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NG_Trout  
#1 Posted : Monday, August 4, 2014 11:39:25 AM(UTC)
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Just got back from a week long vacation with the family on Dam Lake (between St Germain and Eagle River). Numbers were low but I made up for it with quality fish. 3 personal bests for me on this trip. All caught on the same lure (strikemaster red eye sexy shad crankbait)

21" Large mouth bass
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22" walleye
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big crappie (forgot to measure)
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Had two good size musky follows that I saw and one at night where it struck but missed my top water. Good trip overall, going back next year!
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dubbs  
#2 Posted : Monday, August 4, 2014 2:48:39 PM(UTC)
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Top one looks like a smallie to me. Nice fish regardless!
NG_Trout  
#3 Posted : Monday, August 4, 2014 2:51:35 PM(UTC)
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dubbs wrote:
Top one looks like a smallie to me. Nice fish regardless!


Yeah, everyone is saying that but it had the largemouth bucket mouth and did not have the typical red eye that smallies have. I think it's the camera flash messing with the color. Maybe a hybrid? Should have kept it and gotten in mounted. Oh well.
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flyfishingfreak  
#4 Posted : Monday, August 4, 2014 4:55:49 PM(UTC)
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definitely a big old smallie.ThumpUp more impressive that a 21" largemouth anyway!
shebs  
#5 Posted : Monday, August 4, 2014 8:47:04 PM(UTC)
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x3 that's a helluva smallie!
when you can't tell from coloration, the surefire way to tell is where the jaw ends - it's hard to tell from the pic, but based on the cheek muscle/bulge, the jaw ends at/near the eye, whereas on a largemouth, the jaw extends behind the eye.

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Edited by user Monday, August 4, 2014 8:50:05 PM(UTC)  | Reason: added MNDNR identification image

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NG_Trout  
#6 Posted : Tuesday, August 5, 2014 6:36:24 AM(UTC)
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Yeah, I don't know anymore. I've caught my fair share of both and the mouth on this fish opened up like every other large mouth I have ever caught. Oh well, it was a great fight and totally unexpected.
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ilikefood  
#7 Posted : Tuesday, August 5, 2014 7:30:55 PM(UTC)
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Looks like a great time with some great fish! That bass is huge. Congrats!
What was big was not the trout, but the chance. What was full was not my creel, but my memory.
- Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac, p. 40 (Oxford University Press, 1949).
Mark Dahlquist  
#8 Posted : Wednesday, August 6, 2014 4:37:30 AM(UTC)
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If a largemouth I've never seen one with such a bronze color. My vote is tub smallie although I do see how the mouth opens like a bucket in the photo. As far as color, everything else in the photo looks correct?
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ozzyky  
#9 Posted : Wednesday, August 6, 2014 11:00:33 PM(UTC)
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That's a beaut smallie. When they get to that size the mouth starts to look more largemouth like. Nice catch. I'll take a 21 inch smallie over a 21 inch largie everyday. ThumpUp
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