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Well, I just returned from a 5-day family vacation in the Park Rapids area and thought I would share my results from my time spent on the water. We were staying on Long Lake so that is where I concentrated my efforts. I was primarily fishing the early morning and evening hours but I did make a few trips in the afternoon.

'Eyes were the primary target and anything mixed in would be considered a bonus (or should I say hassle, ha!). Ultimately, what ended up putting the most 'eyes in the boat was trolling Jet-Divers and #13 floating Rapalas between 95 - 110' back over deep water. The suspended fish were the fish that really wanted to "play" but it took some persistence to get them fired up. The best activity was in the north-end basin in front of Timberlane Resort. There were large schools of both northern and walleyes suspended over 35 - 50' of water between 16 - 24' down. We were also able to get some fish on the east side of the lake contour trolling a deep weedline with #5 shad raps behind boards. These fish were also suspended but the bite was very inconsistent. We ended up catching more bass and northerns than 'eyes in that particular area.

Overall, it was a nice few days to spend on the water and the fish cooperated to a point. For the 5 days, ~35 'eyes came to the boat, with most of the fish ranging between 14 - 18". The largest 'eye of the trip was 24.25".

Good luck out there!

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Thanks for the report and I'm glad you had a good vacation. Your info will come in handy during my trip up there this weekend. I usually see your reports in the SW Minnesota forum and those have always been helpful as well.

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Glad I could be of some assistance. Happy to help!

Good luck up there.

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Nice report! Thanks! My wife and I are going camping there this weekend so I hope to try it out. Is it a pretty decent bass lake? Also, what's a Jet-Diver?


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No problem CHM.

I'm not sure on the bass fishing but I have caught some decent bass on deep weed lines while pulling cranks for 'eyes.

A Jet-Diver is like a Dipsy Diver. It's like a poor man's down-rigger. It gets to deep water with minimal amounts of line having to be let out and you can attach various amounts of lures to them using a snell. I typically like to use 3 - 4' snells attached to the Jet-Diver and keep my trolling speed between 1.5 - 2.0 mph. Crawler harnesses also work well behind a Jet-Diver if the fish prefer live bait.

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