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A drive to the lakes in the area, Blackduck and several of the smaller area lakes, show all open water! What a difference between this year and last year at this time; last year there was still ice on the lake up until three days before opener so we are definitely ahead of that this year. So time to get the boat out and get it ready to roll. Now to just get some warmer weather and maybe be able to get some panfishing in.

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Has there been anyone hitting up the smaller lakes for panfish yet or are things kind of slow right now?

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Have you heard if Island Lake (Northome) is open yet? Planning to go up to the cabin and get the dock and boat lift in this weekend. Last year it was still ice so it didn't work very well putting the dock in. LOL.

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We drove by several lakes today and didn't see any boats out on any of them. Looked like the water level was up on the duck. But today is kinda a dreary day and a chance of rain in the forecast, so not surprised about not seeing any boats out today. Didn't drive over to Island this week..Woodman, does your dad know if Island is opened up all the way? But the lakes we checked were all the way open earlier in the week, which is two weeks earlier than last year.

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Thanks Drake. I emailed someone on the lake so should know later also. We are heading up either way but it would be nice to get stuff done before opener.

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I got an email from a guy who lives on the lake and there are just some ice junks floating around. No problem in getting the docks in I was told, except for leaky waders laugh

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Hopefully all will go smooth for you putting the docks in. Just saw the weather channel and it showed Saturday "Rain and snow showers in the morning. A shower or two in the afternoon - otherwise, mostly cloudy. High 51F. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precip 30%"; but Sunday is sunny and in the upper 50's.

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The dock and boat lift is in. It was chilly and windy on Saturday but no waves went over the waders. The water levels are very high, I would say approaching all time high levels. The first summer we had the land was 1999 and the water was high then. It is now just a little bit higher. You definately had a bunch of snow up there this year.

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I have a group of 5 coming up for the opener and staying at Drake for 5 days. Hoping for a successful week of Walleyes, Crappies, Trout, and big northerns on Upper Red. None of us have been up in the Blackduck area since 2002. We did well in 2001 on the duck and Benjamin, but 02 was not as kind (warm weather, little action). We were glad to see the eyes are open on Upper Red, but heard Blackduck has not been as productive. Any advice or changes to boat launches we need to be aware of? Any word on Crappies moving in to the shallows yet? Water temp on the Duck? We are anxious to hit the water and wet a line. Looking forward to a great week!

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The duck will be full of the 14-16 inch eye's since we caught lots of them this winter out there. The crappies are there, but hard to find, but with the water temp warming up to ideal spawning temp you may be right on the money for searching for them. Find a dark bottom bay and slip bobber for them. Eye's will be on the first break as close to the rivers as you can find. I would not be hesitant to fish in the 4 ft depth on opener due to the water temp. Hook up with some shinners and hold on. Blackduck is an awsome lake and is loaded with fish. Maybe you will tie into one of the famous sheep head and reall get your heart pounding.

You are living the dream fishing for the first 5 days. Opener can be full of people but is fun.

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Woodman,

Thanks for the advice. I just hope we pull in a few each day. 3 of the 5 are new to Walleye fishing and need all the help we can give them. I know we can get them an easy pike or two, but getting the feel for jigging will be fun watching. We tend to talk a little trash, so I expect to have a great time. I remember limiting out on the opener early and having to go for other species in the afternoon. I hope we do well, if not, I know I will be donating to the poker fund...that is where they will get their revenge after a long day of my harrassment!

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since you are staying at the drake, have Diane or Mike tell you where my honey hole is. The only requirement is that you have them email me with a report. A hint is 10 foot bar, they will know what I am talking about! South side, and use slip bobbers when you find them! Deadly spot and lots of fun. People will troll by not knowing what you are sitting on until they troll through your bobbers and watch them look at their graph and hit MARK! Happens every time I am out there and I laugh every time. grin When you leave they will anchor where you are! We are heading to Federal Dam as usual and looking so forward to it. All packed and the camper only needs to be hooked up. Fishing the river with 8 different families. Kinda tradition now and what a great time. Loo to the left that is from that spot!

Good luck!

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    • Hookmaster
      Kudos for doing this. I'm sure a lot of fishermen would not have.
    • MikeG3Boat
      I know it has been raining all week but anyone have any walleye reports?  Heading up for the holiday weekend and want to do some fishing.
    • MikeG3Boat
      Partyonpine, Would you be willing to share in what areas you were getting some nice Bluegills?  I am on the east end on big bay and would like to find some good panfish.
    • partyonpine
      Opener and the week after were good.  Not the numbers we normally get but better quality in the East End.  Not surprised on the weights for the Auto City a.  Usually for us we only catch a few slot fish but we averaged 3 a day for 10 days.  2 overs, biggest 27 inches.     Our best luck was 12-16 feet for quality.  When we went deeper we caught more but smaller.  Bass were really starting to heat up.  For me little earlier than normal.  Found some nice Bluegills the day we went after some panfish.  Dock fishing was as many as we wanted per usual.
    • Shulsebus
      We will be up on June 8th for the week. It will be our 13th year in a row staying on the lake.  I hope the walleye are hitting the bobbers by the time that we get there. 
    • SkunkedAgain
      Those are some fine specimens. Great job
    • gimruis
      I'm quite shocked to hear that a walleye tournament is still doing a live weigh in.  Virtually every event these days around here is doing a catch, photo, and release format.   Regardless, nice work.  Congrats.
    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the south end...   A great week of fishing with walleyes and saugers caught in good numbers.   The go-to presentation, again, was a jig and frozen emerald shiner.  Emerald shiners are a staple in LOW and walleyes love them.  Other minnows worked also, but emerald shiners are a favorite of anglers for good reason.   The Lighthouse Gap area, Morris Point Gap and just in front of Pine Island held nice fish in 17 - 21' of water.  Various schools of walleyes and saugers across the south shore.     A quarter ounce jig in gold, glow white, pink, orange, chartreuse, or a combo of these colors tipped with a minnow worked well again.   Some big pike and jumbo perch being caught by walleye anglers. On the Rainy River...  Some nice walleyes were caught on the river this weekend, although most anglers normally head to the lake.  12 - 15' of water is holding some nice fish.   Sturgeon fishing on the Rainy River is closed until the keep season starts up again July 1st. Up at the NW Angle...  Some nice walleyes being caught along with a mixed bag.  12 - 25 feet of water.  Points, neck down areas and bays with warming water were holding good fish this week.    The go-to presentation was a jig and minnow as on the south shore.  A mixed bag as is common around the Angle.  
    • leech~~
      Nice work!   Here's two words you hardly ever hear anyone say anymore.  "grateful and humbled"   
    • Brianf.
      RLG, thanks for the shout-out!     Jeff and I are still trying to wrap our heads around what happened this past weekend.  We are humbled and full of gratitude  for having won 'The Classic' for a second time.     We practiced through all the rain on Thurs and the wind on Friday and found six different spots holding big fish.  Fishing was good on both days with several 'overs' in our catch...but would it hold up for another day?   We didn't know.     On tourney day, we made a long run to our first spot where I lucked out on a 26.5"er on my second cast.  Jeff followed up with a thick 27" er a few minutes later, which turned out to be the big fish for the event at 7.26lbs.  We finished out our limit and weighed-in at 10:30 am for the welfare of the fish in our livewell.    There were some big weights in this event which would have won in most other years, but - for whatever reason - this was our day.  Everything just went our way.  Again, we are just super grateful and humbled by this success.  We also want to congratulate all the other anglers who did well and give a big 'thank you' to the tournament organizers who put on such a great event!  
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