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Heading up for the Memorial Day weekend.  I fished the opener and is was cold, snowy and fishing was very slow.  Any reports on how things went last weekend?  It was at least nice for one day.  Hoping the water temps have risen some.  The weekend weather report doesn't look good, but have to go fishing when you can.  Anybody have any new information?  Tight lines and stay safe.

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I went out on Saturday for a bit...checked a few walleye spots and didn't see much and caught less...went to Arrowhead for some crappie fishing as we heard they were biting up there.  Arrowhead is such a hit n miss lake and this time was a miss for us and it appeared a miss for everyone else in there during the time we were fishing it.  we did have on 2 nice crappies in really shallow water but both came unhooked!!   Good Luck!  I should be cruising the area also...if not on the chain will be on a lake near by!  Good Luck

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Sounds good thanks for the info!

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Its been tough guys.  Not only a slow bite but very windy.  Five straight days of 20+  MPH E wind.  Panfish are lockjawed and haven't heard any good walleye reports.   Have a wedding Fri night so wont' t be fishing much the next few days.  Good luck and file the info.

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Did some fishing this weekend on the chain.  Fishing was slow mostly small pike, but the weather was much better than what was forecast.  I couldn't believe how hard it was to find any panfish to bite.   I will be heading back this weekend, hopefully the fish will start cooperating.

 

Everyone stay safe!

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We decided to not hit up the chain and go to another lake in the area...we found a few eyes in the 13-15 foot range on Saturday mid morning and then came back in the evening and landed one more.  Went back out the next morning and didn't find anything!  Just when we thought we found a bite...will be back up this weekend for golfing and maybe a session or 2 fishing.

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Fished Daggett lake Sunday for a bit in the afternoon until the traffic went crazy.  I was fishing from my canoe and buddies were in kayaks, got a bit sketchy with the amount of boats on the lake.  Buddy claims he got a huge bass while we were fishing the south bay but lost it at the side.  I just managed a small bass and pike.  Headed back to his cabin on the northwest side, I decided to drown some worms off his dock and watch the boat show.  Got into some big gills just dropping it right next to the dock.   Was on fire from just before 5pm to about 630.  Went back out on the lake when traffic calmed down around 8 and trolled around a bit.  Got 3 or 4 small pike.  Nothing crazy, but still a fun day.

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Heading up to chain for a couple weeks.  Need some general info on the panfish bite.  They still shallow?  Got a couple grandkids coming up and any info sent on the panfish action will be appreciated.  Thanks   Ray guy

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Wish I had some information for you rayguy but from what I have been hearing the shallow bite in a few popular bays is non-existent this year.  Tough panfish bite...but the sunfish should start biting in the next few days as the water temp on the main lake (Cross) was 60-62 this weekend.  Good Luck and keep us posted!! 

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Got a report that my Father inlaw was out on the chain to see what he could find for Walleyes and said he landed a 18" and a 27.5" on the westside of the chain before the storms were rolling in.  I hadn't talked to him but in this particular area I know we usually will use jigging raps instead of live bait due to the fact that the perch devour any live bait you put down.

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Last weekend May 29th thru 31.  We just got some northerns that were about 18-20" that we kept to try and help the DNR out.  Caught about a dozen Sunfish and 4 Crappies, they were in real shallow 1-3'.  Couldn't find a walleye to save our lives.  When you say west side of the chain what lake are you refering too? Upper Whitefish or even more west in Lower hay?  Let me know.  I won't be up this weekend, but maybe next weekend.  Stay Safe everyone!

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When I say the west side of the chain i mean the west end of Whitefish Lakes...The Upper Whitefish lake tends to be the better producer of eyes early in the season opposed to other parts of the lake that we fish.  This past weekend we hit the west side for a morning fish from 7:30-11 and in the first hour we managed 4 eyes (14.25, 15, 17.25, 19) all on lindy rigs with a leech.  Nice morning to be out on the lake!!  Good Luck out there and look forward to getting back up there.

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I am heading up to the Chain this weekend and hoping I can finally locate a few walleyes.  Does anyone have an new info from this past weekend or week?  It had to have been a wonderful weekend up there if you could get out of the wind.  Any new info would be appreciated!  Have a great week everyone!

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I hit Gull on Friday evening as it was the only light wind period to actually get on a lake and fish!  We fished from 7:45 to 11 and came away with 3 walleyes.  All caught on rapalas in 8' or less all as the sun set or was dark.  As for the chain, I have heard of a few fish caught on lindy rigs and leeches or worms if the perch aren't overly abundant.  Jigging Raps have been cold so far but that should change here too.  Good Luck and wish I had a better report but we left Saturday evening knowing the wind was gonna keep us off the lake...

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another weekend is in the past...anyone get out on the chain and wet a line?  I went late night trolling over to Gull again for Friday and Saturday nights.  Caught fish both nights with Saturday setting up to be awesome until mother nature pissed on our party!?

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Heading up for a weeks fishing.   Any reports?   Neighbors are saying Bass are going pretty good.  Will file  a mid week up date.  Stay down wind?

