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Big Sandy Lake, Aitkin County

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8/19/19 @ 4:42 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (85%)
Waning Gibbous
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F
AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F
Sand Burr
User since 12/27/16

This week’s report 8/17/19

Big Ole moon and a slight chill in the air... makes the hair on my neck stand up! This is gearing up to the end of summer but also some of the best fishing of the year. Keep in mind to make your Labor Day events and plan on visiting Wild Rice Days in McGregor.


Big Sandy Lake

I kept things low key this weekend. It was by far the best weekend I had seen for catch to keep ratios on the walleyes. I had multiple reports of 15-18 keep-able fish. I am also seeing more people joining the plastic train! Its very tough for people because they have low confidence in tossing plastics. Grab some purple and chartreuse and give it a whirl! Walleyes were found on the weed edges early and out on the main lake humps during the day. The docks are still producing early morning crappies and there was some competition for a few of them last weekend. Saturday brought out everyone that owned a jet ski or recreational boat. I witnessed a few guys trying to fish through the day and I’m not sure how they stayed in the boat is was so wavy. Have some respect out there.  


Wild Rice Days

https://www.mcgregormn.com/wild-rice-days/


Eagle Point Facebook link:

https://www.facebook.com/eaglepointbigsandy/


Good luck on the water and have fun with the family!


Shannon Kruse

8/12/19 @ 5:43 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (93%)
Waxing Gibbous
Sand Burr
User since 12/27/16

This week’s report 8/10/19

Sorry for slacking on reports, it’s been a bit of a whirlwind the last couple weeks! I had some family obligations that kept me from the lake. Can anyone else feel the chill in the air at night? Moonlight fishing… Yep, there starting to snap out there. I did make a few new adventures and visited some old ones.


Swan Lake, Pengilly

Swan Lake has been on my hit list for some time. After a conversation in the cleaning shack with a park model resident he tempted me with the amount of 20” walleyes he has caught. I decided it was going to happen. I enlisted a partner and headed out early on Saturday morning. Unfortunately, we were met by some road construction and it delayed our timing. We arrived at the lake and went right to work using husky jerks as a locator bait. Unfortunately, the mapping on Swan isn’t the best. It took us awhile to figure out a trolling pattern without bumping weeds. We were blessed with right off the bat to start catching fish. The Pike made their presence almost immediately. They were followed by the bass and eventually the walleye. This lake is very clear, I think rated at around 13ft viewable. I need to spend some more time getting to know the ins and outs but its on my list to go back to.

Let me know if you have any tips.


Walleyes and Crappies oh my!

This last weekend did not disappoint! I see that the panfish fisherpeople are doing some damage out there on Big Sandy. Crappie Keith put out a good video on fishing the swim docks. He loves to use the Bobby Garland baby shad series. You will want to get out on the lake pretty early to avoid the recreational traffic. I brought up my “A” team this weekend and hit the lakes pretty hard. My daytime was spent chasing crappies and my nighttime chasing walleyes. I do protect the area lakes by not naming them. They are a great resource and should be protected. I had a great opportunity to bring Joes son “Gunner” out night fishing Saturday night and he did not disappoint! He was able to reel in as many walleyes as he wanted and in return he talked our ear off! Great Kid! We averaged 25-40 walleyes a night and strictly used plastics. Our biggest was 26”, 24” and a couple 21’s with to many at 13-14 to care. We pulled the paddle tails in 8-15FOW on a very clear lake. The moon and low wind made it amazing! I will never get sick of that night view. Both nights kept us out until the weeee hours, nope my body is not used to that. Things will only get better!!!! Also on a side note I have seen multiple reports of some catfish getting caught on Big Sandy.




Eagle Point Facebook link:

https://www.facebook.com/eaglepointbigsandy/


Good luck on the water and have fun with the family!


Shannon Kruse

8/12/19 @ 5:42 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (93%)
Waxing Gibbous
Sand Burr
User since 12/27/16

This week’s report 8/10/19

Sorry for slacking on reports, it’s been a bit of a whirlwind the last couple weeks! I had some family obligations that kept me from the lake. Can anyone else feel the chill in the air at night? Moonlight fishing… Yep, there starting to snap out there. I did make a few new adventures and visited some old ones.


