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Hi.<P>This early to mid July I will stay on Leech Lake at Buck's near Steamboat Bay. This is my first Minnesota trip. I am told I will love it.<P>Any tips on tackle and action at that time near that area? I normally fish for Walleye then Pike followed by whatever will hit.<P>Thanks.<BR>Mike

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You will have a great time. I have a cabin across the bay from Bucks. Fishing for northerns should be great right in front of the resort and anywhere in the reed beds of the bay itself. Walleye should be readily available within reasonable distances from the resort also. The folks at the resort will provide good information, and don't miss stopping at Reed's in downtown Walker. You'll also want to check out the Fishing Hall of Fame in Walker.<P>------------------<BR>

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Mike J.<BR>You forgot to tell him to bring a big charge card or a fat check book when going into reeds. It's not that it is expensive but more like having everything a guy would want.

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Good advice on the trip to <BR>Reed's. They have good prices....but better than that, they have one of everything in every color made that a fisherman MUST have in order to be the complete angler.

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Being, normally, a Walleye troller I am used to using crawler harnesses etc. Any opinion on what is more successful w/ northern in the area? rappalas, shad raps, spoons, spinners?<BR>Perch colors, I assume work well and also bright orange/chartreuse?<BR><p>[This message has been edited by mike d (edited 02-24-2001).]

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I've had excellent results on northerns pitching spinner baits right in the reed beds. No real preference on colors. Larger rapalas and spoons have been good along the river channel and weedline edges in front of Buck's resort also. Perch pattern are always good. Bucktails are always a good choice, with the additional bonus possibility of a Muskie being available.

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Thanks for the post on the spinnerbaits into the reeds etc. I hadn't thought of those.<P>Any idea how large they should be for medium to large pike? I saw some that are 1 oz musky types but thought those might not attract normal size pike, bass, walleye to hit?<P>Mike<BR>

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I personally have better success with the 5/8 or 3/4 oz sizes. It seems like you get more activity with these. The larger sizes may produce fewer, but larger fish. Guess the best thing to do is try a variety and then stick with whatever works the best.

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Hi All.<P>It will only be a few weeks now!!!<P>Anything new in Steamboat Bay July 7-14 for Pike?<P>Mike<BR>

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Mike,<BR>Don't hesitate to go up in Sucker bay or Agency, Traders for pike. You will find better cover and structure holding fish.<BR>You may even encounter one of the big guys.<BR>Terry <BR>Terry's Guide Service

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Terry.<P>Drop me a line at [email protected] and let me know info on your guiding, availability July 8-11???<P>Will the smaller pike in Steamboat hit 3/4 oz lures or larger?<P>Mike<BR>

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