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How Shallow?

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Against a wind swept shore, how shallow have you caught walleyes in the fall? I've heard of eyes being caught in as little as two feet of water at night. Has anyone had success actually targeting eyes in very shallow water on Mille Lacs.

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Sawgrass, I had friends that were fishing out of Hunter's last Wed and Thur. They forgot something back at the room and the other guy in the boat started shining the spot light around while he was waiting. To his amasement he saw eye's everywhere. They then pulled out in front of hunters on the shallow bar and beached the front of the boat in 18" water. As they casted raps around they saw three big eye's swim under the back of the boat in the 12" to 18" of water. One they figured went around 28" to 30" but could not get to bite.

They had already limited out and had caught many fish so they were just having some fun. They talked to allot of people that caught fish in 2'to 4' of water.

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skeetman,

tell your friends that fishing for walleyes after you have your limit is illegal here in minnesota. for fun or for keeps, once you keep your 4th walleye on mille lacs you are done for the day, actually, because the daily and possession limit are the same , you are done until you eat the ones you already caught. just a point of information..........tom fellegy

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Tom

You are wrong you can continue to fish for eyes once you have your limit as long as you dont exchange any in the livewell for one you catch after your limit. See email I rec'd from the DNR.

Hello,

Yes, you can continue to fish for walleye. You can not cull once you

have a possession in your live well. Not that it matters right now. But

the season does need to be open on the type of fish your targeting. I've

added that because we do get questions on whether you can fish and catch

and release a species that is closed or the season has ended.

good

luck

jim

James Abernathy

DNR Information Consultant

500 Lafayette Rd Box 40

St Paul Mn 55155

651-296-6157

1-888-646-6367

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Thanks Eyewarrior, You beat me to it.

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according to eyewarrior's post i was wrong.......sorry

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Thanks, guys!

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Tom

You are wrong you can continue to fish for eyes once you have your limit as long as you dont exchange any in the livewell for one you catch after your limit. See email I rec'd from the DNR.

Hello,

Yes, you can continue to fish for walleye. You can not cull once you

have a possession in your live well. Not that it matters right now. But

the season does need to be open on the type of fish your targeting. I've

added that because we do get questions on whether you can fish and catch

and release a species that is closed or the season has ended.

good

luck

jim

James Abernathy

DNR Information Consultant

500 Lafayette Rd Box 40

St Paul Mn 55155

651-296-6157

1-888-646-6367


Whoa. Did he say that you can legally target walleye while the season is closed as long as you catch and release them?

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Tom

You are wrong you can continue to fish for eyes once you have your limit as long as you dont exchange any in the livewell for one you catch after your limit. See email I rec'd from the DNR.

Hello,

Yes, you can continue to fish for walleye. You can not cull once you

have a possession in your live well. Not that it matters right now.
But

the season does need to be open on the type of fish your targeting. I've

added that because we do get questions on whether you can fish and catch

and release a species that is closed or the season has ended.

good

luck

jim

James Abernathy

DNR Information Consultant

500 Lafayette Rd Box 40

St Paul Mn 55155

651-296-6157

1-888-646-6367


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Finding fish in 1 - 4' of water is common at night as well as during the day with some wind and clouds.

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In September I was trolling a windblown reef on the east side and in the troughs between the waves we were reading less than 2 fow. Most of our fish came right on top of the reef.

On a different lake I fish a lot I cast cranks and plastics into inches of water for walleyes.

As long as there is deeper water nearby, the fish will go shallow to feed.

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Grass,We were fishing two weeks ago sunday for a couple of hours(water temp was around 55)on sloppy joes(24to33fow)and did very well,not all eyes go shallow in fall,boy it sure was nice just to be out in the boat again.waiting for ice..laterc63

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