Swan Lake, Pengilly

Swan Lake has been on my hit list for some time. After a conversation in the cleaning shack with a park model resident he tempted me with the amount of 20” walleyes he has caught. I decided it was going to happen. I enlisted a partner and headed out early on Saturday morning. Unfortunately, we were met by some road construction and it delayed our timing. We arrived at the lake and went right to work using husky jerks as a locator bait. Unfortunately, the mapping on Swan isn’t the best. It took us awhile to figure out a trolling pattern without bumping weeds. We were blessed with right off the bat to start catching fish. The Pike made their presence almost immediately. They were followed by the bass and eventually the walleye. This lake is very clear, I think rated at around 13ft viewable. I need to spend some more time getting to know the ins and outs but its on my list to go back to.

Let me know if you have any tips.


Walleyes and Crappies oh my!

This last weekend did not disappoint! I see that the panfish fisherpeople are doing some damage out there on Big Sandy. Crappie Keith put out a good video on fishing the swim docks. He loves to use the Bobby Garland baby shad series. You will want to get out on the lake pretty early to avoid the recreational traffic. I brought up my “A” team this weekend and hit the lakes pretty hard. My daytime was spent chasing crappies and my nighttime chasing walleyes. I do protect the area lakes by not naming them. They are a great resource and should be protected. I had a great opportunity to bring Joes son “Gunner” out night fishing Saturday night and he did not disappoint! He was able to reel in as many walleyes as he wanted and in return he talked our ear off! Great Kid! We averaged 25-40 walleyes a night and strictly used plastics. Our biggest was 26”, 24” and a couple 21’s with to many at 13-14 to care. We pulled the paddle tails in 8-15FOW on a very clear lake. The moon and low wind made it amazing! I will never get sick of that night view. Both nights kept us out until the weeee hours, nope my body is not used to that. Things will only get better!!!! Also on a side note I have seen multiple reports of some catfish getting caught on Big Sandy.




Eagle Point Facebook link:

https://www.facebook.com/eaglepointbigsandy/


Good luck on the water and have fun with the family!


Shannon Kruse

7/30/19 @ 1:23 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (3%)
Waning Crescent
jmp_37
User since 12/26/16

Me and my buddy’s haul on leeches, also had a nice size pike snap us off and had a pike around 40inches follow our baits in

7/22/19 @ 9:57 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (72%)
Waning Gibbous
CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny
WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F
AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F
Sand Burr
User since 12/27/16

This week’s report 7/20/19

What a weekend! Friday started out with the storm rolling through my personal property. Compared to the surrounding neighbors I didn’t get hit to bad, lots of hail and trees down. We were able to get up to Eagle Pont a bit late and were met with a fresh batch of mosquitoes. The boys left without me and tried some night fishing. They were chased off the lake by 10pm by the bugs. Nothing to really report from that trip.

Saturday was a new day and new adventure. My wife wanted to head west and look for some crappies. We found a small stained lake and started by pulling Ring Grubs in 8-15fow. The first thing to show was a 4lb largemouth. On the other side of the weed bed was a 31” northern. The rain/drizzle hit and we toughed it out for the next hour. We were rewarded with a couple small walleye, crappies and sunfish. The sun soon poked out and the fish moved back shallow. More walleyes and bass. It was a good morning of fishing that scratched the itch.

Saturday night was a new adventure. We picked our favorite local clear lake and hit the water around 7:30pm. The walleyes and people were there to great us with open arms! The recreational boaters were mixing with the fisherman and it was awkward for a while. Things always clear out when it gets dark and it makes it manageable. The eater walleyes did not disappoint! We used ring plastics again, ring grubs and a Walmart paddle tail, staying in 8-10fow. The moonrise was not until 11pm and was not visible until midnight. We could have stay longer but I’m getting to old for that.

Sunday mid-morning was my Big Sandy day and it didn’t disappoint. I again went out looking for steep edges. Tops being at 6-8fow going down to 20ish fow. I start right on the edge and let my side imaging tell me where to go. We changed up and pulled Authntx Pulse-R plastics and it did not disappoint. We actually landed a 20” smallmouth, as many pike you could throw a stick at and walleyes galore. Fishing was good! I seen a full bucket in the cleaning shack, so fun was had by all.

We dropped my daughter off at Big Sandy Camp for the week and headed home. If anyone is looking for a faith-based camp, I highly recommend them. Great staff and a great thing for kids young and old. Link below.

Yes, there was an accident Sunday afternoon at the Eagle Point entrance. My wife was one of the first there and I can report that everyone is OK. It appears that the driver drifted off the road and hit the approach.

