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Deer Lake Wallys

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Anybody fish Deer (near Moose) for walleyes this last weekend/week? I going to fish it this weekend and would appreciate any general patterns observed.


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Doc, as usual, our group opened on Deer Lake this year. Both weekend days were on the tougher side (as compared to the last couple of openers), we really had to work and move around for our fish. Between our two groups, we boated 12 eyes on Saturday and 9 eyes on Sunday. As usual, they were nice sized with the largest two going 29" and 27".

Unlike last year when most fish were "viewed" and caught deep, we caught fish this past weekend between 9-26' of water - they were scattered. Most fish were caught on jigs and shiners, tried nightcrawlers for a while and had very little success (pesky perch). As a side note, we caught some awefully nice sized perch and a couple of huge ugly rock bass.

One thing we discovered was the water temp difference between the western portion and eastern portion of the lake. The west side registered 53 degrees and the east portion (east of Pinic Island) registered 47.5 degrees. Very strange on such a huge difference.

As far as advice goes, we found no real patterns during the opening weekend. Any groups of eyes, marked on the locator, were tough to get to bite. We'd fish an area, catch a couple and then move. The "best" spots for us came just out from the access and on the east side of Picnic. Maybe the fish will be more predictable for you this coming weekend.

Post us on how you did when you get back and good luck.


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Hey Woollman,

Thanks for the info. I just got back from the lake and it was a very challenging weekend.

We fish a few hours on Friday night but got chased off the lake by a T-storm after landing one nice walleye. Jig and shiner in 12-16 feet seemed to be the pattern if you could call it one since we only boated three walleyes for the weekend. We caught a 40” Muskie on the east side of Picnic and lots of nice smallies but the walleyes were not very cooperative. Water temps were 57 on Friday but after the cold front and wind they were around 54 on Sat. It was very cold and windy all day. Last night it was 33 degrees so we pulled the boat early and headed home. Kind of a “Dues Paying” trip!

Tight Lines


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