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Any Tips For Echo Lake?

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Hi everyone, I will be heading to Echo Lake, in the superior national Forest, the middle of June.  Never been there, but the small amount I found on this site says it's a good fishing lake.  Does anyone have past experience on this lake?  I'm targeting walleye mostly, but Pike and crappie are always on my menu.  Are there any lure colors that have worked well for you?  I'm mostly a live bait fisherman.  Any presentations that worked well?  Any advice will be greatly appreciated with this lake, and I will report back how it went/what worked.  Thank you everyone.

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Bucketcastle,  it’s been 2 years since I fished it but my best days were when I did not overthink it. Everything relates to the weed lines because the lake is so shallow. I would find pockets in them and toss a bobber with a plain hook and minnow under it into them.  You can always add a bead to the hook red or chartreuse worked best. There are several points that have some depth (8-10 FOW) that you can work with a jig and minnow, and there is a hump/ rock pile toward the east mid lake that is worth jigging. I ve slipped bobbered these as well.  I did talk to a guy fishes the reeds at the far east end of the lake but have never done it.   Have fun.


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 I have fished Echo in the past for crappie mostly.  My method is to fish all the dead heads in the lake and there are or at least were a number of them. Echo is a shallow lake 15' and under. Use a road runner lure in 1/16 or 1/32, locate the way the log lays and cast past the log to the deep end , let the lure sink and reel back slow. No live bait needed. Don't get to close to the dead head or the crappies will spook. also if that don't work go over to Mytle lake lots of panfish available there

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Thank you guys for the tips, I will hopefully post good results.

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Well, I found out on the last day the mayfly hatch had been going on for the past two days on Echo Lake.  Fishing was tough, but managed to catch fish.  Mostly small (under 20") Pike around eleven total (all released) one little 13" walleye (released), and one 12" crappie (shorelunch).  We were fishing with shiners day one and two, day three with chubbs.  We had the best luck with bright yellow or white jig heads.  When the current was slow we used floating jigs with a sinker a few feet above.  When the current was fast a simple 3/8 oz jig a few feet off the bottom.  Mostly, drift fishing across main portions of the lake.  Did a little shore fishing with a bobber and jig with similar results.  I suppose we were lucky to catch anything at all.  But, it was a very nice scenic lake to fish.  We spent the last night at the primitive campsite on the opposite side of the lake.  Which had a fire grate for cooking and a small sand beach for the boat.






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