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huestis33
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 10:57 AM 05/06/08 (CST)
Hello walleye people,

I got out this weekend to the lake I plan on fishing for opener and noticed that the water temp ranged from 39 - 44 degrees in water over three feet deep and 54 degrees in really shallow marsh areas. I saw a few bass and bullheads in the shallows and nothing anywhere else.

My question for the group and any pros that might be reading this is has the spawn even started yet? Should I be looking at fishing the drop offs or hanging around shallow spawning areas? Are the fish still deep or have they started their normal spring patterns? I am estimating that the water temp will have gotten up to 45 degrees by this coming weekend.

I have never had good luck on opener and any advice would really help. I am going to be fishing 20 miles north of Brainerd MN.
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 11:10 AM 05/06/08 (CST)
What I would do is find the warmest water I can, start by looking on the north side of the lake, near current or shallower dark bottomed areas.

Also look for where the wind may have pushed warm surface water up against the shore. If you have had a good wind out of the west you will find that the warmer surface water was pushed to the east side of the lake. The north east corner will probably be the warmest in that case since the warm water will be blown east and the north side tends to get more direct sun.

But where ever you find the warm water there should be fish near by. Remember warm water is relative, it might only be a few degrees warmer then the rest of the lake.

The fish should be heading toward these warmer water areas. When you find the warm water start shallow and move deeper until you locate them.

Its going to be hit and miss I am sure and the fish may still be more lathergic but you should atleast be in the right spot.



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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 12:46 PM 05/06/08 (CST)
Hey huestis33,

Welcome to My Fishing Pals. Glad to have you aboard!

I agree with nofish... the ice out has been so late this year, you are better off looking for warmer water. I would also go up into the rivers, especially for 'eyes. That's probably where I'll be wink smiley



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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 12:48 PM 05/06/08 (CST)
Welcome to the forum, huestis33!


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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 10:55 PM 05/06/08 (CST)
huestis33,

Excellent question! I'll be fishing within 20 miles of Brainerd also and these water temps. are VERY important. There will be a lot of confused anglers this opener. If you measured 39-44, then the walleyes are moving into the spawning areas and just beginning to spawn, they will really get going between 44 and 48 degrees, then they are done by 52 degrees and start moving out of the spawning areas. Just after that the bite is real good(I find the best at 63 degrees)and the walleye are found on the normal humps, edges, rock piles, etc.

In that area, it looks like the walleye will be in spawn during opener, maybe just post spawn. That means we will be fishing much shallower then normal years, and using different tactics. My 20 foot honey-hole rock pile does not look like an option this year unless the water temp. increases real fast. This will be the first opener that I'll be running crankbaits in 3-8 feet. I can't stress enough how important it will be to release any females that are full of eggs. If they are in spawn, then they will be biting and please practice catch and release with those fish.

Overall, if you can find the walleye, then it should be very productive. You'll just have to pay close attention to the temp. and you will find them. If you cannot find the walleye, then go after the crappie in the shallows. This opener will be the best crappie bite of the year. Last weekend the panfish bite was awesome and it will be at it's peak this weekend.

Catch'em Fast!


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