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5/17 Report


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I made it over to the big lake today for the first time this season. I couldn't sleep very well last night because of a "hot" report from a guy that does some guiding with us. We got on the water at 8:30 ish and fished until 4:00 p.m.. Great day, fishing was O.K.. We caught 12 or 13 and kept 7. The 5 or 6 that went back were 22-27 inchers, not many lakes around where you can do that and still feel like it was just an O.K. outing. The guy that had me so hyped last night stopped by today and said it was much slower, most likely because of the 180 degree wind switch. Lindy's and leeches caught them all and we fished the shore break in 18-24 feet. I think I will be back at them again tomorrow.


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Fished Lakeside Reef on the East Side today (northern-most hump and southern-most hump)and both of us got our slot limits between 8:30 and 2:30, plus (3) 12" perch. We didn't catch a single throwback, every fish was in the slot and they were all 17, 18 or 19 inches. Fifteen feet of water, with slip bobbers and leeches (plain hook outfished chartreuse jighead 6-2).

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Fished Fischer's yeasterday. Got kind of a late start and didn't get fishing until 8:00 am. We got two there and moved to the Sand around 10:30. We probably saw a total of 10 fish caught at Fischer's.

Fished near Carlsona, 19-24 ft with 7-8 ft snells, either a plain red hook, or red hook with a glow bead. Ended up keeping 8 fish for 3 people. 16-19" with most being 18-19.

Threw back 3 one 23 / 22 1/2 & a 21. Wish the wind would have kicked in just a little more. It picked up a little more from 3-4:30, seemed to "trigger" the fish. A good day just to be out.

Looking to head out again next week.

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    • Brianf.
      Hard to imagine an ice-out anytime before the month of May with that 10-day forecast and how much ice/snow still exists on the lake.  If ice out happens just prior to the opener, I do feel like that could be a good thing for the overall bite.  Let’s hope that is the outcome here and not an opener where we are ice fishing.   Remember the ice out date in 2012?  April 2nd...  Amazing to think it was ever that early!   Jeff and I will be up this weekend, retrieving our boats from winter storage and chasing some whitefish, Tullies, jumbo perch, and maybe even a crappie or two.  The bite for all species is usually really good this time of year so we’re looking forward to that. 
    • SkunkedAgain
      It's my favorite time of the year, looking at the forecast and trying to figure out when the lake will truly begin its annual change. Daytime highs will be above freezing 8 of the next 10 days with refreezing at night. Maybe 7-8 inches of snow next week, but that precipitation forecast is too far off to be accurate. It's slightly more reliable than my prediction of a hurricane hitting the lake! I do see sun forecasted for 5 of 10 days with temps above freezing. The sun is starting to get pretty strong even when air temps aren't that high. If that snow doesn't hit mid-week, I could see a portion of the snowpack melting.   I'm heading up tomorrow to *inspect* the lake in person  
    • jparrucci
      Below zero lows...we are going the wrong way.  Not looking real good at the moment for an ice free opener. Things can go fast like last year with a handful of very warm days, but we better start making progress soon. 
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      I just order minnesota wild rice online and get it shipped to me via WildRice.com 
    • Keev12
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    • monstermoose78
      I think it should be all froze up after tonight it say -2 this morning on the truck.
    • leech~~
      He wanted his fish Back!  
    • Hookmaster
      I noticed something in the pictures of the fish in my previous post that show up on my phone but not here. The little icon in the lower right. When I touch it, up pops the email of the author of the newspaper article that the phone detected. Maybe the phone is too smart!!😜
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