CURRENT BAIT ON
Crappie & Fathead Minnows -Suckers- Waxworms
Spikes - Red Spikes
LATE WINTER HOURS
Monday to Friday 7:00am to
Saturday - 7:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday - CLOSED
CLOSED SUNDAY'S until Fishing Opener
accept alll major credit cards with no additional fees
WHAT'S GOING ON!
1/23/15 - NEW BAIT IN
We will have Preserved MAYFLIES and BUTTERWORMS
available later Friday 1-23-15
1/23/15 - CRAPPIE BITE ON FOUNTAIN
A lot of reports have come in over the last week. It started
being a late night bite and is now getting a little earlier in the evening. Reports of 10" - 13" has been
the common report
1/13/15 - FACEBOOK PAGE
I keep everyone up to date on ice conditions, whats biting, etc. on the
shop page almost daily. You don't need to have a facebook account to view this page CLICK HERE
1/12/15 - 12+" ICE REPORTED
I've been told by several customers that the
ice on Fountain Lake is 12+" in the beach area. I have not gotten consistent reports on other areas of Fountain.
Some areas 8-10". This was a couple days ago.
1/1/15 - OPEN NEW YEARS DAY/ICE REPORT
Open regular hours on New
Years Day 7-6pm. Nice Sunnies and Crappies have been reported on Fountain Lake the las few days. Ice conditions
are reported to be 6-7+" on several areas of Fountain
12/23/14 - CHRISTMAS HOURS
Christmas Eve Day - 7am to
Christmas Day - CLOSED
I was going to be open Christmas day a while, but with ice conditions not getting any better at the moment I
decided to close for the day. Have a safe and Merry Christmas!
12/8/14 - ICE & BITE
Nice size crappies, perch and northern
are being reported of Fountain Lake. Ice has been reported as 7-9" on parts of Fountain and 6" down in the channel
11/25/14 - THANKSGIVING WEEKEND HOURS
Thur - 2-6pm
Fri - 7am-6pm
Sat - 7am to 5pm
Sun - 8am to
11/25/14 - ICE
Ice has been reported as of today being 4"-6" on Fountain
11/5/14 - CLOSED FOR A WEEK/HOURS
We will be closed for a week Nov. 9th thru 16th and back on
the 17th. We are now closing at 5:30 during the week. Once ice season starts we will extend our hours and be back
open on Sunday's
10/24/14 - PERCH ARE BITING ON FOUNTAIN
I have had consistent
reports of nice sized Perch and Crappies biting on several areas on Fountain Lake for a week straight
10/1/14 - SOME NICE FISH BEING CAUGHT
Not many are out fishing,
but the reports I am getting are very positive. Crappies, Sunnies and Jumbo Perch is what I have been told. This
photo is from yesterday from a regular customer. All caught on
9/26/14 - LIFE IN ALBERT LEA LAKE
After Albert Lea Lake being froze out
last year because of carp, life is coming back. Video by MarkConley.com CLICK HERE
9/16/14 - FALL HOURS STARTING SEPT. 27th
MONDAY thru FRI - 8am to
SATURDAY - 7am to 5pm
SUNDAY - CLOSED
*Sundays and extended hours will be added when Ice Season starts
8/27/14 - LABOR DAY WEEKEND HOURS
Friday - 7am-6pm
Sunday - CLOSED
Monday - CLOSED
8/26/14 - TAKE A PARENT FISHING DAY
8/2/14 - FOUNTAIN LAKE THIS WEEK
7/30/14 - PICKLEBALL EQUIPMENT
We will have Pickleball paddles,
balls and bags available in a few
7/30/14 - FOUNTAIN LAKE WATER REPORTS
Recent clarity testing of Fountain Lake was passed along by Jared from the Shell Rock Watershed. Very impressive
how well it is bouncing back from the flooding.
*The MN Pollution Control Agencies shallow lakes standard is 2.3 ft, meaning that if the lake has less than the 2.3
ft. it is considered “Impaired”
7/28/14 - STILL GREAT REPORTS
We still hear daily that some nice Crappies, Sunnies, Bass and BIG Catfish are being
caught in several spots on Fountain Lake. We have not heard much of Walleye and an occasional Northren in the
7/16/14 - FOUNTAIN LAKE THIS WEEK
7/7/14 - BETTER FISHING REPORTS
I'm hearing much more consistant fishing
reports in several areas of Fountain Lake now after the water levels have dropped. Mostly
Sunnies, Crappies, Bass and Catfish. Have not heard to
much about Walleye and Northerns so far.
