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Heading out to Big Birch later this week in search of some walleyes and wondering if anybody has had any luck? Is so, what has been the best, deep water or shallow and live bait or cranks?

Thanks in advance!!

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The Donk

Fished Big Birch on Sunday, we fished the north end and we fished mainly from 14-28 feet deep, caught small bass and sunfish nibbling our crawlers and one northern... nothing for walleyes, the surface temp was 76 degrees, and that may have the walleyes shut down for now. The in laws are renting a cabin for the week next week, has anyone been fishing the main (south) end of the lake? Would like a spot to catch a few for a shore dinner. I am asking for a spot, LOL, unlike others. email me or give some generals if you want, thanks. My email is on my page if you click on my name, smirk.gif

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The Donk

Nobody fishing Birch? OK, I guess I'll have to look for em myself. Will report on how the trip goes, hopefully the weather settles down a little. We will be up Wednesday thru Sunday; if anyone has a last minute tip wink.gif

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TR

I am also heading up to the cabin on Big Birch this weekend. I haven't been up in about a month but we did pretty decent on walleyes through the end of June and then they seemed to shut off. Donk do you fish the lake often? I have fished it pretty much all my life and love the lake. Sometimes it can be good sometimes not so good but usually I can do ok. Our cabin is in the southern basin and pretty much any of the mid lake structure I would bet would hold a few fish. I like to fish the islands pretty much right in the middle of the lake. This seems to be a pretty decent smallie spot as I seem to catch many of them out there while fishing live bait for eyes. According to my parents our neighbors have been catching crappies in 8-12 feet of water in the evening along various shorelines. Hope this helps and good luck!!

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The Donk

Thanks for the reply TR. I have fished it off and on my whole life as well, it used to be the lake to go to if you didn't want to go up and deal with the waves of Mille Lacs. My wifes family has a cabin on little Birch, so I have been fishing the two fairly regularly recently. I have a craving to catch some walleyes lately, and would love to catch a few. I'm sure I will be bass fishing during the day as well, there are some hogs in little birch so I'm sure there are in Big as well. Thanks for the hint on crappies, my father in law will be probably hunting for those. laugh.gif

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The Donk

Hey TR, the cabin we are renting is in the bay on the SE corner of the lake, you near there? Would be fun to share some reports this weekend...

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Borch

I talked to a neighbor this weekend and they got some nice eyes on spinners with crawlers as well as on shad raps. Sorry no other details.

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The Donk

Well, after 4 days of fishing out on Birch I am convinced the DNR should start stocking walleyes in there! We caught just 2 walleyes for the whole time fishing, confused.gif Some good sized largemouths and one HUGE smally... The night bite is non existent unless you want rock bass and bullheads. Oh well, I got the equipment wet.

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Musky_Madness

This lake is so overfished by all the locals. It's not suprising there's nothing in there anymore. If everyone could figure out the practice of catch and release and don't take your walleye limit every time you fish, there might be some left over. Word gets out that their biting on Birch lake and the whole county is out there fishing.

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spear foot 1

Hey musky I'm a local and I don't take my limits, becuz there probably isn't enough fish in the lake for a limit shocked.gif But seriously it's not just locals when people hear their is a bite they come from all over, just like people from here find out there is a bite some where else off they go. Some of you guys that fish birch have you noticed at all that the fish you do catch are not very heavy for there length. I haven't fished it since last winter but the fish I caught seemed very skinny for there size?? Maybe it was just from being winter?

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