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BIG BIRCH ????

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Hey everyone, I was wondering what anyone
might know about BIG BIRCH. What is the best way to fish for the walleyes there, is there
any good panfish action on the lake?
I read a little about it in this months
Minnesota sportsman magazine.It said the walleye bite usually doesn't get going until
about the first of June?? Looking up the lake
on the D.N.R site seemed to show that it is a clear, deep lake. That makes me wonder if the real productive times for the eyes is only in the evening?? There looks to be a lot of structure to cover--any dangerous spots where the rocks are just below the surface or it comes up shallow real fast??
Just trying to avoid any trouble the first time on the lake. The map of the area looks like it is a beautiful lake with all the trees surrounding it. Is it heavily developed on its shorelines? Also what's the fishing pressure and the recreational use of the lake like? I am really trying to find
good productive waters that are enjoyable to be on too. I am burned out on fighting all the crowds on mille lacs. This looks like a really nice lake is it ?? Any information at all is appreciated thanks, Pete

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Hi
My family has a cabin on the Big Birch. Its a great lake. The walleye bite lasts throughout the summer which is nice. Some good places to fish in the summer are the grass islands in the bigger basin and the various reefs and humps. I use jigs and spinners on 3 ways alot and that works out good but i know people troll cranks also. Early season the fish are on the shorlines and flats. Look for shorelines that drop off quickly. Dont fish panfish much but get an occasional crappie and nice bluegill. Also last year was great for smallmouths. lots of them and nice size. Caught a 6 pounder out there last year which is still in the lake. Just started night fishing out there last year and had decent success. Hope this helps ya!

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I use to live in St. Cloud and if Big is too busy which it can, try Little Birch. Work the three main points in the big basin and the rock point just down the lake. Lindy rig and a shinner or leech. For panfish try Big Swan just north of Big Birch. It was very good for crappies last year just off the weed edges in 10-15 feet.

Don't forget the river north of town later on. It's fabulous for smallmouth!!!!!

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Heading up to Big Birch this weekend to give it a try. Anyone have any last minute advise????

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have found in past this can be great crawler lake usually a bit later on but iwould havethem with not much pressure on off wknd's ton's of structure go get em BLINDHOG

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Used to fish Big Birch every summer from late elem. thru HS with my Dad and his uncle, Chris Rieger (if you've lived on the lake for over 10 years you know about him). Anyways, it is a FANTASTIC 'gill lake in the summer. There's one spot just off that big wooded island we used to call the "Rockpile". It is pretty deep then comes up to about 18 ft. We had to line up (Uncle Chris had no time for depth finders) off the left hand edge of the island, put that water tower in a certain dip in the skyline and an old silo between some trees and, viola, we were on it everytime. I caught a legit 2 lb. 'gill there one year, man that thing was HUGE. There are also a lot of bars that come up out of 35-40 ft up to the 20-25 ft. range. These will hold 'gills when it's warm and 'eyes sometimes. Another spot to try is just off the left shore of that big island. It's got a weedy flat near it's shore, then she drops off. There's also some rocks around there with the opportunity for a smallie early in the summer. Sorry about the directions but I could never get the North, South thing away from Lake Superior.

Hope it helps.

PJV

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.....one of the best posts I've ever read...
......thanks........

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