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mklem

The week is finally here. We (my family and I) are heading up to Jessie on Saturday July 17. We've never been there before but plan to do some fishing (lots, hopefully). I'm looking for some help on where to fish on the lake, if there is a local hot bait, better time to fish, good bait shop in the area, etc. Being July, I would guess it's pike and perch, but it has been fairly cool, so is there a chance for any walleyes?

Also, is there a good place to get some pizza or a good steak in the area, shopping, other family type things.

All info is appreciated. And after being in the car for 9 the hour drive, the location of the nearest watering hole would be appreciated.

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eskomo

Fishing is good, the eyes are scattered, for Eyes go with a lindy setup with a leech or crawler, for perch use a small jig with crappie minnow,(river rat out of Cohasset has real small shinners, my two kids had a blast. Northerns use a spoon or a mepps spinner. If I remember right you are staying at three cedars, right in front is goofishing, down to the left theres a point and from Jessie veiw resort to the point is good. The resort owner will know of hot spots when you arrive the fish are on the move to deeper water. Hopefully your drive from urbana will be a good one, Have to go to Cedar Rapids this weekend to a family reunion will be down there till Wed. then back to the lake that weekend.

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merc

For food you have Riley's just a mile from the resort also the Timberwolf just north of Marcell has good steaks etc. also. For a burger and pizza you have Richies and Frontier Sports right in Marcell. Frontier also has a real good supply of bait and tackle. There is a very nice park right in Marcell with tennis courts, basketball nets, softball field etc. For shopping there are a few gift shops in the area but that is about it close by. Your in a great area with very nice people, you will have a great time.

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eskomo

No slots as of yet, looks like next year.

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PerchJerker

I haven't fished Jessie this year so I can't give you any current info. But in the past I've trolled shad raps and walleye divers and caught plenty of perch and pike on them (yeah, that's right, I was catching perch on crankbaits). The east shore south of the resort has some interesting breaklines and points - difficult to troll until you learn them because they're so up and down and back and forth, but it's a place you could start.

Rileys has excellent food, including excellent pizza. I know you asked about steaks, but everybody has prime rib specials on Saturday night. Richies and the Timberwolf are also excellent spots to eat. Arcadia Lodge on Turtle Lake is kind of an interesting place - has some history from the '30's when the big wheels from Chicago used to come up and vacation. If you want to go there, you may want to make a reservation ahead of time to sit in the screen porch that overlooks the lake.

There's a gas station / bait shop / gift shop in Talmoon called Wilderness Edge. Good people that run that store.

If you get stuck with a rainy day, there's the Blueberry Bowl on the north side of Deer River, which also has excellent pizza.

Hope some of this helps. Have a great trip and let us know how the fishing was!

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mklem

Thanks again for the great info. Keep it coming.

I have fished MN for years, but never as late as July. Are the skeeters as bad as I've heard?

We're looking forward to a great trip. I can already hear the Loons calling...

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mklem

Yes we are staying at 3 Cedars. Thanks for the help and advice. I'm hoping it's a boring drive with no road construction, but I don't think I'm that lucky.

Are there any special fish slots, or other regs on Jessie?

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mklem

That park sounds like a great place for my soon to be 3 year old to burn off some energy. Thanks for the tips.

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Tim O

The biting flies just came out in the last few days. Deep woods off works for them for a few hours. Skeeters have only been bad at dark,but with the rain that might change.
Some nice sunnies have been caught on the south end from us with a piece of leech and a small jig or plain hook.
Say hi to Dennis for me.
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mklem

Thanks for all the info everyone. We leave at 4 a.m. Saturday. I hope the weather and fish cooperate.

I'll post a recap of the trip.

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