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Myself and a friend are planning on heading down to Peppin on the 6th of August and I was wondering how the walleye's/saugers are biting? We caught a couple on cranks last year, but I saw somebody doing better on live bait. Thanks in advance for any info!

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Took a friend down saturday morning and did pretty well on saugers. We started out trolling without a lot of success. We caught 2 small sauger on a point and we marked alot of fish there so we went back there and dropped lindys and crawlers and immediately started smacking 15-16" saugers. We did have one 15 1/2" eye but that was the only eye. No sheepies which was surprising using crawlers. When we had a bite it was a sauger. And man i've never had fish hit lindys like these saugers were. They just pounded it. We caught them in 13-14' right away but as the morning went on we caught them all the way out too 20'. Then that storm came through, the wind changed a couple times, and it really seem too scatter them off that spot. I had too get off the river by 1:30 so i never had much of a chance too try too get back on them. I would probably start out trolling that 13-14' range and if you hit a couple slow down with lindys and see if they are stacked up. While trolling keep an eye on the graph too, you will probably eventually run into a good school of them.

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Was down on Pool 4 yesterday. Caught about 20 walleyes mostly on live bait rigs but some on cranks. Missed a lot more fish. Bites were very light and you had to give them some time with the live bait. They were just slurping it in. No real pigs mostly high teens in size.

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Great reports Mark and James. I am heading to the river in the morning. If you do not mind would you give me some places to start? Thanks, Bill.

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It sounds like you had a good outting. Were you by the dam or down in Pepin? Also, what seemed to be the best depth for your live bait rigs? Thanks for the info!

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Fish the dam quite a bit in december and March, but have never fished pepin before. Taking next week off to go hit the river. Can I still catch fish by the (Contact US Regarding This Word) or am I better off looking for fish on pepin?

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Are you live baiting in the river or on Pepin? Is your setup a traditional lindy like I'd use on Mille Lacs or are you 3 waying or something else? I thought cranks were the only thing going down there this time of year, is this typical for live bait rigs to outproduce cranks during the mid to late summer. Thanks for the replies

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I've never really done any cranking on Pepin until this year too be honest with you. I've had some success with cranks. I've always lindy rigged the main channel break and done well on saugers, sometimes you get some nice walleyes, but mostly nice saugers. What i've done this year though is started out cranking and covering water and if i hit a hot stretch or i mark a load of fish i'll stop and lindy rig them and its worked pretty well. And this year unlike some years i havent had sheepies pounding my crawlers.

Yes i have been using a standard lindy like i do everywhere else. I dont go with near as long a snell on Pepin as i will some other places like Mille Lacs or Winnie though. About 4' seems too work.

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We fished current breaks at the head of Pepin and the river. Anywhere from 5ft to 12ft depths. Water is still dingy. Crankbait bite seemed to be best when sun was out.

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To Mark K Stanley: Thank you for the information. Please keep us posted on your up coming success.

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does anybody know what kind of shape pepin is in after all that rain?

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I was on the sippi in the cities here last night and the rain made it come up a lil, but nothing major and it's on it's way back down again. Heck I want more rain. My prop can't handle the rocks anymore.

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