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madman

Hello,

Heading up to Lake Miltona for some fall walleye fishing. Coming up the for first full moon of October. My buddy says he slaughters them every year in deep water duing the first full moon of October. I have fished the lake in early June, late August, and ice fished in late December to early January. I have never fished Miltona in the fall.

In researching his theory, I have not come across anything supporting the theory of fishing for 'eyes deep, 40+ feet during that time of year. Everything I've come across refers to shallow 15-22 feet at sunset and go deeper as the evening progresses.

I know the weather and conditions play a huge role in the success of the venture, and I don't want to discredit my buddy, but is there any basis to his theory?

Thanks,

madman

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WaveWacker

Hmmm?? I will be up on the neighboring lake to the South for the next 3 weekends for sure and know that in the after hours will be spending some time in the shallows less then 10 ft. I have had good luck in the fall fishing shallow at night (especially in current areas). Usually casting/trolling raps, pitching jigs, or using a float. Can't disagree with the deep theory because I really haven't had a need to try it to disprove it. I have caught several nice (26"+) walleyes probing the shallows on fall nights. 2 nd week of Oct. will be dynamite!!

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glasman

Madman,

Stick to your 15 to 22 ft. theory. Best fishing I ever had was the october full moon in that depth range. Boated 1, 38 inch northern at 11pm. Two muskie and 23 eyes by three am. I prefer raps this time of year. Good luck!

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gerty

Have also experienced the excellent deep bite on Miltona this time of year. Day bite is deep. Night bite moves towards the more traditional mid to shallow bite. I will be there this weekend and will be trying both. Hoping the weekend before the full moon is good also!

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WaveWacker

Was up last weekend on Ida and didn't get out all that much fishing but did pick up some fish on midlake structure (18-22') in the evenings. Didn't stay out all that much after dark. Will be up this weekend, but probably not much fishing going to be done with some moving activities. Gearing up to hit it hard the following weekend though.

On a different note: Had an excellent day of duck hunting in the area on Sat. 5 of us came up 3 short of our limit. Filled out on mallards, with teal, woodies, and a ringneck making up the rest of the bag along with 2 geese. Sun. was far from this. Only 4 geese and 4 ducks between the same group. May seem like we saw a bunch of birds but it was more like we shot good at the ones that came in.

See you on the water (hunting or fishing?)

WW

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madman

Thanks to all above for their comments and advice. We'll be heading up next week and will have several points of discussion based on your comments.

Good luck to all and hope to see you reeling in the big one or catching you at the Muni.

MADMAN

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madman

Hey All,

Just got back to Missouri from my trip.

Slaughtered them.

Fished in 45-55 feet and caught more than we could handle.

Did not have any luck in shallow water. Will return next first full moon in October.

MADMAN

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