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NC2

Heading up to Little Boy tonight. Will fish Thurs - Saturday. Looking mainly for muskies. Only spent a few days on Wabedo but hear that is the place to try. Anyone able to at least point me in the right direction? Don't want to take someone's favorite spot, just trying to narrow down some water. Will be in a black 1675 Lund Explorer Tiller w/ 60HP Merc 4-stroke (possibly a black lab as well) so say hi if you see me!

NC

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PGS

The classic spot on Wabado is the Hayfields. It is on the E side of the southern part of the lake. Normally there are a couple of boats throwing lures there so it is easy to find... The hump to the north of the Hayfield where it comes up to 5 ft and drops to 80 just to the west is a good bet plus the 5 ft hump in the middle of the NE part of the lake also looks good. There are several other cabbage beds scattered around shore line that are worth some time as well.

Let me know how it goes. I might be up there next early week. I will be staying on LB and not sure if you can get a boat through the channel now or not as water level is down a couple of feet from spring time.

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BorderView

NC - How did you do? Heading up Monday afternoon. Anyone with any recent or seasonal help?

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Roadhunter

My son and I fished Wabedo for a week - through the end of July. Musky action was slow. Some follows but overall fewer than preceding years; I felt. He boated a nice healthly fish just less than 40" on Friday of that week. We fished hard in AM - tried during the day and always water bound at sunset. By grading - I would say AM @ D+, Afternoon @ C and sunset / Late PM @ B. Good luck and be safe and have some fun. Hopefully things will turn on.

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Schwanny

I hate to change the subject, but I'm taking my mom up to do some walleye fishing. We will be up Thursday morning. Is there anybody out there that has been fishing old marble eye?

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NC2

Didn't fish as much as I wanted, but fishing was slow. Never saw a muskie. Fished mostly on LB, but did fish Wabedo for 3 hours Saturday morning. Please keep in mind w/ family and kids running around, we were able to put in a full day. With that in mind, it was so slow I'm not sure I would have! Beer was cold at the Anchorage though.

Good luck!

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Cobra

And the pizza @ the Anchorage is very good!

It's my normal travel home meal..... Shared of course!

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Roadhunter

Did not fish walleye's at all in late July - That is designated "Musky Week" and has been for about 7 years now.

Did make a fish fry of panfish ( as normal ) and hit the smallies the last of the week ( fri / sat ). Good action there on many 15" / 16" class up to a few 18"'s - both LB and Wab. I will add that we have never caught so many; what we call "Pond Fish"

Had a very good ( best year that I can remember ) for eyes on LB in June.

GL

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NC2

What were you catching the smallies on? I have put lots of time in on LB this year and haven't seen a smallie yet. Not asking for spots, but just curious as to what lures you were using. Going to hit the area hard once Sept/Oct rolls around.

Thanks!

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Cobra

NC2,

Not sure what Roadhunter is using, but I have always been successful on the smallies using a live bait rig and leech around the rocky areas. You have to make sure you just bump bottom and don't drag it or you WILL catch rock fish, not rock bass. The other plus is you can pick up some of the nicer sunnies and might hit an eye every now and then.....

Not a purist top water or artificial approach, but I'm into results especially with kids in the boat and not being pure. I do release these rockets because I get such a rush out of them. Good luck!!!

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NC2

Thanks for the info. I actually don't eat fish, so I let 'em all go! Anyhow, sounds like a good way to catch them. Just wish I could figure out a way to get them to bite using a spinner bait or something more "traditional" from time to time.

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Cobra

I agree with you!

I love catching fish on spinnerbaits too. However, this allows me to quickly cover a lot of ground and depths without changing to a different crankbait for different depths. On windy days and low light conditions they might be up on the shallower structure. On calmer or higher light conditions or fronts moving through, I have had to go as deep as 30 feet of water. You could use the rig to target where they are and then make the switch to other baits that are more traditional.....

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longvilleguy1960

hey people,have a cabin on LB and have for 25 yrs so know the lake pretty good.love the muskies there but am really drawn to leech.but the heart is still on LS and Wab.

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NC2

I want to fish the muskies on Leach, just haven't made time yet. I know this is a loaded question, but is it really tough to find good water on Leach w/out a guide?

Thanks!

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Roadhunter

NC is correct. We too are using live bait / crawlers on Smallies.

Misc areas as well as the rock piles produce. GL

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NC:

Not hard to find good water on Leech at all. If you are on Wab/LB, just run up and put in at Whipholt and you are already in a great area for Musky. You can fish that end of the lake for the better part of the day and always be on some good water.

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NC2

Thanks for the info. Seems like I always have good intentions of hitting Leech, but never quite find the time to pull the boat and go. Putting in at Whipolt helps!

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Cobra

I understand what you're saying about good intentions!

I know Mille Lacs better than Wab (where I'm at) and yet with the exception of last year...... It's tough to pull your boat and run to another lake that is a bit of a drive away!

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