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Paul Waldowski

Report Saturday 10/20

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Paul Waldowski

Was able to get out for a couple of hours last night, taking a younger couple that was staying here at the resort on the long run to the west side to see what was going over there.

We had our lines in the water about 8:00 and ended up pulling them out around 10:00. We managed 14 or 15 fish and missed a couple more. All fish came off of the inside of the weedline in 4-6 feet of water and all fish came on a Firetiger Rap. We tried several colors, as well as different lure styles and they wanted no part of any of it.

This turned out to be the strangest night so far this fall, as our biggest fish was 20 inches, with the majority of them being in that 16-18 inch range. smile.gif

Water temp ranged from 52-53 degrees and speed was 1.5-1.7 mph

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Dhenry

Great Report! That's quite a flurry of active fish. We also fished the West side and caught all our fish in 4-7' of water. All but one of our fish were caught on Husky Jerks and 90% were caught on purple perch. We fished from 7-1:30 and ended the night with 25 walleyes and a northern. It was our best big fish night so far with several fish over 25 inches and the largest right at 28". Our speed was 1.1-1.3 mph. I think our best bite was probably from 9-11 and we had the same water temperature as Paul mentioned.

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polarsusd81

I was up on Thursday night and we fished the north end staying right on top of the break for the most part in around 7-8 fow. We gave it a valient effort, but with the rain and the wind, we gave up after about 3 hours. We did manage one nice eye at 26" on a hot tiger rap, can't remember whether it was a floater or a husky. We missed one other shot because the guy who got the bite was emptying the lower unit off the side of the boat when he got the bite. The water temps up there were in the 52-53 range. We had a lot of trouble keeping the boat in a consistent speed and the one eye came when we were going into the wind at 1.6 mph.

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Mykal

Polarsusd81, I'm sure he didn't want to get the lower unit hung up. blush.gif

Paul, DHenry, fantastic reports! My boat decided to try the SW rocks. Last year at this time we did very well over there. Had one go right at 7pm and thought It was going to be good. Over the next 2.5 hours we produced one other bite and nothing in the boat. Baitfish were off the edges in 12-18 feet of water and it was flat calm. Hindsight should have ran SR's or Taildancers off the drop. Talk about humbling. Just before we ventured to our next spot I got a call from DHenry and he saved the night for us. We managed 7 fish from 16 to 23 from 10ish to 11:30. Paul, strange indeed, we caught fish on several different colors and none stood out for us, favorite being Rainbow HJ. D, we had to cut out early with fish still coming in the boat. My wife flew to Boston on business and I needed to drive her to the airport EARLY. In bed at 1:30am and up at 3:30am to drive her down crazy.gif I need a nap.......

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Team Otter

Good reports all. Thank you.

Is it Tuesday yet? grin.gif

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minnesotatuff

man, you guys did fantastic! talk about humbling, im seriously doubting my fishing abilities! i can rationalize it away as being a life experience in learning insight into the old corporate world and the new corporate world. all i can say is old or new, its still the corporate world...not condusive to concentrating on the walleye. we trolled from 6 to almost 10 from rocky reef to indian point. i may have had 1 swing-n-miss, but cant even be certain. it is reasurring to hear others doing so well. i will be up there thursday night this week and saturday night again. thursday night is the night all walleye fisherman wait for every year! its more important than opener.

thanks again for all your sharing.

regards,

minnesotatuff

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Dhenry

Don't be afraid to fish when the moon isn't full. I think the fishing is just as good if not better during other times, especially if the weather is good,as there is a lot less boat traffic. Also, as we get into November the fishing gets a lot easier as the weeds die off. Some of our best nights are when it is pitch dark. The key to catching fish this time of year is speed. You really need to keep your eye on your gps speed....if you're going too fast you won't get bit.

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irishjigs

I was also out on Saturday night with my partner. We left Hunters around 7pm or so and trolled up to Fisher's and down to Liberty Beach. What a wonderful night weather wise! A couple sprinkles of rain here and there, but overall a beautiful night. We ended up netting 8 fish all over 20". Our biggest was 26". All caught in 6-8 feet of water using mostly husky jerks in firetiger and blue/silver colors. (the only reason blue/silver came out of the tackle box was we lost a few in the rocks). Not bad. Wished I would have stayed up there for the perch this afternoon, however the duty of daily life calls! Good luck to all on full moon next weekend. It should be a lot of fun!

jigs.

