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bigfishin21

So I will be in the Duluth area for 4 days in early August and was just wondering what lake you guys would recommend fishing for walleyes around Duluth?

I was debating between Fish, Island, and Boulder Lake…Also what kind of bait and depth would you guys recommend? Thanks for the input.

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Northlander

St. Louis River is the best walleye fishery around these parts and right in Duluth/Superior. Troll spinner rigs on bottom bouncers with crawlers in and out of channel edges and you will do fine.

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Surface Tension

Each lake will have its own pattern come the dog days.

Slip bob the weeds on Rice lake with a leech.

Island lake, think deep with a crawler harness or rigging.

Fish lake, cover ground by trolling cranks in the main basin.

I abandon the humps at that time of year and work the flats. Keep your eye on the sounder for the slightest eye holding structure like wood, rocks and bumps, then use your GPS or marker bouy to work them over with a jig and leech or slip bob.

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bigfishin21

Thanks for the replies guys...

Hey Northlander, as for as the St. Louis River goes, is all you need to fish that is a Minnesota license? Or do you need a Wisconsin License in some spots?

How far up in the river do you go? Do you ever fish that Spirit Lake that is futher down from the St. Louis River? Once again thanks for the help...

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You can fish the river with a MN. License.

I fish everything on the river. The deeper channel bends and weedy edges of them are where its at right now. By deep I mean from the weed edges down to 35-40'. A 3-4 oz. bottom bouncer is a must have.

Spirit Lake is very weedy now and can be very hard to fish and even get into if you dont know it really well. I recomend you fish the cahnnel edges around it. If you do try to venture into spirit make sure you take the old channel in. Dont try to cross any place else or the stumps and or weeds will get ya.

I trolled the Barkers Island area for 3 hours the other night and all I caught were 2 big pike and 1 16" walleye.

Any current areas should also be looked at as the deep waters below the Oliver Bridge hold fish this time of year.

A floating rap on a 3 way rig or bouncer will get ya a few in that area.

Good luck and have fun.

By the way Spirit Lake is right in the middle of the St. Louis River. I dont know what you are talking about when you say spirit lake in your post. Maybe you are thinking Alouiz Bay? A.B. is down all the way past the Wi. Entry to Lake Superior. Pretty Shallow and warm this time of year. Lots of weeds but at times you can get a few out of there this time of year.

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    • IceHawk
      First off welcome to the site ! Fish that area quite often and have seen some good flocks around there.  I would get out and do some glassing in the area , especially around some picked corn fields. Right now they are wintered up but will break  apart once spring gets closer. Maybe hit up a local bait store and ask around if anyone knows of a spot. Or look at the landowners list that received permits in that area. They legally have to grant permission to hunt there land but unfortunately a lot of landowners will tell you they are full even if there not  Good luck in your search. 
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      I spent a little time last summer looking for weed walleyes in Niles Bay. About 10 minutes into my experiment I caught a chunky 22" on a spinner rig over a weedbed in about 10'. The weeds were growing about halfway to the surface but that fish had no problem smacking my bait. I'll keep experimenting this year.... can't wait for open water!
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      awesome feedback! thank you so much for the info! Ill get up ther next year, i dont want to keep any i just want to catch some nice eyes and northern.....hell, whatever! ive been in a sleeper 5 times on LOW and we only had one real good trip. upper red lake once in a sleeper caught 3 eyes in 3 days. i dont mind if i catch one or two fish, its all about the experience for me on the big water. but the girlfriend is a hard one to convince at times for a return trip if the fishing is slow. were headed to fairbault this weekend, i hope we get into something. thanks again guys! ill post a report on our trip. good luck on the ice!
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      Pat, July is my best time for walleyes in the weeds! I did not cast spinner baits but did pull spinners with 1/2 crawler right along the edges in about 3' to 4' deep water. We were so close to the boat with our lines that we could see our spinners and actually see the walleyes charge out of the weeds and grab our baits! FUN!! Now, thanks to the rustys, those cabbage weed beds are gone. Cliff
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