7/1/14 - 4th of JULY HOURS
We will be open our regular hours over the holiday weekend
6/24/14 - GOOD FISHING REPORTS
Water levels have dropped some on
both Fountain and Albert Lea Lake, and the last two days I have been
hearing good fish reports of Fountain. Nice Sunnies and Bass are being caught in several areas of the lake.
Some walleye and catfish as well.
6/18/14 - MAIN STREET CLOSED
Once again Main Street is flooding
in the same area by Godfather Pizza, but the city has barricades on Garfield coming from the east that say ROAD
CLOSED to thru traffic. It's only 1 block that is not passable by
McDonalds.You can still get to The Dam Bait Shop
6/18/14 - FLOODING/HIGH WATERS
Waleye and Catfish are biting big time out on Fountain Lake even with the high
6/6/14 - TAKE A KID
June 7, 2014
Take a Kid Fishing
Starts: 9:00 am
Location: Edgewater Bay, Albert Lea, MN
5/30/14 - GREAT FISHING!
Since Memorial Weekend the fishing has been FANTASTIC! Below are just a few photos from our
Facebook Page followers. All caught on Fountain Lake this week and weekend.
5/23/14 - MEMORIAL WEEKEND
Friday – 7am to 6pm
Saturday – 7am to 5pm
Sunday – 8am to 3pm
Monday – 7am to 3pm
5/19/14 - NEGATIVE WINTER NEWS
Once again the aftermath of the
NEGATIVE NEWS MEDIA coverage over the winter still haunts the fishing here in Albert Lea. Fountain Lake IS NOT
DEAD! It NEVER did die out over the winter. I get asked this and get calls daily. FISH ARE ALIVE AND BITING ON
5/16/14 - DREDGING FUNDING
The bill was passed and the Fountain Lake's Restoration Project will
be Fully Funded for $7.5M! Good job to all those involved in making this happen. Congrats Albert
Lea! More information can be found on the Shell Rock Watershed
5/14/14 - $50,000 GRANT FOR
Michelob Golden for granting us $50,000 for the "CONSERVATION" of Albert Lea Lake. The residents and
recreational users of Albert Lea greatly appreciate your support in helping our community grow and become a
healthier environment for future generations to enjoy
May 16 will be the Anheuser Busch Official Ribbon Cutting for Golden Point Launch at Frank Hall Park at 10:30
5/13/14 - ALBERT LEA LAKE CLEAN
Saturday, May 17- Annual Lake
Clean Up Event- We will start near the Frank Hall Boat Landing at 9 am. Gloves, bags, buckets and water will be
provided. Please dress for soggy ground conditions. The event will finish at noon
5/12/14 - POSITIVE AREA MEDIA COVERAGE
With all the other
negative attention we were given by other local news media about our lakes dying off, It's great to see a positive
report for our area. Thanks KIMT NEWS out of Mason City, IA. Video LINK HERE
5/12/14 - GOOD FISHING
After opener weekend, it sounds like Fountain Lake is
producing and good variety of fish. I heard of Walleye, Northern, Perch, Crappies and Gills being caught. After
a long harsh winter it was nice to hear everything survived
We now have Leeches available. Med to Large. Jumbo's are not
available as of yet.
5/2/14 - FISHING OPENER
Friday(9th)- 7am to
Saturday(10th) - 5am to 6pm
Sunday(11th) - 6am to 3pm
4/20/14 - NEW HOURS
Starting this week we will be on our new
Summer hours. I am back working solo, so Sundays will be a short day, which from the past 2 years 10am to 2pm were
the peak times. See above. FISHING OPENER WEEKEND - Hours will be longer, please
check back for that update.
4/14/14 - BITE ON
Last week a lot of people were having some luck with crappies
and sunnies out on Fountain Lake. I also heard of some nice catfish being caught as
4/7/14 - MINNOWS IN
With the harsh winter we just had, there is a minnow shortage
until the lakes open up. We were able to get more over the weekend though
4/6/14 - OPENING SUNDAYS
We will start being open on Sunday's April 27th
3/29/14 - FISHING OPENER ON IT'S WAY!
We will be cleaning and updating
our minnow tanks for open water fishing in the next week or so, so we will not have minnows of hand for a short
period of time. Please call if you are coming from a distance first to be sure we have some. Summer tackle will
also be brought in soon. We will have a bigger selection of Catfish tackle and bait this year as well.
3/22/14 - DREDGING NEWS!
