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Big Sandy Lake Advice

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the man

I'm headed up to big sandy lake this weekend. Just curious as to what I can expect for the walleye fishing. Does big sandy have much for bass?


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I've caught a few Smallmouth Bass on BSL. There are many different rock points and rock piles where they hang out. I prefer the white fluke minnows, but the snake pike destroy them fast. No Largemouth unfortunately...it's the only bad thing about that lake. I don't walleye fish much on that lake, but I'm up there for 10 days starting Thursday of this week so I can't wait to get some leeches and see what happens.

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As was said, the bass fishing kinda takes a back seat to crappies and walleye. I fish walleye up there every chance I get. With the slot, sizes are slowly starting to come around.

Normally around this time of year I will normally just troll to catch walleye. I end up anywhere from 6-12 feet of water. I usually go out with a few people, so we try different things at the same time to see what is working. Normally one will go with a spinning lindy, one a floating lindy and another with one of the two in a different color combination. I am pretty religious about using leeches. I have tried trolling minnows and normally end up getting more runt pike than anything. I don't concentrate on any one kind of structure, just normally go to places that in the past have produced fish. If you have a map of the lake, look for islands that have 6-12 feet of water around them. If you know of any names of the islands, try Moose gut, Raspberry, or Battle Island. All three of those have produced fish. Long Island has put out a few in the past, but I normally stop fishing that once the weeds start to get growing, and I know that my last trip up, they were starting to pop up.

Also, there are a few rock humps out in the middle of the lake (right about northeast of Long Island, that I see guys around and hear they catch fish on them. And if your looking for crappies, just try around dock areas or if you can find any sort of reeds throw a bobber in there.

All in all, just troll around some islands and see what happens. Every year we find a new spot or two that works out better than it did the year before. Hope this helps. Good luck this weekend.

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