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  1. How long ago did the dnr treat the lake for killing the weeds I see a few of the orange signs up yet and just wondering as it seemed to have fish in a bit of a funk this last weekend
  2. Hi all, Wondering if the big hatch has happened yet. I was up 2 weeks ago and seen a few here and there water temps around 67. Fishing was ok, got a few nice eaters on fatheads in Lost Bay in 18' of water. Blackduck looked like the hatch was just starting this weekend, water temps about 71. Heading up next week so hope the flys are gone but I think we may just hit the big hatch!!! Well good luck to all and thanks for any updates.
  3. Wondering if mosquitos are bad all day, or just evening and morning flurries? Trying to decide if I should bring screen tent or not. Thanks
  4. Looking for any action for our wives................. any help appreciated. McKinley Campground is where we will be launching from. Panfish smallies........ dont matter just some action. Have a pontoon and looking to anchor up somewhere. Thank You!
  5. Going up to Crane Lake for a week beginning July 10 with the family. We will be looking to find some walleyes while we are there. Which of Crane, Sand Point, or Namakan do you think is the best walleye lake? Or are they all pretty close? We have never been up there before so I expect we will struggle for a while to find fish - really looking forward to it though. Also, are minnows a must have, or can we get by with leaches and crawlers?
  6. Accidentally posted this in the Detroit Lakes forum, but it wouldn't let me delete it and put it here. Anyway... Looking at doing a camping trip at long lake park in August. Looks like it's a nice place to camp, even if the trout aren't biting. With that being said, I'm used to fishing trout lakes in spring and fall, never tried them in mid summer. I'm guessing the same presentations work, just at deeper depths? I see these lakes are stocked with a lot of trout, but do a lot of them last into the summer?
  7. Anyone ever do it? It looks like there is some large areas of flats with 20-30 ft depths that would be good areas to try. Have never fished the lake so not sure if it would be worth the effort?
  8. Headed up to Leech Thursday morning and was able to get on the water for a bit that night, we had 2 boats in our party 1 boat did ok finding the eyes on Thursday night but the other boat (mine) only caught a few small ones. All were caught on jig and minnow this night in around 12 to 16 fow. On Friday afternoon stopped in for some gas and bait at Grand Vu and got some pointers for some new areas to try, and thanks to those tips Friday evening was a different story. Both boats were able to get on some great fish. Many 21 to 25 inch fish caught and almost limits for everyone in all boats just a few short but with all the big fish it was a great time. This night all fish came on a snell with leeches in 9-13 fow. Saturday we did not fish much because of the weather, and Sunday had to get on the road pretty early so fished just a litter and only caught a few small fish. Had a blast and cannot wait to get back Will work on making a video from the gopro but for now here are a few pictures of some of our fish
  9. I don't know about you but I can not believe it is the middle of June! The bite this month has been great! The biggest surprise is how shallow the walleye have been. Water from 4-18 feet of water has produced good bites. Drift with a spinner and crawler moving from deep to shallow if possible. Hammered gold and white would be a good starting color. Work the area in front of Pine Island from the pine to Lighthouse Gap. Some people are getting fish downrigging in the 30 foot depth. Try the water in front of The Fields or over towards Zipple Bay area. Heading across Big Traverse to Knight or Garden Island and the rock piles are also showing good numbers of walleye. Pink has been a jig of choice up north tipped with a shiner. This is a beautiful time of the year to enjoy some fishing! Click to see info on reserving your cabin or charter fishing trip.
  10. Will be at the family cabin over the weekend on Mary and and wondering how the Eye bite is, not looking for spots just wondering if the fish are active. Not opposed to fishing other lakes in the area.
  11. Hello everyone, some guys and I are heading up tot he area for a bachelor party in a few weeks and we will be staying on West Battle. I was checking out the lake and it looks fairly complex, but with lots of great fishing opportunities. I plan on having the boat with. I was wondering if there are any areas to check out or certain methods that tend to work well at this time of year. We will be up the weekend of June 12-14. On that note, any place you'd recommend for a few guys to grab a bite to eat. Some of the guys plan on golfing and I plan on hitting the lake for a while. Thanks for taking the time to look.
