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My wife Sherry baby and I are headed up Thursday morning with our wheelhouse. My question is at what general depth do you see the transition from gravel/sand to mud?

Kelly, I have been following your post and will be bringing my tape measure. We are going to go out on Hillman's road and I was hoping to get in the vicinity of the transition line. Any advise on the latest trend in the bite? Mud or gravel? Thanks, see you there.

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From what I have been seeing the transition line doesn't really make any difference right now. Last weekend we had shaky and Doc about as deep in the mud as we could get and Blackjack up in 7 feet of water on gravel. Both limited out. I have heard that Bearpaw is in as shallow as 4 feet and doing good. The most important thing as usual is to stay spread out and stay quite. I know that Buddy had a couple of areas of Hillman's road that did very good last weekend. I still very strongly that we have "crappie highway" type of situation happening with the walleyes where school after school of walleyes are flowing through the Beacon's and Hillman's area. As long as everyone stays spread out the walleyes will not be spooking away from the noise of crowds and stay in the area. Good luck.

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Kelly has put us in 5, 8, and last week 12 ft. Of water. The bottom composition has ranged from rock to mud. We caught a lot of fish in all those areas. Like Kelly said, the key is to stay quiet and spread out. Light is also a consideration and it doesn't hurt to spend most of your time fishing. grin

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I agree with Shaky, when we were there two weeks ago, we were in apprx 9 1/2 ft on a hard bottom, and found the fish quite active considering a front had just moved in. As Shaky mentioned and Jonny and Kelly have been preaching for a long time, stay spread out. We had no houses anywhere near us, and the only traffic that was in the area was when Jonny or Kelly stopped to check and see if we were taking a nap.

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