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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 01:59 PM 05/09/05 (CST)
Well guys/gals I range day for my young lad sat. morning so I did not get up there till about 3:00pm on Saturday but don't worry I made it in time to get rained on! Still lots of people working on there campers and yards.

Sunday was georgous! I got out in the boat to see if all my small improvements were in order. Yes, it all worked! I was able to take a long cruise with my boys around the lake and took it back to the dock to pick up my wife and daughter. We went out and visited the sand bar and let the boys wade in the water then headed back to Pier 65 for a mothers day brunch! I noticed that Hillside did not have there docks in yet but I am sure they are busy this week with them. Don't forget to support your local resorts while out fishing there are some great places around!

A couple things I noted was the main water surface temp was about 52 and in the shallows I was reading 58. Of course this was Sunday and it was on the surface.

The reports I recieved this weekend was the small northerns were biting and a few walleys and perch were caught and released. Mostly people out searching for those huge crappies but they were fairly elusive again this weekend.

We should have a huge report for next weekend I cant wait!





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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 01:04 PM 05/10/05 (CST)
Yup, I'm gettin' the itch!



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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 12:56 AM 05/18/05 (CST)
I and my wife & several local friends have fished the MacFregor area C of C contest for 15 or so years and have cashes several checks in that time. We fish mainly on Minnewawa and Horseshoe but occassionally get over to Big Sandy, via Pier 65.

Do you have a home on the lake and if so, how do you rate the fishing pressure as compared to 5 years ago (say 2000)?

Ive had decent success on your lake but its a lot of water to try to learn if youre not a lake resident........

Thanks and good fishing! bdavid @bitstream.net
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 07:36 AM 05/18/05 (CST)
Hey bdavid,

Welcome to My Fishing Pals.

Yep, lots of places to fish. The problem on BS is that there is too much structure. If you take a boat and graph any bay, you'll go from 25' to 5' every couple of hundred yards. Lots of rock piles too. You can pick just about any hump or rock pile and give it a try. The residence all have their "secret spots," but if you watch what boats go where, it seems those spots are all over the place. In other words, I will watch a particular boat hang on the same spot, that I have never fished, for a couple of days. Now you gotta believe they are catching fish, yet I have never tried it in that spot. Now multiply that by 50 and you now have 50 spots.

I have a favorite rock pile that I try every time I go up there. I have caught more fish on that spot then anywhere else on the lake that I have fished. Yet, every time I go out there, I am the only one there. But about a quarter mile away, off a point, you will see another boat working off an island. If you go out the next day to the spot, the same boat will be out working the same area off that point. Now you gotta believe that they are catching fish, or they wouldn't have come back. And that's my point. There is lots of structure and everyone finds a their spot and it seems there are enough of those spots to go around. Some like the channels between points, some like the top of the rock piles, some fish shallow off the points, some are in Bellhorn fishing deep, others in the rivers, some by the dam, some up in any of the flowages, etc. etc. Lots of stuff to explore out there.

As for the pressure on the lake, I really have not seen a difference in the past 5 years. The past 10 or 15, definitely have seen a change. 15 or more years ago, you couldn't buy an 'eye off the lake. The DNR would diligently stock 'em every year, but they were few and far between. Now I have heard stories and rumors about why the fishing has turned around on the lake. The best is about the old Indian guy who was damming a part of the flowage for his rice crop. The fingerlings and other walleyes would get into the flowage to spawn, and he would dam it up so they couldn't get out. Did wonders for his rice crop with all that natural fertilizer in the water. Well, as the story goes, the DNR found the dam, fined the guy pretty hard for doing what he was doing, and dynamited the dam. Ever since, the fishing has been getting better, and the fish getting bigger every year. Now, I don't know if this story is true or not, but I have been fishing the lake pretty consistently for 25 years, and it seems that in the past 10 years, it has gotten better.

The locals up there say that Minnewawa is the better lake to fish, though. They say the fish are bigger and you can catch more. BS has a dendency to produce a lot of small fish with the occasional nice one. A typical day on BS will get you 10 or more, but you may only keep a couple. Lots of 12 inchers. I haven't really fished Minnewawa seriously, but the best reports at the bait shops always seem to mention that lake. I might get in there some day and try it out.



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