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    Macsimus got a reaction from Daryk Campbell Sr in Fishing Minnesota?   
    There's some very good river trail info on the MN DNR site. Here's a interactive map that shows accesses, camp sites, etc. https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/watertrails/interactive_map/index.html
    https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/watertrails/index.html
    Both the Upper Mississippi and Rum rivers are excellent for SM. But, their scenery is not that of the northwoods and the Arrowhead areas. It is more rolling and agriculture in nature. The North Shore is beautiful but I believe it to be more trout country than SM. 
    Other suggestions to check out are the Root and Zumbro rivers in SE MN. This area is Mississippi River bluff country and it is beautiful but in a very different way than the northwoods. The terrain can be rugged, especially closer to the Miss River and it's more of an ag/mature forest mix vs the northwoods which are more pine forest. Feeders to these rivers are most likely trout streams but the rivers themselves are warmer and very good for SM. I wish I could be more specific in recommendations but I have spent very little time stream fishing. There's just too many lakes to explore. 
    Over the years, I have found the folks at the DNR Fisheries Offices to be extremely helpful and a call to one or more of them would be well worth your time. https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/areas/fisheries/index.html
    For the SE MN rivers, I'd contact the Lanesboro office. For the Rum and Upper Miss, the Little Falls office. 
    I should add that for most, if not all of these rivers, if they've got SM then they more than likely have Walleye.
     
     
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    Macsimus got a reaction from Daryk Campbell Sr in Fishing Minnesota?   
    If you're after SM, especially big fish (who isn't?), take a look at Woman Lake near Longville. Late May (other than the weather) can be very good.  
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    Macsimus got a reaction from dtrs5kprs in Ulrich?   
    Yes, they never closed. They have the plexiglass windshield in front of the counter as does Extreme Outdoors.
    Hoping you just need some oil. 
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    Macsimus reacted to Terrierman in Some beautiful weather...   
    Perfect weather.
     
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    Macsimus reacted to mmirg in Advice on where to stay late April   
    I'll say it. Come on down. Keep it in the family.  Practice social distancing. (That's what the experts say to do.)  Help a family stay in business so they can feed their kids.  Be an American.  Catch some fish if you're lucky.  
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    Macsimus got a reaction from Quillback in Tucker Hollow?   
    I was last there Apr 5, the level was at 681.17 and I was still able to launch. But, as I was launching by myself, a pair of knee boots came in quite handy.  Up to 683.56 this morning. 
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    Macsimus got a reaction from mixermarkb in I Truly Wish It Would Have Been You   
    Fantastic day. Congrats. And I wholeheartedly agree with the title - the only thing better than whacking a bunch of fish is to have someone you care about, in the boat to share in it.
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    Macsimus got a reaction from dtrs5kprs in I Truly Wish It Would Have Been You   
    Fantastic day. Congrats. And I wholeheartedly agree with the title - the only thing better than whacking a bunch of fish is to have someone you care about, in the boat to share in it.
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    Macsimus reacted to Bill Babler in I Truly Wish It Would Have Been You   
    Table Rock Lake Current Fishing Report Mid-Lake 4-15-20

    Fat Jaw got me started.
    Got started this morning pretty early for me in this cold weather.  Launched out of Baxter at 7:30 and fished till 2.  Little hazy at first then the wind swept in about 8:30 and it got super bright and windy.  Surface temps this morning 56.1 when I launched and the water is kind of a green tea color with visibility about 4-5 ft.
    After these last few cold nights I almost didn't go but thought maybe the same jerk bait fish I caught Easter morning would be hanging around.  Started on that 50 yrd. point stretch that I caught most of them on Sunday.  I also almost went to Taney.  First 20 minutes I threw the Megabass in pearl and had zero bites.  I could see some fish relating to the bottom and I moved out from about 20' to 30'.  
    Nothing on the jerk bait but I continued to see fish not on the bottom,but maybe a foot off and suspended.  I pulled back out on the  point boat in 20' and picked up the Pig Sticker 1/2 oz. in GPO with a Reaction Smallie Beaver on it and chunked it up into I'm guessing maybe 8 to 10 feet.  Big Brown fish caught it, then another and another and another.


      I lost count but I think it was about 15 to 20 straight throws with a keeper.either a jaw or a K.

     As the haze lifted, the sky brightened and I never caught another SM.

     K's continued to bite like they were at the last supper.

    Another 4 plus Toad brown fish.
    Continued to catch fish just drifting around this point in the wind by then, bout 9:30.  I was not catching them every cast but I was kind of shocked at some point when I didn't get a bite.  I left them biting.
    Pulled back to a really similar interior gravel point going into a big deep spawning pocket put the boat in 20 and there they were again.  Cast after cast on the Pig Sticker.  I tried a jerk bait and a Keitech and I could catch one on it but it was just not the deal, they wanted it on the bottom.

