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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 12:56 PM 05/26/11 (CST)
Me and a few buddies have tried fish lake a few times this year and have had very little luck catching anything, and even less luck getting something worth keeping. We are planning on hitting the lake again this holiday weekend and just wondering if people are having more luck on island lake than fish or if people are catching them on fish I'm looking for some help in either finding them or what you have been catching them on? Any advice/help is greatly appreciated and thank you in advance.
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 01:11 PM 05/26/11 (CST)
Are you talking about fish lake/island lake near Duluth?

If so I know fish lake has had a tough bite for the last few years. You can still catch walleye but you need to work for them and there is no magic spot like there used to be. There are spots all over the lake that hold fish, you just need to work them all.

I haven't heard much on island lake lately but most guys get mainly small walleyes from Island. Like 10-12 inchers, nothing worth keeping. I know there are bigger fish in there they are just hard to find. If you get into a school of small ones your best bet is to move since they seem to segregate based on size. You'll rarely catch a keeper in the groups of small fish.


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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 01:42 PM 05/26/11 (CST)
Nofishfisherman,

Yes I'm talking about the lakes in the Duluth area. I know the sizes of eyes on island has dropped quite a bit in the last 10 years. The last 3 tines we have been on fish lake we have tried all new areas cuz the usual spots had no action. I have not heard much of anything being caught on fish except for small northerns and a decent crappie bite before night fall.
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 11:23 PM 05/26/11 (CST)
What techniques are you using on Fish Lake and what type of areas have you been fishing?

1 thing I try to do when I'm on fish lake is to give the fish something that they haven't seen. The guys up there either troll a spinner and a leech or the use slip bobbers. They swear that is the only way to catch fish on that lake. Well that might have been true 5 years ago but it hasn't worked as of late.

I'd suggest trying something different. One suggestion is a beetle spin. I know its not revolutionary thinking but not many people use them on this lake. The other suggestions is to pitch jigs and either minnows or various plastics, or maybe a leech. By pitching jigs you can float along an area and cover more ground then if you were just vertical jigging. Just keep bouncing the jig along bottom on your retrieve.

The last suggestion is look IN the weeds. If you can't find them on the edges or on other structure then look inside the weeds beds. THere are numerous weed beds to try. Later in the summer there are some nice ones around the islands in the main lake. This is where vertical jigging a weedless jig might come in handy.

There is no magic solution to this lake its just a matter of out thinking the fish and not limiting yourself to just 1 or 2 techniques. Cover as much water as possible and try new things. There are nice fish both walleye and northerns to be caught you just got to go get em.


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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 11:26 AM 05/27/11 (CST)
The first few times we were out we did attempt the old slip bobber and spinner rigs around different island points. Last time we went out we decided to change it up and ran with some Texas rig plastics and jigged some areas. We tried going down the river a ways to which I've never done before. I think I need to find some weed beds in the deeper water because most weed beds I cone across and try fishing are only 3-5 ft deep. Any recomendations on where to find the weed beds in deeper water if you know of any would be great, otherwise I'll just keep searching. Also what is a beetle spin? Ive never heard of it b4. Thanks
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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 11:59 AM 05/27/11 (CST)
This is a bettle spin, they are available in many different colors but I prefer black/yellow or black/white but they are cheap so get several colors.



This time of year you won't find large weed beds in deeper water, the weeds haven't grown up that much yet so you'll likely only find weed beds in shallower/warm water. Starting in maybe mid june you can find weeds beds adjacent to 10-12 FOW around Tern island (the one without treess) and around a few of the other islands in the main lake.

I wouldn't focus in on just points, I've caught more fish on random rocky shorelines or weedlines on this lake. Also there is a good amount of sumberged timber that holds fish but it can be real hit or miss. The best way to fish the timber is vertical jigging or slip bobbers so you need to know they are there before wasting your time. Fishing the timber can be slow and its hard to cover water and right now thats the name of the game.

Early in the year my suggestion is the same for any lake, follow the wind. Fish the wind blown shorelines where ever they may be. Try different depths until you find them.

Really your best bet is to fill your boat with gas and troll everything that looks even slightly fishy. If you see boats huddled up I wouldn't get to excited about it, they are likely fishing historic hot spots but most reports have been poor so they likely aren't catching much. If you do see people pulling in fish look at what type of structure/depth they may be fishing and find other spots on the lake that fit that description. There is more than 1 spot that holds fish on that lake.


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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 12:04 PM 05/27/11 (CST)
I know what that is now that I see the picture guess I just never knew that's what it was called. I'll have to use some of your advice this weekend. Thanks for all the help and I'll let you know how we do. Hopefully the rain stays away so we can put in sone good hours on the lake. Again thank you
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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 12:54 PM 05/27/11 (CST)
Don't let the rain stop you. the fish don't mind getting wet. My best days on that lake have been in the rain.


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