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Full Moon Report 10/4 - 10/8

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Just got back from a 5 night trip to Mille Lacs, we fished Weds thru Sunday nights.

Overall the bite was pretty good. Every night we'd have stretches of 2-3 hours with very few fish caught, and stretches of 2-3 hours where we'd catch fish like crazy. Some nights we got on fish right away, some nights it took hours to get on them. Friday was our best night, Saturday was our toughest night.

We fished mostly the N and NW sides. It was plenty bouncy out there on Thurs, Fri and Sat nights. Sat night was the only night there was a lot of boat traffic around us, all the other nights I was surprised how little boat traffic there was.

Husky Jerks and Rogues took the vast majority of our fish, we got very few fish on any other baits. Most of our trolling was between 6-8 fow or 8-10 fow, depending on the night, the spot, the activity, etc., but one night we moved out to 10-12 fow and were getting most of our fish there. We changed colors and baits a lot.

We caught a lot of nice fish, not huge numbers of big hogs but more than enough to keep it interesting. One night I caught two 28.5's and over the 5 days we caught about 10 other 27-28 inch fish, a lot of 22-26 inch fish, and plenty of eaters. We also caught 2 pike that were 38" and one that was 39". One of the 38 inchers was fatter than any pike I've ever seen before so we weighed it (on 2 different scales) and it was 16.5-17 lbs. It was Craig's biggest pike ever, and he also got his 2 biggest walleyes ever that same night, so he was pretty happy.

Overall a good trip, lots of fun and pretty good fishing.

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Bouncy? That's an under-statement! grin.gif

Nice report.

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We fished north end Thur from 7-10:30 no eyes but got a 42" Northern went 20.8# on digital scale got picture & shes still swimming.

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    • rundrave
      I know its not attached to you. But the issue is with it being attached to the dog and if its running full speed and it gets caught on something. The injuries can occur when its a sudden stop and the collar around the neck is pulled hard from the weight of the dog.   Sounds like to you need to get back to the basics with the check cord and get back to sit, stay and come. You can work her with the check cord in a hallway at home with the doors closed, then move to a larger  grassy area etc. Keep the sessions short and praise, praise and praise some more when she comes back when called.   You never want to give a command you cant enforce and that's where the check cord comes in handy. We have all been there before. But if your not confident with her in the water next to a road you need to go back and revisit those commands and how to enforce them until she is ready. its just not worth risking injury.   You have to make the retrieving fun and if she doesn't bring it back your done for that session, and then she doesn't get to retrieve. Let her see you put the dummy away and then start another session at a later time. Praise, praise and praise when she does it correctly.   Dogs will pick up on your body language frustrations etc.  Just takes lots of reps and keep them short and be positive and she will get there.
    • TNtoMN_HuntFish
      I actually don't have that long leash attatched to me. Its 100' I believe and the only reason I leave it on her is because Round Lake is right by a busy road so if she wants to bolt after a rabbit or something I can quickly grab that leash. Also sometimes she'll grab the dummy and want to swim around with it so I give a few tugs to let her know her job is to bring it to me, not swim in circles. It's just a safety measure because she isn't quite ready for fully off leash training just yet. I almost never actually need to grab it.    Thanks for the advice though, the last thing I'd ever want to do is hurt a dog, especially mine. I never throw the dummy past where it's safe to walk so if she did get it wrapped in cattails or something and got stuck I'd quickly get her. 
    • Buzzbait Brad Ohio
      Thanks for having me Minnesota. I wasn't able to float the Ottertail river but I did fish the lake every morning. Most fish the first 3 days came on top water whopper plopper. The last day, the water temperature heated up to almost 80 so I changed it up a little bit and fished deep water 10-20 feet and caught fish deep. Here's some of the better fish from this week. The fishing up here is great. Can't wait to make it back. 
    • ZachD
      Nice job I will be out on Sat in the boat
    • hitthebricks
      Sounds like my problem, Thanks  
    • JBMasterAngler
      Small minnow raps, #2 mepps spinners, small spoons. Don't need anything else.
    • curt quesnell
      What a great day jigging out in the mud. Little or no wind all day and it was pretty warm but fish were active, biting and large. A big change came yesterday on my close by spots that threw me for a loop but the fish a few miles away seem unphased. I will say it again a great day!
    • monstermoose78
      Thanks for the advice Dave  I dont let Finn fetch on check cord any more. I only used it when he was a pup
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      There are public beaches at both Hoodoo Point in Tower and McKinley Park in Soudan. Cliff
    • leech~~
      In the summer they seem to be about 20' feet down over 50'-80' feet of water. We trolled small raps with what ever would get it down there. I also had down riggers to use.  You could try some deep hook and slip bobbers with a worm in some of the deeper bays to see if they will take it?  Good luck.