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curt quesnell

When we first tossed this idea around there<BR>were a few of you who said "Yep, I'll be<BR>there" or "I will try to be there"<P>So to BDR, BigRed 70, Scarface, WalleyeJon,<BR>ChuckN & Moosehunter how is it looking for you guys now?<P>And BTurck, I know it was a stretch from the<BR>beginning but I hope you could clear your<BR>schedule.<P>Please post on this thread.<P>Also, if you need to hook up with a boat or<BR>if you have room in your boat, lets get that<BR>set up in advance. Please post your situation and we can put it together this<BR>week.<P>Thanks all!<P>------------------<BR>Curt Quesnell<BR>NorthCountry Outdoors Radio

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Curt, I will have anywhere from three to five people with me on Saturday and Sunday.(my brother in law and his two boys etc.) I can fish three out of my boat, so I may have two LOW newcomers who are looking to jump in with someone else. Let me know if anyone has room. It would be much appreciated. They will gladly chip in on gas and bait.

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Rick

Of course you know I will be up there. I would also like to bring BigDar. I sent an e-mail to you to clarify.<P>This sounds like it will be one VERY FUN get together Curt!! smile.gif

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Bigred70

Unfortunately, I cannot make it Curt. We are headed to Lac Suel, ONT. to chase hog walleye that weekend and the following week. Let me know how it goes! Sorry!

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wallydiver

I'll be up there also. I'll bring the taters like we talked about this morning. Let me know if I should bring ketchup, etc.

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walleyejon

It's been on my calender since you picked the date. I will have room for two people in my boat. I have a green/off white Crestliner I'll be towing with a red Suburban. Are we supposed to bring anything for the fish fry, or is someone taking care of that, and we just throw some money in the hat on Saturday? <BR> BTW, the fishing was awesome on Sunday, so this weekend should see a lot of fish in our boats.<P>------------------<BR>Fish on gotta go--JON

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Curt, ignore my last post. The brother in law just cancelled out. I'm set for this weekend.

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curt quesnell

Wallydiver,<P>I am real happy you guys will be there.<P>Drewski said he would bring ketchup so <BR>if you bring potatos and some secret<BR>deep frying recipe that would be cool.<BR>Instead of ketchup how about some tartar<BR>sauce?<P>Drewski claimed paper towels, salt & pepper<BR>and ketchup.<P>I am bringing paper plates, cups and tools<BR>(knifes-forks) and some great nametags made<BR>by my wife.<P>Jeff Beckwith is bringing cookers and oil and<BR>batter (thanks man).<P>Old Guide also has a cooker and I think I<BR>can talk him into cleaning fish.<P>Burly said he could bring a salad<P>Walleyejon, maybe you could get some beans<BR>or another salad? <P>There must be some stuff I am forgetting.<BR>Any one else showing up, we could use more<BR>salads or anything you might think of <BR>that would be good....<P>I KNOW!!!!!Bars for desert!!!!!!<BR>Bread&butter or buns or chips<P>Everyone bring your own beverages.<P>It looks like the weather will be good and<BR>that means the fish will be snappin!<P>Thanks for the good fishin report Walleyejon.<P>This is gettin fun already.<P>------------------<BR>Curt Quesnell<BR>NorthCountry Outdoors Radio<P>[This message has been edited by curt quesnell (edited 06-14-2004).]<p>[This message has been edited by curt quesnell (edited 06-14-2004).]

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fiskyknut

Hey Jon.....Are there 2 outboards on you boat?

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walleyejon

No, Johnson 90, trolling motor on the bow. I was within a few hundred yards of the red marker most of the morning, the fish moved shallow when the wind went down, so in the afternoon we were up by Springsteel Island. You can't mistake my boat for anyone elses, it's an aqua green and off white with 8' antenna. Fishing tomorrow afternoon by Rocky if you can make it.<P>------------------<BR>Fish on gotta go--JON

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curt quesnell

bummmmmp

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walleyejon

I got the beans, butter, tartar sauce, and a a few lemons. Is this rain or shine??????<P>------------------<BR>Fish on gotta go--JON

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icehook

I can bring the buns and chips.

