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Is anybody having any luck on pokey? It seems to be the dead sea lately.any info would be appreciated.

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I will be camping at sugar bay campground on Pokegama the weekend of June 26th. Is there good shore fishing in the area? I ahve a 12 ft duck boat with a small trolling motor that I could bring with me, if it would be worth it. I have never fished this area, and any information would be very appreciated! Thanks in advance!-Later!~
Dustin

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Thanks, I will bring the boat with then. I'll just have to check out the lake map, and see what things look like when I get up there. Any advice on what type of bait/lures to use on that lake. Would like to catch a few Northerns and walleyes.

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its hard to beat a plain old jig and minnow. I like 1/4 oz on pokey cause you tend to be a bit deeper with a shiner. there is lots of fish in pokey right now hope you do well
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Thank you, I hope I do well also. I will be sure to bring some 1/4 jigs and shiners with me then. Any certain color jigs to use or stay away from? I am no pro fisherman, so all of your info helps alot! Thanks again!

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Hey Jason
Have you ever tried trolling Rapalas out there at night? We tried it a couple times by The Island. Caught some real nice walleyes in the middle of the night. 3 to 8 pounds. That was 15 years ago. I grew up 2 miles from Pokegama

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they do well at night when it gets alittle later in the year. Its out of my league I like going to bed alittle earlier these days so I dont do it no more. never was a big fan of that night fishing.
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I guess our trip was postponed until July 9th weekend. What's the latest news I need to know to catch a few fish on Pokie near Sugar Bay Campground? Any help is appreciated!! Thanks again!

Dustin

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Are there any bait shops near Sugar Bay campround, or should I get bait before I go up there? Thanks!

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I do not know where the campground is, but I fished Pokegama for the first time this weekend. I fished panfish around different structure (docks, downed trees, lily pads, deeper weedlines) and caught rock bass after rock bass. It was fun because they fight well, but no crappies or gills so I stopped panfishing.

I did however catch a lot of 3 to 4 pound northerns and a decent number of 2 to 3 pound bass. The bass and northerns were caught on the weedlines in 8-15 feet of water. I found that any more shallow and you'll catch a lot of fish, but they will be extremely small, just as you would expect. All fish were released.

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