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pilot
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08/07/2020 10:57AM
I'm not much of a fisherman, but am going to give it another try on our upcoming trip. Going to be on Malberg, Makwa, Adams, etc. (EP 37)

Curious to know what's the one or two that you all take on every trip. I recently spent hundreds on stuff that I don't even know how to use, but came "highly recommended" by my fishing buddies.
 
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AmarilloJim
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08/07/2020 11:47AM
Are you looking to spend hundreds more? LOL
 
pilot
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08/07/2020 11:48AM
AmarilloJim: "Are you looking to spend hundreds more? LOL"

Lolz!
Not really.
 
Savage Voyageur
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08/07/2020 12:04PM
Are you looking for bait or lures?
 
pilot
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08/07/2020 12:15PM
Savage Voyageur: "Are you looking for bait or lures? "
Probably a little of both. Not really fishing for anything in particular.
I've got a few spinners, 3" grubs, 5" swimsenkos3/8 oz booyah globlades, roboworms, Zoom limetruse trick worms, swing impact 4" shads and a few rapalas, wack worm set ups and other odds and ends...
 
Savage Voyageur
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08/07/2020 12:30PM
I would bring leeches when you can get them or night crawlers. Fish them on a slip bobber. I also like the jig tipped with a live bait. As far as lures I would include some Shad Raps and some original floating minnows.
 
pilot
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08/07/2020 01:19PM
Savage Voyageur: "I would bring leeches when you can get them or night crawlers. Fish them on a slip bobber. I also like the jig tipped with a live bait. As far as lures I would include some Shad Raps and some original floating minnows. "

Forgive my ignorance, but are leeches and crawlers normally available in and around the area?
 
Savage Voyageur
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08/07/2020 02:28PM
pilot: "Savage Voyageur: "I would bring leeches when you can get them or night crawlers. Fish them on a slip bobber. I also like the jig tipped with a live bait. As far as lures I would include some Shad Raps and some original floating minnows. "


Forgive my ignorance, but are leeches and crawlers normally available in and around the area?"


You might have another week to find leeches then they will be gone. They stop trapping leeches and the supply dries up.

Crawlers are pretty plentiful at any bait shop.
 
Moonman
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08/07/2020 03:20PM
I would have to agree with Savage, as original floating raps and shad raps are hard to beat just trolling around the lake. I would also add a number 3 mepps spinner, in gold or silver, a white willow leaf spinnerbait, and a straight tailed worm (zman hula stik etc) rigged ‘Zulu style’ as per Quetico Mike. Of course hard to beat live bait when you have it.

Lots of other similar lures will work as well of course, those are just some of my favs that have proven themselves time after time on many different bodies of water. One thing to consider is that two fishermen fishing those lures in the same lake might have vastly different outcomes, experience and knowledge really do matter (not saying you don’t have those lol). Keep it simple by keying on classic mid summer locations: for smallies, current areas, offshore shoals and weedbeds, primary drop offs, pike, secondary drop offs, walleyes in deeper current areas, secondary drop offs in 18-25’ of water, suspended at those same depths of water but over the open basin, and then shallower reefs and weed edges at night.

Hope that helps,

Moonman.
 
08/07/2020 03:33PM
You can always try the Berkley leeches on a jig. When are you heading up? Friend canceled on me so I'm going solo on the 7th of Sept, coming from Pittsburgh. Will be a great week of fishing and photography.
 
pilot
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08/07/2020 05:52PM
danbogey: "You can always try the Berkley leeches on a jig. When are you heading up? Friend canceled on me so I'm going solo on the 7th of Sept, coming from Pittsburgh. Will be a great week of fishing and photography."

