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I'm making my first trip to Pokegama next weekend with two of my young boys (10,12). We're looking for walleyes and would appreciate any tips to get a head start on a great weekend.

- Brad

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hi brad. pokegama is a great lake but can be a bit tricky for eyes, especially with water temps lagging behind. if you just want to catch fish, no problem. if u can afford, my number one suggestion would be to book Dan with Pokegama Guide Service. Very nice guy and know the lake extermely well. If not that by the lakemaster map. Jig and minnow on the many 14-17 weedlines will produce northerns bass, perch and some eyes. lindy rigging crawlers in 14-20 feet on points and inside corners can be good for eyes and very nice smallies.

I catch most of my eyes trolling at night. It might be a bit early in the year, but if u want to give it a try, reply back and ill give you some ideas.

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thanks for the info. I've been debating about going with a guide, but if so I'll be sure to look up Dan. I did pick up the lakemaster map and looks like quite a few options. We might try trolling in the evening, but probably wouldn't go beyond sundown (so maybe not worth it?).

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late summer and fall ive had luck trolling for walleyes late evening. early in the year it seems to be more of a night thing. send me an email and ill tell you a few specific spot thats are kid friendly (meaning lots of fish and maybe some walleyes). mention what part of the lake youll be on. [email protected]

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Brad and sons,

You are coming at one of the best times of the year, the deeper weedlines are just now starting to develop, which makes finding the walleyes alot easier. Lots of walleyes use the cabbage all year, so if you can fish the weeds you are in good shape. Use good electronics, one that you are confident with, get a good map, establish a milk-run of spots and check areas until you find fish. Personally, if I don't see fish, I don't drop a line. Then its just a matter of letting the situation, weather, and mood of the fish dictate presentation. Jigs cast up into the cabbage, dragging rigs along distinct edges, bobbers, and the ever popular trolling minnowbaits after dark, will all catch fish. Hope this helps, and I hope your kids catch a whopper( my 7yr. old son has the big-fish so far in our house).

P.S. - gkl, thanks for the kind words, they come in handy when I get skunked.

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GKL - I've been trying to get a hold of Dan to book some dates in July but have not heard back from him. I've only called. Does he have email?

Thanks,

Orty

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Brad,

I have a cabin on Pokegama and have been fishing with my 10 & 12 year old boys for a few years now.

I hired Dan last summer. It was money well spent.

I suggest fishing mid-lake humps, but only if you graph fish like Dan says. If you see fish, you stand to catch Eyes or Smallies. Both tend to be large! I use live bait rigs, crawlers and/or leeches.

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ortlo, Dan did not have email as of last summer. have you looked at his website recently?

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Ortlo, sorry about the late response, I will call you tomorrow, its been kind of crazy around the house.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Went out on the Wendigo side yesterday and managed two 'eyes. One was 22" and the other was 24 1/2". They both were very fat fish. One bit a crawler and the other a leech.

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