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Jason Boser

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Jason Boser

The weather plays such a key role whether or not we can get out on the water, or the ice, and this last week was a typical element of the last statement. Ten days ago the weather was almost balmy on Big Winnie and there were all kinds of anglers trying their luck. The perch were cooperating, Big Cutfoot had several crappie fisherman, and late in the day walleye anglers were hurrying to their favorite hump or bar. Then things changed last Monday night and man did they change . Thirty to forty mph winds and a severe drop in temperatures, made for a tough bite again for a couple days. The areas about a mile off Stony point, along the edges of Third River Bar were producing perch in 22-28 feet of water, but you had to keep moving to stay with the perch. Some of the deeper humps 1-2 miles N/E of Ravens were also doing pretty good, but mobility again was the key.Tamarack Bay is still giving lots of perch, but sorting to get a limit is the norm. The action is definitely worth the effort. On the South side of Big Winnie give Moses, Horseshoe, and the outside edge of Sugar Bar a try for jumbo perch. The Forage Minnow Spoon is still the bait of choice with either chub head, or a couple of waxies, or 3-4 euro larvae. I'm kind of partial to the red ones!!! When the action picks up some of the good anglers are trying pieces of the Gulp Alive(minnow) on the treble and having pretty good success. The weather will only continue to get better as the weeks wear on. If you will be in Duluth from the 13th to the 17th, stop and see me at the Duluth Sport and Travel Show. Don't forget to book your guide trip for the 2008 season at http://www.mnfishingpros.com.

Tom Neustrom

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Mr. Papermouth

Hey Jason, Thanks for the tips! I am going up to winnie the weekend of the 15th to stay in the BIG sleeper at Rick and Kim's. I look forward to some decent fishing, Myself , my 3 younger brothers and my boy! Will conside your tips when trying to put supper in the skillet!! Thanks Ron

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wingnut38

fished out of highbanks yesterday. went out to the humps and managed 30 keeper perch, 6 walleyes and a northern for 3 guys. lots of lookers on the vex, so we dropped the camera and all the little perch would just come up to the fathead and sniff it. the bigger perch would come up and nail it on the way down. caught most of the fish in 20-22 ft. tried deeper with not much luck. picked a few in 28-34 ft range. we also didn't have much luck with just the heads. they wanted the whole fathead and they wanted it jigged. nothing on deadsticks. all in all it was a decent day on the lake. done better and done worse.

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    • Borch
      Sounds like a blast!  My time has shifted to turkey hynting prep.  So it looks like I'm done despite good ice conditions.  But I'm a bit jealous of you all.
    • smurfy
      One thing I'd like to add, they live about 2 miles north of remer on hwy 6.
    • Brandon Klatt
      Went up to Knife lake today to see if i could find some slab crappies. After drilling countless holes and only 1 crappie to show for it was thinking about packing it in. Then i notice a mark 1ft under the ice, bam a nice 12in slab. fished 2:45-8pm, bite was good 6:30-8.  Caught a good amount of crappies, key was to be 6-8ft of water and most fish were 1-4ft down. All crappies were released, with how hard this lake gets its nice to see there's still slabs in there and wish the DNR would put a 5 crappie limit on the lake, even down to 3 would be great. 
    • leech~~
      I think Duff has been hacked? He's replying to posts over a year old now?
    • smurfy
      You might be fighting for room with all the geese ducks and swans!!
    • smurfy
      Gobsmacked?!!
    • smurfy
      Check out weezie outdoors. They guide bear, and all kind of things. I know they hunt Winnie for ducks. They also supply a dog if needed. They also do fish guiding. They have a website also.
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      We always called them wing-dings! I also learned that trick on LOW. Very tasty!! Cliff
    • phishslayer
      Anyone know how the lakes are doing in the Madison Lake area? Still fishable? Ice pulling away from shore yet?
    • biff
      The big storm last weekend blew a lot of ice into shore around the park point area...the south pier was closed again and there is ice piled up around the pier...not good for the coho fishing off the pier and not good for the smelting off the point. At least the weather is going to be in the 50's for awhile it looks like.