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enjoy your week of fishing!  I will be up this weekend for a guys golfing/fishing weekend as a buddy is bringing some Iowegians up...should be a nice weekend!!  Good Luck

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Well here is my two cents.  Have done a lot of fishing and not much catching.  Been very windy and now feels like a oven so its a hard bite. Walleyes we have caught have been fairly shallow.  Most on live bait but a couple on shad raps.  No real pattern ,  one here and one there. Bass are more active.  Morning has been good for them.  The past weekend I think its the most pontoons and wake boats I have ever seen on Whitefish.  Big fishfly hatch the last few days. This weekend you better get up early cause the armada forms about 10:00 am.  One strange thing is we still have sunnies on nests around our dock.  Very late for that.  So guys keep your eyes open as there are some crazies out there buzzing around.  Happy fourth!

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Good report rayguy!  I have heard from many lakes in the area that the sunnies are just getting onto their beds!!  The armada will sure be out in full force this weekend as the fourth always draws a major crowd out there!!  Great for sight seeing but not so much for fishing...on calm days if you can get over to trout lake the whitefish have been biting on jigging raps in the 60 ft range.  troll till you see a bunch of fish in 40+ ft of water and start jigging until your rod bends over!!!  great fish for the smoker!!!  Good Luck

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@ozzie I’ve been wanting to get on some whiteys for a while and have talked about hitting the chain for some time.  Just might have to try that tip now that I have an honest fishing boat again.

 

Or let me know if you have an open seat sometime or want to jump in with me. ?

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Algae!

 

Ever since the zebra mussels have gotten into Whitefish the floating mats of algae have been a nuisance, but this year is terrible.  I hate that crap.  You can't troll without it getting all over your line and lure.  Not fun to swim in either!  My parents have even mentioned leaving the chain it bothers them so much.  

 

Does anyone know if this is the blue-green algae that is toxic to dogs?

 

No chance I'll fish during the day this weekend, it's nuts out there right now.

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I happened to be out on the chain this morning and drove from Big Trout to the very west end where Pine River comes in.  Rutgers Bay was the worst for moss by far from what I saw.

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I honestly have not even attempted to fish the chain in the recent weeks.  This past week my FIL did go on Tuesday to Trout and found a few willing whitefish for the smoker again but he said it got too hot to fish.  On Thursday and Saturday we went to lake further north and found a few willing crappies to keep us active but could not find any walleyes.

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Fished Whitefish both Sunday and Monday from about 6AM until 10AM each day. Used only artificial lures.  Trolled  weed edges some of the time with Shad Raps #8 size, and then a little deeper with the #9 size Flicker Minnow.  Only caught one 29 inch Northern trolling.  Spent about 1/2 of the time casting  a jig and soft plastic into about 12 ft to 18 ft  where there were decent, but not great weeds.  Caught  several small Northerns plus 2 more that were 27" and 28".   The bonus was a 17.5" Largemouth.  No Walleyes either day.

 

Monday had several "bite offs" on the soft plastics.  That is kinda the problem with using them where there are Pike.

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Fishing is tough right now. And 2 1/2 inches of rain last night probably won’t help.  Tried yesterday trolling my favorite crank in my favorite spots and ended up with one 15” Walleye and about six Northerns. A guy could get a lot of them right now in 12-15 feet on anything silver. There good pickled. Now more storms coming so times are tough. Had no trouble trolling yesterday so floating weeds must of hit shore. Was lots of fish suspended but ignored my offering. 

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rain was sorely needed in the area...firm believer that we need to keep taking the smaller pike out to better the size structure of the pike population out there!  The lake used to be known for its massive pike and now they are a thing of the past!  Of course there are some decent sized pike in the system but there should be more roaming the fertile fishing grounds out there!!  off my soapbox now?  Glad to hear the floating weeds have maybe washed ashore for a bit.  I hope to get up there this coming weekend and give the deep troll a go and maybe a quick stop on some break lines and send a jigging rap to the bottom and see what takes the offering!  Good Luck- Oz

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Fished middle WF on Friday afternoon and got a 17.5" and 22" eye on a white jighead/leech in 18 and 23 fow. Tried midday on Saturday for a bit and didn't get a bite. The boat waves were insane at times so I called it quits for the day.

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The algae has really changed the lakes on the chain.  The last three summers have been a struggle for me and bass fishing.  The algae is thick and attached to existing weeds.  I wonder if this is keeping the bass a lot deeper.  Overall I think the bass population is not as numerous as five years ago.   

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      Up at the NW Angle...  
      Excellent fishing continues on both sides of the border.  In U.S. waters, deep mud of Little Traverse Bay continues producing walleyes in 24 - 31 feet.  Gold, white and orange spinners with a crawler or a minnow continue to be effective.  As water cools, minnows on some days are outfising crawlers.  
      Areas with structure continue to hold fish.  18 - 27 feet are good starting points.  Jig and a minnow is the goto on structure and neck down areas.
      Pike and muskie anglers are locating fish on weedy points using double blade spinners and topwater.  A lot of fish are caught on figure eight.
      Travel to and from the Angle via vehicle through the 40 miles of Canada is open.  Boating into Canadian waters is now open.  Please note, no live, frozen or dead bait allowed into Canada from the U.S.  The various plastics on a jig are working well.  Contact a NW Angle resort for details.
      Charter boat transport and float planes are still available through the LOW Passenger Service and Lake Country Air.  
       


