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My Wife and I are heading up for the first time in the middle of August for our Anniversary. Was wondering if anyone has fished this lake and what species should I spend most of time looking for. Also any general areas to start at would be helpful also.

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Neiko:

I'm guessing you may be staying at one of the two resorts on the lake ... right? They can probably guide you to the best spots at that time. I've spent a few trips on the lake over the past few years and can give you some suggested spots. If you have an email address, let me know and I'll send you a map with some locations.

I was there a couple weeks ago and, for the first time ever, we caught a couple white suckers. We also got a few walleyes, but we'd never got suckers there before. You can often see suckers slapping the surface ... but in 7 years of fishing there this was my first year to see one in the boat. Coincidently, we've been catching fewer walleyes than ever before. I can't help but wonder if the fish population is going through a cycle. Either way, it's a great place to visit and can be excellent fishing. South or West winds at about 10 mph (or more if you can handle it) were always the best.

The lake also holds some nice smallmouth bass, but they're difficult to target ... just need to get lucky sometimes. And some pike are there but I've never searched for them.

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YOPPDK, I would really appreciate the help. I seem to have difficulties catching fish when my wife is with me so I could use all the help I can get especially on a new lake. My email is neiko1967 a t yahoo dot com.

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I hit Big last June during two camping trips. Walleyes were small but we got enough for a few shore lunches. Smalmouth are present and I hear they're large; I never caught any.

I don't know how August will be but it's a scenic lake and you'll probably hear wolves (which I now isn't that big of a deal for those who live up there but for me it's pretty cool). If the campsites are open land your boat and do some exploring and/or have a shore lunch.

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We usually do the best pulling spinner rigs during the day and then casting rapalas at the shorelines the last hour of light. I don't know why but orange has always been by far the best color for us.

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yoppdk, I still have not recieved the email. Can you please try again?

Thanks

Neiko

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Neiko:

We go there about every other year. As some has stated, the fishing for walleye's has slowed up for some reason or the other, but you still should be able to have a few for an evening meal once or twice if you put a little time and effort into it.

The evening bite seems to always be better than the morning for us. We usually troll wallydivers near structure until we locate active fish than vertical jig once we find them. Orange is a constant color to use as is chartruece green in jigs.

Big is a very scenic lake and what is nice is not alot of boat traffic, you should be able to find some spots with little pressure in the way of others. Nice and remote as far as a drive in lake goes.

Need more detail on starting spots, let me know and I will e-mail you a few. wink

Farmer

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Neiko - I resent the email ... cannot explain where the first one ended up as I sent it to the address you mentioned ... anyway, check again. Sorry for the hang up ...

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I am heading up next weekend and was wondering if anyone could give me a report? I was thinking of trying Gulp Alive Minnows or do you think leeches would be better?

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Neiko, I'd bring both and let the walleyes decide. Haven't heard any current reports, though.

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