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Clam Lake Report

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Any reports from Upper and Lower Clam Lake? I will be fishing Upper Clam over the long weekend and will give a report.

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Been out on Clam about 12 days so far this year. Have not had any major success. Just catching the typical 2-6 lb. pike and a few nice Bluegills. I have caught some fairly sizeable perch and watched a young girl catch a 6 1/2 lb. walleye. Mike Hendrickson-(Big Mike) was out with a friend fishing in AM in about 5 1/2 fow but couldn't catch a fish. They had an Aquaview with and could see schools of gills (40-50 fish) coming in and look at the bait but would not bite. With this weather being so cold and barometer fluctuating I have a feeling that possibly this weekend things might finally change and gills just might turn on. As far as the pike go I've had more success with suckers than shiners catching them in shallower water on the outside weed edges. Good luck.

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Fished the south end of Big Clam in the AM and PM Saturday, Sunday and Monday. I got a few small to medium gills and a few small pike every day while it was light out. Sunday night I got about 10 - 12 medium to large crappies. The small perch were bad at times. The weather was great.

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