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MN river, back to the old spot.
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So whit the water rising on the river the trail to my new Go To Spot requires waders or more "Testicular Gumption" than I have.

So the old spot was scouted and found to be accessible. The river has risen dramatically in the recent days. I wasn't sure how that would affect the fish. The water is high but not moving fast at all.

The shocking part is how many people were out shore fishing the MN river on a Thursday night. Had to be 12 groups within eye site on both sides of the river.

So it appears the effect of the rising waters is that all fish of any size are not there.

We get Channels Cats, Walleye, and Drums. All small. It still blows me away that the Walleye like worms. Never seen that any other place.

I was there 6pm - 10pm. Peaceful time and fish were caught so... bonus.

Walleye was 12".
Again,,,, click the pic to see it non-distorted.

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Posted on: 5/22 14:51:09
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Bush Lake report
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Since I can be on water in 10 minutes Bush lake in Bloomington is a good choice for when I only have a few hours available.

Tuesday night was one of those times. Didn't get on water till 6pm.

That lake is becoming more and more popular with kayaks. There were 8, 4 fishing 4 not . 3 canoes, and 3 other small boats on the lake.

But I was fishing that is all that mattered. My little fishing boat is a bit over kill but I really like it. 15 hp 4 stroke electric start, bow mount 36 lbs trolling motor, with Marcum 3 connected. 7" tablet with Navionics and a Humminbird something at the stern. Way over kill for a little lake. But I had this on Big Sandy in Aitkin county for years.


It was a bit breezy out there but not too bad. The trolling motor handled it fine. It is a very weedy lake but the weeds are not bad this early.

Water was a little high, 60 degrees. I was set with a bobber pole, trolling, and a crappie rod. I was all set.

I though it would be too late for the north bays to be holding good fish so I started hitting the structures. The steep drops from 10 ft were marking fish. Got a 24" Pike with the crappie rod with a blue and white Road Runner's Crappie Thunder jig. I seem to catch everything with this jigs.

Some Gills in shallower water with worms and a bobber.

Home by 9pm.

A fun night close to home.

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Posted on: 5/21 13:07:18
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Re: Scope for .17 Savage
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Bentpole, ya that what also discussed. My son's solution was for me to buy an AR. lol I still call them M16 even though there is no auto. But that is what I learned to shot on.

More to think about.

Thanks for all the advice and offers. Still thinking.

Posted on: 5/21 9:04:13
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Re: Scope for .17 Savage
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So now that I have hands on the gun it is actually a Marlin XT-17. About a $250 gun.

It will mainly be a range gun but... I may also have a son moving to Brookings SD.. And he has a hook up for Prairie Dog hunting.

So now there is a possibility that 200 yrds won't be the max range we will shoot. That 300 yards may be the goal.

The Vortex is a great deal but at 2-7 is that going to work for 300 yards?

Then the Cabelas one is $300. More than the gun itself.

hmmmm.

Posted on: 5/20 16:20:35
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Re: Scope for .17 Savage
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Yes .17 HMR.

Posted on: 5/18 9:11:57
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Scope for .17 Savage
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My wife inherited a Savage .17 rifle. It has the iron sights. We would like to put a scope on it. Obviously there is a huge range in $$ for scopes. Most likely the only thing we will use it for is at the range.

Any recommendations for a scope? The max distance at the range is 200 yards.

Even FF had $20 - $300.

TIA

Posted on: 5/16 23:13:51
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Re: Great Walleye Action for Opener
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Nice fish. Thanks for the report.

Posted on: 5/12 13:50:15
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Re: Rush Lake(s) Heads Up
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Thanks for the heads up. Didn't they just redo those last fall?

Posted on: 5/8 10:21:05
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Re: Paydirt
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Interesting how that temp has such a threshold level for them. Another tool in kit.

Posted on: 5/7 10:05:58
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Lower Prior 5/6
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I was able to take Wednesday afternoon off. I thought that was the perfect time to get my little fishing boat out for the first time this year.


I was on the water by 1pm. Not the greatest time to start but I take what I can get. It took a while to get on since it appeared this was the first time for several others at the launch.


My plan of attack was to hit the northern bays. At first I was going to go to Upper Prior but figured this time of year the northern bays of the northern lake was the best plan.


In the driveway everything worked. Same on the water, time to fish!


Every bay was slightly different with depth and structure. The deep holes were empty per the sonar.

I was casting into 9 - 5ft of water. Crappie Thunder jig got nothing. Bobber and chunk of worm on a red hook was the favorite. 5ft water better than 9ft. Water temps were 55 - 58 degrees.

LM Bass and Sunnies / Pumpkinseeds were the only thing caught.

Off the lake at 6:30pm. Again the first outing for several people lol. The wind did not help with this.

The big Bass was 18". The mouth photo shows the visible tail of a fish, the dark spot in the back of it's throat. I think I had a Sunny on and the bass went after the Sunny and got hooked.

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Posted on: 5/7 10:02:15
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