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How's the fishing in the area going for everyone? Haven't hit Blackduck Lake since earlier in the week and found it slow going, but did have one person who caught a few walleyes on Thursday including a 32"er (caught and release). The strong winds the last couple of days have kept us from heading to Upper Red Lake, with the folks we talked to saying they just fished in the River since the wind was creating some pretty good size rollers.

The area lakes have been producing a mix of fish, including some nice trout, bass, occassional walleye and northerns, and panfish. The bluegills have been found by trolling the weedlines and once finding a spot dropping anchor and bobber fishing. We've had some decent luck with the crappies and a few perch, with an evening bite kicking in around 8pm.

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This past weekend fishing in the area was a mixed report for me too. Winnie was pretty good and finally blackduck was our best bet. The first time this year we filled out on blackduck. Most of the fish were 16-18"ers. With one 22". Also the 2 of the dreaded sheephead coming in at 7lbs and one at 9lbs. We thought it was a great big walleye and of course it turns out to be the dreaded sheephead.
We also went to north twin and caught a couple sunfish but only a few that turned out to be keepers.

Good luck
Kupcho

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Fished the Duck for 10 days. Caught a few eyes but she was pretty slow.The last few years spoiled me! If you're heading out there I would suggest grassy island. Guys were pulling em out of the weeds.Other than that spot it seemed like 7-9 feet of water produced a few.
The good news is the sheepies are still feeding but the biggest one we caught was under 9 lbs. Thats a blackduck minnow.
Drake, what's that Kupcho talking about anyway? Doesn't he know a good eater when he snatches one? smile.gif

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Mypoleisbroken, LOL!!! I'll be sure to save the rest of the sheephead for you then ok?!?!?
They are fun to catch though!!!

Later
Kupcho

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Mypoleisbroken~We catch those sheephead and then put em back, telling them to go get their big brothers and find your boat grin.gif What's the biggest you've caught out of there? Think the biggest one so far this year we've seen has been around 10lbs. Have you seen the one mounted in the baitshop? Have some folks who really like the fillets, and they also make stuff out of the stones.

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You bet those sheepies eat. Not sure if I'd want a 9lber. The 2lbers are better. Beats catching nothing.
Down here in Iowa, sheepies are a staple. :-)

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Nice attempt Drake but thats classified! People would come from all over the world to get their hooks into those babies! Next you'll be trying to pry out the location of my secret honey hole. rolleyes.gif

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Fished the Duck the 21-28. The 21-25 was very good for perch, walleye, and a few "pie plate gills" and northern. Not to mention a few big sheephead. Never fishing this lake, I started around the obvious areas, Island,points,grassy Island, and mid lake humps. Perch were to be found everywhere. 3-8 FOW around the shoreline weed edge being best. The most productive spot for walleyes was off the N. point of the island which points towards grassy island. Nice sand shallow shelf extending N. with a steep drop to deep water to the E. 10-14 FOW was the ticket. Just a little to the east of that is a hump which comes up to around 8 ft. surrounded by 20+ FOW. Walleyes averaged 17-23". The mayflys had not hatched at that time but the fished were gourged with larvae. Leeches and minnows caught very few fish. Crawler halves on 1/16 oz. jigs or hook and split shot to simulate the larvae produced 90% of the fish. Cold and rain dropped the temps 6 degrees by thursday and the fishing slowed. The fish we caught had to be worked for and their stomachs were all empty. Fished Benjamin because of less impact on trout due to cold. Caught several from the pier with slip bobber,shot,hook,and worm set at 12-15 ft. down. Most fish averaged 9-14"s. Mayflys were hatching on Winni makeing for a slow bite. Spent a day on Red. Caught many walleye and had a huge northern which atacked a walleye. Fought the fish for a couple of minutes but he never had the hook in him and let go. Pretty exciteing to say the least. Tryed pulling boards,Raps,and spoons for pike with no luck(1 1/2 hrs.). Caught all fish in 4-7 FOW. Sure would be nice to be able to keep a few of those eyes! Storm got us off the lake before the prime time evening bite, so I'll never know if the crappie primarily are an evening only bite on Red or not. Wish I would've had more time to spend on Red. Good luck to all, Mark Hoffmann/can it be luck?

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Canitbeluck~Thanks for the great fishing report!! Sounds like you had a great time and were able to hit the bigger lakes. Report like that makes it hard to keep doing the renovations around here instead of hitting the open water with our guests! Thanks again!

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I will be arriving in Blackduck Sat afternoon, hopefully when I am able to get out on the water the fish will start biting like they haven't eaten in a month! Really looking forward to fishing new water. Can't Wait!

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