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    Pond fishing

    Bluegill could be caught all day on nightcrawlers. Bass were hammering "The Worm" (black with yellow tail). Two bass over 20", both released. Only 1 crappie was landed. All-in-all a nice day out on the pond. A bit windy, but it was great to get out fishing again!
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    Twin Lakes

    Fished Twin Lakes this weekend and had moderate success. Catfish were hammering the leeches, usually before anything else could get to them. Nearly two dozen landed, mostly 2-3 lbs. range, but 2 were over 5 lbs. Caught a couple decent walleyes, largest was 17 1/2 inches. Two very small bass and of course more bullhead than I prefer. There must have been a fly hatch yesterday though cause the biting flies were thick and annoying today. Bad and aggressive enough to make the ankles bleed... However, you couldn't beat the weather on Friday!
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    Pond fishing

    Is the bite still on? I'm hoping to get down to Audubon this coming week and give a farm pond a try. Hopefully get into some nice sized blue gills and some big bass!
  4. Storm Lake is a pretty shallow lake, but holds some pretty nice walleyes. You can also catch your fair share of crappie and catfish. Same can be said of Black Hawk Lake. If you fish from shore/dock on Black Hawk you can expect plenty of bullheads. I've heard the fishing at Twin Lakes has been down for awhile due to the cold front that came through a week ago. Maybe its picked back up by now...
  5. Has anyone had any experience fishing the Upper Iowa River for smallies? Or in general? Me and a couple guys are heading to the Decorah area to trout fish next weekend, but thought we might try the river out some afternoon for a change of pace.
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    guess the weight

    I caught a largemouth a couple weeks ago that looks pretty similar to this one. It was 19" and 3.8 lbs.
  7. Three of us went up to Decorah this past weekend and had a very productive outing on trout in the North Bear and Patterson streams. We reached our limit on Sat. Nightcrawlers seemed to be the ticket. Saw a couple very nice fish, but they weren't interested in anything we were throwing at them. The ones we landed were all between 11-15 inches. Nice fish, but no whoppers. Regardless, we had great weather and it made the 3 1/2 hour drive seem worth while!
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    canadian smallies

    Crankbait_Guy - Thanks for the info! Even though now I'm even more excited to get up there and the next 4 days will crawl. I've never been north of Kawnipi, but have heard good things about fishing around Russell and the falls and then down on the "S" Chain (Silence, Sultry, Shade, etc.). I'll have my husky jerks ready for action and will test out my new X-Raps as well. Beleive me, I'll never complain about burning forearms!!!
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    canadian smallies

    SCC09803 - If you don't mind me asking...what did you guys use for bait/lures?
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    Ambrosium Pits

    Never fished any pits near Leland, but I've had pretty good success fishing for some nice largemouth out of the pits around Lake View. I assume you were using live bait, such as nightcrawlers? Sometime in order to get the bigger fish out of the pits, you have to throw various lures such as spinners or topwater. Some of the best pit fishing I've done has come from a small boat where we could cast towards structure on shore. I used a Rattlin' Chug Bug and the bass just hammered it! Also, we've always had luck with "The Worm" black with a chartruese tipped tail.
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    canadian smallies

    I'll be up in Quetico in a week starting around Pickeral working my way down to Olifaunt, Russell, Kawnipi and the "S" Chain. Coming back out on Moose. I was looking for similar information. Any help would be appreciated!
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    Upper Iowa River

    I was afraid of that... Looks like more rain coming as well.
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    Atikokan

    We're launching from French Lake and then we'll head to Pickeral, Olifaunt, Russell, Kawnipi, Agnes and come out on Moose. We've been talking of this trip for about 5 years now and finally scheduled it. Anyone try any fishing up that way? I've never been north of Kawnipi. I'd love to find some big smallies!
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    Atikokan

    Does anyone have any information or advice on where to go in Atikokan to pick up a couple of fishing licenses, bait, and possibly even lunch? It's my first time passing through (on the way to French Lake), but I've heard it's an interesting town to visit. Thanks in advance.
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    Atikokan

    Xplorer - Thanks for the info! We'll be heading through in the late morning on the 28th. But I'll be keeping my eyes open for any moose...I'd love to see a couple, as long as they're not bouncing off the bumper. Plan on launching the canoes around noon or shortly after and then making our way back towards Ely.
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    Bullheads?

