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crappieslapper

Hey All,
Wondering how the area lakes do on opening weekend. I have volunteered to pull the brother in law's trailer up to his lot north of Deer River, and I figured the least he can do for my efforts is let me stay there on opening weekend. I suspect the fishing might be a little tough that far north & depending on ice out, but if anyone can share some of their experiences or direct me to a specific lake that might produce ahead of some of the others, I would really appreciate the info. Thanks much!

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Jason Boser

crappieslayer, you are going the right direction. Up at Bowstring, Jessie, Sand and winnie cutfoot should all be great opener lakes this year. Stick to the shallows, River mouths big flats. I would bring lots of 1/8 oz fireballs gumballs or other jigs and get some shiners and you should have no problems getting some eyes and the crappies are good in these lakes also.
good luck
Jason

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crappieslapper

Thanks Jason. Can you give up any locations on these lakes? I've fished Bowstring by the rock pile on the south east side and nailed the crappies on Memorial weekend before, and have fished walleyes on Jesse, but haven't caught crappies there. Might they be congregating towards the north end of the lake?
I'm thinking I'll probably go to Jesse and maybe Little Jesse depending on weather, wind, etc..
What's your plan for opener? You must be getting out somewhere.
Thanks for the tips.

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due to people being inconsiderate i have removed my good fishing spot from this spot. I have had boats follow me, bump into me, and cast right nxt to the boat.

[This message has been edited by jessielake67 (edited 05-26-2004).]

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Jason Boser

I would be looking for walleyes at Jessie to the left of the PA on that big point and to the right down a ways is another big point.The point by jesslake resort I would stick to the shoreline points. As for the crappies I never really get to fish them that early in the yearon that lake. Bowstring if you try both sides of the river and in the bay wheree the river comes out or the north end to the right of the landing you should have something going there.
good luck
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crappieslapper

JL67 & Jason,
Thanks for the tips. I really hope to be on Jesse for opener, but we'll see how it goes. Memorial is a for sure on Bowstring, and if the fishing is tough there, we'll be pulling over to Jesse. Nice that the lakes are so close together. I'll keep my eyes open for the blue boat JL67. I'd be happy to buy ya a cold one or two for the pointers.
Dan

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Greg Clusiau

Hey Tim from Jessie View Resort (and any others interested)........Thought I'd give you my fishing report since we left the lake without talking to you. We ended up catching two more nice walleyes (up to 18 1/2") down the lake a ways on the left side. Total walleye catch for opening day was: two on Winnie (13" & 17 1/2") & two on Jessie. One of the toughest openers I've ever experienced.
See ya and thanks....Greg C.

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Tim O

Yes, it was the slowest opening day for the six years we have been here. Only three 5 gallon pails of guts for the whole resort. Water temp is only 45 and that cold front did not help.
Greg,nice talking to you and I'm sure you will have better luck next time.

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yes things were slow, we caught a few nice walleyes just north of Jessieview most in the 17-19 class, water is cold fish are still stacked in deeper water. We had our first ever jessie event this weekend, my son caught 9# eelpot, fishing the lake 27 years and this is the first.

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Tim O

I caught a few 4 or 5# pout ice fishing this year.
Sundays bite was even tougher than saturday with only a handfull of walleyes brought in. I guess it only can get better.

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