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phillip6653

Bottle Lake in June

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We are headed to Park Rapids in June and are staying on Bottle lake. I hear its a okay lake for waleye, I also like fishing for Bass. Anything that you can tell me about the lake and the fish in it would be GREATLY appreciated.

Thanks to everyone in advance.

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Ah, my favorite place to be. We go to Bottle Lake for a week in July. My wife's family has been going to Bottle for over 30 years. I enjoy it more than Christmas!!

Fishing has never been stellar for us, primarily because of the time of year we go (July or August).

Where are you staying at? I'll direct you from there!!

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Numerous bass can be caught in the south bay where the river goes out to Emma. I grew up on emma and this was one of my favorite places to fish.

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I hear that there are some nice smallmouth in both of the Bottle lakes even though I have never targeted them. The lakes are clear and deep and is a good walleye lake. I try to fish in low light situations and when the weather is stable. If you are there in early June look for either of the sand/gravel bars located on both lakes, a lake map will have them. Also, there is alot of structure with breaks and turns to explore, if you spend some time on the lake in early June you are more than likely to find the walleyes. The weed lines are usually good for a northern or two aswell. good luck

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Thank you so much for all of the comment so far, here is a little more information on were we are staying. We are staying on upper bottle on the North End Wippoorwill Resort.

Thanks again

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Good spot just in front of Whipporwill. As you leave Whippoorwill you head out maybe 100 yards and there is a point that comes out with the weedline. Caught fish there last year. There's also a sunken island not too far from Whippoorwill that has also worked in the past.

If you get a map, you can quickly eliminate a lot of water. There are some sunken islands, sand bars, etc. that are all good places to fish at a certain time of the year.

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