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Hi guys I am going to be in the woman lake area wed, thur, and friday. Planning to fish woman chain and baby lake. I would like to if know if anything is biting in this heat and I mean anything. any info on what might actually bite in this heat would be helpfull. thanks Tim

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Skeeters are biting around dusk/dawn wink

There's some bass and pike in Broadwater. Just look for good weeds and they'll be hanging around them. Good luck!

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Got out on Baby 2 weeks ago chasing bass. Got rained on pretty good but managed 4 largemount in 3 hours or so. I was hoping to find some smallies but only got the largies. It was pretty windy so I didn't get to fish the spots I was hoping to. Let us know how you do.

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Well we were able to find some fish Wed. and Thurs. 2 30" class muskies [didn't measure] in kid and 1 just shy of 40" on baby. We were also able to get a few decent bass and pike on baby.

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Tinytimmy37,

Were the bass you got in Baby largemouth or smallmouth? I was chasing smallies out there and only caught largies. Congrats on the ski's!

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Largemouths caught rigging deep weeds looking for eyes. I would like any info on getting some smallmouths out there. I am going to try again Aug. 4,5,and 6 anything would be helpfull. thanks again Tim

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I would like some info on the smallies in this lake as well. From the DNR reports it looks like Mann is loaded with Smallies but the channel is to small to fit a boat. Likely spots from what I saw in those few hours is the breaks around the marked rock piles. It was just to windy for me to stay on the spots that day.

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BDawg,

I think the culvert goes from McKeon to Mann. About 10 years ago I was up there and got my 17 1/2 ft Crestliner through the culvert under the bridge without problem. There is a rock bar in the middle as I recall that breaks sharp on one side and the smallies were all over it....

Check the post in : Resort Recommendations for more Mann Lake info

I hope that helps plus or minus

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In this heat, LMB in anything green and producing oxygen, before noon. Big gals will be deeper, but will also be around green plants in cooler, clearer, slightly deeper water.

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Cobra,

It looks like there is no public access on Mckeown. Is that correct? If so, it looks like I would be SOL on getting into Mann unless I brought a canoe from Baby.

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The launch is by the bridge on McKeown Lake (not a formal launch - more like a beach, maybe it's been updated). There is a large culvert under the bridge between Mann and McKeown that you go through. Years ago I had a 17 1/2 ft. Crestliner I got through there without any problems. You could also check with resorts on the lake, but as I recall... most were on hills. The lake has a lot of promise and the smallies were really active, but my day was dampened because just before that my son was told to keep his line on my new muskie rod away from the back of the boat as we were trolling for northerns. Thirty seconds or less later my motor was doinf Waring blender moves on my new rod as the kid didn't listen at all!!!!! I hadn't even used the rod yet....ARRRRGGGHHHHH!!!!

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The DNR site states the following about access to Man/Mann:

Man Lake (#11-282) is a 445-acre lake located west of Longville, Minnesota that has 4.5 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 93 ft. There is no public access on the lake, however anglers using small fishing boats may be able to access the lake through the inlet channel from Baby Lake, which has a state-owned public access.

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Thanks Cobra. I investigated the channel between Baby and Mann and it is very small. I think only a canoe could make it under that bridge. I will check that beach on Mckeown and report if I make it into Mann this weekend.

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we used to get into Mann by paying a launch fee at the resort on Mann. Thats been a long time ago but might be worth checking out. We used to get under the bridge between baby and mann but I am assuming with all the rain that the lakes are higher than normal.

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Just an FYI for you all. I'll save you guys the drive over to McKeown Lake, the dirt access right off the road has been posted and chained off for several years now. I drive right by that spot every weekend. Apparently that spot is privately owned and the owner isn't allowing launching any longer.

Before it was chained off, I would occasionally launch a 16' boat there, go through the culvert to Mann and under the bridge into Baby, but it was tight...as the other poster noted, with high water, I would guess the bridge between Baby and Mann might not be navigable......

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