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Where are they at on the south end?

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I'll be coming up with my buds on the weekend of the 17-18th. We'll be staying
at Dickie's Portside. Any advice on where they're biting on the south end. Is 25-35ft.in the day,on top of the reefs in the evening and at night still the rule of thumb or have things changed? What about the perch,
are they biting? Where and how deep? I also would like some advice on muskies and pike.
Same thing, where and how deep?
Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

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This isn't going to be of great help to you, but my parent's have a cabin not far from Portside resort (just north in the first bay) and on Saturday afternoon, about 1:00 p.m. we caught a 24+ inch walleye right off the dock! We couldn't believe it since the water depth is only about 6 feet there. However, there was a strong south wind that brought all kinds of large minnows and bait fish into the area. Here I was feeling bummed because I was hoping to get out to the flats to do some fishing with my dad, but the wind was too strong for his liking to make the long trip to the flats so he took my son out to the dock to do some fishing. Needless to say, next time the wind keeps us off the lake, I won't complain much if we can catch walleyes right off the dock! I hope someone gives you some info that will get you out onto the hot spots on the lake! Good luck!
Ladyfisher

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Walleye Guy

We fished last Friday (August 9) and caught 28 walleyes. 1 in the slot, 2 under and 25 over. All but one were caught in the deep water off the large mud flats. 32-37 ft. Huge clouds of baitfish in the area. Best bite was a hammered nickel spinner with a rainbow dace. We caught a few on leeches and crawlers but minnows produced the best.

Moving at a decent clip seems to be the key. Others in the area who were slow rigging it seemed to being catching at a much slower rate.

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Iceman73

What time of day were you fishing?

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We fished mainly in the the area in the Southeast near Father Hennepin park.

1.2 mile northwest from the landing in a place called the Graveyard.....

We had better luck about a half mile -to a mile northwest from there...you can see the boats congrgate on this spot from the Graveyard spot

We sometimes followed the fishing barges to see if they were catching them...

A friend of mine said he slayed them in the North and I heard that report from several other fisherman as well...I could find out where(GPS coordinates). He said they caught 200 on a weekend.

BAIT: Leech only....see if you can find em cheap near your home town...they charge big bucks in Isle.

RIG:
Lindy Rig,Large Snell -5ft'(key)
Hook - Neon Yellow, Pink, Orange Gamagatsu hooks, colored Beads
Lindy Sinker(big enough for the weather and conditions to keep you down on the bottom-check out the bait shop in Isle-they have this new interchangeable Lindy weight-can snap on 1/4-1oz dependng on the conditions without having to re-tie), use an optional Spinner hook on(we had some good luck with a multi-colored colorado with an eye on it).

LINE:
Used black 6 lb fireline for increased bite sensitivity.

TECHNIQUE:
held my line towards bait(bail open of course), i treated everything like a bite , gave the fish time to munch it(10-30sec), then set hook...i had the best success in my group with this technique. We dritfed through; however, you could try an anchor and slip bobber technique....we saw many having success with this.

DEPTH AND STRUCTURE:
not much structure where we fished: although the Graveyard is near a shallow reef.....some bumps here and there...most came from what seemed like a flat area. We caught them in 8-24ft...most in around 15..but dont get too hung up on the depth.

we had some fun up there.....caught plenty in the slot and out of the slot...enjoy.... it was like Canada..but bigger fish!!

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Anglin' Freak

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IceMan 73,

We fished from 8:00 am until 6:30 pm. The weather was supposed to turn nasty so we bolted before the evening bite.

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