Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
herringbone

suspended walleyes

Recommended Posts

herringbone    0
herringbone

was fishing an area lake , after walleyes and all the fish were suspended in about 8' the lake depth was 12' to14', I was drifting with a lindy rig and minnow but could'nt get to the fish, two other boats in the same area were pulling in fish left and right, what am I doing wrong? confused.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
prov1900    13
prov1900

Were they pulling (trolling) plugs? Or doing the same thing you were doing? I am in your same boat when faced with suspended fish. Not much of a troller am I. I, depending on the wind, would have went with a long, long snell. Youre only talking four to six feet from the bottom, so a floating jig head with a five foot leader, or longer? Am I right?, because again, suspended fish are not my bag. From what I know, walleyes prefer to eat up, so anything above their heads should have been good to go. Good luck and let me know if that works.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
herringbone    0
herringbone

could not say what they were doing, but it was working, I'll try a longer snell and see if that works, thanks for the info

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
slick814    0
slick814

If you weren't trolling a crankbait, you might have been too deep in the water column. If you don't troll cranks, a longer snell might help, but how long of a snell do you want to drag? You're going to need to get the bait at least 6' off the bottom in the situation you described, which is going to need a 6' or 7' snell. Something many of us forget is that most fish actually feed UP, not down, so you need to get the bait up in the middle of the suspended fish, or above them a bit, if possible.

If trolling cranks isn't your thing, give this a try.... longer snell (long enough to get the bait high enough in the water column), with a float of some sort on it. This will get the bait up off the bottom, and if you have enough of a float to get the Lindy high enough, you might have better success. You might also need to drag the Lindy farther back, so it has a chance to rise a bit higher.

SOmething else that I've found that works is to use a floating head jig instead of a plain hook in that situation. Just remember that jig color will be a factor in this case.

Otherwise, give trolling something that dives between 5' and 10', maybe a Shad Rap, Reef Runner, etc. This might be a great chance to learn/improve on a technique that you may not use as much as you would have in these situations.

cool.gif

Good luck.... grin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Northlander    71
Northlander

Easiest thing would be a slip bobber if your seeing a nice grouping of fish. Another thing is these may not be walleye they could be perch, crappie or gills. If you saw others catching eyes how were they fishing? were they moving fast, slow or anchored or drifting? It should be easy to figure out how they were fishing if you know the previous.

I would troll a 2oz. bottom bouncer and spinner and drop your line down to where your graphing fish. If they are suspended they should be active and take spinners, cranks etc.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
LocalGuide    0
LocalGuide

A longer snell is a good idea only if you have enough floation on the other end. With a 6' snell and just a plain hook your snell would sink about a foot or more otherwise. With a float on the line and maybe a floating jig head you can get that bait up high and above the fish.

There are a lot of good ideas in this post. Just all the questions you should be asking your self when out fishing.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
herringbone    0
herringbone

thanks for all the good tips, once the wind dies down alittle I'll get back out and try it again.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
efgh    0
efgh

The bottom bouncer and snell works well for suppended walleyes, I use a 3 oz. bouncer, 6-8 ft. snell. Use this the same as you would use a cannon ball for Lake trout on the deep lakes. Run the bouncer about 3 ft. above the suppended eyes. your snell will be about 1 ft. above the eyes. wink.gifwink.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Eastwind    1
Eastwind

You could also try a leadhead jig. Put a slip bobber knot on the line prior to tying on the jig. You can try different depths, moving the knot to the top of the water to mark each different depth. Obviously, consistent speed would be important. For fish that are supended somewhere in 12' to 14' of water it should not take long to get at their level. The knot will then assure that you return to the same depth every time. This also works great when you are drifting suspended Crappies, especially when the Crappies will not bite on a bobber rig and are only interested in a moving presentation.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Northlander    71
Northlander

Eastwind hit it on the head. I was using that same technique yesterday looking for suspended Crappies. I put a stop at 10' and 20'. Works great for drifting or just vertical jigging.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
DinkADunk    0
DinkADunk

Quote:

Put a slip bobber knot on the line prior to tying on the jig.


