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Hope everyone had a safe and happy Memorial weekend. So who all had the chance to put the boat in the water and spend some time out on the lakes?

Here in the Blackduck area today it's pretty windy (winds out of the east but some gusts at over 20 mph), but yesterday turned into a pretty decent day, with calm winds here and sunny. Quite a few of our anglers hit Blackduck Lake to reel in walleye, and the bite has been doing really well. Fishing the bars in 8-16' of water, finding the past few days that leeches are the getting better hits than minnows or worms, slip bobber fishing with a jig or using a spinner.

Fishing the local lakes went pretty well for most, panfishing was more productive for our folks using night crawlers and casting into the shoreline, with many good size crappies and sunnies being reeled in. Benjamin Lake was pretty slow for the couple that tried it on Saturday reeling in only one rainbow trout, but the winds and the on again off again rain didn't help much.

So let's hear how everyone did and if they got to have a fresh fish fry this weekend!

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BigWadeS

Had a productive weekend on the area lakes. Friday we hit Pimushe and Turtle River, had good results of walleye and some pike. The bonus was my 8 pound dog fish

Saturday we hit blackduck and had good success on walleye. Another successful weekend up in north country!

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Coach1310

We had a great weekend up at the Drake. The weather stunk on Saturday, but the fish didn't seem to mind. We hit an area lake in the am to early afternoon and caught some bull gills. We then hit the 'Duck for some slip bobber walleye action. We caught over 30 fish in 4 hours! What a blast. The front that moved in over night Saturday killed our gill bite, but the walleyes remained active on the 'Duck as we had another steady night of bobbering action. We fished in 3-6 fow for the gills and windward shorelines in 10-16 fow for our walleyes. Hope everyone else had as much fun as us!! grin.gif

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