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Wakemup

Any west end musky reports all since opener? Heading up for the weekend and will fish mostly for muskies, smallies, and may try for some walleyes in the evenings. Can't wait to be back up at the lake!

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Cliff Wagenbach

Wakemup,

Only report I have heard is that they were following but no hook ups yesterday.

Cliff

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BigVwalters

Anybody been using and crawlers yet?

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Cliff Wagenbach

Pretty much a crawler and leech bite now on both ends of the lake.

Cliff

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Wakemup

Rough weekend at the lake... but still better than any day at work!

I managed to get out for a few hours Saturday morning and then got off the lake when the storms rolled in and stayed off. I threw for muskies for a few hours but didn't move any and then switched to smallies and boated a few on rock piles. 

We were stuck for a while on Saturday with the road near Camp Vermilion washed out. Looks like the whole area got quite a bit of water. How'd everyone else fare?

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BigVwalters

The fishing was pretty decent over the weekend.  Walleyes were biting on rigs with leeches or crawlers. Caught 12 between Friday and Saturday with with 4 nice slotters.   Biggest being a 24".   

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BigVwalters

Buckle Up.  Already seeing mayflies in some of the walleyes stomachs.   My shoreline was covered in them on Sunday morning.  

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delcecchi

Brace yourself.  the fishing and weather is about to turn bad.  I just got here.   🤣

Gotta get the lift in, then the boat.   See you around the far west... 

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bassbouncer

Couple 16’s and a 28 last night

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bassbouncer

Buddy got a 28 in my boat last night 

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delcecchi

Sure not many boats out last few days.   I gotta get some bait and get out there.  

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Wakemup

Anything happening on the west end?? Headed up on Thursday for a few days of solid fishing!

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Cliff Wagenbach

Wakemup,

I have heard that there is a good bobber bite on the reefs in Frazer Bay from my fellow guides that fish that end of the lake.

Cliff

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Wakemup

Thanks Cliff! I think I am going to make a run Friday morning for Frazer if the weather cooperates. 

Any idea on a rough depth range I should be looking at? I've never fished Frazer but will park over the top of a few reefs and give it a go.'

Tight lines!

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Cliff Wagenbach

No Idea what depth they are fishing but the bite on Big Bay still mostly in the 16' to 26' depths for me.

Cliff

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Wakemup

Thanks Cliff! I’m planning on picking up some leeches on my way it. Has the bite gravitated toward crawlers at all too? 

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Cliff Wagenbach

Crawlers and leeches mostly. I had a few days yet that chubs were also working on Lindys.

Cliff

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delcecchi

As I went by the mouth of  partridge river/black bay by metsa point... stone wall last evening there were like four boat fishing what is normally a spring spot. 

Do  they know something I don't know?  Or do I know something  they don't know? 

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CigarGuy

I'll let you know tomorrow night if the weather holds out😀  We had a decent spring bite there.  One evening I just caught a nice walleye and out of no where, 4 young adults appear from the other side of the cabin and start casting bobbers all around us. I was on spotlock and ended up moving. We caught 3 in the hour or so we were there and didn't catch another after the move.

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delcecchi

so what was with the four boats fishing the mouth of the partridge river by metsa point, stone wall, like tuesday or wed?   That is totally a spring spot but now?  Cigar guy, you see that?

Also saw two boats fishing the weeds where it narrow down to go to black bay...   Once(lo many moons ago) I got into t he crappies in that spot in the summer not spring.  anyone know?

It is always interesting to see what folks are doing and wonder why

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CigarGuy

I'm heading out that way now. Didn't make it out last night. Neighbor's stopped by and we ended up grilling out.

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CigarGuy

Only caught one 19" and it was trolling thru that area. Two boats were bobber fishing, saw them net one, but couldn't tell what it was. We worked a few spots, marked a fair amount, but they were tight lipped. Also caught several nice sunnies.

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Wakemup

I made a run to Frazer yesterday at 5am, by the time I got there from Wakemup Narrows the wind picked up. I fished for an hour and then decided to head back before the wind started to blow even worse. It was a harrowing ride from Oak Narrows back to Muskego Point in the 14 foot fishing boat I've got and puttered into 2+ ft waves. I think I am going to hold off making that trip until I've got a bigger boat 😲

This morning I sat on a hump in Norwegian, another boat that was in the area but across the bay about 300 yards trolled over and fished around me so I pulled up and went to windsock instead. They had a marker out on the spot that I didn't even see until they came over and looked annoyed... 

I fished around some other Islands in Norwegian but no walleyes to report, plenty of perch, smallies, and largies as well.

Anyone having luck with walleyes? I have been trying lindys and jigs with leeches but may need to switch it up.

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delcecchi

DNR guyus showed up to seine our beach today.   They do if for four weeks of july every year since 1984.   

Today they got several hundred perch of assorted sizes and a couple little misc. things.   

Said there were several good to great year classes coming up on West end.   Niles point and Norwegian bay were mentioned....

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