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8/30 report


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Perfect weather and bad fishing. The traffic on the lake was slow I believe due to the fact of some colder temps but the fish did not cooperate with us. We only boated on wall dog in the 12" range. My son lost a really nice pike on Sat. In his eyes due to me because I would'nt help him reel it in. (gotta love that) I tried blades, cranks and night bobber fishing. I was either in the wrong spots or it was slow all over. Swamptrout & Mrs. Swamptrout did help us out with a great Panfish spot on Atikn lake. Yep it took catching 15 small one to get a nice one but the kids just loved it! Thanks again and it was a pleasure meeting both of you. I did make it back that night after another hour or so of some lighted bobber fishing. I also went back the next morning with the 4 year old.

I was once again impressed with the family activities McGregor provided. Wild Rice days was great complete with parade, flea market and corn feed!

If you are looking for a seasonal site for next year your not alone there were many people looking this weekend and would guess there filling fast. There are also alot of campers for sale in these lots. Plan ahead for next year!

I will be bear hunting the next two weeks so I hope somone can drop some reports for me in my absence.

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Hey nice Rack

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Crappies were going nicely.
Father-in-law got 20 in Aitkin Friday evening. On Sat morning we got 18 at "The Pine Tree" in the Prarie River. Went to Aitkin Sat evening and got another 28 crappies, and one walleye.
Sunday got back to the Pine Tree again and got another half dozen crappies.
We kept a total of 11 for the weekend. Most were carbon copy 8.5 to 9 inchers. Should be good in the years to come, if they don't all get eaten for dinner.
The ones we kept were 9+ to almost 11 inches.
Very fun.
Tried Walleyes for a while, and gave up on them.
I sure wish I could get back up there this fall, but hunting is upon us.

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ok...but i guess i should have been more specific. i wasnt on sandy. or wawa we were out on the ol' mississip' the water is low and if you have a smaller boat it maybe worth a try we did good and you might also..

whips the rod back and yells...

fish on ..!
fish off...!

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Hey Sand Burr & Biglake,
I'm new to this web site but I have been on Big Sandy out of Ole's resort for the last 4 years.We also did well on Aitkin over the weekend.Nice slabbage gills,some bonus crappies and a 3-4 # walleye,But my net man got a little to anxious and the walleye was
unceremoniusly released.Another day maybe.

I'm heading back up this weekend.If any body would like to get together for some boat time,let me know.The family will be up so mornings are usually good for me.I think it would be cool to meet up with some fellow fishermen on the lake.

I can give some reports if you like from this
coming weekend.

Thanks,
Pagz

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Pagz,
Welcome aboard! Yes a great bunch of guys here on FM.com. I wish I was headed back up this weekend but I am also ready to hunt. Please drop a report for us. Seams to be a ton of people back in Atkin and that's usually what keeps me out on the big water. It will be getting worse towards the end of the month. I will be back up over the 20th if your up there we will hook up.

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Heres my sunday roport...

hit the water at 4 pm. and got off the water before it got dark. boated 10 walleyes only 3 that were under 12 inches most in the 16-18 inch range, a small pike, a sucker, and some nice rock bass. using jig heads and a peice of night crawler. i think that it was a dang nice afternoon on the water .. and the eyes tasted good too...

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sand burr you are right about aitkin in mid-sept,great panfishing. enjoyed the chat and the exchange of information that we had, went out on sandy mon. morning, caught one keeper wallygator, and two little ones over in the n.e.corner.

good luck, shoot straight,

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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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