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Dkiazyk, I saw your post about Lake Dauphin. I go hunting there every fall. I have brought my fishing rod allong with and fished Manitoba but never made it to Dauphin. Dauphin water gets so cloudy but I have heard it is awesome for fishing. Is the fall bite very good? I would think that is is but I never see any one out on the lake fishing. Last year when we were hunting I saw one of the weirdest things on that lake. Looking to the north through binoculars there were large whitecaps. I looked like it was getting really ugly out there. The place where we wer was dead calm, I mean glass. The white caps stayed to the north and kept rolling up north for another hour but the wave action never came south. Also there is some major water level changes on that lake. I thought was seeing things but the water level changed 3 times in a couple of hours. About 8" from its high point to its low point. I thought there was a tied until it changed 2 more times. It was kinda of bizzare. It was not a windy day, mostly calm except for the whitecaps up north. Any explainations?
Do you know when the bulk of the northern mallards come through? We have always hunted the 1st week of October. We ocassionaly (about every 3rd or 4th year) see quite a few mallards. I have seem the behive up there but it never seems to be consistant? I think we might be there a little early for them.
One last thing, The place we have been staying at for the last several years has been sold. Might you know of any one who might rent out a House/cabin or old farm house? We have hunted the area for 15 years and have several references from people that live there. Idealy we would like to be anywhere from St Rose up to Rorketon. Any help would be appreciated.

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