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Grindstone29

Coming back, 7/19-7/21 to shake off that 4th of July slump.  Looks like she'll be a hot one!  The Bimini top helps with the heat as well.  

 

Hopefully the bugs are slowing down by then. 

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Been fishing quite a bit the last week when the weather allows. Earlier in the week the flies were still pretty bad but it seems like they are wrapping up now. There has been good days and days we really had to work for them this week. The common theme seems to be find a reef that’s loaded one day and they are gone the next day, or even hour to hour. Several times we checked spots on the way out that had zero fish on them and decided for the heck of it, check them on the way back and there’s fish all over them. It’s been an odd year for us. We are pretty much using strictly crawlers and spinners to move along quick and pick off the biters in the pods of fish and it seems like this year those pods of fish have been in really really tight groups, we’ve learned to never rule out a spot until it’s been very thoroughly checked because it’s easy to miss a group of fish when they are all piled in a 20 foot circle.yesterday was one of the tougher days where we really had to work for fish but the flat calm and blazing sun was probably to blame for that. This morning we went out and found a spot that had a ton of fish in a little group on the shallowest spot of the reef. We did our spinner routine but it was a pain because it was hard to turn around fast enough to get back over them so we anchored up on the side of them and threw jigs with a half crawler at them and absolutely crushed them! One of those bites that’s so good all you can do is laugh, for the last 45 minutes or so we started trying all the odd ball plastics I’ve accumulated over the years and they hit those even harder than the crawlers. It was a blast but like I said before, I’m sure they will be gone tomorrow. Good luck out there everyone and let’s hear some more reports! Have to go home tomorrow but will be back up first thing Wednesday.

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Rick

@fins_n'_feathers I love it when they group tight like that and you can toss a jig at em. Don't be afraid to use plastics on that jig.

 

Nothing like feeling a walleye smack a tossed jig.

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dnovak

Sorry for the late report, but better late than ever.  We fished the East side of the lake 7/8-7/12 and got pretty beat up from the wind, rain, and of course the skeeters.  Hats off to the wife and daughters battling the elements!! We did find fish on main lake reefs and actually quite a few active ones too.  Most were on the tops of shallower reefs actually in that 12-16' range and they seemed hungry.  We would just scan reefs until we found ones w/ fish on them and fish the highest concentration of fish.  Pluck a few out of that school and try to find the next hungry school.  We rigged w/ leeches and crawlers and they seemed to each shine at different times.  If we found a decent pod of fish in those rollers we just spot locked and pitched slip bobbers over the side of the boat.  Tons of fun for the kids!  We kept plenty of fish to eat even though the smaller ones were pretty hard to find.  Most fish were right at that 20" mark or so.  We never made it out super early and never stayed out real late but i am guessing it could've been great. This is our family trip and its quite a bit more relaxed than w/ the boys  (even though they put in about 6 hours in a steady rain the one day)  Another great trip and we'll do 'er again next year!  🍻

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Thanks for the report. Rainy is always fun, been going up for probably 30 years. Last year we had the wind and rain. My wife said she would not go up again in my 1987 Smokercraft Big Fisherman Deluxe anymore so I bought a bigger/ nicer boat. My boat was in great shape so I sold it to a friend. It was tough to part with it because I bought it new and customized it to me.

 

Looking forward to now having a double counsel and convertible top canvas with side curtains for the rough days. 

 

I am heading up Saturday. I bought my MN and Ontario license online and although we typically just fished the MN side, this year I may venture into CA. With the bag limits what they are in CA, I probably won't keep any fish. Still will be nice to explore a bit, maybe get away from the crowd. 

 

Thanks,

Bill

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