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    My wife Brittany, daughter Hannah, and I were up on Shagawa friday night and Saturday. We were able to boat 6 nice eyes around 12-18", released a couple lil guys, not to mention Hannahs very first walleye of many for the trip! Looked like the storms started just after the clouds passed, as we were blessed with a nice sunset along with a light show to the east. Saturday started with a couple snakes taking our lines off trolling lindys, then a while later the girls found a couple bass by boulder bay. Seemed as if everyone on the lake was looking to find a day bite unsuccessfully. I would have liked to jig but the girls are not quite there yet if you get my drift. Had burgers at Stony Ridge and said hi to our buddy Don, Once the sun started going down we went to our go to spot where we were the night before where it drops from 10' to 40' where i marked the biggest group of the day suspended in 15-18'. Bobbed another 1/2 dozen before we headed in. As expected with the girls we got a later start to the trip down to Vermilion but hey what can a guy do. Jumped on off HooDoo and decided to go out to see what the lake looked like first. Caught a couple bass in a super secret spot lol, dropped by hendrickson but didnt mark anything, so we went to the north west end of ely island. Of coarse some guy we saw putting in at the launch was parked on something i dubbed "jrs hump" years ago so we bobbed up in the shallows watching some people drift the sand flat. Diudnt see any fish boated so i didnt feel as bad. The wind kicked up so we headed back into pike as the girls no like white caps hahaha. Tried Million Dollar for 10 and trolled our way in before getting kicked off by the first passing shower. Came back out after sharing an appetizer sampler at the good ol days to find another 6 super golden walleyes. Was able to say hi to one of the fabled Vermilion guides as he rode by before packing it up for the ride home. Look forward to coming back up ffrom the 17th-25th with the parents too, dad is a little jelly he didnt get to come up Hope to hear the good reports continue, good luck and safe fishing! Pikers
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    Back to fun pictures and the reason I love coming to the Tower/Ely area! There's just an amazing difference in the environment up here. It's something I miss pretty much every day I'm not here. And when you have as beautiful of a Saturday as we had yesterday, I just gotta say "Ahhh, this makes everything else worthwhile." And when I go back through my best fishing memories, SO many have been made here, and yesterday I added another. These girls in consecutive casts:
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    Anyfish2, The fish we have been catching so far this year do not look thin at all. They are of average weight for their length--nothing like great lakes walleyes feeding on open-water forage, but healthy. Maxpower117, Not even going to try to predict the future, just reporting on the good fishing now and the techniques to use. With the interesting management factors involving Mille Lacs, the future of walleye fishing could be bright, or dark. Things are good right now and sport-fishermen certainly are doing what they can with catch-and-release fishing, no walleye fishing during the hottest part of the summer, and then no walleye fishing in the fall. Thanks for correcting the misinformation added into this thread by Nhamm. Nhamm, My intent with this thread is to give current, accurate fishing reports that hopefully help people enjoy Mille Lacs and catch more walleyes. I do not intend for people to use this to attack others, including me, with inaccurate assumptions and misinformation. The walleyes we have been catching from eight to thirty-four feet of water on live bait rigs, slip-bobbers, and crankbaits have all been hooked in the outer part of the mouth, not any deeper, and their swim bladders have not shown. They have been handled as little as possible, carefully, and have been gently returned to the water very quickly. I was there--you weren't--so I know the condition of the fish and you don't. I can't guarantee that they all survived anymore than you can guarantee that they all died. I can, however, guarantee that your assessment of how the fish were hooked and what condition their swim bladder was in is completely inaccurate. How fish are fought, the time of year and water temperature, how fish are handled, and how long they are kept out of the water determine a fish's chance of survival after release far more than the fishing technique used to catch them.
