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Weekend report from the East side

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I was up for the forth of July weekend and got to devote some time to fishing. The report is as follows:

I fished exclusively the morning and evening hours. I had success with the walleyes pulling shad raps. The perch, fire red, and silver shads all produced. I did not really try any other colors so they may have been as effective. I targeted bays with good structure and wind blown points. The largest walleye went 19". I also managed to hook into a musky with the silver shad and 6 lb test line. It was a great fight and I got the fish right next to the boat got a look at her and she shoke the lure. This was probably for the best as I was not prepared to land a musky.

The other technique I used was the old Lindy and crawler with a spinner in deeper water. I found some good structure by the small Birch Island. I would go up to 18 feet work the structure and drift down to 35 feet. I got a few nice perch and walleye. I also missed one very nice walleye in the this area. I never got to see it but it was a big boy.

The final method was the bobber of the dock with a beverage of my choice in hand. I got 5-6 small mouth and rock bass. The largest smallie went 16". I was using ultra light panfish pole with 4lb test so these fish were a blast.

I will be up next weekend and staying to Thursday of that week. I am planning on trying a few other areas. If anyone has any general area's or specific methods or lures that are working best feel free to share.

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I was on the East side also with about the same luck. Trolling around humps in 25 fow was the best. Live bait rigs and jigs were very non productive for me. I'm hoping it was becasue of the Mayflies and not my presentation confused.gif. We were spotting many more fish on the graph but couldn't get them to commit. Better luck to you all!

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I still have to try trolling crankbaits out there. Have done it on a limited basis without success. But after reading your report, I need to give it a try. I'll be out looking for that paddle eating muskie. I heard storied of it taking a bite out of a kayak. grin.gif

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MT, the musky that I caught was in the same bay were the Kayak paddle attack that took place. I will be going up Friday night. My plan is to fish early Saturday morning and hopefully again in the evening. Maybe we can hook up. Perhaps I should bring my Musky equipment as well an toss a few big baits.

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