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rayguy

Does it ever quit blowing?  Tough conditions this week. Fish scattered all over the place.  Bass hitting the best, panfish the least. Walleyes in the middle.  Best for us has been late afternoon on lindys and leeches. Nothing great but with the warmup coming I think things will improve. Did see a 7-8 lber caught ,  on a Daredevil of all things.  Keep the beer cold.  Go get em.  Rayguy

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Just got back from the cabin.  Whitefish was pretty good the last few days.  For us leeches on a lindy rig was the best.  Caught them from 12' to 23' .  Best was late afternoon .  No whoppers but some nice 3lbers.  Biggest for us was 26" out of 15' of water.  One thing there are some crazies running around with the Don Johnson type of boat.  Running up and down the lake three to a pack.  For that reason I would advise finding some spots out of the main race track.  Also had a bigtime storm last night with lots of lightning  so that may slow down the bite.  Anyway keep a open eye as the PT boats are so fast they can't turn very fast.  Stay safe,  good fishing and Happy Fourth OF July.       Rayguy

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ozzie

Always the case on the Chain, and most lakes, is too keep your ears open and your head up looking every so often, as those boats do run fast!! Many times you have to wonder if they are really paying attention to what is in front of them! 

 

As for the fishing I got up and on the lake early Saturday to beat the heat and the crazies and I have never been seen so many anglers flying around the lake that early...or ever if not a tournament!  But from what I saw and heard not many people were catching fish.  Saw 2 boats on a point then the 2 boats that were by me went to the point making 4...next thing is you have a boat here and a boat there next thing there are 10 boats on the point!!  After another 45 minutes there was only one boat left on the point😂  positive it was herd mentality and no fish caught!  As for the fishing it was dead other than getting my jigging rap bitten off!!!  First time in a long time being bitten off...the worse part was I retied and about 20 minutes later was pulling in a pile of weeds and either my knot was weak or my line broke from the zebras and I watched another $9 go to the bottom of the lake!!🤦‍♂️ Once I got to the landing there was  a guide returning and I heard the "sorry, wish we could have found some walleyes" conversation which made me feel a little better about not catching any! 

 

I did get out to Gull on Friday night trolling till 11 starting at around 8pm.  We caught 2 eyes 21.5 and 18.5 and lost another...not great but could have been worse.  Always remember to bring with a spotlight when night fishing as we had to light up a boat cruising around as they were on a path right for us and with out the light who knows what may have happened!  See way too many people, on Gull especially, that are out at night and don't have lights on or one or the other are not working!  Don't put your life and others at risk cuz you want to fish at night!!!!

 

Good Luck and enjoy the 4th!!

 

 

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Wanderer

Thanks for the reports guys.  I like both systems and don’t live too far away but man, news like that makes it easy to ignore them.

 

Maybe you saw someone test driving this rig??? 

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ozzie

I have seen that boat out and about I believe but there was one on the chain just north of the warf docked last year that had trip 400's on the back!  Some crazy boats with crazy HP out there!!

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ConnorMN

That boat now has quad 400 Verados hanging off it...

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ConnorMN

been fishing the depths mentioned - 12-20ish.  Only one eye Sunday-Tuesday.  Haven’t seen hardly any caught. No shortage of 22-24” pike.  Been on upper, lower, rush and cross.  If anyone wants to share a nugget of info, it’d be much appreciated. 

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city slicker

Nice work! It's all about the tiller...city😂

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Rick
21 hours ago, OutdoorLife4Life said:

Was out this past weekend for a little bit and caught a handful of walleyes and a bunch of pike. We fished 13-18feet mostly. All of our fishing was done on main lake structure. Our biggest was 25.5. We caught a couple 16”, a 17”, a couple 18”, and a 19” and change. Jig and minnow was still best for us. My wife pulled a spinner but caught mostly pike.  Biggest pike was 26”. Good luck to everyone!

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Nice catch. 🙂👍💙

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TAJ

Sorry for the late reply. I  fished July 3 and 4 and caught a 14, 19, 21, and 27. Weather was too nice to fish, but still went out (clear skies and calm). Better for swimming and boating. Fish were caught in different locations in Middle and Upper and before 8 AM. Water still seemed cool. Few weeds up yet. Should be better now and forward with all the heat recently. 

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I fished on Cross for a couple hours on Sat morning (6-8am) and caught two 14" eye and a couple pike. One eye was on a jig/leech and the other on a silver Flickr Shad. 17ft. The sunfish were relentless on plucking leeches off my jig if I wasn't moving fast enough or got up into the weeds a bit. Nice morning to be out, but the lack of breeze and full sun it was hot by 8:30.

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ozzie
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My father in-law and I got out Saturday from  9-11:30am and 8-10:30pm trying a few new spots.  We found crazy amounts of perch and sunnies with a few pike mixed along the weed edges.  Once again the eyes eluded us but was nice to be on the water

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rayguy

Headed up Sunday for ten days.  See water is in high 70'S ,  pretty warm.   Did see a pic. on Heaths resort website of a nice catch of walleyes. Hopefully with the screwy  spring this may be the summer peak.  Daughter was up last weekend and she said bass were going crazy in the morning before it got hot.  May try some spinners first.   Any fish stories to tell?  

