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Well unfortunately I had a little bit of a let down this weekend. I was staying at the bible camp on Geneva in their condo's and was suppose to have access to the camp's boat. Well we had access to it, didn't work though! So that was a major disappointment for me. I made the most of it though. They had a two-seater paddleboat still in the water and managed to get out and along the western shore of Geneva working the docks and overhanging trees. I did pull out a handful of largemouths using senkos in the afternoon and topwater in the early morning. Largest was 17'', others were 8-11''. And I think I caught more rock bass than I've ever caught in my entire life combined, those little buggers.

I can't complain about the weather though, AMAZING!!! And all in all it was a good weekend. A little disappointed about the limited access to the lake, but maybe by this time next year I'll have my own boat :-). And Ghotierman, sorry about not making it into the shop. I didn't know where it was located until I looked when I got back to the Cities. Again, maybe next time. Thanks for all the info for my trip, it was much appreciated (even though I didn't get to use all of it, LOL).


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Big prob. we'll look for you next time. Despite no boat, sounds like you managed to get some good angling in...congrats on the 17 incher! I'm surprised the camp didn't have a canoe or kayak available. Actually, if you would have peddaled that paddle boat straight across from the camps beach, you'd have come right up to my dock....alway some good sunfish near by...

glad you enjoyed the weather....hope you can make it back soon...

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Big Mike
Thats too bad about the boat not working. I fished geneva on sunday morning, the day before labor day, and finally got into some good fish. Our biggest eight tipped the scales at probably around 21 lbs (estimated i release everything). We caught a few on docks and a bunch of 1-2 lbers on a couple points. We found a group of bigger fish stacked up on one particular weedline. Picked up 3 or 4 17-18 inchers and one at 19. Watermelon jigs with zoom chunks was the ticket for most of the bigger fish. T-rigged worms and jigworms produced too. I skipped senkos around the docks for a few, but like you mentioned the rock bass were in there thick, and i don't like burning up those expensive senkos on rockies. Tried a little topwater in the early morning, but didn't get much. Hooked one 14" on a popper and had a few blow ups and swirls with no hook up. Like you mentioned before, it was a terrific weekend weather wise, probably one of the best i've witnessed out on the water. Hopefully i can make it up there again this fall and get in on the hot fall bite.

best of luck,


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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?
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