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A little off topic but I am going to be up at the cabin over the 4th and was wondering if theFloatilla is work checking out. Do we need to get there early? We are all a bunch of twentysomethings so we are easily amused. Is there a place to watch any fireworks from the boat? Mckinely Park? Planning on fishing the rest of the weekend, hopefully the mayfly hatch is over with.

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The flotila is a yearly event that has kind of turned into a boat based water fight with lots of water balloons and the sort. Fireworks can be seen all around the lake but Big bay afford a nice view of Tower/Soudans display. Head of the Lakes Bay afford a view of the Cook ends display put on by the Hill family. I don't know if that is on for this year or not. Someone from that end will have to chime in.

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The Hills are doing their fireworks on Saturday this year

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The May fly hatch will probably be peaking around the 4th of July weekend.:(

Cliff

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I was just thinking about that and then there it was Cliff was already on top of it... I will be home probably the 1st-6th and need to catch walleyes very... very badly its eating my brain away and i have been forced to follow FLW tournaments and read walleye info all day long at work.. Cliff do you think the late spring/cooler water temps than usual will still put the may flys in their same hatching period? I would be totally fine with them hatching maybe on the 12th or something... what do you think?

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Could someone please provide insight into the Floatilla? What time and where does it usually take place? I understand there are water balloons involved? I have three young kids under 12 and we are looking forward to seeing the activities.

Thanks

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smirk The floatilla is scheduled for Sat. July 5th at Bay View Lodge. They are having a DJ, prizes and food. You can either watch from shore or out on the Lake. Sounds like fun!!!!
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Sorry for being ignorant but what is all this floatilla and about water balloons. have never been before. Can someone tell me what the "activities" are and when they take place.

CJ

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The flotilla starts at noon. I also read in the local newspaper that the Hills foreworks is cancelled this year due to unforseen circumstances.

Jeff

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Here is a basic summary of the Flotilla. A couple boats are decorated up...most everyone else is involved in the huge water fight. You will see some pretty good ideas for getting people wet.

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yeah IMO, this thing got out of control a long time ago.

Why don't they just call it the Fourth of July Water Wars?

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Id say there are a couple hundred people with the boats on the water and the people in bayview. Big water fight on the water between the boats and the occasional pontoon with fire hoses and a pump...Watch out for them!!! I have gone for a couple years its a pretty good time not so much if you dont like geting wet though.

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This might be a dumb question but is it on the 4th or Saturady. Which nightspot on the east end will be the best this weekend as for as bands go,and also make it so I cant get guys fishing untill 900am. Bayview, VC, Sportsman.

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It is on saturday.Id say Bayview it gets really fun there in the evening if the weather is good. VC is good to but not sure whats going on there. Never really been to the Sportsman during the floatila so have nothing for you there.

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who cleans up the water balloons?

Fantastic question? What happens to all that balloon debris that sinks to the bottom of the lake?

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yeah no kidding......wonder how many fish try to digest them.

"what a mess"

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good old days in tower has three bands on friday night and one on saturday night. Stop in for breakfast in the morning and say hi to carol and Carrie, best breakfast in tower.

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who cleans up the water balloons?

just the bass, walleye are are to smart to eat rubber grin

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yeah yeah, those black and gold carp are probably full of balloons,aa batteries, and cigg butts!

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