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T-minus 2 Weeks!! Bottle Lake Report??


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Yep, the best week of the year is coming June 30th!! Making the annual trip to Bottle Lake!!

Any recent reports on Bottle? Think if the fishing is tough, I may pull the boat and hit Leech for a day as well, so if someone has a good location on Leech as well, I'd appreciate it!!!

Staying at Home Bay on Lower Bottle! WOOHOO!!!!!

Thanks!!

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Leaving in the morning for Park Rapids!!!! I'll post a report when we get back!!

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  • 2 weeks later...

How did you do?

I also stayed on the Bottle Lakes. Panfish were great. Nice perch, big bluegills. Got a few northerns, and just 1 walleye per boat on average each evening, mostly out on the end of the bar. We did not fish after dark at all.

We fished Mantrap last Thursday as well. Got 4 nice northerns and 2 big bass. No muskies, but we had a mid 40 incher follow right to the back corner of the boat.

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Hope it went well. You kind of got hosed for fishing weather with that insane humidity.

We fished 11th CW, 10th CW, Spider, and Belle Taine. Fishing was fair I would say most days. The only good day we had last week was Saturday morning. On the flip, the water was excellent for swimming and skiing/kneeboarding!

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Here's my report: Saturday evening caught 1 walleye (throwback). Sunday morning caught a 18 3/4 Walleye. Sunday evening 1 walleye (throwback). Then the walleyes went quiet with the hot weather. Wednesday morning my son caught a small eye bobber fishing for perch. Wednesday night and Thursday night had one throwback each night. Friday with cooler weather, overcast, some wind, and the walleyes knowing it was our last day, my nephew caught a 14 1/2" eye and my youngest son caught his first 20" walleye smile My wife also lost something big (didn't see it) after it ran under the boat and snapped the leader.

Pulled cranks every late afternoon and caught northerns every trip out. Best 90 minutes was Wednesday before the rain storm when we pulled in 8 northerns.

Great week up north and can't wait for next year!!

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My family and I will be going to Bottle On the 15th for a week. I sure hope the heat and humidity stay away for a while!

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Where did you do best trolling for northerns and with what bait? We tried the weed lines all around the bay and we never had a hit. We did better out in the middle of the bay in front of Home Bay in 23 to 30 FOW for northerns. Best bait was an old Berkley real image type perch crank that runs about 10-12 feet down.

BTW, I saw you out there I think. My wife's family owns cabins to the east of HomeBay. You keep your net standing up high in the boat, right?

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We would start right out of Home Bay, go past Birch Harbor and go all the way to Three Pines. Taildancers and White Glass Shad Raps were our two hot baits. Caught all of our Northerns between 15-20 feet of water.

I do keep my net high and in the middle of my windshield. Alumacraft 175 Trophy with a 115 Yamaha. Father-in-law has an Alumacraft Tournament Pro 175 with a 115 Merc.

So based on your description, you were in the Alumacraft tiller? Stop over next year!!

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No - I have a white Yar Craft with a 115 Yamaha. I might be going back up at the end of the month to work on the cabins.

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Yep. I was thinking in the wrong direction!! Saw you run out a few times. Invite is still open to stop over next year!!

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