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Flood Lake - 3.5 miles north of Kulm (pike, perch).


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    Flood Lake - Monday, March 19, 2012
    By: on 2012-03-19 13:54:51 | Add Comment | Post New Report
    Is the water open so i would be able to put my boat on it!?
    Flood Lake - Sunday, July 10, 2011
    By: on 2011-07-10 13:58:35 | Add Comment | Post New Report
    Have been to the lake many times since last report about 3 1/2 weeks ago.  Have always had good luck with many fish caught and most released.  Have been in boat and from shore.  More numbers from the boat due to mobility, but persistence from shore pays off as well.  Rarely use smelt;  find it too time consuming.  Casting with 'Daredevil' type spoons works best (for me).  Cast out and let sink to bottom and then retrieve at moderate speed.  Be ready for hits as the spoon flutters to the bottom. A slight jigging motion with the rod tip seems to result in some hard strikes.  The fish seem to be very agressive and on those kept, inspection of stomach contents produces very little info.  Of all fish cleaned since the first of June, only three have had anything in their stomachs....two had perch and the other had a small northern.  Have caught numerous fish in the 6-8 pound range and several have had large bite marks on their body.   A great many of the 2 lb range have bite marks on them as well.  makes one wonder what the forage base for the pike might be.   Pike are naturally cannibalistic but might other pike provide the majority of the food base in the food chain?

    I'd be interested to know if anyone else is checking stomach contents to see what the fish in there are eating.  I check the stomach of every fish I clean and so far, I am puzzled as to what they are eating.

    recent rains have raised the water level 4-6 inches and access to the north lake is more easily navigated now.  A narrow pathway through the weeds is pretty easily navigated now..just trim up the motor and you can get through without a problem.  Once through there, don't look up or you might get dumped on by a cormorant.

    A couple weeks ago someone was shooting a rifle across the lake and I could see where the bullets were hitting in the water along the west bank toward the north end of the south lake.  Saw no fewer that a dozen big splashes where the bullets were hitting and could hear the sound of the gun/s going off.  Not sure what was being shot at...maybe cormorants...but definitely not a safe practice and whether or not you agree with it, they are protected........topic for another discussion.

    Be careful backing a boat onto the ramp..edges of the ramp are very slippery and a trailer will slide off...keep to the center and you will be OK.  A chunk of rebar is broken on the east edge of the ramp and is sticking up just under the surface...steer clear of it.

    Question:  What's the word on Coldwater Lake....I know the locals keep it a closely guarded secret but does anyone have any info on the walleye bite there?

    Enough for now.  Good fishing.
    OK, enough for today.  Good fishing.

    Good luck to you.
    Good fishing
    Flood Lake - Wednesday, June 15, 2011
    By: on 2011-06-16 02:15:39 | Add Comment | Post New Report
    Windy today but gave it a shot anyway.  Caught several fish but wind was a problem.  Did casting only from shore and kept only 3 fish from 3.2LBS to 7.6 Lbs.  Wind hit 30-35 and went home.  Nobody else fishing (those with good sense stayed home).     Still an excellent lake and would be great for younger kids.
    Flood Lake - Tuesday, June 14, 2011
    By: on 2011-06-14 12:01:00 | Add Comment | Post New Report
    Fished  South Flood Monday (13th) from shore near NE shore along highway.  Actually fished for about 1/2 hour and had  several follows and hooked and landed 3 fish totaling 20 lbs,... packed up and left shortly thereafter. 

    Helped a guy whose boat trailer slipped off ramp and hung up on the grating.  Got boat off the trailer and  all ended well.  The ramp could use some work but is functional with caution.  Just need to be careful and be sure you are centered when backing in or exiting.

    Wish someone who knows the easiest way to access North Flood would be able to somehow mark the route in.  Going from South to Noreth Flood is a challenge.  With a bigger boat it is best to lift motor and pole yourself in.  Took us about a half hour to work through there a few days ago because we knew we could get into North Flood but didn't know the way through the trees and deadheads.  A snake would have trouble following the path we took getting in and out.  It was worth the trouble though. 
    Flood Lake - Sunday, June 12, 2011
    By: on 2011-06-12 15:01:34 | Add Comment | Post New Report
    Went to Flood Lake last Thursday and fished from the dock.  The boat ramp looks pretty poor and one would have to be careful backing their boat in because the one side has a piece of re-bar sticking up that could be a tire hazard.  I casted and used smelt.  Only got 1 hit on the smelt and caught quite a few pike casting.  Didn't get any 6-9 lbers.  All the pike I caught were 18 inches long.
    Flood Lake - Sunday, June 12, 2011
    By: on 2011-06-12 12:39:42 | Add Comment | Post New Report
    Have been at Flood several times in the past week (June 5-June 11) and outstanding northern fishing with fish of all sizes from hammer-handles to better than 7 lbs.  Saw one 10lb taken and in the past week have personally landed a half dozen 7 lb fish and numerous in 3-6 lb range.  Fished North Flood (once we wormed our way into there from South Flood) .  Acccessing North Flood by boat from South Flood was tricky on calm water and if it gets windy, I could imagine people having a horrible time getting out of there.  Trim up motor for certain, and a pole to push yourself through from South Flood to North Flood would be ideal.  Once we got in, three of us in the boat landed at least 50 fish at a minimum casting spoons in 6-10 FOW.  Had one particular type spoon that accounted for most of the big fish but don't recall what it was (LOL).  We  hooked and lost many others.  Kept only 7 fish 3-7 lbs because that was what we wanted .

