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West Cook County Lakes

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Howdy -

I'm planning on a fishing weekend up in Cook July 12-15 with a couple buddies and a boat or two. I've scoped out hitting Caribou, Devil's Track and Pike Lakes over the four days. Has anyone hit these lakes this year? I've read about some low water levels but didn't see any of these lakes mentioned - should we focus our angling-attention somewhere else? Has the fire affected fishing a lot?

Thanks for any info!

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I just came back from there and the water is actually pretty high. Devil track and caribou lakes are good, lot's of eater size walleye and more smallies than you'll ever want. They both have good sized pike as well. I'd pass on pike lake...go with either two island or crescent lake instead. Much better fishing!

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Thanks JB - that's great info to have. I figure we'll get out 5 times while up there so the other two lakes are great to know!

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