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Walleyes on Big Pine

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I've never seen such good fishing for the end of July and such hot weather.

Between about 6 of us who have places at the resort we pulled in about 40 walleyes. Lots of 13-16" and then mostly 21-23". Still fun to catch even though they have to go back in the lake. The most surprising thing was that many of those walleyes were caught in the middle of the day.

Good fishing!

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It's a wierd year. Everyone I know has been catching crazy amounts of walleyes for July. Lida shut off this past weekend, but before that it was great.

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I agree the day time bite has been better then the night bite.

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We did pretty good on Lida last weekend. Didn't think I'd ever spend two days on Lida anymore after the slot limits, let alone two days in a row. Pulled crankbaits over midlake humps. The walleyes were either too small or over the slot. Got a 22, 22.5, 23, 24, and 24.5 inchers plus the smaller fish. Had a fun fight the second day. My crank got hit big time. Told my brother it was big. After a long fight, turned out to be a smallmouth buffalo about 15 lbs. Fun, but ugly.

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We've caught a few of those also! Man what pigs! The out fight smallmouth bass bigtime!

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Just got back from a week on Big Pine. I agree that the fishing was great. Did mostly evening and night fishing and picked up an average of 3 each night went out. Highlight was the wife catching a 7 pounder. Also had a fun morning catching bass in the rice by the dam.

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You must have stayed at our resort - I heard about a gal catching a 26 1/2 incher - must have been your wife.

We picked up another 7 walleyes this weekend and only lost another $20 in tackle. Not a bad weekend!

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