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Looking for a sure thing near Duluth


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My son has had his kids out on three skunks in a row. two on the river and one on a little lake by floodwood named headquarters(thats where I suggested) that lake used to be a "sure thing" for little crappies. These kids are boys ages 6, 7 and eight. My grandchildren are actually starting to say things like "fishing stinks" etc.. Your help is appreciated. These dont have to be keepable fish, just something to reel in.

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Pike lake would probably be your best bet at a sure thing. All the little perch you could ever want in there. Head pretty much anywhere into 15-20 feet of water, get your lines down and you will get bit. Really not a whole lot for size but action to their little hearts content. Hope this helps and good luck on getting them to like fishing again. Hopefully they can see the light wink.gif

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I appreciate your ideas on a good spot for kids, I have not fished on Pike or Chub since I was a kid! Sometimes you tend to over look those lakes right in your own back yard. My fishing is somewhat limited on local lakes as I only fish smaller lakes in the winter, with spring, summer and fall being devoted to the Big Lake.

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Adam,

I will second Chub. I havn't had my 3 year old out there for a couple weeks, but it is as close to a sure bet as possible. Gills and perch as well as hammer handle pike can be had, and you can drive out to wherever you want to. I like either an ant/waxie or plain hook/waxie for gills and perch, and usually set a gem-n-eye on either a tipup or a deadstick with a chub/shiner on it for pike. The other good thing is the water is pretty clear so when you are in a tent you can actully see the gills come in. My son gets a real kick out of looking down the hole and seeing a gill eyeing the ant and then seeing the bobber go down cool.gif

Its also a great lake for kids in summer, i think that my little guy caught over 300 gills/perch/pumpkinseeds there this summer just off the dock (never even put the boat in due to low water levels).

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    • redlabguy
      Mark, Glad your crew had another great outing. It’s always good to read your reports. Just wish there were more of them like the old days. Sorry you hit the storm. One of the worst in our 14 years. We’ll be dealing with dock issues for a long time but nothing like the good folks in Cook have.  The fishing has come around a little since the storm. Definitely nightcrawler now. I don’t get far out of Frazer but the reefs are where the action is. Looking forward to hearing from you in September.  My best to you and Linda, RLG p.s. Our good old red lab, Ole, cashed it in last summer, but we have a 6 month old lab now who is learning the ropes up here (and teaching us we’re older than we think we are!)
    • Mike89
    • leech~~
      No can see?  
    • smurfy
      yeppers......nuttin more aggravating the boat motor issues!!!!!!!   what was the problem the first time???????
    • Hookmaster
      Nice fish Kettle. Hope it's really "fixed" next time.
    • Rivergroup
      Our group will be returning in September as well. Wish we were able to be there now to lend a hand.
    • smurfy
      dang...tough to hear..........hope the good people up there recover soon!!!!!!!!!
    • MarkB
      We just returned this afternoon from 6 days on Vermilion. We arrived Saturday and enjoyed 3 fantastic days of walleye fishing. My cousin, our friend Greg, and myself fished several of our spring spots and found fish on all of them. Water temperatures were pretty much 65-67 degrees everywhere we fished. The wind was variable and made boat control a challenge at times. Bait was not an issue and we had success on crawlers(Tim), leeches(Greg), and minnows(me). If I had to pick one of those as catching the most fish, it would be crawlers. Our best day totalled 48 walleyes, 4 smallmouth, and 2 big JUMBOS. We ended up with over a hundred walleyes, 12 jumbos 11"-13", and 10 smallmouth to 18". Our biggest walleye was 24.5" and the balance went from 13"-22". There are lots of 14"-16" walleyes this year which are perfect eaters. The mayfly hatch was in full bloom in some areas but we found very few mayflies in the water column over rock reefs. We caught our fish in depths ranging from 10' to 32'. I didn't fish in any area where I could see mayflies top to bottom in the water column. Slow trolling in the .3mph to .6mph worked and we caught nothing using slip bobbers. Terminal tackle was a 3'-4' 10# flurocarbon leader, 2 lime colored beads, and a plain #6 Gamakatsu walleye hook . Snags are always an issue when fishing in and around the rocks and when the fish are biting they are acceptable. NOW, for the bad news.......Tuesday was a day I won't soon forget. The area suffered devastating torrential rainfall. Lightning was non-stop for several hours and when things settled down, flood damage was everywhere. We checked our rain guage on the side of the cabin and we got 7 3/4 " in a little over 4 hours! Breezy Point road washed out, Mud Creek road washed out as did several others in the area. Cooke business area was completely covered with flood water. I would consider it a disaster area and should be declared as such. We couldn't find a dock anywhere that wasn't covered with water. People were stranded behind flood covered and washed out roads. Dock decking, limbs and such were floating everywhere in the big water. My group sends our prayers to the people of that beautiful country that lost their businesses, homes, and suffered damage to their lake properties. The people of that north country are resilient and we have confidence that they will recover. We stayed our final 3 days but didn't fish at all Tuesday. Our last 2 days showed the effects of the storm. Water temps dropped to 64 degrees and our premo fishing became 10 walleye days. We did manage to catch a dozen really nice jumbos. We plan on returning in September and we pray the area will have returned to normal by then. I haven't figured out how to transfer photos from my phone to my computer yet so no pictures at this time. Good Fishing and God be with you. MarkB
    • SkunkedAgain
      Word is that the river has peaked and therefore the town can start the process of recovering sooner.
    • smurfy
      Heard that too. Also heard 38 was closed for a but north of rapids due to flooding.    I know the water really came up when I was up last week compared to when I was there in April. 
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