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JBMasterAngler

Paul Bunyan Camping & Fishing

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JBMasterAngler

I'm thinking about taking a weekend in august to camp at paul bunyan state forest...the question is, should I fish leech lake the whole weekend or maybe fish a couple smaller lakes instead? I was looking at mantrap and kabekona on the lakefinder and they both look very promising. Any info would be great. I've only ice fished leech, so I don't know much about the area. How is the survival of lake trout in kabekona? Anyone catch any? And also, isn't the kabekona river a trout stream? Sorry for all the questions. Thanks in advance.

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leechlake

I have a cabin on Kabekona, forget the lake trout, seriously I've fished the lake for years and haven't even accidently caught one. The walleyes bite at night a bit, it's really clear but presently Leech Lake is much easier to fish and better. Not trying to stear you away, just being honest, I'd head to Winnie for a day or maybe Bemidji if it's "on."

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JBMasterAngler

I already have a trip booked for labor day weekend for winnie/cut foot sioux so I'm covered there. I had an open weekend in august so I wanted to get out somewhere up north, but just closer than winnie or cass (where I'm going this weekend). Don't need to worry about stearing me away from anywhere, just point me to the direction where the fishing is best.

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LakeDocktor

JBMasterAngler, I would even book something around Hackensack area. There are plenty of good lakes to try in the area. These lakes aren't that difficult to learn and there is some great fishing. You also wouldn't be that far from Leech if everything else fell through. What are you fishing for and what weekend are you planning on coming up? I would be more than happy to show you around on some of the lakes if I'm up in the area. I believe that I was the same one that saw you on Clearwater last weekend. I was in the 18 foot black Lund trolling past you.

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JBMasterAngler

LakeDoktor, I seen in another thread you were installing someone's dish, do you do that for a living? I work for dishnetwork. Anyway, how'd you do on clearwater lake? That was the kids' grandpa's boat, I have a 14 ft aluminum with a 7.5 HP (which I feel more comfortable in).

Anyway, I'd be up there in late august. I'm mostly a bass fisherman, but I go after whatever is biting. Yeah, some of those lakes in the hackensack area look good too. I'll look into it more when I get back from grand marais next month. Whichever I decide it'll be good times.

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Gofishleech

If your in the paul bunyan there is lake 21, has good number of bass in the lake. There is also a nice camp site right between Nelson lake and 21. A small boat will go in eaither. Nelson also had been stocked with walleyes awhile back.

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LakeDocktor

Where do you work for dish network out of? We managed to boat a couple eyes. Had one nice fish up to the boat. The two that we kept were 17'' and 18''.

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JBMasterAngler

satellite link in maplewood. We cover southern MN, northern IA, and all of S.D. If I was to hit leech I'd mostly be fishing for largemouths and northerns in the weeds, then hit up the walleyes in the evening.

Gofish...those lakes you were refering to, those are very small lakes right? I believe those were the campgrounds I first noticed that gave me the idea of going there.

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