Surface baits were still working and will as long as the water temps remain warmer. Hot color was blue. This one was 41 1/2 and came off the peninsula between Clear and Spider on the Spider side.
Fished Spider for 20 years then stopped about 18 years ago. In the 80's, the chain was fantastic fishing, Muskies over 40" were not uncommon, 50+ inchers were still there. Walleye fishing was best in early-mid July and limiting out with 18"+ eyes was not uncommon. Largest I caught through the years was 27 1/2", lost count of 24" - 26" that we caught ... well in excess of 50 for certain.
I stopped fishing after the introduction of Northern Pike to the lake (they, like carp and catfish were non-existent in the lake chain at that time). A shame really, this was a "Class A" Musky lake and from all that I have come to understand from trusted sources, this is no longer the case. Same holds true for Walleye.
I will give it a try again some day for old times sake, but not to optimistic as far as walleye and musky are concerned.
Are you knowledgeable in fish management? Or do you personally just not like northern, thus think they should go away? They are a native fish... Amazing the stigmas that get formed around certain species. Top notch game fish in my book.
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We got back from Spider lake around 1st of September. Finally got my grandson up there so now 4 generations have fished it over last 60 years. Only caugh one walleye and she was 1/2 inch short of 24” but a ton of bass, some smaller crappie and a few hammer handle northerns that shouldn’t be there and make great eagle food. Plenty of water in the channels. Only 1 42” muskie but spend most time with the kid. Walleye fishing is as bad as I have ever seen it.
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Should have no problem boating to all lakes. Water is very high right now. Walleye population has gotten better. Fish clear 5/6 years ago very regular in winter. Caught plenty of walleye over 16 inches. Seen and heard of muskies over 40+ inches. panfish on the other hand tend to be on the smallish side. But have seen a few bigger crappie.
You will be able to get into Big Spider. Not been there in a two years but even with low water you can get to Fawn and North Lake which are much smaller and have dark stained water. Fishing is great in the area just as you get into Big Spider from North and Fawn. Little Spider has always been loaded with small Muskies. Getting from Big Spider to Little Spider might be a bit tougher with very low water but there was NEVER a time it couldn't be done unless maybe you had a big deep V boat. (20+ feet) Let me know if I can answer any questions for you. Feel free to PM me. Know these lakes well. You will not spend much time in North or Fawn lake as they are pretty small and be covered in a few hours.
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Thanks for the info. The cabin we are looking to rent is on the far north lake in the chain. Info says all lakes are connected but on the map doesn’t show it too clear. If you can’t get into main spider is the smaller north lake worth any time?
Never being there not real sure if we should try it or go elsewhere
Your thoughts !
I have fished it for over thirty years and have always had great success with small Muskies (40" and under).
Decent Crappie lake and LM Bass. Small Walleye, personally never caught one above 16" or so. Most between 10-14. I must confess I focus on Musky more than anything so there may be more knowledgeable opinions out there than mine. Always plenty of Musky activity although I don't think you will ever catch anything really big. That had never bothered me as I would rather catch two 40's than one 45.