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Posted: May 22, 2018 - 03:35 pm


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QUOTE (FatRap @ May 22, 2018 - 02:44 pm)
31 day countdown and now no update

Maybe he hasn't come off the water..lol

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Posted: May 23, 2018 - 10:55 am


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QUOTE (fishmagnet @ May 22, 2018 - 04:35 pm)
QUOTE (FatRap @ May 22, 2018 - 02:44 pm)
31 day countdown and now no update

Maybe he hasn't come off the water..lol

lol, ok ok I get it. been hesitant to post due to no picture worthy fish! lots of small and medium pike and a couple smallmouth but no beasts for bragging. just a great weekend all around though, nice weather great for boating, no bugs on the west arm up until Monday evening when the black flies started out on the water in full swing. ashamed to say Monday evening was going to be my first walleye fishing evening due to the hunt for the monster gator, but when my daughter and I got out to our spot we were swarmed, rather than staying out and having her refuse to go again because dad made me suffer last time, lol. we put the rods down and I took her for ice cream at lakair instead.

overall great opening weekend and had lots of fun, everything seemed a little behind as per expectations but things are changing quickly. we had almost no leaves, 49 degree water and no bugs as of Thursday, in just a few short days there are leaves, bugs and just over 60 degree water. yesterday afternoon I also noticed a ton of baitfish moving into the shallows as well. waters up, boat is gassed up and ready for action again, cheers to a great season now underway and thanks for following the countdown. now the countdown begins for my 10lb plus gator!

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Posted: May 23, 2018 - 11:26 am


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Good to here you had a great weekend! I enjoyed the count down

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Posted: May 23, 2018 - 02:57 pm


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Lol, good or bad always appreciate an update. Sounds like you did alright, at least you got out on the water which is more than others can say.

Thanks for the update, tight lines this summer and when you catch that monster we want to see the porn

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Posted: May 24, 2018 - 03:07 pm


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Was a slow weekend for us for sure. The rain Saturday and wonky wind didn't help, I bet. I broke down and bought minnows for open water for the 2nd time in memory (we catch our own). There were no baitfish around fri/sat. That changed by sun/mon.. bluntnose minnows, emerald, common and golden shiners all over. We fished one bay that was full of them from one end to the other. Looked like rain with them breaking the calm water everywhere you looked. Cool to see, but didn't help the fishing. We did spot several large esox one morning. I watched one (maybe 15lbs) swim right up to the bow of the boat. GF, who was up front said there was 2.. side by side. Spawning musky? Kinda late for pike to be doing that.
Like I said fishing was slow... no rockbass even, 1 perch, couple hammer handles. Saw a good sized smallmouth by the docks one night. Coulda grabbed it with my hands.. pretty sluggish. Bite should pick up soon, if it hasn't already. Things are gonna catch up real quick with these temps.

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Grumpa
Posted: May 25, 2018 - 03:25 pm


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We seemed to be fortunate on the south shore during the opening this past holiday weekend.
A week ago this past Wednesday there was still a small amount of visible ice piled up along the shoreline of the eastern side of the Manitou's. I believe Nipissing was declared ice free the Monday of that week. Friday night of the Victoria Day holiday weekend surface water temps were still hovering around 6-7C and pickerel were still heavily spawning around our dock all night. By this Tuesday following the holiday, they were gone. We found consistent numbers of pickerel (and jumbo perch) on the first breakline bordering deeper water, including the closest shoreline structural points nearest probable spawning sites. Saturday's winds were strong out of the northwest and it rained a good portion of the day (I'm a fair weather fisherman now...unless it's muskie fishing). So our family started fishing Sunday, bite was good and steady all weekend through to Wednesday. Because of the lower water temps we used minnows exclusively to start....and went through 5 dozen golden shiners by Monday. Many fish we caught and released were still unfortunately streaming milt and eggs until this past Tuesday. Main lake surface water temps came up to 12C+ by Wednesday afternoon...so we switched to worms with continued success. Although, I suspect minnows would have continued to perform as well. Averaged one 20+" pickerel for every 13-15 fish caught. Mrs. 'Grumpa', as usual, caught most of our crews largest fish.
We'll need to catch another hundred or so to see if that's a definite improvement in size over the last two years.
Spoke to a camp operator from the south shore on Tuesday and he confirmed similar results for his charters and customers over the weekend. Seems like a reasonable start on the south shore...given the slow developing spring.

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Posted: May 25, 2018 - 03:26 pm


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23"er.

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Grumpa
Posted: May 25, 2018 - 03:31 pm


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Caught one walleye with growths.
I believe this to be dermal sarcoma caused by a retrovirus infection.
Typically, spread when fish are stacked up together during the spawn. In spite of the infection...the fish was strong, released quickly and should fully recover.
If appearance is a spawning factor....not sure this one had many takers this year

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Posted: May 25, 2018 - 07:09 pm


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Thanks for the report (and the extended detail) Grumpa. I head up to Glen Echo next week end, I hope I do as well as your team did. Hats off to Mrs. Grumpa for the biggest walleye.

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Posted: May 28, 2018 - 08:09 am


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fantastic report grumpa, thank you! keep up the great posts always educational and entertaining!

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Posted: May 28, 2018 - 01:56 pm


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Well done Grumpa.......or should I say Mrs. Grumpa

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