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getting ready for next weeks trip up to the big pond and was just wondering what the hot colors and rigs have been lately??? All info is appreciated

good luck & good fishin'

fishgutz

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Colors for me so far this season have gone from the hammered gold to a perch bait fish pattern, Although last weekend color didnt seem to matter one bit to the fish, 3 of us limited out 2days straight and I used about every color i could think of seeing what the bite was on,all did very well but that gold and perch pattern did the best

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Day in and day out, hammered gold, and hammered silver are no brainers. Beyond that, you'll have to experiment with whatever you have in the box. I think adjusting your weight as the wind speed change is more important than color on LOW. You want just enough weight to tickle the bottom, which can be anywhere from a half ounce up to two ounces--depending on the wind/depth.

Sorry, I'm talking about spinner rigs tipped with minnow, leech, or crawler (bring all three). I got in the habit of using bottom bouncers, but a lot of people use chain sinkers, foam walkers, and/or sliding sinkers for weight. I haven't noticed a difference in bites with one type of weight vs another.

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My parents just got back from the big lake. They fish on the warroad side. The filled out 3 days in a row.

They where using hammer gold spinners with silver hooks. They used worms and leeches. They said the worms seemed to catch more fish.

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Okay I will spill the beans on my semi secret weapon! A couple years ago I got to prefish with a pwt pro from washington state. He turned me onto smile blades which I had not used before. Since then these are my go to blades and they are deadly. Rather than just adjusting your weight to wind/boat speed, if possible adjust your speed with a drift sock, electric or kicker. These smile blades are killer when drifting/trolling at speeds of .4 to .8, they work well going faster too but .4 to .8 they are wicked deadly. I like the gold sparkle when cloudy and the goldfish scale when its bright. I rig them with a regular bead, then a couple of rattle beads followed by another regular bead and they run about even with sinker on a 5 foot snell.

I have sold many a fisherman on the smile blades over the past 2 summers. They are to my summer fishing what the AEjr is to my winter fishing.....Always rigged on a rod and a MUST have. If you don't have any go find some!

Have a great trip.....fiskyknut

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Hey fiskynut where do you get those smile blades?? Are there different sizes of blades?

Hey Shawn Eichorn your parents must have ate A-LOT of fish to be able to catch limits 3 days in a row. Since your poss. limit I belive is 4 Walleyes 2 Saugers on Lake of the Woods. Did they really keep that many fish?????? Just something to ponder! shocked.gifshocked.gif

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Wicky, there are 3 sizes....S,M,L. I use smalls and mediums. Some colors are tough to find up here anyways. C-store in Roseau has some assorted color packs as does Strieff's. Coast to Coast in Roseau has 5 packs of golds and silvers in small and medium sizes.

Try them you'll like them!

fiskyknut

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Hard to beat the plain old Lindy Rig too. Yesterday morning at Elm, a tin can would have been deadly.

Fisky, how many boats do you fish out of in one day? I saw you backtrolling at Elm in the morning and in the Alaskan on the sandbar in the afternoon.

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Fisky, how many boats do you fish out of in one day? I saw you backtrolling at Elm in the morning and in the Alaskan on the sandbar in the afternoon.


That would depend on how many limits I want on the particular day as I find it more stealthy when double or triple tripping to just go ahead and take a whole nother boat out vs. the same one back and forth, a bit sneakier that way ya know!!!! Just kidding!

Tell me again, do you have the white or the gray motor on your Alumacraft?

A whole lot of boats out yesterday eh! Sounds like the fish were biting decent everywhere too.

fiskyknut

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I was helping Mack's Lures at a Distributor show 3 Years ago and we played alot with the Smile Blades and the Foam Walkers (a self standing slip sinker)in my aquarium tank. When I brought them to LOW I had alot of fun with the combination. Caught alot of Walleyes! They work great together because the Smile Blades turn at a very slow speed and the Foam Walker works perfect at slower speeds. I had alot of success with the small to medium Gold scale and also the Gold Sparkle color. Bruce Mosher

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Fishgutz, if your over on the east side of the pond you can get them from Steve at the Log Cabin Baitstore out near Wheelers point too.

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Fishgutz, bring some jigs along too. Gold and chartruse have been working for us. Just draging them on the bottem drifting. I've been using the new AEjig for a couple of weeks. Needless to say Scenic Tackle has got another winner in their tackle line. Also gold and some glow spinners have worked well.

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Hey Pat how goes it? I have'nt seen that pretty pursuit on the water yet this year....Where you been hiding out at!!!

Tried ya on 6 a few times too, wrong days I guess.

Have a great summer season....Fisky

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Hey Fisky, Pat's been hiding out on the Canadian side so far this year. How'ld you guys end up last night?

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WJ, bite was off compared to every other trip this season. We got 9 or 10 fish each or so. Dirtball lost about a 4 pounder boatside over to the west in shallower water before you showed up. I drug a crawler around for quite awhile, minnows worked best though. Got quite a few small ones toward the end there on a gold jig/minnow. I lost a nice one pulling SR7 over near the island.

Kept 2 nice 16-17 inch eaters, could have kept a few more but 2 nice fish is all I needed for supper.

Hopefully he weather will cooperate this weekend as I wanna run out to where the fish went crazy 3 years ago when we had high water/flows somewhat simular to this year. should be interesting????

fiskyknut

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fisky, thanks for the tip on the smile blades, we used the gold sparkle today because of the clouds, 2 of us were using them, after we caught about 8 walleye, the third guy had nothing, he finally accepted my offer to loan one. We were fishing on Buffalo Bay.

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