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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 12:57 PM 06/24/09 (CST)
Greetings everyone. New member from the Faribault area with a couple of questions. The week of july 11-18, My Wife and I are headed to fish lake by Duluth, and the walleyes always seem to elude me. Any tips would be appreciated. Also, we are looking at going to Kitchi lake next year at the same time and was wondering if anyone has any opinion about the resorts on that lake. Also, how the fishing was that time of year. Thanks.
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 01:08 PM 06/24/09 (CST)
Are you staying at High Banks Resort on Fish Lake?

Have you fished the lake before in the past?

Usually in July the bulk of the walleyes are caught around the Islands in the main body of the lake. If you head west from High Banks you'll go past an island right away and then you'll see 3 islands a little ways in the distance. There is one island that has no trees on it, its pretty easy to find as its the only island without trees and its in the middle of the lake. Around that island is a good spot to try. The DNR cut down all the trees on the island to create nesting habitat and now all the fallen timber is in the water creating alot of structure for the walleye.

Try a jig and leech, slip bobber and leeach or try trolling a spinner and a leech.

Some of the other islands can also be very good. I would try trolling around them and seeing what you can find. Some of the other islands lack the strucutre to hold fish to one spot so you'll have to move a bit more.

Also talk with Tim at High Banks and see what he has to say. He's a pretty straight shooter and will give you honest info whether you are a paying customer or not.




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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 01:27 PM 06/24/09 (CST)
Hey MrTwisted,

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MrTwisted
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 03:01 PM 06/24/09 (CST)
We are staying at the eaglesnest, Hi-Banks big cabins were unavailable.
This will be my third time on the lake. The I've tried around the bird island last year, but no luck. When I talked to Tim last year, he said leeches were the only way to go, But I never boated a walleye until I went to a minnow. Thanks for the advice. I could go fishing up there all week and not boat a fish and still have a good time! smile smiley
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 03:15 PM 06/24/09 (CST)
If the walleye are sluggish there are also good populations of pike and panfish to keep you busy. There are some real bull gills in there. I've caught many in the 9-10 inch range and the biggest was 12".

Trolling with a small leech is great for those big gills.

When you are looking for the walleye the main thing is to move if you aren't catching fish. There are a lot of areas that hold fish on that lake so keep working different areas until you find some.

Usually I find that around those islands you'll find the fish farther away from them during the day and then as it gets darker they'll move up closer. If you can try to make sure you're set up around those islands around 8-10pm. That seems to be the magic time, although I've caught fish all over the lake at all times of day. The tanin color in the water makes fishing even in bright sun still worth while.


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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 02:38 PM 06/26/09 (CST)
Thanks for the tips, Nofish. Last year I dragged jigs all over the place and didn't have much luck. Then the wife tried a hammered brass spinner and we started picking up a few. Usually I head out in the morning by myself and I'm always torn between jigs or a spinner. Later in the day when I head out with my wife and girls, I just drive the boat, bait hooks, untangle lines,etc, etc crazy smiley If one person gets some action on a spinner, there is no way in heck I can talk one of them into using a jig. First time we were up there was a couple of years ago when the water level was way down. The girls all razzed me because I wasn't catching much on my jig when I slammed into a 38" northern. Then they all wanted jigs.
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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 09:58 AM 06/29/09 (CST)
It really is hard to beat trolling a spinner on Fish Lake. You can cover alot of water and that is key when fishing around those islands since they can be just about anywhere around them.

For some reason orange its a good color on this lake so I usually start with orange no matter what presentation I start with. The next best for a spinner is the gold/brass spinner. I think it just shows up well in that tanin stained water.

I'm thinking that your trip shoudl be a good one. The normal bite has been delayed several weeks it seems with the cool weather they've had up there. So the normal hot bite of mid to late june might be found around the time you are getting there.

If you want any more specifics feel free to shoot me an email (its in my profile). I can give you a few of my go to spots for that time of year.




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