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Thinking of going up this weekend, but wondering if the bugs have calmed down a little. Can some one who's been out let me know how anoying the bugs are right now. I heard they were real bad last week.

I'm not sure if I want to go if I have 300 bugs sworming me all day long. I can handle a few, but not sworms of them.

Thanks

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Don't let a few bugs keep you from going fishing. The fishing has been good.

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we were out this weekend (Th/Fr)out of Red Door, they weren't bad at all until dark. But even then it wasn't that bad...there was a light wind going. I've seen a lot worse.

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how was the fishing out of red door staying there this weekend?

Thanks...

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Sounds like I will be up there then. From the sounds of it, I'm going to have to visit Appeldoorns. I'm not really familiar with the East side of the lake and only hear good things about Paul. Sounds like the E. side of the lake is going more than Shermans, 7, or 8 mile. I've really only fished the W. side of the lake last year, which was my first year fishing the lake. I fished Fishers a few weeks ago with no luck. So I will give Apeldorns a try, and hopefully get a chance to talk to Paul.

I'm really trying to figure this huge lake out with all of its structure. So far the lake is getting the better of me in my early career fishing it eek Do most of you just try to find structure away from all the boats, or do you fish amongst the crowds on the more popular flats? I can only make it up on the weekends and it seems like every flat has 20 boats on it. Any tips or suggestions. I'm getting real sick of only getting 2-3 fish a trip. Pretty soon the wife isn't going to let me waste the gas to go up if I don't start producing cry

Good luck to you all, and hope to meet some of you one of these times up there. I'll be in green Alumacraft with Yamaha's on it. Stop and say hi.

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Depending on how new you are to the lake you may want to spend a very short time on a "community" spot just to get a feel for how things are going.Watch the people who are out fishing everyone else and determine why they are catching more. Are they using longer leads ,shorter leads,going faster slower, are they up on top on the edge or off the flat ,are they on an end ,a cup etc etc. Take that info find a similar type situtation somewhere off by yourself, use your electronics to locate the fish and apply what you learned. I persoanlly will always go to a flat where there aren't any or many people as I'd rather work a small group of fish alone then play bumper boats. If fishing in a group is unavoidable try getting of the flat in the deeper water , often if there are alot of boats on a flat a good number of fish will be pushed off the flat into the deeper water and it may be you can have them to yourself till someone else catches on to what you're doing.

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Good info, if you were to pick a typical set up what would you recommend...6' leader, red hood 1/2 oz sinker leech etc? Any flats better than others?

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I agree with eye1000us, stay on the move from structure to structure until you find active fish, community or not, but if lots of people, I'd fish to the perimeter of them and just keep a sharp eye on 'em and what their doin. "Finding fish" can mean catching fish, getting short bit, marking fish on graph, talking to other people on the water, or watching other people. But for gosh sakes, don't hang around anywhere you aren't "finding" fish, there's lots of structure to check out. I'd also have the big four search tactics ready on rods - jiggin, riggin, spinnin, and crankin - and use 'as many as the conditions will allow, but I'd keep covering water until I found em. Oh, and don't just work any part of the structure - up your chances by starting each piece of structure with the most prominent feature on the deeper main-lake side of the spot. If you get a few bites but can't land em, switch up presentation - faster, slower, smaller, bigger, different bait, different color. If you land a couple where you expected to, keep dialin it in, and study the map for more spots that are similar. If you catch some where you didn't expect to, study the structure, change your mind, and work some other parts of it, use what wally just told you. If you strike a chord and find the pattern, keep your net down. smile

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