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IMO the two best places to go are Fisherman's Corner on the corner of Hwy 53 and Midway Rd and Chalstrom's on Rice Lake Road (Hwy 4) about a mile north of Martin Road.

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Chalstroms, on Rice Lake rd, north or Martin rd.

Fisherman's Corner, on highway 53 and Midway rd.

Hi Banks Resort, on Fish lake.

Minnowette, end of Lavaque, north of Fish lake bridge.

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happy to help you happy and welcome to FM.

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Theres one just off the interstate in Cloquet too since your coming from the south. HWY 33 exit. Outdoor Advantage right in front of the Wal-Mart.

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Dont forget Marine General on London Road as well as the ICO on London Road. Gander Mountain in Hermantown has good bait.

I agree Chalstroms and Fishermans Corner do a great job. If your on Fish Lake area lakes try The Minnowette and HighBanks Resort.

You would think a City the size of Duluth would have more baitshops but since Jims Bait there hasnt really been one that lasted. Im still waiting for someone to put one up in Gary that will last. Oh I forgot the Liquor Store on the main drag sells bait.

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Jims Bait was around for a very long time and a very good bait shop. MnDot wanted his land so thats why its gone.

Anyone here old enough to remember when Chalstroms was Roy & Ginny's(S)or the Minnow Ranch(My Aunt owed that one) on Arlington Ave?

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I don’t remember the name Roy and Ginny’s, but was your aunts place on the corner of Martin and Hwy. #4? I loved Jims bait, spent many afternoons drinking coffee and bsing

in the back room. Probably the main reason I didn’t finish UMD, (think I could sue?).

There also was a bait shop for many years on the corner of Lavaque and Hwy. 53,I think it’s some kind of tanning salon now.

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Man Frank your old as dust!
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Memory is still good though. grin.gif

Not a lot of shops left that have a sign outside that say

"ring the door bell for after hours service"

Geesh, 2AM and you could still buy minnows.

Now thats service! grin.gif

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I don’t remember the name Roy and Ginny’s, but was your aunts place on the corner of Martin and Hwy. #4? I loved Jims bait, spent many afternoons drinking coffee and bsing

in the back room. Probably the main reason I didn’t finish UMD, (think I could sue?).

There also was a bait shop for many years on the corner of Lavaque and Hwy. 53,I think it’s some kind of tanning salon now.


No, she had the bait shop on Arlington Ave and Trinity.

That site is now under Arlington Ave.

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Man Frank your old as dust!
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I keep telling him that Steve, he don't hear to good (part of that age thing I'm guessing) tongue.gif BC

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Dancing is an art and I'm an artist.

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BC, I have selective hearing.

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A artist? I didnt know the moonwalk was artsy. You should Change your handle to "The Disco Duck". tongue.gif

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Disco Huh?

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Load, I remember that place. I believe it was called Normans.

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