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We went & tried West Battle yesterday afternoon/evening. I'd never been on the lake, we were going to fish Ottertail, but it sounded like it was slow & the Outdoor News talked like W. Battle was maybe going a little better. It wasn't for us.

Where do you go on all that structure? We caught one 12 1/2" walleye, several perch, rock bass, largemouth bass, a small northern & had my lindy rig ripped off by we're guessing an 8-10 pound muskie about 50 yards from the boat. He came out of the water on a tail dance with my line coming out of his mouth. I'd been feeding a sunfish bite I'm pretty sure & I think he hit the hooked sunfish, but couldn't tell.

We fished anywhere from 12-30 feet all over the West arm of the lake. Leeches got very few hits, crawlers got hammered by junk fish (obviously) all day, but that's what everything came on.

Anybody have any pointers if I ever head back that way as to what & where to try for walleyes?

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Hey bigbucks,
I was out there too hitting my traditional spots for walleyes and it was a tough bite. It was simply too hot and calm IMO. I did find some bass and gills instead. smile.gif

I heard Saturday the bite was really good, but the Sat. night's weather stopped that. There also was a major mayfly hatch last week that hurt the bite too.

I fish the east side in the summer for walleyes as I don't seem to have much luck on the western side. Fish any breakline, find the weedline in 23-25 feet works best this time of the year. Every day is different, but 20-30 feet of water is typical. Stick to leeches, I've never done well on crawlers, even with all the perch and rock bass feasting. smile.gif

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