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Opening weekend, of walleye season.

8 mile quad ride to buddies cabin;

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Came across these, on the way out Saturday afternoon.

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Weren't there, 4 hours before, on the way in !

2 limits (8) of Walleye, 2 crappie & 2 perch, Saturday;

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Sunday was 2 limits of walleye.

Saturday night;

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Sunday lunch, at camp;

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Sunday dinner;

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Monday, Family dinner, with the kids & partners;

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Sux to be us !

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Staying with the fish / salad theme !

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1 More meal to go, yet !


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Lemon pepper & garlic butter basted;

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Strong work!

As you know we don’t have a “season” our water doesn’t solidify during the winter, so if they’re biting we fish. We’ve been into the “eyes” since early April, just now really getting into the hot bite. Crappie spawn was a bust, cold nights hung on later than normal and they never came in shallow to do their thing. We did manage to catch and eat 75 or so but never got anywhere close to catching a 37 fish limit on any one day.

This evening was a good one. Me and my sidekick hit the ramp at about 3:30 the second time, first time we made it down there and had left his float coat at home so had to backtrack. We got onto a big school of sandbass within minutes of leaving the ramp. He was having fun so I let him catch for an hour or so before we dragged up and headed for greener pastures in search of saugeyes. After we found them it didn’t take long for him to fill my 6 fish limit and we peeled out to go eat supper by 7:00.

Final body count for this afternoon was 29 sandbass, 8 saugeye, and one incidental channel cat. Pretty good little outing at our lake that sits 2 miles south of the house. [Linked Image from i.postimg.cc]

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Beauty Mate !!

37 Crappie is quite the limit !

The MNR labeled them an invasive species up here.

Then gave us a huge 10 fish limit !

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Lil' fella is growing up !

Walleye season up here, closes on the 15th of April every year, till the 3rd Saturday in may, to protect the spawn.

That, I can agree with !


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Awesome work and nice pictures, as always.

Between being sick, slammed at work and my fishing partner dealing with kids travel soccer, I haven't been out much yet. Hoping to change that soon.


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We hit the water at sunup this morning and churned out another 6 fish limit by 10. Went to town and had coffee with the guys before going home and cleaning fish. Boy had a bang up idea to eat some for lunch. So we got the grease hot and fried up a pair. Outstanding as usual.

And about that 37 crappie limit. I’ve always thought that they must have just drawn a number from a hat to settle on 37, really a strange number. But it’s been that way since forever, my dad said that was the limit when he was a kid 60 years ago. My fish biologist buddy says it’s impossible to fish them out in this area due to the climate and forage available so it might as well be 100 a day or like our state fish the Sandbass and no limit. But let me tell you from experience, you get on them and have three boats with 3 guys in each boat and limit out on 10 to 14 inch fish. You’ll swear you’re never cleaning another one if you live to be 101, until next spring when they start biting again! Me and my Grandad cleaned 288 one night, it sucked big time. But the next weekend when we had a big fry we forgot about the cleaning.

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Just finished my first run of the year up in NW Ontario Berens river country. Never seen such low water. Not really any big sows for the group, 44” the biggest. Walleyes as crazy as ever, solid measured 22” average. Only 27” for the largest.

A few females still holding eggs, and plenty of males discharging milt yet. Weather improved daily. No lakers on this run.

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Cool, so from what I'm seeing, it flows out of, or into, Lake Winnipeg !

Yeah, no milt in any males we caught, couple of immature females holding eggs.


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Last summer, on a whim, I began trolling the shallows for panfish using ultralight gear. I had great success until Labor Day weekend when the temps took a drastic dip, but July and August saw lots of action. I boated 4 different Master Angler qualifying fish including a 10.5" bluegill and a 10.5" Pumpkinseed that tied for 5th largest Pumpkinseed submitted to the MA program for 2022.

Last Sunday I went out and tried the same tactics in the same locations, but the fish weren't there. We did manage a couple right off the bat, but the usual spots were barren.

The first bluegill of this year was just big enough to meet the minimum requirement for MA at 10".
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My daughter was with me and caught the next fish, a pretty Pumpkinseed.
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Last year's big Pumpkinseed.
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I'm looking forward to when the panfish move back into the shallows soon. The action can be fast, (I had a triple on bluegills while fishing alone last summer) and the little buggers fight hard on UL equipment. Plus there's always the chance for a bonus walleye, smallmouth, crappie or pike.

Good times.


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Excellent Scott !!

Really just crappie & yellow perch, up here for panfish.


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Cheers to all the Dads, had a great day here, fishing with Doug & Sophie girl.

Fish fry with the kids & their partners & 6 out of 7 dogs !

Did I mention, Soph loves Grandad !

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Life is good !


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Doug & I fished for less than 2 hours, to limit out, yesterday !

One of the best walleye bites I have experienced, without it being spring.

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Every fish, smashed the bait !

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you are killing me 99, my new boat motor has not come in yet and I all ready took the old one off the boat😪

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Hammer time! You guys did good.

I didn’t have anything going Monday morning so I dumped the boat in early and fished until about 10 when it got hot.

Could not find a saugeye to save my life. Got into a big school of sandbass and caught a couple dozen on my light spinning rig for fun. Caught a big drum, 24” or so, on a Rapala, thought for sure I finally had a good fish but no.

Then on the last pass as I gave up I hooked up and caught a nice 5 pound saugeye. Called it a morning and headed for the ramp.

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My last outing, out on Lake Michigan, was just a nice boat ride and a beautiful sunset. No fish were harmed at all! Lol!


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Not a wasted day, by any stretch, Mate !!

You either, Dean !


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Trying to stay healthy !!

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Spectacular!


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Last of Mondays walleye, down the hatch !

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