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GetTheFrabill
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 12:55 PM 08/06/07 (CST)
My cabin is on a super shallow lake (Elm Island) up in Aitkin. The Ripple River runs through it and I've caught some northerns on a back lake (Sjodin) connect to Elm. Any suggestions on how to fish a lake that doesnt get any deeper than 15 feet and with the water levels at an all time low an average of 5 with weeds up to 3? I love to pull rap's and spinners but I just get hung up all the time.
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 01:38 PM 08/06/07 (CST)
Hows about buzz baits,scum frogs, try any thing top water that mite be your best bet..


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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 01:38 PM 08/06/07 (CST)
What are you fishing for?


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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 03:07 PM 08/06/07 (CST)
WOW Just pulled up the Mn DNR lake map of Elm Island and found theres a 21 foot hole there ..

gota be some nice fish in that lake wink smiley


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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 09:00 AM 08/08/07 (CST)
Yea there's fish there, if you can get an inch of space to drop a line in. Most people on the lake go for the crappies and walleyes. On the small back lake I get tons of northerns and I really like catching them becuase they fight pretty good. I'd love to be able to target those 'eyes becuase they taste so darn good.
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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 09:42 AM 08/08/07 (CST)
this time of year those eyes are probably in the deeper parts of the lake, but will most likely be coming up to the weedlines in shallower water at night to feed. I would probably target those weedlines in the late evening and hope for the best. Atleast the eyes up on the weeds should be more aggressive then those walleyes sitting deep.


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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 12:12 PM 08/08/07 (CST)
Hey Nevedogg316,

It would seem that you have a couple of good choices available..

1. Target the bass and pike you have been catching with success and leave the walleye bite until water temps drop and weeds die off closer to fall.

2. If you really want to target the walleyes then a few more ideas might be
a.to fish in the holes of the weeds with slip bobber rigs and leeches
b.to fish mostly at night with original Rapalas and keep the retrieve where you are only in the top 6 inches or so of the water column keeping our bait relatively weed free. A great technique for big walleye.

I personally like the slip bobber throught the weed holes myself...


P.J. Maguire from Nodak Outdoors had a pretty good piece about slip bobber fishing in the weeds for walleye recently. Below is a snippet taken trom his article on that subject....

Using slip bobbers is the easiest way I have found to reach weed walleyes without spending your whole day taking weeds off of other traditional methods. When slip bobbering in the weeds, placing the sinker closer to the hook will help reduce hang-ups. I prefer to use leeches for bait while fishing with slip bobbers for walleyes. Minnows can work well too, but I feel that pike often reach the minnow before walleyes and bass. The same goes for crawlers with small bluegills at times. Typically I place the leech anywhere from a foot to four feet from the bottom depending on the depth. The deeper the water the farther from the bottom you can present the bait. Weed walleyes have no problem coming up to get the leech and are often suspended off the bottom. When fishing with multiple people, I start by having everyone fish a different depth till we find the depth the fish are at.


Slip bobber fishing is not the only way to fish for the walleyes that feed in the weeds. At night, when walleye fishing is traditionally the best, I like to cast shallow diving crank baits just over the top of the cabbage. This technique is best early in the year before water levels lower and weeds grow tall. There are seldom distractions from other boaters at night, making the outings quite peaceful.


Even on weedy lakes there are water depths that never get sunlight and therefore do not contain weeds. The magic number seems to be about 25 feet in most lakes I fish. In late July and early August I like to drag leeches with live bait rigs in these deep holes, right where the weeds stop and the bottom transitions. Cabbage flats, making it convenient for walleyes to catch a snack when needed, usually will indicate the best holes.

Good fishing To Ya,

Jason "The Fisher" Pence

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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 02:44 PM 08/08/07 (CST)
Nevedogg316,

Oh yeah, there is one other thing that comes to mind that can sometimes really pay off that no one has touched on yet.

There are some excellent weedless jigheads made for live bait applications out there. The one I use most, and am most familiar with, is Northlands Weed Weasel...but there are several other good ones out there. I have used them in 1/16th up to 1/4 ounces. They may have larger sizes...but I have not used them if they do. They are virtually weedless and do a good job of hooking up on fish. If you can use your trolling motor and cruise/drift around silently and drop a leech on the jighead down into pockets, holes, gaps, edges, etc. that appear in the weedbeds then you have a great shot at nailing some good fish. I am not familiar with the lake you are fishing but have used this technique on many similar shallow weed filled lakes in Minnesota and Wisconsin with good success.

This technique was used with football head bass jigs on Minnetonka by some guys who won large payout bass tournaments there a few years back.

Just toodle around reading the bottom contour on your graph..looking for beaks, changes, etc...find the open spots, pockets, tiny gaps...whatever is there and flip the jig head with a leech or crawler into it..let it slide down into the jungle and to the bottom if possible. This is a very effective technique and I am sure some guys on the board here have used it for eyes or bass to good results over the years.

Just another option to consider. Hope you are getting a few ideas to mull over and think about.

Good Fishing To Ya,

Jason "The Fisher" Pence
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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 03:06 PM 08/08/07 (CST)
That should just about cover it I think. What else could any one add?


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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 07:51 PM 08/08/07 (CST)
Structure...rocks,stumps,logs,or weedbeds. It doesn't have to bee deep, my last eater walleye last week was in less than 6'. I've found walleye every summer in shallows. Good luck!
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