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foxfireniner
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01/24/2021 11:04AM  
I took my kids up to Wood Lake 2 years ago...BW first timers..and they are dying to go again. We missed last year with the COVID freak-out going on and I regret not going now.

My college age kids also liked it enough they wanna bring a best friend and a boyfriend.

My window between school end, summer session and a possible trip to basic training for my son looks like the weeks 7May - 24May. I have a big project coming in the first week of June so my preference is to back off that by a couple weeks. So looks like week of May 10th.

So I think if I basecamp on Horseshoe, it looks like all kinds of great shallow areas for spring fishing by the southern campsite. Winchell and Vista would be good trips.

That is pretty cold fishing but what I am reading all the spawning and post-spawn fish will be up in the warm or running shallow water.

I am a 'take tackle for any and all situations' kind of guy but for this early. I don't think any crankbait deeper the 5-7feet will be useful.

Some Fatraps type lures, husky jerks, maybe some x-raps (but I don't like fishing jerk baits from the canoe...My kids aren't that good of fishermen so I prefer the "constant retrieve and 'float to the surface if I get distracted' type lures) and some good topwaters...jigs in white, yellow, chartreuse and black and 1/8 oz jig heads...maybe some 3" tubes...some redeye spinning spoons (work good with 8 lb line)...erie dearies in 3/8 oz, slip bobbers and some leeches...last time in July fishing topwaters we had rapala waking minnow in natural perch and we caught everything but walleye on those. The DT Fats with a 1' depth work great on a slow wake producing retrieve. And I always have a clear Zara puppy with me...when nothing is biting...go to a black jig or a clear puppy is my motto. Maybe some big flukes for the erie dearies to target northerns??

I think that should do it.

Maybe some castmaster spoons if we go to Misquah for lake trout...

I would like to see the kids hit a big northern...#5 Mepps? What does everyone think?

The only thing better than a fishing trip is getting all the toys together for the fishing trip.
 
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Northwoodsman
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01/24/2021 11:39AM  
In 2019 Poplar was still much covered in ice on May 11th, be sure to keep an eye on things and keep in touch with Rockwood or their webcam to watch progress. We had to change our EP that year at the last minute. The ice was gone 4 days later when we cam back that way however.
 
foxfireniner
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01/24/2021 12:03PM  
That is good info!

Maybe I'll switch to 14 to 19 May.
 
GickFirk22
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01/25/2021 11:20AM  
foxfireniner: "I took my kids up to Wood Lake 2 years ago...BW first timers..and they are dying to go again. We missed last year with the COVID freak-out going on and I regret not going now.

My college age kids also liked it enough they wanna bring a best friend and a boyfriend.

My window between school end, summer session and a possible trip to basic training for my son looks like the weeks 7May - 24May. I have a big project coming in the first week of June so my preference is to back off that by a couple weeks. So looks like week of May 10th.

So I think if I basecamp on Horseshoe, it looks like all kinds of great shallow areas for spring fishing by the southern campsite. Winchell and Vista would be good trips.

That is pretty cold fishing but what I am reading all the spawning and post-spawn fish will be up in the warm or running shallow water.

I am a 'take tackle for any and all situations' kind of guy but for this early. I don't think any crankbait deeper the 5-7feet will be useful.

Some Fatraps type lures, husky jerks, maybe some x-raps (but I don't like fishing jerk baits from the canoe...My kids aren't that good of fishermen so I prefer the "constant retrieve and 'float to the surface if I get distracted' type lures) and some good topwaters...jigs in white, yellow, chartreuse and black and 1/8 oz jig heads...maybe some 3" tubes...some redeye spinning spoons (work good with 8 lb line)...erie dearies in 3/8 oz, slip bobbers and some leeches...last time in July fishing topwaters we had rapala waking minnow in natural perch and we caught everything but walleye on those. The DT Fats with a 1' depth work great on a slow wake producing retrieve. And I always have a clear Zara puppy with me...when nothing is biting...go to a black jig or a clear puppy is my motto. Maybe some big flukes for the erie dearies to target northerns??

I think that should do it.

Maybe some castmaster spoons if we go to Misquah for lake trout...

I would like to see the kids hit a big northern...#5 Mepps? What does everyone think?

The only thing better than a fishing trip is getting all the toys together for the fishing trip. "


Looks like a great list. 100% add a #5 Mepps Dressed Agila for pike. It'll tag big SMB's too. I'd also recommend a titanium leader if you're targeting pike.

If you like steady retrieve baits, you can't miss with a 110 or 130 size whopper plopper in bone or black. Fun and lethal topwater baits that don't require any technique (except to not bang them off of rocks).
 
foxfireniner
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01/26/2021 08:03AM  
GickFirk22:
Looks like a great list. 100% add a #5 Mepps Dressed Agila for pike. It'll tag big SMB's too. I'd also recommend a titanium leader if you're targeting pike.


If you like steady retrieve baits, you can't miss with a 110 or 130 size whopper plopper in bone or black. Fun and lethal topwater baits that don't require any technique (except to not bang them off of rocks)."


I have a couple whopper ploppers and they are fun!

Mepps #5...the dressed aglia's have some pretty new combos. I kinda like the blue gill pattern. It'll catch more fishermen than fish!

https://www.mepps.com/information/aglia-bait-series/928#B5ST%20BGL
 
OMGitsKa
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01/26/2021 11:46AM  
Fish the bottom left arm of Horseshoe (by camp 639). There is a spot where it widens up a little bit. Find the walleye hanging out in there.
 
CoffeeInTheWoods
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01/26/2021 01:37PM  
foxfireniner: "GickFirk22:
Looks like a great list. 100% add a #5 Mepps Dressed Agila for pike. It'll tag big SMB's too. I'd also recommend a titanium leader if you're targeting pike.



If you like steady retrieve baits, you can't miss with a 110 or 130 size whopper plopper in bone or black. Fun and lethal topwater baits that don't require any technique (except to not bang them off of rocks)."



I have a couple whopper ploppers and they are fun!


Mepps #5...the dressed aglia's have some pretty new combos. I kinda like the blue gill pattern. It'll catch more fishermen than fish!


https://www.mepps.com/information/aglia-bait-series/928#B5ST%20BGL
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Absolutely bring the Whopper Plopper. Cast it near dark toward some structure near camp on a calm night. Nothing better than hearing and feeling that strike and jumping out of your skin.
 
lundojam
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01/26/2021 05:38PM  
Live bait for walleyes. Easy to deal with that time of year as it typically doesn't get too hot.
 
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