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Thanks Kelly and Jonny

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Didn't get a chance to say goodbye as we left early this morning. I am now watching a Twins game as I am typing this then to the Lazy Boy to recupperate. Sitting on a chair and staring at a 8" hole for three days is hard on an old man. Fred was very well-mannered Kelly - he must get that from Patsy. She better keep close tabs on him or somebody might kidnap him. Do you hire out for potty training??

Doc and I thank both of you for taking good care of us- we appreciated it. One last trip next Thursday but maybe we can join Jonny with the 4 wheeler for a couple of days at the end of March. I have to cram as much fishing and recreation in as I can in the next few weeks as I will be having back surgery in early April.

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Thanks for helping scout. Scott did fairly well but Labs didn't do much, no big surprise. grin.gifgrin.gif I'm thinking of hanging around that area. Guru and T-rex should give us a pretty good idea by the time they're done hole hopping.

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Doc is much better than me at scouting with my back but somebody has to man the cockpit in the fort. We enjoy helping in any way we can. I didn't get a chance to meet Labs but did speak briefly to Scott Z. I have something for Fred when we come up - hope to see you.

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I was very pleased with the fishing this weekend. We ended up with a nice batch of crappies and threw back a lot of nice walleyes. I was extremely impressed with the size of all of the walleyes. We did not catch any under 15"! It was nice meeting you Shakey Legs. I wanted to get back over to your house on Saturday afternoon but didn't get back on the lake in time. Our bite was earlier on Saturday night. It started at about 6:30. We caught fish until about 9:15, at which time we went to Hillmans for some food and drink. We got back to the house at about 12:00 and dropped the lines down and immediately caught a crappie and 2 walleyes. I also had 6 (I think ) rattle reels go in the night catching a few walleyes and 1 crappie. We should have probably stayed at the fish house instead of going to town, as I think we would have caught fish all night long. Again thanks Kelly and Jon for pointing us in the right direction. Shae had a blast as usual. I have to say, one of his highlites was playing with Fred!

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I hope we can hook up again sometime Scott and get a chance to visit. Our best night was Thursday with 5 crappies and several walleyes. Nothing on Friday - even the rattle wheels with a bare hook failed to produce. Saturday was slow as well. Doc fished outside for a couple of hours across the road to the East. He punched about 25 holes but didn't mark a fish. We caught one more google eye Saturday night but that was it. It's always great to catch fish and I like to as much as the next person but it is also about meeting people like the Petrowske's and yourself. We all have enough memories of the "Boom Days" to keep us gowing when the fishing is slow.

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    • mrpike1973
      Hi all hope to make it this Saturday. Depending on the snow coming we should be able to drive on correct?
    • Hoey
      This past weekend, only two were caught by our group of three fishermen and they were small, in the 10" range.  
    • Hoey
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    • Sunset Lodge
      Hello from the NW Angle!

      Minnesota fishing has been most productive in 20-24 feet of water.  Guests are bringing home their limits of Walleye and Sauger with the occasional Perch and Northern mixed in. Fish have been most active early and late in the day and the bite has been terrific. The use of electronics continues to be very beneficial with fish taking jigging spoons, jigg’n raps or rattle baits.  Snowmobile ttrails on the Minnesota side continue to be maintained and are in great shape. We are still making ice, with most spots at over 30 inches. 

      North and East of us in Canada, big Crappies are coming in on light tackle setups out of 30 feet. If you are looking for walleye, they are everywhere!

      Until next week, 

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    • Hoyt4
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