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witter1631

Shore fishing for walleyes

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Hi i just recently moved to la crosse i was wondering if anyone knew of any good spots for shore fishing walleyes in the area. thanks

Matt

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Sometimes we talk about the La Crosse / Winona area fishing in the Rochester forum. Take a look there, or maybe ask a similar question in that forum. Also check the Wisconsin forum for more info. I know there is a float that you can pay a few buck to go out on and It’s suppose to be good fishing in the fall. Good Luck.

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I know places in New York like Oneida Lake 20 min.s from my house wink.gif

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Another good night...

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nice fish!

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Thanks RincRat78, here's a couple of beauties from last nights shore fishing.

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The walleyes were out in force last night in the west metro. I caught about 20 in 2 1/2 hours after work ranging 14" to 20" on a local lake. They were all caught on power grubs and power minnows 2" and 3" varieties. The minnows worked better than the grubs but not by much. cool.gif

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Well done toomuchfun? It won't be long before the water and air temps are super cold and I'll be dragging 5" K Grubs really slow along the bottom. Those are some great eater sizes there, nice report.. cool.gif

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It's a slaughter from shoreand dock now, icredible here's some keepers my son and I caught on #9 Shap Raps, we caught 26 total, enjoy...

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Hey Tim, Just goes to show that fish dont have to be huge to be just FAT. Those things have some bellies on them. Way to go. friendly

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Thanks Friendly.. It's pretty easy fishing and like I say, Every fall it's a haul!! grin.gifsmile.gifgrin.gifsmile.gifsmile.gif Some of the shad this year are like 6.5" long no wonder there bellies are about to bust. Gotta love it...

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Here's some more belly busters. Been doing well on 5" K Grubs in firecracker and Challenger junior minnows. Here's Big Johnny Ice and my take from last night.

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awesome fish

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CNY Tim

I am just getting into the river shore fishing thing out here at college since I cant have my boat out here (chippewa river, eau claire, WI in case anybody is wondering). I have caught a few eyes below the dam in a deeper pool of water but once it starts getting nice it seems like everybody fishes there. I am just curious what you look for when choosing a new spot from shore. The river I fish is around 150-200 yards wide at the widest, and I think around 15ft deep below the dam. You seemed like the guy to ask but anybody elses input is greatly appreciated!

thanks,

superhawk

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Look for small eddies. Sometimes fish like to hang out just on the edge of the current bounce a 1/8 oz jig with a fathead and hold on. At Least this is what i di around here and really get into some nice fish. Also check with local DNR..see if they have ever done any construction on or below the (Contact Us Please)...Many years back a local (Contact Us Please) here was slowed down so they could do some work below the (Contact Us Please)...well they ended up diggin a 18'-20' hole in the middle of the river. Talk about a Honey Hole!

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joe stack,

thanks for the reply, I was beginning to think that nobody was going to. One think i have noticed while scouting the river is that there is pillars sticking out of river that start at the shoreline and extend out into the river at an angle. I am assuming these are a sort of wingdam. Would it pay to pitch some jigs where these run into shore?

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I would think that would be a good spot...i guess what i think is whereever the current is interupted....its worth trying

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there is pillars sticking out of river that start at the shoreline and extend out into the river at an angle


That's probably an old bridge.

Wing dams for the most part are created by the army corp and made up of rock and rubble to push the main current away from whatever they are trying to protect. Wing dams are great structures for fishing, but not every wingie will have fish on them.

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no they definitely aren't old bridges because they are all over, maybe like 1 every quater mile. it seems like they are mean't to direct the current back towards the middle of the river. I have never seen anything like this in any other river system so thats why I was curious as to what they were. They look like telephone poles that are cut off right above the water. They go out in a line like 1 ever 5 feet and they are about 5 rows deep.

Anyways maybe I will try fishing out by those one of these days.

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There's a submerged storm drain or underwater tunnel there. Those normally have two angled set's of poles on both sides of the underwater tunnel down there. It's a good spot to nail some bass. It's a warning for boater's to beware of shallow rocks in the immediate area and deep water adjacent to it, as well as undertow.

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Most of the fish I caught were on cranks but when it's to rough on the main lake water to wade I find areas off the main river coming in like a feeder creek to a marina that come off the main river look for steep drop off's from 8' to 15' of water, these are saddle areas just off the main stem. Depending on the wind positioning these areas can be loaded with hungry eyes especially feeding hard the magic hour at sunset. These areas when the wind is whipping at your back you don't even need a twister tail you can throw a thunderstick, challenger, rogue, shad rap, it really doesn't matter, there gonna smash it. But if there isn't much wind these saddle holding area's are a nice resting area off the main stem where they can catch there breath and digest. These intersections that hold deep water I have noticed that the walleye will lay right on the bottom and are easy pickings for Black/silver 4" K grubs, Cabela's clear/black core 3" twisters attached to 6 lb. Fireline crystal with a 2.5' of 6lb. Vanish or P-Line clear leader. I throw 1/8 oz. most of the time for lead. 9 times out of 10 I throw out to that 15' of water and let it sink to the bottom use a slow steady retrieve and most will flow and hit the twister as soon as it get's to that 8' lip coming up. The other 1 out of 10 sometimes when I pick up the jig off the bottom and get the first crank in the reel they whack it. Another good mister twister color back in the day was the one that was a bluegill color, whacked alot of walldogs with that but they discontinued it... Good luck...

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Where are these being caught?

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Oneida Lake in Central New York wink.gif

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witter1631- I know you posted this along time ago but if you still have any questions about where to shore fish let me know. I graduated from LaCrosse last August and fished the area pretty hard. I could give you tons of spots to go very close.

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Uwleagle...I wouldnt mind chatting with you about some LaX walleyes. I'm in my senior year here and know of a few areas but I know theres a lot more...I have a lot of free time this spring so I'll be hitting it hard.

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