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    Saturday was a gas. Always after a long winter away there is High Anxiety waiting to get boats in, docks in, cabin open, clean up lil island an taking it four feet deep at 3:30 ... Water temps may be be 40 something on surface but four feet down at 3:30 PM during my annual Docks Done Dip it was as cold as normal for a clear rusty slushy. Major Shrinkage oh boy! Buuuuurrrrrrrrrrr ~~~ oh there ya are lil buddy. : ) Fun clear calm sunny day even with all the work all good. Ride up the river was so quiet an calm we went slow an enjoyed it all. Beauty of a place when alone an calm. That is always fun to us. Bonnie Rocks as usual. Moe & Bear swimming an exploring all day until nap time midday lunch. Extreme Wehlerizing fun. Fun thing happened at Docks IN time. The fun of setting last two sections in armpit deep tippy toes wader saving water ~ was almost complete at 2 pm Saturday until some newbie cabin owning new to area dude down shifts 50 yards away and fills my waders with never ending new ranger boat buying wake. Coolbeans after a minute, but sort of enjoyed it as waders were coming off anyway. : ) FYI hint: Close to High Water mark, maybe SLOW DOWN or learn to trim out the huge motor by shore maybe? I aint all about YOU! Definitely not cool, but we deal with it. HUMANS~~~ Geeeeezzzzz.... : ) High water waves do damage you don't see. Wears away shorelines an send dock pallets all over the lake if not strapped down. Well some people never learn nor care, but that makes life just that much more fun to us. : ) Had a good laugh as later mooned them from Bonnies pontoon, yup a BIG Tommy Welcome to our sweet Vermilion pal moon.....as I am not known as the crabby guy on the bay. Far from it. Saw a some musky fish dating over by Nicky Slims pad an that is always special. Seems they are there every spring. : ) Great day. Looking forward to a mini Fish fry breakfast 6 am Saturday if I have any luck in my lil red boat with my Bonnie and me marauder hound boyz. Keep on Rocken! T
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    a tournament-record 10-pound, 2-ounce beauty was big fish and A record 110 boats fished this year’s tourney, held out of the marina at Fortune Bay Resort Casino. 492 walleye, another tournament record, were weighed and released at this catch-and-release event.
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    I didn't fish locally but the same would apply here. Fished for eyes during peak feeding periods in early morning and evening. Jr and I had our limits within an hour after sunrise and released half a dozen in the 20-24". Casting a jig and minnow into shore was the ticket. Most fish were in close. Points and shorelines that had some depth but flattened out held fish and of course finding where the wind blew in the warm water was something else to take into account. After the sun got high the bite slowed and eyes went deeper and the big pike moved in or woke up. They didn't want anything moving other then a sucker and floating jig and slip sinker. Some pretty nice pike were netted in the 35-39" range. Might sound like a BS report so far but it gets better. While others in our party had eyes to catch we'd take care of that in the evening and opted to make a long hike into a trout lake. Been there before with success but past few years not so much but it was a nice day to sit on the bank and soak a worm. In four hours of fishing we caught one Brook Trout. It was WORTH IT. Slip sinker and inflated crawler is my go to for Brook trout lakes from shore. 20" Brook Trout. Early Sunday morning walleye bite was on Fire again.
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    Got out on a local lake on Saturday. Almost through up with excitement on the way to the launch. Shallow bays were hot, but you can tell it's still early. Can't wait for this coming weekend.
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    Thought we'd beat the heat thats coming on Sat. and spent a few hours on a lake North of Duluth (6-9-17). Found a mixed bag in 8-10' of water trolling spinners w/ crawler next to submerged weeds.
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    The Lindy bite has been very poor the past few days so I decided that I would try different tactics today. I switched over to a slip bobber approach and was happy with the results! We fished close to a ledge and some boulders in about 6 foot of water using leeches and 1/2 crawler under a slip bobber with a 1/16oz. pink jig under it. We boated 18 walleyes, 2 perch, 2 bluegills and 2 small mouth in about 2-1/2 hours this morning. Largest walleye was about 16 inches. Cliff
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    Myles planned today's river outing.Stopped at a lemonade stand,hit the bait shop and then the water.He put a few on shore realing them in all by himself.He also was super happy about finding all kinds of neat sticks laying around.Good Friday for sure
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    Great as usual. Big lakes still arent iced over but I found two in the area that are ready. Remeber to bring a friend throwable, ice picks, and life vest. No fish is worth your life! First fish of the year a 14.5" crappie. First fish for my brother a 10.5" gill gonna be a great year or maybe we should just quit fishing now.