    I don't think I've had one bigger than 12". I never usually go out targeting them, but if I'm ever using nightcrawlers, I'll always pull in a couple regardless. Blackhawk Lake in Lake View, IA is usually good for plenty of bullheads. Sit on a dock and put a nightcrawler under a bobber. Great for the younger kids who are just starting to fish and need some action to keep their interest!
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    Lava soap?

    I picked some up at Wal-Mart the other day as well. Came in a 3 pack, some sort of buy 2 bars, get the 3rd free. What a deal!
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    Bullheads?

    I've always put the fillets in a saltwater solution in the fridge overnight or let them soak for at least a day. Seems to help get some of the gunk out. I cut the heads off, gut them and then skin them. Kind of like cleaning a trout up in northeast Iowa. Then they can be cooked in a variety of ways. Wrap them up in a little tin foil with some seasoning and grill them.
  19. I posted this on the topic below, but here is my report from Memorial Day Weekend: Returned from a nice weekend up on Okoboji. The weather cooperated like I wanted, but we would've benefited from a boat I have a feeling. However, I ended up with a decent outing. Fished from a dock off a point and managed plenty of bass in the 10"-12" range. Mostly off of leeches on a jig head. Then last night, just before dark I landed a 19" and another just short of 16", both off of a leech. Also caught a pair of "eater-size" walleye and then a couple that were only in the 10" range as well. Tried one of the bays and managed 4 nice bluegill and plenty of small ones. All in all, a relaxing holiday weekend and a great fish!
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    West Okoboji ?'s

    Returned from a nice weekend up on Okoboji. The weather cooperated like I wanted, but we would've benefited from a boat I have a feeling. However, I ended up with a decent outing. Fished from a dock off a point and managed plenty of bass in the 10"-12" range. Mostly off of leeches on a jig head. Then last night, just before dark I landed a 19" and another just short of 16", both off of a leech. Also caught a pair of "eater-size" walleye and then a couple that were only in the 10" range as well. Tried one of the bays and managed 4 nice bluegill and plenty of small ones. All in all, a relaxing holiday weekend and a great fish!
  21. Well, the in-laws planned a family gathering at Camp Okoboji, which is on West Okoboji, for Memorial Day weekend. Figured I'd make the best of it and bring a couple rods & reels along. I have a bad feeling I won't have access to a boat, maybe a canoe if I can find one to rent...so does anyone have any advice for shore/dock fishing on that lake??? I've never fished it before. I'm guessing live bait may be the ticket. Judging by the map of the camp and the DNR map of West Okoboji it looks like I'll be right inbetween Eagle Point and Little Emerson's Bay for the most part. Any advice/suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks fellas!
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    Rapala X-Rap

    I purchased a Silver Blue X-Rap, but havn't been able to get it wet yet. After reading these reports, I may have to pick up a couple more before our BWCA trip at the end of June!
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    West Okoboji ?'s

    Thanks for the reply mechanictim. I too am a little weary about all of the pleasure boaters out there this weekend. My thoughts with a possible canoe rental was for early morning until about 11:00am or so and stay within 30-40 yards of shore. Then hit it again for the evening bite. The waders are a good idea. I'd love to get into some bass and walleyes. I'll probably leave my muskie lures at home though... Thanks for the bait shop info, I'll be sure to stop in and check things out. Have a good one!
  24. My group and I are changing up our BWCA trip a little this year and are starting out in Canada on French Lake and working our way back south to Moose Lake. Our trip is set for June 28th-July 4th. Since we are newbies for entering the BWCA in Canada, are there multiple bait shops near the French Lake entry point? Or does anyone have any preferences? We are probably looking at just purchasing leeches, but possibly nightcrawlers as well. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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    FISHING!

    Hit a farm pond around the Audubon area this past weekend and even though there were very windy conditions, we did pretty well. Plenty of bass in the 12"-14" range and I landed one nice one at 16 1/2". They were hitting the topwater lures right at the edge of the moss. Doesn't get much better than that! We also managed some decent hand-sized bluegill and some smaller crappie, mostly off of nightcrawlers.
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