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is th spring perch bite picking up yet? thinking about heading that way any info would be appreciated thanks..

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thrax

Perch bite was decent all winter, getting some real nice ones and this great weather lately helps, drill fish drill fish and you'll be able to hit them pretty good!! I prefer opening as many holes as I can reasonably drill in a good general area and keep hole hopping, if you don't have a keeper in a couple min, move to the next hole. Run through all the holes and if you get some nice keepers, repeat, if not, move.

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cbrooks

Good to hear the fishing been good for ya Brian. How about getting around the lake? Is it getting a little too slushy with all this warm weather?

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Matt Breuer

I can't speak for thrax, but I know that I got BURIED today taking the last rental off the lake. I also had to cancel my final rentals for the season, as the lake and access are in too bad of shape for me to have people out there. The slush and water are brutal. If you venture out, be careful...

As for the perch fishing, thrax is right, it's been lights out all season. Making a grid is the only way to search and destroy... wink

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cbrooks

Thanks for posting Matt. Might have to pan for a rainy river open water instead:)

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thrax

Yep, messy messy out there, glad to hear you got the shack off Matt, cause with todays rain and extra run off and more expected for days still, accesses are going really really fast. Good thing my "hot spot" is a casual walk from the landing, now I'll just have to remember to wear a dingy white outfit for camo so no one see's me over there!

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woodman

I may run over you then with the wheeler on Sunday! grin

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Roughneck19SC

We came off on Sunday and we were plowing water on the Northwest road. Nothin like drivin through 8"-10"-12" of standing water. I took some crazy pics of the truck ahead of us with water spraying higher than the truck box.

Good times. Can't wait to get back next year after the walleye season.

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troutned

Hey guys, I'm planning to be in the Bemidji area this weekend to do some bluegill fishing. I'm not too worried about access as I can walk to my fishing spot. My question is this: are you seeing or expecting the "toilet-bowl effect" on small lakes in the area? With all the warm rain, I'm a bit concerned as that can sure make it tough to detect a light bite while using a bobber the size of a miniature marshmallow! I'm sure you know what I mean. Any info would be most appreciated, and thanks in advance!

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cbrooks

I got to ask whats the "toilet bowl effect"?

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thrax

Toilet bowl effect - Drill a hole and have nothing but water draining off the ice into it like a perpetually flushing toilet. It really is no fun, unless you're measuring time it takes for an 8in hole to become a 12in hole, lol.

Stopped by Northwoods on the way home, thought about putting the truck on the ice, then thought maybe not. Its deteriorating very quickly. Woodmans wheeler should still be fine for a little bit, don't know how long, I just hope he doesn't run me over with it. Ahh I doubt it, I'm nimbler than I look, lol.

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woodman

The way it is raining out right now I may just have to fish in the driveway in the big house and drink BEER! grin

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Up North

The way it is raining out right now I may just have to fish in the driveway in the big house and drink BEER! grin

We stopped by the Northwoods landing earlier this evening and it didn't look too good. Hip boots or waders would be a good option at this point.

You may have to come over here tomorrow night, we can cook up some pizza's in the shop, drink a few brews and fish in some of our huge puddles. cool

Buck

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givemethatfish

a buddy has a 4 x 8 very light shack still out off north end, what is the driving conditions "truck"? i hope so because if not i got to go get it with the wheeler and im in alexandria not a fun drive. let me know what you think i dont want anything to do with this, my two shacks were off two weeks ago as i knew i didnt want to be knee deep,heck i already been out in the boat on the mighty mississippi. But i wouldnt leave a friend hanging if he needed the help.

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Bluegill1510

Can a guy still access the lakes by foot though? I've pretty much walked all winter to my fishing spots so its nothing new to me. Sounds like the best fishing is yet to come its just getting on.

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Quackaddict9

I believe its when the water is running down the hole and swirls like a flushing toliet constantly until water stops running down the hole.

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Up North

Can a guy still access the lakes by foot though? I've pretty much walked all winter to my fishing spots so its nothing new to me. Sounds like the best fishing is yet to come its just getting on.

