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fishinbros

family will be going up this weekend and would like to know what the walleye,cappies, or bass are biteing and where abouts to fish smile.gif

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B420

There is an excellent bite going on the west side on the Commander bar. I know a couple a guys that boated some real fatties there last week! I would hit it in the "low light" periods for sure. Best baits were windsor cokes and bud lights!

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AWH

What are you doing, B420??? You're giving away a lot of people's secrets!!!!

Aaron

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TrophyEyes

I wouldn't consider those trophies. Thats catch and release only.

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DancesWithWaves

the bass are on the flats i would assume. its been a couple weeks but towards the night they should be hitting topwater, along with the early mornings. If the sun is beating down attempt texas rigs under the docks. might pull out a few. good luck

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phillyfacks

I tend to stay away from the commander..anything you catch from there isn't worth eating...but I did have some luck this past weekend just south of Lincolns point, there is a nice drop before you get to the marked boueys...caught about 5 keepers and a few smaller eyes, I was fishing between 30 and 40 fow, caught one as deep as 60 while my boat was being blown across the lake!

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B420

Philly,

Just make sure to use a leader to protect your lure at the Commander! What were the fish biting on out deep, redtails, leeches or crawlers?

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slipknot

what size test leader would you recommend?

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phillyfacks

Thanks for the advice I heard the night bite is really picking up there now! Well I would suggest using the thickest leader available..I'd maybe even go with a deep sea fishing leader...you can never be too safe! Umm I seemed to have the best luck with leaches..I bought some redtails but once you put them on the hook and drop em down there dead in the first 2 minutes so I got sick of wasting my money on those..plus every walleye I filleted up most had leaches in them

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phillyfacks

Hey I have a quick question for you guys out there..I'm looking to buy a new fish finder that also has GPS with it....right now I have a Lowrance X67C I bought it so I could use it ice fishing as well as in the summer and I was just wondering if anyone new if you could use the m68c model with lakefinder chips and also if they are reliable in the winter...any suggestions?? Broke college kid looking for something under $400-$500??

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phillyfacks

Hey heading up to the cabin this weekend..just wondering how the fishing has been as of late? What have been the best depths for locating the walleyes? Have they moved in shallower now that the weather has cooled off alittle?? Any advice would be appreciated thanks!

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Sportland_Bait

Our guides had some great trips up there recently. Many of the walleyes were 17-18 inches. Lindy rigs and redtails in 21-28 feet of water.

Jason Erlandson

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fishroger

Water temps are 68-70. Gettin some cool nites. If your to cheap to use redtails, I did get a couple wallys trolling shad raps in the evening near the sunken islands, lots of bass hittin the raps too, some decent size.

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phillyfacks

Whats the bite been like on Pelican as of late..has anyone been out there lately? Heading up for Labor Day and would like to find some walleyes before the summer is gone!

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B420

Philly,

The bite has been very good!! We have been trolling at dusk/night with husky jerks and have been doing very well in 8-15'.

Ben

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CrookedLake

Anyone have a prediction on the fishing from Sept. 28 thru Oct. 5? My dad, Brother and I are heading up to Breezy Point for some fishing. I've heard plenty of stories, but you guys sound like you what your talking about! Any help would be SWEET! -Jeff

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fishroger

thats usually an excellent time. The water temps are down and you can get into some nice wallys. Redtails work good. They can be deep, caught them as deep as 55'. Also other species like bass, crappies, and slimers are usually hittin. Pelican is an under rated bass lake. There is some good sized bass in there.

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phillyfacks

Crooked...it all depends on what you like to catch, I mainly fish walleye out of Pelican and I presume by the time of year they most likely will be around 18-25 fow that is if we have typical sept weather or not. Pelican has a lot of structure, your best bet is to find a steep drop or a sunken island. Lindy rigs with redtails have worked best for me.

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CrookedLake

Thanks Roger and Phillydog! We predominantly fish for 'eyes and pike. We'll try Pelican for 3 or 4 days, if the fishing is good we'll stay, if not we'll head up to Turtle Lake.... Love the smallies. We usually troll structure w/lindy rigs and leeches or redtails... How are the pike for size on Pelican???? Thanks again! -Jeff

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TrophyEyes

You can catch a lot of 3-4 lbs Pike. I would say that the biggest I have caught on the lake was about 37". I catch bigger pike ice fishing and I don't know why.

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CrookedLake

Cool! We've never fished Pelican before..... Usually head to Turtle and Hatch Lake by Marcell. You guys are alright! Thanks - Jeff

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SchloeRide

I've fished Pelican quite a few times and I have to say that at first the amount of structure on the lake can be a little overwhelming. Where do you even start. I have had my best luck late in September off Lincoln Point (steep drop) and the midlake hump (NW corner of it) but it seems every time I'm up there the wind is kicking up fierce and my small boat with matching small motor has a hard time staying on top of fish.

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CrookedLake

Once again, Thanks! One boat will be a 16', and the other an 18'. Thanks - Jeff

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TrophyEyes

The lake is really shallow. I have caught a lot of fish right around Gooseberry Island. I have a cabin on the lake and have done very well pulling crankbaits this time of year. Right in the 10-14ft of water range. That way you can hit all the structure. You will pick up walleyes, pike and a lot of rock bass.

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phillyfacks

I have that same problem..fishing off Licoln point and the wind! I find my spot and don't even have enough time to drop my line and I'm fishing in 60 feet! I only have a little black 14 footer and when the wind and waves pick up I'm screwed..when that happens I either find shelter in a bay or try trolling the breaks..pretty much all you can do with what ya have

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