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Walleyes through ice

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A question for you Croix river anglers...How often have any of you fished shallow for ice time walleyes?

On either rock or sand,and if you caught none, did you think you were over fish?

Shallow walleyes through the ice is a pattern that I think could be more consistant if more guys did it...

Keep catchin'
Turk

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Turk, I'm glad you posted this.I love this subject.Last year we chatted about this and I did move in shallow towards evening and I definitely did see fish and caught some walleyes although they were shy of legal.I've tryed it twice this year and was skunked both times.I would just go on the break on the WI. side but I don't know if there is sand,rock,etc. Are there any other tips you might have?I have a map and I can generally see where some rocks might be but I'm pretty much blind because I don't fish the river in a boat so I don't have any specific spots in mind.Suggestions? Thanks.Good Luck Fishing!!!

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How shallow are you thinging? I was out yesterday in the Afton area and was in 16-20 feet.No walleyes in the area but I did get into a few crappies on the spoons.My best luck is in 30-35 fow off deepwater structure
My favorite is sandpoints that extend way out into 40plus feet.Most times you can sit all day and not see much and right at sunset or sunrise the graph goes crazy.I always thought now the larger walleye keep a low profile in the deep water and move into feeding areas through them peek times.Just is what I have seen so I have not spent too much time in the shallow water.Turk are you thinking shallow points,or sand flats near deep water or I guess I dont know I may try some shallower water but if you have any ideas not where but what type of shallow areas to try any idaes would be great.This week I am going to try out deep off my favorite sand bar but allways looking to try some new areas. thanks

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Guys,

What a guy needs to do is say the heck with the crappies and fish shallow around dusk in around 6-12 feet and target those walleyes. Target and point that is larger than nearby ones or rock reefs with points, even if the points are small.

I have caught walleyes on the St. Croix in three distinct areas away from the Bayport “pool” area, and these areas are usually consistent. Why not go there now? Bad ice, period. The more you ice fish the more you know that lots of vehicles DO go through.

Certain questions dance in certain people’s minds and in mine is why doesn’t a shallow run hit in that area?

Just because many people don’t fish shallow does not necessarily mean that it can’t happen, but really there is just little little talk about any solid walleye action in shallow.
Are they getting them and doin’ the zip lip? Maybe but things just get noticed.

Keep Catchin’
Turk Gierke
www.croixsippi.com

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We have found the breakline on the wisconsin side to be inconsistent. some days it is good in 10 to 20 feet and some days it is poor much like the rest of the river. the open water is by far the most consistent spot for eyes i have found. but "****" fish become too much of a nuisance there.

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Turk I hope you are right.Was out last night in deep water in one of my best spots and didnt have much luck.Did great down there late in the season last year but nothing yet.
I have a few areas in mind(shallow points)to try.Also thinking of trying some tip ups in the bay where I access on.There is plenty of weeds in the summer and I did get a ski out there last winter.Any one ever have luck on muskies off tip ups. Hopefully I will have a better report by the weekend and maybe by then we can get some snow on the ice
I fell on my a$$ trying to catch my shed blowing away on me.

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TRZ what kind of "****" fish are you talking about? I've been out on the Croix a few times and would like to get into some of those "****" fish! Any mooneyes? White bass? Shortheads? Drum?

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JJB, I hate when that happens.It's happened to me more than I care to think about.You take your chances when you head out that it's not going to get windy all of a sudden.That's why it's nice when you can drive out so your vehicle can act as a stop against your shack.Good Luck Fishing!!!

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