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Stanford
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01/30/2024 02:33PM  
Headed up in late May this year and was trying to decide on taking Leeches or Minnows.. may end up taking both but wanted to ask everyone what they prefer that time of the year. I have had mixed results with both with no real winnner.
 
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01/31/2024 09:13AM  
Leeches... easier to keep and transport.
 
01/31/2024 09:18AM  
bobbernumber3: "Leeches... easier to keep and transport."

If you can find them
 
01/31/2024 11:58AM  
AmarilloJim: "
bobbernumber3: "Leeches... easier to keep and transport."

If you can find them"


Leeches become number one in May. And are readily available at most bait shops.

Northland Tackle.

But... reading further... Minnows are the first choice in spring.
 
MidwestMan
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01/31/2024 12:41PM  
Leeches
 
01/31/2024 01:45PM  
If your after walleyes, nothing beats a properly presented leech. Minnows are over rated, they will catch fish but are overall more of hassle.
 
BuckSutherland
  
01/31/2024 05:14PM  
I took my first trip last year in late May. I bought 2lb of leeches for me and my nephew. When we got back to the landing after our 5 day trip we had 8 leeches left.
 
nooneuno
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01/31/2024 06:35PM  
live leeches are much better than dead minnows
 
01/31/2024 07:46PM  
BuckSutherland: "I took my first trip last year in late May. I bought 2lb of leeches for me and my nephew. When we got back to the landing after our 5 day trip we had 8 leeches left. "


Barbless hooks? or?
 
BuckSutherland
  
01/31/2024 10:33PM  
1/8oz jig with barb. 4-10 feet of water.
 
illini79ps
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02/03/2024 10:06AM  
Bringing minnows on a BWCA trip (either camping or using resort boats with no live well) is totally unnecessary. Use gulp minnows, small swimbaits, or other plastic imitations, much easier to carry and just as effective (lots of videos from John Thelen, Tom Boley or of course the Lindners on related techniques for walleyes). Leeches on slip bobbers are great for some lazy walleye fishing to be sure. Of course, I am sure no one on this thread needs live bait to catch bass or NP in the BWCA, so that is not an issue...
 
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