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Oddly enough, I have had several requests for chasing late summer bull 'gills. This is something I don't often "dabble in", so I have had to get out of my comfort zone lately. smirk.gif Over the course of the past 2 weeks, I focused solely on pan fish and let me tell you, for quantity and quality, it has been tough to beat. About the only difference from my report titled "Change of Scenery" last week is that I have been fishing with my wife and daughter and people from Chicago, rather than customers from surrounding communities, etc. grin.gif Oh, and the location of the fish has changed just a touch too.

These past few days, the bigger 'gills have been riding right along a sand to mud transition in 4 - 6' but still remain "nose on the bottom". They have vanished from the cover and are now more into roaming in and out of the feed that is readily available to them. But, when a school comes through, you better be ready. I had 3 people in my boat today and for the better part of 90 minutes, I didn't do anything but take fish off and re-bait. Small jigs with a touch of orange tipped with a wax worm under a float has been the ticket. The school of fish I have been concentrating on are feeding on small perch, so color is very important but not as important as making sure your presentation is right on the bottom. If it's crappies you're after, they have been in the same areas but suspended off the bottom of the first break in 10' of water about 5' off the bottom. Enjoy a few recent photos of some of the better fish come to the boat. I could have taken pictures all day today. grin.gif

A smile on the faces of a mom and her son. grin.gif

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Both of these "dirtied" up the 9.5" mark on my Hawg Trough.

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My wife and daughter have been a big help when it comes to scouting. smile.gif

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My daughter took this one "all by herself". blush.gif

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Back to walleye fishing mid-week. I just can't take it anymore. Ha!

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MinnesotaMongo

I don't know if anyone has told you this in awhile, but you really give out some great information.

Thank you.

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brath

I agree, your information is awesome however there are over 10,000 lakes in Minnesota. What Lake are you catching these sunnies on?

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Team Otter

Thanks for the compliments guys. As for the lake, the search is most of the fun but I can tell you it's in South Central MN.

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yamydude

T.O. i know where you were i just happened to pass you that morning on the road very close to that lake and i thought to my self i bet i will see a post on this day i was kind of hoping that you would have been fishing walleyes not sunnies i have not been out there for a while and was thinking about trying there soon so i guess i will have to figure it out the hard way im heading out there this morning

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Team Otter

The walleye fishing was really good in there ~2 weeks ago but has since tapered to a slow crawl.

How did it go?

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yamydude

The walleyes did not want to play at all i found that the sheephead were active and got a nice bucketmouth when i tryed crank baits only fished for 2 1/2 hours the lake was starting to get busy so i left.

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Team Otter

When isn't it busy... confused.gif

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    • Cliff Wagenbach
      I agree with the others Tommy! I always enjoy your bits of wisdom and humor! Cliff
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      They are all coming in from the main lake. Cliff
    • FishinCT
      We used to camp on hinsdale all the time. There is one spot on the south shore closer to the east end we stayed almost every time. It's got a big rock outcrop on a small point that slopes down to the water. The picnic table and fire ring are in the open up top. Wide open space and a good breeze will keep the bugs off you. Tent site is fairly hidden. That's the best spot we ever found. Only downside is boat parking. I remember tying up on a log off the the side so probably the same site mentioned earlier.  We stayed there a ton when I was younger and never had any bear encounters, but the bear boxes are there for a reason!
    • meerkat
      I always wondered,  are the walleyes coming over the dam?   or are they swimming in from Pike?
    • Slopfishin
      Why delete your post?  I actually enjoyed reading that story. Seeing stories like yours is half the reason I like checking out this site (I like to check out all the different lake boards on fishingminnesota). 
    • delcecchi
      Hey, we need a little color and humor and Musky Tom does it best.  
    • TomWehler
      Good info to me even. Cliff you can delete my story n junk. Most people don’t know me round here anymore n for sure the humor of life is of no interest. Under stand only want the facts mama. Just the facts. 😎 I endeavor to persevere.  Beef!   
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      The ice on the Pike River between the dam and the lake is opening up fast! Should be wide open in a couple of days at the present rate of melt! The DNR will be trapping walleyes soon!!!  The walleyes are already starting to move in! Pike Bay ice is  also starting to deteriorate quickly! Finally starting to look like we may get some open water for the fishing opener! Cliff 
    • chucker1101
      These aren't campsites to bring your Ranger fiberglass or decked-out Lund into. They're better fitted for smaller 14-16 ft alum boats, something you can drag on shore. Though i'm sure you can figure out how to secure something bigger. Cliff is right, most have sandy/pebble shorelines to pull a smaller boat onto. Almost all of them are well-protected from the prevailing WSW wind. You're gonna get wakes rolling into shore from passing boats, though, as it's a pretty well traveled section of the lake.
    • brrrr
      I camped at a couple sites a few years ago.  no docks, but most of the sites had a half way decent place to put the boat in.  one had a decent log to tie to.  another I threw a couple anchors out back and was able to tie off to a couple trees to keep the boat close yet off the rocks.