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bturck

RIVERBEND 2/22 AND 2/23

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bturck

fished half day Thursday and full day on Friday and managed to bring back 32 fish, 10 of which were jumbo perch.

Started on Thursday around 1100am over Pine in 30'. 7 walters and 2 sauger for the day. It was pretty slow with long periods of flat line vexi's. Jigging did hardly anything with the majority coming from the dead sticks with JR pink sparkle crappie jigs and shiners. Plain red hook and fathead on the dead stick also produced a few. Lots of 7-8" fish thrown back, more small fish than the previous two trips. Road over Wheelers was good and able to drive out without any problem.

Friday loaded the bombers and headed out to Knight and Bridges area. Again we were set up in 30' ( measured from the top of the water). The morning bite was virtually non existent. Things picked up around 130pm and we ended the day with 11 saugers, 2 walters and 10 jumbo perch (12.5") which made for an interesting afternoon. Lost of a couple of decent fish just below the ice, which is 48" out that way. Its like trying to guide them into a stove pipe grin.gif Again the JR red sparkle produced well, and also a gold/orange Northland Buckshot. Marked some suspended fish but they were not agressive. The fish that were caught were right on the bottom. the largest walleye was 17" caught by the rookie of the group who had a great time and caught 16 of the total fish. He had a new presentation, he would read his Playboy magazine and catch the fish when the bobber went down. So much for busting butt and jiggin all day. The average of the saugs was 14-16 so the overall size of the fish caught was good. One of the houses did release a 24" that morning. We didn't fish on Saturday, which would have only been a half day as we were only two wallies short and decided to get a head start on the snow coming in. We had snow and freezing drizzle all the way back, so that was probably a good decision.

the bite on Friday was better as the barometer started to fall, and the winds switched to the SE with blowing snow. Saturday morning the baramoter was down to 29.36 and still falling so I would think the guys that went up probably had a pretty good day as well.

Another friend of ours Steve Schreder came up on Thursday from Floodwood and fished just behind us and was one walleye short of his limit, with 4 saugers for the day. Steve was having his best luck on a rattle reel, with white/pink jig and minnow.

I threw a lot of different jigs and dead stick combinations down the hole during the two days and other than a Lindy Frostee did not find anything that would outfish the pink. As mentioned the emerald shiners definitley caught their share of fish. All in all a good time, good food as always, a couple of cold Coors and everyone had fun. Headed back for the last time on 3/22 so until then Good Luck to all and Hang On. Bill

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fiskyknut

Sounds like you had another great trip Bill.

Yuuuummmmm Perch! I was way N last weekend and did'nt even scratch 1 Perch for supper???

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bturck

Fisky, yes it was another good one. Any trip up there is good, some are just a little better than others. I know when the perch starting hitting I told the guys keep 'em comin, as you said yummmm. Bill

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Smeds

Nothing fast & furious, but sounds like you had fun! Looking forward to our trip on March 10-11 ... fishing always changes day to day. All the Coors gone up there? Doesn't matter ... I'm not proud. I'll post one back to you Bill when we return, and thanks for another excellent report. grin.gif

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bturck

Smeds: Plenty left of the Coors stuff. I really believe that the roller coaster weather the past couple of weeks has made for some hard earned fish. Stable weather is always a fishermans best friend. I'm sure you will have a good time, only a couple of weeks to go. I'll be watching for your report. Bill

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FishingPops

Sounds like a great time. My 7 year old daughter and I were in a River Bend sleeper from Friday afternoon until Sunday morning. We caught a total of 28 fish, with one 13" perch, a 25" eel pout (my daughter had a great time pulling that one up), 22 sauger from 7" to 15.5" and four walleye, 14 1/2, 16, 16 1/2 and a monster that was close to 29". It was hard to measure because they had the ruler on the wall and we didn't want to handle it too much before we released it. We took a couple of pictures and let her go. It was fun to see her splash down the hole--she barely fit. The great thing about the big walleye was my daughter had her on the line first for a couple of minutes until the line broke. Then about five minutes later it bit on my pole. We know it was hers because we got her hook out of its mouth.

All our fish were caught on plain hooks with the minnows they provide. Most caught 2-4" off the bottom. It seemed if the minnow was even 6-8" off the bottom the action was much slower.

All in all a great time! The house was warm and clean and they checked on us several times when we were out there. They came and plowed us out when we were ready to go. I am thinking about heading back in late March with my 10 year old son. I hear the action picks up even more.

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Schwanny

I'm glad there are a few silver bullets left. Heading up to Riverbend on Thursday. Report to follow. Just remember the fish are the bonus!

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bturck

FishingPops: Wow, sounds to me like the young lady had quite a good time. Now she's hooked and will want to stop at the Sport Shops and check out the tackle. Great story on the 29 incher. Yes March can be very good.

Schwanny: Tell Gordie at the bar to uncork one of those Silver Bullets for you. We didn't hit em to hard, so you should not have a problem. Will be looking for your report as well. Good luck and hang on. Bill

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