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Cvandeb
 
07/15/2020 06:24PM  
Hi everyone, I'm rather new here but have been surfing around the site for a while. My girlfriend Joey and I will be going in at EP 16 and going through Agnes and maybe spend a night there depending on if the bear and Cubs are still around. Then we will be going to Iron lake for possibly the next 4 days. Its Joey's first time doing something like this and I don't want to scare her or make her disinterested by doing too much traveling initially. If anyone has recommendations on fishing Iron lake this time of year or any close lakes worth making a day trip to fish would be much appreciated. Also what are some good baits and colors to use. We are open to all species.

Thanks
Cory
 
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Nigal
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07/15/2020 07:20PM  
Cvandeb: "Hi everyone, I'm rather new here but have been surfing around the site for a while. My girlfriend Joey and I will be going in at EP 16 and going through Agnes and maybe spend a night there depending on if the bear and Cubs are still around. Then we will be going to Iron lake for possibly the next 4 days. Its Joey's first time doing something like this and I don't want to scare her or make her disinterested by doing too much traveling initially. If anyone has recommendations on fishing Iron lake this time of year or any close lakes worth making a day trip to fish would be much appreciated. Also what are some good baits and colors to use. We are open to all species.

Thanks
Cory"


You simply can not go wrong with leaches. Very easy to travel with and keep alive and deadly on bass and walleyes. Most bait shops in Ely should have them.
 
cyclones30
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07/15/2020 09:25PM  
If you make it to Iron, fish below Curtain Falls by stashing canoe and walking up the portage. That said, there's plenty of good fishing on Nina Moose, Agnes, and LLC so don't think that you have to push to Iron to find fish if the travel isn't as easy as you'd hoped. Better to go with the flow and have a good trip over hitting each and every goal or spot. (check out the picto's on LLC)
 
Durza
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07/16/2020 04:44AM  
How much information do you want and how much tackle are you willing to bring? What species are you targeting? If I had to give the bare minimum advice from what I've learned here, as someone targeting walleye:
Bring 1/8 oz and 1/4th oz jig heads in chartreuse / pink and slip bobbers. Bait the jigs with leeches if you're bringing live bait and maybe bring some twister tails in case you run out. Use the 1/8th oz jigs normally and 1/4th oz jig heads in current or wind.

I feel this approach is a decent mix of versatile and lightweight as it lets you pitch jigs, vertical jig, and slip bobber without being over packed on tackle. You might also want to consider baits that will help you find where the fish are such are deep diving tail dancers or inline spinners.
 
Moonman
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07/16/2020 06:46AM  
Live bait is always good and allies easy fishing from camp. For lures, a few original raps in perch and natural, a few tail dancers and same colors plus fire tiger and purpledescent, a couple rattle traps in blue/silver, a couple spinnerbaits, white skirts with silver willow Leaf blades, a black jitterbug and a silver/black Pop R, mepps spinners in size 3 & 4, gold and silver, Ned rigs with TRD worms in green pumpkin, and some type of Zulu rig aka Quetico mike’s apptoach (although I have done almost exact thing since early 90’s..) use Zman hula stick in green pumpkin or Canada craw...also try the razor shad or finesse shadz. Not all these lures are necessary and can be substituted for your personal favorites that are similar but this would guarantee a great trip fishing wise...

Moonman.
 
07/16/2020 07:58AM  
If you are fishing novices? I'd take 6 Husky Jerk #10's. 2 fire tiger, 2 gold and 2 pink for the girlfriend. You can cast them or troll them. Take 6 leaders as well.
 
Cvandeb
 
07/16/2020 09:38AM  
I'd say we are novices. The gf more a beginner I guess but I plan on teaching her this weekend how to use certain raps. I'm not focusing on any one fish. Trying to bring a variety. I plan on bringing a 16x8 x1 box and a 4x6x1 for jigs. Thanks for all the replies.
 
07/16/2020 10:02AM  
I would also suggest to save room in your tackle box is to buy three way swivels and some 1 oz clip on weights. This makes your tackle box much more versatile.

This allows you to fish your cranks at 5 ft-10 ft for shallow trolling and then you can clip a 1 oz weight onto the three way swivel for mid day deep trolling to get that crank down deeper. It's likely that a lot of fish could be 20-30 ft deep at that time of year in the middle of the day and this prevents you from having to buy all kinds of different cranks baits with different diving depths.

This worked real well for us when we were on Perent a couple weeks ago.

The order of tying this setup is:

primary line -> Three way swivel -> 3 ft leader -> crank bait
 
rayljr1
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07/16/2020 05:26PM  
Bait:
#1: Leeches (make sure to have a good container, change their water, and keep them cool. They will last your whole trip, and they are cheap to buy.
#2: Worms/Night crawlers: They always work

You should bring some slip bobber rigs and maybe a regular bobber too.
Walleye , bass and pike will all eat leaches (as well as other species).

My recommendation is don't get too caught up in having to catch walleye, as they can be difficult to find, and you might bore her to death. Don't be afraid to target some bass and smaller fish in shallows. Have fun! Catching a whole bunch of smaller fish is much more fun than spending all day trying to find a walleye.
 
OMGitsKa
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07/17/2020 06:25AM  
I am the master of snagging my line or having issues but let me tell you the Leech + Jig + Slip Bobber always catches me some walleye on my trips!
 
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