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JRFISHBAIT

Just got back from a 2 day trip on the Horseshoe Chain of Lakes. For those not famaliar with these lakes, they are just south of Cold Spring, MN.

We went to catch large and smallmouth bass, threw everything but the kitchen sink at them and all we could get were small bass. Then I switched to a shallow running rapala and the northerns and walleye were hungry. We would sit in about 12 feet of water, cast up to the weedlines (2-3 ft of water) and they would hit when it got to 6-8 feet of water. We had a ball. We tried deeper running crankbaits, but they wouldn't work. Color made no difference.

I realize this is the SouthCentral forum, but I would be willing to bet this approach would work in Madison, Washington, German, Tetonka and other lakes. Look for a sharp break and cast beyond it and bring it back over the break.

As TO has said many times, now it's time for crank baits.

Good luck.

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Team Otter

"First Break" casting. I love it! I believe that was a seminar topic not too long ago.

Thanks for the report Joe and you're right, the time is now. In fact, I'll be taking a look at that particular "bite" down on Tetonka and Sakatah next week. smirk.gif

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love2fish4ever

T.O., dress warm! If the forcast holds true, Tue. & Wed.'s HIGH says 45 !! shocked.gif I'm going tomorrow (in the wind) Good Luck! L2f

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harvey lee

I am doing the river tommorrow night and along with maybe a few pig eyes I can also catch a few channels and flatheads.The best of both worlds. smile.gif

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Team Otter

Weather rarely prevents me from getting on the water. smirk.gif

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Norselander

I have been picking up a few fall walleyes in area lakes: no concentrations, however. The several “eaters” I have kept had very little fat in their body cavities. In comparison, the fish I caught early last winter had so much body-cavity fat that it was difficult to imagine why they would eat. This means that the walleyes will have to chow down for an extended time period sometime this fall. I hope it happens before I get too tied up with harvest.

What explains this lack of body fat? It can’t be because of a shortage of forage. The area lakes were loaded with bait fish this summer (I couldn’t buy a walleye this past August.)

There are at least two possible explanations: (1) The metabolism rate of the fish in the warm water was so high that most of their food was converted into growth, not fat, or (2) The ‘eyes were largely inactive by late summer because the water was unusually warm. Or maybe we are looking at a combination of the two.

At any rate, fall opportunities should be good.

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love2fish4ever

I hope your right, I was on Tetonka for most of the day on Fri. & didn't find any concentration of anything except bass in the shallows. Other than that my screen was coming up blank for the most part from 25" & shallower confused.gifconfused.gif Even they weren't too willing to bite until & found the right presentation. Nothing big, but fun none the less. Looking forward to the "fall turn-on". L2f

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Team Otter

I'll see what happens tomorrow and report back. smirk.gif

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Muddog

I too have not seen a Walleye in the last two weeks. Lots of Bass and Sunnies but no Walleyes. Last August most of the Walleyes I boated came from 6 fow or less. Right at the time the water started to cool, no more Walleyes. I do think it is time for me to slow it down. Who knows, I may have to use live bait. blush.gif

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jtk15

I have not been out since last Thursday, but was having alot of success trolling 5-12 FOW, mostly bumping size 7 shad raps off the bottom at a 3.5-4 mph......concentration was on one lake though.....

Getting 6+ fish, 15" plus from 6 to 7:30 pm-only because thats what work has allowed.....The have been shutting down a bit before sunset though.

Who knows what the rain this weekend has done though...Wont be out till Tuesday---Then probably hit it Tuesday Wed and Thursday if I can find a bite.....

jk

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Team Otter

I'll have some live bait in the boat tomorrow. smirk.gif

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eyepatrol

Can anyone explain to me the fall transition walleyes go through in regards to depth, presentation, etc? I've mentioned it before, but I've never ever fished for walleyes past the middle of July, with the exception of ice fishing for 'eyes. Anyone know where the transition is at right now and what depths to concentrate on? Reason I ask is I'll be picking up a rig either Thursday or this weekend and there is no way I'm going to get one then put it into storage until spring. It's going out one way or the other! wink.gif

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Team Otter

You should have been at this one seminar awhile back... grin.gif

Seriously, this can be a tricky time of year with the fish moving in and out of their usual haunts. Good places to start though are deep rocks vertically jigged with tube baits or jigs and minnows, areas with moving water in the evenings pitching jigs and minnows or cranks, riggin' on the "first break", pitching cranks to the "first break" and contour trolling any weed lines that may still be intact.

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love2fish4ever

T.O., how did you do on Tues.? What lake were you on? That was a tough N.W wind. L2f

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Muddog

T.O, I don't think it could be said any better. smile.gif

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eyepatrol

Quote:

You should have been at this one seminar awhile back...
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Someone scheduled it for the wrong day! Otherwise I would have been there. grin.gif

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Team Otter

Hey, I got a "dig" in and I still gave you some good information. Tough to beat a combination like that.

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Team Otter

A tough NW wind? I hope you're kidding. confused.gif

Yesterday went pretty well. It was great to be out that's for sure. For more details, you can take a look at my report titled "In transition...". Hope this helps!

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eyepatrol

Yeah I know, I was just teasing you. smirk.gif I appreciate the info. Now if the seller of the boat we want to buy would just call us back to line up a date to get it, I'd be in good shape to put your info to use. confused.gif

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Team Otter

What did you decide on for a rig?

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eyepatrol

Oh boy! Long story! I'll keep it short though. smirk.gif

We had a loan all prepared to buy a 2004 Alumacraft Tournament Sport 175 from a guy in North Dakota. But, when he was sent paperwork to fill out and I told him we'd need to go for a test drive, he seemingly disappeared off the face of the earth. Haven't heard from him since. So we're walking away from the deal and have canceled everything.

We are now buying from a guy who works at a dealership. It's kind of a demo boat, but it's his own boat. It's the same type of boat....a 2004 Alumacraft Tournament Sport 175. Working on getting all the serial numbers, etc. as I write. smile.gif

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Team Otter

Sounds nice for a "wheel" boat. smirk.gifgrin.gif

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eyepatrol

Yep, should be plenty of space, even with those consoles. wink.gif

I do use a tiller boat in the fall though...although....it's loaded with decoys and is painted camo. grin.gif

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Team Otter

Consoles, as in plural. Ouch. smirk.gif

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eyepatrol

Yep, TWO of them...but I think there'd still be room for you sometime TO! wink.gifgrin.gif

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