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Jason Boser

Grand Rapids Winnie fishing report 5-24-04

What a week up here, nothing but cold and wind. The wind doesn’t seem to be out of the same direction for 2 days in a row. Only in Minnesota.
The best bite I can tell you about is still happening on winnie, the fish are out deeper in the 9-12 ft but when you find an active bunch they can go pretty fast and furious for awhile. Shiners are still available so I would say use them when you can with a nice 1/8 oz round head or fireball from northland that has been the killer. There are a few other fairly decent bites going on in the area. You can check out splithand, Round, Lawrence Lake all good reports on those too. Some of the other area lakes it seems like the water temps and the weather are just too cold to get anything consistent going yet.
The Northerns were biting good on Spider and Wabana yesterday right along the edges of the old weed beds with a jig and minnow, and pretty decent size.
The crappies are out there on some area lakes. Little winnie ,little cutfoot, Lawrence lake just to name a few have been putting out some nice catches.
Good luck fishing and I’ll see you on the water.

Jason Boser
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crappieslapper

Thanks for the reports Jason. Any word from Bowstring? Talked to some people on opener and the word was 28' - 30'feet of water. We were on Jesse and caught four, and they were in 8-10 feet. A little slower than we had hoped for. We'll be back up this coming weekend, hoping to find them coming in shallower mornings and evenings on Bowstring. Appreciate the tips.
Dan

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Slugo

SOme buddies and I will be up on Bowstring as well. Will be in a Crestliner with a 75 Mariner tiller. Say howdie if ya see us.

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Jason Boser

I havent heard much about Bowstring
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merc

I haven't fished Bowstring yet but I did talk to four guys that had just come off the lake on Friday. Thay said they had a few and were all caught in the 17' range. From all reports so far it sounds slow.

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crapieslapper, what kind of boat do you have. Was all over Jessie this weekend. Will be up there over Memorial Day. Blue Lund w/70 evenrude.

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Tim O

Water is still low,but not as bad as last year at this time.

Just wanted to let everyone know that the Jessie Lake Watershed Assocation is having a meeting at 10:00 on sat. at the Talmoon VFW. Tom Chapin will be the guest speaker.

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willowcat

Is the water still realy low?

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Willy

Anyone been out on Moose? Wondering if there is anything going on out there. Will be there end of this week and just try to get a feel for what's going on.

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BIG ISLAND DUDE

I have a place on Big Island, which is a spring fed lake, and the water is the lowest I have seen it in years. Some of my favorite shallow Bass structure is completely out of the water. I have also a checked out quite a few other smaller spring fed lakes in the area and they are also quite low.

With the exception of a few slow days, fishing has been very good on a lot of the smaller lakes I have been to. The Pike have really been biting good in 5'-15' of water on Rapalas and sucker minnows.
In the Big Island area, as of last weekend, the lily pads have barely begun to come up. Hopefully the water temp will raise a little by this weekend to help things sprout up and provide more fishable structure for the Bass opener.

-Big Island Dude

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