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Spring Walleye Fishing Lake Michigamme   By DMG, 2001           Pg. 1

   It had been a long time coming this year, my first time on the water that is. I special ordered a new boat from Maple Bay Marine. It did not arrive until May 10th so I missed the walleye opener in the lower peninsula and had only 7 days to get the new boat rigged and ready for this trip.
   On a beautiful Sunday morning we pulled into Maple Ridge Resort located on the north shore of Lake Michigamme. First thing after unpacking I got Slammer IV into the water for it's maiden voyage. Maple Ridge Resort has a nice little harbor protected from the waves and wind of the main lake. I picked a spot by the fish cleaning station so I could plug in the boat to charge the trolling batteries and there is no sense carrying all the fish I was going to catch further than I had to.
   It is Slammer's 10th year fishing with me and he was more than ready to hit the water. He and I both feel most at home on the water and spent the rest of the day exploring the lake and looking for good spots to fish the next morning.
   I watched the new color sonar for structure and fish while Slammer sniffed the air and water for the smell of walleye. Over the past 10 years I have always given him part of the walleye we catch, and only walleye. He now knows exactly what he's looking for and I have learned to read him when he gets the scent.
   Lake Michigamme is a beautiful lake with 95 miles of shoreline, 27 islands and over 4300 acres of water. With depths down to 70 feet it also holds a wide variety of game fish. Walleye, pike, bass, muskie, trout and whitefish to name a few.
   It was walleye we were after and this time of year I knew they would be close to there spawning areas to feed. I checked for gravel beds and studied the areas around where rivers entered the lake. By the end of the day I had a good idea of the lake and three top spots to try the next day.

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