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Smallie

Chain of Lakes

Walleye fishing had been real good on carlos Lehommediue up into last week. Lindy rigs with crawlers, leeches, and red tail was the best. Look for walleyes on weedline edges of 15 ft to 24 ft depending upon how fast of a drop off. There are also some nice eyes in the deeper water summer patterns. Look for deep water humps, islands, bars. 25ft humps all the way down to 35 ft.

Lake Ida has been spectacular for walleye fishing again same depths and presentaions. Fishing slow has sometimes made the differenc between putting 1 or 2 fish in the boat or 10. I would suggest slow way down and get into the weed edges where some walleyes are tucked into.

Small Mouth/ Largemouth fishing has been at a peak. These fish are starting there normal summer patterns and are starting to relate to deep weed edges, rock islands and humps.

A good way to go out and catch a variety of fish from Smallies, Large Mouth, Walleyes, Crappies, and pike would be to: 1/8 3/16oz Gopher Mushroom head Jigs tipped with 4" finnese worms to Gary Yamamoto Ika's which is like a small tube bait.

This can be a fantastic way to catch fish. Every time you set the hook you don't know what you might catch. I have caught numerous walleyes fishing bass this way. Fish deep coontail and cabbage weeds.

Fish the jig worm reel slow hopping it along the bottom. You will get hung up on cabbage but just give the rod a quick snap and this is when most strikes come. It's very important to come a tight line so you don't miss some fish.

What's nice about this technique is you will always be cathing fish where you go fish walleyes and not always have great success. You will be able to put alot of fish in the boat this way and will be kept entertained.

Remember catch and release is extremely important on all species to ensure your kids and there kids good fishing.

Also a quick not if a fish has swalloed the hook cut the line and let them go.They will live most times I have caught many fish with hooks in them. If you rip a hook out of there gullet 9 times out of 10 they will not live. So even if you gut hook one you don't need to keep it.

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