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Predictions for Sarah/Shetek opener

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I know Sarah is a hit or miss on opener. Last year we did very well, and I know there is no correct answer, just thought it would be fun to hear from others. I've had enough of this cold, and while I love the hard water I got opener fever already.

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If the weather is 30 degrees or above and the wind is 50 mph or less I predict there will be at least 100 boats on Sarah and at least 80 or more on Round lake. Wouldn't have a clue whether the fish will be biting though.

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Sarah and Round will be a circus, that's for sure. Shetek will be busy, but not nearly the mess of boats that will be on Round and Sarah.

As far as the bite??? Yeah, sure, it will either be good, bad, ugly, great, so-so, out of this world, or non-existant.

As for me, if I'm fishing the opener, I'll be on one of the lesser fished lakes and avoid Shetek, Sarah, and Round for a while.

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Wind, Cold, or Calm and Warm... Does it matter, as long as I have a pole and a plug in my hand, I am havin a blast! Over the last 5 years, on opener, from Sarah, to Round, to Okabena, we have always managed to catch a few!!! Only a few months away. On our small lakes, you almost have to expect traffic, but I have never really had too many problems. Biggest being the landing issues with loading in the wind on those gusty years.

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I have fished sarah the last 5 openers. Always have caught walleyes on the opener. Last year was great with a limit by 12pm. A #5 shad rap is killer on this lake(chartuese or clown).

Also floating jig heads with a leech works well on the opener.

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Brian, I will vote the same on most any of our lakes with the good ole #5 Shad Rap!!! I have multiple because they work work work on Sarah, Okabena, Round, Shetek, Talcot, East and West. Nothing better in a mud bowl than that plug!!!! What seems to effect it the most is speed, and line distance.

How about you Brian, do you run plainer boards or no??? I would say I fish about 80%no 20%yes. They really help when you have a boat full and also if you are really getting crowded in. Give a guy a little distance people. We don't need much, but come on I have had people have to drop rods to maybe push off they get so close. That is rediculous!

Brian, don't underestimate the power of a crawdad (dull orange) #5, until right now, was secretly my favorite color. Hard to pass up on a clown or firetiger, or perch, but I have multiple of the crawdad.

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I have fished all the above mentioned waters all my life. They can be gold rush or gold bust!! Muc how is it we have never bumped into eachother?? Seems we are on the same water a lot!!

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There is a real good chance we have all bumped into each other, and just didn't know it.

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We might have tto use an auger on the opener if this weather keeps up C'mon!

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There have been past openers when the weather felt like we should still be on ice. If the lakes keep building ice I may have to try to get an extension who would have thought of that around here?

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I usually do pretty good on shetek opening weekend. Most of the time we start out pulling #5 shallow shads & if we cant make em bite that way, we drift with crawlers. One of those options usually does the trick.

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Not sure who you are, maybe we have met????? Where are you from?

And as far as opener goes, I can't remember the last opener I was skunked? So I consider that a GOLD RUSH 100% of the time. (I just knocked on wood)

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Chad,

I don't use planer boards that often. I have the crawdad color you are talking about. Firetiger is good also. On Sarah the Chatuese/Silver is my favorite.

The wonderful thing about Lake Sarah is the walleyes are all naturally reproduced. The state has not stock the lake since 1991. Which is had to believe in the Mud Bottom South.

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    • Stick in Mud

      Posted

      We've done OK out there this year. Nothing special, but better for us than last year. 

      Last time out, we found piles of fish in 60-70 feet. Caught a few, couldn't release them, and stopped fishing them.  Got a couple jig rapping shallower, got a few trolling, and got a few on spinners.  No one pattern got skunked, but nothing stood out, either.

    • Stick in Mud

      Posted

      Sorry for the late response....I suspect not many folks are building skid houses these days. :)

      Our houses have steel skids.  One had wood, but we changed them out. 

    • if you ever need another shooter let me know I would be down to shoot with you

    • FrazerBay

      Posted

      Like the food and like the menu. Like the fact there are places to eat on the lake and will continue to support them.

    • delcecchi

      Posted

      Thanks, cigar guy.   Might check into it next year.  Or maybe not.   They always used to have some expensive entrees but we just ignored them.   

      Even 12 for a burger is sort of high for the area, but the view is worth something.   Probably stay with the Crescent.   I don't see how there are enough tourists for the landing to make it. 

    • jigginjim

      Posted

      I have put my guide clients on lots of pike this summer. So far largest bass is 21"- 5lbs  Pike 36" Approx. 8-9lbs, Walleye is 23 inches 3lbs. The walleyes will get better as the water cools. Time to start jigging, everything you got. I'm even started using my crankbaits.

    • bassbouncer

      Posted

      I'm a local and yes we boycott the place. Friends have been told that they aren't wanted there that they only want the tourist business. Wife and I boat to Wolf Bay when we go out. We live 2 miles from the landing and wish it was still run by Jack.

    • RoosterMan

      Posted

      Well I made a decision to put the trolling rods away and go do some jigging.   It seemed to be a good one.  I concentrated on rocky transition areas.  I had three slot fish in an hour.  Went back in for some VC pizza and picked my kids up and went back out for a evening trolling run and that produced as well.  You have to love this lake.  

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    • CigarGuy

      Posted

      We have friends up and they wanted to take us out for dinner, via the boat.  With the wind, the only place was the landing, I tried vetoing It, but lost out.  Had $12.00 burger and fries.  Very good and the service was fast-only 8 others in the dinning area and a few at the bar.  I checked the prices on the wings-$16.00 for 1-1/2lbs.  Del, they had a pretty good burger menu.  I asked about the 20% off deal and the waiter blew me off and said he didn't know anything about it.  I asked who I should talk to, he said the manager or the owner.  We paid the bill and left without asking.  I liked it a few winters ago when they had ,25 wings and 2.00 beers.

    • knoppers

      Posted

      seen enough grouse to keep me interested, lots of turkeys, seems they and the deer are everywhere this fall. did not here much shooting from the duck hunters though.



  • Posts

    • Stick in Mud
      We've done OK out there this year. Nothing special, but better for us than last year.  Last time out, we found piles of fish in 60-70 feet. Caught a few, couldn't release them, and stopped fishing them.  Got a couple jig rapping shallower, got a few trolling, and got a few on spinners.  No one pattern got skunked, but nothing stood out, either.
    • Stick in Mud
      Sorry for the late response....I suspect not many folks are building skid houses these days. Our houses have steel skids.  One had wood, but we changed them out. 
    • ZachD
      if you ever need another shooter let me know I would be down to shoot with you
    • FrazerBay
      Like the food and like the menu. Like the fact there are places to eat on the lake and will continue to support them.
    • delcecchi
      Thanks, cigar guy.   Might check into it next year.  Or maybe not.   They always used to have some expensive entrees but we just ignored them.    Even 12 for a burger is sort of high for the area, but the view is worth something.   Probably stay with the Crescent.   I don't see how there are enough tourists for the landing to make it.