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fishdaddy

I've only been there for panfish (15 years ago) and wondering if anyone can give me some pointers for bass. Will be down there a couple times in the next few weeks.

Thanks and may the fish be with you.

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Rubber Ducky

FD,

I do well on Ringworm's off the grass island, on the east side of it. Also the rock point off the west side of the island. If you truly want some pigs troll over the deep weeds with some Fat A's.

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Doufish2

There are no bass in Shields. Let me repeat that, there are no bass in Shields. Don't fish them, your totally wasting your time. One more time, there are NO bass in Shields. Thank you for reading this!!!

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blindlemon

When I troll around the grass island, half of what I catch is bass. I get tired of removing them from my hook. I did manage a nice 22" the day before bass opener though.

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Rubber Ducky

What is everyone's thought on this lake for Bass? personally this is the best lake in Rice county for Large mouth bass. My biggest came out of Shields. 8 lbs in the fall south side of the lake its hanging on the wall.

This lake has some of the deepest weeds in rice county.

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fishdaddy

Thanks for the info fellas, RD how long ago did you get your wall hanger? 8 pounds is a giant.

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luckycrank

As far as a fishery goes there are better options for numbers but Sheilds is a close second for qaulity of fish it produces I spend a fair amount of time there each year and as rubberducky already Indicated

fall is pretty solid! I have had days in the spring where 75-100 fish days when solo in the boat is not a fishermans taleon other lakes something Ive never done on sheilds evan though I fish it often and I am almost exclusivy a bass angler.( I fool my self to beleive I like walleye fishing to pass the time from ice off to opener)

if it wasnt for mid summer algae blooms id fish it alot more

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luckycrank

RD, CHECK YOUR PM

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fishdaddy

Lucky, your first choice wouldn't be cannon would it? I banged em pretty good there twice last year.

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luckycrank

nope

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Rubber Ducky

I caught this fish in November 7 years ago. My buddy is a freak about Bass fishing. I spent all fall out their with him and it was off the hook for big fish. I swear we were using Musky baits for them pigs.

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Rubber Ducky

If you want to catch some numbers, for bass then take a trip to Orchard in Lakeville. Just make sure you get their at 5 am, access gets full fast. Best lake for numbers. Average 3 lbs. There is some nice Bass in there, I have had 100 plus days on that lake. Its nice to get that piggy Tiger Musky as well.

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fishdaddy

What's the water clarity like now? Getting green yet?

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NEANGLER

Was there the other day looking at a house for sale and it still had pretty good clarity.

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Craigums

Anyone fish it lately? What do the water temps look like. Are the bass post-spawn now?

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Craigums

Checked it out for an hour or 2 saturday. Fish are post spawn.

Were do the big girls live in the lake? There is so much milfoil I figure they just hunker down in those mats recuperating from the spawn?

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Scott M

You're talking northern watermilfoil I hope...

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