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Dhenry

That bite was pretty good at that spot for a couple of hours. The other think I noticed last night was that we had a lot of short bites (probably 10=-12) or nudges last night. It got a little frustrating at times. I'm feeling it today as well, but it was worth it. There is a lot of good fishing coming up over the next 40 days. The bite seems to be shaping up similarly to last year. I'm glad we were able to communicate what was going on. It's good to have this website to meet other so we can trade and share info. on and off the water.

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minnesotatuff

i watched our speed as much as i could. we were going anywhere from 1.5mph to 2.2 sometimes. that doesnt count turns. thursday i will try to keep it lower and am looking forward to nothing but concentrated fishing. i wish i could add something in return for all the advice ive gained from everyone, but i feel like the novice here.

ah, one thing i learned on saturday...2 lb test, 3/4 lb diameter crystal fire line is almost as bad for tangles as the old spyder wire. i spooled up my 4.5' ultralite with it for perch. i have some 1/32 or 1/64 ounce jigs w/chrome heads, a little while hair and some silver streamers. those tipped with a crappie minnow thru the lips under a weighted bobber have worked great for crappies in the spring. i was hoping it might work for the big perch after reading a post on here. didnt try for too long though...was anxious to go for walleyes.

regards,

minnesotatuff

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Dhenry

My guess is that by next weekend the speed is going to have to be from about 1.0-1.2. I don't think we went over 1.7 this weekend and only got bit when we were below 1.5.

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minnesotatuff

thanks, thats probably why we didnt get anything other than the one possible hit and miss. i noticed one boat really close to shore, wonder if that was paul? one of my fishing buddies told me about a similar spot in cove bay. ive never been to the exact spot but might check it out in daylight on thursday to get a track on the gps thru the channel into cove. there and the southwest side look to be the spots we'll concentrate on...theres still the wind factor, always a variable.

maybe i should be using bigger baits too? ive been using HJ11's and SR5's.

when we got back to the landing, there was a security guard from the casino there who stops there all the time to check out fishing. he showed my a walleye with his flashlight about 15 or 20' away from the ramp, right alongside the dock. we had everthing packed up and it wasnt a keeper anyway...too big... he also said somebody caught lots of walleyes recently fishing right off the dock. too bad we didnt realize that on the way out...

regards,

minnesotatuff

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Paul Waldowski

tuff,

Yep that would have been me. We were the boat that was inside everyone else. I couldn't figure out what they were doing out in that deep water grin.gif

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CrappiesNeyes

A buddy of mine and myself were also on the west side Sat. evening. We ended up with 11 eyes, all between 18 and 26. Also 2 pike, both 29". Speed was always 1.3-1.4-- 8 to 11 feet. Had to battle the weeds some but we couldn't get any bites any shallower. Paul, were you by the Casino landing or more by the Garrison landing? I think I might know what boat you were in.

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TRZ

I battled the conditions thursday and friday all day, it was tough even the perch were not as cooperative as they should be this time of year. Did get a limit of 10-12 incher perch fri. on the rocks in 4-6ft. Gamefish were VERY POOR FOR ME this weekend. maybe next year. grin.gif

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G_man

Question for Paul and others fishing in 4'+ of water. Do you mark many fish or do you just try it and see how it goes because you assume the fish are there?

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minnesotatuff

its pretty hard for a locator to pick up anything but the bottom that shallow. the cone of the transducer doesnt have enough distance to spread out to cover more bottom. the deeper you are the more bottom you see on the graph/locator.

regards,

minnesotatuff

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Paul Waldowski

We were closer to the casino landing.

You will not mark fish in 4 feet of water. You are only looking at about a 1 foot diameter cone.

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Team Otter

You can mark 'em with an LED light. grin.gifgrin.gif

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PerchJerker

I like to mark them with icons on my trolling passes grin.gif

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NAGORSKI

What's the way to get some eye's during the day? Are they biting on leaches or just minnows now? I'll be heading up to Appeldorns on Fri. afternoon and will pull cranks at night,but was wondering what the plan of attack would be durring the day. See ya fri Paul.

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NAGORSKI

Anyone?

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rodmaker

Haven't heard anything as far as a day bite goes. Usually in Front of Fischer's is good this time of the year. 8-18 ft.

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fishingMN4eyes

Hey guys, I will be heading out as soon as work is over on friday night. I'm thinking we will be out of Isle. Any tips or tricks while I'm out there? Thanks in advance for any responses.

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MuleShack

Hey newbie.

Welcome to the site.

If your fishing night time, i guess the speed is key keep it slow. anywhere from 4-10' with large rapalas or Husky Jerks.

plenty of info in the last couple days worth of posts to get you started.

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