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Just spent the day on the river north of Clearwater. The river is high and fast but the fish are active, at least the smaller male walleyes. Mostly caught the fish in and around the bigger, deep eddy's. I was switching from trolling plugs to casting jigs, both methods worked. Oh yeah, managed a few smallies and notherns. Nav
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Thanks, Navigator!

Question -
What's pike activity like on The Upper Missy as the seasons move from early/mid/late spring to summer? Seems lots of activity now, and some in the fall - what about late spring/summer?

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Aquaman,
Northerns pretty much disappear from my bag starting in mid June and start showing up again in Septmeber. I will run into an occasional one in the summer, but then again I am not targeting that fish. A few years ago I would spend half the day on the river fishing for muskies and then I would tangle with northerns...big ones!! Caught mostly on 1-1/2 oz spinner baits or bucktails. If you find a weedy flat, fish it. Certain stretches of the river have them. Hope this helps. Nav

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Hey Navigator
I fish the river quite a bit around Monticello for bass,walleye and catfish. I pertty much got the bass and catfish down, but the walleye I have trouble with. For some reason I can only catch one walleye a time out. I troll upstream with rapalas through likely areas and cast jigs tipped with minnows or crawlers,I think i'm targeting them right. My best last summer was four walleyes one night. Do walleyes in the river school as much as lakes or do they spread out? Is the Monticello Sections,population of walleyes really low or just tougher to catch? If anyone has suggestions feel free to respond back. thanks.

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Well, your presentations are right on the money. Walleyes in June, July and August can be found around deeper eddy's that have shallow flats upstream & down-stream from their location. AND not every eddy is created equal, the larger the better. Depth is a relative thing, I have some real productive eddy's that are around 6' deep, but there is a large shallow flat that is 3' deep right next to it (feeding area). River walleyes, in the summer, do tend to spread out more so try not to spend too much time on one spot. Move alot, because you are looking for active fish. I start out by trolling plugs in and around the areas I have mentioned and if I am confident that fish are present, I will switch to different presentation before moving on. I will do this at each and every spot. Hope this helps. Nav
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Thanks for the suggestions Navigator. Fished last night. Two of us caught 1 walleye, 2 suckers, 5 bass and 1 channel cat. Fish are definatly biting should get better as the water goes down.

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I've fished the Monti stretch for 15 Years, don't realy target 'eyes but I've caught a bunch. Mostly on white spinners while I was chasing smallies.

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Any tips for fishing this weekend?

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