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I try to keep as much information posted as possible about the current fishing conditions on Upper Red so the last five days strange events deserve to be mentioned.

You need to be moving, not to fast not slow not to high and not to low said Dr. Seuss.

After five straight days of limits it is very clear that a pattern of slow moving vertical jigging is where it is at. What I mean is vertical jigging with the trolling motor. Anchored up only brings light biters and drifting brings sheephead (I really hate those bait stealing boat sliming buggers). I have found that jigging then letting the boat slide just enough to put the jigging lines at a slight slant is producing walleye like no other method on the market. Why this is I have no idea but it is definitely working. Concentrate your efforts on deeper water structure, remember a six inch bottom change is structure on Upper Red. Use your electronics to look for fish while trolling areas of interest and once the arches start showing up on the graph grab the jigging rods a few gold or chartreuse jigs. Start slowly working the area, you will be very happy with the results of this very slow picking at the bottom and the foot of water above the bottom, bring the jig out of that one foot strike zone and you might as well be sitting at work.

Don’t get hung up on the rocks or the cribs go looking for that piece if walleye structure all to yourself, you will love the results.

Pike have been shredding everything in the water column, the really do have some anger issues and need therapy. Most pike are showing up in the eight foot of water range with a spinner bait of some sorts trolled “low n slow”, just enough to keep it off the bottom and the blades spinning. Pike have also been trashing silver and gold crank baits that are in high gear or at least 6mph+ have been trigging some great reaction strikes and making average Joes fishing heroes and the coolest dads ever.

Perch are trying shake minnows on gold jigs to death in 12 feet of water over gravel. Simply look for the tightly packed arches and vertical jig lightweight gold jigs tipped with small minnows.

Sheephead, well these things are eating everything, worms, leaches, minnows, the rotten dead minnows forgot in the livewell along with any other litter they may find in the water. Just find some rocks and run a jig across the bottom and get the unhooking pliers lubed up and ready to go, and please have your sheephead spayed or neutered to prevent more sheephead.

Good look and enjoy the outdoors.

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and please have your sheephead spayed or neutered


The Bob Barker of Waskish! grin.gif

Good Luck!

Ken

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I was trying to figure out how to type it like Bob would say it. grin.gif

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"Help control the pet (fish) population.Have your pets (sheephead) spade or nuetered. "

As one famous person said and was badly misquoted.

P.S., just kidding JP.

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