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BWJ Blog - May 29, 2014

BWJ Blog – May 29, 2014

My goal is to post to this blog during each of my 2/3 day breaks between my 7 Grand Slam Guide Service canoe trips this season. This particular between-trip break is especially busy as we are now completing the Summer Issue.

On May 20-27 three of us went in through Lac La Croix. We went straight from winter to summer as the high temps soared into the 80s. Crooked, Iron, McAree and Lac La Croix are al flooded up into the woods—4+ feet high. We had great walleye fishing on McAree and lots of nice lake trout on Argo and Elk. The smaller inland lakes were significantly warmer than the flooded border lakes (which drain large areas). Pulling, Siobahn River, Josey and Elk gave up 162 pre-spawn smallmouth, with 9 over 20", 3 over 21" and one 22 1/2" monster. All-in-all it was a solid trout/bass combo trip.

The sandflies/blackflies started to pop and the mosquitoes are waiting in the wings. My advice" prepare yourselves for a serious bug year. The blueberry blossoms are super-plentiful so we could be in for a banner year there. We are due for one.

I'm headed back in on Saturday looking for the topwater bass action to be peaking on at least the smaller lakes. I'll let you know how it goes.

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