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Has Lida slowed or is it just me?

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Fished Lida a few times this week and the bite has seemed to slow considerably. Was able to get a few 19" fish to go on Sunday, but the bite seems to be off. These fish were scattered and it took a lot of moving around to find them. Curious if it is just me or if others are experiencing the same results.

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Paul Rohweller

Hey kirsch
fished lida saturday, did alright. I got a few in the 19 inch range but like you I had to move around alot. I didnt spend alot of time fishing where I knew there was fish (was a scouting mission). I'll be back on lida tomorrow. Rumor has it it's hit or miss. I did best rigging a plain nightcrawler.Paul

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Crow Hunter

Reading about Lida got me to wondering... My family used to go to Lida for a week every year, but I have not been there now since the early 80's. It used to be a great lake for big sunfish, crappies and good walleye fishing. How is the fishing now for these species? Maybe I will have to come up and try it again sometime. I'd appreciate any info you guys can give me.

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Paul Rohweller

Those fish up off the bottom are the reason my rigging snells are a little over 5 ft long. Floating a crawler up in their face until they just cant take it anymore. On tuesday we switched from rigging to trolling spinners so we could cover more ground. Have you ran a red and white blade with red beads there yet?
Crow hunter, The fishing on lida has become
better since your last visit. Theres a voulantary 15 inch minimum size on the walleyes and a slot on the crappies. I did catch two pike in the 5 to 8 lb range on tuesday as well. right now the big walleyes are shallow. i watched a tourist reel in a 7 pounder caught on a rattletrap fishing for panfish. Later! Paul

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http://fishingminnesota.com/pinetoprairie

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Paul,

Have you noticed the walleyes suspending quite a ways off the bottom on Lida and Bpine this year? It seems to be happening to me a lot this year. I haven't had a lot of problems catching fish, but the biggest arches have been 3-4 feet off the bottom versus tight to the bottom. My bottom bouncer is below them.

I noticed this last night on Lida and switched from a bottom bouncer, spinner, and crawler to a three way rig with spinnner and crawler and it seemed to be the ticket. Thought I would let you know and see if you have been experiencing the same thing.

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Paul,

I haven't tried a red/white blade. I have had luck with red and silver beads or chartruese and gold beads when it is sunny and glow/red when it is cloudy. Also for spinner blades, I have been having my best luck with hammered Silver and Hammered gold on sunny days. On cloudy days, blue, glow, or pink or any combination of these have been producing.

Also, crawlers have been the ticket all year for me. I have been very dedicated at trying to use leeches. However, since mid-Summer last year on Lida, I haven't seen one day where they have out-produced crawlers.

I will try red/white next time out. I was out on Saturday and fishing wasn't fast, but I did catch some in the 18-19" class. Lida produces better for me in the mornings than the evenings, but it just may be my pattern I am fishing. I also have caught a small-mouth the last 3 times out. All of them over 2 lbs. Is this lake being groomed for a small-mouth lake?

One other question, I haven't been over to Big Pine since the Barrel O'Fun tourney. Is it still producing?

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Paul Rohweller

Ya big pine took a severe downturn fishwise, It got the mayfly thing and then croaked.I left it for dead till fall or even next spring. You could still go there and catch fish but its not as easy as a month and a half ago. I belive lida is being groomed as a smallie lake, I've been catching them too. We ran into a pile of them on a bar out there last winter, theres some dandys in there if the folks manage to release them immediately, I think the lake has state record potential within the next 5 years. Save the leeches for ottertail and stick with your crawler game or pull crankbaits. Little mcdonald is on! Paul

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Hi Kirsch,
best thing you could do for lil mac is to read the article on the main page here at fishingminnesota.com on open water trolling. Its the same deal just a different lake. I agree it is like pulling teeth! It has been kept quiet for many many years. The biggest eye for my boat came from there, a 32 incher wasnt me tho. :-( Oh well. That came on live bait in 22 ft of water. Paul

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Paul,

Now you have my attention with the words Little Mac. My Sister and Brother-in-law have a home on this lake and I have seen some samples of walleyes that come off that lake at night with deep water cranking. However, it is like pulling teeth trying to get any info out of anyone about this lake.

We can take this offline if you like to discuss this more in detail. I would be curious how deep you are fishing, if it is a night (dark) bite, full moon any better, what type of crank seems to work best, etc.

I had heard the bass were hiting well but I hadn't heard about the walleyes.

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