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I'm heading up to Big Pine in about a month and was wondering how the walleye bite was up there? We've gone up to Big Pine the last couple of years in August and have had great luck trolling cranks. I guess a lot could change in a month but I'm still curious to find out how the walleyes were hitting up there. Thanks

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The Walleyes have not only been slow on big Pine, but all area lakes as well. Of the few caught, the majority of the Walleyes are coming off deep humps. Either try jiging tipped with leach/crawler. Another option is to drag lindy rigs with crawlers and a lot of weight (4-5 splitshots)to get them down to the 18-22 foot range. rumor has it a guy caught a 9lber on a White Thundercrank. Area resident said the guys was pulling that crankbait with a power skiboat. So that may be an option to try if nothing else works.

Good luck fishing, and I hope the weather isn't too Hot. If it is hot, Just stop over a Zorbaz for a tasty Mich Golden. It will go down just right with some matcho Nachos.

GO State

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Well, I just got home from Big Pine a few minutes ago. Today I got a 13", a 14" and a 20" walleye while trolling, and the guy I was with got a really little one as well. He goes out for at least several hours a day, and has been catching 3-4 each time he goes out between his wife and himself.

FWIW, the people sitting around jigging didn't seem to be catching too much this weekend. Even with the floating weeds, the trolling was much more productive.

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David H.

I've fished Big PIne a few times this year and had the best luck on the deep humps, but with the slot I've kept more fish "trolling". About 2-2 1/2 mph with a # 5 shadrap in 8-12 feet of water is whats been working for me. Color of shadrap hasn't made much difference. Get back to me with what was working for you. We have picked up some fish at rediculous (sp) speeds approaching 5 mph. The rap is about to jump out of the water. Don't think the fish realize what they are doing when the shadrap goes by that fast. They strike first and think second.

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We were having some luck with a frenzy and a deep shad rap in 10-15' of water. Other than dodging all the floating weeds, trolling went rather well. Our best luck was out from where the Otter-tail river leaves Big Pine, maybe 100 yards out from the bullrushes, and on-line with Squaw Point. Blue seemed to be the color that worked best this weekend, but red had been doing getting results as well.

Oh, as for speed, we were doing about 2.5-3 mph trolling.

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