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Milkdud

Does anyone ever run downriggers on this lake? Just wondering if walleyes tend to stay down deeper or are they in the weeds or on shallower flats?

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LABS4ME

Heck, I troll in the evenings all through the heat of the summer (it even gets better as the summer wears on)in 5-8' of water... ain't no downrigger that will go that shallow! grin.gif Just look for shallow bars adjacent to deep water with a fast break.

Actually Cass would be a VERY tough lake to run downriggers. Too little of an area is at the same depth. There really aren't mud flats or big deep bars to set up and troll over. I suppose you could try to troll over the very deep water just above the thermocline... there would probably be a few suspended walleye chasing the tullibee around.

Myself? just look for me on a shallow bar from an hour before dark till 11:00... running SSR shad raps. #5 or #7 with chrome somewhere on them....

Good Luck!

Ken

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Windy City Walleye Hunter

Chrome at night, chartreuse in the morning. That's the ticket Labs!

Windy

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Windy City Walleye Hunter

Hey Labs,

What do you think about that new combo lure from Rapala, the one that combines the shad rap with something else? What's your thoughts on the Cordell Jointed Wally Diver?

Windy

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Windy, If you're talking about the new X-Rap, I have plans on trying one very soon. For the most part, I have trouble switching to any other lure for evening trolling than a clown or blue chrome SSR shad Rap. They have been my "go to" for the last 4 years. My son swears by his Tail Dancer. He has caught a lot of fish with it... the only problem is when we get too shallow (5')... They do run a bit deeper than the SSR's. My youngest swears by his jointed firetiger floater... We drag that all over on real shallow bars like Buck and some nights he out fishes me! grin.gif (which I'll take any night!) He's caught plenty of walleye in 4-7' of water to make me a believer...

I know guys who use firetiger at night (including my 10 year old), but I agree, that is more of a morning daytime color for me... Even the Chartuse/pearl works good in low light, but I switch to chrome after dark. I bought some of those glow in the dark Shad Raps thinking they'd be great... after all, glow works awesome during the winter months... well after 3 or 4 nights of trolling with them, they haven't left the box since... I think I managed one fish... crazy.gif

I know your trip is approaching... have a safe trip driving up and have fun when you get here!

Good Luck!

Ken

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Valv

Ken, when are you going to be up there ?

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LABS4ME

Almost every weekend. When you heading up?

I tried to catch up with Borch but we were on 'opposite' schedules... he was fishing and I was working! grin.gif

Good Luck!

Ken

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Valv

I'll be up the week after the 4th, we have to get together sometimes.

I am at Ojibway Resort on Pike Bay

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LABS4ME

Sounds good Valv... I'll get you my cell # as time grows closer... if I can sneak out of work a little early on Friday, I'm gonna see if Borch can sneak out and fish or at least drag the family over for a camp fire...

Good Luck!

Ken

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Stanman

Rapala's newest lure is the Minnow Rap. It combines the SSR with the original floating minnow. It gives more of a minnow profile than the SSR, but dives 5-11 feet. I've had good success casting it for walleyes this year in situations where I'd normally have used a SSR, but I haven't trolled it at all. Overall it is a pretty good lure.

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