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What lake are you fishin for the opener?


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I've decided to stick with Eagle Lake this year with my Dad and Bro-n-law. We have a cabin on the lake but the fishing has never been very good on the opener. The past few years we've trailered our boat to other area lakes for the opener but we never had much success on those lakes either, so we are just going to relax and work the home turf this year.
Where will the rest of you be fishing this weekend? I see a few of you will be on Potato.
Good Luck to everybody. Hopefully we'll have some better weather this year.

Nels

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As mentioned I'll be opening on Potato. If that doesn't produce on Saturday, I'll be off to Winnie or Blackduck. Ain't there a song--anticipaaaation!

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lilwater-
I get downstream to Potato often during the season but this year I've been told the lake levels are even lower than last year. So I doubt I'll risk a prop going down the creek. Potato's got some nice size panfish if the walters arent cooperative.
Good luck,
Nels

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Potato also has some fantastic Bass fishing... just don't tell anyone else that. save them all for me... HAHA

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Is anyone heading to Itasca or George? How are the water temps there, if anyone knows? I was thinking of going to Cass but the weather sounds brutal.

Maybe a good weekend to chase panfish instead.

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Me and a freind of mine are going to try East Crooked. Never fished it on tne opener but you never know what you're missing until you try. If any of you happen to be out there which I really doubt we'll be the one's in the ranger 621 VS.

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Our results were similar. My son and I fished George as long as we could stand saturday morning, caught one eater pike, had a couple bite offs, and one bass. I only talked to one group that had a walleye, and lots of nets were flashing toward about 9 am but all appeared to be pike.

I agree, memorial should be good.

LA

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How did everbody do on opener. Fished potato on saturday and caught 8 between 2 of us. Were fishing the main lake in 24' of h2o with a jig and a minnow, boat control was tough, but fishing was good. Next weekend will be fishing Rush lake

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My report, if anyone cares.
We fished Sat. on Eagle and endured the strong winds. Boat control was tough. We managed to catch and release about a half dozen small northerns but got shut out on the walters. The next day was completely the opposite with glassy calm water and warm. We decided to give Potato a try and ended up with 4 eyes by noon, all on leeches. smile.gif Then we went back to Eagle and searched for some Crappies but found none. Water temp on Eagle was 49 degerees on Sat. morning and 52 by Sun. afternoon. Overall we had better success than last year.
Cant wait to get back up there in two weeks. The bite should be much better.
Nels

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