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mjk
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 04:20 PM 07/09/08 (CST)
Greetings folks,

I moved here about two years ago from the south and have been getting into some of the fishing here...we were land locked for a while but now have a boat...dandy little 14' Lund with a 30hp Johnson, trolling motor and Humminbird sonar.

My son and I have had some good luck with bass, crappie and northerns...even got my first muskie last weekend on the St. Croix! I flipped a minnow into the eddy behind a boulder and hooked a 26-incher. Didn't have a camera though.

What we haven't had any luck on thus far are walleye. We've been trying some of the tactics I read about but we end up either catching nothing but weeds or loosing a lure. We live in F-Lake and mainly fish there, Big Marine and Bald Eagle...although we're always ready to try somewhere new.

So...will some of you veterans share some strategy on locating these beasts and how to entice them?

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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 04:28 PM 07/09/08 (CST)
Welcome to the site MJK, I am guessing we can give you a little help.

We are coming into a slower time of the summer where the fishing can be more hit and miss. The fish are still hungry but not like they are in the spring and early summer.

Right now you are probably going to be looking in deeper water for the walleye. Main lake structure would be the place to start, rock piles etc.

All the same tactics will work (jigs, lindy rigs, trolling spinners or a crawler harness, slip bobber etc.) This time of year your best bet will be leeches or crawlers. Minnows always seem to be a cooler water bait. If you don't know where to locate the fish right off the bat I would start by trolling a crawler or a leech around any main lake structure you can find. I usually start in close and then work my way out until I find them. Usually the fish will move shallower the later in the day so keep that in mind when you are looking for them.

Also this time of year a good wind and some overcast skies will help the bite.

You mentioned fishing the St. Croix, you should be able to find ample walleye locations out there. I haven't fished it myself but I have heard the trick is to located any small depression in the bottom of the river, fish will tuck down into the depressions to get out of the current where they can wait for food to drift by.

All of what I mentioned is pretty general, if you have specific questions please post them and hopefully we can get you dialed in a little closer.




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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 07:52 AM 07/10/08 (CST)
mjk,
Welcome to the site! We hope you stick around a while!
As far as the walleyes go, I would take what nofish has said and run with it. I know some friends of mine have done very well on Bald Eagle cathcing them. They weren't real big, but I think they caught a bunch.
Good Luck!


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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 04:11 PM 07/11/08 (CST)
Don't laugh ... but ...

I guess one of the biggest areas where I need help is trolling...I've never fished that way and really don't have a clue asto how its done. I'm assuming that it's more than just dropping a rig in the water and moving the boat. The few times I've tried, I seem to come up with nothing but a bale of weeds.

How fast do you typically move? Are you bouncing the rig off the bottom or trying to keep it suspended? Is there a trick to handling a changing depth/bottom?

I really appreciate you guys giving me a hand here. I've picked up lots of pointers from browsing/searching the site but still need some advice on the finer points.
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 04:22 PM 07/11/08 (CST)
Trolling can be a little tricky and to be honest its probably one of the ways I fish the least.

I'll see if I can explain it alittle when I get a free minute later tonight.



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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 09:32 PM 07/11/08 (CST)
Okay, I'll give this a shot...

I usually scope out the area I want to fish. Usually a drop-off, a rockpile or something of that sort. This works great when using jigs or plain hook with a sinker. I'll throw out a bouy right on the edge and then head upwind. I'll turn off the motor and drift across where I marked the spot. As soon as I have gone beyond the spot by 50 yards or so, I'll back-troll back over the spot to my original starting point and do it all over again.

Now some days it's pretty windy and on those days I usually get hits on the back-troll. Other days it's pretty calm and it seems that on those days, I get more hits on the drift. The trick is two-fold... if you are fishing rock, you need to keep the rod tip up with less line out to avoid snags. If you are fishing a weed edge. you need to try to get your boat to drift along the edge. I like to try to bounce the jig over the rocks as I drift or back-troll. If in weeds, the trick is hugging the weed edge as close as possible without dragging through the weeds. It takes a bit of practice, but when I am using a bottom bouncer or plain hook, you can actually figure out how much line to let out by how it feels. Now this is how I usually fish walleye. If you want to get into northerns or bass... it's a whole new ball game smile smiley

Not really trolling, but it can be very effective for 'eyes.



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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 11:33 PM 07/30/08 (CST)
i will usually take a run around the area I want to fish, looking at the depth finder. When I see fish or schools of baitfish, I take note of the depth they are holding. This could be a good indicator as to the depth the predator fish are at. Usually I have found the walleyes to hold just a little deeper than the minnows. So if for instance you find fish at 12 feet, you could use a shad rap of the apprpriate size to troll to that depth. If you find they are close to the bottom, a bait rig like a lindy rig or a bottom bouncer could be the ticket.
If you know you are in the fish zone and still not getting bit, try slowing down. this could mean putting the boat in reverse and back trolling. if there is enough wind, try drifting with a rig over thside of the boat. If it's not too windy, anchoring upwind of a reef or sandbar and bobber fishing is always a good option.
the fish will many times move shallow early morning and near dusk into evening. If you can find some good weed edges on the windy side of the lake, this could be the ticket.
Ihope this helps you.
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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 10:35 AM 07/31/08 (CST)
Hire a good guide! You'll learn more on a 4 hour guided trip than you could possibly learn by yourself fishing all summer alone. They are well worth the price! I don't know any in your area, but I'm sure a bait shop could find one for you.
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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 12:25 PM 07/31/08 (CST)
Yes hire a guide, you can learn tons. best time is now, and let the guide know you want to learn not just catch fish.. as this is a tough time for fishing and may be slow, but you will get to learn different techniques.
Good Luck and let us know what you end up doing.



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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 03:30 PM 07/31/08 (CST)
Walleye are feeding like crazy this time of the year but have a lot to eat. This can make summer time walleye fishing tough. It's a good time to learn your favorite lake or river though. I would put on a crankbait and drive around at about 3mph. I use #7 Shadraps in 12 to 14 feet of water, #8s in 15 to 17 and #9s in 18 to 20. The walleye seem to be scattered this time of the year so just cover water but watch for points or inside corners. Mark these and go back with a slower presentation like a leech or crawler. Most important is keep them in mind for fall fishing. There is less food in the fall so walleye tend to consentrate at the bottom of steep points or steep inside corners. Check these spots out in September, October and November with a vertical jigging (jig and minnow) presentation.
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