You can always tie a bobber stop knot on the line after tying on the jig. Just use some constrasting line and tie it on with a uni-knot. I keep a spool of rod winding thread in my tackle box for these occasions.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Posts

    • Jennifer Dewitt
      Lets see you will need- 
      a) license and lion permit/tag 
      b)guide 
      c) dogs with tracking collars 
      d) horses 
      e) some sort of thing that goes "BOOM" 
      and a ton of forethought for asking such a dumb question
    • Troy Smutka
      8/21/17     Got out on Mille Lacs on Saturday morning. Started out on rocks in 10-12 feet of water, then as the sum came up and the wind layed down moved to gravel in 28-30 feet and then the deep transition from a rock/gravel reef to the soft lake bottom in 32 feet of water. Caught smallies and walleyes on the rocks, and walleyes on the gravel and the deep transition line. Power bobbing with leeches about one foot above bottom on the rocks and two to four feet above bottom in the deeper spots. The five smallies went from 16 to 18.5 inches, and the walleyes went from 16 to 25.5 inches. They weren't jumping in the boat--we had to try different spots, move around slowly on spots with the MinnKota, and then anchor when we did catch or see fish on the Humminbird. Had to work for them, but wound up averaging three fish per hour with the faster action early and then slowing when the sun got high and the wind layed down--typical August fishing. Eyes and smallies are fat and look healthy--both fought very actively. Surface water temp. started at 68.7 degrees at sunrise and was to 72.4 when we headed in. Still a little cooler than average, but that is how this summer has been. Might be my last time on Mille Lacs--busy with football now and waterfowl hunting starts in a month. Good luck, and I will see you out there somewhere.
    • Jennifer Dewitt
      these should be available at Circuit City, BestBuy, or pretty much any other electronics store. Go check them out, a play around with them, just to see which one you find easier to use. 
    • Jennifer Dewitt
      Best is the one that's suited to the purpose used for. 
      My usual preference is a middleweight Standard because it's versatile and can serve many purposes with only quickly made alterations - add saddlebags, rack etc. 
      No need for more than two cylinders. 

      My view of what's best? 
      2 wheels, a frame and a 2 cylinder 4 stroke motor.
    • Jennifer Dewitt
      Are you out to add color or protect the wood or both? A natural oil sealer is something to consider -- it lets the beauty of the natural cedar show though and still protects the wood. You can also get the same type of "penetrating oil sealer" in colors. Hard finishes (varnish) may look tacky and will require re-sanding and finishing over time --while the oil sealers can be touched up annually with a new light coat without sanding -- a much more natural look. Go to a "real" paint store and talk to them about your project -- skip the Home Depots and Lowe's "advice"
    • Jennifer Dewitt
      you want a hard, fine-grained wood for carving lures. high quality wood so your hardware won't split the wood or so it won't soak up a lot of water then split. water WILL gain access to the wood no matter how good the paint. 
      and the acrylic is fine.
    • Jennifer Dewitt
      I know this: you need to be on the water around 4:00am and the window of opportunity is small. When 6:00am rolls around, you should be done fishing for sturgeon.
    • Jennifer Dewitt
      Is the canadian seal hunt still going on? if it is still on, does anyone know when it is supposed to commence this year? If any one have good idea please reply me with a quality comments.
    • BigVwalters
      Was up this last weekend got out Saturday morning and Sunday morning.  The fish were biting very aggressively which made for a good time.  All fish from 14"-19".  No slot fish which was a surprise.  On a side note...  I've never had too much trouble with people honing in on where I am fishing.  But Sunday morning I started fishing this spot around 8am (which is late for me).  Nobody was around me and within an hour there had to of been six new boats around me.   I don't mind too much if your fishing an area by me but when you start trolling and drifting my same exact line I am???  Like do you want to hop in my boat and fish with me too?  Some people I tell ya..  Anyways get out there, the fish are biting.   Just remember there is 40,000 acres of water to fish out there. 
    • Wakemup
      Ace, I've (along with countless others) have so appreciated your advice on this forum- your knowledge is invaluable. Can't thank you enough for being willing to share- that can be a rare thing these days!  I hope the retirement from guiding isn't also a retirement from posting  Take care and enjoy!