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So I am the one ALL my friends look to when we need to catch fish. We had a fishing trip planned from Wednesday 7/18 through Sunday this week but due to the unexpected passing of my father I am at home. I figure lakes out when i get to them but unfortunately cannot do that this time

Any advice I can call up to them to give them a decent chance at catching some fish these last couple days? I told them clear lakes = life like lures (perch cranks) and to fish deeper than average since they will spook easily. Am I correct?

I also said night fishing might be a good bet for some walleye but knowing them they will have had 1 too many beers by then and consequently wont be operating a boat.

Any walleye advice i can give them? Or any sure fire advice to catch a few of anything? They are on the northern side of the lake. Thanks a lot!!

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I'd have them working over the 18-25' depths along weedlines & breaks for walleyes. I use bottom bouncers/spinners tipped with crawlers but the sunfish are all over the place. Fun at times but pesky. Use 1/2 crawler or similar size plastics. Also have them try casting jigs and plastics toward the weedlines, letting it sink down all the way. Great way to catch bass and panfish, along with the occasional walleye. Work slop (lily pads, etc) with weedless spoons/frogs for largemouth. Lots of fish in there but like I stated, the sunnies can drive you nuts.

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tell them to hold off on the booze for a while and find a hump right before dark. jig/leech or a lighted slip bobber!!! youll still catch a few panfish but they'll stop biting around dark and then all itll be are them walts.

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Head to backwater bay for some eyes right now. It's the bay that leads into trout lake. Troll a rapala (clown color xraps are my favorite) on a three way off the weed edge just before dark or at sunrise and when the sun goes down (if they're still sober enough) troll the same raps Ina long line with no three way right over the top of the submerged weeds. Hope they have fun! Oh, and the largemouth and pike can be had with plastics off deep cabbage flats. Smallies will be off the midlake humps in 10-17'. Plastics like tubes and jig & craw will work, or just troll a lindy rig with a huge leech. Sunnies might drive ya crazy but sometimes they aren't real thick on deeper rocks/gravel.

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Heading up 8/1-4 (splitting a week on a resort). Just hoping for one day of top water smallies on those famed rock piles. SOOOO geeked.

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Boat trailer back from the shop. Boat on it. Heading up Wednesday. Should be on for the evening bite. Even bringing up the 4wt for some of those big ol' Gills.

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Not sure what lake you are on or how deep it is but I have been trolling deep diving raps over 50-60 feet and picking up some suspended eye's that way in the mornings and then along sand shore lines evening into night. wink

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I'm thinking' you need to know Wabana REAL good to be motoring around there at night.

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