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vvgish

Going to Basswood August 25th

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Hello, I always read this forum but have never posted before.

Three of us are taking a trip to Basswood for a week starting August 25th. We will stay in the wind bay area and fish the west/southwest portion on the US side of Basswood. We are going to be in a boat so our lake selection will be somewhat limited. Last year we took a similar trip and did well for Northern, Bass and some Walleye. But I think we can do better.

Any tips you guys may have as far as what tackle to bring or bays to fish or structure to look for would be greatly appreciated. We would probably fish walleye until we had enough for one dinner and then we would like to go for bigger Northern.

We will bring some live bait and I generally use Northland spinners and Mepps Aglias #5.

I love casting shorelines but do not know if this is going to be the best time of year to do that type of fishing.

Thanks in advance!

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Leaky

To find your walleye dinner, I would be looking for some midlake reefs and slip bobber some leeches right over the top of the reef in the evenings.

During the day I would be slowly backtrolling the deep water that surrounds the reefs. Either lindy riggin or dropping a jig/leech. The water is exremely clear on that end of Basswood and in August my guess would be deeper is better. (20 - 30 ft)

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Surface Tension

Good to see you Leaky, hope everything is well.

vvgish, welcome to FM. I'll second Leaky's advice.

Working the breaks with jig or leech rig on mid lake humps during the day should hold eyes and will give you a good layout of the reef for the evening bite. Anchor and a guy or two slip bob the top and have a guy fanning the break with jigs in the evening.

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Leaky

Hi Frank - Same to you!! Heading up to Ely on the 18th for a weeks stay at Silver Rapids on White Iron. Family reunion on my wife's side. I'm searching for a permit to get over Prairie for one day, but they are tough to come by.

Saw that pig you nailed on Island. Nice Fish!!

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vvgish

Thanks for the tips guys.

Any ideas for Big Northern. Where do they hang out in the warmer late summer water?

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Surface Tension

Leaky, have a great trip and good luck on the permit. We have to get together again with Bob and Jr and do Basswood.

vvgish, your welcome. I'm not going to much help with the Pike other then to say I try and avoid them when targeting walleyes but still manage to get a few along with SM.

Have a good trip, look forward to pictures and a report.

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chunkytrout

LEAKY!!! How about you bud?!? If there's any chance we could sneaky out to B Side, let me know.

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Steve Foss

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LEAKY!!! How about you bud?!? If there's any chance we could sneaky out to B Side, let me know.


Sigh.

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Chunky - I'm definately going to try and get out to BSide one day. Need to see if Bob can sneak some time off from the Lodge and head out to the cabin for a day. I'll get a hold of you when up there.

Frank - Bob & I haven't been up to Basswood together now for 2 years. It's sad. We did go up to Namakan for 5 days with Xplorer last week. It an easier trip, on the same type of water, without the permit hassles. It's not Basswood, but pretty darn close.

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I've thought about doing the same, Namakan has a lot less restrictions and no highly coveted permits to get.

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vvgish,

I was up on Basswood for three weeks in July and had a great time with some good fishing. In August you should have some good fishing if you follow Leaky's and Franks suggestions. You may not find as many trophy size walleyes near the end of August since many of them will be suspended following the cisco schools.

There are plenty of fine eaters lookin to chow on the reef tops and sides. If their not hanging on the reefs some days try fishing the basin flats (soft bottom) between the reefs. You may score there when others are struggling.

Depending on the weather and water temps you may want to try minnows if the lake is cooling down. Since your going to be near Wind Bay there are plenty of perch to be had on the back side of the large island there. They would be good bait for most species including those big deep water pike.

Leaky,

Good luck on your Basswood permit. I sure wish I was heading back there for some more fishing. I told everyone how fast my 3 weeks on Basswood flew by, but I can't get anyone to feel sorry for me.

SMG

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