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anybody been out on madison lake lately looking for some walleyes cant even find any small ones.i would be thankfull for any info. smile.gif

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I was out a week ago Sunday night and got two 17 inchers and a 14. One of the 17's and the 14 came on a lindy rig and leach. The other 17 was on a ratteling rapela. All in the narrows. Also some nice sunfish mixed in on the leaches.

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Two Eyes,

You could look to my report titled "Madison 'Eyes II". A few 'eyes should still be holding in that same pattern or something close to it. Trolling cranks behind boards in shallow and also suspended fish is worth checking out as well. There are schools of 'eyes that always seem to want a lure retrieved a little faster than normal this time of year and that's why trolling can be a little more effective than casting at times.

Good luck out there!

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Hey team oteer could you be a little more precise on how deep or maybe an idea on where to start.I heard you now the lake fairly good.

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Two Eyes,

This time of year on Madison, I would first target 'eyes that may be suspended over the main basin of the lake that also have the ability to relate to structure. Concentrate on depths between 30 - 45' of water and look for the 'eyes to be chasing schools of baitfish anywhere between 6 - 25' below the waters' surface. Trolling crankbaits behind planer boards running at these depths can be effective, as can Jet Divers and floating Rapalas, or Jet Divers and crawler harnesses. Trolling speed can vary but a good starting point would be to maintain a speed between 1.5 - 2.0 mph. Rely heavily on your electronics to tell you where the baitfish are and typically the 'eyes are not far behind. In addition to this tactic, you can look shallow on any shoreline that contains cover and/or baitfish. Concentrate in areas where the water is less than 4' for sure and don't be surprised if some of your fish come out of 1' of water or less. I typically like to fish on the south and east sides of the lake but there are many good areas to choose from that get very little activity. Pitching plastics and casting cranks rule the roost when fishing shallow, not only on Madison, but on any of these area lakes. This time of year, your speed of retrieve is key and this can vary from day to day. I would start fast and gradually work slower until you get bit. When fishing shallow, I usually save these spots for early morning and evening but there are fish to be caught in these same types of areas during the day. It's just that the day time fish may be a little tougher to come by.

Good luck out there!

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