  12. Wondering if anyone fished Lake Latoka lately and how it's been?
  13. Hello Friends: What a beautiful last few days, only wish the fish were cooperating! Has anyone noticed an improvement in water clarity this year? Perhaps it is my turning 50 and my eyesight is actually improving, but at least from our dock here in Smarts Bay, close to Frazer Bay (our point), it really seems much clearer this year. I can actually see the fish laughing at my slip bobbers as they swim by. Has anyone else noticed an improvement? Andy
  14. I am spending a week on Eagles Nest #1 near Ely beginning 6/6/15. I have never fished it, seems like #3 in BearHead may be the best option.? Any info would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
  15. Finally made it back to Fishing Minnesota. Had to get a new user name, since I could not locate my old password and haven't used this site in a while... Anyways.... I fished Big Sandy last weekend May 22-26 (Extended trip since it was by birthday), and fared pretty well, only on the walleye side. Fished in 14 to 18 FOT, with live bait, jigs with fatheads and lindy rigs produced fish. Caught mostly 13-16 inchers eyes, along with some decent size perch. Locator was definitely needed, and just backed troll to find fish. Neighbor caught a 28'' eye. He wouldn't tell me where, although he said that was the only eye he caught last Friday, just a plain old lindy and leech. Purpose of the trip was to find the crappie slabs, yet did not find any in the shallows near pencil reeds, only small snakes took my jigs. I tired various locations on the lake from the northwest bays, to islands around "the pass", to bellhorn, etc... yet could not locate them anywhere. Only place where I found a 13 incher was washed up on shore near Davis Bay. Anybody have any luck with any pannies or crappies on BSL? Dont have to be specific... FOT? I wont head back to Big Sandy until June 13th weekend. Going to fish other lakes and getting ready for Muskie opener on the 6th!'' Good luck to everybody!
  16. It's amazing how fast time flies when people,fish, and good times mix together perfectly My cousin and his Buddy arrived here last Saturday and, this morning, they left for home. I always get a bit edgy this time of the year in preparation for their annual outing: pre-visit fish location, most effective angling method, peak activity periods, etc. Fortunately, everything came together and they enjoyed what they termed as one of their 3 best trips ever! I found during the pre-visit fish location that the walleyes were located on reef tops. During 5 days of fishing, we fished reef tops ranging in depth from 6'-18'. Specifically, we fished one reef at 6', another at 10', one at 15', and a fourth at 18'. Clouds and wind dictated the preference for a particular day. The reefs were strung out from Frasier Bay to the east end of Big Bay. I had two people ask if we fished the Comet Island reefs and the answer is we did not. I always marked fish before we spent much time on the deeper reefs we fished. The shallow reef was pull up, throw out the anchors and fish. The most effective angling method, hands down, was slip bobbers. We caught fish trolling but the guys I was fishing with weren't accustomed to snaggy rocky reefs and the experience with constant snags was frustrating. So, we used slip bobbers and had phenomenal success. We set the hooks for 2' shallower than what the sonar read(except the shallow reef) and caught walleyes, smallmouth, and northern. The only bait we used while slip bobber fishing was leeches. There were spots we fished that were swarmed with mayflies in the water column. Our peak activity period was most definitely evening from ~5:00-9:00. We fished mid morning time slots but found the bigger fish were mostly caught very early morning and the above mentioned evening time. Mildly windy days helped the mid-day bite but nothing compared to 5:00-9:00 in the evening. Me, my cousin and his Buddy fished for 5 days and caught over 100 walleyes during their stay. We caught 23 slot fish from 18"-26"(lots of 21's and 22's) and we ate walleyes twice during their visit. We caught 5 northerns with the biggest at 32". The bass fishing was spectacular and while quantity was no problem, the biggest we could muster was 17.5". It was a blue ribbon trip and great fun was had by all........ Good Fishing, MarkB The attached pictures are not included because of gargantuan fish size but because the parties involved probably appreciated the lake as much as anyone will this season..............
  17. Would anyone be willing to share some info on shore fishing this area? I've never tried it and plan on giving it a shot soon so here's a few questions. Are shore folk confined to a small space, or is there room to roam? Is it heavily pressured? Are there any deeper holes and or decent structure to concentrate on? We aren't targeting any one species and will be using various baits. I'm kinda excited to use a circle hook loaded w/ cutbait and cast plastic at the same time.
  18. Looking to organize a Lake Superior get together see more info in "Great Lakes Salmon, Lakers & Trout" tread in the Fish by Species forums
  19. Went up to Ely for the weekend and did some trout fishing on Miner's Pit right in town. Didn't matter what time of day, fish were always biting. Tried crawlers, plastics, and spinners but what worked the best was a small storm smash shad deep diver. Black and gold were the colors of choice. Most of the fish were caught along the shoreline in about 30 FOW with lots of submerged trees around us. Trolled forever with little to no luck, and casting the banks and in between the trees seemed to do the trick. Tons of fun up there with some great fishing. Get it while it's hot, and enjoy the video!
