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JOHN CARLSON
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8/24/14 7:04 AM CST
41 boats entered, 8 fish were caught by 7 boats, Big fish was 48" and caught by Gary Schmit and Matt Roechel on Wilson Lake.

1st place - 37" and 42.5" Troy Henderson and Josh Prohaska 2nd place - 48" Gary Schmit and Matt Roechel 3rd place - 39" Peter Polacek and Al Severson 4th place - 38" Rick Godager and Jamie Noel 5th place - 35.75 Brandon and Nicole Dunbar 6th place - 35" John Carlson and Mike Payne 7th place - 34" Jason and Dawson Weik

Big Fish 48" Gary Schmit and Matt Roechel First Fish 34" Jason and Dawson Weik Spring Bay Trip - Chuck and Jeremy Bolton

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8/23/14 9:28 PM CST
Mr. Morrone, Thank you for all the advise. I will be sure to stop in and see you......

Nick

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8/23/14 6:34 AM CST
WinsBigMoney - that sounds like a good game plan in general.

We try to carry a good selection of bucktail colors that work well locally - black, orange, chart, yellow, and green are all good colors alone or in combination. I actually really like spinnerbait styles this time of year as they com thru the weeds better.

For topwaters I like a little more subtle bait like the custom small globes we have made for us. The fish see a lot of really loud stuff, and I don't think the more commotion the better for topwater - I think it can put them off.

We also carry a large soft plastic swimbait that we rig weedless that can really allow you to work some cover better this time of year.

And if it's overcast and a small ripple on the water, topwaters can do good all day long!

Stop by and see us on the way, we are right on Hwy 13 in our new store, and we'll help however we can.


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8/22/14 8:39 AM CST
Thanks Marc! I'll stop and say hi went I come up. Also please let us know how they do in the muskie tournament this weekend. Thanks, Gus-Gus

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8/21/14 7:06 AM CST
Late reports, but I just remembered I did not get to this earlier.

We were up first week of August. Stayed on the chain of lakes, and fished all week. We tried all our normal spots, and had to move around quite a bit.

To make it short and sweet, here is what we did.

Walleye - hard to come by, compared to previous years. Half crawler on 1/4 - 1/2 oz jig - dragged over rocky bottoms worked best. No color was determined to be preferred. All worked equally for us.

Bluegill - everywhere. Really, if you throw a bobber and worm 1ft away from shore, you will get them. If they don't bite within first 15 seconds of cast, move on. There are miles of shoreline to try out. Sticks are your friend, but not necessary.

Bass - smallmouth were only caught while fishing for bluegills. Nothing while actually targeting them. Largemouth were far and few. Buzz bait and spinner were what we caught them on.

Pike - again, far and few on the chain. Although we didn't target them too much. We headed to cranberry lake and had a blast trying out a new lake. The pike bite was better for us here, and this lake was amazingly beautiful. Well, aren't all the lakes up here?

Crappie - this is where we caught the most. Found a bay where the crappie were circling around in a school. Set an anchor, and jigged small ice fishing spoons and jiggin raps in 8ft of water. Seriously. I had two poles, one in each hand, and only had to put out enough line so I could get a bite and pull the fish into the boat without reeling. I can only imagine how much fun this would be for a younger kid if I enjoyed it this much! Just like mentioned before, look for schools on electronics. We found clouds of fish, and that's when we anchored. Didn't have to move once!

Again, this is just what worked for me. There are no real secret spots, since we went all over the lakes to get our fish. Good luck!

JOHN CARLSON
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8/21/14 6:30 AM CST
Phillips Area Fishing report

We have had some good August fishing in the Phillips Area, the walleye have been a little tight lipped but the Crappie, Northern, and Musky are making up for it.

Ross's Sport Shop guides have been finding the Crappie scattered in 8 to 20 plus feet of water right now. We are catching most of the Crappie on plastics, Beatle Spins, Twisters, Tubes and Sliders with Pink and White being my go to color. We are also getting some Crappie on minnows under slip bobbers.

Pike are super shallow and in the thickest slop you can find, we have been targeting Pike with weedless silver minnows and spinnerbaits. I have been getting some incidental pike fishing for Bass with frogs in the slop as well. Last week I landed my largest pike of the season a 38.5 incher on a frog while Largemouth fishing in the slop.

