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Anyone have any luck lately out on Clearwater fishin for eyes? I've been out a couple times in the last two weeks, and it's been pretty slow for me. Granted, the weather has been nice to be out there, but the eye's have certainly been elusive.

Going out again tomorrow, and am going to give it my best. I'm preparing to try ALOT of different set-ups to see if anything starts to work.

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PICKED UP 2 EATERS TONIGHT BETWEEN 6PM & 9:30PM. THINGS SEEM TO BE REAL SLOW AFTER ALL THE WEATHER THAT WE'VE HAD LATELY. HOPE YOU DO BETTER THAN I DID......

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Ok...so just got home a couple hours ago and thought i'd share my results.

One of the best trips out so far this year!!! I know...shocking! I didn't expect anything as my last 3 trips yielded nothing more than a few nibbles.

Went out about 6am, jigged & spinners for 2 hours w/ some big Red Tails...nothing! Not even a good strike. Switch over to Lindy Rig & leeches...5 eyes (and one nice pike)! And, i missed more than i caught (pouring coffee & messin' around). Now granted...not huge eyes, but good eaters...which was what i was after. Fun, none the less. =-)

Fished in 14-20 off of the humps on the east side, and for those that quit fishin' eyes after early morning...be patient...caught all these between 9:30 and Noon!

Had a good time out on the water. Me, myself & the boys on KFAN. Couldn't believe i had the results i did, as it was a pretty bright day...although there was a slight/little chop to today.

I hope this is some signs to come, as it hasn't been much fun out there up to this point.

Good luck this weekend...and hope the tip helps. Please share YOUR trips out in hopes that it helps out next time.

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Well thats good to hear, hopefully I can catch myself a couple this weekend. Mama wants a fish dinner.

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JUST GOT IN AT 9:PM AFTER 3HOURS OF JIGGING IN THE NARROWS AREA. THE BITE WAS KINDA ON & OFF .MUST HAVE BEEN THE WEATHER CAUSE ALL I GOT WERE SMALL WALLEYE. AT LEAST THE ROD GOT TO BEND A LITTLE. IT MAY BE THAT THE BIG ONES ARE MOVING IN AFTER SUNSET. THAT IS MY NEXT TIME ON THE WATER.

IF THIS WORKS I'LL POST THE RESULTS. GOOD LUCK ALL ><(((*>

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I'm looking to hit the lake with a newer boat. looking forward to see how works in rougher water. My 680t ranger was ok, but if I tried to backtroll a little faster I got wet, even with the splash guards.

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summett glad to hear some one finally got into the out there the last two years have been tuff fishing out there i think i will try there or millac tomarrow let ya know it i head out to clear

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just got back from clearwater finally got in to some nice fish biggest was 23 let her go back but we kepted 8 from 14-19 and got a few smaller ones the best bite was after 9am

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Great ranger20, glad to hear it. Curious, what was it that you were using and were you fishing in the same areas/depths?

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I drove out there just to look at the lake and try to find the public boat landing and couldn't find it. If anyone would be kind enough to give me some directions, that would be great. I'll handle the rest of the legwork!!

I will be coming from I-94 going down HWY 24. That is all I know haha..

Thanks,

1ER

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NOOOOOOOOOO!!!! I won't give you directions. After the mess on 94 yesterday afternoon, we don't need more people driving back to the twin cities on sunday when I am leaving clearwater.

grin

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LOL!!! I was stuck in that too... Then I saw a lady in a Ford Mustang with a big ol' cardboard sign on the back of her bumper talking about how St. Cloud Policemen are bad or something.. For a minute, my dad was blaming her for the traffic.

Fine then.... I'll find that boat launch myself and just hope for more reports.

BTW - What did happen yesterday?

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The instructions are too hard to say. Do a google search for bj bait in south haven mn then do a mapquest from your location to that address. The landing is about 1/2 mile past BJs

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Hiway 55 is alot easier, for getting to clearwater. Follow 55 west from 494, go 1 mile past Annandale, right turn on Nevens ave. go straight for approx. 2mile, you'll drive along access.

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Hiway 55 is alot easier, for getting to clearwater. Follow 55 west from 494, go 1 mile past Annandale, right turn on Nevens ave. go straight for approx. 2mile, you'll drive along access.

