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Fall Leeches?

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Is there anywhere local to pick up leeches in late September? I haven't fished much that late in the year - are leeches a productive choice then or have they switched back to minnows more likely? Any help appreciated.

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guts

Doc,
Your question about leeches has me puzzled, do you want leeches where you are which is?, or leeches at the Kab Nam area.

In the Kab/Nam area, leeches will probably be scarce, right now, Cold Springs and Gateway Store have only mediums available which means the end is near.

Fall fishing is begining to happen now up here, and minnows, primarily shiners is the bait of choice. good luck, guts

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Doc Madison

Thanks Guts for the reply. Sorry my question was not clear but you answered it. We will be coming up from the Twin Cities and aren't sure if leeches will be available down here. I was wondering if you or anyone else suspects a bait shop that may still have leeches at that time of year between St. Paul and Kab.

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Doc M
I expect Gateway will have leeches, at least Mediums if not large. There is another baitshop in Cook, the Country Store on the right side, they get bait from a different source then the far North shops.

Give Gateway a call before you leave and find out if they have them.

Thanks Guts

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Jaypo

Guts and others -

I'm fishing with Doc on 9/18-20 and will be staying at the Ash Trail Lodge. With only 3 days to savor the local fishing, what would be your personal recommendation in terms of which direction to head for fishing action, Kabetogama,Namakan, or stay in Ash river? We will be targeting primarily walleye and small mouth. I know the resort will be very helpful in direction, but I know everyone has an opinion for where the best starting spots are. What are some of yours?

I've come to value this site and it's members opinions greatly and would love recommendations. Fished Kab 7 years ago and never on Namakan. Will be working via lake maps and not GPS. Locations identified on lake maps are appreciated.

Thanks!!

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The latest buzz I've heard is fish around Twin Island and Larkin islands on Kab., the mouth of Ash River where it comes into Kab.

Namakan, try Tar Point, Sexton Island, Mica Bay or there was some warm weather success in Junction Bay.

Guides have been starting out in deep water and going shallower. Try 40-45' locate fish and find a slope nearby that elevates to 30-35' and thats been where the bite starts.

Yesterday was warm, 70 degrees today and tommorow expect 80's before we get cold again so the fish may move up again and crawlers may work on reef tops (18-24')

Good luck guts

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Doc.

Leeches of some size and quality just came in at The Gatewat Store on Kab. By the way, if the weather warms up like they predict for the weekend, leeches may work well, who knows? good luck guts

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Doc Madison

Thanks Guts. Thare's a place in Stacy, MN that has medium leeches. We're going to give everything a try and report back next week. Perfect Beer drinking weather at least!!

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