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We will be on Deer Lake for a week starting July 2nd. Any tips on where to find Eyes, Bass, or Crappie?

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If you're talking about Deer Lake near Deer River, walleye fishing will be the night shift. I usually get out there around 9 pm and check out the spots I'm gonna be fishing. And once darkness falls, start trolling the shorelines and over the sunken islands. I usually troll original #11 or #13 rapalas in 5-10 feet of water. I've never heard of anyone catching crappies out there, but have talked to some people who say there's a few around. As for smallies, hit the sunken islands and anywhere you find rock and go to it.

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Thanks for the reply BMC. Yes, you have the right Deer Lake. The one near Deer River. I had heard that it was a night fish for eyes. I am surprised they are in so shallow though. How is the water level on Deer?

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The water level is fine. There are some areas of the lake where a buoy is needed because the water is pretty shallow. Be careful on the south end of Bear island, between the buoy and the island. Try the humps 20 to 30 feet east of the point of the island. Good luck.

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Thanks leegs1. And thanks for the tip on Pine Ridge Resort. That is where we have our reservations for the week. If you come across any other lake info we would appreciate it.

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The reefs are the place to be during the day for the eyes. One trick to try if the Lindy rig approach fails is to troll fast with crawlers and spinners, it can be deadly on Deer. A location to start would be the north end of Kens reef. Other options for eyes include twilight and nightime trolling the shallows with stick baits or troll the open water (structure perimeters) with deep diving Rogues or Shad Raps until you hit paydirt.

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Starting about this time of year, I have had consistent good luck on Deer by putting a leech a foot and a half of the bottom witha slip bobber on any of the many 20-30' midlake humps. They usually start biting just before dark and well into the night. I've yet to be skunked doing this. Good Luck!

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Gordon and gkl you have been very helpful. Won't leave until next Tuesday so if anything new comes up let me know.

Thanks Again!!

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