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Hey All,

I am looking for reports from Fish Lake in Duluth. Trying to come up next weekend from St. Paul and would like to hear how things are going on the lake for the walleye.

If I do come up I must apologize to you all first becuase it is garunteed to rain next weekend if I try to head out onto Fish Lake. It never fails.

Thanks for any help.

I am hoping to be able to change me name soon from nofishfisherman to afewfishfisherman.

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Please leave the bad weather at home. We have enough already. If you're looking for info on Fish Lake you might want to try searching through past posts in the Duluth area forum for some information. Generally you can find decent fishing around some of the islands. The flats is another popular hang out. I was out the other day and managed 4 fish with one the measured 24. Those fish were caught in 14-18 feet of water off one of the many islands. Crawler harness did the trick but that was about all I got wet. I believe I was fairly close to weed edges...I tried to stay close to the lines anyways. Well I hope that is of some help to you and good luck out there!

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  • 'we have more fun' FishingMN Creators

Aaron, You should be good fishing the island you like so much or the one I was at when you last saw me. The flats like Matt mentioned should be going good now too. In fact troll from your island to the island east of it. Orange crawler harness and again don't worry about flat water and bluebird days on Fish lake. On ya, leave the rain home this time.

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been many years since i fished fish lake is the eagle nest still on the island out from high banks

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I haven't noticed if the nest is active or not, come to think of it I don't recall seeing the keep off sign either last time.

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My family and I were up a couple of weeks ago and saw a nest over by the bigger part of the lake. It sure was fun watching those eagles chase off the seagulls when they got a little too close. My 9 year old niece couldn't get enough of it. grin.gif

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I have seen a couple eagles out on the west side of the lake for years now. I was camping on one of the islands and saw the eagle come down and pull a walleye out of the water about 100 feet from where we were camping.

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