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Going up and will be fishing Ball Club this weekend. Anybody been have any reports from Ball Club this winter? I know it is known more for spearing in the winter but we did pretty well on perch, pike and even got few 'eyes last year.

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good on northerns this year never heard much about the walleyes but there is some good fishing there


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Just got back and had a great time. Walleye's are pretty slow we only caught two but caught lots of perch, several northerns (biggest was just over 10.5lbs), and a nice whitefish! We had ton's of fun with the new camera, Ball Club is a pretty clear lake so you could see real good when the sun was out. Stayed at Gus' Place Resort and had a blast!

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It was slow out there today, but I only got to fish the afternoon bite from about 1-5pm. I fished the south side by Hwy 2 from about 9' out to about 34'. I marked fish in all the deeper holes, probably perch as I caught 1 decent one, but couldn't get any other takers. 2 snakes and 2 tulibees or whitefish, I don't know how to tell the difference. I'll hit it again probably next week. GB, any tips on where you were fishing and depths you targeted for perch? I threw everything at them today and had 1 10" and 1 other perch bite. Boy were they in a negative mood.


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They were that way last Sat. too, but Sunday they hit much better, hopefully it will be better for you tomorrow. We had our best luck on the south side of the bar that runs across the lake, more to the east end of it in about 25'. One method that seemed to produce for us was setting the jig right on the bottom, lip hook the minnow that way it swims with it's tail up, they had a hard time resisting that. I also caught a lot on Gulp maggots, but they tend to be smaller fish, still lots of fun when you can watch them on the camera. I can say you had to present your bait real close to the bottom to get them interested, they didn't seem like they would go far for it. Hope this helps.

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how was Gus, i was think of going up how are their cabins and service etc., have you ever gone up their in the summer hows the fishing

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