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Bison9

What a great weekend!

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Hey all, my buddy and I went to Jewett again this past weekend and weren't let down again... The new LCX 28C HD got us on a sweet midlake hump. We caught perch all day long on Saturday on top of this hump in about 17 ft of water on minnows and deadsticks. Then in the afternoon I decided to explore the edges of the hump and went to one hole where it was 22 ft. I pulled out a nice 16 incher on the glow red angel eye and a minnow head. I then moved into a 36 ft hole off the hump and had another 16 -17 incher on at the hole but he got off... This is just like Mille Lacs where they are near the humps during the day and on the humps in the evening/night hours. We also had a hit on a smelt as well but he dropped it. Would have been nice to get him up the hole too (are smelt illegal to use in MN by the way? They are now illegal to use in WI if I'm not mistaken)!By the end of the day we kept 3 eyes and a pile of decent sized perch and had them for lunch yesterday! Sweet! It is amazing how much easier it is to find you're way around with a Navionics chip! We would have searched all day to find that thing had we not had the LCX... Sweet!

On Sunday we tried small ice jigs and three (yes three!) waxworms and it seems the perch we caught were bigger in size. Interesting that it took 3 waxworms to make the fish we caught bigger!?!

Oh yeah, forgot to mention, while catchin eyes in the sleeper, we watched the Pack pull in a Playoff win. Yes!!

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stezoman

Sounds like a blast. I've used smelt in Minnesota lots of times. All the MN regs say is you can't use game fish or game fish parts for bait. They also define minnows as any member of the minnow family. That's always lead me to believe that smelt are ok. Until the brown-shirts tell me otherwise, that's my story and I'm stickin' to it.

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Rooster7

We always use smelt for Pike up on LOW. Had game wardens check the rigs and they have never said anything about it being illegal.

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DEADhead

smelt are still legal bait in MN, as far as I know

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