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fishingguy

For those of you having some luck putting a few walleyes in the boat. What's working?

I have had a bit of luck on a few different lakes. No BIG bite but a few meals worth. Many different types of presentations. Jig with live bait, Both dragging and casting. Also have picked up a couple trolling live bait, and even slow trolling cranks.

So whats working for you this early season so far?

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Rubber Ducky

I have been dragging small plastics over the tops of the weeds. Trolling with the electric motor at 1.4, 1/16th oz head. We did really well this weekend with eyes and some of the biggest Crappies i have ever seen.

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bigsam

We did really well this weekend with eyes and some of the biggest Crappies i have ever seen.

It was the best BIG crappie bite I have ever had! Thanks for the guide service RB! The first is a 17", the second a 16".

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Rubber Ducky

Its all good big boy. I still cant believe that you put it back. Good call!

I guess that's why we jump on many lakes, so we CAN FIND THE HOT BITE!!!!

Once in a life time fish!

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Matt C

Salmo Hornets, blue/silver.

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bigsam

The Rubber Duck got in on the monster crappie action, too!

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Matt C

Very nice!

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TruthWalleyes

Salmo Hornets, blue/silver.

That's your answer everytime someone asks what's working wink

I call that one the sheephead slayer!

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Hamitupguy

I know you guys threw those big girls back. Thanks for doing your part.

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Hamitupguy

If you are running low on the Hornets, my favorite little bait & tackle shop has 5 of silver and blues on the shelf.

Salmo Hornets, blue/silver.

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Hookey

Patience.

Between the wind the rain the cold water temps and work it has been a slow starter.

I have come to the realization that you have to get over waiting for perfect weather perfect winds perfect time etc to get out there.

Last two days have been good fishing on Madison but with the conditions there were maybe 2 or 3 boats out yesterday, more today but way below years past.

Put on your rain gear and "buck" the wind !

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Rubber Ducky

We ended up with 6 eyes from 17 to 22 this weekended. We were using the small jigs and Hyper tails, they worked the best. We manged a few fish on a different lake with X-Raps small gold.

Sunfish are still really shallow as are the crappies. Crappies still had eggs coming out of them.

Eyes were in the 7 to 11 fow range. Look for deeper weeds and gravel, you will find the eyes.

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JosMN

Was on a couple local lakes this wkend. One we boated 5 eyes, all under 14 but one, which was 21. All fish were caught on a jig and minnow, or leech. 8-12ft. The other lake we went to was a little more productive. Pulled hornets in 7-11 ft and boated about 8 walleyes. Most under 14 but kept 3 - couple 15's and one 18. All other fish were thrown back.

RD, we tried the xraps but had trouble catching the weeds, so we went back to that old faithful spot. smile I guess I should have thrown on the smaller one.

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Rubber Ducky

JM,

I use 8lb test mono and we were using both big and small. When we hit the weeds we would pull it real hard, that's when we seemed to get our best strikes.

How fast were you running them Hornets?

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JosMN

I have a couple rods with 8 or 10lb mono that I was using for those. I must not have been going fast enough, too much line, or something.

I honestly couldnt tell ya how fast I was going with the hornets. The old x91 speedo wheel never shows my low speed well. Heck, I think it was reading zero at the time. All I was doing, and all I ever do depending on how bad the wind is - bad wind = forward troll, no wind or low wind = back troll with the 60 idled down as far as I can in 6-10 feet with the #4's. I run 8 pound braid with a flouro leader with the hornets usually so they get down pretty easy. Usually set the rod in my holder, mid height, or 3/4 up if I'm running 6 or 6.5 feet. Seems to work, whatever the heck speed I am actually running I wish I new. I gotta get me a new GPS/sonar.

I wanted to pull up to you guys and give ya the "hey, your boats on fire" after I saw the smoke. Nah, its just a little oil....

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Rubber Ducky

That's what happens when you troll with a 120 horse. Lol. My buddy just bought the new gen 2 7". He had no idea how to set it. He fished one day with me and i was calling his fish. That's when he decided it was time to upgrade.

If you want to hook up this Saturday, lets roll. the old timers our out all week. I ll have the information on were to go by Friday.

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JosMN

I should be good to go for saturday. Let me know what time.

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harvey lee

Layed the smackdown on a mess of gills and crappie this am.

Then I decided to see if I could boat a few eyes.

dragged numerous different cranks in the shallows by the weedling and over the weeds with no a hit.

Thewn I switched to a crawler harness with a gold blade and layed the smack down on the eyes.

2 eyes out of 30fow and 7 more feom 8-14fow of the 1st breakline. Eyes were from 14-22 inches.

Great morning on the water for the bite and the weather was AWESOME.

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7 grand kids

Hey Harvey, how deep were the gills and crappies? Thinking about taking out some of the grandkids.

Thanks.

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harvey lee

The sunfish I caught in approx 5-8fow yesterday, the day before 4fow. The crappies I boated in approx 7-10fow off the edge of the weeds.

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