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  2. Hello from the NW Angle! Water temperatures are starting in the low 70’s in the morning, reaching mid to upper 70’s in the evening. Minnesota walleye action can be hot running deep diving crank-baits straight, down rigging or lead core. Soft bottom areas can also be worked with spinners and a night crawler. Fish have been favoring gold on bright days and orange, chartreus or pink in low light. Many larger northern pike this last week in the boat via crank-baits just outside of rock reefs and points. Canadian walleye fishing has been more productive away from reefs and points in soft bottomed areas. The best method is to pull a spinner to find concentrations along the bottom and switch to jigging to fill out limits. Musky attitude in Canada varies day to day. Plenty of fish are still being caught in shallow weeds including a couple of 50+ giants this past week. Fish are also being caught in more traditional mid-summer spots such as rock reefs and points. The most productive baits this week were crane baits or other flat baits, buck tails and top waters. Until next week, Sunset Lodge
  3. Famousray

    Northwood pontoons

    I have a 2007 Northwood pontoon, commander 2223. Does any one know who the OEM was for the covers that came with this boat? Looking for a replacement cover that will fit the original snaps.
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  5. Got on a pretty decent bite this weekend. Lots of quality eating size fish 14-18" mostly, a few bigger ones. Fish were in main basin steep drop-offs in 20-30 feet. Crawlers and leeches were working. Weather was beautiful all weekend. Can't wait to come back up in August!
  6. We did okay in Frazer over the weekend. Some nice 15's and 16's and tons of the smaller walleyes. For some reason I usually catch the smaller ones clean, but I throat hooked a ton this weekend. Just couldn't feel their bites, so I'm guessing they had plenty of time to try to swallow the bait. 17-22 worked best for us with Lindy's and seemed leeches outperformed crawlers about 2-1
  7. Water is pretty high on Vermilion for this time of the year. We were up over the weekend and got another 2 1/2 inches of rain!
  8. After a long 13 days straight of work we got out and did a little fishing! Felt AMAZING to get back out on the water. We chased panfish Saturday evening and pretty much struck out and went Sunday with the old man and got into a big ol mess of panfish. Buddy of mine opened up his jig company in Vergas, MN and it's called Panfish Pirates, check him out on facebook. Hes got a soft plastic called the Kraken that I have never seen before and boy did the fish eat them up! We didn't use any live bait during the 6 hour trip out fishing and we landed hundreds of gills and crappies. We landed 6 gills that were 9.5" sadly we couldn't find any big crappies even though the girlfriend lost one at the boat that was over 13". Fish were on the edges of the weeds either lilly pads or down in the cabbage. This Kraken has 3 legs behind it and it has natural bouyance within the plastic and it allows the jig to be swam through the weeds slower which was key yesterday. Dad was in the front of the boat and a few times he had to stop and put his rod down because his arm hurt from fighting the fish and a few times his finger tips were hurting from taking the fish off of his hook but regardless he had a blast fishing. We used 6 mm jigs tipped with the Kraken pitching from 4-14 feet of water. Few times we were vertical jigging and my big blue gill pictured below came vertical jigging in about 12 feet of water. All the gills were returned safely and only 6-7 crappies were taken home for dad to have a fish fry. Pike must have been starving because I had about 6 blue gills get attacked by pike at the boat as i was bringing them in!
  9. We've been big fans of the 3" minnows, and 5" leeches, along with crawlers, great color combinations, with floating versions ta boot. Found the pinched half crawlers to work great for adding spin to "slow death" presentation...
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  11. Okay, I’m not into gore. I’ve only had to do surgery on one hook and that’s enough. PSU, I’m wondering how you’re doing. Cliff offered good advice. In the Frazer Bay Area, bobbers are my only means of catching fish of size. I t seems like the dinks are dominating the reefs. Spinners can pick up fish near structure. I was looking back at my logs recently and late July has always been tough. Dick
  12. Ive been out a few times as well..have tried from the harbor all the way up to boyscout...have been getting a few everytime out but has been slow for me....been trolling crawlers with big colorado blades..have caught fish on flats by barkers,between the bridges,and out from clyde area....got 6 cats accidentally while trolling boards by the community hole south west side of spirit lake...water clarity still sucks in the harbor..a bit better the farther up river u go...has it been kinda slow for everyone?????ive been doing better on fish lake.lol
  13. Grainbelt

    Bass lake near cohasset

    And they are big, feels like you have a bass on! We thru them all back.
  14. I haven't done it on all my stuff, but I don't avoid using a bait because I mashed the barbs. It would probably be a good idea to mash more of them, even if just to make it easier to get them out when they get hooked on something like clothing or a rag.
  15. Manitoba requires the same, and I agree, we didn’t notice a difference either except for keeping bait on the hook. It’s just a hard mental block to get around. @LBerquist, ouch! Unfortunately I know what those are like. Both getting them out of myself and helping others! You can pinch the barbs down on any hook though. Some lay down nice and others will break off, leaving just a little bit of a rough bump which I kind of like better. There’s a little bit of grip left that way.
  16. I wish barb less hooks were more available. I'd switch, heard they come out easier....
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  18. The gulp crawlers in packages are tougher than those in the alive container. The one in the picture is from the alive container. Both versions work well on spinner and slow death rigs.
  19. Gulp crawler. In the spot the walleyes were going in there was a pile of 3-5" perch that tore up the real crawlers. Gulp crawlers took care of the issue and the eyes liked them too.
  20. When we go to Quetico, barbless or mashed down barbs is mandatory. To tell the truth I haven't noticed that we lose more fish with barbless than barbed. Not catching muskies though. Pike, walleye, bass, lake trout.
  21. Vermilion might be down a little, but not much. Your lakes might be different.
  22. Is that a gulp worm? I am not on Osakis but cant fish with live bait without the bass, sunnies, and perch hammering it instantly.
  23. My parents were up yesterday and Wednesday and they did pretty good. Out in the mud in about 33-34 feet. Lots of boats were trolling but they did well looking for pods of fish and then spot-locking over the top of them and jigging with leeches and frozen shiners.
  24. i havent been out in for atleast a month out there but check out walleye dan's facebook, he usually posts a report weekley; https://www.visitbrainerd.com/blog/fishing-report-july-16-2018/
  25. Hi, I’m looking for a fresh report for this weekend. Thanks in advance! Good Fishing!
  26. Is the water starting to recede on the lakes East of Orr? I heard it was really high on Myrtle. We're coming up to Black Duck in a week or so, just wondering if things are getting back more towards normal.
  27. AlwaysFishing23

    Sylvan lake-brainerd area

    I’ve fished sylvan heavily the last two years. Done very well. Many nice pike, bass, walleye, and bluegill. For pike trolling shadraps pretty much any where will get you all the 20”-25” pike you want. Plenty of dence cover all over for bass and that is the usual bass presentations. And for gills in the spring the channel between the two bays was VERY good this past spring went three days in a row and got 2 limits each time ( two angles in the boat) and relesed many many more. Also the panfish limit on sylvan is 5 per person so be aware of that. I was out there 2 weeks ago and did ok. Again two limits of nice gills and a handful of pike but it took a lot of work to find them. I’m unsure of the walleye fishing out there but have heard it’s a good lake. Im not an expert on sylvan but know a little so hope this helps ya out. Good luck!
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