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laker1

Are they even thinking of moving into the shallows yet?

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Improvedarock

They should be on the white iron chain. They pretty much ruined the trophy Northern population in that lake. Feed those rough fish to the sky rats!

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Fish Head

Yesterday, a boat going past my cabin caught a nice smallie about 10 feet from shore in probably 3 feet of water. I think you'll find them starting to move in.

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Rosey1

Are they even thinking of moving into the shallows yet?

Yes! Fish fast horizontal presentations in the shallows and you will run into a lot of them.

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TrueNorth

Does this mean the Smallmouth will be spawning soon? With the extremely late ice-out and persistent fronts rolling through, I'm hoping to better understand when the other (small/largemouth and panfish) fish will start spawning.

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FishinCT

Might be able to get up there next Monday...should be a smallie bonanza on the docks right? I always remembered catching them non stop about the first week of June

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laker1

This cold wet weather,I think even the fish are confused on what to do.Usually panfish-bass spawning is going full bore. Not this year.You see them off the edges just a waiting.

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Capt. H (Ret.)

That's where I'll be-just waiting!!!

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Improvedarock

You can toss a bare hook near a smallmouth bed and the male will attack it! When I was I kid I used to snorkel for fishing lures and would get attacked by those lil pricks!

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mbeyer

We found most of our smallmouth on the rock reefs. We did not see many fish in bays or on beds. I think four or five days of sun and stable weather would really get them moving. They were not chasing many fast moving baits on the east end. The fish we caught seemed to be keying on crayfish and they were BIG. We did not see any small fish.

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laker1

I think four or five days of sun and stable weather would really get them.

I wonder when that will be? Today,another drizzly day and cool.

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TrueNorth

I just wanted to bump this thread. Anyone have reports of bed activity for SMB, LMB or Crappie?

Water temps should be on the rise if the extended weather forecast holds.

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laker1

Was up on basswood June 7-10,and was very surprised at the lack of smallmouth bass nest activity. I think this week it will change,had 56 degree water temp Friday and 60-62 degrees Monday.

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Wanderer

Memorial weekend I was running into smallies on stick baits in around 5 fow and they were coming in pairs, no schools, and we got several nice ones. My best so far is a nice 19 1/2 inch fatty, caught right where I expected her. Pulled up to the spot, took one cast and she was on. grin

This past weekend the smallies in the 5 fow range were just the small males and reluctant to hit the stick baits. We did get a couple nicer ones on the bobber rigs in 8-10 fow but not many.

I figured they were going to be behind on the calendar this year. Usually we do well on walleye opener on groups of nice fish in the shallows but I didn't try ice fishing em this year. wink

We saw beds but I really think most of those were walleye beds since we usually see far more in the same areas this time of year and the lil guys are going haywire around them. We need some mid 60's surface temps for several days to get them to pop. I'm calling it post spring binge/pre-spawn time right now.

Just like the other fishies, they come up to pig out for a bit then drop back and wait for their time.

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TrueNorth

Is it safe to say that SM and LM have finished their spawn?

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JBMasterAngler

I would say no. Granted, I was in Grand Marais, but some of the lakes I fished last week still had smallies full of eggs.

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TrueNorth

Thanks JB. I'll be on Vermilion the week of the 4th.

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mojo1229

I would have to agree with Jb. I fished the east and west ends of the lake last weekend for both species and while there were fish up shallow, in areas where I have found beds in previous years, there was very little evidence of beds this year. I think the weather really has them pushed back but I would love to hear anyone else's opinion/insights.

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FishinCT

Not as of Monday. Hammered down on them in the shallows pretty good that day and the bigger ones still were full of eggs

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JBMasterAngler

Where I was it depended on which lake I was on. Like I said, some bass still had eggs in them. But on other lakes, I could see them guarding little babies smile

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TrueNorth

Thanks JB. We will be on the West end of Vermilion.

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laker1

Weird year,seen many of smallmouth beds with male guarding hatched out smallmouth. other lakes they are just moving in and going on beds. Catching them from 25 feet deep to 0.5 feet deep.

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