Monster Basswood Lake northern pike filling up anglers’ landing nets
Basswood Lake is still the home of the state record northern pike and this week’s entries show the lake is still producing.Pike of 18, 19 and 25 pounds were taken out of Basswood Lake last week, still a ways short of the 45 lb. 12 oz. behemoth taken May 16, 1929, but some nice catches nonetheless. Andy Schell of Lakewood, CO used a cisco to land the top northern pike this week. The pike went 25 lb. 12 oz. with a length of 45.5 inches and was registered at Deer Ridge Resort. Jennifer Schneider of Aitkin, MN was also using a cisco when she landed a 19 lb. 8 oz. pike that went 41.5 inches on the ruler at Deer Ridge Resort. Amber Lindgren, also of Aitkin, brought in a 18 lb. 2 oz. northern that measured 40.5 inches from tail to mouth at Deer Ridge Resort. Doug Todd of Loretto, MN used a minnow to catch an 8 lb. 8 oz. northern pike in Snowbank Lake, entering the contest at Smitty’s on Snowbank. Two nice lake trout came out of Snowbank as well.Steve Tomczyk of St. Anthony, MN was using a Rapala when he caught a 7 lb. 1 oz. laker. Registration at Smitty’s on Snowbank. A Rattletrap did the trick for Donald Berens of Charles City, IA as he landed a 6 lb. 8 oz. lake trout in Snowbank and entered the contest at Smitty’s on Snowbank. For the walleye fishermen, the action has still been sluggish. A number of parties reported bringing home limits or near-limits but the number of big walleyes was way down for this time of year.Anglers are finding walleyes in almost all depths, from six feet in Shagawa Lake to 25 feet in Basswood. One report from a local bait shop had an angler watching walleyes chasing minnows in six feet of water on Shagawa. No underwater camera needed, the water was clear enough where the fish could be seen with the naked eye.Nothing more frustrating than being able to see what your fishing for but not being able to coax one into the boat.With the water temperatures on the rise, the walleyes should start to congregate in their usual homes soon. A number of trout dinners were taken last week as well from a source that is starting to make a name for itself.Miner’s Lake was transformed from the remnants of iron ore mining operations into the home of rainbow trout as well as bluegills and sunfish. The Minnesota DNR and the Mineland Reclamation division of the IRRRB were mainly responsible for turning Miner’s Lake into what it is today.And while there are steady reports of limits of rainbow trout coming out of a lake that is easily accessible, many still do not believe you can catch quality fish in what is basically a man-made lake in the Ely city limits. Plus for the kids the east end of the lake is a haven for bluegills and sunnies that like to hang around the dead trees in the water. Reports of smallmouth bass in Miner’s are growing which may or may not have an impact on how the trout fare. As we head into Memorial Day weekend, look for the action to pick up. When you catch your lunker, be sure to register it at one of the Check-In Stations listed in the North Country Angler. Good luck!