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Blanchard Dam Pics


Royce Aardahl

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fonz and I popped up there today and said hi to a few smallies.

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Nice pics. I love Blanchard. So you did alright with the fishing as well? With the water so high it makes shore fishing difficult right now but it looks like you made the boat up there. Can I ask what type of rig you were in? I have a 16ft lund and getting all the way up there can get pretty sketchy, especially later in the summer when then water is lower. Ever do much walleye fishing in that area? I've tried it over the years and have never done better than 3-4 fish a trip. Thanks again for the pics!

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We were in fonz58's Lowpro. There's so much water you could probably take a submarine all the way! I havn't fished that area for eyes and only 2 times for smallies. They are there just scattered. So many eddies and so little time.

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Current - what current... I could practically swim across that... backstroke if needed cool.gif LOL! If I did it's because I'm trying to pull a river rat move tongue.gif LOL

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BM you will need to pick up something to tie your hat to your head during the smally magnet outing with fonz. That LowPro is FAST grin.gif

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LOL BM grin.gif looks like we will have dry weather after tomorrow for 10+ days!!!! hopefully I can get out to the river after this! Sounds like there might be a possibility of wading for the Smallie Magnet event! If so Eyeguy watchout I might be able to pull my 21"er out of the pen I have it in, in Otsego! grin.gifgrin.gif

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heehee, I snuck down after midnight and set her free! I don't think 10 days will mean much for the river dropping. maybe a foot or 2 if it doesn't rain.

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