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2izm

Phalen, Keller, and Gervais Lakes

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Has anybody tried Phalen or Keller or Gervais?

I haven't tried Keller or Gervais this winter yet, but will probably check it out even though I already know in my gut that Keller will not produce anything worthy of talking about and as for Gervais - maybe a few walleyes in the keepable size here and there.

As for Phalen - that lake has been so hard to fish this winter. I literally fished the whole entire lake a few days ago - walked and pulled my sled from the north end to the south end and everything in between. I caught some nice perches in the 8 to 10 inch slot and some nice pikes in the 25 to 35 inch slot, including a few keeper walleyes near the center of the lake and I caught all of these fishes during the Day! Unbelievable! However, I'm not a truck so all the walking while towing became too much. Not going to try that again for a long time. It was a good work out though.

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shizzy

I was checking out Gervais today. seems they close the beach/ park area every winter. I havent found any place to park Aside from the boat launch that would get me close to twhere I want to be. Since I dont have a Snowmobile, I really dont want to walk from spoon all the way to the north end of the lake pulling my sled full of gear.

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Jethro80

I agree shizzy. Ever since they remodeled the beach house and park they have been throwing them boulders in the way. I won't fish it till I get a wheeler

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    • Reid Saarela
      28.5, but the fattest walleye we’ve seen. My dad and I both agreed it was a bigger fish than my 30 last summer. Wish we would have weighed it but I would rather have the fish swim off healthy! 
    • delcecchi
      I don't confront people on the water about what they do.  Expressing an opinion in general is fine.  Getting up in people's face is different, as I hope you agree.
    • IceHawk
      That's awesome Don. Very creative and looks like fun. 
    • Wanderer
    • delcecchi
      Gotta be careful to keep the holier than thou attitude under control whatever you decide to do. After all not much difference between bass, northern (looking at you harpooners), walleye, even gills.
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      I have eaten quite a few small mouth bass from Vermilion and a few large mouth bass from other lakes. The smaller small mouth are not bad table fare! The larger fish taste like mud to me! All large mouth taste like mud to me!!😛 If you were to suggest to these fishermen that eating the smaller fish will make a much tastier meal, not to mention a much safer meal because of the contaminant level in larger fish, that may make a difference in what they decide to keep.????  But as you said, they can legally keep them of all sizes. The DNR approach of a size limit would be best! Cliff  
    • Harry Goodliffe
      a sign that ASKS people to selective harvest, releasing the bigger fish to keep those better fish genes in the population if you keep fish eat smaller fish...the old bill dance quote "limit your kill not kill your limit.... catch what you can use and release the rest to fight another day"
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      Nice walleye Reid! How big? Cliff
    • Wanderer
      I respect your conservation minded approach but trying to TELL people not to keep those fish will just get you more of the same response you already got.  I also agree <15 inch bass are better keepers.  I keep a few myself each year and rarely keep anything over 16, preferring 12’s for the table. I’ve been a bass tournament angler in the past and have also promoted staunch C&R, much like the modern muskie culture, but have grown wiser with age.  I still target bass quite a bit just because they’re fun! On a 300 acre lake I agree a small group of anglers can and will have an impact with constant return visits to harvest large fish but the only two things you can do about it is, 1) As mentioned, lobby the DNR for protected slots, and 2) When people are happy to show you their catch, congratulate them and mention you like bass too but find the smaller sized fish much better table fare.  And maybe that you also fell releasing the mature fish keeps reproduction up to sustain a quality fishery.  And be nice about it.  Once you turn people off they’ll stop hearing you. That’s about all I have for ya.  Good luck.
    • Reid Saarela
      Bite was OK for us this weekend. Marked tons of fish but they only seemed to bite in small feeding windows due to abundance of mayfly larva down there. When they decided bite, they were inhaling our leeches though.  Rocks next to mud was best for us. Highlight of the weekend was walleye pictured below.