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hawkeyes53

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hawkeyes53

Heading up from Iowa to fish Lake Mary next week. Any reports on the fishing right now on this Lake? Any idea if the crappies have moved in to spawn yet?

Ok.. this is not a game of 20 questions but I do have one more-spots on the lake to find the crappies this time of year?

Any help is appreciated.

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SunnyCrappieDay

Walleyes are going... Not too sure on the Crappies though. A popular spot are the hard stems coming out on the north end of little Mary. They call it Hegstads Point, hens the large house on the point. There is a little pocket on the west side of the point that the crappies tend to spawm in and can be good if the water is high enough. Good Luck

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DaveZman14q

Does anyone ever fish the basins on lake Mary? I know the flats on Mille Lacs do well, never seen or heard of anyone doing this on Mary though.

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Big Bobber

I used to know a guy that would go to the south end of Mary when the wind would blow hard out of the south in August and fish with a flatfish tipped with crawlers. He seemed to always end up with 2-3 five pounders.

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DaveZman14q

No one else ever try fishing the basins? Seeing there is not much structure out there (that I know of) is it worth just random drifting either basin, or do most walleye in Mary seem to relate to structure?

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Big Bobber

Most of the fisherman that I know just fish the weedlines or secondary break in Mary as that is the easiest to find and find fish. Not many are as curious as you! Mary has been called little Mille Lacs, and the resort owner where we went called the basin the big desert. Many use the 80/20 rule, that 20 percent of the lake holds 80 percent of the fish. All I know is that the gentleman I referred to in my earlier post was catching Walleye in August when most folks weren't.

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DaveZman14q

Yea I've heard it called little Mille Lacs as well... that's what got me curious years ago. What do you think that resort owner meant when he called the basin the big desert? As in there are no fish there?? I usually am only there for a couple days and dont want to waste one of them trying to find fish on a scattered basin that might not hold as many as other places. Very interesting hearing about that guy you mentioned. Wonder if they were suspended or on the bottom?

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Big Bobber

He was bumping the bottom. The called the big desert because most folks it was dry of fish.

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Big Bobber

Bumping the bottom. He claimed it was called the big desert because of the large expanse and people thought it was dry of fish. He sure proved diffently.

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DaveZman14q

Anybody else ever try fishing either basin?

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hhguide

We have in the past that have done well but it took a few years to figure out. Its different fishing... there are some real hard humps out in the middle that may come up 2 feet maybe 3 at the most that seem to hold fish and then there is the mud lines out off the breaks. When it gets hot thats the way to go. We pulled lead and spinners though and it really depended on the day which was going to better. Dont worry about being right on the bottom if your within 3 to 5 feet of the bottom your good. they will come up and smack the baits. Pay attention to the depth finder. Where you mark clouds of bait the fish wont be far behind. Also watch the wind it will fish those open water fish one way or another. You can see how to took us a long time because there were and are so many factors going into where those basin fish are. Good luck.

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chasineyes

Does anyone know if the lake is experiencing any "swimmers/lake itch"?

Coming up this weekend for a week!!!

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HOBBSTER

Hey fellas, I'll be coming up there in a few weeks, mid September for a weekend bassin' with some buddies. I have some spots picked out already, just curious on types & color lures, I usually run through the tackle box till I find them anyway. We've done well in the spring, this will be our first fall trip. Thanks.

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Wayne Ek

Are you committed to Mary or will be trailering a rig? As there are better fall bass lakes than Mary.

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HOBBSTER

Thanks for responding Wayne. We are pretty committed to Mary as my buddy's family has a camper trailer at Bigfoot (?). My buddy's father owns the boat and won't be there so I think he'd prefer us to keep the boat on the lift or on Mary. I am open to hear better lakes though as we may get a wild hair. Thanks.

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Big Bobber

I have fished Mary several times in mid September. Send me a pm if you want to compare notes.

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