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The Long Weekend

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Hope everyone had a great last long weekend of the summer. Bear hunting started on Friday and we've had one guest who got his bear. A few hunters are out there today saying that the baits been hit by some decent sizers, now to be able to get the shot off.

Fishing was actually really good this weekend. Friday was a bit windy with gusts to 17 mph, so that made it a bit choppy, but Saturday and Sunday (and today) it's been beautiful, temps around 80 and pretty calm. On Blackduck Lake the walleye fishing has kicked back into gear, with walleyes (and the occassional jumbo sunfish) being caught in various depths, just working the humps out there with a night crawler being the ticket. Definitely busy out there on Saturday, the main lot was pretty full so got away from the crowds and reeled in a couple of wallys for supper, but we did have guests who went home with limits of walleye and some managed to find a few jumbo sunfish. While Blackduck Lake was pretty busy, the smaller lakes in the area were pretty quiet, so some of our anglers spread out and hit those lakes and were reeling in limits of sunnies.

At Upper Red, I talked to a DNR officer this afternoon who said that last week on Red it was really slow, not much on Friday with the wind gusts, but yesterday and today keeper size walleye are coming off the lake with the best fishing in the shallower water.

September is a great month in the area, the scenery is beautiful (because of the dry summer the colors are starting to change on the trees and the ground), fall fishing is typically very good, it's bear hunting season and in less than two weeks grouse hunting opens, with reports saying the grouse numbers are on the rise.

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