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Northwest Bay - Fishmiester??

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Anyone been fishing the crappies or walleyes in Northwest Bay? I plan on heading up this weekend and I am looking for any reports/advice. Fishmiester, have you been up this fall? If your up there this weekend, we have a cold one for you - give me a call on VHF 69.

Thanks to all!

Jeff

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HI JEFF,

THIS IS NORMALLY THE BEST TIME TO FISH N.W. BAY FOR CRAPPIES, I HAVE NOT BEEN UP THERE YET, HOPE ALL THE NETTING FOR CRAPPIES ON THE CANADIAN SIDE DOESN'T DESTROY THAT FISHERY, I HAVE PERSONALLY WATCHED THEM PULL UP THE NETS & YOU CAN'T EVEN IMAGINE THE AMOUNT OF CRAPPIES IN THOSE NETS. WHEN I FISHED IT LAST WINTER, THE CATCH RATE WAS WAY DOWN...TONS OF TULIBEES. I HAVE DONE WELL IN SPAWN INLET THIS TIME OF THE YEAR., AND THE CRAPPIES OUT IN SAND BAY ON THE AMERICAN SIDE IS WAY UP!!!

SINCERELY,

FISHMEISTER

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Dave:

Thanks for the reply. Last winter I noticed that same thing with a ton of tulibees with a few crappies in the mix. If you get a chance to get up there, definately give us a call. We will stop by Hardees on the way up tomorrow.

Thanks

Jeff

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Fishmiester,

Can you tell some more about the netting? What the heck?

Thanks,

David

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HI H2O,

THE ONLY NETTING DONE IN AMERICAN WATERS IS JOE ARNOLD WHO IS ALLOWED 15,000 LBS. OF WHITEFISH & NETS WITHIN THE PARK WATERS. THERE IS NETTING DONE ON THE CANADIAN SIDE OF RAINY BY THE NATIVES(THEIR LEGAL RIGHTS). I JUST WISH THE CANADIAN GOVERMENT WOULD BUY THEM OUT, NOT EVEN SURE IF THEY CAN OR WOULD WANT TO. MAYBE OUR CANADIAN CONNECTION...CHEERS OR MOOSEFART CAN ANSWER THAT.

SINCERELY,

FISHMEISTER

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ACTUALLY,

THE NETTING WILL GET WORSE FROM THIS POINT ONWARD. THERE IS A NEW FISH PROCESSING PLANT THAT WAS BUILT IN THUNDERBAY. THE INTENTION IS TO CREATE AN ESTABLISHED MARKET FOR THE NEW WAY OF DOING THE FISH BUSINESS. THE GOVERNMENT HAS TURNED A COMPLETE BLIND EYE TO THE CONTEXT OF THE WORDING IN THE TREATIES, TO WHICH NETTING AND SELLING THE FISH, IS TO BE ENHANCED (GOVERMENT BS LINGO). ONE JUST HAS TO LOOK TO WHAT HAS BEEN HAPPENING ON LAKE OF THE WOODS TO KNOW WHATS COMING FOR RAINY.

R_D

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I have been predicting an increase in netting for 10 years.As the fish population increase as a result of hard work and tough regulations unfortuantly so will the unregulated native harvesting. It will only take a few radicals to screw things for the res of us. I dont think the legitimate comercial fishing is a big concern, they only have 1000pound quota of incedintal walleyes I think the removal of white fish and rough fish off set the damage to the walleye fishery. The lake is managed " as a walleye fishery ", a high crappie population is not good as they compete for food and prey on young of the year fingerlings.

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I think the walleyes are better at eating crappie than the other way around. I used to guide on the Wisconsin River and it had excellent populations of both walleye and crappie. Especially in the fall, the walleye often had small crappie sticking out of their mouth.

As to competition for food, I think those two species get along just fine. My guess is the smallmouth bass are much more competition for walleye food than any other species. Maybe why the North Arm has such good bass fishing but fewer walleyes than the Minnesota side.

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You may be corect. BUT the Bio"s managing the lakes in this area dont suport your theory

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Each basin composing Rainy Lake has unique productivity characteristics and fish community composition. The production potential for individual species within each basin is a function of a number of interacting variables. Extrapolations regarding predation, from unrelated waters, have little usefulness.

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