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Just wondering how the bass bite has been recently. Are the fish pretty well situated into summer patterns? Also, have the water levels came done to a more normal level. The last time i was up the high water pushed some of the fish out of some of their typical haunts. I plan on being up in the area this weekend and im just looking for a little bit of info.
Also, what have the muskie reports been like on lobster. I might try for some muskies a little this weekend.

thanks in advance,


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kt...probably a late reply, but....
the water has come down a bit. summer patterns are taking hold, and fish are starting to school a bit. we've got our first annual chain of lakes tourney today (I just launched all the boats!)....will hear how everybody did this afternoon...

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have you been out to Oscar yet I remeber telling you some info about it last year!

We went out there sunday 24lbs 1oz on 6 bass.
We had 2 5lbs 9ozs there are some supers out there.

Chain tournament went great.

19 boats we paid 10 places Back

1. Rocky Burgau & Jeff Hanson 22.00 $1,550.00
2. Cory Putnam & Kent Scheel 19.39 $1,000.00
3. Mark & Dean Jahner 18.08 $650.00
4. TOO-Tall Rasmusen Terry CroSgrove $385.00
5.Tom Braaten Kurt Lee 17.64 $250.00
6-10 place Where Shimano Curado reels, rods, daiwa Reels, All-Terrain tackle, North East Outfitters Gift Certificates.

Over all competitors could'nt have been more happy having a payout that good on such a low boat draw.

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Hey smallie,

I see you've had a pretty good summer so far fishing tournaments. Thats good to see.

As far as Lake Oscar goes, i haven't made it out their yet this summer. But now that you mention it i think im gonna have to give it a try next time i make it up to the area. I'd definetly like to hook into one of those 5 1/2 lbers you mentioned.

I was up over this past weekend and made it out to the chain sunday afternoon. We fished from about noon to 4:00, which probably wasn't the best timing. Lots of boat traffic. We didn't have the best success, caught a couple two pounders on the big point that comes off the western shore in geneva and a couple more in the western bay on le homme dieu. The rest of the bass were all under 2 lbs. I think next time we fish it we either need to try earlier in the morning or later in the evening.

If i make it out to oscar next time im up i'll let you know how i did.

Good luck with the rest of your tournaments.


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Thanks, Kt good luck with the rest of your summer fishing maybe you'll get one of them Oscar bass that can go well over 6 . Good luck

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I looked back in the archives and found the info you gave me about oscar last year. A lot of good stuff, i'll have to put it to use. I really appreciate all the info and insight you've given me on this forum. It is a big help, especially to someone who doesn't get to fish the area as much as id like to. Once again, thanks and good fishing.

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No problem, get luck to you.

Thanks Cory

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