Sunday, June 22, 2008

pelican lake vacation june 14-21 2008

For our vacation this year my family went to Pelican lake by Orr Minnesota for some fishing and relaxation. We went for a whole week. I brought my mom along too. She is 79 years old and still fishes!
Here's a snapshot of all of us....


We arrived on saturday, and after we got unloaded I was sitting around the fire ring by our cabin with my family when I got a very pleasant surprise. My brother pulled up with his family into our cabin driveway! Apparently Mitch had planned to surprise me for a couple months. Mitch, his wife Anita, and sons Matthew, Aaron, and Ryan just showed up!
Here's a picture of their family. The kid on the left with the brown shirt is a friend of Aaron's. Nicklaus ...

The next day me and Mitch went out casting shorelines in the morning and I caught this huge pumpkinseed on an x-rap, it was just a hair under the 10" mark!


That same day Aaron caught this 19" bucketmouth and 29" northern...


We soon figured out that northerns and LM bass were easy to catch. The crappies, bluegills, and perch were plentiful, not huge, but ok. Smallies were hard to come by though. We only caught a few including this 19" pig caught by Matt...

We caught alot of nice fish that week. Here is a taste of the action...
My mom gets a sunny

Here's a bucketmouth I caught. I caught many between 16.5 and 17.5".

Here's a couple bass my son Lucas caught right off the dock. 16.5 and 17.5. These bass were in the tiny cove behind him on the first picture. He was obsessed with catching 'em. I didn't think he would but he caught the first using a Chatterbait and the second using a Skitter Pop. You should have heard him scream when he got "fish on"!!!


I brought Ryan and Lucas out trolling for northerns in the bay one day when the weather was kinda icky. They must have caught 15 pike in just a couple hours. Here's a picture of two they caught at exactly the same time...

Here's Lucas with a 29" pike. Again he was screaming his head off!!!

Ryan with a gator...

Here's me with a largemouth just under 19"...

Another bucketmouth by your's truly...

And another...

Mitch get's one on a Skitter-Pop...

Me and a big nort...

13" crappie...

Aaron with a small smallie...

Workin' the shoreline....

Another slab crappie...

Mom and a crappie...

They don't call it Pelican lake for nothing!

A very unflattering picture of my butt. Mitch took it while I was messing with a 28" slimer...

A very small smallie I caught...

Lucas with a perch. He was very proud if it...

And a crappie...

And a gator...
Lucas and a micro-bass...

Me and Valerie...

Matt fishin'...

And Nicklaus too...

It wasn't all about fishing (well almost) I even did some tubing!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Annie Battle lake action 5/19-22/2008

Yesterday I got back from from my camping/fishing trip @ Glendalough State Park. The fishing for crappies was excellent, the fishing for bluegills was pathetic. I tried for walleyes ana stream outlet, but didn't catch any. I was camping and fishing the west shore, and what really increased the bluegill bite was the wind blowing into the shore. Monday and thursday the winds were favorable and the bluegill bite was on. Tuesday/wednesday saw north to northwest winds post-frontal conditions which really slowed the bluegill action. East to southeast winds are best, which is what happened on monday and thursday.

Ready to go monday morning...


The campsite is carry-in only. Two trips to get my stuff to my campsite...
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Arriving at campsite...


My campsite is right by the lake. This is the view about 50 feet away. The lake is down a small bluff. I kept my canoe, float tube, ant other things right at lakeside...


Here's a view of my campsite from a trail that goes around the lake...


The campgrounds are a beautiful...


The best fishing I found was in the reeds. They were right in front of my campsite and extended a couple hundred yards along the shoreline...


I decided to fish in the canoe first. So I anchored in front of some reeds ans started fishing. First fish of the trip was this small bass. They were everywhere! I didn't catch any big ones, though I heard there are some monsters in there...


Here's the first crappie. Most crappies were 11-12" fish. This one was close to 12", they were spawning and very easy to catch. 11" minimum and five per day limit on the crappies. Most I caught were realeased...


Another slab...


Crappie eye...


On my second trip out in the canoe, I fell out of it!!! Fortunately it didn't capsize, and the only thing I lost was my favorite baseball cap. Here's a pic of my clothes drying...


I didn't want to mess with the canoe anymore, so I used my float tube for the rest of the trip...


Here's a bluegill. The size of these gills were small compared to my two trips there. Still early. In a couple weeks the bigger ones will be in. I hear you can catch 'em up to a pound...


A hybrid...


Another gill...


Pumpkinseed mouth...

Typical of the size of the crappies. Didn't catch any bigger that 12"...


A nice male...


Some ready to be cleaned...


My new camera is waterproof, so I took some pictures underwater of the spawning crappies. Got some video too, and I'll post those as soon as I figure out how to do that...