, look for the fast dropping edges. Hard bottom areas that drop to the deepest parts of the lake hold big numbers of fish. A simple jig and a minnow is all you need right now. Start in the shallower water and work your way out deeper. Keep an eye on the depth you catch the fish at and then slow down and vertical jig that area for consistent bites. Fish have the feed bag on, and this is a great time to tie into a trophy sized fish. I like to run a 3/8 ounce jig tipped with a fathead, and I tend to run bright colors right now.

Muskies are still being caught as well. This is a great time of year for the live bait bite on the biggest sucker minnows you can find. Big baits, equal big fish. You also have the advantage to cast a bait and bring that bait to the ever waiting sucker below your boat. This gives a following muskie the choice on which one it wants to eat.

Crappies are suspending over deep water and are also feeding heavy. You can run a small jig tipped with a minnow, or the plastics have been just as effective as well. Right now you can vertical jig them, run them under a slip bobber, or set a soft tip rod in a rod holder and have it act as a dead stick.

Good luck fishing and remember, introduce someone new into the outdoors. They will appreciate it for a lifetime.

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10/18/16 @ 2:33 PM
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ricelake
ricelake
MEMBER since 3/25/15

MOON PHASE (90%)
Waning Gibbous

What a difference a week makes. The temperatures are warmer than usual right now, the leaves have turned and are falling more and more by the day, its getting darker earlier, but its not dark on the water right now. The fish seemed to have turned on lately, and this bite should continue. We have been waiting for the good fall bite, and it seems to have hit.

The walleyes and muskies are key targets this time of year. The muskies are popular for their live bait bite with large suckers. Slow trolling can be effective, but it seems best to slow things down, set out a live bait rig or two off the side of the boat, and cast to the shallows or breaks. Many muskies will follow a presentation out to the boat but not strike. It is important right now to have your live bait close to your "figure 8" at boat side. When a fish follows but does not strike, lead them with a figure 8 right to your live sucker rig and many times those fish will hit that "sitting duck" like presentation.

The walleyes have turned on their feed bag. A lot of smaller fish are hitting, but the bigger fish will follow soon. The most important thing to remember with these fall walleyes, is access to deep water. The fish like fast dropping shorelines, and deep underwater points where they can go to deep water quickly and easily. Jig and a minnow have been a great go to tactic. The fish are hitting it on the way down many times, so if you see your line go slack, set the hook right away. Bright colors have been working.


Good luck fishing and remember, introduce someone new into the outdoors. They will appreciate it for a lifetime.

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10/11/16 @ 11:10 AM
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ricelake
ricelake
MEMBER since 3/25/15

MOON PHASE (75%)
Waxing Gibbous

The fall colors are at their peak right now, even though it was a longer drawn out period than most. We have had one frost, and the fall seems to be a little warmer right now than usual. The fish seem to be a little like the colors right now. Not exactly sure when they want to transition into that full stage fall bite. Usually right now, the fish are in full feed bag mode and in tight congregated areas which are easy to target. The water is warmer than normal for this time of year, and I think that is the reason the fish are a little tougher to catch right now.

The walleye are in deeper water, but seem to be spread out. The best areas to target right now are long underwater points, and fast dropping shorelines. When a point or underwater structure jets out into the lake, the fish right now will usually sit on the corner that has access to deeper water the fastest. Work around the structure with a jig and a minnow, or you can slow troll or drift the wind with a Lindy rig and a small sucker minnow. When fishing the jigs, try to stay as vertical as possible, and do not be afraid to run a bigger jig and minnow. The walleye are not afraid of size right now. Set the hook as soon as you feel a bite. When running the Lindy rig, use a small sucker minnow, or the biggest fathead minnows you can find. Since these are a little bigger presentations, and you are working them slower than a jig, give the fish a few seconds to get the entire bait in their mouth before setting the hook. If you are not finding fish, move on. Fall fish congregate into small areas. Find one, pay attention to the depth, bottom structure, and you will have the puzzle solved for the day.


Good luck fishing and remember, introduce someone new into the outdoors. They will appreciate it for a lifetime.

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