Musky action has picked up on some of the smaller area waters, Saturday I took clients out on a smaller body of water and they both scored on their first ever musky. We had action from 8 fish in less then 6 hours on the water, Most of our action cam on Lake X Lures Dr Evil and Fat B. We're also starting to move fish on larger plastics and on the new Baby Beaver.

Pictured is Me with the 38.5 inch pike that I caught on a weedless frog, A young client with a couple of crappie that he caught with me and My son Chayton with some of his Crappie that he caught.

-- John Carlson-N.P.A.A. #378

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8/20/14 11:09 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 81° - 88° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
This is for MARK M. Question for you, I will be in your area and will be fishing Pike Lake, am i correct in my thoughts of using buck -tails during the day and Surface baits toward sunset??? Any best color as far as bucktails and blade color?? Thanks for all your help, I will be fishing Aug.26 to 30th and I will let you know how I do.

Thanks Again Mark!!!!!!

MARC MORRONE
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8/20/14 10:31 PM CST
Hey Tim - end of Sept. can be good. Depending on weather it can be late summer or early fall patterns.

gus the milfoil is nothing like on Soo a few years ago when it was bad. It should still be good topwater fishing in Sept., and we have some really good weedless baits for working the weeds too.

Let us know if we can help any guys, and hope to see you in Sept.!

Good Luck,


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8/12/14 8:57 AM CST
Hi! We are coming up in Sept. to muskie fish the chain. Is there any problem with milfoil on the lakes this year? We had a bad experience on Soo lake a few years ago and don't want to run into that again. Thanks!

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8/12/14 5:45 AM CST
We were up the end of July and had some pretty good fishing at the end of that week. We are coming back up at the end of September and I was wondering if the fishing is good then? Long weekend and I am hoping to get out for a few hours each day. Thanks, Tim D

JOHN CARLSON
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8/6/14 1:49 PM CST
Phillips Area Fishing report

Walleye action picked up in the Phillips Area this week, I had the pleasure to take clients out on a couple of walleye trips the past few days and we did well. We are catching more numbers then size right now but the action is great. We have been finding Walleye in 6 to 18 feet of water around wood. I have been using leeches under a slip bobber yet for walleye, I have also been doing well on Jacks Jigs and Slo Fall weedless jigs. The weedless design of these jigs helps keep you from getting stuck in the wood cover the fish are hanging in.

We have also been catching a good number of Crappie in the 8 to 11 inch range tossing most of them back. I have been looking for schools of suspended Crappie on my electronics and casting small plastics or beetle spins over them dragging the lure right thru the school. Most of the Crappie are hanging in the Basin areas of the lakes but are moving to shorelines in low light conditions.

Musky action has been fair, we have been doing good on some of the area rivers witch are less affected by weather. I have still been doing well using surface lures like the Lake X Cannonball Jr., but I'm starting to have more action with larger tandem bucktails. Most of the musky that we have been finding are on deeper weed cover.

Good Luck on the Water

-- John Carlson-N.P.A.A. #378

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7/31/14 2:42 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 76° - 80º F
Fished on the phillips chain and targeted bass. We walked up the river using chug bugs and 3 of us easily pulled in 30-40 bass biggest was 19in. Also fished a hole with swim baits and nailed some 10 in crappie. Lastly, we caught about a 27 in northern on a chug bug with a lot of snake northern as well. Was a fun trip!

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7/20/14 9:30 AM CST
Thank you Musky Hunter and Topwater Tornado for the info. I will let you know how it works out for us when we get back from vacation. Our vaca starts Saturday the 26th.

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7/17/14 12:12 PM CST
My go-to lure for Pike on the chain is a Johnson's Silver Minnow with a four inch grub trailer (I use Lunker City Hydrotails). As mentioned, cast in the weeds and wood and hang on tight. Was up for a week before the fourth and really nailed them. Caught a few bonus ski's using this pattern, as well. Had the best success on Wilson. Caught a few fish in as little as a foot of water, tight to shore.

Best of luck,

TT

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7/17/14 10:49 AM CST
Tim, I have always caught a ton of northern but most are snakes for the most part. Just work the weeds and wood. I've caught em on just about everything.

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