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We are headed up labor day weekend and was wondering if there are any recent reports. This is only our second trip ever to Cass lake. We are primarilily looking for walleye but we will also try for sunfish, and muskie too. Any reports or insight for the upcoming weekend would be a big help to us. thanks

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We were up on Cass last week and people were having sucess. A lot of folk were taking lots of Perch (as in close to a limit) as well as a decent number of walleye. We had sucess lindy rig / bottom bouncing the edges (around 15'-25' FOW) as well as trolling the flats (4-8 FOW) or at the edge of flats with significant weeds. Our best trolling night was when the wind had kicked the waves way up, we caught a dozen eaters (14-18") after nightfall on a shallow flat. As for Musky, we went out three mornings and saw a few, had a couple of follows, and landed one 40". Also had two bite offs while trolling for walleye's; screeming reel drag followed by head shake then snapped line. The walleye's aren't jumping into the boat but there is a fairly reliable bite if you're flexable and work at it.

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We weren't targeting Perch (going after Walleye's) but did keep a few around 12" I would guess. While looking for eye's and Muskie we did manage to catch a bunch of little Rapala's (Perch the size of a #9 Shad Rap). The folk's in the cabin next door were targeting Perch and they managed to pull some in that we're good size (16" IIRC). They managed to take home a couple of cooler fulls of fillet Perch.

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Steve,

Is that 16 a typo? or does IIRC mean "divide by 2"?

If not, those would be truly JUMBO perch - darn good eatin'.

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No typo on the 16". That's what the guy in the cabin that was targeting Perch told me, and from the look of the frozen Perch in his freezer basket I would say that he wasn't stretching the truth much. I did see a stringer of his that had a lot of 12" or so Perch on it, yep they can be pretty big on Cass.

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This past June was the first time we spent time targeting them and when we were hittin' 10's, we didn't complain. 12's are real nice. Our biggest Perch ever was a 13 1/4 that came out of the Turtle River at the opening to Kitchi. 16's are longer than many LMB I've caught.

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wow, those are some nice perch. we will be targeting walleyes mainly but if we run into those type of perch this weekend, we may make a change to the ultralights and fish them instead

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Finally had a break so I took out my ruler and measured off 16" --- can't imagine even one perch that long.

I'm gonna need to see a pic to prove it, or at least have someone else who saw the measurement give me a "cross my heart and hope to die" otherwise I will have to remain a non-believer.

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