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5 hours ago, FryDog62 said:

I got caught on a lake on a trip to SoDak when the winds were 15-20 but then kicked up to 45 mph in about 2 minutes.  Hid behind an island for an hour and it only got worse.  Eventually got to the ramp and loaded the boat solo (somehow) with 3 footers at my back.  Almost put the bow of the boat through the back of my Jeep.  

 

End result was a snapped TM cable and a new 4 foot Duckett worm rod ;)

 

Everything else was fine (except my nerves)!

Wow things can change in a hurry.  Glad you are ok. 

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I went to Mille lacs again yesterday. Was able to only catch 2 of them because around 9:30 the wind really started picking up. So we went to a bay and fished largies instead for a couple hours. I think the spawn is over up there and the fish are transitioning to deeper water now. Water temp was 66, so it went up 6 degrees in about a week with this period of warmer sunny weather.

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Water temp today was 74. Had a pretty good day.  All were up very shallow. Landed a 20, 17, a couple 16+’s amongst the 15+ fish today. 

 

Chatter bait early in the morning then they wanted a senko in the afternoon.  All of them were tight to the shoreline except a few that were roaming.  

 

They will be transitioning soon to their summer pattern.  

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Caught this guy on a dark sleeper. Drifting it through the current and twitching it. Weighed 3.32lbs, second one of that size. Hope to find something bigger. 

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Fished Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, mornings and late afternoons and a little bit Saturday.  Water temps around 73 every day.  Smallmouth still on or near beds.  Saw the same fish on the same spots I saw last Sunday.  Fishing wasn't great, but not bad.  I had to work hard for them.  I caught quite a few nice smallmouth between 15-19 inches.  Majority of the fish came in 4 feet of water or less by rocks or reeds. Fished wacky worm when I could, the wind made it hard at times. Switched to a pink worm and the fish bit that much better.  I also went down sandy shorelines and hit any cover or logs I could.  Caught nothing but small largemouth bass.  Found a few nice largemouths in reeds, but I have struggled to find them consistently. The wind really blew a few of the days, and I threw a spinnerbait when it became to tough to throw the worm. Saturday the wind was 20 mph +.  I  struggled to get bites on spinnerbait and tried slowing down with a  swim jig.  This worked much better, and I wish I would have done more of it on previous days.  I fished a small flat with reeds that was out of the wind on Saturday with kids and had really good luck with worms again. 

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On 6/7/2019 at 3:37 PM, ThatOneBigKid said:

 

 

In other news, My bro-in-law and I placed 2nd in the Greenhorn Advanced Wednesday series this a couple nights ago on N/S Center. I also caught big fish of the night at 4lb 13 oz. Wa a very fun night. 

 

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Well done, guys.  Looks like the the former Greenhorn teams are representing themselves very well at the advanced level.  Hope to see you on the water one of these nights.

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Went out Saturday 6-11am, caught 12 with the biggest three being right at 3.5#. They had all spawned out so they were good body size but light. Texas rig craw and weightless senko were the ticket. Caught a couple out at 7 feet but most were still in 2-3 feet. The vegetation is growing very fast and already seems to be further out than last year just not as thick yet. 

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Found some ML smallies yesterday in 6-9 FOW on tubes. They appear pre-spawn still.

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Trolling motor is fixed...

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Those are some gorgeous smallies, Fry! Jealous.....

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1 hour ago, OperationEagle said:

Fry those are awesome.  How big were they?  And what did they hit? Nicely done!

A 15, two 18’s and a 20 1/4 in about 3 hours.  Missed a couple too.  Shoulda retied my line-to-leader knot from last year!  Wacky Worm near shore... 65 degree water temps..

 

Got this ugly scud missile too... I think he’s won/lost a few battles along the way (like me ;)

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Haha.  You are what you catch.  An ugly beat up skud missile!  :jokercolor:

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20 hours ago, FryDog62 said:

Trolling motor is fixed...

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I would love to get out ther with you and learn how you break down these river smallies. I got a taste last season, but they are still a massive mystery to me. Nice work! 

 

Skud missile comments are killing me over here. 

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Slow report on largie’s. Anyone been out?  When there are no reports it might mean people are either not fishing or they’re hard to find?  

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4 minutes ago, OperationEagle said:

Slow report on largie’s. Anyone been out?  When there are no reports it might mean people are either not fishing or they’re hard to find?  

I've been out three times so far and all I've found is dinks.

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2 hours ago, MN Fisher said:

I've been out three times so far and all I've found is dinks.

Post spawn transition I wonder. Males don’t seem to be on the beds. Big females are nowhere to be found it seems. I hear similar things from others. 

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I’ve had a few largies close to shore, but lost them. That’s been a problem lately, two night in a row with lost fish. One a dark sleeper the other on a frog. Time to beef up my hooksets? I don’t know. 

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Got into them today.  They were shallow near weeds. Wanted a dark senko, dead sticked.  8-10 all around 16-18.5. A nice day until the wind took over. Became tough to fish. 

 

All were in 2-4 fow.  Water temp around 68-70. 

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I think we experienced 3 seasons in 5 hours this morning... water temp 69, most fish were in 4-7 fow... outside the weedline and not very near shore or under the docks.  Plastics, Chatterbaits..

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In to them again. Caught 14-15 today. All came on a dark senko.  All were caught under or around docks. Largest was 18. Couple 17s and 16s.  All were in 4-6 fow. 

 

Water temp was 68-69. 

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I spent the weekend up north 8th & 9th Crow Wing near Nevis. The lakes up there are all behind a bit. The pads are just starting to grow in and the water temps are in the mid 60's. The emerging pads really made fishing easy, since the bass were loaded up in them. I wacked fish all weekend flipping the pad stems on a texas rigged beavers & craws. 

 

Yesterday morning it was pretty calm and I got a really good frog bite going in the backs of bays. I really have to say I'm LOVING the Terminator Junior frog. My hookup ratio has really gone up. 

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Went Saturday AM. A buddy and I got 6 each, most were small with the largest being 16". 10 were on senko or bandito bug and 2 were on a spinnerbait. The wind was relentless so it made it tough in a small aluminum boat. I'm not sure if it's my imagination but the weeds and milfoil seem way worse already than last year. In the past two weeks its gotten so thick with milfoil that nothing gets through and casts are wasted in the first foot. 

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I fished parts of Wednesday - Sunday on 3 different lakes north of Bemidji.  Water was 10 degrees colder than it was last time I was out.  Ranged from 63-65.  The days I fished for smallmouth, they seemed to have moved to the first deeper water near where they spawned (still less than 10 feet on this lake). I never tried really deep because I don't like to fish deep and I am not very good at it.  I still saw some fish roaming really shallow but none locked on beds.  Wind really blew a couple of the days and that made it difficult.  Fished for largemouth and they seemed to be in the  developing weeds and not  as much in  the reeds unless there were weeds right by the reeds.  The weeds are starting to fill in and I caught the best fish in 5-10 feet paralleling the weed edge with a crank bait..  Best bait for smallmouth was still weightless wacky worm. Also caught some on spinnerbait.  Have had no luck with topwater yet.  Largemouth were caught on swim jig, texas rigged worm and KVD 2.5 crank bait.  Had some great periods and some slow periods.  Weather was warm Wed-Friday then turned cold. Best smallmouth  were 19 and 19.5.  Best largemouth were 18 and 19. Tried a new lake for largemouth that has large thick cabbage beds.  All the bass I caught were built really well, but lake also has an abundance of 12-16 inch pike that hit everything. Think I will return and try throwing a frog later in the summer. Forecast for this week looks cool and rainy up here. 

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