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What are the perch and walleyes biting on?

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Shiners, fat heads, crappie minnows, wax worms, etc? What color jigs?

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Got into some nice Perch 3 inches (not so nice) up to 12 inches (very nice) mostly were 9-11 inches, used Demons tipped with crappie minnows and Ratsos tipped with Double Waxies. I had also caught a nice Eye, with a Demon and a fathead.

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are they hiting chubby darters or raps

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I have had luck in Isle Bay using a #10 and #6 pink Shrimpos in everything from 8-14 feet of water. You will catch a lot of small 3" and smaller perch but there are some nice 11" and bigger as well. I finally figured out that using a bigger Shrimpo weeded out the smaller fish and allowed only the bigger ones to actually hang on and get hooked.

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Darters and Raps are getting plenty of perch during the day. I have been experiementing with several different depths, baits and times during the last week. It seems on the SE side you can punch a hole and catch a perch at any time, size however is the riddle to solve.

Here are the various scenarios I've tried.

Darter, 15' during day - Small to large perch. If all small perch, switch to Rap, then Rap with Larvae tip in treble hook. If still small perch, change spot to deeper or shallower.

Darter, 7'. Decided after a bad night to try a favorite trolling pattern. After dusk, almost dark I couldn't get the Darter to hit the bottom for 15 min. Many medium sized perch. Usually at dusk in the 15' the perch disappear, maybe they go to 7'???

Tonight I went back to 15' and caught many small perch on the Rap with Larvae and then an 18" Walleye at 4:30. 3 more good bites that I lost, argg.

My snowmobiles are now back, so I'm heading out to some deeper humps. Hope for better results.

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