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Potlatch Dam Hotbite

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How could a guy, given mid 40s in December, possibly stay off the river? So it was that yesterday after a quick phone-call from a friend, the two of us found ourselves below the Potlatch Dam, pitching lightweight jig & shiner combos. Nevermind an icy boat ramp struggle, the fish were going!

Between 1:30 and 4pm yesterday, we must've hooked twenty pike up to 7-lbs, half as many walleyes to 3-lbs and two bruiser smallmouth not too amused about the coldwater. Somehow, I also managed to snag in the upper snout, about a 20-lb buffalo-- what power!

Now's the perfect time to hit these tailrace areas-- warm weather just won't let the ice take hold, so why not afterall? Shorefishing at Gull, Pillager, Sylvan and Crosslake dams continues to offer enjoyable walleye, pike and perch action. Time to go get 'em. Fish 1/8 or 1/16oz jigs or slipfloats tipped with small minnows.

-a friend called Toad

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Can anyone tell me where I can go fishing on the river around Monticello. I am new to the area. Where is this Potlatch dam? How is the fishing here in the summer time?

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    • Borch
      Looking forward to it.  Here are some more prizes.
    • Wanderer
      Yep.
    • IceHawk
      Nice gill Rick 
    • IceHawk
      HunterFisher Don't rule out trying that lake again. If theres a lot of wood in the water those schools could, be pinned down on other trees than you were fishing. Trust me I have a lake near Glenwood i fish that has a bunch of tress scattered throughout the lake. It took me numerous times fishing it to figure out patterns on that lake. But once i found them well worth it!  I have found lakes with a lot of submerged trees or wood usally hold some real good panfish, . They have plenty of places to hide from predators and anglers through out the seasons. 
    • IceHawk
      See you tomorrow Jeff we'll dial them in 
    • Borch
      Keep checking in here for any updates.  There's a very good chance that the location may change a bit as there have not been a lot of catfish at the methhole area.  Prefishing in the next day or so will help us pin down a location.  I will post any changes here.
    • Borch
      A lake like that with no real hole or structure lends itself to roaming fish.  If there is a defined weededge that will be your structure.  Electronics are not going to show you much until the fish is on your bait.  Drill a lot of holes and move around until you catch fish. 
    • HunterFisher11
      Hay thanks for your input.... Just got home and got skunked!!!!! But that is ok at least now I know to take it off my list of lakes to fish in the winter, but will be back on it come spring and early summer...
    • JerkinLips
      Caught 17 walleyes on Friday, but all were dinks except for two 15".  Caught 6 more Saturday, all small again except for one 16".  Also caught a 12 inch perch, 3 eelpout, and 2 tulibee. Considering the snowstorm prediction for Sunday, I pulled my house off the lake and parked it back in the garage for the season.  LOW next week, then onto lakers the following weekend.
    • JerkinLips
      I think that the 4 I caught this winter were tulibees, including this one yesterday. I think that the 4 I caught this winter were tulibees, including this one yesterday.
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