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In the last few months I've seen many new names from the Willmar area on this site. This is great! Hopefully you guys and gals stick around throughout the openwater season as well. The Willmar/Spicer forum has a thing for dieing down in the summer time. It would be great if we all could keep the reports coming in year-round. For the the newbies out there...Welcome again!

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I will be in the area until I graduate in Spring of 07'. I am originally from Detroit Lakes area so am used to an abundance of quality lakes. However, I am impressed with this area, very good lakes all within a short drive from Willmar. I was previously at SCSU for a couple years and those Stearns county lakes just didn't turn my crank. I have had more luck here in about two months of fishing than I did in two years at St. Cloud.

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what do you define willmar area? my wife and i have a camper between hawick and new london and love the area. does that qualify as willmar area? good fishin.

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glenn,It sure does. Doyou have a camper on long lake? It is a really good lake for fishing all types of fish. Walleye sometimes can be a little tricky but if you work at it you can get a few. The northern pike and bass fishing are fun to catch. I like some if the areas there for panfish.

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jigginjim yea we have a pemanent site camper on long lake. we are at the old wagon campground off hwy 23. love the lake, clean water and good panfish fishing at times. your right eyes and nords are tough to catch. if you get out that way this summer look me up i think we are lot 49 down in the north woods.

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I've been in Spicer a few years now. Love fishing Green Lake, for walleyes and for bass. I find it hard to get off Green Lake and get on some of the others in the county. My favorite fish is what ever is on the end of the line. I have been reading these forums for awhile, but haven't posted much (as you can see). Still learning the lakes around here and try to pick up any info possible. Hey, if Leech 21, Gull Guide, or Local Guide, want a smalley nut to tag along sometime, I'm available! I also find the open water walleye trolling tactics very interesting, I think Gull Guide has had some posts on that?

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There must be some new diehards that have started fishing the area, when I moved away 2 years ago, I can only think of about 6 other guys that consistantly pounded the area lakes hard or what I would consider hard.

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Dr. Walleye, good to see that you have finally posted after just reading for all this time. Lots of info to be shared and learned here.

As for the smallie fishing on Green, just let me know when you want to go. I hope I have as good of a year as last year. I caught so many big smallies that anything under 18" was a small one! I caught at least a half dozen that broke the 20 inch mark! Incredible year it was. Just hope these new regs don't mess it up to bad.

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  • 3 months later...

Leech, how about giving the smallie fishing a try?

Dr. Walleye

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Dr. Walleye, how ya doing?

As far as the tourney...I'd LOVE to, but with work and summer activities its almost impossible. I actually haven't been out fishing open water since opener. Its truely a sad deal. I'm usually out twice or three times a week!

It will be very interesting to see the results of the tournament. I'm curious what the big bass will come in at. I'm also curious at how many of those big bass will die from stress mad.gif

Later

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Leech21 on prefish to win every one figures taht it would take 8 fish averaging 4,25 pounds to be in top 3. Also 34 was estimated to win.after todays really never seeming to end 4 to 5 foot waves the estimate was that 24 pounds would win.They cant use live bait or dynamite and its only one day so I will say that 24 could win so I will try,hahahaha like Hillary Clinton could be president.As far as stress the water temperature was 69 degrees today at 11am and back down to 67 by 5pm .with cold tempds tonight and Silverado having the lowest mortality rate of any recorded touraments I would guess that it wont be bad.Bad is throat hooking and dragging when catching on the Green Lake Walleye attack.The days of the really big ,6 pound or over small mouth are gone.That probaly was two years ago they died from throat hooking and old age.Did you know that over 150,000.us dollars is available on bass tournaments already signed up for Green this year with the first 30,000.leaving here tommorow and the elite finals are here and that if it performs good tommorrw that applications will be flowing like water over the Ye Olde Mille dam shocked.gif

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