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    Funny how unpredictable fishing can be. Literally not a single bite all weekend (didn't fish too crazy hard), but saw lot's of walleyes being caught around me. When wrapping up the trip and cleaning the boat /dock for the Sunday morning departure, I was getting ready to throw out my leeches Saturday night and my wife commented, "are you really done fishing for the weekend?" The grill was heating up for steaks and I decided to throw out one more leech with my slip bobber off the dock (around eight feet). Five walleyes later (in around 20 minutes) I decided to start the steaks and had three nice walleyes to clean (15-17's).
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    Had a great time Cliff, so what we could not fish the way you wanted. You adapted and we caught fish. Your always fun to go with, I truly enjoy the conversation, no politics, or anything controversial just good conversation between two guys. I think my spine compressed 2 inches from being out in Big Bay with those rollers as big as they were hitting the boat. Thanks for taking such good care of me as I was kind of concerned when we left my dock in the morning, my health issues for the last couple years kind of prevented me from being in a boat that long, I could tell you were truly concerned and cared. A long soak in hot water sure felt good when I got home. Hope Steve your original partner starts feeling better, tell him he does not have to worry about his seat in the boat for next year, I have decided to become a fair weather fisherman, fishing should be relaxing not a survival contest. See you soon I'm sure, our picture from the Bay took the front row in our picture gallery, Sue said it was a good one of us two. Sorry for the rambling everyone, your a good man Cliff and a better fisherman/guide, Darrell over/out.
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    The Lindy bite is picking up again the past few days! I have been doing best using leeches on them close to or in rocks. 15' to 22' depths. Cliff
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    Got up this afternoon. Did my yard work. Got out on the windy shoreline for a quick pull. One pass got four nice keepers. Now in for dinner and to setup for the bobbers. The lake does not ever seem to disappoint!
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    Caught a bunch on lindys with a crawler today and a few on a bottom bouncer with a spinner and a crawler, left the minnows at home. Used a plain lindy with a 4ft snell and a single bead above the hook, red or green the hook color didn't seem to matter. Fished soft bottom areas and found some may fly larva on the sonar in a couple of locations. "Ace" "It's just fishing man"
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    Out again today and found quite a few fish on beds and adjacent areas. It is starting for sure, just be careful to let the big bulls do thier job! Please leave beds alone, and let the big bulls back. PLEASE! Plenty of decent sunfish in adjacent area that are not as vulnerable to catch. Thank you.
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    Here's a kayak for you Moose. Strap on the auger and you are good to go.
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    yer not fat... yer big!
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    Heck of a float today! I released 22 and biggest was just over 19. Lotta nice sized fish. My friend was out for the first time on the river and just 2nd time in a yak and he had a ball. Ended up with 8 after he started using my stick baits and got the hang of it. First time up on that stretch this year.
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    Fished the big lake this morning ,,, Weather didnt start out nice but the fishing more then made up for it ,,, Got my first double and triple in the new rig today ,,, There is a lot of mud covering this side of the lake but finding clear to tea colored water paid off ,,,Natural colored sticks took a majority of hit today and the cohos have grown 5 inches in the last month ,,, I had one 23 inches today
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    I fished the tournament with my cousin Darrell. 15 minutes into our day my trolling motor batteries died! Caught 9 finally drifting and kept our 6 fish for a total weight of 5# 7 oz. Released a 20-1/2 incher. Some very nice walleyes caught today! Biggest was a 31 inch fish, 10#er. Cliff
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    Went to Grindstone on a whim today. First time I've ever been here in the spring. I hoped there would be lots of rainbows to catch, but there was none to be found. Did have some excitement though...as I was trolling across a shallow flat (only about 5 ft), using a small rebel craw with ultra light rod/reel. Something hammers my bait! Obviously I think it's a northern pike at first. But once it took a nonstop run towards the depths, I knew what I had. Between coaching my 6 year old to net the fish, fighting the wind, and trying to keep my 3 year from falling overboard, this guy provided a very exciting 10 minutes
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    My freind and some of yours and lover of upper red lake, bill turk has sucumbed to his ocpd. please remeber him and his family in your prayers. thank you.
