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bigyooper

Perch in the area

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If I only have one day to fish what would be a good choice for perch? We did Pike bay last year and did pretty good, but they were all 8 inchers. I don't mind 8 inch perch, but I wouldn't mind an 11incher now and then. If anyone has any suggestions, it would be appreciated.

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My experience with perch on Cass in the winter is pretty much exactly what you described. Lots of action, but *usually* lots of sorting. I did get lucky last year and found a nice little spot where the average size ran about 9.5 to 10 inches. The two biggest that I kept were 12 and 12.25 inches. I'll see if they're still there on Saturday. I've never fished Winnie in the winter, but that would be an option as well.

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Winnie is excellent of course...we fished out of the highbanks area last year. Took home some 10 inchers...all the others seemed to be JUST too small to keep. We hit cass that same trip and just drove out about 100 yards from the city access and caught mostly 7 and 8 inchers.

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I just read an article by D Genz (you know-Mr Ice Fisherman)that if you want big perch you have to use larger bait. The logic is the bigger perch will be more aggresive towards it! I guess its worth a try.

Question for you guys up there . . . I'm thinking of trying my luck out of Cass Lake Lodge. I see they are catering to winter fishing now. I've stayed with them in the summer a few years back and enjoyed my stay there. Do they rent houses or would I be better off bringing a portable?

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I just answered your other question on the other topic... Yes Cass Lake Lodge rents houses.. As far as Genz, I disagree, most of the time I can catch Jumbos on a small jig with a waxie or euro tipped. It all depends on the mood of the fish...

Beef

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Winnie and Cass are my #1 and #2 choices, closely followed by Bemidji, Blackduck, and Pike Bay coming in near the back of that pack. Sat. we caught around 75 perch, we had to sort, but managed a bucketfull of 9.5" to 12" perch, some reaching "sumo" status. We were walleye fishing, and had we been perch fishing we could have done even better.

Beef is right, you can catch jumbos on small baits, but if you're soley after pigs I'd stick with bigger baits. Chubby Darters have been great for me, #3 and #4. They keep a lot of smaller perch at bay and the big potbellies can't resist 'em!

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