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ratmn218

trying to catch some walleyes, never fished island much, staying at united sportsman.seen many fish in deep water, but no takers,anyone willing to help me out with what depth or other hints?any fish on the east end? or do i have to cruise under the bridge and fish west end?

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Northlander

I have always done better on the west side.

Troll some reefrunners, walleyedivers etc. in 20-30' of water. Early and late or cloudy windy days are best. I would also jig a minnow on deep reefs or Island points.

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ripstick

Out at the big Island to your left go to the west side and there is a bar that goes across try that with jigs and aminnow.

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SKIPPERS KID

Is there still fish in the lake? I think we should pull the plug? Just haven't found it yet. Some day I will good luck fishing in the dead sea........

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Northlander

Hey Tom jump in with me and Loonasea and we will give ya a free lesson like we did Ripstick! wink.gif

Just kidding Rip you da man that makes things happen up there. grin.gif

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Surface Tension

The east side has more structure then the west side. So if you like fishing structure then your in luck. The bar Rip mentioned is a good place to start and use as an example.

I'd troll along the bar with a minnow harness. You should be experimenting with depth but as a rule during the day you'll find the eyes in the edge in deeper water. As the bar heads SE its runs into deeper water adjacent to it. Keep you GPS or marker buoys handy and mark that edge and go to work.

You'll find sunken islands and humps on the east side as well. A jig and minnow works best for working these and again experiment on the different depths and in daylight hours key in on the deeper transition areas.

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LoonASea

I fished the west end yesterday evening ,,,still found eyes in 23 FOW trolling ripsticks ,,(didnt have live bait with),,,did have a nice conversation with the census officer and was told some large eyes floated up when the water temps hit the 80s (early august) water temp yesterday was 66 so its cooling down and the fall pattern should start soon ,,,I did see folks fishing mid lake structure but didnt see and one land fish frown.gif

Randoid

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sachem longrifle

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Is there still fish in the lake? I think we should pull the plug? Just haven't found it yet. Some day I will good luck fishing in the dead sea........


Of all those lakes up there i have fished, island is the worse

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Northlander

I agree Island can be very very tuff to fish. Now that water temps are dropping fish should start popping.

Oh man now Im a poet. tongue.gif

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sachem longrifle

On Island lake, the fishing's tough.

Thats were i wont take my stuff

there's too much structure on the lake

making the fish harder to take.

Now I am the poet grin.gif

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Pikester

We need a contest to see who can come up with the best rhyme for a fishing report. We could call it fish rappin??? grin.gif

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LoonASea

I fished the west end of Island Lake

but that darn east wind was hard to take

so I move toward shore just a little bit

and trolled a reef hoping for a hit

it didnt take long before I had a bite

it was a smaller eye so not much fight

it took one hand to grab the net

that jointed shad rap was my best bet

Island Lake holds lots of fish that are small

Im hoping to catch some bigger ones this fall

with the cooler nites the temps are falling

the seasons changing the geese are calling

its getting close to summers end

so I'll keep watching for My rod to bend

Randoid laugh.gif

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Capt.Blaine

There just too much structure and not enough fish to hold on it. Not enough descent fish anyways.

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sachem longrifle

I did go up there this year for the contest they had

But boy oh boy was the fishing bad

I caught one big perch and a sunnie

It was so windy it was not even funny

Island can be good for smallmouth bass

but dont explore too much, with the high price of gas.

I did try trolling crawler harnesses in 12-15 feet deep

could not catch any walleye, at least one to keep

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big musk411

I used to fish island lake

untill I moved further south in the state

Many walleyes a small

never got one for my wall

lindy rigging my reef

the fish were always somewhere between 2ft to 35 feet

I caught several muskie

on a rapala sized huskie

camping on an island we went

untill my buddied puked in his brand new tent

from island I take

Many fond memories of that lake

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BRULEDRIFTER

Island Lake is so full of walleyes, i cant believe people struggle to catch them out there. orange jig with a leech or worm! scrap the minnows for a while longer. find a reef, drop off, or point(plenty of those out there) and set it on the bottom and dance it around for bit. no luck move on. try a weed line for a spell if the rocks arent puttin out. if your speciffically looking for a creel full of 15+ inchers, well you may have to go to elsewhere or keep looking they are out there. i see, measure and catch more than plenty of 13 and 14 inchers, perfect for dinner! yeah, size is tough on the lake, but once you figure out the patterns 16's, 18's become much more common in your catch. TRUST ME! i spend 5 days a week out there looking at and measuring peoples creels, plus i also fish it often on my own time. Island is by far my favorite lake in the area. only been on boulder once, however! east end is as good if not better then the west and its much easier to fish.

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ripstick

Hope to get up there tomarrow for the day. One thing I do will bring is everything.

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SKIPPERS KID

Ripstick make sure you tell the wife you tool the sink with you???? Good luck.

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Northlander

Gary if ya need a partner call my cel. I can fish til 2pm.

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sachem longrifle

Hmmm...maybe you have a pre island lake ritual you do to appease the lake Gods. I never had any real luck on island. i can fish any lake up there but no matter what, island seems elusive for me

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ripstick

Well steve you didnt miss anything. 7 hrs. 3 fish. There is a word for this but it was a nice day. The only thing that made it better was I lost my live well. Now its called a dead well one say.

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LoonASea

How does one loose a livewell??? confused.gif Wait maybe I dont want to know,,,at least You caught some fish laugh.gif

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