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why won't the walleye's bite?

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I was out for 3 days last weekend and had a heck of a time getting the eye's to bite!! Are they full of the MAY Flies? I have never seen so many fish on the locator, and couldn't get them to bite!! what should a guy try?? thanks and good luck!!

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I fished Friday with good luck on soft plastics. Had one stretch where I had five hits in five casts, landing three. All too big to keep (such problems I can handle).

Ski pped Saturday and Sunday as too many folks at landings to suit me.

Yesterday was slooooow. Never got more than two off one spot but not marking as many as Friday either. Biggest yesterday only 27 inches and she was spitting mayflies. About half were dinks which is unusual for the North Arm. I ate one.

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ive been doing well anchoring on steep breaks and jigging...troll around till you find them kind of stacked up and anchors away...not my favorite kind of fishing but when the bite gets a little slow ive had my best luck that way.

if you have enough anchor rope, short line it at first fish for ten minuites and let a little more out and so on. wind usually helps cause when i get all 125 ft out it will push you up and down the break, finding a spot with deep current seems to be key in keeping the fish moving through. 25 to 38 ft

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I have noticed that just about everyone, (folks I assume are walleye fishing that is), are fishing off shore or on the reefs. That is a good idea in normal situations at this time of year. But it isn't a normal year... The water temps are cooler, the nights are colder, the water levels are higher or fluctuating. Weedbeds are just now beginning to fully develop, it has been quite windy, mayflies are late, the spawn delayed.

Try some new places, maybe shallower or in weeds. Fish don't follow a text book and I have found fish in some very unexpected places this year. Fishing is at it's best when you have to work for them.


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We did good several days last week in Redgut. The eyes are now just beginning to congregate in their summer range on the reefs and flats in about 20 to 30 ft. We jig in the mornings or on cloudy days with leeches and long line troll with snapweights and # 7 Shadraps when the sun was out or later in the day. I believe the eyes will tend to spook from the boat if it is a bright day, so then I go to long line trolling.

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    • Hookmaster
      Kudos for doing this. I'm sure a lot of fishermen would not have.
    • MikeG3Boat
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