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wallydiver

Looks like this is coming together pretty well. Anybody got a mean french fry recipe?? I'm open for suggestions.

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bucks-n-ducks

Curt~<BR> Walleyejon was gracious enough to offer a spot in his boat for me, so I will be there also. Look forward to meeting some of the guys. See you then.<P>Again thanks walleyejon<P>Bucks-n-ducks

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Scarface

I'm in. Not sure of my exact schedule, I'll Probable fish the morning and come back for the eating

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ChuckN

Sorry guys, I can't make this one due to several misfortunes in the last week that I won't even begin to describe...<BR>Have fun, will be thinking of how much I miss LOW and the gathering.

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Old Guide

Things are looking good! The best part is like walleyejon said the fish are just out a short way offshore. I had part of a group out tues. started at the red marker and caught fish.<P>------------------<BR><B>Old Guide Charters</B><BR>Lake of the Woods<BR><A HREF="http://fishingmn.com/oldguidecharters/" TARGET=_blank>http://fishingminnesota.com/oldguidecharters/</A><BR>Call Toll Free:1-800-952-(9484)

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walleyejon

I'll get in a few hours after work Friday evening (weather permitting), so I should have a good idea of where to start looking on Saturday. Also, I talked another friend (non-FMer)into bringing his boat, so there's two more open seats for whoever will need them. <P>------------------<BR>Fish on gotta go--JON

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Wiskers

Shoot, I am booked all weekend.. Plus it is supposed to rain.. :-(..<P>Hope you have a good turn out, I will be there in mind for ya any how.<P>Don't forget to check out the Catfish forum. The FM gathering is getting closer and is starting to look like a good turn out.<P>See ya on the water.<P>------------------<BR><A HREF="http://wiskersguidingservice.com" TARGET=_blank>Wiskers Guiding Service</A><BR>Red River, Red Lake River & Minnesota River,for Channel Cats, Flatheads & Walleyes<BR>Crookston, MN<BR> [email protected]<P>218-280-0442

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fiskyknut

Hmmmm.....Appears somebody wants to rain on this parade for some reason?<P>The real scoop on the weather? From what I've gathered offline and on the local radio as of today it sounds nice.....Partly cloudy, highs in the low 70's with westerly winds at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precip is 10% or zero depending on source.<P>If it does rain we have the big covered pavillion reserved to keep folks dry! <P>Have fun....Fisky<p>[This message has been edited by fiskyknut (edited 06-17-2004).]

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walleyejon

What channel should people have on their radios on to keep in touch? Folks who may show up a little late can check in on that channel too. <P><P>------------------<BR>Fish on gotta go--JON

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fiskyknut

Most of the chatter on the westside is on 6.

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walleyejon

I was thinking we could use a different channel than 6, just so our group can stay in contact without the normal chatter interfering, and visa versa.<P>------------------<BR>Fish on gotta go--JON

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fiskyknut

Pick one I reckon. Maybe 8? Got a call earlier today and it sounds like the guy I was gonna fish with won't be able to make it now afterall. Maybe I'll still pop over around 5ish?<P>How was Tuesdays fishing Jon?<P>fiskyknut