I saw a guy drive a 3/4 ton Ford F250 out onto the ice from the Northwoods landing this morning. As far as walking, no problem other than getting wet as there's nothing but water and slush out there now. I gotta believe the ice is still okay, just getting out from the access that could be tricky if you have to drive out. Personally I'd just be too nervous driving out at this point with all the rain and warm weather we've gotten, I'd be okay with a wheeler.

Buck

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Bluegill1510

Ha well if thats the case, then there is at least 2 weeks if not 3 weeks left of late ice in the area for me by foot. If I had boat I'd be getting that rigged up and ready right now for either Rainy or right after ice out, then your ready and not scrambling in a couple of weeks. Plus who really wants to fish in a foot of water on top the ice right now, unless you really want fish that bad! I think once all this water seeps through the fishing is gonna get real good if the warm weather stays around!

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Matt Breuer

What a beautiful day in the Northcountry! We finally had a day with above forecasted temperatures and very little wind! I decided to take advantage and get out for my first local adventure of the year.

I spent the first few hours of the day driving around with my son checking shore spots and streams. Sucker fisherman are having some luck out there, but we didn't find any pannies in close for a good shore fishing adventure.

The 2nd part of the day was meant to be a family outing in the boat, but a play-date was scheduled and me and a couple of buddies hit the water while the wife and kid had fun back home. We fished for 2.5-3 hours trying to locate some active fish, and once we did it was lights out. We caught 3 limits, biggest being 14". It was a good day on the water enjoying some [PoorWordUsage]'ing, good fishing, and fantastic weather!

Fish were all suspended over 8-12' of water, with only 2 being caught in shallow. Flu-Flu's did the trick under a float. Water temps. were 50-52.

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Meat-Run

Matt,

nice fish and good report.

mr

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fisherdog19

Nice slab there. I may be up your way in the next couple weeks, maybe this time we can put something together and I can make it a work/fishing day.

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Matt Breuer

Peter, you've got my number, this time we'll make 'er happen!

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cbrooks

Do the public boat lauches have there docks in yet? Thanks in advance.

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Chris Haley

Bemidji does. The smaller lakes I've been to do not. Bring rubber boots to be safe.

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Matt Breuer

Thought I'd toss in an update...

Opener was great despite the flat calm bluebird conditions. We Jigged in 8-24' of water and found a nice pod that we stayed with all day. We caught roughly 100 fish between pike and walleyes. All of the walleyes were 17.5" plus, with most going 19-20". Best depth was 14-17' of water.

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Monday a buddy and I chased some trout, keeping our limits in around 2 hours time. All fish were caught on #4 Salmo Hornet's trolled over the steep breaks. We then headed out on Bemidji to tinker with the walleyes. Less than 2 hours later we were at the landing with our limits. Another dead-calm bluebird day. Pitching jigs in less than 10' of water.

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woodman

great report Matt as always. Glad to see you found the fish and got the itch out of the way before baby arrives!

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Quackaddict9

Nice fish Matt! Sounds like the fishing was good for ya.

I was out for opening weekend a little bit, put a few fish in the boat but not much. I've been out catching crappies the last couple days and some pushing 14"+ I'll post pics later on.

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lungdeflator

On blackduck monday night. Out at 5:15pm and only had 3 eyes until we left at 9:45. Eyes were 13, 12, 17". Casting/jigging in 17-20 FOW mostly.

On Big last night. Out at 6:30and caught 14 eyes between 3 of us taking 8 home along with 10 perch. Eyes went 12-18" and perch were all 9"+. Left the lake at 10. Casting/jigging in 17-20 FOWs

Shiners and fatheads

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Drake

Nice fish Matt, thanks for adding the pics! Glad you've been able to hit the water. When's the lil one due?

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Matt Breuer

Baby could literally show up at any moment. Wife is technically in active labor as I type this... but has been for awhile now. Just waiting for the water to break and then I get to live vicariously through all of you for a few weeks... wink You want to baby-sit, Diane? wink

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