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I finally had some success this past weekend. I caught a number of 1.5 -2 lb walleyes and a bunch of smaller ones. We caught them late in the evening 11pm-2am in four feet of water in the flats near Nesbitt. I've heard that there are big walleyes to be found. Can anyone offer advice?

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A common pattern is pulling size 13 floating rapalas over the big flats or along shorelines after dark. If you can find 10-17 feet of water with tall weeds, pull the rapala over those. Troll 1.5 - 3 mph and hold on tight. I've trolled shad raps in deeper (20') with success in early evening hours before dark.

Aug/Sept are excellent months to do this. Bright moonlight nights are even better.

sometimes you need to stick with it. We've been out for hours after dark trolling back and forth only to have the fish turn on at about 2:00 am. You never know when ...

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pokehunter way to go!! I had a great 4 days from last friday until I left yesterday. I discovered a few new spots and caught alot of fish. I was told 18-24' and I tried but no success I went shallower and it all started to happen. The middle of the day no wind and blue bird skies go figure. It can and did happen. I had a blast caught every species except lake trout with majority being walleyes. Are you from the area? I can not wait to come up.

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On Deer lake, I have had great success night fishing for walleyes by putting a leech two off the bottom under a slip bobber on any of the many midlake humps between 14' and 30'. Has anyone tried this approach on Pok? I can't see why it wouldn't work.

pokehunter: what side of nesbitt? over the boulders or weeds? what kind of bait presentation. I have had good luck with northerns on pok but not walleyes. My wife are I are going to be up this weekend and she is actually gonna come out with me so the pressure's on!

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Thanks guys!

I'll have to try draggin' some stickbaits as well as the leaches.

I was on the North side of Nesbitt on the West end.

I'm from the TC but own a cabin on Pokey. I grew up in Hibbing, so it's nice to get back up North on the weekends.

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Anything moving on Pokegama. My brother is new to the area and has been out quite a bit with an aquaview and is seeing numbers of 'eyes on the outer weed edge just sitting there. I've been up a few times and we have thrown almost everything known at them, and haven't made much happen. Any recomendations? It's a great looking and fun lake. Anyone...anyone?

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Stick, I have been throwing a 1\4 or 1\8 oz gumball long shank jig with a shiner at them just friday and picked a few off. you might want to try dragging a crawler over them a few times,that might entice them to bite.
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