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What Worked For Me Last Weekend (Video)


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I took some video last weekend and figured I would share what was working for myself. Have fun if you are heading up, God only knows I wish I was going again this weekend grin

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Fishing in approx. 27-30’ of water!

Went out of Ballards last weekend. 9 miles straight out their road to the main lake (about 13 miles form the front door of our cabin). Approximately 30' of water. Seen some suspended fish, but the only takers where right off the bottom. For the sauger, a Lindy Rattling Flying Spoon, red/black, tipped with a minnow head was best. The eye's where off the bottom as well. They seemed to like a horizontal dead stick presentation and a large lively fat head. I was out two days and the fishing never really picked up until about noon. The small ones hit like crazy in the AM, but the keeper fish turned on about noon. The bombardier picked us up at 4:30 and it seemed both days the fish started to come in strong right about then.

The first day, right away the 8”-10” sauger where waiting. First fish was with-in 5 minutes of dropping the line. We just nailed these little guys till about noon when bigger ones started to come in.

Originally Posted By: Info from my report up top (Day 2)
We changed houses and this one was not as “hot” as the house we had the day before, but the keeper fish where bigger. After an hour or so, the little guys started to come threw again, but biting very light and dropping down to a St. Croix spring bobber rod, Ratzo and small minnows was the presentation that got fish up the hole.

Have a ton of fun smile , catch some fish and come back here and give us a report. I know I will need them reports by next Sunday grin

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Schack: Good video, certainly got the juices flowing for next week. Hope it all holds together for us. That Lindy Rattlin Flyer has been good for me this year as well. Look out Winkelman and Lindners, the Schack is back. grin

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Thanks bturk smile. I wish I could have put up some other footage I have of some of the other walleyes and larger sauger we got, but let's just say they had blooper written all over them winkgrin

Good luck next week!

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    • redlabguy
      Mark, Glad your crew had another great outing. It’s always good to read your reports. Just wish there were more of them like the old days. Sorry you hit the storm. One of the worst in our 14 years. We’ll be dealing with dock issues for a long time but nothing like the good folks in Cook have.  The fishing has come around a little since the storm. Definitely nightcrawler now. I don’t get far out of Frazer but the reefs are where the action is. Looking forward to hearing from you in September.  My best to you and Linda, RLG p.s. Our good old red lab, Ole, cashed it in last summer, but we have a 6 month old lab now who is learning the ropes up here (and teaching us we’re older than we think we are!)
    • Mike89
    • leech~~
      No can see?  
    • smurfy
      yeppers......nuttin more aggravating the boat motor issues!!!!!!!   what was the problem the first time???????
    • Hookmaster
      Nice fish Kettle. Hope it's really "fixed" next time.
    • Rivergroup
      Our group will be returning in September as well. Wish we were able to be there now to lend a hand.
    • smurfy
      dang...tough to hear..........hope the good people up there recover soon!!!!!!!!!
    • MarkB
      We just returned this afternoon from 6 days on Vermilion. We arrived Saturday and enjoyed 3 fantastic days of walleye fishing. My cousin, our friend Greg, and myself fished several of our spring spots and found fish on all of them. Water temperatures were pretty much 65-67 degrees everywhere we fished. The wind was variable and made boat control a challenge at times. Bait was not an issue and we had success on crawlers(Tim), leeches(Greg), and minnows(me). If I had to pick one of those as catching the most fish, it would be crawlers. Our best day totalled 48 walleyes, 4 smallmouth, and 2 big JUMBOS. We ended up with over a hundred walleyes, 12 jumbos 11"-13", and 10 smallmouth to 18". Our biggest walleye was 24.5" and the balance went from 13"-22". There are lots of 14"-16" walleyes this year which are perfect eaters. The mayfly hatch was in full bloom in some areas but we found very few mayflies in the water column over rock reefs. We caught our fish in depths ranging from 10' to 32'. I didn't fish in any area where I could see mayflies top to bottom in the water column. Slow trolling in the .3mph to .6mph worked and we caught nothing using slip bobbers. Terminal tackle was a 3'-4' 10# flurocarbon leader, 2 lime colored beads, and a plain #6 Gamakatsu walleye hook . Snags are always an issue when fishing in and around the rocks and when the fish are biting they are acceptable. NOW, for the bad news.......Tuesday was a day I won't soon forget. The area suffered devastating torrential rainfall. Lightning was non-stop for several hours and when things settled down, flood damage was everywhere. We checked our rain guage on the side of the cabin and we got 7 3/4 " in a little over 4 hours! Breezy Point road washed out, Mud Creek road washed out as did several others in the area. Cooke business area was completely covered with flood water. I would consider it a disaster area and should be declared as such. We couldn't find a dock anywhere that wasn't covered with water. People were stranded behind flood covered and washed out roads. Dock decking, limbs and such were floating everywhere in the big water. My group sends our prayers to the people of that beautiful country that lost their businesses, homes, and suffered damage to their lake properties. The people of that north country are resilient and we have confidence that they will recover. We stayed our final 3 days but didn't fish at all Tuesday. Our last 2 days showed the effects of the storm. Water temps dropped to 64 degrees and our premo fishing became 10 walleye days. We did manage to catch a dozen really nice jumbos. We plan on returning in September and we pray the area will have returned to normal by then. I haven't figured out how to transfer photos from my phone to my computer yet so no pictures at this time. Good Fishing and God be with you. MarkB
    • SkunkedAgain
      Word is that the river has peaked and therefore the town can start the process of recovering sooner.
    • smurfy
      Heard that too. Also heard 38 was closed for a but north of rapids due to flooding.    I know the water really came up when I was up last week compared to when I was there in April. 
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