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Late into the fishing season baitfish are very important. Bait fish are identified on the fish finder as giant gray or black masses on your screen. These clouds of baitfish though they may be high in the water column are still being marauded and eaten by walleyes, and though the bait fish are suspended often walleyes that relate to these bait fish, are hanging near the bottom.

The reason I posted this is I get guys asking how to approach these clouds, and I work the bottom still, this has proven most successfull for me versus looking suspended.

Will suspeneded work? I don't doubt it, but again this is my approach.

Keep Catchin'

Turk

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bgreen82

nice tip, thanks

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jigginjim

Turk, I have also seen these baitballs in areas lakes. I first try to identify the baits( ciscos, shiners or perch). Then its match the Hatch with leadcore.

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blueroof

I was fishing the on the west side of catfish point this morning, the entire stretch was full of clouds of baitfish. Some spots the clouds would stretch for 20+ yards. Basically one cloud after another, never seen so many. Lots of fish surfacing, however not much action. I only caught two sheephead around 6:30am jigging, after that nada. I had a few follows and sniffs on the graph from the bottom, but no takers. I forgot the crawlers in the fridge, so I didn't get to try that. I have to say it was the slowest morning all summer in the catching department. Usually I land at least a half dozen sheepies, and a stray sauger or two...

The croix provided good entertainment nonetheless. I had a 4.5 foot sturgeon almost do the Fosbury flop into my boat heading home through the Hudson no wake zone. Never been that close to a live sturgeon before.

LB

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