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I was wandering if anybody is having any sucess catching any WALLEYES Ive been out two nites in a row on Madison with no sucess.HEY T.O. have you been out lately!!!!I heard somebody saying the walleyes were biting in the day from 10:00 to 12:00 just wandering if anybody else heard that.Has anybody been over to lake Washington chasing any eyes? Any info would be very helpful.THANKS laugh.giflaugh.gif

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Two Eyes, I haven't been out since last Wednesday. mad.gif My work schedule lately has slowed up my fishing some along with quite a few other things going on after work. That's the way it goes some times. It seems like when it rains, it pours! frown.gif

I haven't heard anything about a day time bite but that is possible. There has been some real nice cloud cover during the day lately and that would certainly promote some action during the day. There may also be opportunities to try pitching plastics or throwing beetle spins. That crank bait bite may be a little too aggressive following a full moon. At times, the bite can be tough immediately following the start of a new moon phase.

Stay after it. As my dad always says, "you're not going to catch anything by not going".

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there was alot of nice fish caught last night in the tourney. 13lbs won it but that was just 2 fish 29" & 24". 1 limit of fish was 2nd at just over 10 then 4 fish took 3rd at under 10. few single also. Big fish were caught in the weeds shallow i believe but that is my guess.

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Thanks for the info sheepheadslayer. I figured there would be some nice fish caught last night. Wish I could have been a part of it.

I'll be out there Saturday morning! smirk.gif

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Can't claim much for myself but my 5 and 7 year olds each caught a pair of 20" inchers on our last outing. That was last Sunday night. Small jigs tipped with minnows in 4-5 ft. of water. It was an absolute blast watching those two catch fish like that on their ultralight rods.

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I was reading the post about the upcoming FM get together and it looks like to me that you measure the fish and then let it go and the winner is total length by species, what a great idea!! This method shows a real concern for the welfare of the fish. I was at the landing of a local lake about a month ago and there was a small tourney going on. A fellow pulled an obviously dead northern from his "live" well that i would estimate was 10 to 12 pounds. Really bothered me and most fisherman i've told about it. Worst case scenario, the other night on Madison if the 29 and 24 were caught around 7pm the other night do they stay in the live well(water temp of 72 or so) until weigh-in which could be 2 hours later? Are oxygen-aters required? Is there a deduct for dead fish? If it's the fishermans responsibility to keep fish alive do they motor across the lake to the weigh in station and then go back to fishing? I want to be educated so every time i see a competion i won't get a sinking feeling. Any info would be appreciated.

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They're kill tourneys I think. Most guys let them go anyway, but I think after a certain point in the year, they have to be kill tourneys. Maybe someone else would know for sure. I wouldn't worry too much about it. A few fish aren't going to clean out the lake. The weigh in is at the end of the night at 9 oclock.

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Typically, tournaments after June 30 are considered a "kill tourney". Still, some tournaments you have the option to release the fish as well. Tournament directors and DNR officials often dictate these type of regulations.

For the FM Get-Together, you will have the option to either catch and release your fish or keeping your fish after measuring, as long as the fish that are kept meet all state and lake regulations. This allows people to fish what they want to fish for and still have a shot at winning the contest, along with practicing catch and release if they so desire. 20 12+" crappies could go along way!!

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That's what I figured. When I fished those little Tuesday nighters in the past, I thought they said it was a kill tourney, but most guys let them go anyway. Most boats nowadays have good livewells and I don't think you have to worry about a ton of fish being pulled from the lake just because there is a tourney out there.

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The 24" fish did not make it but the 29 did for sure. The 24" was a meal for the winner that night!!! These tourneys are actually pretty easy on the fish. There has yet to be a night where there was a huge amount of fish caught and most of the fish are released with out a problem but some do keep a few to eat and that does not hurt anything.

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All the bass tourneys around here worth their salt are catch and release! Some little tourney for a company may have the option of killing them??? All the Ultimate circuit, Gabby's Spring and Fall, Thursday nighters, etc... you are required to have a livewell in working order. If you do weigh a dead bass you are penalized and expected to take the dead fish with you.

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