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4TH Annual Red Cedar School's out extravaganza

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for the fourth year in a row, my dad, brother and I have taken a few days and camped out at the county campground on red Cedar lake near birchwood. The state has been goofing with minimum lengths for this lake for walleyes since we started fishing here. This year, all walleyes under 18" must be immediately released. Every time we went out over the 3 days of fishing we caught about 25-30 walleyes between 14 and 17.5". It was great fishing, just not good eating of fish.....

We ventured one day into balsam lake and found a really nice weed bed and caught some smallies and I hooked a big northern that threw the lure at the boat, but it was big.....

Evening time found us on the humps between the campground and the resort, anchored, with slip bobbers and leeches. each night we were out there we caught fish, those boats trolling around didn't catch much, but everyone bobber fishing caught fish.

we only took a couple photo's

My dad and his 18" smallmouth"


Me and my almost 20" smallmouth: it was a fat little toad too...........


New equipment used on this trip was a new prop (old one was damaged last year on Red Cedar) that got me, my dad and brother going 26.1 mph on gps. Last year we were lucky if we got 22....I also bought a new Frabill net, a conservation series with the rubber coated no knot net and the telescoping handle from 3' to 6'. We used it a lot and it was very convenient to store and deploy as well. We never stuck a hook in the net, and we netted almost all of our fish. Maybe next year we will actaully get to keep some of the walleyes we catch. The bait shop in Haugen was not a bait shop but an ice cream parlor that sold leeches. Got the rest of their leeches and they were good leeches. Breakfast at Haugen was awesome, Vman, you were right about the Lona's corner cafe, any cafe that has a cheese menu is definitely worth a trip back

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Actually Cooter, is was at the end of a 17 foot flat that I had no idea was there until we had left your spot and were cruising up to a couple of diffent ones. I marked it well and I think it might actually be a great spot for ice fishing during the early morning and evening bites, if that lake is any good for ice fishing that is

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The bait shop in Haugen is just starting out and in the process of getting more stuff all the time. yea they have ice cream but they have minnows , crawlers , leech's etc and a small amount of tackle.I get my leech's there as I order by the pound and get the best deal from them .

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They are still catching lots of walleye's but they are mostly 16" to 17 1/2" If you are looking to catch a bunch of fish for fun this is the place.

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