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Water Temps and fish

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Hit the river Tuesday and Wednesday with water temps hovering around 40 degrees Tuesday, and warming up yesterday to nearly 44 by mid-afternoon. Tuesday the walleyes and saugers were popping the jig/minnow combo fairly steady with the two of us boating 30-35 fish, and missing more than that in 3 1/2 hours. Yesterday mid morning we returned to the same spot, caught a few walleyes and a few saugers by noon, but by noon the water temp was rising.

After the noon hour the walleye and sauger were replaced with catfish and sheephead - somebody flipped a switch. I've always heard of this happening, but to experience it first hand was quite an eye opening experience. Kind of amazing how just a couple degrees in water temp will affect the bite and what is biting.

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Deadwood,

What depth and what kind of structure was the most productive?

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14 feet of water has been a pretty consistent depth with catching fish as of late. We work the 'shelf' around 14 feet of water and concentrate our efforts there. The stretch of river we are fishing ranges in depth from 6 feet to a 27 foot hole, and the fish seem to be riding the 14 foot ledge gathering up food.

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Structure as of late has been anything that will attract bait fish, not one specific type of structure stands out from the rest. Whether it be wood, rock, a hole, or whatever - as long as there is some type of structure is seems to be holding fish.

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