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20 Days - Park Rapids - Bottle Lake!! cool

My kids (and I) have been counting for quite some time, but my brother's wedding is finally completed (yesterday), so now we can focus on vacation!!

Any reports from Bottle??

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It's been alright, decent fish going. Walleye are still falling for minnows, but some darn nice fish are being caught on leeches and crawlers too. 16 feet.

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Jpaulson: Are you staying on Bottle too?

Jason: Thanks for the reply. I'll be fishing hard, so I hope I can give some good reports when I get back. If you happen to head over to Bottle the week of July 5-12, look me up. Staying at Home Bay, cabin #6. I'll be fishing out of a blue Alumacraft Magnum 175 CS or Tournament Pro 175 (father-in-laws).

Jonah: Still working at Northern Bait?

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Our family will be on Long Lake June 28-July 3. Walleye fishing has been good in the Glenwood area but we like to spend some time in the Northwoods!

Skis, I see you still have the Magnum 175 CS. Still love mine!

Brian

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I will be on fish hook but will also be fishing Mantrap, Potato, and possibly long or a crow.

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Hey Brian. Long time no talk. Yeah, still have the Magnum, although I have a person who may be interested in buying it from me (I didn't have it for sale but was approached :)) I guess if I get what I want for it, I'll sell it and upgrade smile

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Good morning Dan. Yes, It has been a while. We are looking forward to our trip next week to Long. The walleye fishing should be good. Its been 3 years since I have been there but the old spots should still produce. I also had a guy want to buy my Magnum. Even went to the boat show to price out a couple of boats. But I have a daughter in college, another about to start, and with the price of new boats I passed. The Magnum is paid off and just finished the truck payments so all I have left is the house! smile

Good luck fishing on your vacation.

Brian

P.S. Hope you were not affected by all the flooding.

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Jason: Offer stands. If you would like a day of not guiding grin and just drown some bait and swap some fish stories, I'll be at Home Bay. Coming up Friday now (our cabins weren't rented out) and going back home Saturday the 12th.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Well I'm back from my 8 days up north and thought I'd report on the fishing. Considering the weather, I was Ok with how we faired. Several fronts and rain.

Anyhow we caught some walleyes and some northerns along with those pesky perch. Father-in-law caught the big walleye (and his only walleye) of the week (25"). I had 2 at 21".

My son didn't have such an enjoyabale time, going 0-for on the walleye side and only catching 2 northerns, so he was pretty bummed.

Thought about pulling out and hitting Big Sand, but decided not to. Anyone go to Big Sand this past week?

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