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Wondering if there are any particular techniques that work better than others. My wife and I are vacationing there for the week, fishing for whatever wants to bite. Thanks for any help, we will be at Lakeshore resort up on the narrow end of the lake. Just wondering how to start out on Osakis, Thanks again.

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What are you fishing for?? LakeShore is a great resort and they will take care of you!

Sniffer

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As stated, little of everything. Wife loves panfish, and I would like to get in some smallie/walleyes. I am mainly a jig and rig fisherman, but wondering about pulling cranks. Any color patterns better than others? That type of thing. Also thinking about a guide for 1/2 day. Big lake, lot of water,little time . Any info very appreciated Sniffer. Thanks again,Mike

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If you ask Leo about a walleye guide, he will most like recommend Ben Hittle. Good guy and knows the lake well.

Sniffer

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This time of year always start off in the rushes and pencils for a mixed bag of fish. Have no clue how the clarity is right now, but for the eyeballs, in particular, it usually needs to cloud up a little for a more active daytime bite. You should be getting there at about the right time though. Regardless, always make sure you get out in the lowlight periods. If they are not active up really shallow, try that 8 to 12 ft emerging weed line area trolling or fan casting cranks over the tops, or drag live bait along the edges a few feet deeper. If you can find some pockets in the weeds, or even better, a deeper inside weed edge off a sandy point...you can also set up shop and do some leech corking ......which can get a nice mixed bag. Another thing, don't make a lot of commotion if you catch a fish, amazing how fast you will have company on that lake wink As Sniffer mentioned, the resort is a great place to stay at, and depending on your finances, hiring a guide like Ben might be a good way to learn the lake a lot quicker. Good luck and have fun!

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Thanks a ton Pushbutton. Exactly what I was looking for. Sounds like it should be fun times.

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This time of year always start off in the rushes and pencils for a mixed bag of fish. Have no clue how the clarity is right now, but for the eyeballs, in particular, it usually needs to cloud up a little for a more active daytime bite. You should be getting there at about the right time though. Regardless, always make sure you get out in the lowlight periods. If they are not active up really shallow, try that 8 to 12 ft emerging weed line area trolling or fan casting cranks over the tops, or drag live bait along the edges a few feet deeper. If you can find some pockets in the weeds, or even better, a deeper inside weed edge off a sandy point...you can also set up shop and do some leech corking ......which can get a nice mixed bag. Another thing, don't make a lot of commotion if you catch a fish, amazing how fast you will have company on that lake wink As Sniffer mentioned, the resort is a great place to stay at, and depending on your finances, hiring a guide like Ben might be a good way to learn the lake a lot quicker. Good luck and have fun!

You fish leeches under a bobber, pushbutton?!?!? Weird.

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Was just explaining how one MAY want to use bobbers grin Myself, would certainly be pitching those areas with a 1/32 smile Rivernut, go and ask Leo, if he has ever seen me use a bobber in all the times I have been there, and then report back what you hear to that MIke guy who likes to drive cars whistle

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Ok, that's more like it...I was worried I was confusing you with some other pushbutton. smile

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