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Big Bobber

Lake Mary in Mid September

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Big Bobber

I am thinking about coming up to Lake Mary around the 19th of September (full Moon Weekend), and wondering how Lake Mary is as a fishery in September. Any comments and tips would be appreciated.

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ghotierman

Should be a great time on Mary. Good time to troll crankbaits out there, or jig the edges of the hole on the north end. With the full moon phase, I'm guessing pulling cranks will be the most effective. Mary's nickname is 'little mille lacs'....more because of the similar topography. The bite hasn't been like the big one this year.
The other advantage of your september trip will be less pressure, and cooler water.


Good luck and good fishin'

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915 Hwy 29 N NE
Alexandria, MN 56308
(320) 763-9598

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Big Bobber

G-man, what will you have for bait in mid September, and what will be your hours? Will be hitting town between 5:30 and 6:00 p.m. when we come up. Should the fished be schooled up this time of year or pretty scattered?

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ghotierman

big bobber...

We're open 6am-8pm M-Th, 5am-8pm F, Sat...and 5am-7pm Sun.

Mid-September I should still have crawlers. Leeches have shrunk to nothing for walleyes. should have shiners and redtails, and even frogs. (Reno had a shore bite going on frogs last fall...Mary too.) And some nice fatheads.

If we get some major cooling off, you may find them schooling up around the points, like the spring pattern. Otherwise, mid-sept will be tranisition time...just entering fall patterns, and they'll be scattered. don't neglect the weeds. on a shallow lake like mary, the 'eyes sometimes hold up shallow in the shade of the cabbage or even pencil reeds. weedless jigs and fatheads would coax em out.

good luck....see you in september...

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Northeast Outfitters
915 Hwy 29 N NE
Alexandria, MN 56308
(320) 763-9598

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gofishingtom

big bobber
lake is high from all the rain weeds arent much of a problem clarity is fine as long as the wind doesnt blow 20 to 25 miles an hour then gets pretty murky. mosquitoes weren't that bad last weekend. the bite should be turning back on again and walleyes should come back up to normal depths. i would try trolling spinners and fatheads or red tailed chuds. maybe crawlers but minnows are better in the fall. i'll be up there the weekend before you go so i'll let you know how i did and the conditions.

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Big Bobber

Gofishingtom, thanks for the report. Hopefully we both will find some agreeable fish when we go back later this month. I appreciate the report and look forward hearing how you do in a week or so. I would expect the fish to be more cooperative when you get back to the lake. Hopefully turnover will be done shortly and the fish will become more predictable. We found some big perch in June. Any luck with them this past weekend? They make some awfully good eating when they grow up. We also found some larger N. Pike this year. Had a ball trolling some plugs along the break line one windy afternoon. Most of our Walleyes were caught on a jig and minnow. Thanks for the report and good luck when you go back to Mary.

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gofishingtom

big bobber,
haven't caught that big of perch on lake we talking 10 to 12in fish and the biggest northern ive caught on lake this year was about 4lbs. did see a 9lb walleye at the resort i have my seasonal at. but my biggest walleye was 23in. all other big walleyes ive caught have come from the big Milacs but cant keep anything so just go to practice and have fun. do you go to mary often? and stay on the lake? i have a seasonal at bigfoot resort

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Big Bobber

gofishingtom-we stayed at a resort on the Lake for a week. We liked the Lake so well that I decided to go back up this fall. Had a pretty good week of fishing. Caught a 26 inch Walleye, an 8 lb N. Pike, and a 5lb 2oz. Largemouth. The Perch were in the 12 inch class. They tell me that the Perch were never more than 5" long for a number of years. Thought that they were a nice bonus fish. I would love to have seasonal on the lake but the 6 hour drive makes that a little out of reach. It is nice to hear from someone who fishes the lake and will exchange some ideas. Good luck and good fishing.

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gofishingtom

just got back from mary had great time but the fishing was still not the greatest yet only boated two walleyes and three northerns all cranking in 15 20 ft. of water off the reeds on the south end of the lake... saturday had no chance to run spinners and minnows to windy 15 to 25 mph all day.. yet the weekend was beautiful and sunny so still had a great time.. wish you luck when you go let me know how you do next weekend...

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Gofishingtom-I take it that you mostly fished outside the bar by Little Mary, or were you further Southeast along that reed bed? Did you fish the long rock bar or red barn bay at all? Did you hit it real hard or mainly moring and evening? Any insight will help. Anyone else at the resort ding much? Were there any bass fisherman doing much?

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i did fish outside the little mary but also ran the rock bar only with cranks never had a chance to run spinners with minnows wanted to on saturday but to windy to hold the boat i also threw for some bass with spinner baits but only caught northerns some other guys did caught some bass off the reeds but still in deeper water 10 15ft i only threw into reeds and got northerns and one dogfish about 5lbs. if wind is not to strong i would run spinners or try jigging the rock bar next weekend they should be moving up to feed. my next outing will be first week in oct. go up to lake of the woods for final fish with 8 guys then its put the boat away for season. its our annual fish with the guys we have been doing that for 14 years now and the fishing is awsome that time of the year up there if you dont mind wearing very warm clothes at time and dont mind getting snowed on occasionally. good luck this weekend let me know how you do!!!!!

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Big Bobber

Fished Mary Friday and Saturday. Tough fishing for Walleyes. Marked lots of fish in all of the spots but could not get them to bite. Tried every method possible. Water temp still about 65 degrees, still too warm. still lots of suspended weeds to deal with. Those to cold fronts moving thru did not really help the cause due to the strong winds. Each week should only get better from this point on.

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