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fishuhalik

Sturgeon report 7/13-7/14

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On Friday I woke up at 5am to start my shift and ended up not being able to leave Williston til almost 8pm. My buddy called at 11pm asking what time I'd be there, around 4am, so he said he'd just meet me at the access. Oh well, you get enough sleep when you're dead right? smile Rods in the water by about 4:30 and first fish at 4:35. Small one, but a good start. After moving about 20 times and getting one here and 2 there we finally found a decent school and got 7 in pretty rapid succession, but they were all shorties, under 36". At 2pm we decided we needed a little nap and slept for 5 hrs. Back at it, still moving around trying to find some better fish. Right before dusk my buddy finally got a nice one at 54". Ended up getting chased off the lake by skeeters. Day one and 14 in the boat, along with about 15-20 big suckers and redhorse.

Day 2 started at 5am. Went to where he got the nice one with no luck, just a little eater eye. Went to the spot we got 7 the prior day and got a couple, biggest about 40". Kept bouncing around with a couple more shorties so we decided to try an entirely different area of the river for the last couple hours, since we had to leave by 2pm. Kept bouncing around and got a sucker here and there but no sturg. My buddy got a nice 18" Smallie and about 30 seconds later I finally got a nice sturg, a fatty 58". We bounced around a few more times but the wind had really picked up so we decided to pack it up. Total for the weekend was 21 sturgeon.

Lessons leaned: never stop moving. There were about a half dozen other groups out sturgeon fishing and every single group had 1-3 fish. Every group we saw out there wasn't moving nearly enough. Give a spot 30-40 mins & if they aren't there keep moving. Also, think outside the box. Every fish we got on crawlers was a typical light sturgeon tap. We tried a new bait on a hunch, and every fish that hit the new bait just crushed it. Sadly we couldn't find many of the new "magic bait", I think we would have done a lot better if we had more of them.

Overall we had a ball & I think it was a pretty successful trip, seeing as we only had 1 1/2 days to fish. No magic depth this time, fish were caught from 18'-23'.

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Pics soon to follow. Not sure how to post em with my iPhone.

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side_laker

What landing did you go out of

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We went out from the Baudette access

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58"

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54"

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Kinda cool pic of the 54" I accidentally took. Shows how fat these fish are!

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Nice 18" Smallie caught on a gob of crawlers & 6oz sinker

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I hate things. Ugly as sin!!!

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Got a bunch this size

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theinsideoutlaw

Nice work. What were you using as a technique/bait? I was up there this last weekend and had a monster on for an hour and half before it got away. Two years ago when I was working for the DNR in I-Falls I hooked into a sturgeon that literally spooled my line and i didnt have a chance. Quit the river monster.

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