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mike jupiter

... went up to devil track in late may. caught quite a few smallies. nothing all that big, but they were still a lot of fun to catch. once the mayflies hatched though, fishing was tough. the " fishing boat" i was free to use (at the cabin i was staying at) had a broken motor. i did all my fishing off of the dock.

i'm going back up for labor day... with my boat this time. anyone been on this lake recently and had any luck? i've heard the northside of the lake, near the islands is premier fishing. walleyes biting at all?

thanks.

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JBMasterAngler

I've heard they've been hitting in 8 to 22 ft of water. I've always done best with leeches on this lake, but you'll probably catch more bass than anything. If you troll or cast cranks in those depths you should be able to catch a mixed bag of walleye, bass, pike, and maybe even a jumbo perch or 2.

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panhead

My opinion, 2 island lake just a short drive away is a better smallmouth lake. Must release all over ,I think ,its 12 inches. If you go, watch for reefs and deadheads.Can be tough on lower units.

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mike jupiter

thanks for the advice. i think we'll probably stick to fishing devil track, seeing as i'm the only avid fisherman out of the group. i used some artificial lures last time with no success. all of my fish i was catching on leeches. crawlers???

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JBMasterAngler

With crawlers the bass are less likely to rob your bait...it's amazing how good they are at stealing your leech, sometimes without even a hint of a strike. I'd lindy rig the crawlers along the islands on the south shore for walleyes.

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mike jupiter

yeah, i'm definitely excited to try some lindy rigging this time out. last time i caught all my fish bobber fishing with leeches. a lot of leeches were stolen. not sure if it was just the time of year but the bass were barely taking the bobber under. most of the time it'd twitch just a tiny bit.

i've never bobber fished with crawlers my entire life and figure that the group would probably like to do so. any special way of rigging a crawler up for bobber fishing? hook it once, just like a leech, so it can dangle a bit?!?

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JBMasterAngler

I've only used crawlers under a bobber for trout...I'd cut it in half and just gob it on the hook. If you let too much of the crawler wiggle the bass will just pick it apart. I've done very will with a leech under a bobber in the evenings from shore on devil track. You'll weed through a few small ones, but you'll get a couple for dinner. If your familiar with the beaver house in grand marais, stop by there and pick up a bunch of beaver flicks, I like using them with leeches as opposed to a plain hook.

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mike jupiter

JB,

i actually bought a beaver flick last time i was up there. i was under the assumption they were meant for trolling of some sort, but the gentlemen in the store told me that they work best under a bobber. is this true?

you just rig it up as if you were going to rig up a plain hook with a leech?

you catch any walleye off shore with leeches at all?

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tunrevir

This is the way they are meant to be fished, under the good old slip bobber. That place is great, kinda reminds me of the "Hardware store" in Algoma.

Tunrevir~

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JBMasterAngler

I've caught many walleyes from shore under a bobber with a beaver flick and leech...the campgrounds access can be good from shore also.

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mike jupiter

thanks for the info. you guys got me all excited. the smallie fishing last time was pretty good. it'd be nice to get into some walleyes. hopefully the beaver flick will do the trick.

are the smallies and walleyes mixed in with one another on this lake or not? i figured i'd run into a walleye or two last time i was fishing, but caught nothing but smallies the whole time.

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JBMasterAngler

It's a situation where the bass are beating the walleye to the punch most of the time. Similar to when you have to weed through the potato chip sunfish to get a few slabs...bass being the potato chips and walleyes being the slabs of course. So yeah, they do hangout in alot of the same areas.

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mike jupiter

good to know. i figured that might be the case.

JB,

what side of the lake are the campgrounds on?

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JBMasterAngler

Northside, probably about 1 mile past the public access. Good luck, let us know how you do.

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mike jupiter

great weekend to be out on the lake. couldn't locate any walleye but managed to haul in a few smallies. the bite wasn't as good as i thought it would be. the water levels were really low.

all in all though a great labor day weekend.

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JBMasterAngler

Any size to the bass? Glad to see you had fun.

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