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  1. 22 points
    He doesn't post here much anymore, but I want to give a big thanks to Cliff. Most of you don't know, but I volunteer as the director of the Minnesota Outdoor Adventure Foundation. We are a 501c3 non-profit that provides fishing & hunting adventures for kids & young adults with life-threatening illnesses, as well as combat disabled veterans. Cliff has donated a day on the water to our annual fundraiser every year. In addition, we just provided a Vermilion fishing trip for a young man that is battling cancer for the 2nd time and going through a very difficult treatment. Cliff was one of 3 guides that took him out fishing and he told me they had the most fun listening to Cliff's stories and caught the most fish with Cliff. Thank you Cliff!! You have truly helped make a difference.
  2. 11 points
    Had the family up over the July 4th wknd, so fishing was limited to early mornings and an hour or two in the afternoons. The bite was definitely on and consistently gave us some of the best walleye fishing we’ve ever had. Our catch was mostly slot fish, a few ‘overs’ a few ‘unders’. Seems the bug hatch had the whole food chain in high gear. The fish we were catching were eating the perch that were eating the bugs - not the bugs themselves. This we know because they were coughing up perch while we were fighting them. My son had one fish near the boat that shook her head with her mouth opened - and out swam a live perch, none the worse for wear.
  3. 9 points
    All the pics didn’t get posted but here’s a pretty good run at what I was fortunate enough to boat over a week long Muskie fishing trip to Canada. First I’ll say this more commemorative than just bragging; we hit it hard and were rewarded pretty well, we thought. We boated 17 total muskies along with pike and a few eager smallies. We started the week with wind, cool temps, cloudy skies and some rain but that eventually broke into calm, hot, sunny days; the same weather we had the entire 5 day trip last year where we boated 4 muskies and one notable pike. Our best single day this year was 5 skis boated and worst was 0. That was the first day of the weather change and everyone one on the lake struggled. Here goes: Now the info part: Obviously it was a clear water lake and not a secret lake, so a little research if your interested will get you some results. But all in all, I believe this could be repeated on most Canadian lakes with good muskie populations. My partner stayed true to muskie gear the entire time while I mixed it up with bass and light pike tackle. Early in the week I was doing noticeably better but by the end of the week we were pretty much tied with him boating the the two biggest fish. The baits: The Mepps Giant Killer was new and is just about wore out. The Savage Gear 3D trout in Redhorse was a darn good bait on cloudy days and got me my biggest. It didn’t get hit at all on the bright days, just like last year. Swim shads had their place and saw enough action to stay on the table. The jigs and lizards were the prime throw back baits on follows where figure 8’s didn’t get the commitment. Fished on hand tied 40lb flouro leaders, they were usually picked up off the bottom while sight fishing the hot fish that went cold after seeing the boat. The F-18 Rapala is one of my faves and picked off the third from bottom fish in a bay we call pig pen. Named from the fish and cloudy water we saw last year but couldn’t ever connect with them. We ran everything we could think of on multiple return trips. This was our first connection there on our first try this year. The 5th fish down slurped in that little Rip Stop like a trout on an extended pause in my jerk, jerk, pause retrieve. I’ll never forget how gentle he took it. That was on a light bass combo and a heckuva nice fight. Last thing: This Shallow Invader was a top tier bait for raising fish and hook ups IF it was customized as shown. Bending a piece of bucktail wire to hold the hooks keep them from fouling on the bait and one another along with making the bait run deeper and suspend/slow sink rather than float up. My partner got about half his fish on it. I used mine straight out of the package for a few days and didn’t see nearly as much interest and the two that hit it never hooked up even though the bait totally disappeared in their mouths. He customized mine mine for me while I made dinner one night. It was a totally different bait for me after that. Hope this info helps some of you out there. We’ve already thought of at three new twists to put on presentations for next year’s trip which happens to be booked already. @Rick has been looking for some more activity on OUR site (yeah, ours, if you’re using it). And so am I, so I’ll answer most questions about what I’ve experienced if you wanna ask. I still have a lot to learn about muskies since this is just my second year specifically targeting them, but they’re a fish, and one that can be figured out.
