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    How many lakes do you fish in a season?

    The power poles vs spotlock thread got me thinking, how many different bodies of water do you fish in an average season? Some guys were saying I only fish Lake X and poles are worthless to me, while others were saying I only fish 5 feet or less so poles are the cats meow and I don't "need" spotlock. Do you only fish one lake or do you venture out to multiple lakes thru the season?

    Up here in Minnesota we have a bunch of different lakes and rivers, and a lot of them offer great fishing. I had my boat out 76 times last year and hit 31 different bodies of water all over the state. I keep a running note in my phone of the date, body of water, and who was with me. I don't log fish cause I don't have that kinda time, but I do keep track of the trips and we try to get a photo every time we are out. We started the day after the ice went out in March on one of my favorite lakes and fished until after ice started forming on most lakes, switching over to the river for the last outings.

    And as far as poles vs spotlock, I have an Ultrex and on my old boat I had a manual pole I would use, but I haven't found a good way to mount that on the new boat, but if I do I will continue to use the manual pole. A set of poles or raptors are in the future at some point, but they are more of a want than a need. Fishing wind blown rock piles in the middle of a lake for smallies, spotlock is a necessity in my book.

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    Usually 5-7 lakes.

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    3-4 rivers and 4-6 different lakes
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    I'd like to get out and try more. St. Clair is 15 minutes from my front door. We are out there every chance we get and it's so diverse with LM, SM, Musky, Walleye, Perch and Pike.

    Based on the time of year we can be in the river, main lake, bays , canals, shallow or deep. We also have most of the lake which resides in Canada and it fishes much differently than the US side. At this point if I travel I can't find the success we have every time out on St Clair.
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    3-4 lakes and 2-3 rivers. We've got it all.
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    Water holes are few and far between around here and I still fish 6-8 in my tournament travels.

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    Maybe 3-4 lakes.
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    Usually 10-12 in the bass boat and another 2 or so in the jon boat, and 3-4 in the kayak. I only repeat a few lakes each year
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    20-ish

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    5 rivers and around a dozen lakes but some of those are connected to the rivers.

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  12. Member crawdadking's Avatar
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    Up until a couple of years ago used to fish about a dozen but our little club dissolved now it's about 3 or 4.

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    3-5 bodies of water a year. Most big tournaments in my area are on Sam Rayburn or Toledo Bend.
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    I fish the one lake closest to my house. I used to fish all the east Texas lakes when I was younger fishing tournaments.
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    Not enough
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan View Post
    Usually 5-7 lakes.
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    Couple local rivers, a cooling lake and a couple private strip mine lakes nearby. One trip to Eagle river Wis and can be as many as 10 of the smaller lakes.

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    15-20......you can't throw a rock around here without hitting a decent lake.

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    I fished 14 different ones this year, usually itís 15-16 different ones.

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