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troyslund

island lake walleyes (report)

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troyslund

i've been on island 3 times in the last week and caught bout 60walleyes... they are goin nuts for yellow spinner with crawler harness. (using crawlers).. in a bout 15'-20' of water.. caught an amazing amount of eyes but the biggest one was 15" and most to small to keep.. it did'nt seem to matter what time of day it was as the water is bog stained.

i'm not sure there's any big fish in the lake but i'm told there is...

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ripstick

there is big fish in there but that action is fun. try a little bit deeper away from the little ones.

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SKIPPERS KID

The fish are 16 to 28 feet of water on leeches and worms smile.gif. If you fish stick baits make sure you are near the bottom. This will do just fine and good fishing to you as well smirk.gif.

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HuskyMusky

Is this the Island lake by Sturgeon lake and if so can anybody tell me what the muskie population is like and if it's worth spending a day on?

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ripstick
ooo.gif Well I guess 3 of us are talking about the one by duluth. Sorry

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Surface Tension

Thanks for the report troyslund. Theres quite a few eyes in the 14-15'range, and bigger.

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EatSleepFish

Husky Musky- as far as Island by Sturgeon, yes there is a healthy population in there... but there a little hard to catch this time of year. Think deep weed edges with diving cranks and you might be able to hook into one. If you manage to wander out there... be aware of the warmer water temps as far as successful releases go...

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HuskyMusky

Thanks EatSleepFish for the info i haven't ever been up that way and thought i'd give it a shot over the labor day weekend. Again thanks.

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troyslund

report was from island lalke near duluth..thanks for all the input guys..

keep a tight line!

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Jack Stasney

Was out on Island today for a few hours, caught 3 eyes and a northern, all on yellow.

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shedhunter

The girlfriend and I were on Island Lake 8/22 and we got one tiny walleye, 2 big rock bass, a sunfish and a really nice crappie. A coworker and I went to the exact same spot with the exact same baits (jigs and crawlers) on 8/24 and we caught 19 walleyes and 1 perch. We had one tagged fish. All walleyes were from 8 to 13.5 inches, with the exception of one fish that went 20.5 inches. Released all. What a difference a couple days makes!

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fishinfey8

i fished island all summer but have now moved back down to the cities to start my sophomore year of college. The weather is looking great for next weekend and i wouldn't mind getting back up to island to get in some fishing. Just wondering if the fishing's been about the same as it was at the end of august or better/worse??? Right before i left, the eyes were starting to heat up again...any advice would be appreciated.

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Surface Tension

My August spot is good in August but not so good at other times of year. What I mean by that is, a spot might be dead but the lake doesn't shut down. I'd be thinking about what the surface water is doing. Try the tops of mid lake humps and windblown shores. Look for weeds up tight or a weed bed on a break on those shores. Bring minnows for harnesses and for tipping jigs. Keep the presentation slow, pickups will be light with very little resistance felt. Combine that with weeds and it gets tricky. Anchoring up and slip bobbing weed edges and pockets or the tops of reefs works too. Next advice is to move, theres no scene in camping on a spot thats not producing. Good Luck and give us report.

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Northlander

Well here is a Island Lake report for ya.

Ripstick and I hit the lake about 2:30pm and trolled cranks around for a few hours. All our usual spots only produced 3 small eyes and only 1 hit the box.

Later in the afternoon we started to jig some midlake humps as well as shoreline breaks. Perch and small eyes were active in these spots. Usually between 11' and 25' was where we got the eyes. Jig n golden shiners was the ticket. We did manage a few more keepers doing this. When I did feel a fish it was usually a pretty sound thump. We did miss a few that swiped our minnows so a stinger would be a good idea on larger minnows.

Did talk to one fellow fisherman at the landing and he said that he and his wife had real good luck with jig n leeches off of island breaks.

Looks like the old fall minnow bite isnt in full swing yet. Water was still warm enough for the leeches to be working.

Im guessing a couple weeks and turnover should be goin or maybe even done. Man last night and this morning was cold.

Bring on the ice! wink.gif

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outdoor ran

Steve, ice? Bite your tongue tongue.gifgrin.gif

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Northlander

The way the big lake is lately I almost would rather be ice fishin in the bay like last year. We can only hope eh?

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outdoor ran

Going to be interesting, hopefully its like it was last year. Wouldn't have to go anywhere to get them eyes, just the crappies. cool.gif

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Casaloma

Steve, too bad I missed your rig, I went in on the West end today & fished from 2 till dark. Got the Island Lk. small eyes in that 11" to 16' areas, moved around quite a bit & filled the frying pan with the biggest fish being 16.5". We threw live bait at 'em with gummball-chubs being the best bite in 20'.

Later -CLoma

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outdoor ran

Greg, how did the laker trip up north go? Do I owe you a drink on first night of pool smirk.gif

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Jack Stasney

Was out this past weekend too. 2 eyes (one decent) 2 LM bass and a nice perch. Again yellow/green was the color.

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fishinfey8

thanks Loma and Northlander for your reports...sounds like the lake is still a little bit warm which is good for me...any one by chance notice the surface temp??

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ripstick

66 to 67+ Should have cool down this week.

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iceismine

a buddy and i were out last sunday night.. it was a beautiful night to be out, only it was disappointing because all we were able to find were a few smallmouth bass-we were fishing the lower west side of the lake on a few humps we found off shore in about 15'-20'... since we haven't fished island much, and are relatively new to the lake, which side is best to fish? i see 20'-25' seems best, but we still haven't had much luck the last few times... thanks

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Northlander

Most guys fish the west side. Fish are on the east side as well but more structure and bays on the west side. I do like the east side and river when its moving and usually in spring.

Troll sticks/cranks in 15-35' of water. Most often that 25' and under is where we get most eyes.

That lake is tuff for big fish. Lots of 10-14" eyes but the bigger ones can be a lot of work. Trolling spinners and slip bobbers and jigin will also catch fish. Leeches and shiners were best last weekend and I think minnows will more and more become the ticket. Chart and glow white jigs worked best.

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Down Deep

It was one chilly morning out on Island this AM (9-14). It felt like mid-November. The water temp is starting to drop. The bite is really starting to get going. Fished the west side and had constant walleye action on jigs and minnows. Fished a main island that gives way to a reef with a 12 foot top. Fish were off the sides of the reef down to 20-25 feet. Lots of small W's, but was able to bring off 6 nice 15 - 16 inchers. I also caught and released 2 12 inch crappies and a nice smallmouth.

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