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marbleye

Madison Lake

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Has anybody been out chasing walleye's on Madison?

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Planning on chasing them all day on Tues. I'll post tommorow night and let you know how it went.

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How did the chase go zepman?

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After reading your post on Sakatah and Tetonka it sounds as if we had just about the same kind of day planned. Started out the day rigging some steep breaks focusing on the high edge and then slipped out to some deeper water. Nothing. Went to some wind swept points and again nothing. Jigs, cranks, lindys, spinners---nothing. So off to some shorelines that were being pounded by the NW winds to throw some cranks. Started shallow (right on the bank) and moved out to around 6-10 ft experimenting with every crank in the box. Again nothing. We were blanked today on the eyes but probably boated 20-25 LM bass with the biggest pushing 20". We really fished in areas today that we should have "accidentally" put an eye in the boat but I guess that's the way it goes. This has kind of summed up my whole year on this lake. Can't quite figure it out--at least not yet. The bass are always fun and I got to spend a day on the water with a good friend so all is well. Water temp was 61 and dropping fast.

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I was out on Monday night til dark.. Not a single eye. The bass were plentyful. This year has been puzzling. The last 2 times out not even a sheepie. No that's BAD.....<>< <>< <><

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Dead Sea on Wednesday evening as far as cranks, rattle traps, and crawlers lindy rigged for me.

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The mystery continues but I will figure it out prior to ice-up one way or the other. smirk.gif

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There is not much for numbers right now, but the size is sure there when you find them.

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These drops in water temperature should spark their interest. I'll be out chasing 'eyes tomorrow all day. Look for a report to follow.

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