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Spent the morning on Madison fished deep and shallow. Pretty slow, water temps in the 60's

Not to many fishermen there.

After lunch hit Washington water temp in the 70's fish bait more active.

10 to 8 feet. Beautiful day to be on the water, not too hot not too cold not too windy not too nothing.

Kinda unusual for Minnesota. . . .

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Matt, I fished Washington last Thursday and fre=iday and did great on gills nd crappie for numbers and size. Those bottom feeding eyes were also very active and hungry.

Think I may hit it again this week after a trip to Iowa tomorrow.

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How many eyes over six inches ?

Not being mean but every where I go on Washington I find five to six inch eyes.

Also not complaining fishing is good on most area lakes, I usually dedicate a hour to the eyes then move on to pan fish.

Spent way too many hours focusing on eyes when it is just as fun to hunt and C&R big sunnies.

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Matt, I fished Washington last Thursday and fre=iday and did great on gills nd crappie for numbers and size. Those bottom feeding eyes were also very active and hungry.

Think I may hit it again this week after a trip to Iowa tomorrow.

Tom shoot me a call. I am boat-less ATM. Would love to meet up with ya.

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How many eyes over six inches ?

Not being mean but every where I go on Washington I find five to six inch eyes.

Also not complaining fishing is good on most area lakes, I usually dedicate a hour to the eyes then move on to pan fish.

Spent way too many hours focusing on eyes when it is just as fun to hunt and C&R big sunnies.

I get sucked into that as well...Exclusive eye fishing, start getting nice pannies, yet go back to eyes. lol

I can honestly say, I have NEVER fished Washington. Every other lake in the area 100000's of times, yet never wash. smirk

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I fished Washington for the first time on Sat. Had a good time with crappie, sunfish and pike. No Walleye for me. I see the lake also has sheepshead frown

Is there a way to get from Hwy60 to the North landing without traveling on gravel?

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I have caught everything that swims on Washington EXCEPT for a walleye. Which just happens to be my favorite fish to catch. I think when they are deep I'm fishing shallow, when they are shallow I'm deep, when they want leeches I have minnows, etc, etc!!

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So many bad reports on washington and madison i'd feel bad giving mine. smile

A little advice from someone who primarily fishes wash: Eaters in shallow, fish > 19" out deep. Most of the summer i spend catching >19" suspended in 50fow. wink

With the cover of darkness, you can find most of the fish in shallow.

Here's an opener 3am 25" Lake Washington Walleye.

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I look like a zombie.

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I have caught everything that swims on Washington EXCEPT for a walleye. Which just happens to be my favorite fish to catch. I think when they are deep I'm fishing shallow, when they are shallow I'm deep, when they want leeches I have minnows, etc, etc!!

Just last week I was doing well with the eyes in less than 10ft pulling crawlers for panfish and the eyes also were hungry for both days. Caught many eyes up to 17" and many of the smaller variety from 7-10 inches, our the lakes future catch.

Been pulling crawler harness's for years on Washington gor gills and also boating eyes in the same shallow areas. In the summer, I can catch the same same fish the same luck working shallow areas off the deeper holes during low light periods of the day. I love pulling cranks at night but never yet on this lake.

Going again this week to see if I can find another group of fish willing to play.

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I was wondering where you find 50' of water om Washington? I have found plenty of deep water out there put never 50 or was that just a figure of speech

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Thanks for the info Harvey. I honestly have done very little if any pulling crawler harness'. I have tried spinners with leech and minnows. I was casting cranks and my buddy a jig and leech shallow in the weeds the morning of the opener. No eye's but we caught several nice bass and got into some nice sunfish.

I was out last week to Washington again in the late afternoon, early evening with my oldest son, tried casting cranks again shallow and later did some trolling with them when it got dark with no luck. I will have to try the crawler rig. Do you fill them with air like I hear some people do?

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I have used air but not on Washington. If you pull crawlers, you will get bothered with about every specie in the lake but should pick up some eyes.

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Probably off 3rd point. Bakers bay is not quite that deep.

No, probably in the 50' hole. You know, the one nobody ever fishes. grin

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I rarely ever fish off of 3rd point.

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Yeh I get it the south basin, but I blew up this map 200% and I still havent seen 50' of water wink

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Saw alot of people fishing that 50'area last week. Some for eyes and some for crappie.

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Yeh I get it the south basin, but I blew up this map 200% and I still havent seen 50' of water wink

Try going on the lake. I think it maxes out at 55'.

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Boated a nice meal of gills this am. Tasty supper this evening.

Nice seeing you on the lake Bruce. How did you do or did the rain come as I left?

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Is that an invite, look me up I will tackle those "thermo" eyes with you

Right on, Got to wait for the thermo to show up. Should be right around the corner.

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Nice seeing you as well Tom. It started raining as soon as you left and rained for about a half hour and that was it, nice day after that. It started off a little slow because it was windy in the morning after the rain and I couldn't hold my spot. Once the wind let up I went back to where I told you and it was game on. Big bulls all afternoon.

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That's great. I was going to go back today for a few hours but I thought I had better do some yard work. Think I may be done there as I am going to hit the MN river the next 3-5 trips out.

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