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West County Joe

Smallies without Live bait

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West County Joe

It appears that the majority of the fella's fishing Green use live bait. Do any of you guys use jigs or spinnerbaits? I would start with a jig a twister and throw cranks and spinnerbaits. Can i fish the weed beds and get smallies and bucketmouths. Do most guys fish the walleyes and accidently catch smallies. I'm looking for a mixed bag, all catch and release. Is it still busyon the water and the landings? your help is always appreciated. Thanks, West county Joe

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LocalGuide

Yep, I have caught lots smallies on crankbaits before, jigs are also a good option. But beware, them pesky rock bass will go after anything. I have caught them on crankbaits trolling before, so they can be aggressive.
Normally out on Green while fishing spinnerbaits you will catch more pike than bass. But its about a 50-50 deal and pike are fun to catch also.

The buoy's stay on the lake until late October, then the DNR takes them off. The landing in town and on the north shore (Browns) are all safe to drive right up to.

GL

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JG33

West County Joe,

You can catch those smallies on Green without live bait. Your cranks & jigs will work - but....I will give up a couple of my secrets, if you will share some of your daytime walleye info on green.

Ok, the deal is the smallies that I have found have not been shallow. They are anywhere from 9 to 20 feet depending on the day and the spot. Work the mid-lake humps. They also tend to be around the weeds on these spots

As far as bait, I have been having a BLAST catching them on topwater - yah topwater in 20 foot sometimes! Also, throw jerk shads or senko type baits. The topwater deal, I have been keeping to myself, but it is just too much fun not share!

Hope this helps.

JG

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chemfish

JG33,

Just got back from a smallie fishing trip to Canada. My favorite is catching them on topwater. Seems like some days topwater works great and then the next they just won't hit unless using a jig. Have never used topwater on Green. Will have to give it a try this fall. Does topwater work better with a slight wind? Have you been getting them all summer on topwater? Would be interested in connecting with you for a trip to Green if you are interested.

CF

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Topwater over deep water is not uncommon...it's a blast!

I have heard stories of people catching the over 80 feet. It really helps if you are fishing clear water. The fish are probably susspended chasing bait and they can see your topwater from a good distance.

The only way I'll use live bait on Green for smallies is if I'm using a circle hook to prevent gut-hooking the fish, otherwise its artificial for me.

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JG33

Chem,

I usually have the best luck with no wind or a slight wind. So as you know, I have had to pick my days.

I have been catching them on top since the first part of July. That is the first time I tried them on top anyway. My guess is that you can catch them earlier as well. We will see how the fall bite goes.

Yah, I am game for a trip out on on Green.

Where do you go in Canada?

JG

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JG33

My wife and I have been going to a series of lakes about 1 hour northwest of International Falls. The cabin is on Clearwater Lake which is connected to Pipestone lake on the north and Jackfish Lake to the south. Altogether the chain is about 75 miles long and doesn't get a lot of attention, especially north. The north is quite good for smallies. We used skitterpops last year and caught lots. This year they weren't biting on the topwater nearly as much but did well on jig/grub.

E-mail me at mhar@tds.net to set up a time to go out.

Chemfish

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I was on Green all day friday, fishing many different areas. Caught alot of smallies some shallow, some deep. The best was 19 1/2". I used spinnerbaits, cranks, and jig/worms. I even got a few to take surface plugs, poppers doing the best. I even found walleyes in 20ft of water on a crawler. Lost a big northern on hultgrens reef. I think it maybe feeding on the smaller smallmouhts. I think there was a 4 boat fishing tourney going on. I caught one of my best walleyes when they blasted off best where i was fishing.

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