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srj

Nice report Hoey. Had a fair day today. The water is staying crazy cold....48 on the Canada side and 45 up north but in U.S. waters. A decent bite up north but deep-28 - 31 feet. Nice fish including some jumbo saugers. A bit odd...the fish wanted a little movement. Sloe boat movement worked better than anchored. Even a obviously lost crappie! Forecast is not looking great for Memorial weekend, Hope the wind isn't a big factor.

Good luck

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ifishwalleye

I went out after the wind died down. Caught 23 with a mix of eyes and saugers.  12 to 15”   With no slots. Fished 12 to 27’. 

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DJ_Slick

Saturday 5/25 we caught fish early while the wind was blowing and the drizzle was passing in about 21 FOW near Zippel.  One slot fish, a few nice keepers, a few more small keepers, lots of dinks and misses.  One was about as big as the shiner it was caught on.  Dozens around 10-11".  The future looks bright after these little guys grow up.  Once the wind died, the fishing slowed dramatically.  Moved around the south shore in the afternoon, but had little luck anywhere.  Spent late afternoon off Pine Island in 16', got enough sporadic catches to fill out for the day.  On a day that was supposed to be cloudy with steady winds, got sunburnt in the afternoon with hardly a breath of wind...

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Hoey

The best bite of the year has to be occurring now and I'm not able to be there.  In 10 days I will be fishing again, Father's Day WE, can't wait.  This will be followed by high school friends WE.  And I just might spend 10 days straight at the cabin, rather than traveling home and returning a couple days later....

 

It has been about 10 days since we last fished, Memorial WE.  I spent 5 days at the cabin and two traveling.  Wind and rain held us back some during this trip.  We did quite a bit of scouting and looking around for fish, generally away from other boats.  When we did find them, the bite was good, fish where healthy, and we'd be done within a couple hours or so.  No real secrets, plated gold, painted yellow, green, gumball jigs and fat heads, working them vertically.  Shallows and mid-depth areas and structure were holding some fish that were not taking the baits.  The winds were mostly from the east.  Most success was deeper edges off the reefs, later in the day.  

 

Got my list of supplies updated and putting together a list of to-do's for 4 days.  The spinner bait bite is just around the corner.  

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Ten point

We caught 19 slot fish today biggest 27 1/2 several in the 23 to 24 inch size. All we're caught on leeches and crawlers and hammered gold spinners.Plus we had a limit of nice fish for 2 guys.

 

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ifishwalleye

How deep were you finding them?

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Ten point

,We caught 19 slot fish today biggest 27 1/2 several in the 23 to 24 inch size. All we're caught on leeches and crawlers and hammered gold spinners.Plus we had a limit of nice fish for 2 guys.

From 18 to 26 feet

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Ten point

Some of our slot fish came out of 28 & 29 feet

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Ten point

Fished yesterday and today yesterday 12 slot fish with a 29-28-26 1/2 several around 23&24 a limit for of nice fish. Today 11 slot fish 28-27 1/2-27-26 all fish today we're released all reef's held some fish some we're better than others

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Hoey

I spent the past 11 days at my cabin, fished 8 of those days and got some projects completed.  Fished Father's Day weekend with my FIL, 2-BILs, and my son, then High School friends this past weekend.  Both groups went home with limits with plenty of fish to eat during our stay. 

 

Yes the bite was tough.  We moved around a lot and did what the weather allowed.  No real patterns, depths, colors, baits, or presentations.  Just put in time looking for them.  I'd say the bite was OK/good, a 5 out of a possible 10.  Some days slot fish were the rule.  My biggest was 29.5.  Some of the fish are already very fat, while others seemed to be on the slimmer side yet.  

 

One day both the Coast Guard and the CO where working an area we were fishing.  Seemed like the CO found issues with 2 out of every 3 boats checked.  The CG seemed to find issues with 1 out of every 4 or so - ended their day escorting a charter boat back to the Rainy direction.  Sounded like they were working the NW Angle this past week.  We were ready, but did not get checked.  

 

I will be up with my wife the week of the 4th, arriving Monday or Tuesday and heading back on Saturday to avoid the traffic.  

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srj

Nice report as usual, Hoey.

We are fishing Wed and Thurs. Sounds like it will be ugly hot coming up. Hopefully, the fish will finally get into their summer patterns.

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going4it

Any tips on smallies up there? First time coming up. 

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Hoey
14 hours ago, going4it said:

Any tips on smallies up there? First time coming up.

I do not target smallies, but I do run across them when fishing shallow, rocky areas, typically along the shore and back in the small bays.  The ones we have caught were nice and strong, running from 19 to 21 inches.  Good Luck.

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ifishwalleye

I’m heading up this weekend and looking for a fresh report 

 

Thanks!

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srj

Hot bite in the mud at 32" on the east side Wednesday. Also a few on the rocks but not the number of fish on the rocks that I would expect this time of year. Mayfly larva seems to be the food of choice based on the amount of ugly brown stuff on the carpet. It was the first time this year I have seen the basin fish up off the bottom a ways and they were really banging the jigs. I thought leadcore would work really well on those fish but they thought otherwise.

Thursday we found a few fish on the rocks up north but again not big numbers. Hardly anyone fishing Knight/Bridges humps but a fair sized pack west a ways in the mud. Also hardly saw any fish off the bottom in the mud but they were still willing biters. A bit of a strange year. Still think the hot spell now here and the mayfly hatch will change things a bunch.

Good luck.