Authentx Pulse-R

https://customjigs.com/products/authentx-pulse-r.html

Big Sandy Camp

https://www.bigsandycamp.com/

Eagle Point Facebook link:

https://www.facebook.com/eaglepointbigsandy/

Good luck on the water and have fun with the family!

Shannon Kruse


7/15/19 @ 8:38 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (99%)
Waxing Gibbous
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F
AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F
Sand Burr
User since 12/27/16

This week’s report 7/14/19

Yep, I took the week/pre-week of the 4th off and just had fun. The boat traffic was out of this world this year. The Fireworks on the lake were as spectacular as can be. If you have never seen fireworks on the lake don’t miss out!!!! Our events on Saturday at Eagle Point had the best participation ever! We had around 15 carts for the parade, 32 teams for the cornhole tournament and 8 teams for slippy tippy. We are starting to plan for the Halloween party in August.

On to the fishing. Pre-fourth I took some time and was a third wheel on a Canada drive in trip. It was at a resort about 1 ½ hours over the Grand Portage border. The fishing was ok based on the weather conditions. It was dead calm and HOT. We had plenty of walleyes to eat and even a few lake trout to bring home. I posted the resort link below. It was a good affordable stay with a sandy beach for the whole family to relax at. The week after Canada was a bust around Big Sandy. To many boaters, jet skis and pontoons. We mostly joined the forces and sat at the Sand Bars.

Last weekend we picked up were we left off. The sun was HOT and the fish flies are abundant. It is amazing what electronics will show you. I had many reports of “nothing” even the small pike didn’t want any action. I took my chances on Sunday and went in search. I was impressed to see a lot of traffic on the lake for a Sunday. A good portion of them fishing out on the main lake on the rock humps. I started by pulling some deeper cranks to see if I could locate some active fish. “Goose Egg”, again it was full of fish flies. I headed for deeper wind-blown water with steeper banks. I decided to pull some plastics. We were bouncing in the 8 – 26 FOW with a very slow approach. We used a couple types of plastics, ring-grubs and Hooksetter split-tails on ¼ ounce heads. Much to my surprise we located some active walleyes, small mouth and of course pike. We put nothing in the live-well, but we had some fun catching a variety of fish. Stay hydrated out there! It was stick hot and the storms rolled in late that afternoon. A very good tip for anyone that is new to the lake, its stained water. The best bite on this lake can be from 9am till 4pm. The walleyes love weeds on this lake, find the edge and troll it with anything. Yes, its full of pike but they taste good also! Good luck out there!!!!!!

Norther Light Resort, Thunder Bay

http://northernlightresort.ca/

Eagle Point Facebook link:

https://www.facebook.com/eaglepointbigsandy/

Good luck on the water and have fun with the family!

Shannon Kruse


6/24/19 @ 11:07 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (57%)
Waning Gibbous
CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny
WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F
AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F
Sand Burr
User since 12/27/16

Tim, that's awesome that you got the kids out! Even in the rain!!!

This week’s report 6/22/19

We headed north this weekend thinking it was going to be a washout. Much to our surprise we were blessed with a gorgeous Saturday! This week I decided to try a lake that I haven’t been on in at least 10 years. My recollection was that it was a semi-stained lake with an average for the area panfish/walleye bite. I then proceeded to make a series of errors… We ended up leaving a little late that morning, I didn’t have any worries because it’s a stained lake. Well upon arrival it was obvious that I was WRONG, clear and clean. As a matter of fact, we had a good mat of weeds in the 6-12fow range. My plan was to utilize plastics in the 7-10fow range, but it was obvious that I couldn’t find a good method to make this happen. Like most of the lakes in the area DNR mapping is bleak. Our side imaging on the boat was not working which became a major problem holding a weed edge. It was also becoming obvious that this was not going to be a mid-morning bite with the clear water. We did the next best thing and put on some 8-10 depth glass shads and fired up the kicker. We attempted to stay in the 12-18fow at about 2.1mph. We were blessed with every snot rocket known to man. Good fight and good action. We headed back for a late lunch and a game or two of bags. We decided to regroup and take my wife and daughter out on Sandy for a boat cruise and pull a few husky jerks. As usual it took no time to put a few topside but nothing to write home about. It was very relaxing, and you can tell with the boat traffic that everyone is ready for the 4th. The boat traffic is picking up and the sandbars are full when the sun is out. I did see a posting of a boat that crashed into the shoreline over on the east sandbar. Be careful out on the water over the next couple weeks!!! The clouds and wind rolled in and we called it a great day. I am still hearing of a decent panfish bite off the docks and typical weed lines. Look for areas with less boat traffic and you will find your fish. Lets start gearing up for the 4th! Fireworks will be off Floe Island on Thursday July 4th at dusk.

