I am coming up to Lake Hatch/Big Turtle the week of July 5-12. I love smallies and my Dad loves crappies. Any advice for these lakes? Are these lakes known for these species? Does anyone know where I can get a GPS Map of the two? Thanks.
Lake Hatch in Itasca has pretty much the gambut. The lake is heavy on bluegills and Tullibee. Walleyes are bigger then average if you can catch them. There are smallies and bucketmouths in there, not sure on how well you can catch these as I mainly target walleyes. I have caught a few smallies on the side, though.
If you've got short, stubby fingers and wear reading glasses, any relaxation you would normally derive from fly fishing is completely eliminated when you try to tie on a fly. ~ Jack Ohman, Fear of Fly Fishing, 1988