  4. 9 points
    Well, my annual trip was only an extended weekend this year, as I had to use my actual vacation to go to Florida for a wedding. Drove up Friday morning after work, and was able to hit Two Island Lake for a few hours in the evening. As soon as we boated to my secret spot, a storm cloud moved over and the wind was insane! Temps dropped, and I only caught a few smallies. on Saturday we went to Greenwood Lake. Even though we caught about 50 bass, it was still a slow day. Weather was perfect. Bugs were horrible! My dad caught a nice lake trout. My daughter caught her first northern pike, and I also caught one. Fished this lake for 30 years and never even seen a pike, now they’re taking over! Fished Hungry Jack on the final day. Weather was once again perfect! Only caught a few bass. My son absolutely loves fishing off the resort’s dock. So the kids had a blast catching sunnies (including my daughter’s first). Was a bummer we only got to stay up there a few days. My dad stayed until today, but I haven’t heard how he did. Didn’t see any moose. Was also the first time I’ve been up there and did not catch a trout. We got our fill of Sven & Ole’s and world’s best donuts. We might try to go back up next month.
  5. 8 points
    Went fishing on Basswood on Sunday. It rained all day but we had a good time thanks to Mike Stark and The Ely Fishing Guide Company.
  6. 8 points
    Fishing Vermilion has been slow for me. I have a couple friends here, one of whom grew up with a cabin on Trout, before the BWCA, that we visited as youngsters. We fish it every year looking for walleye but usually only catch bass. Today, in the rain, I had the absolute best walleye fishing ever. I have caught a 28” on Vermilion, but today caught my (larger) limit including 27”, 26”, a couple 24”s,etc. Beautiful fish- dark bronze with red/gold fins, The other guys did well, too. We were throwing back 15” fish. Great day. I sound like I’m bragging and maybe am, but Trout is back as a walleye lake. Leeches today, slooow drift with a Lundy rig, 14-20’ off points. I’m 68. Best walleye fishing of my life- so far. Only regret is the red lab had to stay home. Boat is too small. RLG
  7. 8 points
    Got my personal best tonight for this lake....27.5"! My son got a 24, we also got a 17, 20.5", 22". Same area as last night. Fun couple of nights on this beautiful lake.
  8. 7 points
    Got out Saturday night with my wife and kids. Anchored off a point in 10-11 FOW and let everyone pick what they wanted to fish with, as long it was tipped with a leech. I had a lindy, my wife a bobber and plain hook, my son a chartruese jig, and my daughter a pink jig under a bobber. Figured one presentation would show itself to be better than the others. Reality was that everyone caught a few walleye. mostly 12-14" variety. In 45 min we had boated a dozen or so. My wife and son were ready to go back in, so my daughter (who wanted to keep fishing) and I went back out. Within a few minutes we had a 14" and the 20" shown in the pic. She said, "ok daddy, now I'm ready to go back in". Was a great night! I fished smallies on Sunday, and did ok, but I was up early enough to see the sunrise, and boy was I rewarded.
  9. 6 points
    I violated a pointless MN fish and game law or two and transported an oversized sunny while I was too old to do so, caught it while using 3 lines with perch eyes for bait on a designated trout lake after dark without a trout stamp under the influence of 3 beers and forgot to pull the plug on my boat because I was too busy speeding and rolling past stop signs with a loaded 12 gauge in the passenger seat.... Like I ALWAYS do... My lawyer said it was ok if no officers were watching. If one asks me.... "I do not recall." Now that I'm law abiding and sober, it would be a violation of multiple laws to release it.... How can I ever live with my guilt?
  10. 6 points
    Happy 4th of July holiday. Got a chance to get out with the wife and put a few walleye in the boat. And enjoy the lake. Be blessed everyone
  11. 6 points
    Got out for a couple hours in Wakemup Bay tonight. Got 3, all too big, 21",22-1/2" and 24", had another get off about half way in. Was fun! All on bigger leeches, 23' to 27' fow.
  12. 5 points
    I was just curious. Our place is on big bay so I really never get to the west end. It's probably the one thing I wish was different about the east end is a panfish bite. Here's one of the nice eyes from last week.