Things are looking more positive for the dredging of our lakes and finishing the Blazing Star
Trail! CLICK HERE
END OF ICE SEASON SALE
Saturday (14th & 15th)
Jigs $1.00...$2.00 Tubs of lures...Rod/Reel Combos $10...Jason Mitchell Rods $25.00 and many
other great prices on things
2/27/14 - NEW
With fishing slowing down please look at
new hours that are
2/27/14 - END OF SEASON
Jigs & Lures BUY 3 of same price Get 4th
FREE. 15% OFF all Rods and Rod/Reel Combos
2/24/14 - HAUL OUT YOUR
Disheartening to hear... We had a regular customer come in today and
said he couldn't believe all the garbage (Empty PROPANE canisters, beer cans, pop bottles, fast food bags,
empty bait containers, etc.) he seen out by the beach area and down in the channel. He only had one garbage
bag with him, but filled it up and hauled it out. Lets not give this sport a bad name. Haul your stuff
2/23/14 - FOUNTAIN STILL PRODUCING!
These were caught this weekend out on Foutain Lake.
2/21/14 - QUIET ON THE
Has not been many people going out
with this weather, so we have not heard much for reports.
2/15/14 - CARP REMOVAL
& OPEN FISHING
Last weekend commercial fishermen
removed more than 100,000 LBS of carp from the dam area of the channel.
MN DNR has made it clear this far that Albert Lea Lake and the dam/channel area
will NOT be opened for promiscuous
2/14/14 - JIG & LURE SALE
Buy 3 Jigs and or Lures the are same price and get the 4th one
2/11/14 - NEGITIVE MEDIA REPORTING
BECAUSE OF THE MEDIA and PEOPLE who
would rather report the negative, all people hear is Albert Lea Lake and Pickerel have died off… Does anyone
report that Albert Lea is still booming with fishing?…NO!
FOUNTAIN LAKE and
the fish are still healthy and being caught. The two dead lakes are a VERY SMALL portion of where the good fishing
happens in this area all year. The percentage of people fishing on the two now dead lakes is probably less than 20%
for the area. I hear this daily with phone calls, messages and people stopping in. This can be a bit frustrating,
so please spread the word…
2/9/14 - FOUNTAIN
I'm still hearing very postive reports about
the fish in Fountain staying healthy and still biting. I've seen some photos of some really nice walleye being
caught out there as well. The Northerns population is huge from the reports I'm getting. Crappies and Sunnies are
the most talked about. Have not heard much about perch being caught as of the last couple
2/8/14 - STORE
We are cutting back on week time hours some.
Monday thru Thursday we will be closing at 6pm. If you are cutting close to closing times, please call and let us
know and we will stick around within a reasonable amount of
2/6/14 - LATEST
Here's a summary of what we know with answers to commonly asked questions lately.
Fountain Lake is still proving to
be biting. Crappies, Sunnies and Northern. A few perch reports, but not a lot. Mostly late afternoon/early evening
bites. Waters and fish are still healthy and doing fine.
The Dam/Channel area: All fish
are pretty much dead in there now, especially in the last two days. DNR turned down
open fishing in the channel and Albert Lea Lake. It's my understanding that they are killing it all off. Why,
I have no idea. Have not been given a true answer.
Pickerel: That's done. Have heard small amounts of smaller fish are still surviving
as well as pike.
Not a positive post for the most part I wanted to share, but it is what it is, and at
least Fountain is still going strong.
2/3/14 - ICE FISHING CONTESTS THIS
-Feb. 8th Austin - Fishing for a
Cure 12:00 pm – 3:00
-Feb 9th Beaver Lake 12pm to 1:30 Entry Unknown
-Feb 9th St.Olaf Lake 2pm to 3:30 $1
2/1/14 - CAUGHT/SPEARED ON FOUNTAIN 1/31
1/31/14 - ST. OLAF LAKE ICE FISHING CONTEST
This is a $1 raffle ticket purchase PER HOLE. We are giving away $30, $20 & $10
merchandise only gift certificates to the top three winners of this event. They will have them on hand to
give out. Beaver Lake's contest is at 12 Noon the same day.
1/31/14 - FOUNTAIN LAKE
We have had great reports all week that Crappies, Sunnies and
Northerns have been biting strong in several areas of the lake
1/27/14 - BUSY WEEKEND ON
1/23/14 - FOUNTAIN LAKE
Caught on Fountain Lake yesterday (Jan. 22)
1/22/14 - CARP REMOVAL
Commercial fisherman have arrived out on Albert Lea Lake to take care of
the Carp issue
1/17/14 - BAIT IN
We have Butterworms back in stock and well as our new bait
that we have created, JUICED WAXIES
1/16/14 - CAUGHT ON FOUNTAIN LAKE THIS
1/13/14 - CARP IN CHANNEL AREA
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A CITY ORDINANCE : From
the Albert Lea Tribune, Police Reports: Fishing problems reported
Albert Lea police
received multiple calls of people spearing or fishing with bows and arrows near the Fountain Lake dam on
Sunday morning. No one was cited.
