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DTro

Sturgeon Trip Vid!

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DTro

Had a great time, no giants, but a couple over 60!

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TK72583

Very cool!! We had a little slower trip this year. Only caught 11 all weekend with our biggest being 52". Used nothing but crawlers. What baits were you guys havin your best luck on?

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Tom Sawyer

Great video Darren, and weather window couldn't have been better for you guys smile

Bucket list for next spring for sure. What size broom handle does a guy need to tackle those monsters? I can see you don't want to be under gunned.

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DTro

I tell ya what, we got up there on Wed (4/15) and we headed out towards the Bay and fished for about 5 hours and never got the net wet. Thurs we slept in and fished the evening and most of the night quite a ways upstream (trailered the boat) and caught about a dozen fish. Friday was pretty much a repeat of Thursday. On Sat we tried the same tactic (sleeping in and fishing the night) but stayed closer to the resorts on Wheelers. Once again, like Wed, we never got the net wet. We caught a bunch of dinks and that was it. Wed and Sat were basically a bust for us. I can see how guys might have been up for the weekend and had a bad trip, the wind sucked and so did the bite, especially around the lake.

IMO, I think we missed the peak bite by about a week. Now I might be wrong and there could be another push, but I think most all of the big fish are already upstream and now probably spread out all the way to IFalls. I seen a couple of pics of some real beasts WAY up river from this past weekend.

For bait, we used a mixture of crawlers and minnows. Nothing stood out as better though on this trip, however the baits with some meat on them seemed to catch a few more walleyes. In one spot, I think I got about 4 eyes over 25” in about an hour.

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TK72583

I agree with ya. Think 1 week too late. We fished the gap and the ice was much farther out than it was last year. And I was reading 53 degree water temp in the shallows of 4 mile bay. Might have to book a week earlier next year and contend with the walleye guys... Or become one of them if the sturgeon bite is slow.

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DTro

Well it varies year to year. I like to see a little ice floating around if I'm fishing near the lake.

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ducksnbucks

We went up on Monday evening (4/13) and fished for a few hours, then all day Tuesday and 3 hours Wednesday morning. It total we boated 39 sturgies, boating fish both out in the bay as well as upstream. Average size was down from past years with many small fish but the largest were a few in the 54-55" range. Caught fish both during the day and after dark with a couple good runs of 3-4 fish in 20 minutes. Water temp water between 44-46 when we were there.

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Big Country

Our party had five guy's there, same time as Dtro and Waste Water. Same results. Fished 4 mile, resorts, up stream (never trailered) and caught babies. Biggest was just under 50. I agree with Darren, buddy I know was there near Timber Mill a week before walleye fishing and saw multiple big sturgies being hooked. Count this year up for a late miss. Oh well, still enjoyed being blinded by the River Pro around 11:00pm Saturday night grin BC

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