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centralmnguy

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centralmnguy

So how do you plan to catch the big one? What is your opening day tactic:

1. Jigging shiners

2. Slip bobber fishing

3. Trolling raps

4. Spinners

5. Pitching cranks

6. Bottom bouncers

7. Fishing shallow/deep humps

Or any other methods I forgot to mention...just curious!

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Davidjojo

Trolling Raps,jigging and Lindy Rigging shiners will be my top bets for success. I'll still be looking for some big slabs too.

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anchor man

I plan to start by throwing plastics shallow and in some current areas to see if I can locate any, likely troll some cranks and lindy rig a bit too. I would like to slip bobber if I can find some fish. On the WFC opening weekend is always a challenge. I suppose I'll venture out to the 25ft depths too to see if anything is out there.

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RockBass16

I agree WFC is always tricky on opener and the walleye bite typically (for me) seems to be behind the rest of the state. Think the earlier spawn will change that this year?

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bigred84

I'm going to start with slip bobbering with huge shiners( as long as they are in my spot!) Then move on to live bait trolling ie. Spinners and rigs

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anchor man

well even into Summer I struggle with consistent walleye fishing, so if spawning is done and they're a few weeks ahead, that won't necessarily mean I'll be hauling them in. I'll just try everyting and see what works. Anyone have any predictions for where those eyes might be on WF? My guess is that some will be deeper than expected and already away from the shoreline in some spots.

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centralmnguy

I usually like to start out vertical jigging shiners with fireball jigs up shallow since the weeds are low this time of year & switch to trolling raps at dark along a nice long break

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ThunderLund78

Will have both Leeches & Spot Tails in the boat. If the water is high 50s or above, the leech bite starts on the lake I'll be on (Fish Trap). I checked it out 8 days ago, the water was gin clear with at least 10 ft vis. and weedlines were just starting to form--so the shallow bite may be tough for me. But I will be trying all of the above mentioned before the day is done. And if all else fails, slip bobbers at dusk off the break seem to get a few in the boat. If the Walleye aren't cooperating, I'm sure the pike will be smile I am an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY ANGLER!

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anchor man

centralmn, how shallow do you figure you can vertical jig before you're spooking fish? I like to run lindy's in about 10ft sometimes, but I feel like I'm just pushing fish to the side at that depth. I could be wrong though

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ozzie

Funny you ask that question anchor man cause I was thinking the same thing...when I am 8' or under I am always casting and retrieving back to the boat as I think I would scatter fish as I drive over them

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centralmnguy

I usually put the front trolling motor down & go at a slow crawl...most of the time using the wind to help push me along. I like to fish the first break 8-18 fow depending on the weed line. Usually will start out deeper 15-18 fow & work my way in shallower 8-12 fow & push the fish up to the break. & go back & forth in short distances as I work my way down. Always staying along the weed line.

Hope that makes sense.

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anchor man

centralmn, yes that makes sense. When you said shallow, I was wondering if you meant 6-8ft or so. I usually work 15-22ft range, but when jigging under about 13ft I feel "too close" to the fish. good luck out there

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pathogen

I'm going to start out snap-jigging powerbait thru sparse weeds and along weedlines. I think it will be quite productive the way this spring has unfolded. If that doesn't pan out the way I expect, I will do some live bait rigging and slip bobbering.

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Sportland_Bait

Lindy rig and shiner, split shot hook and a shiner, or long line a small jig and shiner. Most years the shiners rule the opener on our local lakes. Trolling rapalas at dark also produces some huge results. Looks like an awesome opener. Should be fun.

Jason Erlandson

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centralmnguy

My thoughts exactly Jason...you go look in the creeks & shallow river spots & they are full of shiners running right now.

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