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Lake with morning walleye bite


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Hello,

I live in S. Plymouth, and fish mainly Minnetonka for walleyes. I am on a search to find a lake with a morning walleye bite. I am particularly interested in Buffalo, Maple, Clearwater, or Waconia. Can anyone tell me if any of these lakes (or others in that general region) produce walleyes in the morning? Thanks for your help.

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I'm wondering...if you're aware that the walleye fishing season is closed!...and doesn't open until May 15th!! And if so, my apologies... grin.gif

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ackhotz,

Of course, walleye season is closed rolleyes.gif
If any "fisherman" doesn't know that, then they would probably be so stupid that they couldn't even catch a walleye!

Actually I am just doing some research for alternative lake(s)because Tonka doesnt have the strongest morning walleye bite in the world, and I want a place to go in order to get as much fishing as I can the first five days of opener smile.gif. It pays to plan ahead.

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I have fished Clearwater with some morning sucess. The lake is full of structure and holds good fish.

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panolo,

By looking at a lakemap, I can tell there is a lot of good structure on Clearwater, that's for sure. Thanks for the tip wink.gif.

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Yes Clearwater is an excelent lake with a ton of structure for Walleyes. That being said finding them is a different matter entirely. I'm 44 been fishing the lake for most of my life and took a few years off after my Dad died. Since returning I can find Bass Northerns, and Panfish but the Walleyes are more difficult. Rockhardmn and I are hopefully going out during the week of opener sometime. I would talk to him or Nav about Clearwater. I'm hoping finances will let me hire Nav at some point this summer. I may have to invite Rock along for showing me some of his tricks.
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Jon Navratil
Navigator Guide Service
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Central MN rivers & lakes
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How many public boat launches are there on Clearwater? The only one that shows up on the DNR website is in the northeast corner of the lake. It seems to me that a lake of that size and caliber would have more than one public access, don't you think?

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2 publics, 2 private.

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Thanks, NotoriousBLM,

I am aware of the public access by Otter lake, where is the other one located?

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Right across the street from McBrides tavern. It gets filled pretty fast. Its nice that you don't have to trailer down the gravel, but the gravel access has a lot more room.

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I'm sorry, NotoriousBLM,

I am not familiar with that area at all. What road is the paved access off of? Or, where is McBrides tavern?

Thanks.

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Sorry about that. I can't remember the road number, but if you are coming from the ramp you are using turn left and follow the road to BJ's Bait, keep going another 1/4 mile or so. You will see the bar, the ramp is on the other side of the road.

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Thanks for the advice, f.m.'rs. How about Buffalo lake; is there a morning bite there?

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Calvinist - Waco has been a preferred night or evening bite for me. Also, fish only 16" or over may be kept, and judging by the winter, there ain't a whole lot of them. Tons of 12-14 inchers though. Check back in 2 years there...
Tackleman

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Fishing friends,

Thanks for all your help.


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I decided I am going to focus on Buffalo in the morning around opener week (going to Kabatogama on opener weekend smile.gif).

Can anyone tell me what colors and presentation are most effective on Buffalo around the opener?

Also, where can I find Buffalo post-spawn walleyes; will I find 'em up on the shallow flats, or hugging the shoreline structure?

Thanks for any help you can give me.

[email protected]

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Calvanist, love your handle, man. You're a five-pointer I assume.

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Juggs,

Right on!

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