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Fathead

Wind & Goose eggs

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Fathead

Hello all,

I was out yesterday and the wind was whipping pretty good. I wanted to go back to the mud, but it was blowing too much for me to work the flats properly. So I passed on that mid-lake structure.

I decided to go to the southend gravel (was not thrilled about this prospect)and see if I could scare up anything. The southend, in my opinion is dead. I managed my first "goose egg" this year. I had only one bite in 6 hours (ouch!). When I arrived back at Cove landing, a DNR field agent was there and I sat and spoke with him for about 20 minutes. He indicated to me that the fish have basically moved out from these areas in the past two weeks. All the reports he was getting from fisherman for the southend was zero or slightly better.

The day was not a total loss though. The Field officer did give me some valuable info on locating fish for Thursday (when I will be up again). Apparently there are 3 massive schools of walleyes that have formed out in the lakes basin. Now its just a matter of finding them, it shouldn't be that difficult since, according to him, the schools are several acres in size! Has anyone stumbled onto them recently? Any information would be appreciated.

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huskminn

Sounds to me like the fish are grouping for rebellion.

Watch your backtrail out there.

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Schnauzer

My buddy got skunked Monday night. He's a good angler so that told me a lot. It sounds like things have gotten tougher out there. I'm going to hit Mille Lacs on Saturday so I'll see what's up first hand.

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vikes40for60

What I noticed is that the fish are starting to concentrate and not be in so many areas. Areas that were still hot was the middle of the lake mud flats. 8-mile and 9-mile specifically. I fished over the weekend and did catch fish but they were in certain tight areas and you had to specifically find those. It may be on the flat, near edge like it was Sunday Morning, or way off the structure like it was Friday night). But you could pull in some fish once you found the area and correct presentation. Most success was trolling three way rigs with original floating rapalas (perch color).

Maybe I am an idiot? What is a basin area? How does this dnr guy know the fish are there?

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Scupper

Hey Fathead,
we worked the north end in 26'-31'.
We had good action with Lindy's and leaches.
Kept 10 perch.
{good action = Walleyes.}

Good Luck...

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eye

I have found the same thing latley. It's almost getting to be like work to get 10 fish a day!LOL We must be living the good life if this is "slow" fishing. Oh well, at least it will keep some of the part-timers off my spots!!

[This message has been edited by eye (edited 08-07-2002).]

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Fathead

Hi Vikes...

Thanks for the input. I am going out today and will be hitting 8 mile and Center Bar, along with the basin areas south of there.

The "basin" is the vast expanse of "no-mans" land that is in between structure, such as the flats.

The DNR agent I spoke to got his information from a couple of the guides who live on the lake. They have been out in those areas fishing cranks for suspended fish.

He showed me, on the map he had, where they have been most recently seen. It is sort of difficult for me to tell you where those areas are without a map. But where I indicated in the first paragraph of this entry, is where one of those schools is located.

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bigeyes

FAthead, thanks for the info, things weren't pretty on the nw mud yesterday either.

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eye

Hey Fathead,

I was wondering how you did in those areas you mentioned? It's been a while since I've been able to get out. Thanks for your help.

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