  13. 5 points
    I have no doubt that there may have been some overharvest that started the decline. Limits from shore were easy up until 15 years ago. I very seldom chase walleyes with slip bobbers on the west end anymore. There has been a proliferation of sunfish, crappies and LM bass even and occasional bullhead. The young of the year survival of fry is a known problem. It is quite possible that the clean up of the bad septic systems has merit. It has been brought up with discussions about Milac's Lake as well. Is it global warming- I have heard about lots of walleye lakes in WI that are now bass lakes. Now I have some guide friends that have done well on the West end- they are so good with the electronics that they don't fish them unless they see quite a few in an area. The amount of detail that they can see on their graphs is unreal. They are experts at reading and relying on their electronics. They use tactics such as jigging Rapala's, lead core trolling ect. I know for a fact there are walleyes swimming in many of the weed beds on the West end. No one is targeting them. I am primarily a muskie and crappie guy. I need to learn new techniques for catching walleyes. Casting Jigging raps to weed edges Lidner's Angling Edge has done some work with local guides doing this. Casting big plastics 4-6" paddle tails on jigs Cast just like I do for muskies on weed edges. I would recommend booking a day with any of the top guides on Vermilion to learn new techniques, learn the electronics and how the fish use the different basins. I have personally fished with Matt Siefert he is a multi species guide- primarily for muskies but his knowledge of walleye fishing is incredible. He is not on the lake much anymore. The Guides League has a list of guides who are long time guides on the lake. Make some calls and be up front on your expectations- do you want to learn electronics, lake spots, new techniques or just catch a limit? The connection you make with these guides can help you get back on a pattern next time you are on the lake. Tip them well and you may make a new friend. Now days if there is a hot bite the word gets out and people have no hesitation to run the lake to get to the hot bite. I see this with Crappies - guy's make runs with a boat full and leave with full livewells. They return a day or two later with another boat and it builds. Good Luck get out there and fish- Have fun doing it. Steve
  14. 5 points
    Was out this past weekend for a little bit and caught a handful of walleyes and a bunch of pike. We fished 13-18feet mostly. All of our fishing was done on main lake structure. Our biggest was 25.5. We caught a couple 16”, a 17”, a couple 18”, and a 19” and change. Jig and minnow was still best for us. My wife pulled a spinner but caught mostly pike. Biggest pike was 26”. Good luck to everyone!
  15. 5 points
    Hello! I'm a transplant to Minnesota and have been here for about a year and a half now. I'd never seen a Northern Pike or a Muskie until I'd moved over here and I caught a 24" Northern? Today. I think. I'm not positive this isn't a Tiger Muskie but I'm just not sure of myself. I know that Pike are generally spotted but that's not always the case. I'm hoping someone can tell me for sure. Either way it went back in the water about 2 seconds after this picture was taken and seemed to be pretty happy to get away from me. Google suggests to me that this is a Tiger but asking some friends from the area they seem to think it's just a Northern. HELP!
  16. 5 points
    Looks like most guys have gone to Facebook....too bad, miss the "old" days. Interesting how the bite changes in early summer. A week ago last Thursday, there were a good bunch of boats fishing the Knight shoal and a few on the humps. Also still quite a bunch around Bridges island but more were west of Bridges out in the mud. This last Tuesday/Wednesday there was nobody around Knight or Bridges but a mega pack west and north of the Bridges humps out in the mud. I came up with 82 boats on Wednesday, but I could be off by 10 or 15 either way. It appeared all the charter boats were out there both days. Wednesday, it was flat calm on the north side of the lake and I think the bite was off as boats started leaving fairly often. And it was buggy. Fishing on the rocks was pretty good, good enough to not try the mud. Water temp was high fifties in the morning both days. Cold. Weird year, east winds, north winds, not very warm. Gotta love this lake! Pretty good fishing at various depths along the south shore too. From the gap to long point. Shiner should be happening soon in the shallows. Good luck
  17. 5 points
    Hit the big pond today ,, Launched from McQuade and found a good 10 degree temp difference from tea to clean water ,, Fish didn't cooperate like we planned but did go 5 for 7 in 7 hours trolling but that's fishing not catching ,, Great day spent on the water with pals ,,, Good luck to those who dont have 7 day weekends like us retired folks
  18. 5 points
    Haven't been active for some time. Life can do that to you. Changed jobs doing somewhat the same but what is different is I've been involved with the duty and honor of interment of our Nation's Veteran's. I'm working at the new MN Veteran's Cemetery on Hwy 53 just North of Pike Lake. I see myself doing this till its time to retire. That and servicing Nils Master Blades during Winter months has been kept me extremely busy. Spring, Summer, and Fall is my personally resolution to enjoy my time and take to the water as much as possible. With that I'll share what I can. Knowing you all have busy schedules too, I ask you share when you can. We don't ask for your secret spots but share as you can.