Thanks a bunch Jim.... And now for the legwork!! I'll probably start that in a week or two from now.

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BTW - What did happen yesterday?

A semi carrying fuel had to swerve because of some [PoorWordUsage] in a car. Semi tipped over and leaked fuel all over.

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Great ranger20, glad to hear it. Curious, what was it that you were using and were you fishing in the same areas/depths?

we were useing lindys and a leech i got the 22incher out of 30fow the others came from 20feet i think i was fishing the same area you where email me and i can tell you where i was

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Greetings fellow fisherman!

I'm gonna try fishing this lake for some eyes on Saturday morning.

Any tips for a lackluster fisherman? lol.

It sounds like we should try the edges of the humps. Is there any preferred depth this time of year? Was planning on using spinners with leaches - this seem reasonable or should I be trying something else? Any color seem hotter than the rest?

Feel free to email me at tsande at hotmail dot com

Any help would be greatly appreciated - haven't caught a walleye in years (don't get out much now thanks to two bundles of "joy". ha ha.

Also - I have the choice between two boats and was curious what you guys would do in my shoes...

1.) 16' Glastron pleasure boat with 90HP OMC - no trolling motor!

2.) 14' aluminum fishing boat w/ 15HP Johnson - no depth finder!

Darned either way eh? If I catch even one walleye I'll be happy - gotta keep the standards in check with my equip. ha ha.

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i would go with the glastron if you can back troll some what slow you will be good to go stay in the 25-30fow and you should find some good luck

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On Clearwater!! You absolutely need a depthfinder so that decides your boat, and subsequently your technique. Since you will need to anchor due to no trolling motor, leave the spinners in the box and switch to jig/minnow or cast Lindy rigs with leeches. That said, I would target some of the humps in the east basin, watch the wind and anchor on the upwind side (or you will end up floating away due to the steep drops). I would work the 12'-20' depths to be outside the weedlines, but on the humps you will be able to cast to 3' and 30' from the same spot. Plan on moving around a lot until you find some fish.

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Thanks for the advice guys! - very much appreciated. I'll try to give a report when I get back. If we slaughter them though, I'll probably only admit to catching a few... ;-)

If I only catch a few I'll probably say we couldn't keep them off the hook.

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you dont need a trolling motor to troll we have back trolled for many years and caught prenty of fish i would recomend a drift sock

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Went out Saturday from about 7AM - 2PM. Nothing caught after 9:00 except for some rock bass and blue gills in a shallow area. Had all of our luck on the western side of the lake.

Picked up 2 walleyes though. I'm thinking we should have been out even earlier...we were some of the last to arrive at the access.

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You are right on the timing. For the most part, Clearwater is a twilight bite kind of lake. The best time to get there is as early as you can see what you are doing, or the same for the evening. Morning has always been better for me.

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THE "TIMING" FOR ME HAS SEEMED TO STOP. SPENT SAT. & SUN. ON THE WATER FROM 6PM TILL 10PM. WE WERE 0N THE EAST SIDE FOR THE MOST PART. THERE WERE LOT'S OF ECHOS ON THE SCREEN BUT NO TAKERS..WE WENT FROM 12 FT.DOWN TO 30FT ON EACH HUMP WE FISHED. USING LEECHS, CRAWLERS,CRANKS, AND ONLY BOATED 1 BULLHEAD. I KNOW THEY ARE THERE BUT I HAVEN'T FOUND OUT WHAT THEY WANT TO EAT WHEN I'M OVER THEM. THAT'S WHY THEY CALL IT "FISHING" I GUESS..AND NOT CATCHING......><(((*>

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About timing on clearwater,, well for me it has been a daytime bite and has been since the mid 80s... last trip out was a week from this past sunday trolling cranks,, 2 of us and 2 limits of 16 to 18 inch fish in the middle of the afternoon,, of course after living on the lake for many years helps just a bit,, laugh ... Kinda miss living on clearwater,, but now at least i will fish some other lakes also

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  • 3 weeks later...

Doesn't help the sprayed the you know what out of it either. All the dead/dying weeds really made the water an ugly color and scattered the fish. I really wish they weren't allowed to do that. Makes everything worse as far as fishing and water quality.

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