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I will be up the North Shore this weekend with the guys in hunting camp, however I don't hunt. I am planning on fishing eyes during the day. Does anyone have any idea what pattern to use on the walleyes. I am rather new to fishing open water eyes this late in the season. Should I be looking deep, shallow or some where in the middle? I am figuring that a jig and a minnow is the ticket, but if you have any other ideas let me know. Thank You, I appreciate all of the advice that I can get.

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So many variables here but yes a jig n minnow in the deeper breaks would be good place to start. As always play the wind. Also a 3 way rig with a big sucker or rainbow or Creek chub would also work once you found some fish.

Maybe even toss a stick on the 3 way and pick up the speed a bit but not too fast the water is cooling down pretty good now.

Good luck and stay warm and safe.

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  • 'we have more fun' FishingMN Creators

I'd use a 3/16-1/4 oz jigs w/ minnow. Temps for the rest of this week will be above normal which will be warmer then the water temps. Fish the wind blown shorelines.

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S.T. do you think that will hold true on Island lake? Im planning on going out on Sat around Im planing on using jig.s and chubs. Im going to drift across some humps i know of. Nels

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Hi Nels I havent seen ya at work lately. Ya it will do fine for ya on Island. Pay attention to the deepest turns you can find on those spots or the wind blown side as S.T. says. Bonus if the deep turn is getting hit with some wind. Island Lake is also a great trolling lake. Try long lining a few sticks. Reef runners in gold and silver blue work good as do Smithwicks or Bombers with a 1 oz. inline sinker 8-10' in front. Good luck!

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Thanks N.L. I hope the weather cooperates I Haven't been out much ,so I have been waiting to put the boat away. Im going to try the west basin around Bear Island. Nels.

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Theres some shallow humps that drop into deeper water where your talking. Also the south shore and in front of the bay is another spot I'd look. Nels drop me an email.

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Got six very nice walleyes on island lake 2 nights ago. All were at least 20 inches. Threw back some small ones too. They seemed to be active. All were released by the way.

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Thanks Jiffy If the weather holds out Im heading out about 7:30am, for the last shot grin.gif Im going to launch at the Dam. Jiffy have I met you? I do some service work at AJC, and have met NL from there

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No I don't believe we have met. I work for the state. Been trying to gt into the county for years but with the budget cuts and all I don't think that will be happening in the foreseeable future. Good luck with the walleyes. I have had some great luck in the late fall.

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