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Rubber Ducky

I know everyone most be tearing up the fish!!

What is the good word out there on the bite? I know that this year, I have done really good on the Crappies and the Pike!!! I cant catch anything over 22' eye. Any good tactics working right now?

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Craigums

I've never caught a Walleye over 22 feet either. grin

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pikerliker

I've never caught a Walleye over 22 feet either. grin

LOL! Reminds me when I told a buddy who hunts on the ground that my deer party shoots all of our deer out of trees. To which he replies "Really? All of my deer are on the ground" Funny guy...

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Rubber Ducky

Lol, my bad I meant 22". Come on people, what is working for tactics.

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TruthWalleyes

Spinners and plastics over weeds has been producing for me.

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skip across

I second that.. and spinnerbaits up shallow

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isudoc03

I've never fished for walleyes using spinners. Do you use inline spinners like a Mepps or bass fishing like spinnerbaits?

TIA

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blue_healer_guy

dont feel bad, i had 2 people at work telling me they were catching 14" sunfish! The new Jaws!

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pikerliker

I've never fished for walleyes using spinners. Do you use inline spinners like a Mepps or bass fishing like spinnerbaits?

TIA

Typically when I'm using "spinners" for walleye I'm using a bottom bouncer with a spinner/crawler harness on a 3 ft snell behind the bouncer. I have also caught some eye's casting bass style spinner baits in shallow areas. I have a buddy who uses a small sized Mepps type spinner which he pulls suspended over weeds etc and that seems to work for him too. I think in general though when people are talking about spinners for walleye it would be similar to the first option I mentioned.

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TruthWalleyes

Typically when I'm using "spinners" for walleye I'm using a bottom bouncer with a spinner/crawler harness on a 3 ft snell behind the bouncer.

I've been using a big colorado blade on a 5-6' snell behind a bottom bouncer.

2 hooks. Pulse R Paddle Tail Moxi worked best for me tuesday. Fishing over heavy weeds i like to use plastics. Weed edges or deeper water i'll use live bait. Don't be afraid to burn them through the weeeds.

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Comit 2

As in years before the Salmo #4Hornet has been working for me. I haven't been out a lot but I have always caught Walleyes.

2-3 mph along weed lines and breaklines.

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Rubber Ducky

Truth,

This is what I'm talking about! could you send me a picture of that. I just picked up a bunch of Moxi's for fishing the river this year. Would like to try them on the lakes. What size do you use. I have both paddle tails and the curly tails.

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TruthWalleyes

This is what I was using, different color though.

I spent quite a bit of $$ this spring beefing up my plastics. Each color, size, and type has it's place. I just keep switching until the rod bends. Tons of baitfish in the weeds. Try to find a color to match the baitfish and then make it louder and faster to stand out.

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isudoc03

Are you slow trolling the spinner rigs over the weeds? Like <1 mph. Sorry for my ignorance. Appreciate the advice/help. Always looking for new things to try.

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blindlemon

I like to run spinners on the weed edge at a nice slow speed 1-1.5mph. Typically I'll put on a crawler or a leach or a minnow (whatever is working). When I am in the weeds I pick up the speed a little and switch to plastics, just like TruthWalleyes said. It can be tough to run spinners in the weeds, because the blade tends to get caught up and twist your snell into a massive knot. This year has been very good all around so far for me, and those are the tactics I normally use. Good Luck.

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Rubber Ducky

Thanks everyone for there feedback. Truth, I'll be fishing the Moxie this weekend. I used the Moxie's on pool #4 this year. I have never fished this large of plastic in the feeds before. Cant wait to give it a rip!! what size of jig head do you use or any at that? Whats the two hook thing?

Truth, if you get a free min email on this, if you don't mind.

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TruthWalleyes

I'm in the 1.5 to 2.5 mph range.

Using a 2 hook crawler harness with a colorado blade, but using a plastic instead of crawler. Helps to get a hook closer to the end of the plastic.

Using a bottom bouncer sort of clears the path for the spinner in the weeds. Big jerks every now and then to clear any weeds from the lure.

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Comit 2

This has been a strange year in that the cool spring slowed the weed growth. Then as the water warmed, the water leavel was rising too. This made for non-typical curly leaf pond weed growth is some lake. It should have died off after the summer solstice.

So, has the C, L, pond weed died off and floated away yet?

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TruthWalleyes

pondweed is alive and well.

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Rubber Ducky

Truth,

Were you on Masaska, on Saturday?

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TruthWalleyes

Nope, catching bass and northerns off a dock with my daughter in Fulda Lake. Jig/Crayfish popping it through the weeds.

Darn bass took over our sunfish hole. frown Used to be 50+ fish days with sunfish and bluegills, now its northerns and bass.

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Rubber Ducky

Well finally switched over to #5 Salmo's. I fished last weekend pulling cranks at a higher speed. It was the only way I could catch the eye's. I ended up with a bunch of small ones and a few over 20" mark. We did catch about 20 pike as well. Running #5 Salmo, blue at about 2.8 to 3.0 all day. We fished from 8' to 11 fow. Cant wait till the eyes start schooling up on the points in about 13 to 15 fow.

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skip across

For some reason I have been taking the opposite presentation strategy and it has been paying off. Fishing live bait slow has produced eyes sunfish and northerns. Almost every time I tick the bait off of a weed the eyes go nuts and inhale it. Not sure if they are following the bait and the change in motion creates a striking opportunity or if it catches their attention and brings them over. Also, slow death with a chunk of crawler has been very effective

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Rubber Ducky

Skarupa,

Good report! I have the patience of a three year old. Last year that's all we did was fish live bait, and it was most effective. I did manage an eye 8lbs, ( put her back) with live bait last year.

I love trolling plastics and raps, this time of year. Nothing better to watch the rod hit the back of the motor!! As the weeds die, I will start using more of the live baits. Also lead core for those pigs that like the deep breaks.

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    • Hoey
      OK - we made it back!!!  Every trip is different with it's own potential perils.   I finally got into my house on Friday around 11am.  My guests were rookies, so i spent time with each of them, getting setup, heaters started, Vexilars set, houses banked, lines prep'd and set, bait, etc...  The bite was somewhat slow and many small ones.  The day got better 3 to 430pm.  Ended up with 6 nice eyes (19, 18x3, 17x2), 13 jumbos (most ever for a day), 12 small sauger which we ate for dinner.   On Saturday we headed up to the south shore of the Angle, longer ride, so again did not get started too early.  Ended up with our 6 eyes for our limit, these ranged from 15 to 16 inches and a 4-pack of sauger.  Again the bite seemed to pickup at 3 or so and was done by 430pm.   Ice as 3 foot or so.  Snow depth varied a lot, depending on the condition of the ice.  Smooth areas were blown off to crusty 6 inches or so.  Rough ice surely held a lot of snow.   The drive back on Sunday was somewhat tough from Baudette to Emily, winter storm warning.  Slow go, low visibility, and icy roads, sometimes down to 15 mph.   Next scheduled trip is with my wife, son, and three of his Gopher swim teammates for spring break in three weeks.  
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      Hello from the NW Angle!

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