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    fishing has been good around St. cloud I got into some nice bluegills and hybrids over the weekend. Made a cool video to go along with it.
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    I read all this stuff about having to fish the edge of weedlines and I'm sure it works but I'll tell you what I've found the past few weekends, the 4-6 foot flats with a lot of weed growth are just full of quality sized bass and pike. This pattern may die off soon, I don't know. Remember, weedlines are a new concept to me being from the South, but man did I hammer them on Saturday morning. You could see schools of sunnies getting busted on the surface. A spinnerbait with a Sumkina swimbait trailer was the ticket again. I landed 10 bass, lost probably 5 or 6 more. All in the 2 to 3.5 lb class but one. Also a handful of pike, one real nice eater, others were small. I lost 2 nice pike too. One got into the weeds and came off (hard to stop them in a kayak), one jumped right over my net and spit the lure. That happened to me a few weeks ago too. It was a great morning. Some guys were fussing at me saying I shouldn't be using the boat ramp with a kayak. Sorry to tell ya but I have every right to load and unload there just like you. Sorry a plastic boat out fished you
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    I always use only 1/2 crawler mainly because it is all that is needed to get walleyes to bite. It also more closely resembles the molting rusty crayfish and Mayfly nymphs that the walleyes are eating. The 1/2 crawler also works well when the walleyes are feeding on young-of-the-year perch. It works much better then using a crappie minnow on my rigs for some reason. I have tried both on different lines at the same time and the crawler will out fish the crappie minnow every time! Does not make sense when they are eating minnows, but that is the way it is. I always had problems with the walleyes stealing my bait when I used a whole crawler too. If I fed a whole crawler to the fish long enough for them to eat it, I almost always gut hooked the fish. One of my clients boated a 27-1/2 inch walleye today using 1/2 crawler, a red hook, and a green glow bead. Cliff
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    Lucky 7 in Virginia have always treated us great with purchase of bait. Whole crew is nice and like my teasing an corny story's, plus very generous minnow count. Crawlers n Leeches nice & Fat, do make a tasty fried treat on off days no bites. Mmmmm good for the guts! : ) Bigger fish still coming up shallow before a front an sunrise & set, moon changes and of course whenever they seem to need a fix of belly pleaz'n munchies. No fish by our docks......ever. Keep on rocken! T
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    Finally got on some good green fish!
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    Love all them Spiders. One an all. Yer pal looks like a beauty. They do grow large an feisty. Tough and strong and very fast also. Only had one bite on the island of a old client / guest to my Big Black boat back in 2008 who wanted to stop an have lunch an relax as I guess my pace and unconventional way of fishen musky fish was wearing him thin. Was walking to close to the hounds food dish by shed an ol pal Jimmy McLeggs nipped him a bit. He made it back to his resort just fine, washed up n took a nap, but his head exploded later that night from the extreme brain pressure. Everyone thought it was from Mr. McLeggs bite, but in fact we all knew and was proven to be it was in fact just his way over inflated EGO an Love of himself an his fancy STUFF. KABLAM!! : ) We have two each year, Mr & Mrs. McLeggs the last 22 years that hitch a ride home with us to down here Musky Acres for winter. They help protect the property also my boats an play with the Marauder Boyz an always love to help out at Halloween. Oh Yeah... BEWARE and be very AWARE!! Keep on Rocken! T.
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    3 generations of Wendt family put the first limits on the New NCOR picture board on friday. Great guys and a real fun day in the sun on LOTW.
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    Fished big bay for 2 hrs last Sunday just before noon. Caught 10 eyes on lindy and leeches. 8 of which were slot fish, 21-24". 20 to 30fow. Kept two 15inchers. Not many fish to filet but sure had a lot of fun.
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    Went after eyes yesturday and we stumbled across some nice gills and crappies out in 15 feet. Kept a couple that are going into the smoker. Got 4 eyes and some bass also. Draggin crawlers for the eyes and the panfish loved them.
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    Good fishing to start the new week. Running the lake for the first time this season paid off.
