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Going to Prairie in a couple of weeks any idea about where and how for old walter on this lake? We will also fish for Crappies and other stuff-any advice would be appreciated.

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No reply? Someone must know something. People up north I guess are too busy catching fish to reply on these forums. Tried to talk the wife into going to Grand Marais today where temps will be in the 70s-people think I'm crazy because I ice fish-I can dress for cold, I cannot dress for this stuff.

I digress, Prairie Lake by Floodwood for Walleyes ideas anyone?

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Every lake up here is about 4ft higher than normal. Fishing is terrible. Roads are terrible. Although the 70's were nice the other day when it was 100 in the cities.

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WE ARE going come hell or...you know the rest. So what works in a normal July? Right after a weird weather event fishing might be off and a pattern might change a bit but its not like fish will not eat for two weeks because the water is high.

So any help would be great thanks.

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I have fished the lake a few times- your best chances are out by the big island in the middle of the lake. I believe it is on the south side there are some fairly steep drop offs. The other spot is just off to the north northeast of the landing. The water is fairly dark/stained so bright jigs or spinners- with a leach or crawler- the St. Louis river outside of Floodwood has some good small mouth fishing their is a boat ramp at the campground park. hope this helps.

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Try fishing 7-10' of water dragging a leech on a lindy rig or a worm. Around the big island is good, and the gravel bar on the east shore of the lake.

Crappies out from the mouth of Hasty Brook fishing a crappie minnow on a slip bobber set at 7-8' in 14-16' of water works good from mid July thru August.

If the water levels are high these depths may not apply.

Mid afternoon trolling a plug or spoon works good for northerns.

Good Luck.

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Bogman I do not see the gravel bar marked on the DNR map-do you mean the bar on the south side? or is the bar just not on this map?

Thanks

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This map doesn't show half of the structure on the lake. If the buoys are in place and not misplaced due to the high water that may give you a hint as to where some of the structure is. then just troll around and you'll find good places to fish.

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I will look for that bar-Any idea if my Lakemaster chip will have it?

Thanks for the great tip.

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I doubt the lakemaster chip would have any different information. Just use your depthfinder and then pick out some landmarks once you find suitable structure.

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