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Heading up Thursday, just looking for some last-minute inspiration. Anyone fishing out of there recently? Suspended fish, or tight to the bottom? We'll have fun regardless!

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Fished last weekend.

Very slow for everyone.

I had my 2 way on scan for 2 days, and I heard a whole lot of griping about fishing. But it sure sounded like people had fun anyway. grin.gif

We struggled but got some fish to bring home. Although, a handful of them were not what I would call "keepers". crazy.gif

No perch and no sauger.

Its gonna get better. I just wish I was going this weekend to give it another shot.

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Where were you fishing at (ie - 16 mile, gull rock, etc) BLB?

When I was up there two weeks ago we were at 16 mile 2 of our 3 days up there... we had heard from the guides that just about everything but 16 mile had all but shut down and that everyone wanted to get out to 16 mile... is that still the case?

Thanks!

marine_man

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That was the case MM.

16 mile was very spotty.

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My dad and brother were up at 16 mile today and kept 6 walleyes, very slow for lake of the woods standards, hope it will be better thursday.

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I plan on heading up that way Sat. Has the snow settled any? Thinking about bringing the wheeler.

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I fished out of Bablers on Monday and did need a sled. There was one pickup out there but everyone else had snowcats. I hit a real good soft spot too. The fishing was good after that snowstorm on Sunday night. Probably plowed now, but they are calling for more snow.

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fishing ok, travel not good.

fisky edit.....hey admin clocks fast by 1 hour.

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I'm also heading up today. Anyone have the hot lure or anyone suggestions we can try?

First time I see the resorts listing the fishing as 'excellent' for the south side of the lake. Perfect timing if you ask me!

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Chartreuse jig a whopper with a whole minnow dangled inches from the bottom was by far our best last weekend.

But when I say "best" take that with a grain of salt. It was very slow.

The jig a whopper got the most action by far though.

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I caught a nice one on a Willow Spoon and a shiner. They have been going after a whole shiner better than just a shiner head.

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Just got back toady. Fished out of Arneson's houses on 16 mile. We had two shacks, but forgot to mention to the guides that we needed to be within walking distance (side-bets need a witness)! Tim (Wingnut) had three of us on the west side, and two of us on the east side of 16 mile. The two did pretty well Friday morning, and Tim had a fish shack set up and ready to move to for us before 11:00 AM. Fishing did slow down, but you gotta' love that quick service! Don't forget to tip your drivers! Probably 16 or 17 fish on Friday big enough for the bucket, but only kept ten (two per guy) for Friday night fish fry. Threw back another half dozen small ones. Saturday the bite was extremely slow, but still good times. We have a fairly substantial bet on the biggest fish, so for a day and a half I jigged a fairly large Salmo Chubby Darter. Wasn't looking for the numbers, just a couple of quality fish. Ended up catching 5 fish all weekend, but two were in the slot! Want big? Fish big! That gives me a whole year of bragging rights ... always fun to get in your buddies pockets. All in all, a good trip. Don't pine for the "good 'ol days" on LOW, they're all good! I highly recommend Arneson's for any first timers looking for a resort. We bounce around LOW every year, staying at different places, and Arneson's offers good lodging, good food, and great service!

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I've never been out of this location. Do they plow out to Five or 16 mile? Is there any road or is it sled/bombadair only? Any info would be helpful.

Thanks.

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Sometimes fishing big even gets the smaller fish slamming. Here is a Salmo Zipper lure 3" long and this 14" walleye hammered it out on 16 Mile a couple weeks back.

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Arnesens has their bomber trail running out to Gull, 12 Mile and 16 mile areas... Babbler's road (which is right before you get to Arnesens) has a road plowed out to 16 mile. 2 of us were out to 16 yesterday on sleds without a whole lot of luck... we fished from 8:00 - 2:00 and ended up with a couple fish, but it was pretty slow.

marine_man

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Road is very bad from Gull Rock to Arneson's. Trip took nearly 2 hours Sun. Lot of water/slush.

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Were you driving? If so, I can see why you got stuck. tongue.gif

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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
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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
    • 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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