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Fishing has been the last thing on my mind for the past few weeks, but I've got a little down time before the next crest. Here's a few shots from our trip up to Stu's place in March. As always, Stu took good care of us and got us pointed in the right direction.

FYI- I'm sure my days are all screwed up, so don't hold me to which day I say any of the fish were caught. Also, Matt and Damon, two of our buddies were along on this trip. Somehow, they either didn't get any pics taken of them or they just didn't get me their pics. Either way, they were with, but are not pictured below.

The trip started out with a bang when Ross broke his rod on the first fish of the trip- a 15 incher! We think the auger was banging on his rod on the ride out.

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Keller got a nice one that day.

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... and so did Jon.

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Sat was the big day. I was blessed with my first ever migraine and I was mostly out of commission for the day (grrrrrr). Here are a few of the pics we took that day.

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Mike's new PB- just over 10 lbs.

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Keller's new best and the big fish of the trip- 13 lbs 2 oz.

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I did manage a few fish that day (for the record, I did not start to sprout horns this day- that's the auger mount on the 4wheeler behind me crazy).

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The last day was colder, but we caught our share of fish. Here's Ross with a nice one.

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I was feeling better and back in action.

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.. and Jon, who was the hot stick for much of the trip, scraped up some nice ones too.

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In total, it was a great trip! I'd forgotten how much fun we had until I looked at these pics again today. ... almost makes me forget about the flood for a while! Thanks for the patience in waiting for me to get these pics out, folks. Several people asked me to post them, but it took a while.

I'm already looking forward to getting back up there next year!

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Very nice bunch of fish guys. The weather looks cooperative too, always a plus out on the lake.

Lots of PB's, and setting a new PB bar is what that fishery is best for.

Bummer about the migraine Scoot, did the light bring it on ya think, sunglasses's are a must out there or it will burn eyeballs and your brain, it's happened to me before too. Still a fun-sucker none the less.

I wish my last Who-ra was not squelched by the arrival of the flooding. Now I'll need to wait tell next December to catch a big walleye again. wink

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Sorry to hear your trip wasn't better Scoot... some nice fish caught though! We'll have to get up there next winter again...

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Bummer about the migraine Scoot, did the light bring it on ya think, sunglasses's are a must out there or it will burn eyeballs and your brain, it's happened to me before too. Still a fun-sucker none the less.
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Im still peeling all over my face from the sun two weeks ago at long point, LOTwoods. My cousin was burnt pretty bad too and was sick all the second day too. My lips look like I got beat up for a day straight they were so burnt. That late season sun can really play some bad tricks on you. Scoot, we will have to fish a bit together this summer and talk about the glory days of High School... HAHA

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Ed, it had NOTHING to do with salties or the Lord Selkirk Tavern-- really, I promise!!! grin

dragon, that'd be fun! Hmmmm... the glory days? As I remember it, you guys put a whoopin' on us most of the time. mad

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Not sure about that but it would be fun to get out fishing and [PoorWordUsage]

a little. Im raring to go, But the river isnt cooperating to much yet.

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Not sure about that but it would be fun to get out fishing and [PoorWordUsage]

a little. Im raring to go, But the river isnt cooperating to much yet.

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    • MarkB
      My cousin sent me a couple pictures from last week's trip. After the storm, the perch kind of took over the bite and those pictured were all caught on crawlers in 22' of water adjacent to a rock reef . We caught lots of walleyes in this same area. The other picture was take from the Pike River bridge as we were leaving Friday morning. Good Fishing. MarkB 2024 perch.jfif Pike River bridge June 2024.jfif
    • 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. 
    • Kettle
      Someone said 4 inches in the past week, more expected this weekend. A few roads, including county roads that are asphalt ended up with sink holes. Lakes are the highest I've ever seen in the 30+ years coming to the area and now living here. Several people lost trees Tues night
    • smurfy
      Dang Kettle  that bites. Great to hear fishing was good though.   How much rain you get up that way?
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