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QueticoMike
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06/14/2018 08:00PM
Here is a small sampling of some of the better smallmouth caught on my 12 day trip to Quetico this year......

 
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avs11054
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06/14/2018 11:54PM
Nice. What'd you use?
BearRaid
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06/15/2018 05:59AM
Looking good Mike! How would you rate this year vs. your other trips?
QueticoMike
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06/15/2018 06:12AM
BearRaid: "Looking good Mike! How would you rate this year vs. your other trips?"

Probably below average. Really had to work for fish at the beginning of the trip. The water was still cold on the lake where we camped. I couldn't travel due to still rehabbing a dislocated shoulder so we made due with what we had. When we moved closer to the border we found warmer water at the end of the trip and the fishing took a big turn up.
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06/15/2018 07:13AM
VERY NICE MIKE ! love the markings on fish 6 !
QueticoMike
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06/15/2018 07:24AM
shock: "VERY NICE MIKE ! love the markings on fish 6 !" Thanks! Yep, nice pattern on that one.
Frankie_Paull
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06/15/2018 08:18AM
QueticoMike: "BearRaid: "Looking good Mike! How would you rate this year vs. your other trips?"


Probably below average. Really had to work for fish at the beginning of the trip. The water was still cold on the lake where we camped. I couldn't travel due to still rehabbing a dislocated shoulder so we made due with what we had. When we moved closer to the border we found warmer water at the end of the trip and the fishing took a big turn up."

Too bad you couldn’t move it’s pretty amazing how much of a gap there can be between larger deeper lakes and small shallower lakes when it comes to the smallmouth spawn. Stu is always talking about it
CityFisher74
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06/15/2018 09:17AM
avs11054: "Nice. What'd you use?"

You can look at his photos
QueticoMike
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06/15/2018 02:08PM
avs11054: "Nice. What'd you use?"

Mostly soft plastic jerk baits
BearRaid
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06/15/2018 04:00PM
QueticoMike: "BearRaid: "Looking good Mike! How would you rate this year vs. your other trips?"


Probably below average. Really had to work for fish at the beginning of the trip. The water was still cold on the lake where we camped. I couldn't travel due to still rehabbing a dislocated shoulder so we made due with what we had. When we moved closer to the border we found warmer water at the end of the trip and the fishing took a big turn up."


I guess the best news is that the fishing picked up at the end of the trip. Maybe it is just me, but I definitely would rather finish strong than slay them early and get shut out late. I hope your shoulder fully heals soon.
murphylakejim
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06/15/2018 04:40PM
Green zulus worked well over fishing opener and i hope its still producing at the end of the month. I can see at least one of those zulus was green....

Very nice fish :)
analyzer
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06/15/2018 05:16PM
Looks like you had nice weather.
missmolly
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06/15/2018 08:07PM
Mike is mighty!
06/15/2018 10:44PM
Maaaaaan! You always post the best fish pics. I am jealous, as always.
coloradomike
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06/16/2018 03:21AM
Those are some nice fish. It is another month before I make it to the Q.
missmolly
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06/16/2018 05:57AM
BearRaid: "QueticoMike: "BearRaid: "Looking good Mike! How would you rate this year vs. your other trips?"



Probably below average. Really had to work for fish at the beginning of the trip. The water was still cold on the lake where we camped. I couldn't travel due to still rehabbing a dislocated shoulder so we made due with what we had. When we moved closer to the border we found warmer water at the end of the trip and the fishing took a big turn up."



I guess the best news is that the fishing picked up at the end of the trip. Maybe it is just me, but I definitely would rather finish strong than slay them early and get shut out late. I hope your shoulder fully heals soon. "


I feel the same way. However, I had it both ways on one trip. We arrived at a lake and had a couple triples that first evening, three fish on at once. Then, for five days, the wind howled and we struggled to control the boats, much less fish. Then, the final full day, we caught so many fish that I simply quit.
mastertangler
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06/16/2018 06:56AM
The usual suspects. Can't you post pics of normal sized fish so the rest of us can feel a bit better?

Besides, catching average sized fish are far less likely to dislocate shoulders and tear rotator cuffs. You should try it some time.
Lotw
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06/16/2018 07:16AM
We came out yesterday after a week. Oh boy for wind. We did have a good trip with strong numbers and lots of nice fish. We found a lot of fish on beds still and lots of abandoned beds too.
missmolly
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06/16/2018 02:47PM
mastertangler: "The usual suspects. Can't you post pics of normal sized fish so the rest of us can feel a bit better?


Besides, catching average sized fish are far less likely to dislocate shoulders and tear rotator cuffs. You should try it some time. "


Funny!
QueticoMike
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06/16/2018 02:48PM
mastertangler: "The usual suspects. Can't you post pics of normal sized fish so the rest of us can feel a bit better?


Besides, catching average sized fish are far less likely to dislocate shoulders and tear rotator cuffs. You should try it some time. "


After the last 20 incher my shoulder started to hurt at the end of the trip, so I just quit fishing knowing that my last Quetico smallmouth was a 20 incher. I was satisfied.
QueticoMike
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06/17/2018 10:35AM
Frankie_Paull: "QueticoMike: "BearRaid: "Looking good Mike! How would you rate this year vs. your other trips?"



Probably below average. Really had to work for fish at the beginning of the trip. The water was still cold on the lake where we camped. I couldn't travel due to still rehabbing a dislocated shoulder so we made due with what we had. When we moved closer to the border we found warmer water at the end of the trip and the fishing took a big turn up."

Too bad you couldn’t move it’s pretty amazing how much of a gap there can be between larger deeper lakes and small shallower lakes when it comes to the smallmouth spawn. Stu is always talking about it "


We could have moved and should have moved. Couldn't move far, but still could of went looking for warmer \ smaller water. I think we thought eventually the water was going to heat up and so would the fishing and we wanted to be there when it did. We were wrong, we kept waiting on better weather, but it never got better. Hopefully I won't have any health issues next year and I can do more paddling and head to the Kawnipi area and back.
 
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