  19. 4 points
    Walleye: Are still scattered as they are currently in transition. We were finding them in the fresh cabbage in 8’-12’ of water, as well as off the deeper structure in 18’-32’ of water. For the shallow bite we were having the best luck using a bullet sinker with a spinner rig and either a crawler of fathead on. In the deeper water and structure we using a bottom bouncer with a smiley blade rig and slow death hook tipped with a crawler. Jigs and minnows have still been producing as well, look to the rocks on windblown points. Panfish: Sunfish Can be found shallow in 4’-12’ of water on the weed flats or along the steep drops and edges of the bulrushes. Crappies can be found swimming with the Sunfish and out just a little deeper anywhere from 8’-14’ of water. A jig and live bait as well as beetle-spins has proven to be most successful. Bass: Starting to head to deeper weeds and off rock structures. Smallmouth can still be found off their spawn beds on larger bodies of water. Success can be had wiggle-worming or using a Drop-Shot rig. Largemouth are found in the reed beds, shoreline weeds, and out from shoreline structure wherever the bottom is slightly softer. Spinner Baits, Frogs, and Plastics are all working well! Cheers Friends! -Alice, Wheezy Outdoors For more information reach us by phone at 218-275-7525 or email us at [email protected]
  20. 4 points
    You're on the right track Chris. Bigger lakes have bigger pike. Not that small lakes don't, but there's a better chance of hooking into a gator on a bigger lake. Remember that there are very specific regulations on pike in Minnesota too - its divided into 3 separate zones and there's restrictions on which ones you can keep (if you plan to keep any).
  21. 4 points
    Totally forgot to mention wildlife- we got everything but bear- saw a wolf on the drive up, a moose running by the campground, a fox running by camp, and nearly hit a deer on the drive home.... along with a loon family, some eagles, crayfish and toadies, made for a good weekend of family wildlife viewing!
  22. 4 points
    So back from the north land. Trip was too short but we had a blast. We stayed at Flour Lake at a nice site, ended up hitting Bearskin and Hungry Jack and went out for a paddle on Flour. First night on Bearskin we nabbed 15 bass in an hour or so along with a little pike. Fished Hungry Jack the next day. The dock there was really fun. My little guy caught four little bass off the dock before we got the boat launched. We’d go out and fish and swim and then he’d make us go back and fish by the dock. Tons of small bass out there, don’t think we got one over 11”, but for the kids, it was a ton of fun. Even the next day, back on Bearskin, when the fishing slowed down midday, he leaned over and said, “dad, if we want to catch some fish, I’ve got a good idea, we should go back to that dock from yesterday.” We also did a couple little hikes, the honeymoon bluff trail and the George Washington memorial pines trail on the way out. Both were great, the view over Hungry Jack is spectacular and the pines trail was a cool walk through a great patch of woods. We didn’t really fish flour lake but I talked to a couple guys at the acces pulling their canoe out and they got a bunch of bass- a few really nice ones, and a half dozen walleye which they were surprised at. Already thinking about a Labor Day trip back up there....
  23. 4 points
    River is high again thanks to 3 inches of rain in Sartell last week. Apparently that was a good thing--I tried the river for the sundown bite; hoping for either walleyes or catfish. While the sun was still visible over the trees, I only landed one nice smallmouth and hooked a spiny softshell on the front leg--but released safely (for both of us!) Last night the catfish were on (once the sun was fully down). I was fishing with a rather wadded-up ball of nightcrawler/s. First pic I was convinced was a smallie; breached completely, straight up from the water--tail completely out of the water! (I've never had channel cats jump before...) Second is PB channel cat at 28 inches! (...that one didn't jump.) ...oh, and the mosquitos have now hatched... Boo.
