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Went there today to hunt for 'gills. Found them in 11-13 feet. Many were coming in up to 5 feet off the bottom. I had to use light line,a small jig, and one eurolarvae to get them to hit. Very light biters. FL-8 is a must. The fish really got negative as soon as the vehicle traffic picked up. No big bruisers, but I caught a bunch. Sight fishing was a blast in the clear water conditions.I can't wait until the thaw comes our way, then the fun begins.

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Went there today to hunt for 'gills. Found them in 11-13 feet. Many were coming in up to 5 feet off the bottom. I had to use light line,a small jig, and one eurolarvae to get them to hit. Very light biters. FL-8 is a must. The fish really got negative as soon as the vehicle traffic picked up. No big bruisers, but I caught a bunch. Sight fishing was a blast in the clear water conditions.I can't wait until the thaw comes our way, then the fun begins.

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Originally posted by BIG_DOG_31:



Sorry about that first reply,first time posting but ive got it now.
Big Gauge-Finally Someone is talking about a lake I fish!! I read the postings about
the horseshoe chain and was hopeing to have the same kind of thing- reports,tips and such with the Clearwater-wright county area.
Wich parts of clearwater do you usually fish
after the thaw? I know the crappies are real late to come into the shallows compared to other lakes in the spring. I used to live on nearby Sugar lake so I guess thats the one I know the best in the area, I am looking
to learn clearwater a lot better this year so
any help is appreciated thanks, Pete

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I have been fishing the sunfish on the west side out by the access. The north end of the west side on the reed flats is usually good for spring panfish. If you're going to go on this lake for the first time, get a lake map, and use electronics. The sharp drops along the reed islands will drive you nuts the first time out there without those aids, especially if you're trolling for other species of fish.I didn't fish it much last year in the soft water season, but that is subject to change. Sugar lake, now there's a lake that has caught my eye with muskies and all in it. Later.

[This message has been edited by BigGauge (edited 02-06-2001).]

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The Bass are nothing to sneeze at on Sugar also. Very nice fish there.

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It's good to hear that there are a few people fishing in the Clearwater area. I had some luck on Elk lake earlier this winter but it's been slow for me for a while. Can anyone tell me where to find Sunnies on Clearwater. Any help would be appreciated.

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Borch, you are everywhere,dude! How many more forums are we going to meet at? Yes, I've heard about the bass fishing on Sugar,and mm-mm-mm,it sure is sweet!
Ishmel, try fishing in 10-13 feet out from the reed beds on the west side right now.

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BigGauge,

I left a message on the Huntingnet board just a bit ago saying pretty much the same about you. Used to fish sugar a lot for northerns and walleyes. Past few years we've nailed some really nice bass, deep in the cover where few people dare cast a lure. Ida is another excellent bass lake in the area. I think I spent almost every Saturday(and a lot of sundays& weeknights)fishing bass there.

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There seems like there quite a few jewels as far as lakes go over that way. I heard rumors about Cedar, and French over by West Albion used to be killer for slab crappies at early ice not all that many years ago.I haven't been on French for awhile, it's a small lake and could get fished out quick.So many lakes, so little time.

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I've never been to french but I have been on
cedar in the early spring and its unbelievable, I didn't think there were that many people that lived in Minnesota- let alone had a boat! I bet I could have jumped half way across the lake going from boat to boat. Not worth putting up with the crowds for me. Hard or open water-- a nice quiet honey hole where I can fish in peace.
( without having to drive to Canada!)
Is all I want, is that possible anymore???

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Originally posted by BIG_DOG_31:

I've never been to french but I have been on

cedar in the early spring and its unbelievable, I didn't think there were that many people that lived in Minnesota- let alone had a boat! I bet I could have jumped half way across the lake going from boat to boat. Not worth putting up with the crowds for me. Hard or open water-- a nice quiet honey hole where I can fish in peace.

( without having to drive to Canada!)

Is all I want, is that possible anymore???

If you want to get into some good fishing with no crowds go out to St. John's University. They have two nice lakes and no motors are allowed so with a canoe you really slaughter the big panfish and northerns. Most likely you'll be one of only one out there.

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