Next week. Been looking forward to it since May.
May squeeze in a fall trip too depending on what happens with schools and C19.
 
airmorse
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08/07/2020 06:24PM
 
QueticoMike
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08/08/2020 06:00AM
ZMAN scented jerk ShadZ using a Zulu rig. ( search Zulu Rigging on this site )
Magnum Pop-R
Booyah chartreuse 3/8oz spinner bait ( sounds like you might already have these )
Green Pumpkin tubes
Bullfrog Lucky 13
Dardevle spoon
Mepps Spinner - size 5
Gold Rapala jointed lure - J9
Rapala Husky Jerk - Gold
Berkley Gulp Leeches
Dr Spoon silver spoon
One ounce jig with white buck tail
Black and silver size 11 Rapala

 
missmolly
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08/08/2020 04:47PM
Mike's ZMan, for sure. Applying his coaching, I caught five bass in my first five casts with a ZMan and one was 19".

I have caught more fish with an F13 Rapala than any other. I like the bright colors to track them in low light and chop.
 
tarnkt
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08/08/2020 05:13PM
Wacky worms were very effective for me on Adams for smallmouth years ago. That was in June so you might have to go deeper when you’re there.

I would recommend rigging them on a drop shot to get down there quicker.
 
oldmil
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08/08/2020 09:56PM
One of the best baits I've ever used are Thompson's Jigs https://thompsonsfishingjigs.com/ They are badger hair and marabou jigs but are way more durable than any other jig I've used. Great on walleye.

Oldmil
 
CoffeeInTheWoods
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08/09/2020 07:25AM
pilot: "I'm not much of a fisherman, but am going to give it another try on our upcoming trip. Going to be on Malberg, Makwa, Adams, etc. (EP 37)

Curious to know what's the one or two that you all take on every trip. I recently spent hundreds on stuff that I don't even know how to use, but came "highly recommended" by my fishing buddies."


Did the route in June. Beautiful area!

Makwa - lakers and a few pike trolling silver little cleos and rippin raps at dusk, but they’ll be deeper
Boulder - Bass aplenty on anything we threw.
 
PikeLover
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08/10/2020 12:27PM
Whooper Plooper
 
PineKnot
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08/10/2020 03:02PM
PikeLover: "Whooper Plooper"

That must be the Chinese knockoff version of the Whopper Plopper!!
 
QueticoMike
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08/10/2020 05:10PM
PineKnot: "PikeLover: "Whooper Plooper"


That must be the Chinese knockoff version of the Whopper Plopper!!"


Sounds German to me :)
 
lundojam
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08/11/2020 07:47AM
1/8 oz jigs (or smaller) with half a crawler. walleyes and bass (Malberg bluegills)
husky jerk: all species
wacky worm:bass
 
shock
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08/11/2020 12:21PM
i've mainly done opener trips in the BW and mainly for lake trout , so i always bring my spoon box with.
 
thegildedgopher
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08/13/2020 10:39AM
shock: "i've mainly done opener trips in the BW and mainly for lake trout , so i always bring my spoon box with. "

Shock I am gonna show up at your ice house this winter with a bottle of whiskey and make you teach me how to dress a spoon like that. That pink dardevle gets me every time. The dressing looks like my daughter's bike streamers :)

My answer would be different if you were primarily wanting to catch lake trout, but in general I'd say leeches if you can get 'em, otherwise crawlers, along with a handful of jigs and perhaps a slip bobber set up, would be my #1.

The first question asked above was the real question. 20 anglers will give you enough ideas to spend a small fortune at Marine General. We all tend to have our "confidence baits" and while there will be significant overlap on our lists as above, the real takeaway is that you can catch fish in the BWCA on almost anything if you're in the right spot at the right time. So don't overdo it, in my opinion.
 
shock
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08/14/2020 01:09PM
^^^ sounds like a plan to me , i'm sure me and my clan can help get rid of that bottle , the pink daredevil i made myself from flashabou i ordered off of ebay , all i used was some black braid ice line(some thinner power pro will work too) and epoxy mix ,, and i have caught pike on it,,,, the other ones i purchased from a ebay seller that dressed up the larger trebles but i just recently looked up that seller and they have no items for sale anymore. but many other sellers with dressed trebles but most are size #4 to #8 to small for larger spoons. i just ordered some black/silver flashabout for my new williams spoon.
 
08/17/2020 10:32AM
I use my flytying vice, a good spool of rod tying thread or heaving weight fly tying threads and bucktails of various colors to dress up trebles that I make spinners out of (think Mepps).
 
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