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Hoey

Just getting back from our Independence Day week at the cabin.  We traveled on Tuesday and found the traffic to be manageable.  Passing Millie Lacs, it was odd that the lake was blanketed by a cloud that looked smokey, more brown than white, but the air did not smell smoky. 

 

Worked on cabin projects everyday and got out fishing just about everyday, even if it was only for 3 or 4 hours.  Weather was awesome.  On Friday morning we woke up to a smoke cloud.  It smelled smokey.  At first thought there was a nearby fire only to hear that wild fires north of Kenora, up by Red Lake, Ontario were the source.  So interesting sun-sets.  This one from Saturday.

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This one from Sunday after the smoke started clearing out.

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For fishing, we found fish in a variety of locations including the south and north shores, active fish seemed to be along long sandy bottom breaks, 14 to 19 feet.  Found some nice ones on top of reefs jigging as well as along sloping sides of the reefs with crawlers and spinners.  Some folks we talked to had a tough bite, while others we doing quite well, such as Fiskyknut.  

 

We traveled back on Monday to avoid the traffic and that was a good choice.  Next trip in a couple of weeks.  

 

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slammer

We fished over the 4th also. Thurs/Fri/Sat.  Tried down rigging Thurs but couldn’t get anything going.  Pulled spinners/crawlers around long point and did pretty good. Found fish in 18-20 ft and also out in 30.  No big ones but steady action.  Friday went north to garden.  Fished the southern tip of  starren shoal with jigs/shiner.  Morning bite was fantastic for about 2 1/2 hours in 32 ft. 7 slots in that time and good keepers in the 15-17 range.  Action stopped about 11 so we went back to spinners and trolled the East side of starren almost to shore till we got to about 12 ft.  Caught fish in all depths from 30 up to 12.  Bigger fish were deeper.  Sat was a repeat of Fri except not as many slots.  The smoke was weird because you couldn’t see anything.  You had to be within a mile or so to see land or boats.

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Hoey

A quick update seems to be in order.  Over the past month I have fished 6 days or so on 3 trips.  Finding fish that are biting has been the key, remember the fish have tails, and they use them and they do not eat everyday.  Some days near reefs, others out in the middle mud, and others along shore breaks.  Some days there are high percentage of slots and others with barely any.  Along the shore breaks there is a nice mix of perch to be caught as well and they are still kicking out crayfish that are molting. 

 

I am not a down-rigger/long-liner unless i have to.  At this time of year we mostly troll at .8 to 1.0 mph, dependent upon the current, with spinners, 1.5 to 2 ounce bottom-bouncers, and full crawlers. 

 

We have had some success raising our lines for the high-flyers, those fish hovering off the bottom.  I had one nice mark, a high flyer up 7 feet, i raised my line up, felt the bite, began raising my rod tip more and cranking, but the fish was so strong, i was fully extended had little to no leverage and , it slammed my rod against the side of the boat and shook off.  It was easily a 30-plus incher. 

 

The next trip looks to be Labor Day weekend and the World Ploughing Contest near Baudette.  Here is a couple photos of our catches.

 

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srj

Still a good bite on the rocks, just fewer humps having fish. Takes some searching to find a group. However, the fish still on the rocks are biters...and some big ones. I've been spending part of each day pulling cranks with lead core or flat lining and that is putting lots of fish in the boat also. I'm not seeing the huge schools in the mud anymore, just pods here and there but very fishable. Also catching some jigging. The water is amazingly cool still...below 70 every morning off the south shore. It has been a while since so many fish have been hanging within a few miles of the south shore. Boats are scattered over a huge area from around 28 feet and out. Sure nice not having to make long runs all the time. Fall fishing could be terrific this year with all the fish still on the south side. Forgot to mention the lack of algae blooms. Can't remember a year without major blooms by mid August.

Good luck

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DJ_Slick

Labor Day weekend was sloooooow.  Drifting or trolling spinners, anchored and jigging, down riggers, it didn't seem to matter.  Lockjaw was in full effect, and heard many similar reports from all over the lake.  We tried everything from 5-34 feet, over sand, mud, and rocks.  Drifting spinners in the deep mud was most productive for us, but that isn't saying much.  Wife and I ended up with 5 eaters, one 29", and a half dozen dinks over two full days all over the lake.  It seems they must have loosened up though, as I heard of two 29's and more eaters caught on Monday after we left for home.

Marked tons of baitfish outside the gap in 27' (one cloud was so dense it tricked the depth finder to 14') but nothing underneath them would bite.  Most of the boats outside the gap were hanging around 30', but we never saw much action (and we had none).  Launches were scattered here, there, and everywhere.

Water temp was 65-ish both days.  Water coming through the gap was dirty, but you could get out of it into clean water without having to go too far.  Early goose season is open, and there were hunters on the lake side of Pine Island.

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Hoey

DJ - We were seeing and hearing the same, but not experiencing the same.  We fished the shoreline breaks, worked to find those active and ended up with impressive catches.  Ended up with a meal and a traveling limit of 16 to 19 inchers with a few perch and sauger as well.  Yes - not a hot and heavy bite, but more slow and steady, not many doubles, but one every 15 to 20 minutes or so.  We fished for 4 hours on Friday along with a trip to the ploughing contest.  19 foot was the best.  Saturday we ended up targeting 21 to 24 foot and on Sunday, 17 foot.  The fish were fat and strong, and were full of perch minnows and larvae, not crayfish as they were a month ago.  Next trip in a couple of weeks.  

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