1/11/14 - OXYGEN LEVELS AREA LAKES
Done by Jared Stricker - Shell Rock River
Dissolved oxygen levels Friday
Albert Lea Lake
-3.54 mg/l by our aerator
-3.33 mg/l at Frank Hall Park
-7.85 mg/l in the channel by the china restaurant
mg/l at the beach
-5.15 mg/l by the
From Lance Frank - The dissolved oxygen levels are a little low
but the fish are not dying, the warm up over the next couple days should help by melting some of the snow
cover off the ice adding fresh water to the lakes. Many thanks to The SRRWD ( Shell Rock River Watershed) for
their hard work both monitoring and taking action when necessary.
1/10/14 - FOUNTAIN LAKE
Caught on Fountain Lake yesterday afternoon by customer, Seth Hertel. Feel free
to send us your catch.
1/9/14 - WARMER TEMPS - We are
starting to hear better reports in the area the last couple of days
now that the temps are on the rise. This was passed along by a customer yesterday. Caught of Fountain
1/6/14 - SLOW - Not a lot of biting
going on locally with this extreme temp change, other than a few "secret spots" that people have found. Best
reports we have heard are on Beaver, St. Olaf and Geneva
shared by others on our Facebook page
Lea - Fountain Lake beach Area 12”
Lea – Channel Area 12”-14”
Lea - Pickerel 12"
Albert Lea -
Shoreland is only 6-8"
- Ramsey Dam is about 11”-16”
- East Side lake 11”
Olaf Lake - 15"
12/18/13 - ALBERT LEA AREA FISHING REPORT - A lot of small Walleye
and decent sized perch being caught in the Albert Lea Lake channel area,
Northren out on Fountain Lake has been biting as well as perch and some crappie. People have been going out to
other area lakes now in the last week, Beaver, Pickerel and Geneva. Have not heard back as far as what's being
caught as of yet.
12/7/13 - There is 7-8" of ice being reported out on the south end of the
channel leading in to Albert Lea Lake
12/4/13 - Minnesota DNR recommended Ice
12/3/13 - We now have Deli Express hot &
cold sandwiches as well as muffins
12/2/13 - Caught on Fountain Lake,
Albert Lea,MN this past weekend.
11/12/13 - JB LURES - We have a wide
selection of JB LURES arriving this week for the ice fishing season
This is the food counter area.
We've had requests over the last year about having snack type foods. We are going a step further and not only
adding snacks, more of a beverage selection and also we will be putting in Deli Express microwave and packaged
Our expanding plans for Ice Fishing season
We will be brining in A selection of hand augers, portable houses, lots of tackle, bigger variety of rods &
reels plus FOOD & beverage items. We will be able to order most any items if we do not have what you are
looking for. Call, email or stop in with any questions.
10/30/13 - We will be remodeling before Ice Fishing season. The bait and
tackle shop will now have it's own space apart from the bike shop. Watch for a grand opening coming
10/22/13 - With fishing slowing down
now we won't be updating the news section here as often until Ice Fishing starts. We will be stocked up for ice
fishing season hopefully by the first part of November.
Since fishing is slowing down these will be our hours for a couple more weeks. Then closed on Sundays as of
Nov. 3rd. Additional hours and Sundays will be added for ice season
Monday - Saturday 8am to 6pm
Sunday 7am to 12pm
10/9/13 - We now have Sucker Minnows
in stock for the Fall fishing season
10/8/13 - The Dam Jig! We now make our
own jigs right here at the shop. Available in a variety of sizes and colors
10/7/13 - We now have some of
our Striker Ice clothing in with more coming in soon.
10/7/13 - Walleye has been biting all
weekend still all up and down the channel between Fountain Lake and
Albert Lea lake
WANTED….Businesses, hotels, restaurants, coffee shops, etc. that are interested in partnering with putting getaway
packages together to help bring visitors to Albert Lea, Minnesota. Please give me a call, send me an email or stop
by the shop – Thanks, Mark
We are hoping to have all our Striker Ice clothing and items out on the showroom by the end of the weekend. They
arrived sooner than expected, so we are scrambling to make displays.
-Striker Ice Rod Case - $49.95-
Made out of 600D Endura with hard poly inner shell and can protect up to four ice rods UP TO 36”
10/2/13 - NEW! We know some people are not on Facebook where
we post or news and updates, so will will be adding a NEWS section here