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Does anyone up here fish it for walleyes? I come up there quite often for some of those tasty rainbows! If so how and what time of the year is best? Thanks for the help....

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My ex-girlfriends grandparents live right next to bad medicine. The trout fishing is supposed to be awesome. I have never personally fished for them. They are speckled carp. Her grandpas friend fishes them all the time. They tried to eat a couple and I guess they were just horrible. They were really mushy. They use in-line spinners like a vibrax and fly fishing tackle.
The walleye fishing is awesome, but only if you go out at night. It is about the clearest water in the world. Have to beware at night though. If you dont bring mosquito control they will kill you. I would suggest crusing the lake during the day though to find places to fish at night. I guess some old lady caught a 17lb. walleye out of there about 10 years ago. The way her grandpa talks it used to be the best lake in the world. He has been there since the 40's. He says that it has just gone in the toliet though since they put the trout in there and all them cabins flooded out.

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I've eaten many trout out of this lake and yet to have one that was mushy or foul tasting. We use down riggers about 15-35 feet down over 40-90 feet of water. I have tried eating rainbows in the late summer out of shallow water lakes such as Hanson which is near DL by Cotton lake. When the water gets warm in these shallow lakes the meat gets white and mushy. As for B.Medicine, the meat is dark orange to red and deliciuos as as any trout.

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Went to BadMed last year for opener and limited on trout. In the spring when the water is cold, they hang about 4 ft from the top. No need for downriggers. Just trolled around pole in one hand & suds in the other. Not too much fishing talent needed. That’s why we are going back this year, when the fishing is easy might as well take advantage of it.

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i was wandering whats the best way to fish for trout early in the year i have never done it before and would like some tips i herd that pulling cranks is a good way right now

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Besides rainbows at bad medicine I’ve fished Gunflint Lake at opener and did very well. I was informed by the resort owner to troll using the brightest thing in my tackle box at about 35 ft. down. Putting out at least 100 yards of line. If nothing bites, put out more line. It worked. I was using a bright orange crank (I didn’t think it would work) with a weight about four feet in front of it. Caught my limit. Having a locator is a must because you have to determine at what depth they are suspended. During the spring time they can be at any depth following the bait fish, because the water temp is so cool. Hoped this helped a little.

Good luck

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The way I fish them is simple, #12 salmon egg hook, 4lb line, splitshot and a bober, I bait it with a couple pc. of corn, and sometimes a chunk of nightcrawler. do a search for fish w/electronics, and set the bobber to the depth you see the fish, ancor up wind. its a blast! may threw june is best.

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    • Mike89
    • Kettle
      Maybe a replica but it's still swimming 
    • 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
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    • 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.
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