Was up this past week to relax an do alittle fishing....couple of us had about 2 handfulls of eyes in the 14-18 in range and only a few panfish..all CPR...nitecrawlers were go to bait...had a couple inches of rain good for the area...as no water going over the dam when we launched, but was going over at the end water temps start 69 end 65....heck Of a bug hatch every evening turned a lite on an they were all over you..Hey Dick if your’e watching the gang at Sommer’s wishin you a speedy recovery with health issues fish will be there when ya get back
Years ago Sand was a great walleye lake. It slowly deteriorated due to angler and tribal harvest and about 20 became a basically catch and release lake for walleyes as there was a 1 fish over 28" limit put in place for 5 or 6 years and then a 1-3 fish over 18" for a few years all the while they were stocking the heck out of it. DNR was actually using it for a hatchery for awhile collecting and fertilizing a bunch of eggs for other lakes. The lake got really good. For about 6 or 7 years a guy could go out with little kids and catch walleyes as if you were bobber fishing for spawning bluegills, I'm talking 60-80 fish evenings depending on how fast you could release a fish and get back fishing again. And they were all 15-17.7" fish which had to be released, just a blast to catch. So to answer the one question of why there isn't any panfish, the walleyes ate them all. They would be burping up little sunnies while you were fighting them. Then, about 5 years ago there was a 3 fish, no size limit but only 1 over 14" could be kept. I believe this was put in place because the amount of forage in the lake could not sustain the amount of walleyes in the lake which makes great sense. But, once they opened it up it became basically a free for all. I wouldn't so much blame the shore owners as a pile of local residents where aware of the amount of fish in the lake and were licking there chops waiting for the limits to be less restrictive. There were 5-10 rigs at the landing daily and sometimes more parking a long ways down the highway. Also it seemed like there were a bunch of guides taking advantage of it which just educated more people of the situation. Many guides would take clients to Sand, fill their limit and move on to bigger fish water like LCO for the rest of the guide trip. If you try to do the math, I'd guess there were upwards of 60-100 fish being removed daily from the lake during the week and probably quite a few more on the weekends. Not pointing any fingers, guys were just doing what most would. To make a long story short, this is the main reason walleye numbers are declining in the lake. They do spear it, but I don't think that has anywhere near the impact that the anglers have.
Fished Sand for the 1st time this past weekend. We caught few smallmouth, perch, northern, walleyes and 1 rock bass. Most of the walleyes were small <13" but we did have one 16.5" fish. Everything came a gold jig with either a piece of nightcrawler or a leech. 16 to 20 ft in the vicinity of weeds. Considering all of the boat traffic I didn't think it was too bad. DanM
Just a heads up for those that use the lake or may be coming up to fish. The landing will be closed from June 1 to June 31. The dnr bought the property to the north a few years ago and now they are expanding the parking and putting in a new ramp. So if you have property and need to launch do it before then. BIG SAND
crobar, did you stay at Sommers resort? i was there to.
Was up this week...now for a report which AIN'T much Anyway one the slowest weeks I have ever had. Managed a few eye's 12-16 an one northern, all CPR, all while ROW trolling in 25-30 fow on nightcrawlers. Did not get a hit on minnows. Usually had some good action in the evening....it was non-existant for me ...not one hit . To top that off I did not catch any panfish....which is very unusual. Not whinning just in awe. Will I be back...yes..just one of those weeks. Water temps 60-62. If you are a duck hunter which is opening soon huge flights came in each night...mostly after shooting hours. 30 degrees when I left early this morn heavy frost...looks like nicer weather on the way..enjoy.
Just saw some of the recent posts on Sand. Sasquatch8 - I was told the sonar clouds are possibly due to zooplankton and/or algae. I especially notice similar clouds near the bottom 10‘ in the winter on my flasher. I saw the mayfly hatch last weekend - big ones (green drake I think)! I also find walleye fishing to be frustrating and wonder why it isn’t better. Apparently 15-20 years ago, Sand was considered one of the better local walleye lakes. I’ve heard all the reasons (spearing, regs, shore owners, northern pike), but similar situations exist on other very good walleye lakes. I don’t think Sand Lake shore owners are any worse (or better) than other lakes. Plus, I don’t see a ton of fishing pressure.
As for pike, just cast spinner baits near the reeds or weed beds and you should find them. It’s also near the time of year where buzz baits are a good option. I think perch are the major forage on the lake. Biggest mystery to me is why there are so few sunfish/bluegills - almost none.
Fishing was pretty bad last weekend, i am going to blame a mayfly hatch. Just curious if anyone knows forage base for this lake. Also, most places deeper than 25’ are a snowstorm on sonar during the day, but after dark that rises up and suspends like a huge bait ball at 10-15’. Anyone have any idea what that is?
I have really been struggling out there. Only catching a few small perch and small walleye. Havent come across this abundance of small northerns i have been hearing about either. It is entirely possible i just suck at fishing, but aside from opening weekend I have been skunked more often than not out there. If someone wanted to point me in the direction of these small northerns I would be happy to assist in taking a few out of the lake, aside from the bones, they are just as good as walleye in my opinion, just cant seem to find them
They are all going into someones freezer. Ive seen this lake raped by the shore owners in open water, and natives in the winter. you wont see a spawner more than 19'' when they go to spawn. I live one mile away and they go up our creek, that is what I see. I quit fishing it because its just too disappointing. however there are some huge musky, I saw one this spring in the creek and it was a forty- forty two inch. who is going to check shore owners they arent coming in to a launch where some one can check the catch