It’s all good we all make mistakes, the key is learning from them and being humble enough to admit it. So props to ya on that.
Details of the barotrauma posted by MN DNR resources here: Ice fishing for crappie https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/gofishing/ice-fishing-crappie.html.
Being new to ice fishing, this is something that is well learned .
@Dewman375 it’s called barotrauma notice how the crappies eyes were literally bulging out of its head. This is completely irresponsible fishing and an example of what NOT to do. I cannot believe this guy even posted this video online he should be ashamed, because even though most of those fish might have swam away chances are over 50% of them died. If you fish this deep you plan on keeping your catch. Sportsman don’t catch and release most species caught in over 25-30 feet of water because chances are they will die. Crap like this is what gives fisherman a bad name. Total waste of a resource!
31° - 35° F
Last day to fish before angling licenses are up for renewal ! What a beautiful day today! I got out on lake Bavaria around 2:30pm this afternoon and parked myself in the 50 foot hole in the middle of the lake. My flasher was reading about 55 fow and the crappies were schooling at 30-40 fow.
The crappies would come and go but were always there! I limit out fairly quickly. Nothing of size but boy was it fun to just go out on a nice day and catch fish with ease! I can't wait to get out on this lake during the opener this spring!
Crappies floating were still reviving. Caught too many one after another that they started to collect at the hole. All of them swam away after some while.
21° - 25° F
Got out Saturday morning 2/20/21 at Lake Bavaria for some ice fishing. Weather was pretty nice with highs expected in the uppers 20s later in the afternoon . I sat on 50 FOW near the main hole. Crappies were schooling at 30 FOW and occasionally hit at 15 - 20 FOW. I easily limited out within the hour. It seemed like the crappies stayed put, but after around 10 am, the schools started to scatter. I'm really starting to enjoy this lake. Looking forward to open water fishing on this lake this summer!
21° - 25° F
This morning I hooked up the mini bike to the ice fishing sled to explore more of Lake Bavaria in Victoria Minnesota. I always wanted to get to the main hole that is 60 feet deep, but the walk from the boat landing is a big one!
I sat on a few spots around the hole at 40-50 FOW before going to the main hole. I found crappies to be suspended from 30 to 20 FOW. The schools would come and go, so the fishing was very slow. Nothing of size but fun to see where else you can ice fish on this lake! I'll be back to try out some other spots soon!
26° - 30° F
Sat on some perch this morning at Lake Bavaria in Victoria! This ice was about 11-12 inches thick. Hopped holes in about 18 fow and 10 fow. The perch hugged the bottom of the water column but getting them to come out wasn't too hard with bright color jigs . Nothing of size, but fun to fish a different lake!
61° - 65° F
I decided to try open water fishing at Lake Bavaria for the very first time tonight! I've driven by this lake so many times but never had a chance to dip my pole in it!
Looking to see if the fish surveys and rumors about the large mouth bass were true, I tied on some weedless jigs and started shooting docks on the north side of the lake. I only managed to catch one large mouth bass that measured about 18 inches, but boy am I excited! The fish survey from 2017 recorded 146 large mouth bass with a couple being over 20 inches!
Messing around I caught a hand few of crappies near the boat landing using smaller pan fish jigs. I can't wait to get out here with the boat and see if any more bass can be found!
Below 40° F
31° - 35° F
I've driven by this lake many times during the open water and ice fishing season, but never had tried fishing on it. I believe there was a kill 4-5 years ago when they added chemicals to the lake to clear up the weeds. I took advantage of the nice weather to explore the lake on ice this morning. There is a plowed road running right through the middle of the lake that made pulling a sled quite easy .
According to Lake-Link's water depth map, there about 4 holes to try fishing on. I opt to try two holes in 36 fow and 50 fow on the north side of the lake. I drilled into 14 inches of ice. The water was very clear and I stuck with natural color presentations to pull in many crappies from all levels of the water column. Nothing of size. The crappies were 7-8 inches. They hit anywhere from the bottom (36-46 fow), to the middle (22-19 fow), and near the top 5-10 fow).
I hammered handfuls of small perch at the bottom of each hole. They were very aggressive and schooled in bunches! I will be back out here to look for the Northern Pike that the lake seems to be stocked full of according to the MN DNR surveys .