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Capt'nJosh

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Was on Waconia at 12:01. Tossing raps at the north side of the island found 2 14 inchers around 3:00. Tried slip bobbering with leeches and chubs with no luck too. Looking forward to hearing some success stories! So, how'd you do??

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Went out to Sabre Lake and only caught bullheads all night with jigs and minnows...was fishing off of shore and a group of guys came over with waders and walked right across my line and stood right in front of me so I couldnt cast!!!They had no respect whatsoever and stayed there for about two hours...I eventually casted right over them and snagged one in the waders lol...they were really big jerks about it too...this is the bad thing about opener...people like this who have no respect for other people!

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I gave the MN river a try.
Day one sucked!Only one eye but I did get into some white bass.
Day two...Yahoo.I only fished for a couple hours and managed to get a nice limit of walleye from 20" to 26".

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Ice Hole

Lake Jefferson...one 9.5 lb walleye... 12:30AM...#11 original rap...released.

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AaronM

I fished LOW and it was slowww. Hopefully things will heat up a bit up north.

[This message has been edited by fishingfrenzy (edited 05-12-2002).]

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Saturday, Hook/Swan, 9 boats, 2 bullheads and 2 crappies. Several hits but no takers.

Sunday, Greenleaf/Erie, marked all kinds of fish but nothing would bite.

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fiskyknut

We did'nt get alot of fish, but we did get a few nice ones to 28 inches this evening in that shallow water. Yesterday they were deeper in about 8 feet. I did'nt see alot of fish caught but I saw alot of big ones both days. Nice weather too.

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DUCKJ

WENT OUT AT MIDNIGHT ON FRIDAY AND ONLY GOT TWO (1 1/2 AND 2 LBS) FISH TILL 5:30 AM AND THEN THE FISH TURNED ON BIG TIME. WE ENDED UP WITH 16 EYES IN THE WELL WHEN WE LEFT AT 10:30 AM. DID NOT FISH SAT EVE DO TO BAD WEATHER. SUNDAY MORN AT 5:30 WE WERE BACK IN THE HONEY HOLE WITH NO OTHER BOATS TO PLAY BUMMPERBOATS WITH. FROM 5:30 AM TILL 1:00 PM WE HAD 18 EYES FOR THREE GUYS. LARGEST BEING 4 1/2 LBS AND THE SMALLEST BEING 1 1/4 LBS. ALL IN LL WE HAD A GREAT WEEKEND. THIS IS NOT ALL THE FISH WE COUGHT, WE COUGHT A TON OF NORTS AND OTHER FISH TO BOOT. I BET WE BOATED OVER 100 FISH ALL TOGETHER THIS WEEKEND.

HAPPY HUNTING
DUCK

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Capt'nJosh

DuckJ what lake were you on?

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DUCKJ

LAKE X IN BRAINERD.
(SORRY BUT IF I TOLD YOU , I WOULD HAVE TO KILL YOU)
HAPPY HUNTING
DUCK

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My crew boated about 200 Crappies this weekend, from depths of 35 feet to 3 feet of water. Fish ran up to 13".

C&R was the key.

PCG

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Capt'nJosh

PCG, Way to go! Good to here reports like that!

Capt'nJosh

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Terry Hagstrom

I opened on Winnie for the 29th year. Saturday was a little slow but managed 20 walleye over a 12 hour period. The rain started at around 1 PM and didn't quit until around 8:00 PM.

Lindy rigged for a while with little success. Went to a Northland 1/8 oz. fireball in a firetiger pattern and shiner and hold on. I did speed it up and rip jig for them. This made all the difference in the world.

Sunday I had a nice limit of 15 to 16 3/4 L eyes in 4 1/2 hours with several throw backs in the 18 to 26" range. 6-9 feet along High Banks.
The total for the weekend was 62 eye's using this pattern.

Also, caught a couple dozen perch that actually measured 11 to 12+ inches. It's nice to see some large perch again.

Of course what what a weekend of fishing be like with out the pike cutting off jigs, trying to tie on another and your fingers are so numb you can't hold on to the line.

Terry Hagstrom
www.fishingmn.com/terry

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