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From June 20th to the 27th I'll be staying at Camp Narrows in Northwest Bay. I would appreciate if you can give me some advice on the bass and walleye fishing in this area. Have the bass spawned? Are the walleyes relating to island points and drop offs or have you found them on reefs? How is the water level compared to this time last year. Thanks for your help.

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Smallies have not yet spawned. We can't get any consistent weather to warm things up. Water temps on the main lake are only 3 degree higher than they were three weeks ago. Water levels are way up too...over two feet high to be exact.

As for the fishing, walleyes should be relating to weed edges, points or shallow rock piles. Look for a majority of you fish to be in 6-16 feet of water.

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Will be stopping by at One Stop on Tuesday. Bringing my wife and grand daughters for our first Rainy trip of the year. Thanx, for your update. Hope you are there on Tuesday. Camping out at Sobeleski Bay, or, Krantz if we can!

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Unfortunately I will not be in on Tuesday. That is my day off. If you have any questions for me I will be happy to answer them via the forum or at [email protected]

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Like2fish

Being you're staying at Camp Narrows, you'll be within a mile or two of some pretty good walleye fishing territory. I'd work the structure as TL said. Stay mobile and keep searching out spots until you find them. I believe the owners are Tom and Eric (??) and I'm sure they'll point you in the right direction if you ask.

Sounds like there'll be some other FMers up in the area that week as well. Feel free to give us your report when you get back. Only problem for me is.....I'll be on my way up when you return and won't be able to read any current reports. grin

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Like2Fish,

We will be at Labelle's the same time as you, I talked to a group that went up last week, they left on Thursday (early) because of the weather, they didn't have a very good week mainly because of the weather. It looks like the weather is going to settle down, so hopefully fishing will pick up.

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RainyPro,

I'll be in a white Ranger 619 with an Evinrude on the back. Stop by and say hi if you see us on the water.

Last year we did most of our fishing west and north of camp narrows. We spent alot of time in Alexandria Bay fishing for smallmouth. We did some fishing, mostly walleye in NWB around some of the islands near camp. We did catch a few pike last year while bass fishing. Good luck to you and eyepatrol. I hope the weather starts to turn for the better now.

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Like2Fish,

I'll be in a gray Lund with a 100hp Mercury. I'll look for you. We have fished NW bay for close to 20 years. I might give you a spot or two. Depends on what you have to trade :-)

The long range forecast for Rainy looks good for next week.

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RainyPro,

Trade.............how about a few jigheads. smile

We will launch from the ramp by Labelle's sometime Friday morning. See you on the water.

Like2Fish

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Like2Fish,

Beer is much more valuable!!

We will get to camp Friday night.

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We're going to be at LaBelle's 21-27 in cabin 6 and one of the rooms attached to the main lodge. Four Bass Boats from TN. Our fourth year making the trip. We fis Alexandria, Ash and Browns. Last year our biggest Pike was 10 lbs 6oz, the biggest Smallmouth was 3 lb 6oz and Walleye (which committed susicide) was 5lb 5oz. Being Bass fishermen we probably do things a little different. I did GREAT last year on buzzbaits, both Pike and Smallmouth.

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Rick,

Do you leave on the 27th or the 28th? What time you usually hit the road by and do you cross at International Falls?

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We usually arrive on Saturday around noon. Have lunch at the Shore Lunch in IF and then cross into Canada with no problems. We will leave LaBelle's Saturday 6/28 at about 4:30 AM and cross the border again with no delays. Usually a maximum of one vehicle in front of us in years past at that time of the morning.

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Oh geez! That's way before we'll be on the road to cross the border. I'm sure I'll be awake lying in bed at the Falls Motel by then, but not up and at'em. tired

Just thought I'd ask in case you were crossing near the same time we're crossing. Would have kept an eye out for ya with my arm out the window. grin

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Appreciate the thought. We just hate to sit and wait to cross, so we an EARLY start.

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I hear ya! And you do the drive home in one day too, right? I know you've got a long trip both ways!

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We take two days coming up (first night in Eau Claire, WI) and two days goig back (stop in Champaign, IL) One of our group drives it stright through on the homebound leg (abiut 20 hours). He's young and wants to get home to the kids.

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TN Rick,

We were up at camp narrows this same time last year. I remember a number of mornings a string of boats heading west of camp narrows. Perhaps it was you and your friends.

We didn't make it to ash bay last year. We fished ash and paddy bay about 15 years ago. We like to fish bass with tubes and spinnerbaits, jig and leach or crawler for walleyes. I'll be in a white ranger with full windshield and evinrude on the back. If you see us on the water stop by and say hello, there will be three of us in the boat.

Have a good and safe trip.

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L2F,

It probably was us heading through your area. We were there at the same time. I'll be in an older Gray Metal-Flake procraft with a black mercury. Feel free to say howdy as well.

We usually leave kinda early, so we'll try to be quiet when we go through the Narrows so you can sleep in.

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L2F,

Bud Light is perfect. There are lot's of times I'm out by camp narrows that a cold beer would go really hit the spot.

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