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BassNBob
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 09:10 PM 05/17/08 (CST)
Does anyone have any suggestions for Pelican Lake in Orr for the second week in August. Where, what on, I'll be fishing for bass.
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 07:42 AM 05/19/08 (CST)
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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 07:53 AM 05/19/08 (CST)
Welcome to the site, BassNBob,

Pelican has a lot of nice crappies in it. Unfortunately, you have to weed through the perch to get to them. There are also quite a few sunnies and northerns too. Most of the fish out of there are pretty small. As for bass, there are bucketmouths and smallies in there. The average size for those are around 11" which is also pretty small. There used to be slot limits on large, and smallies along with pike, so you may have to ask the locals what's up, been a while, but I remember something like that.




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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 12:17 PM 05/19/08 (CST)
I usually go up there once a year. Although I try to get up there in June, two years ago I was up there the first week in August, and here is what you can expect.

Pelican is a very shallow lake for it's size (deepest is only 37 feet). Unfortunatley, not only will you be weeding through some perch, but through a ton of weeds as well (hopefully the cold spring will hold those weeds back a bit). I suggest you head out near the central part of the lake in some of the deeper waters between the islands. I was able to pull some decent panfish in about 15 - 20 feet of water. It got to the point where I started Lindy rigging for them with a leech.

Pelican used to be a great lake for large gills, but due to high pressure in the 80's and the tight limit on predatory fish like Pike, I have not encountered those large gills in some time. Last year, nearly every 4th or 5th fish had some bite marks on them.

Last year after the spawn, our fishing party was able to land some really nice slabs in 7-10 feet of water. We were even able to get a nice 16 incher to the boat.

We also spent the afternoons fishing for largemouths and smallies. We consistently were able to boat 18 - 20 inchers with soft plastics off of rocky points of islands in about 10 - 15 feet. In August we had some luck pulling topwater crankabaits just off the weedlines just before dusk.

I will be up there the second week of June this year. Hopefully the cold spring will hold back the crappie spawn, and I can report a nice catch this year.

Good Luck when you head up there. Even if the fishing ain't what it used to be, it's a beautiful lake and area overall.
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 12:17 PM 05/19/08 (CST)
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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 01:01 PM 05/19/08 (CST)
BassNBob,
Sorry I don't. But welcome to the site! We hope you stick around a while.


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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 08:14 PM 05/19/08 (CST)
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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 09:28 PM 05/19/08 (CST)
Thanks ya'll for the reports and nice to be on the site. If other has a report before I go in Aug please let me know how you did.

Thanks again smile smiley
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