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    • DonkeyHodey
      I eat bass.  I also release bass and typically only keep them to eat when they are by-catch targeting other eaters and I'm in the filleting mood...  (I personally don’t want to keep a bass >~14inches for eating anymore; they don't taste as good (especially in the summer), they have more toxins and I buy the argument that bass help control/balance the bluegill population...) Catch and Release isn’t perhaps the end-all-be-all  for a healthy lake/fishery… Story #1:  My wife caught a nice ~15 incher in mid-May that was missing an eye...--We couldn't keep him then due to season, but it would've been a bit of a dilemma if he’d been caught a week later after full opener.   Do I eat a bigger fish that might be limited to grow big (?mercy killing) or let the survivor continue to survive?   (It did seem likely his lost eye was a result of having been previously caught (?foul hook with a treble hook or removed roughly/carelessly/mishandled?   I could tell stories, and I suppose that could be an interested thread to start:  fish removal techniques you’ve witnessed that horrify you...  This, perhaps, highlights what Del was getting at in terms of harvest vs. annoying the fish…) Agree with Don.  Wasting of ANY fish is awful.  Story #2:  I was fishing this spring in the river and caught a big ol’ beauty of a white sucker (personal best!); when I released it, I was mocked by fellow shore-fishermen for throwing back a "carp" and they advised me the "right thing to do" is pitch it up on the shore...   (there's still alot of fisherman that believe the DNR actually encourages destruction of "rough fish")  I politely reminded them this big treasure is likely providing (through its baby suckers) future countless meals for their precious walleyes…  This argument was laughed at…  But back to bass…--Rodbender—I think you'll find very few anglers interested in a stranger telling them which fish they can or cannot keep...  It comes across as “stop eating MY future big bass!”  A lake is very much designed to thrive with harvest, and I would point out, releasing everything doesn’t always cleanly equal “more big fish.” There's comments here about the northern pike that perhaps highlight this paradox;  numerous lakes in MN had a ridiculous slot limit (release all norts <40 inches) that effectively made nort fishing catch and release (since the central and southern lakes effectively can’t produce a 40 incher and even if it could, eating one would be, well, interesting…).  The goal was to produce more big fish—the end result was lakes infested with <20 inch snakes that no one seems to want (and end up a nuisance by-catch when targeting anything else.)  Furthermore, those numerous small norts grow very slowly (and die of “old age” at 27 inches…)  (…thus, now the DNR is expending resources to try and encourage harvest and hence the (in my opinion) move in the right direction with the 2018 nort regulation changes…)  Yes, I know bass and norts are 2 VERY different species and react differently to lake/season/climate conditions, but lakes/fish/nature doesn’t always behave as we intuitively “know” it will.  A fellow fisher (that is eating “your bass”) might be reducing competition for remaining bass and potentially increasing their growth velocity in the lake.  (I will again repeat:  A lake is very much designed to thrive with harvest--be it humans, eagles, loons, cormorants, bears, snapping turtles, other fish, etc…  I know, we humans tend to be greediest, and take our harvest to unsustainable damaging extremes, but, that’s why we have rules/DNR/etc…  Just my thoughts…) Rodbender—If you want more big bass, there’s a good argument that you should harvest and eat (do not waste!) more small northern pike; they are outcompeting the bass for forage.    (It’ll likely get you farther than trying to guilt/change/bully what is otherwise legal behavior in others…)
    • ozzie
      To the OP: As you get older and wiser you will notice that you can only change what you can control and you cannot control what others think is right.  They are within the law so the only thing to do is get the law changed.  Bass are fun to catch but too many of them and they become a nuisance just like small pike... Also be happy that you are sitting at a landing, getting paid good $$$, to "protect" a lake that more than likely already has most of the invasive species that you are sitting there trying to protect the lake against!!  Sorry but I am not a fan of the AIS inspectors as they just harass most of the time and have absolutely done nothing to stop the spread of invasive species IMO.  My prime example is North Long Lake in Brainerd...4-5 years ago, show up to the landing and see they have a spray station there.  We pull up and talk with the DNR rep and they said they are pressure washing all boat upon exit to spray them for clean travel to next lake.  At this point North Long was listed as a clean lake with no listed invasive species according to the DNR and the DNR employees at the launch that day.  I asked them why wash boats coming out of a clean lake and not washing them before entering said clean lake?  They said it would be too time consuming to wash pre launch!!!! WTF good does it to spray boats exiting a clean lake and not upon entering?!?!?  This is our tax and license dollars being spent on the worst system around: AIS Inspectors!!!!  Keep up the good fight but to me your attempt to educate people on what to keep is about as pointless as you job sitting at the landing protecting lakes that are already invaded by the same species you are trained to find!!!  People who keep bass, start off with a different thought process, as most don't consider bass (let alone bigger bass) good table fare to begin with... 
