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hey folks just joined so this is my first post. anyone ever done any fishing near isabella? im heading up for camping in the area for opener and was wondering if any good walley/perch lakes are around.

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Welcome joefish130, I fished that area alot, years ago. I used to walk in to where the isabella river starts at the end of isabella lake. I don't know if you can still do that but it was a good little walleye spot. Dumbell is a musky and smallmouth lake that can be fun to fish.

There are a bunch of other lakes around there that have good walleye fishing. Check the DNR lakefinder web site it has good info.

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ive fished a few of the smaller lakes like sand and highlife few times, ever tried sand? with the little campground there i enjoyed the spot.

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welcome. where in the isabella area will you staying. I know of a few great lakes.

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sand lake has a quiet little campground with a carry down access that ill be staying at, dunno how f=great the fishing is tho. been there few times and didnt do all that great

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  • 'we have more fun' FishingMN Creators

Grouse lake and Stoney river came to mind right off the bat.

Dumbel is full of eyes and theres plenty of structure too.

Greenwood, Eighteen and August are good bets.

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I have never been in the area that early in the season, but I would like to know where surface tension finds his walleyes on Dumbbell? Muskies and smallies are all we have ever caught. I am not calling you a liar, I would like to know how to catch the walleyes in that lake. the last two years we have camped on the island for 4-5 days and we spent 3 days last summer trying for walleyes and getting skunked on marbles, but slammed the smallies.

My choice, even though technically it is not in the isabella general area is either nine mile or Greenwood, but be careful on greenwood, it is extremely shallow, but holds walleyes and northerns...and my guess a lot of lower units..

good luck and surface tension, any help for the dumbbell walleyes would be awesome

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picksbigwagon, I'll send you an email.

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hey guys i was also looking for a different spot for opener thinking about skipping opener on the st louis. and wait till the weekdays. so if anybody had any other suggestions where i might catch some walleye, and avoid the big crowds id really appreciate it thanks.

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If you hit any of the area lakes you'll have a little crowding at the landing but once on the lake theres plenty of room.

Picks, I tried your email and it came back to me. drop me a line. punchboss @ hotmail dot com

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Fish 9'-12' water along the rock pile(kind of a spine) out in the middle of the north part of the lake. Lindy rig, white corkie, and nightcrawler works great, but you'll go through alot of worms on SM bass. Switch to a leech if needed, keep about 3'-4' between your slip sinker and corkie. North end of the north end has a good edge as well. Headsup for rocks - clear water, but they come up awfully fast!! Windy side of Little Wilson in 4'-8' can be good as well!! And the Trestle Inn is awesome!!

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Yeah, we tried that, caught some huge rock bass and smallies, and lost a couple of them to muskies which made us change gears automatically, but we will try it again, it is quickly becoming my favorite lake to fish and camp on...and the cheapest too

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