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fishing birch Lake

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I'm heading up to birch lake in 2 weeks and was wondering how the fishing is up there were staying at the timber bay lodge it's between Aikio island and Deer point Birch point also isn't that far away

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I was up there at the USFS campground a month ago during the hot spell. Did more swimming then fishing but managed get out in the evening. Dark water, lots of big rocks along the shores and maps aren't to accurate as far as structure. Once I found structure the eyes were there as they should be. Nice and golden eyes and some bonus crappies, crappies were suspended off deep structure. Trolled leech rigs for the eyes in 15' of water. The water is cooling now, I'd imagine you could find them up along the windblown shore in a couple weeks. Someone is sure to pipe in with a recent report.

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I was just up this last weekend. Fished in the mornings only. Got one nice eater eye in 18' on a leech. was seeing lots of fish from 15-20. Went casting for northerns and hit a nice 3 lber as well as a 15" walleye in the weeds, 6' of water. sunday got a really nice SM casting shorelines. I have had most of my luck on birch casting shorelines and lindy riggin with a colored hook and a leech in 15' off of the major points and humps. Going to Basswood on the 24th, should be some good action then. Good luck on birch, oh and my dad got some nice crappies in 15' off of a brush pile. there are lots of them scattered around the lake, you have to watch where people go because everyone is tight-lipped about where they are.

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