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Big, Rice, Deep Portage


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First timer here, My family just finished a cabin on this chain of lakes and i was looking for anyone who has some info on where to catch walleyes. It can be either open water or thru the ice it doesnt matter. We have found spots to catch crappies, and A LOT of pike, but no eyes yet.

thanks in advance for your help.

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I have caught a few eyes through the ice on big portage, but there few and far between. in the summer my budy wayne godfrey does good night trolling deep portage. he runs the sporting goods section in Godfreys supervalue at the corner of 371 if you go in and talk to him he will be more than happy to help you out.

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yea waynes house is just 4 doors down from ours. He is a very nice guy. we are actually on rice portage, which is a great duck hunting lake but leaves a lot to be desired for fishing. next time up ill have to stop in and pick Waynes brain. thanks

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I have fished with wayne there and the fishing can be very good. can be a pain to get back in there. i would go see him a pick his brain about it some more.

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  • 2 weeks later...

one more good spot for eyes is troll slow around the the island on big with rigs/leaches 10-14ft

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There are a few walleyes in rice troll around the only deep hole in in rice i think it is right in front of your cabin use rigs/leaches fish slow. good luck...

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trolling in rice is quite difficult, because there are so many weeds. Any ideas on how to combat this problem? Also how navigatabe the channel from rice to deep is? i know when the water is high, i can make it through with the trolling motor, but last year the water was low most of the year and i didnt try. thanks

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Loucks,I use a simple hook and round nose split shot when trolling around on rice keep the rig above the weeds.as for the getting into deep it can be a little hairy but i have been able to get my boat{18ft 135hp} though every year some times the bottom will rub but it is all sand in there watch out for the bever he likes to leave sticks in the channel hope to see you on the lake remeber C&R good luck

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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!)
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    • 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
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      Word is that the river has peaked and therefore the town can start the process of recovering sooner.
    • smurfy
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