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I am going up to Osakis this weekend for a family reunion. Staying on the lake. What is this lake known for? What is my best bet. I fish for everything. Any parts of the lake better than others?

Thanks!!

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Osakis is known as a good walleye and panfish lake...the bluegills can be huge! also lots of pesky northerns. bass too..as for spots, get a good map and notice the mid lake bars...else find inside turns in the weedline..pencil reed beds...and have at it...

run a search of the forums for other osakis posts, and you'll learn a lot before your trip...become the family expert!

good luck and good fishing!

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Also know the lake has been pretty slow overall this summer especially if you want Walleye. Northerns are on the small side but are biting, bass guys are doing okay and panfish success is moderate so far. But walleyes are much slower than in years past. If you want to catch the state fish, I'd fish another lake in the state.

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ghotierman... off topic:

I trust that's a muskie in your avatar -- size, date, location, fish story? Just curious. smile.gif

Thanks.

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To chime-in on Sportfish 1850's observations, I was visiting with one of the long-time locals on the lake a week ago and this slow pattern -- especially walleyes -- seemed to have set-in during this past winter's ice fishing season, producing the least productive fishing in recent memory.

Now... does that mean we've got the Dead Sea unfolding up there? Not likely. But, for whatever reason, she's a challenge to fish with much efficiency of-late. Don't let that spook you. Those buggers are in there; they're just being difficult. Have fun, good luck, but settle-in for a schooling in patience and perseverance. frown.gif

On a brighter note, I shared similar warnings of dispair to my son regarding some recent reports along the Mississippi near Cottage Grove and he promptly dropped a plain hook and nightcrawler from shore (on an over-fished point in that stretch of the river) and landed a 27-inch walleye this evening. shocked.gif I just hung up the phone after digesting a hefty helping of crow....

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Windfalljon..

yes...it's a muskie...my first...late june 2003, milton...from the pontoon with the wife, kids and two dogs on board....just stopped to let the clouds clear before anchoring in a shallow bay so the kids could swim...was practicing with my baitcaster and a black bucktail...kid's were playing 'i spy' waiting for the sun to come out...i joined the game...on the tenth cast i absently started in 'i spy with my little eye.....WHAM!....A FISH!....had the digital cam on board and got a great series of the landing, the pic in the avatar and the release....45 incher...the pic and story made the Star Trib later that summer.

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Windfalljon, I'm optimistically chalking it up to an abundance of forage. You're right, there are fish (at least if I can trust my electronics and lake master maps) just they are eating other stuff to what we offer them. Easy meals make for poor fishing.

On the plus side, an abundance of forage over a 12 month period and reduced harvest should make for very good fishing in the years to come as the breeding stock goes up and forage gets picked over making even the split shot seem appetizing to 'em.

Just gotta be patient and let it happen or go fish elsewhere if you just gotta have walleyes. I myself have no problem switching to a Northern bite with the walleyes shut down.

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Was on the lake Sat. afternoon until Sunday Afternoon. Really windy, and only a dogfish to show for it. I heard they were biting Sat. morning, but nothing the rest of the trip. shallow, deep, north, south. Never had fishing that bad in years. Must have been the weather.

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tberrict

Sorry you had such bad luck but, well we kinda warned you it was a slow bite. Caught nothing Saturday morning or saturday night. Fished hard in that wind you mentioned, on Sunday. The boat was a rockin but the fish weren't a knockin. For 6 hours of windblown fishing we pulled in two 16 inch eyes for our efforts, moving over a couple of the classic structure places on the lake that offered a little more protection from the wind. Lindy rigging leaches and crawler harnesses using the wind + a drift sock to slow us down a bit. Thats a lot of work for two fish. Switched to the shallows of the protected bays in the afternoon near the weed edges and I got your dog fish on a spinner bait I was casting for northerns. Man those things fight hard.

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We did fair. I was out Friday night by myself and boated 4 fish. 3 too small and a 16. I did have a line break on a real nice fish. Saturday morning I caught several but all under 15. Saturday night My father joined in and we caught a 17 and a 27. It was the biggest walleye that we had caught out there yet. I guess it payed of fishing in the rough water! As soon as the wind died down so did the action.

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ghotierman, great stuff! Thanks for sharing. Sorry about the slow response; been outta' town (but not far enough to evade this heat).

Extra special treat, snaggin' that fish with the kids in tow. Memories for a life time, no doubt. Maybe even created some fishermen for a life time.

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Sportfish 1850 & tberrict, thanks for wasting your time for me. I feel exhausted and a little sea-sick just hearing about all the fun I missed. grin.gif

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