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Bumstead
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06/02/2021 11:49AM  
Anyone been up to the Malberg area this year? Heading up soon with some fellow anglers. Looking like the weather is ready to warm up, I hope the fishing gets hot too! We fish for walleye, but also try for pike and bass. Any reports or insights are welcomed. Considering a day trip to Kivaniva also. A trip up the Louse to Frond or Boze worth it? Thanks.
 
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Bishop9409
 
06/02/2021 12:47PM  
Following. Heading to the Malberg area June 13th. Not sure if you'll be there before or after, but will provide an update from our trip.
 
technically_rugged
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06/02/2021 03:28PM  
I just got back from Malberg/Polly. Had a very hard time finding fish. Only used artificials- black hair jig, inline spinners, double bladed spinners, Whopper Ploppers, lipless cranks, lipped cranks (shad rap, scatter rap, squarebills). Absolutely stunned we didn't catch more than 2 pike, and the only bass came on the WP60 and WP75. Only caught 4 bass, 2 pike, and 1 walleye. Saw people catching walleyes but all of them (ALL OF THEM) had live bait.

IMO... bring live bait if you want to catch fish.
 
Stumpy
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06/03/2021 12:33AM  
Over fished area
 
Bumstead
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06/03/2021 08:15AM  
jdoutdoors: "I just got back from Malberg/Polly. Had a very hard time finding fish. Only used artificials- black hair jig, inline spinners, double bladed spinners, Whopper Ploppers, lipless cranks, lipped cranks (shad rap, scatter rap, squarebills). Absolutely stunned we didn't catch more than 2 pike, and the only bass came on the WP60 and WP75. Only caught 4 bass, 2 pike, and 1 walleye. Saw people catching walleyes but all of them (ALL OF THEM) had live bait.


IMO... bring live bait if you want to catch fish."


Plenty of leeches will be along for the ride
 
technically_rugged
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06/03/2021 04:47PM  
I'd recommend heading west to "River Lake" - seemed like an awesome area that is likely under-fished. Some nice shallow rocky spots for bass and plenty of dropoffs that were probably great spots for walleye. I read good things about it, we just didn't fish it super thoroughly. I really enjoyed the southern area of the river about 1-1.5 miles north of Fishdance- more rock formations and elevation. If I went back to that area I'd want to spend some more time there.
 
cyclones30
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06/03/2021 07:08PM  
Find current and you'll find fish. Plenty of current in plenty of spots in that whole area
 
Stumpy
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06/03/2021 11:32PM  
Boze s a good walleye lake.... Frond not so much, which surprised me.
 
06/04/2021 12:45PM  
I too would head west to River Lake and just below the rapids into Fishdance or even down to Alice
 
Bumstead
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06/05/2021 05:41PM  
cyclones30: "Find current and you'll find fish. Plenty of current in plenty of spots in that whole area "

You sent me some info last time I went to the area, Cyclones. Thanks.
 
Bumstead
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06/05/2021 05:42PM  
Stumpy: "Boze s a good walleye lake.... Frond not so much, which surprised me."

Thanks, I wondered if a trip that way would be worth the time.
 
colecudd
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07/09/2021 06:42AM  
Bumstead: "Anyone been up to the Malberg area this year? Heading up soon with some fellow anglers. Looking like the weather is ready to warm up, I hope the fishing gets hot too! We fish for walleye, but also try for pike and bass. Any reports or insights are welcomed. Considering a day trip to Kivaniva also. A trip up the Louse to Frond or Boze worth it? Thanks."

Hey Bumstead,

How was the trip/fishing? Heading up that way with intentions on camping on River lake next week. Did you make it over to Kivaniva?
 
Bumstead
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07/13/2021 01:51PM  
Didn't make it to Kivaniva. Did fish below falls heading to river and around the bend a fair ways one day on the river, but storms turned us back toward camp fairly early. It was incredibly hot. Hot enough to knock our leeches out in about 2.5 days (I'll be looking for a submersible storage option for future trips). Fishing was tough on Malberg that week. We ate fish a couple of times, but had to work for it. Some eye's and large bluegills, and even ate a smallie or two. Mayflies aplenty surfaced the last morning or two we were there also. I've always jumped in the lake to rinse off a few times. This year, we willingly floated on life vests for extended periods of time due to the heat.

Let me know how you did. Thanks.
 
colecudd
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07/27/2021 07:05AM  
Just got back from our 8 day trip. We fished pretty hard every day. Base camped on River Lake and had good fishing from kivaniva to fishdance, 5 personal best fish for our group and plenty of eaters. Went to the Alice rapids and found some hungry smallmouth, fisher lake produced a couple nice largemouth, trolled through beaver and caught a couple nice smallies and had a big northern miss my lure on the surface. Kivaniva produced some largemouth and pike but we couldn't find the walleye. Overall a fantastic trip until we moved back to Polly for a day before take out. Little luck fishing, thunderstorms and the most people I have ever seen in the BW, it was like a campground. Safe to say I wont be returning to Polly. Overall a fantastic trip though.
 
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