  24. 4 points
    Kept some for the smoker today.
  25. 4 points
    I was lead core trolling about 18 feet down with a #5 Shad Rap and caught two crappies. Big. This totally surprised me and this will change the way I fish for them. They were eating the bugs hatching on the bottom, and from now on if I mark fish and cannot seem to get them using my walleye lures I will definetely try some smaller crappie lures before I leave. I am sure they are in schools roaming the bottom looking for food.
  26. 4 points
    Hot bite in the mud at 32" on the east side Wednesday. Also a few on the rocks but not the number of fish on the rocks that I would expect this time of year. Mayfly larva seems to be the food of choice based on the amount of ugly brown stuff on the carpet. It was the first time this year I have seen the basin fish up off the bottom a ways and they were really banging the jigs. I thought leadcore would work really well on those fish but they thought otherwise. Thursday we found a few fish on the rocks up north but again not big numbers. Hardly anyone fishing Knight/Bridges humps but a fair sized pack west a ways in the mud. Also hardly saw any fish off the bottom in the mud but they were still willing biters. A bit of a strange year. Still think the hot spell now here and the mayfly hatch will change things a bunch. Good luck.
  27. 4 points
    Even if you could park at Stuntz Bay, it would be quite an uphill walk to the mine tour.I was a member of the Stuntz Bay Association (which owned the docks and landing) for 20 years for a cabin on Ely Island. Police Chief Jim Hill sold the permits, and would regularly patrol the landing. If boats were left at the dock, cars were parked in the trailer area, or cars/trailers were parked in wrong areas he would write tickets. We didn't have a boat house, so if we needed to go to town we had to use a friend's boathouse, or have someone drop us off at the docks and pick us up later. Or, we could put our boat on the trailer and then put it back in the water when we returned. It all worked very well, and the members were mostly polite and practiced common sense when using the landing and parking area. So private was it, that when moving off of the island we had a barge haul a large covered trailer for us. Because we were SBA members we thought it would be okay for the barge to use the SBA landing to unload our trailer. Officer Hill happened to arrive on-site while we were unloading, and he had another opinion of us using the private landing for "commercial" use. It all ended well, but he was a staunch supporter and protector of that iconic and vintage stretch of shoreline. If not for the work of some local-born lawyers who over the past 10 years got the entire site designated as a historical district, thereby protecting them, all of those boathouses would have been torn down by the State of MN. If you're on the east end of the lake, be sure to drive in and take a look at the boathouses. They were mostly built by miners who were able to build there on the mine-owned land (which was most of the east end of the lake), and they are a tribute to the hard work and creativity of those early residents of the Tower-Soudan. Lyle...
  28. 4 points
    Tiger Muskellunge. If you were fishing a lake that the DNR stocks with them, it was a stocked fish. If not, you caught a very rare naturally-produced hybrid. Here's one I caught last July.
  29. 4 points
    Got the boat upgraded with different depth finders and trolling motor so I could chase walter and had to test it today. Hit a local lake with a friend and we got 7. Pulled spinners and slow death with 1 oz bouncers. First time after eyes with this boat.
  30. 4 points
    Earliest fishing I remember I was 5 or 6 catching bullheads in Stewart lake near dad's farm. In Oct. dad would winter on Long Boat Key Fl. fishing Sarasota/Tampa bay and Gulf of Mexico many variety fish, stone & blue crab, cast netting, shrimping. Jr./Sr. High ran mate on Mar Vista Charters after King Mackeral and Red Snapper. During summers we fished mom's home town lakes in Ottertail, and over to Grand Rapids & Walker. Even threw a line with a leg of beef off the Fantail of the USS Constalation during 2 tours in the South China Sea targeting sharks good thing we never hooked one. Later had a home on Comfort for 35 years, take the kids out after work for a dozen or so crappie for dinner. In my Sr. years I moved from buying to building fishing items, wheel house, under water cameras, augers, shanties giving much more gratification to the art of fishing. This summer's projects - riding snow dog & drop down Snitty Sled for 2 man flip. As one ages energy leaves you. Been on water most of my life, fishing was natural.