    • leech~~
      Lol, had this happen many times on lakes in the Brainerd area and north.   One nice quite morning my buddy and I got up before day light to fish for Eye's in a small channel between lakes he has a cabin on.  No one in sight on the lake. About 8:30 am we hear this loud roar coming around the point and about 15 Bass boats with 150 to 300 hp motors flying WOT around the point and right up this small channel!  Thought we were going to get hit or swamped by their wakes! 🤪   I'm all for boys having fun with their toys but asking others to not keep fish they are making a big game out of, not so much! 😕   That being said I have only kept 3 Bass in my life. One's on the wall and 2 I eat to give it a try and never eat another there after. 
    • LoonASea
      Its been years since I targeted bass ,,,, Ever since I fished a lake during a bass tournament and was told to get out of their way because they were fishing a tournament and paid lot of dollars to be there to fish ,,, My response was "If you want to fish here get up earlier tomorrow" ,,, That kinda soured my opinion of bass fishermen ,,,, Respect for the resource and other fishermen is my train of thought ,,, Back to your OP,,, suggesting that the smaller fish make better table fare might be the better approach and not give the idea that you are standing on a pedestal,,, If you contact the DNR ask when fishing with 2 lines will become a reality    
    • SkunkedAgain
      Congratulations. Don't be a stranger around here
    • rodbender27
      Thank you for your input and information you have acquired through your experience in the field. I also agree with your words on small pike. It was nice to see the DNR taking a stand on the issue and creating a new set of regulations that will hopefully benefit all areas of our state.  With some of the responses I have gotten and some of my own self-reflection I have begun to realize that there may not be a best way to approach this issue and try and enhance the mindful thinking of others. For me, this is very disheartening as a passionate angler who has had the tradition of enjoying the outdoors passed down to me from multiple generations before. Taking the interest that was instilled in me from an early age and putting in diligent hours on the water to improve my understanding of fish behavior to catch the largest and most savvy bass has presented me with a sense of accomplishment that I would love to see in future anglers. I hate to reduce that possitive thinking because there may not be that possibility for anglers who target all species of fish that swim. As much as I see angling enjoyment decreasing if the selective harvest trend does not continue to increase, the most concerning issue to me is one from an economic standpoint as my home state of Minnesota relies heavily on the market of water related activities as one if its major sources of profit generation. If we as anglers (who make up a large percentage of that consumer market) are not able to enjoy the hobby because of depleted fisheries, i fear there will be much greater consequences. 
    • Wanderer
      My, that’s a pretty fish!
    • Surface Tension
      Sorry to hear that.  I hope the scrap yard has their contact information and they're tracked down.
    • Surface Tension
      The water is cold up there right now but you still might want to try casting spoons from shore.   As mentioned going inland for streamers or hit a Designated Trout Lake https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/fishing/trout_lakes/list.html  
    • gimruis
      Rodbender, I'm with ya.  I cannot recall the last time I kept a bass for table fare.  For starters, they just don't taste that good because they generally come from shallower, warmer, more polluted bodies of water.  I prefer coldwater species like walleyes, perch, and trout if they are the right size.  And even so, I practice selective harvest too.  I personally don't know anyone that specifically goes out and targets bass as regular table fare.  I'm not going to comment about what I think of that practice but I definitely disagree with it.  I used to work for the DNR and veteran a biologist told me that it takes a bass about a decade to get to 20 inches/5 pounds in the upper Midwest here.  That is NOT a renewable resource in any way, shape, or form.  If people started keeping those fish regularly, the resource would get depleted in a short period of time.  The guys going out there as meat hunters every trip can go kick rocks.  That's the older generation way of thinking.  The modern scientific approach to fishing is resource management and selective harvest.  Luckily there is a strong catch and release ethic amongst most bass anglers.  They don't have to go home with fish in their livewell on a regular basis.  They go because they enjoy it.  Muskie anglers are the same type. As for how to approach these people depleting the bass population on a small lake, I wouldn't say much to them.  They'll eventually see the big picture when they can't catch any more of them.  The fish I wish more people would keep is small pike to be honest.  There are way too many of those in our lakes and rivers because people kept all the big ones for years and now these lakes are loaded with small, aggressive stunted ones that no one wants.