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Headed back to ottertail on Friday the 9th. Looking for some help. We had great success on July 19, and 20. Getting our limits in 45 minutes both nights trolling hatchett rigs with leeches in 10ft of water. The weekend of July 26, 26 we caught one in 4 hrs both nights. What is working right now on the ottertail for walleyes.


Thanks in advance

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Hi insane4golf
I've been up the last three weekends and the results were not bad.This last weekend the average size was better than normal.Saturday night between 9 and 10 pm they were slamming my rapala in 6'-8'of water out on the flat in front of you.Also caught 4 nice walleyes Sunday afternoon in 8'-9' in bright sunlight.Go figure.Good luck
P.S. RAPALA,RAPALA,RAPALA

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Balmoral

Thanks for the information, are you using shallow running taildancers or shallow running shad raps. What Color? When you say the flats right in front of me, do you mean the balmoral flats just past the saddle?

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wheres Balmoral and wheres the saddle?
Been going to Ottertail since for about 25 years, feel stupid not knowing these locations.
What about the Amor flats on the north side, on the west side of the point, how has that been? hope we are talking about Ottertail Lake.
Plan on going this weekend, will probably try my Millenium stick minnows, haven't had the channce to try them yet.
Heck,in the past I've even had luck going back and forth pulling cranks in front of the camp grounds, plus out in front of the resorts, Barkeys, 3 seasons, on the west side,
then over on the east side over by The Pier resterraunte,, If I remmember right, there are some humps out there somewhere, but haven't fished the lake in a couple years.
Seems there is ALOT of opportunity all around out there.
Anyone have one of those fishing calanders that tells the best time to fish this Saturday?
Mine doesn't say what hours of the day, it just says the whole day will be poor, LOL.

Might have to stop in at kens tackle to see what he has to say.

Thanks

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Insane4golf

Those are the right flats.I use fireline with my cranks and find they go deeper than using the mono.In the 5'-8' area I use the Rapala floating minnow in blue and white and the firetiger.Firetiger worked very well saturday night.I use the taildancer in 8'-12'.I like the blue and white and the brown crayfish color.The fish seem to be all over the lake and many different techniques may work.

Dano2
Just cross the lake towards the balmoral golf course.It will be on a map.Good luck.

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OOOOOH yaaa,
when i saw the spelling I was thinking it said ballmoral, and was wondering what the heck is that.
Balmoral, i remeber that, they use to have all those little stores in there, right by the golf course.
thanks

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Insane,
Where I like to go at night is the three flats, or islands if you perfer, that start out in front of the outlook/rest area next to the Pier.

Those three seem to be the best, or at least the areas I've had the most success. 8-10 feet, with a blue and chrome or perch taildancer or suspending shad rap. The corners, and points that drop-off and saddle to the next island seem to be the best areas, especially when a good wind is blowing. But, they are hard to troll accurately, there's a lot of twists and turns. So, I've been snaking down the the steep drop-offs. Going out to 25 feet and coming back over the break, where it comes up to about 7-8 feet. When it hits the break, they nail it. This works best with crankbaits because they'll run at a constant depth.

Last time I was out we caught about 35 in 4 1/2 hours. Most of which were 1.5-2.5 lbs. Lost a lot of fish too.

Hopefully, this will help you. I hope you understand there are I'm speaking of.

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Crankbait Guy,

Thanks for the advice, we had a blast Saturday night. Not a boat around us in front of the cabin and catching fish. We lost a huge walleye though. I thought I was snagged and thought I was reeling in a log or a ton of weeds. It was a huge walleye that snapped my line when it surfaced. We got three keepers in 2 hours. I can not find the flats you were talking about in front of the pier. How far out from shore.

Thanks, insane4golf

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