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gunflint

Big Gal from Sag

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A local caught a 34 1/2 inch 13lb 12oz walleye in Sag a few days ago. This has been confirmed by several people, including the local C.O. And by some who saw the fish, measured and weighed it. It was weighed at Bucks Hardware about 4 hours after it was caught. If anyone is interested I'll post info on depth and presentation. (Just as soon as I get back from Sag on Thursday) smirk.gif

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Forget presentation, i want pics!!

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Gunflint we will hopefully have plenty of pics after our 2 days of jigamania.

Man I hope to get a small one. Only 33"er. tongue.gif

Deathroe Ill post some pics of the pigs we get when I get back on Friday.

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Awesome! Congratulations to the lucky angler, that surely is the fish of a lifetime!!

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That is one, big, beauty. Congrats to the taker!!

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Thats a beaut! Yes pictures and a story.

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Lookin' forward to pics and the story myself. grin.gif Junky..

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Well guys 1st off a HUGE THANKS to Gunflint for taking a Sag rookie out, I had a blast on Sag! We didnt catch a lot but its beautiful up there. What a lake. Tuff to fish but a nice lake. Did manage to get my 1st Sag walleye and we caught some bass and pike. Missed a few nicer fish but due to wind we had a hard time fishing some areas of the lake.

Yesterday was a wash due to wind on Sag so we hit another lake Gunflint knows well and we caght a bunch of eyes, pike and a miracle fish that I will let Mark tel you about. Mark that was a nice fish!

I hope to get back up there to fish Sag again soon.

There sure was a BUZZ in Grand Marais about the big walleye. From what I heard it sure seems to be true. I think Bucks had pictures but not sure. I know Gunflint is trying to get a hold of one but he is 45 minutes up the trail from Grand Marais.

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Hey North, sounds like you had fun up on big sag. Now you know why it's my all-time favorite place. How about a little info? Did you fish both the U.S. and Canadian side? What type of structure where you targeting? What type of fishing where you doing? Bait? Thanks. Junky....

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American side. 32-50' of water with jigs and big minnows. No hot colors. Jigs in 3/8-1/2 because of the depth and wind. We didnt catch but 1 eye so my report wont help anything.

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Both sides are American... wink.gif

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Northlander must be talking about this "extremely rare" Black and White Spotted Walleye. At least that's what I thought it was, having never seen a fish of this species in this lake before. Not being a local, the photographer tried to convince me that it was a Crappie.

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Boat control being essential for Sag walleyes, particularly on mid-lake humps, we came up short due to wind and an inadequate boat.

I was talking to a DNR/Fisheries guy today about Sag and for those of you that are interested he said it's his belief that the big walleyes are still out there. The lack of eaters has to do with low water levels in relation to unsuccessful spawning in the past several years. He also said that it's public knowledge that when they used to do netting surveys on Sag, he personally held a 20 pounder and that theres more in there.

Steve, he also said that the reason that they don't stock Crappies on the Trail is that the average lake temp up here makes it very difficult for successful spawning. However, there are some Crappies in Aspen and Poplar lakes and 14 inches is an expected size. smile.gif

For anyone who gets the opportunity to fish with Northlander you will come away with an education in Walleye fishing. Also, he makes a great wind and rain screen for a tiller but he can be hard to see around.

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Man that pic turned out real nice and will go good on the Resort website Mark. Crappies on 5" sucker minnows and 3/8th oz. jigs, who would have thunk. confused.gif

Anyone who wants a beautiful location, great facilities and the chance at seeing moose, fox and pet northerns should get a hold of Gunflint and get out fishing with him. Make sure you dont buy any of the "Old Guide" theories though. wink.gif

Thanks again for everything Mark.

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How big was the eye that you caught?

I wonder why the dnr doesnt stock some walleyes in sag when they know that the water is low and that the fish arent going to have very succesful reproduction?

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I asked him about that. He said that they tried it but the only access they have is the narrows and when they dumped a million fry (or is it frie?)into the narrows the fry stayed in the narrows and ate them selves out of business.

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I cant believe I forgot about the 3 moose that swam across the lake about 75 yards from us. A mama cow a yearling or so and a Bull all 3 came off a island by us and swam away. What a cool cool site to se for a city guy.

Im trying to remember the eye size but I think it was 15" or so.

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Thats kind of strange that they would just stay in the narrows? So did they all die then, none figured out that they could swim out to the big lake? confused.gif. Those 15 inch walleyes are rare on sag arent they? wink.gif

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I'm just reporting what he told me. A 15 incher (eater) is very rare on Sag.

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Mark, I caught up with you and Northlander about 30 minutes after that picture of you and the crappie was taken. your hat was crooked and hair was every which way like it always is. So you try to clean up for the camera? Bet you wouldnt have thought about that if that was a 30+ walleye instead a crappie. Us that dont ice fish just dont get into crappies like those that fish the hard water do.

Junky ,Im with you. Just love being up at Sag. I ve had a tough time the last few years on Sag. in the fall for walleye though. Been 4 years since Ive had a reall good fall eye trip on Sag.Just got back, Sunday, from a 19 day camping trip in the grand Marais area. All the rain finally got to me or Id probably still be up there.

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Anyone care to predict what water temps will be up that way in 11days.I know its a tough call with the cold blast were having but im headin up that way for the october moon phase and wondering if I should pack my ice auger smile.gif.Thanx

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I haven't been out since Sunday but it was 56 then. I'll probably head out tomorrow evening.

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wondering if I should pack my ice auger
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.Thanx


Might not be a bad idea with the temps were getting now wink.gif

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Are there any pictures of the big gal floating around?

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When I was there on the 3rd it was 57. Ive had my better fall fishing after water temps dropped below 52. I would expect, the lakes in that area to be below 52 by that time. Bring some big minnows with ya and have fun. Wish I lived closer, Id be out there.

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Gunflint did you get out this weekend?What have the temps dipped to on Sag?

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