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Milkdud

West Battle Lake Help!

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I will be fishing West Battle Lake for the first time this weekend and was wondering if anyone could give me a couple pointers on where and how to fish this lake this time of year. I will be targeting walleyes (catch and release only) or any other species willing to bite my offerings.

Thanks!

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The guys that did well in the MWT tourny were using spinners and crawlers. Getting to be that time where a jig and minnow wouldn't be a bad idea either. Good luck. wink.gif

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Is WB your only choice? grin.gif

It's been a real tough bite out there. I would concentrate on low light periods if you want to catch the elusive eye..

Jig/minnow combo is good, and what CabinBoy said is worth a try...

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Low light like ChuckN said would be your best bet for numbers of eyes, but I would stick trolling cranks. If your fishing during the day I would stick with the crawler and spinner combo in really deep water 45 plus. Rumor is the big fish caught in the MWT where caught on the crawler and spinners in 45 plus feet of water would be worth a try....

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Thanks guys for your help. I will be staying at a friends cabin on south turtle and he mentioned going over to west battle to fish walleyes. I am not familiar with the lakes in the area so if there is a better lake to fish in the area that would be fine. My friend does not fish much so I think he suggested west battle based on hear say.

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If you are realy looking to catch eye's I would go to Ottertail. The bite this year is the best I have seen in many years. I would troll cranks in 6 to 12 feet of water. This bite has been good during day parts as well as night. Can also get some nice perch as a bonus.

Good luck witch ever lake you choose.

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Where on South Turtle are you staying?

If it is walleyes you are after, I second the choice of Ottertail. If I get my chores done, I may head over there Saturday evening as well.

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I will be staying at a buddy's cabin located on the North East part of the lake. It is to the east of the public access. I have a blue/tan Lund Pro Sport with a 90hp Johnson, I may try fishing South Turtle on Saturday and Ottertail or West Battle on Sunday! Thanks to all for the suggestions!

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I live on the NW side, green Lund Mr. Pike with a Green boat lift canopy. Maybe I'll see you out there. If I am out, I'll have my black lab with me.

Good luck!

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Milkdud -

How was your weekend?

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