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JBZWART

Farm Lake chain and Basswood

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JBZWART

Heading up to Ely later this week. We will be fishing the Farm lake chain and doing a day trip into Basswood. Wondering how the fishing has been? Any reports would be helpful.....Thanks!

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Improvedarock

You'll be hitting the post spawn wallhanger bite it started tonight!

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monstermoose78

look for slab crappies in the shallow bays on farm

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Pinusbanksiana

Silver Rapids narrows should give you a limit of walleye.

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Wanderer

We fished the rapids last weekend and picked up some keeper eyes and a few nice perch on jig and minnow combos in anywhere from 13 to 19 fow. We never dropped anchor; just moved around the current edge with the TM. Most boats were anchored and some were doing well with bobber rigs.

Saturday night we left the rapids looking for a more private spot on Farm. Fishing a break in 13-14 fow we marked some fish and had 4 bites but they just mouthed the baits and we couldn't get hooked up. With that attitude of the fish and the cold front wind and waves, we pulled the plug and went in. I thought we should go shallower but didn't care to give it a try after reaching the shivers. shocked

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JBZWART

Tough weather this weekend. Fished in Silver Rapids on Friday and caught 2 over 25" and a couple keepers, but overall was pretty slow.

Went into Basswood on Saturday. Horrible weather....rainy, windy and cold...however, the fish were biting and we caught fish pretty much all day. Not much for size and had to pick through a quite a few dinks to get keepers, but overall great action.

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Wanderer

Thanks for the follow up report. Too bad conditions weren't on your side but at least you got to hook up with some!

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Improvedarock

Fished south farm this morning. Crawler harness back trolled in 6-10 fow was producing nice size fish in the 17-26 range. Had a 40 inch pike to the canoe but cut the line to avoid a possible hand injury.

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