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  1. 52" x 25" October of 01 on a Crane Bait from about 10ft of water along a weed edge.
  2. I like to add hook spreaders to some of my lures. On some tally-wacker style baits I sometimes add a small clip-on sinker to the front of the bait to get a different sound out of it. This works well because it does not alter the lure permanently. If you don't like the sound just take it off or try a different weight. Have also used shrink tubing on rear hooks. Sometimes I add paint to lures or paint them a completely new color. If I have a lure with hooks that get fouled together a lot I use a real small rubberband to hold the middle hook tight against the lure body. The rubberband breaks easily when a fish gets hooked on that hook so its not a problem. On globe lures I sometimes add very small metal washers on the screws inbetween the blade and the head of the lure. When you put the screws back in leave them backed out a ways so the washers and blade are loose and have some play in them. The metal washers give the lure a little more of a rattling or clicking sound.
  3. If your going there in June you might want to venture to the west side if the east side is not producing any results for you. The average depth of the west side is quite a bit shallower and warms faster than the east side. The water is also clearer on the west side so weed growth should be ahead of that on the east side. But while on the east side I would definitely spend a lot of your time fishing Big & Little Petes bars. If anything is happening on the east side at all it should be happening on those two spots. I would not fish water any deeper than maybe 8 or 9 ft on the west side and no deeper than about 6 or 7 feet on the east side. Make sure you get a black or brown bucktail with the lime florescent green colorado blade for this water. A yellow bucktail with the same color blade for sunny days. You might see a lot of other people throwing them out there but there is a reason for that. They work!! Twitching small to medium size minnow baits can work also at times. And topwaters on this water work very well if the water temp is at or above about 60 degrees and especially early or late in the day under low light conditions or anytime there is a lot of cloud cover. Tally Whacker style baits, creepers, hawg wobblers, and globes work best in black or orange. Use a slow & steady retrieve with all lures. The biggest mistakes people make on this water are 1) Too fast of a retrieve. Slow is the ticket. 2) Using baits that they think will work because its something different than what everyone else is using. Don't let that happen to you. 3) Fishing too deep of water. Don't let that happen either. Stick to bucktails and topwaters with a SLOW retrieve in water no deeper than I mentioned above or I can assure you that you will struggle out there. One more thing. If you are sharing spots like Big & Little Petes bars with a lot of other boats don't let that bother you. They are there for a reason. A lot of people won't fish these spots if a lot of other boats are there. This is a BIG mistake!!
  4. The northeast side has several options. Treelands resort has cabins but is pretty costly. Dun Roven may still rent cabins unless they are all sold now but it too is costly. Other options would include Deerfoot Lodge which has a motel (cabins are all sold) and some food. Deer Run Resort has 5 cabins & some food. Middlestadts may rent cabins, not sure. Golden Fawn I believe has some cabins. R & R Bayview has cabins and full bar with a full menu and the price is reasonable for this area. I would check out R & R Bayview first. Its nice to have a good place to eat with a full menu right where your staying.
  5. A size increase on muskies from 40" to 48" especially on lakes that do not get stocked and rely on natural reproduction to maintain a fishery makes perfect sense. I would personally like to see a 48" limit on all MN musky waters accept those that only have the Schoepac strain in them since the Schoepac strain rarely ever grows much larger than 40" anyway. With the amount of hard work the Mn DNR has put into its muskie program over the years as well as the hard work that muskie clubs have done to provide us a muskie fishery second to none in the US, a size increase would help relieve the burden of these organizations to maintain what they have worked so long and hard on and accomplished in the process. The Mn musky fishery is so impressive that musky lakes all over the state are seeing a huge increase in musky fishing pressure. Lots of people are actually choosing to go to Mn to fish muskies rather than going to Canada these days, not just because it is closer, but because the musky fishing in Mn is so impressive that it rivals some of the best and most popular Canadian waters. When you have more and more people targeting muskies on these Mn waters the number of anglers out there that plan to keep a musky will increase and mortality will increase also. This puts added risk on this resource. The Mn musky fisheries are just too valuable of a resource to fishermen, guides, resorts, and many other related and even unrelated businesses to not protect them with size increases. This size increase really needs to happen.
  6. Good story. Sounds like a great time on the V.
  7. Try using an airator. That seems to help a lot.
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    RK has some good advice with temps where they are at right now.
  9. Actually the larger handles are called Grator grips. You can get them here http://www.gatorgrip.com/replacement-reel-handles-grator-grip.html
  10. Another option would be a Gander Mtn IM8 series rod (about $70-$80). I prefer the 8' med-hvy rod but the 7'6" is nice too. These are light-weight quality rods for the money. I have several of them and no complaints at all. They can handle large fish over 50" & 30lbs just fine. Add a Gander Mtn guide series bait casting reel (about $70-$80) to that. These reels are made by Pflueger and are basically identical to the Pflueger Trion reels. They are a very reliable and smooth reel for the money. After using this reel all I can say is no more unreliable Abu Garcia reels for me anymore. This setup would make a very good combo. Spool up the reel with Cortland spectron in 50-80lb test and you probably will still have spent less than $200.
  11. Rob Thanks. That would be great and very much appreciated. Eric Johnson
  12. Hey RK On another post a while ago you indicated that the MDNR, through DNA analysis, was able to determine that fish from Leech Lake and the Mississippi river were virtually the same. Could you please point me in the right direction as to where I can find the documentation that supports this? Or could you at least give Larry Ramsell a call and let him know? This info could be very useful to the future of musky fishing in a lot of areas in question right now. It would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Eric Johnson
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