  31. 4 points
    I grew up fishing with my grandparents and my dad. Luckily I still get to fish with my dad. Now I get to take my wife and my own kids. Some day I hope to take and teach grandchildren. I fish for the challenge, the occasional delicious meal, the companionship, the quiet, and the memories. Every outing offers something different. My oldest daughter was home for a week last summer and we got out for an early morning bass outing. We caught several fun fish, the lake was calm and quiet. The loons were calling, an eagle flew above us and 2 deer ambled down to the shore. She looked at me with a smile and said "I get why you love this". I know you all understand what I am saying. I fish for all of the things it means to mean and gives to me. From sunfish to salmon it is all special!
  32. 4 points
    Growing up in South Dakota I learned to enjoy the fishing I got to do in the Watertown area with great grandpa and the Missouri River and Black Hills fishing with Grandpa. It's a little different than what I see here in Minnesota but the basics are the same. Seems to be more emphasis on fish size than fishery quality or maybe I was just raised different. Either way it was always about the beauty of nature and learning a valuable skill from 2 knowledgeable individuals. Now I just try to pass those skills on to the next generation and hope they learn how to protect our resources as well as I was taught.
  33. 3 points
    29 1/2 Incher. Biggest of the year.
  34. 3 points
  35. 3 points
    I have had gamefish in my aquarium as long as I can remember. It is an everyday occurrence to watch their behavior. Recently a new friend was over and was awestruck by my fish, making me realize that it probably isn't very common to see a 10" bluegill in a fish tank. I currently have a sunny, a rock bass and two bullheads as my 'pets'. I have had basically every species of MN fish in the tank at some point in my life, from burbot to musky. Including an attack Pike that would jump out and land at my feet when I happened to be standing or walking by the tank, and ONLY then. He would stare at me when I was sitting on the couch also. The most intriguing would have to have been the pair of pout I had for about two years. The best all round would be the black crappie. Attractive with a big mouth and appetite and excellent temperament. Had 1 crappie for over 10 years! I don't want any quotes from the rule book. Just curious as to how common are lake caught fish as house inhabitants. What have you or do you have in your tank??
  36. 3 points
    I think the tabs also break up the snow when it comes down so you only get hit by a 100lb block not the whole one ton block!
  37. 3 points
    Sorry for the late reply. I fished July 3 and 4 and caught a 14, 19, 21, and 27. Weather was too nice to fish, but still went out (clear skies and calm). Better for swimming and boating. Fish were caught in different locations in Middle and Upper and before 8 AM. Water still seemed cool. Few weeds up yet. Should be better now and forward with all the heat recently.
  38. 3 points
    This year has been the best bite for me on the west end of the lake in the 6 years I've had my place. Not great by any means, but at least I can go out and get a few fish every night. I have trouble finding fish durning the day, but from about 7pm till dark is when I have my best luck. Hard to catch a meal-all the walleyes are 22" to 27ish......nice problem. It did slow down a bit last wknd. There were a few mayflies out in Wakemup this past wknd. Crawlers and leeches were the bait of choice.
  39. 3 points
    We just got off the lake. The bite sure has changed since we were out last week. Today there were still some fish on rocks and they were more than willing to bite but they were in such tight groups it made it very hard to fish them. making it even more complicated was the howling wind and the spot lock function on my terrova mysteriously quit working for some reason. Not to happy about that ! If I had spot lock, a slip bobber rig would have been lights out! Every place we stopped at the fish were set up in the identical way, a really tight pod of fish on the very top of the reef and an absolute TON of fish in the mud on the sides that wouldn’t bite anything, I assume these are eating bugs. Literally a carpet of fish on the edges. Got more than enough fish to keep things interesting and enough for a great dinner for us tonight so I consider that a win. Everything on a Lindy rig and a half crawler. Going to put the downriggers on the boat tomorrow to get those fish in the mud. A person just can’t put a Lindy or spinner in front of enough of them fast enough to make it worth while. Pulling a little original rap at 2.5 mph puts a bait in front of lots of fish faster and there’s always a few hungry ones in the pack, you just come across them way faster pulling cranks. Good luck out there everyone!
