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I'm heading out to buffalo at midnight on opener and was looking for some advice. As of now I plan on lindy riggin in between the 2 islands and around them in about 6-10 feet and then if that fails try around were the creek pours into buffalo and troll some cranks in about 6 feet. Any suggestions or ideas?
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you're going to kill them there...make sure you bring your raingear!!!

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I'll be there at midnight too...I hope we're the only ones...'cause there ain't much room there at the ramp!! --Andy

P.S: Those spots you mentioned are good but the creek's gonna be my first choice...

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I did OK by the creek. Brought home two keepers and a nice snake--- don't normally keep them but the in-laws are expecting a fish fry. Probably threw back a half dozen small ones. I didn't get out until 5:20 and wish I head been out there an hour earlier. Best bite was as the sun was coming up. The place was such a zoo I was off the lake at 11:00. Should have brought a few beers and a lawn chair and sat at the landing. There is always a high degree of entertainment value on opener. Most amusing was watching some guy plug in his electric motor and get shocked. Looked like a new boat that hadn't been in the water.....and probably wasn't grounded properly.

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Fished from 12:a.m. - 5 a.m., got skunked, between three of us we caught a smallie, a pike, and a catfish (I didnt know they had smallmouth or catfish in that lake before friday)

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I was walking down at the beach last week and saw a 24"+ channel cat dead on the sand. It looked long-dead, so I bet it used to be bigger. I guess they come in through Deere from the Crow.

Which creek are ya'll referring to? West or South?

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The creek to the west in 14 ft. Was out again last night with my kid and caught a 21" and 16", fished about two hours. The kid brought in a couple of northerns, both nice 4-5 pds., so he had a blast.

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Thanks Springerguy! I just moved to Buffalo and I'll be fishing it frequently. My daughter & I got into a cool little area just south around the point from that Mink Lake beach. Weedy flat with rip-rap shoring. One really nice smallmouth, a small largemouth and a good sunny. Man, those launch lots fill up quick. See ya round.

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Any preference that you've found as far as bait goes? Shiners, leeches? I hoping to get out on Thursday, so any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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I was using a 1/2 crawler - haven't fished walleye out there, though. Buffalo Bob's is pretty liberal with the tips and spots.

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was back out there yesterday after taking a half day at work, my friend caught two keepers ( he was also out there in the morning with his kids and they caught some ice ones as well) I caught 4 walleyes 10-12 inches, nothing of leeches only were biting fatheads. Going to give it a try one more time on saturday and hope for some bigger ones

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Also does anyone ever use the third landing. It is one the opposite end of the lake from town (looks pretty small) Was wondering if thats a good one to go to because might be going out by myself on saturday and the one by the beach gets pretty packed
thanks

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The southeast landing is sweet as bee honey -lots of parking. The dock is weak and lame, and the concrete ramp on the north side of the dock has a wicked drop at the end of it. Both north and south sides are left open for launching - south side is sand. Sweet part is - if you don't mind getting your feet wet and get a spot - you can back your trailer in on the beach and park there. When ya come back in - your truck and trailer are waiting for ya - but ya might get wet. Recon the beach section you want to park at for big rocks.

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Go up the hill from the park...what's the name of it? you know the one...anyway - go up the hill to the 3-way stop and hook a right and go south around the east shore of the lake. It's at the little channel from Mink into Buffalo - popular shore spot (popular party and make-out spot, too if the beer cans and Coney Island Whitefish are any clue).
I always launch & recover in 4wd, but I was in a Jimmy, so a serious truck surely wouldn't have a problem. It's more like gravel than sand, I suppose. My boat & trailer are really light, too. I saw some bigger rigs come in & out while I was there. The parking was at about 70% capacity at 6:30 when I got on, and we got off when it started to rain.

Oh yeah, watch out for a 16" dia aluminum storm drain that is flush with the water line.

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[This message has been edited by Aquaman01 (edited 05-14-2003).]

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Hey aquaman,
To get to that ramp do i just stay on the same road that i would be on when I pass the beach landing on my right? Also with a four wheel drive is it usually pretty easy to pull out of the sand from that launch?
Thanks for the help

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That's right - thanks. When I think of Sturgis - I don't think of Buffalo, MN.

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Hey aquaman, thanks for the landing advice, that one is much better then the zoo at the beach, I got there by 5:15 a.m., got to back my trailer right on the beach and launch there and keep my car there as well. Just wished the fishing was as nice, between 2 of us on saturday morning we got 5 walleyes, 4 under 12 inches and 1 keeper at 18, couple pike and that was all, didnt seem like many people i spoke to did that well either

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No problem. Anytime.
I'm hopefully taking my boat out this evening, but just to familiarize myself with a new set-up to take up nort' on vacation next week. No rods.

Might pier fish wednesday with the kids. Did you notice if the Sturgis pier is out yet? It used to be great, until they cut down the overhanging trees next to it, but it's still the longest pier out there and close to the playground.

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Sorry aquaman but i don't remember if that was out or not yet. I know that pier by the fountain is in and i know those waders by there were still doing good as of last wednesday but i don't know if its slowed down for them or not
good luck

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Was out on Buffalo Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. Three walleyes each trip. Fishing was slow. Lots of boats and not many fish being caught.

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That pier is out. Wish the trees were still there, though. That shade cover made for nice sunnie and bass two years ago.

Sturgis Park - if you have a light boat and trailer, the sand south of the ramp is firm enough to drive a jimmy or explorer on, and it doesn't hold up anybody's wait. I usually launch by myself, so I'm always looking for ways to get in & out without obstructing others, and it's nice to not have to wait for anyone else.

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