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Lake Pepin Report

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May 27

A friend and I went to Lake Pepin today. We got the boat on the water at 6:45am. You could feel the cold chill in the air and it was really windy. We started our day at the rocky shore near the Hok-Si-La boat landing. My first fish came at 6:55am and was a nice 16 inch sauger, which came from 9 fow, right off the break line. With no more bites we moved to Hok-Si-La Point and fished the break line just east of the rocky campground. I caught a 15 inch walleye in 12 fow. My friend caught a White Bass and I started to catch Sheepies. We left once the Sheepies were the only fish biting.

Next up was Digger’s Point. The wind was hitting this point really hard. On the south side of the point I caught another sauger in about 16 fow. My friend caught two decent sized perch. We maneuvered around the point several times. I caught another 15 inch walleye, but not before my share of Sheepies. After awhile we headed north to Hanson’s Habor and tried the break line. I caught some more Sheepies. I did manage to catch another sauger on the drop off near the white house.

It was about noon now, and we decided to try Hok-Si-La Point once again before we left for the day. My friend decided to switch to a chartreuse Phelp’s Floater like I was using. As soon as his sinker hit the bottom of the lake he had a fish on! He caught only one sauger for the day, but it was the biggest. It topped out at 19 inches. I ended up catching another sauger, but it wasn’t much bigger than the minnows we were using

I ended up catching 2 walleyes and 4 saugers, so I caught my limit for the day. I lost count on the number of Sheepies I caught throughout the day. My friend caught one White Bass, 2 perch and 1 nice sauger.

The two baits of the day were a chartreuse Phelp’s Floater with a 2 to 3 foot leader and a chartreuse jig head with a green twister tail. Both were tipped with minnows.

How did everyone else do?

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We made it on the lake monday morning. Didn't get out until around 9am. It was pretty slow to start. My mom had one fish on that she lost while setting the hook and had another that snapped her line in the first hour but nothing that made it near the boat.

Starting about 10:30 we caught 3 walleyes in 10 min. 2 of them were about 14" and one was 16". At about 11 we added a couple members to our boat and then the action really picked up. Between 11 and 1 we caught at least another dozen fish including 2 smallies, a perch and the rest walleyes. A majority of the eyes were around the 15" mark and the biggest was 18" and pushing 3 lbs.

Unfortunately I didn't catch much myself (one eye and a perch) but the rest of the boat did very well. I guess thats what I get for being the guide!

All fish were caught pullin #5 or #7 Rapalas between 5'-8' of water.

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Mike Walerak

I was out for a couple hours on Lake Pepin Monday evening. We caught mainly sheephead and white bass. but did get some smaller walleyes in the mix.


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