    They thought the Pig Sticker was Food.
    Next location same type deal but I only caught two on it.  One nice K and the other a solid LM on a Megabass.

    Caught a few on a stick bait and a swim bait but it was just not the deal.
    Next spot same similar gravel run and it was totally Ri Dick U Lating.  Every throw was a 15 to 17 inch K on the jig.  I bet I didn't catch 5 short fish all morning and I'm just spit balling but probably 50 plus keeps.  That is super conservative, as the real number is not a number, it is nonsense.

    About 1:30 pulled back on the original location and caught 5 more in 5 casts and put it on the trailer.

    They were just inhaling the jig.
    I've had great days here catching really big fish.  I've had days catching literally hundreds on a drop shot, but I have never had a day on a jig like today.  They wanted nothing swimming or really cranking as I threw a Rock Crawler to try and get them to eat it.  I would catch one on a jig, pick up the jerk bait and throw it.  Nothing.  I would pick up the swim bait and throw it. Nothing.  I would pick up the Rock Crawler and throw it.  Nada.  I would pick up the jig and throw it up there and "Thump there she is."  These fish were totally packed full of crayfish.  I don't think I caught a single one that didn't have at least one in its throat.  And these were monster craws.
    Two big SM over 4 were the champs of the day, but just the sheer numbers of quality K's was something to always remember  I'm going to say the best 5 at just under 17 pounds, so not a tournament bag but for sure the kind of day that keeps up getting up early and going back out.

    Best K of the Day.

    Only Bummer of the day was I lost 2 very large walleye right at the boat.  I had my net out but both had the jig back deep and both cut the 10 lb. line before I could get them in the net.  Man would that have made a day catching supper too.
    I get to fish a lot and I'll catch them good again.  Probably not like today but I wish one of you all could have had this day.  I was going to say I wish my son would have, he loves to fish a jig, but he would not have hung in there for that many fish.  He is a 2-3 hr. guy even if they are tearing it up on a Redfih, he just won't fish that long.
    The rest of this week and into next might be record breaking, so if you can get out there and enjoy it, by all means do.

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    Macsimus got a reaction from Deadstream in Michigan closes Lakes   
    State Sen. Mike Shirkey, a Republican, offered a similar remark, writing, "In Michigan today you can buy weed but not seeds."
    As of Sunday, a Change.org petition to have Whitmer recalled from office had more than 122,000 signatures.   https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/pushing-too-far-michigan-governor-criticized-for-aggressive-social-distancing-orders      
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    Macsimus got a reaction from snagged in outlet 3 in Michigan closes Lakes   
    State Sen. Mike Shirkey, a Republican, offered a similar remark, writing, "In Michigan today you can buy weed but not seeds."
    As of Sunday, a Change.org petition to have Whitmer recalled from office had more than 122,000 signatures.   https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/pushing-too-far-michigan-governor-criticized-for-aggressive-social-distancing-orders      
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    Macsimus reacted to dtrs5kprs in Do It Midwest Finesse Jig Mold   
    A Matzuo cost me one that would have gone 7+ out of Whites Branch in 2012. That was it for me. Lots of flex.
    The gammies are the ones that really bug me. Good solid pick ups, pound them, and it just never penetrates. Over and over.
    As much as he drives me nuts to watch, Zona did a good segment on setting the hook on brown fish last year. He happened to be fishing tubes, might have been with Zaldain. But he made a point of explaining why he just hammered each fish multiple times. His explanation was brownies will clamp so hard on a soft bait the first set may just move it, and they'll stay clamped, but not hooked. Made a ton of sense based on what I've seen, and talked to folks about.
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    Macsimus reacted to Dock-in-it in Kim City - April 10 - swimbait   
    I thought this morning was going to be tough because I blanked yesterday morning and today we had post frontal conditions and cold temps to start the day. In general the fishing has been good when I can find the shad postured at the right depth (20 to 30ft). This morning I had approx 20 fish with about 12 keepers (all 3 species). I found shad in three locations in a creek and the fish were actively feeding. If I can find the shad I have a lot of confidence that there will be a group of  fish around. I just keep an eye on my graph to determine how deep to retrieve the swimbait. You can use a flutter or slab spoon to catch a few. I normally exhaust my luck with the swimbait then move my boat closer to the shad and try a spoon to pick off a few more. I move my boat closer because they like the spoon on the initial fall. The old bank line was fairly productive about 10 days ago but the falling water and cold fronts have me fishing deeper. Lately I keep me bait in 20 to 50 FOW. WTs vary from 57 to 59.5 in the mornings. 


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    Macsimus reacted to BassPastor in Redemption from last weekend   
    Some of you may have read the post I made last weekend outlining the struggle that we endured in trying to catch some suspended fish. Well, appropriately so, this Good Friday offered some undeserved redemption. 

