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Anybody have any reports for the Walley fishing on 5a? Going to be hitting it hard this week and next. Thinking on trolling the wing dams using cranks on the days with a nice southeast breeze along with the cuts. Using willow cats on the wing dams, anchor 20 - 30 yards above edge and let them sit on the upper edge of them in the still water? or where? thanks in advance

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I was there bright and early Saturday morning. The first wing dam produced two walleye (one keeper) one sauger, two smallies and a pike. After that we hit the wall. We were throwing cranks from an anchored position.

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Just got home from first trip. Friend wanted to fish for bass today and he had the boat so no report on eyes. We were able to stay above the wing dams with just the trolling motor. We boated a fair number of bass though. Fun day.

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Got out Sunday morning. On the water out of Merrick by 5:45am. Tried willow cats and crawlers, but the only action came trolling cranks just out of the main channel and fast current behind the rocks off the day markers in any where from 5' to 15'. Red, silver and white seemed to be the color of choice.

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Just eyes. Just got home from there again. Used only willow cats and crawlers. Caught many sheephead on the crawlers, and a few smallies, but not one walleye and nothing on the willow cats.

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What kind of cranks were you running? I was in pool 6 pulling three ways with #9 floaters in the deeper water with not much luck.What is the secret to pool 6 for using cranks?

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I am up in Minnesota for a few days, so I went out and hit Pool 6 yesterday afternoon and evening. Trolling crawlers and small creek chubs in front of the wing dams(willow cats were sold out crazy.gif) produced a couple of sheepshead and a small mudcat, while trolling cranks in front of them produced nothing at all.

I saw a lot of shad jumping out of the water right behind the dams, so I went to casting cranks across the dams from below them, and that produced oodles of smallies, with a couple of largemouth, a 16" 'eye, a couple of saugers, and several white bass thrown in. All these fish, including the saugers and walleye, came from either right behind the dam, or further below it.

FWIW, I was up here this time last year, with the same water conditions and the same weather, and I was pounding the walleye and sauger in front of these same wing dams. I was hoping for the same yesterday, but no dice. crazy.gif

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My best luck this year has been with a Silver, White, with Red, Long A. I have also had luck, with Crawdad, Baby Bass, and Fire Tiger Colors.

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My brother and I hammered it hard Sat. We failed to put one single eye in the boat. We did catch lots of sheepies and a few small smallies on night crawlers. We fished the ends of the wingdams about 30 yards above them. We also tried willow cats and trolling. Nothing. I am hearing from a lot of the guys that live right there that one needs to be fishing alot deeper now that the river is so slow and low. I am currently in Montana and tomorrow heading to Boise Idaho. Leaving there Sunday. Stopping in to check out yellow stone on Tues., then heading back to God's country, allthough out here has to be a close second. Glacier was beyond my expectations smile.gif Hope to be back on the river by Sat so let me know how it is going and what the hot secret bait is.

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