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Well I went out fishing on east and west rush today with a buddy and all I can say is that the fishing is nothing like it used to be. It was bad, we caught 4 small pike all day. There were plenty of carp and drum around all day, but you couldn't even get any fish to follow up to the boat, much less hit your lure. The water temp started out at 59 in the morn and warmed to 67 during the day.

I haven't had much luck at all yet at these lakes this year, normally you are starting to peak on the last weekend of may and it slows around the 1st of july. I think that we went right from winter to the dead water of late summer. The lakes are allready begining to get algae blooms all over the lake.

The weather was beautiful but I'm sorry to say the the fishing just plain stinks on these laker right now. most people I talked to on the lake and at the access didn't even catch 1 fish. Not good!

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I had no problems finding fish. Went to the lake at 6 pm and boated 6 walleyes by 8:30 pm. The closer it got to sunset the worse the fishing. All walleyes were between 14 and 19 inches. I will give you a little tip, slow down. I had to use slip bobbers, and they still were not that active.

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I had no problems finding fish. Went to the lake at 6 pm and boated 6 walleyes by 8:30 pm. The closer it got to sunset the worse the fishing. All walleyes were between 14 and 19 inches. I will give you a little tip, slow down. I had to use slip bobbers, and they still were not that active.

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black max, maybe you should consider hiring a guide rush can be a tough lake, but the fish are biting.

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Well I am not a pro but I have guided people on rush lake myself. I have been fishing it for 9yrs. and have never had the fishing be as bad as it has been this year. Are there still some fish being caught? yes. Is the fishing as good as it should be or has been in the past? NO, not yet this year. I'm not saying some people are not catching a few fish here and there, but for anyone who has fished the lake for any length of time should be able to tell you, the fishing right now stinks. Maybe if you caught a few fish you think its a great lake thats on fire because thats all your used to catching, thats fine for you.

All I was saying was that the two lakes are nowhere as good as thier potential. The fishing is normally ALOT better than it is in there right now.

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Hey Black Max

I have to politely disagree. The fishing has been good, different, but good. I have been fishing different spots than I normally have and have been doing pretty darn good! My normal spots havent amounted to a hill of beans, but, the new spots I have been fishing have been productive. What seems to be VERY important is being on "The spot on the Spot" close hasn't been able to cut the mustard this year.

Good luck out there!!

Cory Frantzick

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just got back from rush.... i fished between 5 and 8:30 i fished the week tip off wilson down in the center of the west lake over in the east lake in two places back over to cigar(which has never really give up anything for me) then back down to the center of the west lake. i caught two walleyes down there. on 14 and one 21. generally i dont care for the bigger fish(over 18") but this one inhaled my worm. i was fishing with a roach rig and a hammered spinner. when i got up close to the weed bed i think i saw a walleye cruising near the surface in the thick of the weeds. that was about 8pm. would have liked to stay but i had the kids. i think it would be interesting to toss little raps up on top of the weed bed after dark. besides the two fish i feel the lake should be able to produce better.

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I don't see the problem, I have fished west rush regularly for about five years, and this year the walleye numbers are up for me. Like the earlier post said, you have to fish the spot on a spot. That is why I have had my best success with a leech under a slip bobber. I cannot seem to get them to consistantly hit anything moving. Heck I took my wife out on friday night from 7pm to 9pm, and we each caught and released three walleyes, and I caught a 36" northern. I have been having this type of success since opener. Another hint, I try and not fish on the weekends, the boat traffic really slows down the bite for me.

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I went out again to give it another try on east rush with my wife and....nothing. My wife caught 1 bass and I had a couple small pike. We also slip bobbered with leeches and wasn't even able to get a sheephead to bite.

The fish are not chasing anything on this lake and the surface water was in the 70's last night. There is something on this lake seriously affecting the fishing, there are thousands of good sized pike and lots of bass and good sized eyes in the lake and when you can't get anything to strike your lure something's wrong.

If you are catching lots of fish like some of you say, then good for you; keep it up. I have talked to alot of people on the lake, launch and at the resort and have yet to find anyone who is catching fish except for a lone straggler here and there. And some of these people live on the lake and fish it when ever they want.

The weedbeds are way up and the water should be warm enough for the fish to be actively feeding. I tried deep running cranks,shallow ones,spinner baits,slip bobbers,and jigging. You would think you would run across a few hungary fish even if the lake is full of bait fish, I can't see the fishing to be this bad. dissapointing...

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I fished a little 12 boat tourney on Sat. and it was tough fishing til we patterned them. Max is definitely right ,they would not hit any fast moving lures, we did end up catching about 30 bass, biggest 6 went 18.8, this was only good for a 2nd place tie. First place was just over 21#, his kicker fish was a 7.69#! We had 5 fish over 5# weighed in , every one caught was on a barely moving frog.

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I only fish Rush about twice a year and are looking for a good map of the lake. Does anyone know where I can pick up a good detailed map? Is the walleye fishing generally better on East rather then West Rush?
Thank you,
DB

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Basser -

Topwater Scum Frog or live rigged to dive down?

East or West it seemes to be that West would be the better one for Walleye (this is the one to the south if you look on the DNR site right?)

Thanks

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taxman, scumfrog - white w/green pattern, throw it out,let it sit ,twitch a couple times,let it sit. They must have just been eyeballin it, a couple times I'd twitch it and it would just scare them,big swirl a foot or two away.

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I went out today. Nothing. Extremely windy. I tried spinnerbaits in the south eastern bay of west rush. Didn't try slip bobbers though.

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