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Coach1310

Shamineau??Opener??

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Coach1310

Can anyone give me any info on Shamineau for opener?? My Bro-in-law are thinking of going there. Never fished it for Walleyes before, but have heard it is a relatively good walleye lake. Does it get a lot of opener pressure?? Any depths/bottom structures to focus on? Bait? Thanks so much for the info. Good luck to all this weekend.

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irvingdog

Sleep all day, fish all night.

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CaptainMusky

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Sleep all day, fish all night.


What he said! Trolling cranks at night on the sand flat near the island is good. Otherwise dragging livebait along the break in front of Auger's Resort is a good spot as well.

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Lip_Ripper Guy

I'm heading up Sunday-Wednesday for the fishing. We'll be focusing on jigging the top of the saddle that runs off the SW corner of the island to the reed point, and also jigging and trolling cranks on the edge of the weeds on the steep drops along the north shore. Then probably do some bobber fishing at night once it is dark. Sounds like it is going to be nice weather.

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Coach1310

So is fishing during the day a lost cause??? We plan on fishing during the day Saturday and into the evening. Leeches? Crawlers? Minnows? Thanks for all your help. I just hope I catch something!!!

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tjwierz2

Used to be in the lake for a few years and scouted out a lot of it with the Aqua-Vu so I'll give you as much inside info as I can...

Most of the walleyes in the lake seem to hold in 19-22 feet, about 8-15 feet off the outside weededge. You'll see the weededge on your finder about 17-18 ft probably. You can definitely have luck during the daytime. I got my 2 best walleyes in the lake at 2pm and 5pm. I also had an instance once where I spotted 2 on the aqua-vu anchored the boat. Threw out a slip bobber in 20 feet and caught one 5 minutes later.

Basically... the walleyes are pretty scattered along the weededges. Pretty much caught them everywhere around the lake. The areas out in front of augers are pretty good early in the year. Saw them several times just cruising the sand out there in no-mans land kind of 22-24 feet.

Seems like a lot of people mention fishing around the island too...but I never had any luck there...unless you count 42 inch muskies. ;-)

good luck.

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Coach1310

Thanks for all the info. Good luck to all this weekend. Be safe and don't forget to SET THE HOOK!!

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Lip_Ripper Guy

How'd everyone do? We couldn't hardly buy a walleye Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Ended up with 1 23" caught trolling a rattle trap. Thats it! Lots of crappies, lots of northerns, lots of bass including 1 over 5#.

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How'd everyone do? We couldn't hardly buy a walleye Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Ended up with 1 23" caught trolling a rattle trap. Thats it! Lots of crappies, lots of northerns, lots of bass including 1 over 5#.


Did you fish at night? There are some nice crappies in there. Last Spring we caught some dandies on the West side along the deep weed line. I'll be honest, I don't fish the lake much for walleyes, mostly for muskies. We have caught several walleyes over 27" out of there over the years on musky stuff. Maybe you needed to up-size your baits? Throw out a poodle or a small schnauser! LOL When I have targeted walleyes out there, the only success has been well after dark. The water is too clear.

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Coach1310

We didn't end up going there last weekend. My bro-in-law got a hot tip about a small lake by Aitkin. We did alright. We brought home 8 walleyes. 2-16"'s and 6 between 17-19". It was a pretty good day. Nice to not have frozen fingers and toes on opener!!!

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Lip_Ripper Guy

We'd start fishing about 5pm and fish crappies until it was getting fairly dark ~9ish. Then we'd go to the walleye spots until 1am. NOTHING! I tried deep, shallow, past good spots, long shots, windy side, calm side... I just don't get it! I'd be interested in seeing updated DNR netting numbers for the lake because it just seems like they aren't in the lake like they used to be.

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bela0023

I'm still trying to figure out that lake too, in the winter I can catch tons of walleyes in the 8-12" range or a couple big hogs, but hardly ever a nice keeper in the 16" range

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I just don't get it! I'd be interested in seeing updated DNR netting numbers for the lake because it just seems like they aren't in the lake like they used to be.


The DNR had nets out there last spring. There was no shortage of walleyes in the nets with some very nice fish in there as well. It made it very obvious that the walleye population was in great shape. Willing biters? Now that's a different story.

Aaron

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