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Wayzata Walleye Bite?????

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I'm heading out tonight about midnight and stay until the sun comes. Anyone having any success????

Steve

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Well, I went out last night. Overslept a little and got set up around 3:00. Caught a fat 20 incher about 4:00. A couple sniffed but only caught the one. 35 feet on a fathead while jigging a pimple at the other hole. Will be out tonight.

Steve

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Went out to the same place tonight and caught a 22 incher. Will try the morning bite again. Any other reports????

Steve

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I have heard 30 feet over rocks late at night (after 10 or 11) is working well. What depth are you in? I may head out tomorrow night.

GE

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I have moved from 35 to 40 to 24. Nothing in the last two weeks. Only a couple of bites.

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was out yesterday in 18 fow right on an inside turn on the weedline. graphed fish, and had a few come up for a sniff, but no takers...couldn't even get the perch to bite. some friends were in 22 fow only 20 yards from our house and caught 1 small eye.

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Tried an inside turn on Brown's Friday evening, jigging in 19ft tip up in 28ft. No luck. Tried a midlake hump with rocks Sunday evening, jigging 35 ft, tip up in 44ft to start and moved to 32 ft. No luck. I saw a few 'eyes with the camera but no takers.

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good to know its not just me struggling, had a good day on super bowl sunday but since then its been slow. Haved moved the permanent about 4 times. Rocks depth 22 feet, then the transition out in 36 feet off the pile. Then weed edge in 18 then outside the edge in 20 feet. Every time i talk the guys at wayzata they make it sound like everyone is killing them except me

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I agree, the ice season seemed to start off better than usual for me, but I've been defeated by the 'eyes at least the last 4 times out. Only one weekend left to redeem ourselves.

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I'll be there on saturday, plan on staying late. Hopefully I'll end the season on a good note. Have only fished minnetonka once (last month) and was after panfish, so I'll definitely be exploring lot's of area. Hopefully the walleye's will make my adventure ALOT easier. ;\)

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Sunday/Monday: 24 FOW, One 14", one 10" and one 18" walleye, all around 7-10. Perch during the day.

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Spent the night last night in 24' and nothing. Not even a bite. Will be moving to 30ish today to try to end on a positive trend.

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Wife is going out of town back home to ohio with my son this weekend so I will be out all fri night /sat/sun in 3 days/nights hoping to find the eyes somewhere and when i do they will pay a heavy price for dodging me the past couple weeks. If their the right size they might even pay with their lives.

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You tell those walleyes

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going out tonite well be back with the report.

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Really cold windy nights with lots of cracking haven't done anything for me so far this year. I think I might be inside until Friday.

Edit: The 'eyes I posted about earlier were caught before the wind came in, \:\)

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I've been sucking it up on the walters for a month now. My tried and true spot has been pounded and nada going on there. Still has perch though, but once dusk hit, not even a blip for an hour. I left after that.

Those Wayzata bait guys always find them.

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One 18 this morning in 32' Hit about 6 am. Only fished from 5:30 til 7

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So what's the general consensus for the lack of bite..roller coaster weather patterns? time of year? bumper crop of baitfish? They gotta be hanging out somewhere.

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went last nite got one 25 incher... but dont know how to post the pix up.

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was out two nights ago and caught a 8 inch eye and the rest i have caught this past month are all in the 8-13 inch range. What depth did you catch that 25 incher in.

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 Originally Posted By: anchor man
So what's the general consensus for the lack of bite..roller coaster weather patterns? time of year? bumper crop of baitfish? They gotta be hanging out somewhere.

I think it's time of year or they are just in patterns that I can't figure out, but hey I'm a bass guy. Rumor has it deep, but I was skunked in 28 feet and had perch all around so I thought it would be the ticket - not. Still have this weekend to try.

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I was gonna put a tip up out deep (25 to 35 ft) for walleyes, in that depth are they generally hugging the bottom or would I be better off letting the bait sit 2 or 3 ft up?

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 Originally Posted By: EPwalleyehunter
was out two nights ago and caught a 8 inch eye and the rest i have caught this past month are all in the 8-13 inch range. What depth did you catch that 25 incher in.

fishing at about 35 to 40 ft of water

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 Originally Posted By: JBMasterAngler
I was gonna put a tip up out deep (25 to 35 ft) for walleyes, in that depth are they generally hugging the bottom or would I be better off letting the bait sit 2 or 3 ft up?

The ones I've seen on my camera have all been hugging the bottom

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      11 hours ago, ZachD said:

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    • BringAnExtension
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    • Dusty
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    • monstermoose78
      I hope this weekend is better than last!!  I know there is a  lot of ducks around but they have so many places to hide.
    • ZachD
      If you want to stay away from the crowd I would suggest Beacon Harbor I think after jan 1st they don't allow day passes its only beacon harbor and outdoor authority who have houses there. Then they allow only a limited amount of yearly passes. Now they don't have all the bells and whistles like a bar and food ect but John and Ann are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. Not to mention I personally think it is some of the best.   Now if you needed a bar and food and all that my choices would be Rogers or Westwind
    • fins_n'_feathers
      Today was the complete opposite of yesterday. The current coming out of light house gap made a pocket of clear water out in the lake overnight, fished right on the edge of the muddy water in 14 feet of water and went through 3 bags of frozen shiners and caught a bunch on plastics after the minnows were gone. Nothing fantastic for size, only 3 in the slot but nice limits of 14-17 inchers and a ton of smaller fish. Once that muddy water gets blown out or clears up the bite is going to be crazy good!