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2018 trips planned
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Would some of our LSF members let us know some of your plans for the 2018 open water season. Sometimes reading what someone else is planning helps a fellow member making his plans.

For me my first trip is in April to Rainy River to catch the great Sturgeon. Last year we only caught three but they were all three over 50 inches and we didn't fish but two short days. In May I head to Gullrock for our Annual trip and this is with old friends from back in the neighborhood and we just have a blast for Walleyes and Northern Pike. In September, I am starting a new tradition this year because I will be retired very soon and that is to head to Winnipeg for the mighty Catfishing up there. I have only done this once but this year starts a yearly tradition and can't wait to get up there and try our luck. Going to be a great year of fishing for the Kirkster because I only have 25 working days left and this OLD MAN is retired..........FFIIIISSSSSHHH OONNNN...............................Kirk

Posted on: 3/10 18:14:10
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Re: 2018 trips planned
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Joined:
11/03/2008
From Plymouth, MN
Posts: 449
May will do the opener someplace for a long weekend. Probably Minnewaska.

June we too are heading to Gullrock, staying at Five Lakes Lodge. This will be 7 days with my 9 and 12 year old.

Either September or October intend on getting my cousin and his son up to Lake of the Woods. If they don't commit may be looking for someone to go as I love it up there.

October and November is long weekends on Minnewaska.

Posted on: 3/10 18:27:38
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Re: 2018 trips planned
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From Minnesota
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1) Obabikon Island Resort LOTW after ice out.

2) Ash River Trail, Kabetogama, Namakin, Rainy. All summer, my camper is there.

3) Wanna do Cass Lake a couple of times. I have never been there.

Posted on: 3/10 20:56:26
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Re: 2018 trips planned
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Joined:
12/13/2016
From Detroit Lakes
Posts: 28
So far this year for open water I'm looking at...

1. Rainy river walleye run here in April as long a the ice is out in time.
2. Possibly Missouri River Pre MN opener
3.. Opener on Big Pelican. (I live here) 5-12-18
4. Lake Shetek Walleye tourney 5-20-18
5. Pokegama -- weekend 5-25-18
6. Ash Ka Nam (kabetogema, namakin, rainy -- 5-30 to 6-3

Leech is my go to if I'm looking for big water on a spontaneous weekend since its only an hour and change away, but I get there less than I should one the boat is on the lift.

Going to be a decent May this year. Haven't gotten to planning anything after that quite yet, but I'm looking to attempt to make it to Devils Lake this year, as I live in western MN and have never fished it. Also I usually hit a couple of these guys a few times a year during open water but don't typically plan it out like I do in the beginning of the year.

Winnie, Red, LOTW, Mille Lacs, Bowstring.

Everyone cross your fingers for a good warm up so the rainy opens up. After next weekend I'm done with the hard water and I'm loading up the tackle, seats, rods, etc into the boat and hoping for the best.

Kirk- good luck on that retirement, with how much money I spend on fishing I may not retire for another 40 years!

Posted on: 3/11 8:26:55
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Re: 2018 trips planned
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Maybe a couple of midweek day trips to East Rush after opener.

Just returned from our Mexico trip last evening, so plans for the October trip will commence as well.

Depending on what they are going to do to Mille Lacs regs this year, maybe a Launch trip (evening I think, or morning if I "need" a trip to the Sportman's in Mora for breakfast)

Will have to see how much "work" impacts things as well.

Posted on: 3/11 13:29:12
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Re: 2018 trips planned
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April 25th-28th Lake Erie (Port Clinton)
June 9th-14th Flyin trip out of Red Lake with Amik Outposts
Mid September(not firmed up exact date yet) Leech Lake walleye/perch trip with Brindleys.
Also headed to southern Iowa last weekend in March for a 2 day crappie trip.

Posted on: 3/11 17:04:23
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Re: 2018 trips planned
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12/23/2010
From Duluth/Waskish
Posts: 162
Not all fishing trips, but...;
March 20-24...Kearney, NE to see the sandhill crane migration
April 22-26 Devils tower rock climbing for the 20 yr old daughters Birthday
May and June...mostly fishing/hanging out at the cabin on Red
July 5th leaving for an epic driving trip to Alaska. I drove up twice 2 years ago, this time driving up with BIL, fishing for a couple weeks, BIL flys out/wife flys in...more fishing, then drive home. Should be about 5 weeks total
August back at the cabin
late Sept., 2 weeks hiking/scrambling in Utahs big 5 parks...or a couple of them anyway:)
Should be a fun year!

Posted on: 3/11 18:27:05
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Re: 2018 trips planned
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ONLY 25 days left Kirk? WOW let the games begin!

For me it will be lots of open water but mostly working.

Possible sturgeon trip to Rainy
Start catfishing around May 1
Take a vacation the week of 4th of July to go to Saskatchewan for lake trout for a week
Back to catfishing until September

Hopefully fit a Canadian Catfish trip in there and a few days in Devils Lake.

Posted on: 3/12 10:11:01
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Re: 2018 trips planned
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From Metro
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Usually do quite a few trips every summer. Looking for something a little different this year. Looking for suggestions on different lakes with a few different criteria.
3-4 people including myself, 2 of them do not fish often.
Good walleye fishing with keepers and bigger fish.
Good bass fishing.
Cabin rental on the lake.
Probably the weekend after opener.
Northern Minnesota preferably.

Mille Lacs is the obvious but I fish Mille Lacs quite a bit every summer.

Posted on: 3/26 9:53:10
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Re: 2018 trips planned
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From South Minneapolis
Posts: 1536
Cass lake, leech lake or the area around there may fit your criteria?

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