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I really enjoy this area and have fished walleyes on all 5 lakes. Some of the biggest fish I have ever caught and released have come from these lakes. Any conversations about these lakes would be welcomed!

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My in-laws have a cabin on Side Lake just south of Bimbos. I really enjoy the lakes, but the walleyes in there have me skunked. I've only fished them a handful of times, but I've yet to catch a walleye. Bass, panfish and pike are pretty easy to come by. Do you have any suggestions for me?

tjhunter

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I've done pretty good for crappies in the bay on Side and pretty good for walleyes in front of the campground. There's a weed line that runs parallel to the campground right up until the bay and it always seems to be good even when there's lots of boat traffic. As far as the big lake is concerned, this is the best walleye factory I know of anywhere in this area. Lots of structure and lots of possibilities. The interesting fact regarding the Sturgeon chain is that the fish in almost all of these lakes migrate during different times of the year and hold in locations co-insiding to those times of year. E-mail me about specifics and I will share with you where I have had wonderful success.

I bet your craving a Bimbo's pizza and wings much like myself?

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Fishing most of the day and then Bimbos pizza, wings and beer - is their anything better???

Shoot me an email - my email address is [email protected].

P-bay on Side lake has produced some nice crappies from me. I've tried the weedline you're speaking of in front of the campground and can't seem to get anything. I've tried lindy rigs with leeches, minnows and crawlers. I've also tried casting crankbaits.

Maybe we can hook up this spring and you can show me the ropes.

Later
tjhunter

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George's special! Man that sounds good. I had one in January when I was back fishing that area. I wonder if Jack or George would send me some frozen pizzas up here in Alaska?..$$$$...I have a cabin on Big Sturgeon just left of the point as you leave West Sturgeon and are heading through the narrows into the big lake by the sunken island. Talked to my brother a couple of days ago and he did good for crappies on West, but hasn't been doing all that good on Side in the evenings. I remember right at dark when those slabs would cruise into the bay and I would be running hole to hole to keep up with them. Beauties! I've been spending my summers up here doing research, but 3 years ago I was on the big lake before a cold front and released a 31" and a 33" eye in the middle of the day. Huge fish! The next day on West I caught a 27" and a 29" in the rain. I'll never forget those 2 days. Great photos. Dammit! Really craving some wings now, oh well I will have a beer and pretend, hehe!

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Spend a lot of my summer fishing on this chain. We have a cabin on Little Sturgeon and have fished 1000's of hours on all of the lakes. B.S. is a "factory" for just about every specie. Good walleye, crappie and big northerns. 2 biggest pike I ever caught were on B.S. 43" 20+ lber 3 yrs ago and a 16 lber this winter.

I was up on the ice on B.S. last weekend and the water level is a the lowest I've ever seen for this time of year. I doubt that you could get a canoe between B.S. and L.S. Hopefully, we'll get some rain before opener otherwise it could be tough going.

It's Friday and I think I'll go to Bimbo's tonite for wings/pizza (George's Special!)

[This message has been edited by Hibbing (edited 03-28-2003).]

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    • smurfy
      So is it going on the wall??
    • Kettle
      Thank you! For minnesota it's a fish of a lifetime. 12 in girth, mouth was 7 in in circumference 
    • Hookmaster
      Wowsers Kettle. Very nice fish!!
    • smurfy
      dang..thats a piggy!!!!!!!!! i first though  tyou were talkin ice thickness!!!!!!  😆
    • Kettle
    • JerkinLips
      There were a lot of ATV/SxS running around the lake but I found it quite slippery even with AWD engaged.  I did see a couple of snowmobiles crossing the lake.  There is enough snow to keep the slides lubricated, especially when the temperature is above freezing.  If your track is studded that would help traction and slide lubrication.
    • SkunkedAgain
      It looks like it's ATV/SxS season on the lake. Snowmobile season is on temporary (or permanent) hiatus.
    • JerkinLips
      Was back Tuesday-Thursday this week after I discovered that walleye season ends on Sunday, February 25th.  I thought that the season has closed the last day of February in recent years.  I see that I fished on Monday, February 28th two winters ago so lucky I didn't get busted then.   The ice was in very good shape.  I found 15-18 inches of solid ice in the areas I checked.  There was no standing water on the ice and very little snow as shown in the 3 pictures of the McKinley Park landing from Thursday afternoon.  When the temperature was below freezing, the ice was very slippery.  When it warmed up mid day it wasn't as bad.  The landing was starting to deteriorate today, but with the cold weather on Friday it should freeze over.  It may start to get bad again by Sunday when it warms up.  Full size vehicles were still driving out close to Birch Island so apparently that path is still good.   Fishing was very good for late season.  Most of my walleyes were again 9-12 inches, but I did catch a 21, 24, and 27.  I was lucky to catch my limit of 14-15 inchers today to bring home for a meal.  The walleyes preferred small rainbows, but also liked lively chubs.  I caught four fish on the same small rainbow today when I was running low on small ones.  I finally gave up on that minnow when I went 20 minutes without a bite.  I had 3 rainbows come off the hook on their own; one when I dropped it in the hole and the other two when I dropped them to the bottom.  I think that happens when you hook them in the soft part of their body.  I caught my first tulibee of the winter (15 inches) and it really stunk up the house.  I also caught a lot of perch for the first time this winter.  I only caught 1 perch the previous 14 days I fished, but I caught 11 perch in these 3 last days, including six that were 11-13 inches long.  I wish I liked to eat perch so I could have kept them.  The hardest bite I had this week was by the pictured 8 inch walleye.  This little guy grabbed that full sized minnow and pulled it quickly to to bottom of the hole.  (However the 27 inch walleye did peel off a bit of drag bringing her in).  Morning bite from 830 to 1230 was best.   If you venture out the last weekend of the season, good luck.  Be cautious of ice conditions since the sun can really melt some holes in the ice this late in the season.
    • smurfy
      i cant speak for out that way but check the st cloud thread.......Rick gavee a pretty decent report on the ice around the area. he fishes a ton in the winter and is thinking of calling it quits............that tells me something!!!!
    • Mike89
      be careful!!  
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