  20. Finally a nice day to get out on the water! My clients and I left the dock at 8:30am and returned at 4:00 pm today We boated a total of 70 walleyes, 3 pike, and 3 perch. My clients kept their limits of 14" to 16-1/2" walleyes. 3 slot walleyes, 21-1/2, 20-1/2, and 18-1/2 inchers. All 3 pike were in the slot. 26" to 32" fish. Only one perch was big enough to keep, a fat 12" fish. All fish came out of 26' to 32' of water. We used leeches,chubs, and pike suckers on lindy rigs for all of the fish. With the weather forecast for the next few days, the bite should get even better! Cliff
  21. Going up to Grand Marais on Friday for a 6 day trip. Usually fish the big lake for trout and salmon if the weather permits and inland for eyes and smallies. Any pointers would be great. First post. Thanks for any tips.
  22. Anybody know how the water levels are in the Franconia area? I'm going to put in at Franconia for the opener this weekend. Thanks.
  23. My family is coming up to ely this weekend. We are staying at Grand Ely. I am looking for input on where I could take my 4 year old son to do some shore fishing. I am not bringing the boat up on this trip but will in the future. Thanks in advance!
  24. My last post was 4 days ago and things are definitely beginning to change(at least for us). Water temperatures today were 61.7 degrees this morning. The days are becoming pleasant with warmer temperatures and lighter winds and I think it's having a very positive effect on the fishing. The big female walleyes are moving to the rocks, whether they be shallow or deeper, and the movement is bringing the higher-end eaters right along with them. It's time to chow down after the spawn, and the really good fishing is just beginning! My wife and I have been jumping around spots the past few days trying areas that offer basically everything: rocks, mud, sand, weeds, shallow water, deep water, and steep breaking contours. We've been catching a way higher percentage of 14"-16" walleyes and lots of slot sized fish. Usually, when we start catching slot fish, dinks are totally non-existent. We have had nice jumbos, gorilla smallmouths, and the occasional northern mixed right in with the walleyes. The fish have been coming from all depths(5'-35') and if I had to pick one specific depth and one specific type of structure, it would be 24' in rocks. There's lots of drawbacks to fishing rocks but that's where the big girls go to bulk back up! The last few days, we've fished a rock pile in the mouth of a shallow bay surrounded by ~22' water. The rocks top out at ~15'. It's a snaggy nasty spot that's been full of walleyes and jumbos. The best walleye we've taken from this spot was 22.5" and there have been lots of really nice jumbos and 14'-16" walleyes. This area has had the warmest water that we've fished lately (63 degrees) and leeches have been the bait of choice. There is emerging weed growth in this area. Yesterday, we tried a spot on the far east end that has a reef that rises to 15' and an adjacent 35' deep water hole. Yesterday it was bright and sunny and the walleyes were between 27' and 35'. No slot fish, but we boated 12 really nice eaters from 14"-17.5". All fish we released. These fish preferred big suckers and shiners. The Y Store has a nice mix of these minnows and I've gotten off the leech band wagon when conditions say otherwise. Today, my wife wanted to try an area that we usually wait until later to try. Good choice! We only boated 3 walleyes below the slot (15",15.5", and 16"). Our slot fish ranged from 19"- 23". We also took some HUGE bass that were down there with the walleyes. 20" was our best. We caught everything but one 15" walleye on big sucker minnows! The big walleyes were engulfing those 4"-5" suckers! Now, let's talk about the snags The snags were so bad, my wife asked me on the way home if I thought it was worth it. I'm sure she got snagged at least 20 times! and I was snagged at least a dozen times. I re-tied a minimum of 6 times! Was it worth it? Heck yes it was worth it and I can't wait to get into a school like that again! Today, we had clouds and a steady breeze and the walleyes we caught were 19'-24'. My dock fishermen are doing better on eater sized fish and they finally got a 22"er the other evening. As I said earlier, fishing is beginning to take off and I look forward to the coming season. Good Fishing, MarkB This is my wife's best walleye for the day. She wanted me to say that, although it may look like it, she DOESN'T have "man hands" The second picture is my best for the day.
  25. If you were going to fish for bass...which lake would you go to? Wabedo or Little Boy. Thanks for any replies.
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