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picksbigwagon

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landing wasn't too busy, so the boys and I hit prior looking for some panfish. My oldest (almost 6) and youngest (4) and I ventured out to the area I was hitting crappies during late ice. needless to say, the oldest didn't catch a thing on his sponge bob fishing pole, my youngest had broken his sponge bob pole so was using my niece's Barbie pole. The youngest caught 5 fish, one tiny bluegill and 4 bass, this is the smallest one, the biggest was almost 12 inches. All on leech and red hook, all released.

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p.s. The barbie pole will remain in my boat for those days when fishing is really tough........... grin.gif

P.p.s. I figured I didn't have to worry about the blankety blank kids driving their parents wake boats, I was wrong. we were anchored in 10 feet of water, this wake boat is putting along on the east shore, and got about 30 yards from us, and opened her up. I need to remember to keep the muskie rod with the 1 1/2 ounce rat-l-trap ready to fire smirk.gif

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toonfish

We had a great opener on Prior. Went out at midnight.....no fish from 12-3:15......tried one last spot, and from 3:30-5:00 got over 30 fish. We had to go through our share of Bass to get the Wallys, but ended up catching over 10-12 Walleye with the biggest a 20 and a 17. Had a great time, for that 1 1/2 hr. The Walleyes were so aggresive, caught a few right at the surface next to the boat, and saw lots of flashes under the lure as they were following, all in all it was a great night for Prior

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JDZWART

Toonfish - I won't ask for your hot spot, but what depth did you have the best luck? In the weeds or over the rocks?

Thanks.

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toonfish

6-10, rocks,funny thing though is my depth finder wasn't reading so i had to find depth by GPS and good old anchor dropping. We were working live bait back to the boat, and then switched to raps (which produced the most fish)color didn't mattter.....they were just that aggresive....awesome...you will have to excuse my excitement, but I have been struggling for a couple years now to put together a good night of walleye fishing on Prior....and to have a good one on opening night was awesome! Anybody else finding some on Prior.

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ogre

I was on prior on midnight, sat day and night , and sun night, and wish I could say the wallleyes paid a visit, only got sunnies, all good size. I almost had a jet ski take me out sunday night by the beach, the guy even had 2 kids on the back. The sadest experience came from another fisherman though, he circled my ancored boat and then set his where my bobber was. I told him to enjoy my spot and moved on. He laughed. I will try again in some other spots, and try the raplas.

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FishingRebel

I did really well with the walleyes on Saturday night as well with trolling rapalas.

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JDZWART

Thanks for the updates. I am heading out tonight and will post results tomorrow. I will also be sure to rig up the muskie pole with a 12" Jake for our "friends" on the lake...

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picksbigwagon

LMAO grin.gifgrin.giflaugh.giflaugh.giflaugh.giflaugh.gif

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toonfish

JD how did you do? I was out last night and only managed one dink. Tried the same pattern for a while as we did on opener, and not much for action except bass,and a couple nice crappie, tried deeper water and natta......saw some having some luck, but not us

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tj417

I have been staying on the weedlines close to hard bottom areas and picking up one here and one there trolling a shad rap.

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fisherman-andy

I've had luck hitting the smaller bays and fishing sandy drop offs near shore with Husky Jerks.

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CommonSense Guy

Caught a bunch but they were all tiny. Nice keeper perch though.

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JDZWART

I got rained on a few times tuesday night and all that was biting were the bass, no walleyes. I tried jigging and lindy rigging minnows and trolling cranks, each produced bass, but no walleye.

I was in a black Lund Fisherman, did you see me?

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toonfish

I didn't, but Ill keep an eye out for you now!

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HGS 24

out today at 11 am in the wind caugt 3 walleyes 10,19,22 a few nice sunnies and 15 bass smallest 1 lb and largest 3 lbs. Off the lake by 4:30. 12 fow on a harness and crawler. As soon as the sun came out the eyes shut off and out came the boats and I went home long time since I have fished early afternoon on metro lakes on a weekend and enjoyed myself- good day of fishing.

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toonfish

Out one day this weekend, 2 eyes 17 and 14 came on raps in 10-12 fow. We were anchored and casting into 6-7 and dragging it back out over 12-15 fow. Every time I go out I see a boat parked on the same rock pile off of the same point, the boats are there for hours! Must be producing, but I never get a chance to get in there until they move and I am sure they are finally moving because they shut off. But I have been finding some eyes in places that I rarely see other boats working, which feels better anyway than crowding somebody elses spot.

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toonfish

Last night I got a chance to hit the rockpile/point where I always see a boat. Produced 10-15 small eyes on jig/minnow. I got out at about 7:30 right in front of what was supposed to be a thunderstorm, the storm never showed, and someone must have flipped the switch at about 8:30, because after that nothing.

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    • Hoyt4
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