That's generally what's biting in that area. I've never caught much for size in there though. Lots of smalls....
Drove by Stump today and saw a guy that parked on the east side of the lake and walked down the hill where there used to be public access. Have noticed whoever owns that property hasn't put out a donation box yet this year, does anyone know if its still okay to walk down at that access point or not?
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.
36° - 40° F
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!!
MOON PHASE (2%)
11° - 15° F
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!
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.
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.
MOON PHASE (99%)
0° - 5° F
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.