    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      By LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the south end...  Great walleye action this week with numerous pike mixed in.  Walleyes are starting to gravitate to fall patterns.  Walleyes being caught in various depths 13 - 34 feet of water.  Most anglers are still drifting with spinners or trolling crankbaits, but the jig bite is picking up steam. 
      Water temps in the upper 50's and low 60's.  Walleyes setting up across the south shore and with more shiners running, this trend will continue.  
      Reef fishing is starting to pick up.  Jigging with a frozen shiner on or near reefs is a fall goto and things are just starting.
      September and October are excellent months to fish walleyes.  If you like the jig bite, anchored up with a jig and minnow, this is a fun time of year.
      On the Rainy River...   Emerald shiners are continuing to run in the Rainy River.  Some good runs so far and walleyes are showing up.  Anglers are catching fish in the river.  Fall is here.
      Most walleye anglers on the river will anchor up along an edge or in a hole with a jig and minnow.  Fishing is taking place from Wheeler's Point to Baudette to Birchdale.
      Fall is a great time to fish sturgeon, bass and pike on the river, although the vast majority of anglers are after walleyes.
      Up at the NW Angle...  
      Excellent fishing continues on both sides of the border.  In U.S. waters, deep mud of Little Traverse Bay continues producing walleyes in 24 - 31 feet.  Gold, white and orange spinners with a crawler or a minnow is effective.  Minnows on some days are starting to be preferred by the walleyes.  Try both.  
      Areas with structure continue to hold fish.  18 - 27 feet are good starting points.  Jig and a minnow is the goto.
      Pike and muskie anglers are locating fish on weedy points using double blade spinners and topwater.  Some nice fish boated this week.
      Travel to and from the Angle via vehicle through the 40 miles of Canada is open.  Boating into Canadian waters is now open.  Please note, no live, frozen or dead bait allowed into Canada from the U.S.  The various plastics on a jig are working well.  Contact a NW Angle resort for details.
      Charter boat transport and float planes are still available through the LOW Passenger Service and Lake Country Air.  
       


    • AnglerJake
      By AnglerJake
      Heading up to Garden Lake Resort Sep 16 - 24. Any reports or tips from up there? Thanks!
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    • mulefarm
      Troy, Glad to see your posts! Missed them this summer and hope you continue posting on a regular basis!
    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the south end...  Great fall walleye fishing again this week.  As the traditional deer hunting opener approaches, walleye fishing is typically in high gear.  This pattern is holding true.  Various spots along the south shore are producing nicely.  The walleyes and sauger are active.  These fish are also setting up nicely for ice fishing which is just around the corner with water temps in the upper 40's. Anchored up and jigging with a fathead or emerald shiner is the go to method.  Live shiners are available and effective.  Some anglers are still pulling spinners with a minnow or trolling crankbaits with good success.  Gold, pink, white and chartreuse hot colors this week. The best reports are coming from 17-27 feet of water across the south shore in areas such as Pine Island, Morris Point, Zippel Bay, Graceton Beach, Long Point and Rocky Point.  Various schools within these depths.  In addition to walleyes and saugers, pike, jumbo perch, sturgeon and even a few crappies are in the mix for walleye anglers.  On the Rainy River...   Nice pockets of walleyes being caught in the river.  Jigging with a frozen or live shiner, is the go to method.  Emerald shiners are tough to beat.   Some groups are trolling crankbaits in the river and because of their consistency, they never switch.  Also great in locating walleyes or when fish are scattered.    Sturgeon activity with cooler water is good with numerous fish caught and released. Up at the NW Angle...  Fall fishing up at the Angle continues strong.  Most anglers are using a jig and minnow or jig and plastic (when boating into Canada) for walleyes.  In some areas, walleyes continue to be stacked and big numbers of fish are being caught.   Gold, pink and/or glow colored jigs and spinners are doing well.  Reminder, no live, frozen or dead bait being able to be transported over the border from the U.S. into Canada, consequently anglers boating into Ontario waters reporting various plastics on their jigs and spinners working great. Various areas of structure such as points, reefs and sandy areas in neck down areas continue to hold good fish.  12 - 26 feet is the range depending upon the spot.   Big crappies are being caught on jigs and minnows in 24-30' adjacent to structure. Muskie action continues to be strong.  Jigging large baits has boated good numbers of fish as well as casting and trolling.  Travel to and from the Angle via vehicle through the 40 miles of Canada is open.  Boating into Canadian waters is now open.   Want to avoid crossing the border?  Charter transport via water and ice and flights over the lake are available through the LOW Passenger Service and Lake Country Air both this fall and into the winter months via ice.      
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