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Any body got any advice for an Iowa guy coming up to try and get into some smallies? Fished this lake a couple of years ago in July when the temp was about 100 degrees so we didn't get a good feel for much of anything. Will be fishing Sat Sun and Mon. May go to Leech one day for some perch. Thanks for any help...

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I gave 'em a shot a few years ago with little luck. There are a few obvious rock piles that I focused on, but only pulled a handful of fish from more around what looked like weedy/plant-y areas while working the shoreline. There are some small muskies in that lake (I believe it was stocked with shoepack strain years ago), was wondering if they pushed the smallies off of the rocks that day.

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My advice would be to get a small enough boat to get through the tunnel into Mann Lake. I've only fished Baby a couple of times and didn't catch a smallie but caught some decent largies. I know there are monsters in Mann though and have always wanted to fish it. If only there was an access....

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Doubtful you could get that boat through. The culvert is very small and the one time I investigated my estimate was that a canoe would be the only thing that would make it through. I may be wrong though. Any input Akerman? I didn't investigate to much when I saw my boat wouldn't make it through. From what I have heard there is a larger channel from McKeown Lake but again there is no access at McKeown.

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I used to have a 16 foot lunker that I could get under there. Depending on water levels, you may have to do some jockeying to get it to fit under.

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I take my 16 foot lund explorer through there. I use the trolling motor to get close. Pull it up while hanging on to the bridge. Make sure my seats are down and my 40 hp tiller motor is on free float. I pull myself through, then get the trolling motor back out to get going a bit. Pull the big motor back up and away I go!

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Just an update on our trip to Baby lake Sep 28-Oct 1. Right now you can get a 16ft lund Mr Pike through the culvert between Baby and Mann but it was a lot of work. Had to take off the front pedestal seat and the windsheild. On the way back from Mann to Baby my wife had to finally get out and pull us through the culvert. The fishing on Baby lake was nothing to write home about but the weather we had was absolutely perfect. Temps warmed up into the high 60s low 70s each day and there wasn't a breath of wind. The evening fishing was good for bass but not great. My wife did manage to catch an 18 in Smallie that probably wieghed a good 4 lbs or more. Perfect weather and beautiful scenery. It was one of the most relaxing fishing trips I have ever taken. Northern Minnnesota in early Oct is absolutely amazing!!!!!

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