    It seems that in our work-week absence, the fish have moved back up into the shallows to stage. We tried a few mainlake points before we made a bee line to the warmer water. The further back we ventured into the creek arm, the warmer the water was, and the more the fish bit. We ended up with 15 fish, about half being keepers. Nothing to most of you, but a darn good day for us. All spots except for a short smallmouth, a 15" crappie, and a nice white. 

    All bites were on 3.3 Keitech Sexy Shads on 1/4 oz or 3/8 oz heads. 
    Happy Good Friday to each of you! Looking forward to celebrating the resurrection of Christ this weekend! 



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    Macsimus got a reaction from dtrs5kprs in Fishing Emergency   
    Extreme Outdoors in Kimberling City has some. 
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    Macsimus got a reaction from WWM in Fishing Emergency   
    Extreme Outdoors in Kimberling City has some. 
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    Macsimus got a reaction from BassPastor in Fishing Emergency   
    Extreme Outdoors in Kimberling City has some. 
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    Macsimus reacted to whiteley.matt in 4/9/20 Shell Knob & Kings River   
    Took off with the intent of catching some crappie.  My dad was with me and crappie are his thing.  Launched at the Shell Knob bridge around 7 and fished until after 4.  Ended the day with only 5 crappie total and only 2 of those were keepers.  Dad caught all the crappie but one.  I bass fished on and off throughout the day and had over 20 bass.  I think I could have caught a lot more had we not been looking for crappie.  
    Water temps around Shell Knob were right around 60.  As we went up the Kings the water warmed.  Warmest water we found was 67.  The crappie all came on 1/32 feather jigs.  They all came from the same small cut in the Kings and were all in right about 8 ft of water.  The bass came on spinnerbait and jerkbait and were pretty much all hammering it.  There was one smallie and the rest were an even split of spots and LM.  Only 4 would have been keepers and nothing of any real size.
    Wind got pretty rough by the end of the day, but, overall was a beautiful day on the water with dad.  Lots of sunshine and birds singing.  Catching some fish was a bonus.  Will post some pic later.
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    Macsimus got a reaction from Mitch f in Flogging   
    I've been flogging the water to a froth since arriving here March 1st with nothing worthy of a report. However, just being here and trying beats the land of ice and snow every day, all day. Like Basspastor, catching them deep is a summit I'm still looking up at. Thank you for your inspirational post, by the way. Yesterday, I ventured over to the Kings in search of warmer water. It was stained less than I expected given the recent rains, but still had enough floaters for a little pucker factor running down the lake. Table Rock finally granted me a bit of mercy as I blundered into a school of Spots and LMs, catching 20 including 5 keepers. One of them was this "Lil Ol' Meat Pouch" to borrow an epithet from Zona. She went 21 1/2" and tipped the scale at 5.23 lbs. She eagerly lunched a white chatterbait with an Albino Zoom Swimming Super Fluke Jr for a trailer. I remember thinking, this is a big one and wondering if it might not be some other specie as it was pulling so hard. All of the fish came on either the chatterbait or a 4" Keitech Swing Impact on a 1/4 ballhead jig. Water temp was 61. 

     
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    Macsimus got a reaction from dtrs5kprs in Flogging   
    You bring up a good point in that I'm not entirely sure it matters that it's a chatterbait when its worked that slowly on the bottom. The Z-Man Originals that I've been throwing seem to get out of tune rather easily and the blade frequently doesn't activate without the snap of the rod tip. I've played with it trying to re-tune it but can't seem to get the right formula. I suspect that the slow bottom bites I'm getting are more due to the super swimming fluke trailer.
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    Macsimus reacted to Nitro 750 in Flogging   
    Nice fish!!!!
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    Macsimus reacted to BassPastor in Flogging   
    Wow great fish! Glad TR rewarded your efforts. If you're like me, there is a point where my expectations drop a little bit, and I just find contentment with exploring the lake and keeping those lures in the water. 

    I haven't found water as high as 61 degrees yet, that's a good little tip. We have a family condo just behind State Park Marina. I fish out of a 40 year old Crestliner with an equally old 35 hp Johnson, so I don't tend to venture more than 2-3 miles from home. Hopefully the warm water finds it's way down lake fairly soon. 
    Good work! 
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    Macsimus reacted to bferg in Flogging   
    I started this spring determined to catch a fish on the chatterbait- have not thrown them much in the past for some reason.  I love how versatile it is- throw it like a jig, throw it like a crank.  Well, I still haven't caught on on it.  You have to work it pretty slow to keep it on the bottom...  but I am gonna keep trying!  Great fish!
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    Macsimus reacted to dtrs5kprs in Flogging   
    Good one Cal.
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    Macsimus reacted to Quillback in Flogging   
    Congrats on some good catching!
    I have been thinking of a chatterbait myself, seems like the pros are throwing them on just about every tourney show I watch.  And they are catching fish.  I watch how they work them and it seems most of the time they just roll them like you would a crankbait.  
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