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FMSmitty

Summer fishing near Woody's?

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Hi All. I am planning a trip to Rainy the last week in July and will be staying at Woody's resort. I was curious if the fishing is good close by that time of year or if extended lake travel os necessary? We will be looking for a mixed bag. Beyond reef fishing with lindy's and jigs, I would like to pull some cranks this year. Those that pull cranks, do you just pull them over the reef or are there shallow flats that produce? Thanks for any and all advice. Can't wait to get there! Smitty

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bassbuster1

There is some good fishing fairly close to Woody's,Walleye. crappies. As far as the cranks, troll around points, along shorlines with a gradual drops. There are some weed bays east of Woody's if you can find the edges cranks work great there too.Trolling or casting various crankbaits can also catch some really nice pike. Good Luck

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FMSmitty

Thanks!

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tearin' lips

FMSmitty,

I agree with bassbuster. There is alot of good fishing in the Sand Bay area right out in front of Woody's Resort. In fact there is little need to leave here, unless you want monsters or you want to explore the lake a little more.

The only thing that I will add is you can troll Reef Runners or Taildancers over the deeper water( 28-36 feet) with success as well.

Take Care!

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Thanks guys. This will be my first year pulling cranks with any level of seriousness. I have spent the winter outfitting for it.. planer boards, rods, line counter reels, dipseys, snap weights, down riggers,precision trolling guide, and probably too many cranks (if there is such a thing \:\) I should have plenty of time to get it down pretty well by the time we arrive. About all I havn't done is spool the reels because I am still debating on line. I am leaning toward Fireline crystal 4/10. Any feedback good or bad on that choice over mono?

I will invest in a good paper map and I have a navionics 2008 premium chip to help get us around so hopefully we can find a few fish \:\)

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mizefish

Hey, Smitty.

My crew goes to Rainy every July, and pulling cranks is about all we do. TL is right-on when he suggests ReefRunners and Taildancers. Golds & whites did best for us last year. I use Fireline, but my boatmates use mono. Can't say one outfishes the other, but having the lure AWAY from the boat seems to help. I'll be trying planer boards this year, too.

Don't be afraid to troll deeper water just off the reefs. Big predators must loiter at the edges of these feeding grounds, as we often hook up as we're making our turn from one trolling pass to the next. For example, the north edge of Olson's reef drops almost immediately into 70+ feet of water. It's not unusual to see Mr. Serious on your graph, suspended out there at 25ft, and he's gonna see that new Taildancer of yours that trolls at 20ft.

Let us know how you do. With any luck this July won't be as windy as last July.

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Thanks Mize. I went with fireline crystal and had my reels spooled on Friday so I guess I will stick with that for this year and give it a try. I will pick up an assortment of taildancers and reef runners for the deep water. Thanks again for the advice! Smitty

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