Many of you have seen the duck decoys just past McGrath. If you would like to know the history, please check out the special aired Sunday night. There is also a Facebook page, link below.

Ditch Ducks Kare 11 link:

https://www.kare11.com/article/news/local/land-of-10000-stories/ditch-ducks-become-a-highway-65-phenomenon/89-e80e71df-867b-462f-a9ea-677edf3cd29b

Facebook Ditch Ducks link:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/196793467618127/

Eagle Point will be having its typical festivities this year on Saturday July 6th. (see flyer on Facebook page, link below)

Kids Games

Golf cart/ATV/UTV parade

Bean \Bag Tourny

Slippy Tippy (Adult Games, Awesome spectator sport!)

Eagle Point Facebook link:

https://www.facebook.com/eaglepointbigsandy/

Good luck on the water and have fun with the family!

Shannon Kruse


6/18/19 @ 2:02 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (98%)
Waning Gibbous
CONDITIONS
Raining
WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F
AIR TEMP
61° - 65° F
Tim Zwieg
User since 1/10/12

Thanks Sand Burr.  Saturday night while it was trying to rain, my daughter had a few friends with their kids up, and she committed to take them fishing.  Unbeknownst to me, I was to take 6 kids under the age of 10 fishing.  I said but guys its raining. They still wanted to go.  I had no rods rigged up for kids, but my daughter came down to the pontoon, she said here I grabbed 6 rods from the garage and a tackle box. THe tackle box was my son's northern box, the rods were 2 summer rods and 4 ice fishing jig rods.  Between the box and the rods there were 2 bobbers.  I was able to scrounge a few small jigs.  We went out to the island in Davis Bay which is 30 seconds from my cabin and say in 6 FOW.  Used pieces of crawlers, I am waiting for the circus to start.  The kids did very well, they lasted 30 minutes, and we caught 15 fish between them, Sunnies and Crappies (all very nice), Perch and Walleyes.  All the fish went back, all the kids caught something, and they  all had fun.  To my surprise no circus, only a couple of tangles, and the best part was my granddaughter who is 14 months old was very impresses with the nightcrawlers, she played with them and didn't try to eat any.  Yep we fished with pieces of crawlers.

6/17/19 @ 10:23 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE
Full Moon
CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny
WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F
AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F
Sand Burr
User since 12/27/16

I know there are a ton on lurkers on the Aitkin McGregor site and we have very little for reports. I am going to attempt to post a few more as we start to get into the vacation time of the year. Most of my reports will be specific to Big Sandy. Yes, there are a lot of small lakes in the area that will produce panfish, northerns and walleye. Those lakes also need the protection to keep a population for all.

My name is Shannon Kruse, my family and I have been an Army Core of Engineers campers turned seasonal campers at Eagle Point Campground. We have been in the area every summer for 20+ years. I use the lake for both fishing and recreation. Eagle Point is located just after the Hwy 65 bridge on the south side of the lake and east side of the road. They offer seasonal sites with a few weekend campsites. They have a bar/restaurant with great burgers and sandwiches. You can access the bar by water or land.

On to last weekends report! 6/15/19

This year I am trying things out of the normal and teaching a few in the campsite how to use these techniques. Saturday the sun was shining, and the wind was rocking! We started basic on the windy shorelines trolling silver/blue and clown husky jerks in the 7-10 FOW range. It was producing small northerns, 13” walleyes and a few small perch. I then switched over to 1-ounce bottom bouncers and 3ft spinners in a variety colors. This technique proved to be what they wanted. Keeping the speed down in the .8-1.0 range was the best. The nice thing about bottom bouncers is it is very easy to fish 15fow on one pass and 7fow on the next. Most of the time on the weekend the boat traffic will push them deep or shallow. I was running out of time, rain coming, I would have switched to a true lindy with a 3/8ounce weight and would have produced more fish. If you are vacationing with a dock that is still a great place to fish. Reports are still flooding in that keeper walleyes and panfish are keeping people busy!

Good luck on the water and have fun with the family!


6/12/19 @ 9:05 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (77%)
Waxing Gibbous
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
51° - 55° F
AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F
Tim Zwieg
User since 1/10/12

Did some fishing off the dock yesterday.  Caught some nice Crappies off the dock, and even picked up a couple walleyes casting a shad rap.

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