    Had not been on the lake in a boat prior to Sat (6-11) and it was a beautiful sunny day with an occasional little chop on the water.  Saw many of the fish take the bait and literally hundreds of follows among the three of us.  It was an awesome experience for the three of us and one we won't forget.  If you have some kids who want to have fun catching fish and are up for something a bit beyond he bluegiil/perch/sunfish level, this would be an excellent lake for taking that next step in their fishing education.  And there is always that chance for taking a really nice fish.  I strongly suspect there are northerns in the 20+ lb range swimming in those waters.  I don't know that there are walleye in there but possibly there are some. 

    Was told that there are perch in the lake but haven't fished for them,  but do know that of all the fish that i have cleaned from there, the stomachs were empty on all but two...one had a perch in it and the other had another smaller northern (approx 1 lb) in it.  Because some of the high banks around the lake/s are caving in, I suspect that the northerns are eating a lot of worms that are finding themselves in the water.

    Smelt is the best bait for still-fishing but casting action is much faster, at least we have found that to be the case...on either north or south lakes.  Water clarity on North Flood is much better than on South Flood but South is not that bad either.
    Flood Lake - Saturday, June 4, 2011
    By: on 2011-06-05 01:47:06 | Add Comment | Post New Report
    Will try again..first report for June 4 disappeared.  had fished here on the 2nd and had good luck so returned on the 4th.  Fished from the dorck at the ramp (poor conditions-ramp).  Casting orange and silver spoons and tried the largerst crankbait i had in the box.  Also tried smelt.  Caught fish on all of them.  Got a nice 33.5" 7-lb fish on an 8" Bomber stick bait w/lip designed to dive to 6'.  Fish followed it to the dock and just laid on top of the water then swam away..I dropped the lure back and it hit but I missed the set and then I flipped it out again and it took it.  Almost identical size as the three 7-lb fish we had gotten on Wed.  I caught about 25 fish today (by myself this time) and kept just one, a 4-lb fish that was hooked too badly to release.  Just like on Wed, when I cleaned the 4 fish we had kept,  the stomach was empty??????????  This was late morning and early afternoon.  There should have been something in their stomachs by then.  The 7-lb fish had teeth marks on its back.  I take that to ge a good sign.
    Supposedly there are perch in the lake so I would think there would be perch or minnows or something in the stomachs.  Does anyone else check stomach contents?  Results?
    Flood Lake - Saturday, June 4, 2011
    By: on 2011-06-05 01:21:23 | Add Comment | Post New Report
    Decided to try again following good success two days earlier.  Went by myself this time and fished from shore using  the little dock by the landing ramp 3.5 miles north of Kulm.  Wind was strong from the west but I was able to cast with wind at my side.  Again, used orange and silver spoons.  Just to see how it would work, I  broke out a black and brown 8" Bomber stick bait w/lip designed to dive to depth of 6 feet.  Had several hits and then a nice one followed to the dock and just laid there and slowly swam away..I dropped the bait back into the area and it hit again and I missed the hook set and then flipped it back again and this time it took it and ended up with a 33" pike, a 7 lb fish...it had teeth marks across its back..a promising indicator to me.  Took a picture and released it.  Caught about 25 fish again today but just kept one 4-lb fish that had been hooked too badly to toss back...again, inspected the stomach of the fish...empty.  Strange that of 5 fish we've cleaned that were taken from the lake over the last couple days during late morning to mid-afternoon, all had completely empty stomachs.  Boat ramp in poor condition.
    Flood Lake - Thursday, June 2, 2011
    By: on 2011-06-05 00:36:59 | Add Comment | Post New Report
    Son and I fished from east shore along highway about 3.5 miles north of Kulm.  Took three casts before first fish was landed.  Caught about 15 pike in 3-5 lb range...several in 6 lb range and got  3 almost identical size at 32.5-33.5" and all weighed 7 lbs on the nose...caught a total of 25 fish + or - a couple.  Caught and released all but 4 for the frying pan.  Used smelt on bottom and tossed orange and silver spoons with good success.  Tried cranks but got no responses.  Fought with a predominantly south wind but it was a great time, with  lots of action and all three of the 7 pounders had hooks and leaders hanging from their mouths compliments of some other unlucky fishermen.  The fish we kept had empty bellies.  This was the first time at this lake for either of us and it was a very enjoyable time. 
    Flood Lake - Wednesday, June 1, 2011
    By: on 2011-06-01 09:31:42 | Add Comment | Post New Report
    There is a boat ramp just off of ND HWY 13 as it turns north towards Kulm. There is a dock and ramp. With high water levels the north arm can be accessed from this point. But be aware like any lake one is new to watch for dead heads just below the surface.


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