  40. 3 points
    We were on the lake July 2nd through the 8th. Mayflies monkeywrench for sure. More fishing than catching. We marked fish anywhere between 24-37 feet on submerged humps and breaklines. 30-35 seemed to be where we would actually get bites. We worked hard to get enough for a big fish fry on our last day and caught 6 slot fish, with the largest being 24 inches. Marking fish was easy, getting them to bite was another story. Leeches seemed to work best, but we used crawlers and even mixed in a minnow here and there to see if that would help. It was frustrating to have a large group of first timers to Rainy struggle like this, but we had good weather, cold beer and camaraderie all week.
  41. 3 points
    Thanks for the heads up on the fuel line. I replaced it yesterday, this is what the existing fuel line looked like, hopefully, it didn't cause and damage!
  42. 3 points
    Just got back from the cabin. Whitefish was pretty good the last few days. For us leeches on a lindy rig was the best. Caught them from 12' to 23' . Best was late afternoon . No whoppers but some nice 3lbers. Biggest for us was 26" out of 15' of water. One thing there are some crazies running around with the Don Johnson type of boat. Running up and down the lake three to a pack. For that reason I would advise finding some spots out of the main race track. Also had a bigtime storm last night with lots of lightning so that may slow down the bite. Anyway keep a open eye as the PT boats are so fast they can't turn very fast. Stay safe, good fishing and Happy Fourth OF July. Rayguy
  43. 3 points
    Went out of Duluth and found some cleaner water. Got two right away on a 57 Chevy Jim’s flashback spoon trolled behind a small Dipsy diver. After that, absolutely nothing more. Feeling discouraged, I went into the bay in an attempt to redeem myself and trolled crawler harnesses behind small planer boards and picked up some walleyes. That’s one of the benefits of living near Lake Superior.. You can troll out on the lake and catch lake trout and salmon and just a boat ride away puts you on some great walleye fishing without having to trailer your boat again
  44. 3 points
    Someday I'll get a big one. I did pull a 19" Largemouth out of Weaver lake last year. The largest bass I've ever caught.
  45. 3 points
    Earliest memory for me was age 3 on the bank of the Miss with a cane pole. Been through many cycles of “evolution”, if you will, including fishing tournament circuits. That’s well behind me now since I fish to just enjoy it for what it is and where it takes me. I’m drawn to water. My most recent cycle has me chasing muskies a bit like @gimruis They’re some freaky fish. I just spent a week chasing them in Canada and witnessed some memorable encounters that made my hands shake and knees knock without even catching the fish that I saw! Aside from the fish, there’s the deer that swim across the lake, the sow bear and cubs that huff/wheeze when you get too close and the loons that swim around the boat while you’re casting or make their chilling calls to their mates when they’re only 50 feet away. Good long days on the water working in synch with a good partner, short but restful nights of sleep, and occasionally forgetting what day it is. It’s a game that wakes up my senses and makes me feel whole.
  46. 3 points
    Here’s a regla muskie from Canada last week. Never caught a tiger but have had run ins with them on the city lakes of Minneapolis. Cool fish in all locations and all types! Congrats on your first!
  47. 3 points
    I would think the different items would be marked, or do you mean they wear gloves over their eyes?
  48. 3 points
    rookie!
  49. 3 points
    Got 4 more slot fish tonight from 8 till 9:30. All between 21" and 26-1/4". had a nice one on within a minute of getting out there, but I was waiting for a boat to pass before I grabbed the net and lost it. Sorry if it sounds like I'm bragging, I'm not, this uncharted territory for me up here . Like I've said before, this lake has humbled me. This is the best wknd fishing in the 6 years we've been up here... gotta enjoy it while it lasts. Heading back to the rat race tomorrow.
  50. 3 points
    Hard to find a lake up the trail not chock-full of invasive smallmouth. Slip bobbers and leeches, and cast towards shoreline rock piles.
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