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    My son boated a 42 incher on Sunday and had several follows and two fish came unbuttoned near the boat. All in all a pretty good opener. All of the action came on bucktails in the weeds. "Ace"
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    Sorry you feel this way. I was not happy at all for the new system at 1st. Now I have to say after using this for a couple years I feel it is the only way to make it fair. I drive for the south side of the TC area and before the new system I HATED that I had to travel a LONG ways to find a campsite. You live close and that is fine for you but there are lots of us that travel a long ways and the last thing I near to worry about is if I will have a place to stay when I got up there. As for you thinking less people show up is off for I have seen WAY more people then I did in the past. (This will be my 13th+ year coming up to God's country to enjoy it and knowing my spot will be waiting makes my 6 hour drive A LOT easier to do.) My $.02
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    lol I could have used that on my last ice fishing trip of the year because the river was working it's way through the lake I could have my dog pull me
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    F&F, I fished on the 31st with clients. I was only able to fish one area effectively with that nasty wind but we boated 27 walleyes and kept their limits of 12. Lindy rigs with pike suckers at first but then had to switch to chubs on these rigs to get them to bite. 9:30am to 2:30pm . 19' to 26' depths. Cliff
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    Brutal paddle into the wind this morning. Not a lot of fish but 1 dandy.
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    Hi guys - went out on Blue lake yesterday .... water temps around 61 -62 on the surface. Tried for some walleye with ripple shads in the weeds with no success, did manage a nice Bass. we switched to crappies and managed keeping a nice meal. Let a nice monster Blue Gill go (9.75") and kept some nice Sunnies for the frying pan. Pan fish were pretty active if you hit the right spots. A lot of people out there and the access was not a place to be in a hurry!! We had to work for the crappies and the ones we caught were 9"-10" crappies full of eggs. I would guess that although the ice was out early, many of the species are now late and delayed on the spawn. if this weather don't warm up quick, i think the bass will drop their eggs and it won't be a good year for bass spawn this year. Talked to some anglers out their bass fishing and they thought it was very slow and were puzzled. Cret
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    We planned our wedding to work out so that we would be coming up every year for our anniversary around opener, which seems to be a good time of year for a good overall bite and before the may flys start appearing. We honeymooned at Hollys little cabin across from strawberry island last year which made it easier for checking out some parts of the lake that i have never been by on boat. We owned Jim Kivelas old place in Pike Bay so we really never ventured past the narrows except by snowmobile in winter. This year we are booked up in Ely to try Shagawa friday / saturday for walleye and plan to hit up Vermilion Sunday. Been thinking about this weekend for a solid month, cant wait to get on the lake!
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    We struggled on walleye on Frazer bay this saturday, so sunday morning I started throwing senkos. Not quite consecutive casts like Wanderer, but i went all morning catching nothing, then caught these two cousins with 3 min of each other, smallie off the point, then the big mouth around the corner in a shallow bay. 18" smallie, 17" LMB. Good fun. We did get about a dozen walleye on sunday night after the storms chased 15 boats away from the point we were fishing. Mostly small, but a couple keepers. Chartruese Jig and rainbows in about 10-12 FOW. Couldn't buy a bite with a chub.
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    Baught a new one today..Going to test it out on a lake tomorrow.Havnt kayaked before so this should be interesting.
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    Nice bass Eyeguy. I can imagine that Northern was fun peeling out line and all on the yak lol. Hit the miss on my way home.Was curious what was hanging out by a drain I often fished in the past.Found a few typical average sized bass and a sucker.Way to kill 15 minutes on my way home from work lmao.I love it
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    WINDY today but got out for a couple hours. 30 inch northern looked all spawned out. got a few dandy bass. The last smally looks like it ate a duck! LOL
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    Enjoyed the river for an hour or so.Had to focus only on one small area to catch any.Even a small cat came up from it. Anyways,Hope everyone is having a good weekend
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    After you fillet a walleye, put the remains in a minnow trap tied to your dock overnight. It will be full in the morning. My kids do a crayfish boil once a year. They have a blast. Its become a little tradition.