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As I predicted for Northen MN, the hot spots were either current related or shallow wind blown spawning areas for walleyes.

The Rainy River & Kabetogama are on fire right now. 90% of anglers are reporting limits from both. When the fishing is this good, please show restraint and practice catch & release.
If you're looking for some good fishing get a hold of Sandee (Rainy) at:
http://clementsonresort.com/ or Dick (Kab) at:
http://redpineresort.com/

Mille Lacs Lake also had a good opener considering the weather. Plenty of fish over 20" are being caught. Check out the Resorts listing above for contacts. Derek of Mille Lacs Guide Service can also help you out in the Mille lacs forum.

The St. Louis River by Duluth also looks very promising for this coming weekend, but it may be a bit crowded.

Myself, I will be headed to Leech. The reports were not that promising, but I have prior commitments. I think I'd rather go to the Rainy River out of Clementson. Kab would be my second choice. The fish are biting shallow there.

Good Luck all and Please REMEMBER:

Practice Catch, Photo, & Release.

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The bite on Winnie was fair on Saturday and Sunday was very, very good. All the action occurred in the shallows along Hig Banks, Sugar, Ravens, The Gap.
Fireball - Firetiger pattern 1/8 oz. jigs tipped with a shiner was the ticket while rip jigging. If you moved slower, they wern't nearly as aggresive. The bite was so good on Sunday that nearly any color worked well.
I and Ron hunter checked some of the humps and bars but found very few fish.
These areas will turn on in a few weeks.

Terry Hagstrom
Terry's Guide Service
www.fishingmn.com/terry

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Had a friend go to Leech and got skunked.

Had a friend go to Mille Lacs and had to throw everything back. Everything.

All he said was that he will never go to Mille Lacs again.

Try Ten Mile.

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I also agree, I know I hated catching the 32 Walleyes on Sat/Sun for my best Opener in years on Mille Lacs. And it really sucked that they were all to big! I especially hated catching that 27in Walleye - I hope that never happens again.

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I'm going to Mille Lacs for the first time this weekend.

Have film.....will brag.

Trust me when I say that eating the 14-16 inch fish instead of the larger ones will make you live longer anyway.

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John K., a.k.a. wastewaterguru
Prior Lake, Minnesota

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Suddenly Summer,

I understand what you're saying about Mille Lacs. That lake whether people want to admit it or not, has some serious issues. All the reports I've been hearing are lots of fish, but none in the slot. What does this mean? It means that all the fish are growing bigger and bigger, eating up more and more forage, which will eventually cause the lake to crash. I am not a scientist by any means... as you can probably tell, but I think there are some scientists out there who could support what I'm saying. The key to good fishing lakes is balance, and Mille Lacs appears to be loosing that.

Do you agree or disagree??

Good Luck,
Rusty

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It's getting to be a crime in some circles to want to go fishing for a weekend and bring some fish home to eat. I'm all for catch and release but it's nice to have a nice meal of fresh walleye for a couple of days of work (well I wouldn't call it work). Just wait until July when you see 10 to 20 20"+ walleyes floating around everytime you go out there, people will change their tunes on the slot.

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