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TAJ

I fished last Tuesday and Wednesday. Caught 5 walleyes in Lower WF on lindy and leach. 4 of the fish were caught within an hour on Tuesday early evening. Mornings were slow both days. Heading up again on Monday for a few days. Hopefully weather will stay stable. 

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ozzie

heading up Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon and hope to find a couple hours to get out on the lake.  Word is the eyes are biting out there

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TAJ
  • Hi. I was out Monday night and Tuesday morning. My son and I caught six nice eater walleyes. Weather was stable with a consistent north and nw wind. Fish were easy to spot on the Lowrance. All in 14 - 16 weed edges. All that changed Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. No wind or slight west wind. No fish to be found on Wednesday morning. How quickly conditions change and fish patterns are impacted.
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ozzie

Unfortunately for the fishing report side of things I did not get out last weekend. This weekend should be different as we don't have scheduled plans...hope the bite continues out there!!  Good Luck

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TAJ

Hello. I fished Sunda night right after the all day rain. Picked up two nice eaters between 7-8. Saw a bunch of fish, then everything changed. Couldn't find a fish on Monday into Tuesday. Spent a couple hours looking. I did hook up on a couple of huge small mouth. Good luck.

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rayguy

Back from the cabin.  Fishing was ok .    Changed from day to day though.  Caught walleyes on weed edges,  drop offs and even a few trolling cranks over 80' of water.  Did notice the shoreline weeds are very thin.   Wild rice on chain is very poor,  will be bad for the duck hunters. Best fishing we had was for bass and crappies.  Wife caught a 24' smallie on a leech.  Now its off to Yellowstone and Glacier Parks.  Had to promise the boss I would not bring a fishing pole.   Leave a few for me guys and enjoy August.

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walleye vision
On 8/2/2019 at 2:48 PM, rayguy said:

Back from the cabin.  Fishing was ok .    Changed from day to day though.  Caught walleyes on weed edges,  drop offs and even a few trolling cranks over 80' of water.  Did notice the shoreline weeds are very thin.   Wild rice on chain is very poor,  will be bad for the duck hunters. Best fishing we had was for bass and crappies.  Wife caught a 24' smallie on a leech.  Now its off to Yellowstone and Glacier Parks.  Had to promise the boss I would not bring a fishing pole.   Leave a few for me guys and enjoy August.

 

I've been meaning to try some of this open water trolling over the deep basins.  Does it matter what time of day you go?  Do you just troll around looking for schools of bait fish or do you try to focus on the open water adjacent to points etc?

 

Also what depth are the weedlines stopping at?  I haven't been up since the 4th and didn't get a chance to fish then.  I'm wondering if the weedlines are getting deeper with the zebra muscles allowing deeper light penetration.  I'll be up in about a week and hopefully will be able to put a couple in the boat for a meal.

 

 

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rayguy

Open water seems best late afternoon into evening.  Have a neighbor who goes out at dark and at times does well trolling deep cranks over deep water.  Don't really look for baitfish. If you have a decent depth finder  you will see fish arches in the various depths.  Use a crank that runs a little above the most arches. Far as weeds I don't notice any great difference since the zebras invaded .  Seems weed lines are around 15-18 feet .  Weeds are not real thick anyplace this year.  Good luck.

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6 hours ago, walleye vision said:

Do you just troll around looking for schools of bait fish or do you try to focus on the open water adjacent to points etc?

 

If you can spot fish on sonar, GREAT, catch em. Sometimes it's not easy to find the target fish. I look for 'food' like bugs, minnows or cisco. I was fishing through billions of small minnows yesterday in 100+ FOW. They were easily visible over the side of the boat. If there are groups of gulls or loons, I'd start there. These suspended predators aren't just 'swimming around' they are living WITH the food 24/7! Anytime can produce good results but if I had to pick I'd say mornings are best, and often times leads to mid day action. Calm sunny days would be my 2nd choice. I'd hit up the obvious structure at prime time (evenings). Good luck!!!

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I was out trolling over the deep unknown out there this weekend and Friday evening from 7-11pm with 3 eyes boated 16", 18.5", and a 19" along with a couple pike.  Fish caught over 110' of water at 8:30pm -9:45pm...rest of time was just washing the lure.  Saturday fished 7-10pm and caught a 19" eye at 8pm and a 14" at 9pm and nothing else.  Tried Sunday morning from 9-11 trolling and got skunked and then turned to look for some whitefish and it appears they left the 30-50' ranges and have all moved to 80' of water or more and are a little harder to catch.  Oh well!  Over all it was a picture perfect weather weekend on the chain!!!


FYI I had best luck 100' back on braid with a shadow rap (white) attached.

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Wanderer

Ozzie, were you just trolling or down rigging at all?  Sounds like a down rigging situation but haven’t seen a comment as such.

 

Thanks for the report!

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