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picksbigwagon

weekend after opener around Finlayson

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picksbigwagon

I am looking for some lakes that a person could have a chance at some walleyes and northerns the weekend after opener. My buddy has a place near Big Pine, and is working his school's Relaty for Life that Friday night so Mille Lacs is out. any other lakes in the area that we should try? Thanks

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camdu7

You could head about 15 min north and hit Sturgeon or Island Lake. The northerns are big and hungery on Sturgeon. Check the regs 20" max if you want to keep them.

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joeyquicksand*

yeah, i'll say sturgeon for walleys, but there are some other ones around there that have some great northerns, and some pretty decent bass if you know where to find them.

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ole matty

upper pine lake by hwy 18 is pretty good for walleyes as not many ppl r fishin on it as almost every1 r heading for mille lacs... just a suggestion...

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picksbigwagon

My friends shack in the woods is about 1 mile from the landing on upper pine. Where would you suggest we start? I know it is a flowage and we have fished it a few times, would dragging the channel be best? find the steep shore breaks, I know where there are a couple humps on the south end of north pine. is it a early morning late evening bite lake or are they catchable all day long. Long snells and leeches or crawlers? Jigging?

My brother and I will either hit Mille that saturday morning or we will be on Pine that morning. I drive a late 80's grey crestliner with a 40 evin, and a 9.9 evin. on the back. Keep your eyes out for us, swing by and say hi. Thanks for the help

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    • Jluangrath
      I love big trout. Been hitting snowbank pretty hard the last few days. Lots of follows no hits yet!  
    • JFaber
      Thanks for the reply Rick... One more hour to check off something from my only get to do it once bucket list doesn’t sound bad at all. If it were you is that where you would go?
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      Wow, that was low!   But, from someone so use to bending over-well......
    • Rick
      Check out the South Central Forum, or MN Metro Forum and ask there as well as the SE MN- Rochester Forum. You may get more answers there as well.   If you could extend to three hours away Mille Lacs Lake could for sure accomodate what you are looking for.
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