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Studer

I hear that Walleyes have been hitting pretty hard on Waska....any reports on anyone elses end??

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EYEHUNTER10

Ya they are hitting hard but only for about 15 minutes twice a day lol mostly 13 inchers. Starbuck end was okay but the action has slowed really bad I hopped around out there alot the last couple of days and nights my biggest so far is 16 inches but seriously slow.

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wally-eye

I'm coming up to Starbuck this weekend. Any hot spots or tips would be appreciated.

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EYEHUNTER10

The starbuck end has just been bombarded with traffic the last few days, and the fishings suffered, I have hit every little hot spot I know of and let me tell ya anyspot that was remotlely good in the boat has a fish house on top of it so dont expect to find a honey hole all to yourself the north shoreline out in 18-22 feet of water has worked for me lots of perch and a decent but short walleye bite just before dark, problem is they are dinky 12-14 inches I really hope people are throwing them back but Ive seen quite a few fish frozen lazing right out on the Ice, Wheres the DNR?? I havent been checked out there since the 90's I would really like to see a slot limit on this lake anyone else??

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Ole #1

There are some houses out there, but you should be able to find a spot that isn't too busy. I fished yesterday in 16-18 ft of water, but only 2 walleyes caught.

I would have to disagree with a slot limit on this lake. There is a volentary slot limit, but I like to keep 12-14 inchers. If they do decide to enforce a slot limit, I wouldn't mind, but if it's volentary then I'll keep them if they're under 15 inches.

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EYEHUNTER10

Exactly my point what good is a voluntary slot limit anyways? Nothing against the people that actually like to keep the little guys who actually eat what they catch, but why toss them out on the ice to freeze and leave them to die. My thoughts on the slot limit are mainly due to increasing the population of 20+ inchers in this lake and I guess I like the challenge of catching a trophy, Its part of the reason I chase the critters around out there the way I have for all of these years, I'm starting to wonder how many true trophys are left out there if we harvest them at 12 inches we arent really giving them a chance to develop eggs or ever reach their potential I would release anything under 15 myself and never keep anything over 19 topps. It really feels good to watch them swim back down the hole for next season anyways. I fished waska hard the last year and released 12 fish over 26 inches with the largest at 28.5, all were released uninjured to the best of my knowledge, I brought a friend out in july and he caught a 29.5 incher for the wall, and I let my wife keep a 27 incher for the wall she was so proud I didn't have the heart to make her release it she says its the biggest she'll ever catch, i dought it. I could send her into the woods with a fishing pole I think and she'd still manage to bring out a walleye, women have all of the luck. I used to here of 15 pound fish every now and then and even seen one caught once out there, but I think others would agree that with the pressure this lake recieves It would be hard to imagine a walleye outsmarting anglers on waska long enough to make it to 30 inches. I like to hit reno up for them 12-14 inchers cuz you can catch your limit just about evertime out and they are perfect size for the frying pan. With a slot limit this lake could be the BEST walleye lake in the state. Just a thought dont want to step on any toes here.

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carpshooterdeluxe

put the house out sunday afternoon in 17 feet of water...2)17 inch walleyes, 1 a little under 19, and one 23 inch walleye. my buddy caught the bigger one on a buckshot rattle spoon right at dusk and all the rest came after 6:30 on rattle reels with plain hooks and fat heads while we were playing cards. theres lots of minnow stealing perch cruising the weeds too. cant wait to take my little sister out on thursday and let her catch some of those while i jig!

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EYEHUNTER10

Sounds great! Lakeshore and 28 you must be kinda out from the chapel?? I noticed a keck of a lot of houses out there, I havent ventured over there yet Any advice on where I could set up my flip over to give it a try?? How late are they willing to Play?

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carpshooterdeluxe

yeah were somewhere out there...i dont think im ready to give up my exact location for a while but this is the second year in a row ive been on this spot and its shallower than most of the houses out there...ill have a better depth reading and bottom composition when i take the vex and camera out on thursday afternoon. i know we were in about 15-18 feet of water and there was about a foot or so of green weeds on bottom. not sure if were close to the weedline or just on a bed. oh and dont waste money on shiners. three of the walleyes we caught were on crappie minnows sunday night.

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EYEHUNTER10

Thanks carpshooter Hey I dont blame ya Just want my effort to count its a huge lake out there and it can be hit or miss I know there is a spot where deeper water heads in twoards that little chapel by the road from the south east that has a real nice weed edge I have done well there in the past I might give that a shot tonight good luck and all my shiners are now dead so I wont bother to get any more they just die anyways.

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trollneyes

Eyehunter - having any luck this week, or are you staying close to a warm fire dodging the cold?

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EYEHUNTER10

Not much action but this morning was a good bite a 19"' and a 21" Shiners. This is the time of year when I wish waska was a bit deeper. This warmer weather and the southwest wind might make today the best day to be out.

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EYEHUNTER10

I am just about ready to give the eyes a rest and rage a war on the crappies I have eyes all over and cant get one to bite God I hate January did I mention that They'll bite real good as soon as the seasons closed Oh well Frostbites not so bad and my three blade auger might drill one more hole if I ley that ice between them thaw a bit God a hate my three blade auger anyone want to buy it? I paid 425.00 last year I am going back to a single blade jiffy I rather get a bath the try to push Ice shavings down a hole.

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