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White Iron, Farm, Shagawa Fishing report Sept 22-29

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Arrived on Friday traveling through the big rain storm south of Virginia. Never seen it rain so hard in my life. Not sure how many inches of rain came down in the short duration of the storm but the locals said this was a once in 100 years rain.

The current going from White Iron to the river under the Silver Rapids bridge was so strong it would pull your boat right on through if you were not carefull. Prior two years I could not determine the direction of current as the water was down so low. Rain really shook the lakes up for a couple of days. The weather went from hot, cool, windy/rain/lightning hail a couple of times during the week.

Lodge lost power early evening one night during the storm.

First part of the week we caught fish in the river down from the Silver Rapids Lodge. The lakes were slow then and the river was place to be. We caught small Walleyes, SM Bass and some Northern. Fishing on the botton with Lindy sinkers and plain hooks baited with Rainbow minnows did the trick. Black Jig heads with Black twister tails tipped with Rainbows caught Walleyes. The deep holes in the river held fish on the bottom. On Farm Smallmouth and Northern could be taken on surface and deep diver lures. Minnows also worked closer to the bottom on slip bobbers. Northern fishing on surface lures next to weeds was slow compared to other years. As the week progressed White Iron had some good fishing on lures for Northern and Smallmouth bass. A 10 pound pike was caught and released with several 5 pound bass. Smaller Spinner baits were working fine for bass and Pike. Had lots of follows right to the boat with large bass. FireTiger skirts worked good. Walleye started hitting FireTiger Jig heads with a honey colored twister tail/green glitter. Earlier in the week black was the color and now both rigs worked equally was well. 10-11 foot of water mid day Walleyes could be taken on White Iron.

Tried Shagawa for a few hours on Friday. Fished between Islands to the left of the boat ramp downtown. 22-27 feet deep worked well. Within minutes we were catching Walleye on both colors of jig/twister tail combos mentioned. Small Walleyes 13-14 inch range. Steady action for a while until things died down mid afternoon. Did not do to well on lures in Shagawa and needed more time to explore all the lake had to offer. Shallows did not hold to many fish mid day. Tried to fish deeper water but the drop offs were unreal. Lake reminds me of some old strip pits back home. Wonder if that lake was mined years ago ?

Dave

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Nice report. Can't wait to get back up and try some of the tactics.

Finns.

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