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Am finally (!) planning to make a bass trip to Clitherall. Anything going on over there? Its been pretty hot several other places from what I've heard. Any walleyes left in Ten Mile?

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Very tough bite out there for bass....fished a few times over the weekend of the 4th caught very few fish and nothing over 2 pounds....Talked to some walleye fishermen at the launch, nothing but rockbass...

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I'm on Clitherall right now. The bite is not very good, unless you want to catch a thousand silver dollar sized sunnies. Even the rock bass are slow until the evening bite. Have been doing okay with bass. Catching most of them trolling for walleyes...or should I say trolling for rock bass. I did pull a 17 inch smallie yesterday in the middle of the afternoon. That was fun. The largemouths are in about 15 feet of water right now. Trolling, drifting, and casting shad raps have produced a few. If you want to catch largemouth, troll or drift with a leech on a bare hook or a spinner rig (gold, silver, or chartruese).

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Hmmmm. Okay you guys; maybe I'll reconsider.At any rate I ain't NEVER gonna touch no slimy leeches just to catch a fish!If they won't take my topwater or a flyrod hairbug then I ain't gonna play.

Thanks for the advice. Useful and appreciated.

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I'm heading up to clitherall this weekend any updates on bass fishing would be appreciated.

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I haven't been there in a couple of weeks now, but heading up next weekend. August has traditionally been some of the best fishing I've had on that lake. When I was in high school I fished every single day in August right up until football started. You'll catch lots of largemouth in the 15-20 foot range using shad raps, spinnerbaits, spoons, or plastic worms. Live bait is my favorite for deep water bass, although you'll catch a ton of rock bass also. Leeches are the bait of choice. If you don't want the rock bass, use artificial. Shallows work well in the early morning but deeper works best during the day and evening. Same baits apply, but the best for me in the early morning is a carolina rigged GULP! worm or powerworm. Natural colors work best, although I also catch them on purple.

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Just wanted to give an update from my trip last weekend(Aug5-8). we did exceptioanlly well fishing evening & morning in the shallows using 4" platic tubes. The cattails areas seem to work the best. Biggest fish were 17.5", 18", and a monster 20.25". Best action was Sat evening must have caught 50-60 bass in all that evening. A bunch of fun.

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Hey there Omaha, nice to see another person from Omaha on the Minnesota fishing forum. We're going up to Dead Lake mid September but wanted to try Clitherall for a day. If it's as good as I've been hearing for awhile we might start going there instead of Dead lake. What resort did you stay at and what was it like? Also where should we fish for Bass and did you catch any Smallies?

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Most of our success was on the south branch on the west shore, right where the cattails begin. They were packed right on the catails. That pattern may change by the time your up there. Did not catch any smallies, we were fishing pretty shallow, typically I have run into them in the past in deeper territory this time of year. We stayed at at Old town resort, cabin was decent pretty updated as well. has a swimming area plus a trampoline raft for the kids, and boat lifts which are nice if you have a big boat for the windy days. Good luck in Sept!

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