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Where are the Walleyes?

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I have been fishing a smaller lake in the area and am having a hard time finding the eyes? Any ideas this time of the year? I have tried deep and shallow, maybe I have been too aggressive as I have been using jigs and no plain hooks. Any info helps.

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I too am having a hard time this year. I have fished Gull several times in several different areas. The best I did was north of Ernies past all the perm shacks. Six small eye's one night but the bite was short lived. Fast-n-furious from just before sunset till just before dark, 30 minutes at most. I just take my GPS and find a point or steep break and start fishing away from people. I have made two trips to Mille Lacs and not one walleye yet. When I fish walleyes I always jig with one rod and use a set-line with my other rod. When the walleyes did bit for me on Gull they seemed to like the Blue Fox, perch collered rattlin spoon. Plain red hook is my favorite for my set-line but like I said I am not hammeren the fish this year neither.

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I have had much better luck (size and numbers) shallow. I fished deep the first couples times and then I moved up into 10-16 feet, and my luck turned. Bottom pounding with a Lindy Flyer has been good, some days I use the jig to call them in, and then they will eat the shinner on a plain hook. With the set line, I have found that placing a small split shot 3-4 inches above the shinner will get you a lot more bites. Keep trying, hope this helps.

PS: Late night, your not the only one having trouble with Mille Lacs, I have been out there 4 times and probably caught 4 walleyes total:(

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I think that everyone gets into a funk once in a while. I know that it happens to me sometimes. I'll be out and can't get a sniff when others are just whacking them. I think that if you bounce around enough eventually you'll run into a few. I'm a strong believer that if you find active fish you will catch them. Most ice fishing tackle is pretty similar. Jigging spoons are jigging spoons. Just make sure that when you are out there run two lines with differing set ups. One with a set line and a plain minnow and one jigging set up. At least you will be able to judge the mood of the fish. Plus a flasher unit of any kind is a must. Just keep trying and you'll get into them. If nothing else you got some of the bad spots out of the way.

Jason Erlandson

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Walleye location varies alot depending on the type of lake you are fishing and the weather pattern. I am looking for the next 2 evenings between 3:30 and 6 pm to produce better than average if the weather holds. Try getting away from the crowd, be quiet, fish your lure slowly from the top of the ice down, down size your presentation, and good luck.

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Thanks for the help. I think I may be a little aggressive and not finding the right spots yet. I am staying away from the crowds but I'll keep plugging away. This weekend was slow again but I'll figure it out somehow.

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