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Bass opener on Whitefish Chain

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Hey everyone, first post here, just wondering what everyone will be fishing with and where. Hopefully I will make it up depending on if our cabin is done. Im on Daggett so I usually stay in the Daggett, Little Pine, and Crosslake Channel area. I have had some success fishing around the shoreline of daggett with a jig and pig, but I am wondering what you all will be doing for the opener. Any tips and hot spots?

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I will have a bunch of rods rigged and ready.

Zoom Centipede - Watermelon

Tube Bait - Black/Red Fleck

Senko - I'll try many colors, mostly Green, Black and White

Chompers Spider Grub - Watermelon Red

Sub-Wart or Baby -1 Shallow Crankbait - Green/Yellow

X-Rap or Husky Jerk - Purple Ghost or Silver/Black

Zara Super Spook - Silver/Black

White Spinnerbait - Colorado Blade

Plastic Worm - Black - I'll go 4inch to start up to 7 inch.

I'll start on Cross and probably hit Island, Loon, Rush/Hen, Daggett, Pine and where ever else I can get in the time I have. I'll probably hit the Upper lakes on Sunday after opener!

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I usually start with some sort of topwater in the early AM, and if it is overcast will continue to use topwater until it stops working.

-- Single Blade Buzz

-- Double Blade Buzz

-- Hula popper

Then in the afternoon...Texas rigged 6" lizard...

I usually hit all of the smaller lakes since they warm faster. Only ones I usually don't hit are the ones connected to Upper Whitefish.

1 week from today!!!! tick tock tick tock...is the clock moving backwards?


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Bass are on the beds already in the small bays of Cross. I went Crappie fishing on wood and emergent weeds today, many times when we would drift a bit shallower, we could see Bass on beds.

I'm guessing the fish will be full on the beds this week and into the weekend if the weather holds.

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