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Vitreus

Shallow Lake 'Eyes During Dog Days

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Vitreus

Going back out to the prairie! My dad and I are bringing the canoe to a 300 acre lake that has a max depth around 10 ft. I have never hunted walleye out there during this time of the summer, but I would assume they can be quite lethargic with the high water temps in such shallow lakes. I've been doing some reading, and jigging near oxygen producing weed beds seems to be the popular concensus. Any other techniques that I should know about before I go into it? Is there a spicific type of bait, jig or color that works better than others out there?

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Eric Wettschreck

I don't know which lake you're heading to, but most of them out here are weedless. If your lake has weeds then yes, jigging around in the weeds is a good start.

Otherwise, and I know this may sound weird, but go right smack dab down the middle of the lake pulling a rap......and speed up. Yeah, I know, speed trolling in the middle of nowhere in August doesn't sound like it makes much sense. However, a little birdie told me that it works sometimes. whistle

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123fish

Speed trolling from the canoe? If you are going to try that let me know I want to watch.

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kerryd15

eric, what are you using when speed trolling? Are you using snapweights or bottom bouncers to get them down? Tried with hornets and flicker shad and didn't think i was getting deep enough- 100 - 120 feet out at 3-3.5MPH

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Eric Wettschreck

I only have to get down about 8 feet or so at the deepest. No need for anything fancy here.

If you don't think you're getting deep enough I spose a snap weight would do the trick.

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MN Shutterbug

A deep running Shad Rap will darned near hit the bottom on most of the lakes around here. smile

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MN Shutterbug

Speed trolling from the canoe? If you are going to try that let me know I want to watch.

A 5 hp motor can move a canoe pretty fast. smile

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