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I have been catching a few pike and walleyes but preparing for deer hunting has taken some of my water time. I plan on getting out tonight for a while pulling crankbaits. I'll give Saturday night a try during the full moon as well. Weather looks great and the lake traffic will likly be sparse. Anyone else fishing or giving this weekend some run?

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Found a few walleyes, northerns and bass this weekend, surprisingly shallow. I did not bother to look at the water temp but having to move the boat lift out further this weekend I can tell you the water is cold. Saw lots of baitfish trying to escape by jumping out of the water this weekend. I did my best impersonation of ocean fishing and followed the baitfish.

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Made it out Sunday night and was not disappointed. The weather was great full moon was awesome and walleyed were biting caught 10 kept 5 and some northerns to go with it, released them though. Was a great night to be out.

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I fished Saturday evening and ended up with a northern in the 27-28 inch range. He is fine and I'm sure still nasty. I only fished for about an hour. I fished shallow and saw lots of fish break the water and minnows jumping all around. Couldnt get any of the jumpers to bite. I have the kids this weekend and it seems like the weather will be decent. I'd like to get out for at least one more trip with the boys before I put the boat away and pull the dock in. We will likly fish shallow with cranks and maybe try pitching some twister tails too. Good luck.

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Leech21, I think I recognize where you caught that one.

In the lip right?

Nice fish. I'll get out this weekend in the boat one last time before hard water. Then I'll be packing the boat in the shed and pulling the dock. Then deer hunting will hold my interest for the next few weeks. In the between season my sons have allowed me to relive some old shore fishing spots. We went to a couple of dams last weekend and there was very little water moving. However the very low water allowed us to do some pretty good exploring.

Seems like the bite has switched from a crankbait bite a week or two ago back to a slow minnow rig for me. Again nice fish.

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Thanks. It was a fat 27in fish. I have called it a season and have the boat at the shop getting winterized. Bring on the hard water!

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With next weekend being deer opener I'll put the boat away and pull in the dock and the lift for the year, kind of sad. I suppose me being a bit of a die hard I'll get out one more evening and maybe the a.m. I'll try a jig and a minnow and do some drifting I suppose. Then it's time to get the shacks, snowmobile, 4 wheeler and ice gear ready for ice.

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Got out in the boat one last time before hard water. Couldn't catch a cold Saturday morning. Started out fishing shallow in the weeds and then went deeper after that. I didn't fish real hard but 0 bites in 1 1/2 hours was telling me to call it a day. Put the boat, dock and lift away for the year, fished from shore some on Saturday and managed a few small walleyes and one fat largemouth. Fish were shallow 5-6 feet. Will try a little shore fishing between and after hunts this weekend. I don't think I'll ever really understand why everyone gets so excited for fall fishing because I stink at it. I guess it could be worse and I could stink at all fishing seasons.

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    • leech~~
      Have you ever read the history of SPAM! It's very interesting! 🤭
    • leech~~
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