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kfk

Has anyone heard any reports of whitefish or tulibee being caught recently?

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Hoey

There are many tulibee mixed in with the walleye and sauger.  Deeper water and mud are the places to search out a good school of them.  

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kfk

I know where to look but I'm just curious how the bite has been for them.

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CANOPY SAM

In my experience, they aren't showing up as often as they were only a year or two back.  Couple winters back they were prolific.  Couldn't go anywhere without getting into at least a half dozen of these buggers.

I caught one on Monday, in 32 feet of water, but it was a dandy!  At least 3, maybe 3 1/2 lbs.?  As usual, this fish was suspended about 12-14 feet off bottom, and as soon as I reeled up to it, it quickly turned and hammered my bait.  It'll be a dandy for the smoker!

I don't know very much about these deep water, pelagic fish.  They must go in population cycles...kinda like crappies?  Fast growing, short life cycle???  Maybe just me, but I'm just not seeing nearly as many as we did a couple winters ago, and I'm primarily fishing the same areas.

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curt quesnell

Seems like we catch 1 or 2 almost every time out.  Haven't really gotten into em yet but I suppose it is comming.

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Hoey

This past weekend, only two were caught by our group of three fishermen and they were small, in the 10" range.  

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hookie

got a nice batch last weekend for smoking. Larger ones.

 

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Ten point

Catching a lot of them in 34 feet

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    • jake125
      How's the eye bite been out there? I got out Saturday night and landed one bigger fish. Pretty slow otherwise. Didn't mark anything Sunday morning. Few permies out on the lake. There was 11'' of ice where I was but know for a fact it is not like that on the whole lake
    • jake125
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    • papadarv
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    • ANYFISH2
      Made it out last night for the first time.  Hit Shamineau for the evening bite.  Fished 21 ft water, about 15 yrds out from the milfoil edge.  Fish marked regularly from 4:15 till 6:30.  7 fish caught and probably 10 misses, first time out give me break!  Most of the walleyes were small with 2 14" fish put in the bucket. Minnows under a bobber with a plain hook or a white jig caught all the fish and bites.  Nothing on spoons.  Ice conditions: we had a consistent 9" of very good ice on Shamineau.  Large houses are out on the far west side.   Lake Alex has fisherman on most of the community spots with four wheels being used.  On the east end ice is good ranging from 8 to a little of 11".   Have not been on Fish Trap, however, Action Dock Service has warned that there is an large open area on the west side of Big Island as of yesterday.   Please be aware that Alex, Shamineau and Crookneck have many aerators in use all around these lakes for shorline protection.  Be very aware of what is in front of you, especially at night.   Good luck.
    • iiccee63
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    • CJH
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    • Wanderer
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    • Spearing Machine
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