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  1. Oberst

    Red Hot Walleye!!

    Hey Krazo, no smallies in this lake unfortunately. I have fished Rainy and it’s loaded with them. No idea why they are in one lake and not another. Lots of fun when they are around!
  2. Oberst

    Red Hot Walleye!!

    In Canada that is! Always wanted to do a fly in trip and it worked out for last week. Drove about 4 hours north of Thunder Bay Ontario and then flew in a half hour. 28,000 acre lake with one outfitter and 5 cabins. We had a single cabin 8 miles away from the others and thousands of acres of prime walleye habitat to ourselves. Probably common to most fly-in deals. Average fish 18+ inches. These are big fat golden walleyes that taste like a million dollars. I'm sure there are big walleye in the lake but my biggest was 24 and we had a 26. But tons of 18-22" fish that hit hard. I used only lures and caught about 50 a day, virtually all in 5-8 feet of water. Trip cost around $900 after the exchange rate, not counting what it takes to drive that far. 1,100 miles from Springfield; ugh! That included a 14 foot aluminum boat and 10 hp motor with gas. Perfectly adequate. Needless to say beautiful country; no roads or noise. Had one day where the wind blew up white caps and it was in the high 40's to start. Chilly all day. Perfect walleye weather and trolling was red hot. Rods went off constantly. Good sized northern pike up there as well. With this hot weather, sitting on a far north lake where the mornings are cool and crisp and a dip in the lake is refreshing sounds pretty good!
  3. Oberst

    5-19-18

    Another great report with useful detail!!
  4. Was down last week thru Fridayy, figuring to troll up crappie and walleye, with some shallow fishing thrown in to boot. I've dreamed of hitting the big crappie in shallow water and started with that; here in a shallow cove with slip bobbers set between three and six feet with minnows. Stopped there because I saw a crappie dart past a jig I had been casting. I did get a few nice fish that way, but couldn't locate a pattern, and didn't see many other boats catching much. Was fishing out of Cedar Ridge back under the bridge toward LIttle Sac arm. This bobber fishing only works for me if the wind is blowing very hard. If it is the hassle of keeping the boat in place and the bobbers really gets tiring. But you can see it was nice this night. Always fun to watch a bobber! Next, I thought, try trolling. My boat is set up for trolling; I can run 5 rods effectively without tangles. Really painful though to run the spread into an underwater obstruction! In this setup I have two rods deep off the back with clip on sinkers up to 8 ounces. No problem running a crawler at 30 feet. Side rods have dipsy divers running out and away at 15-18 feet deep. Far back rod on left is a surface line. Lures are various crankbaits in mostly bright colors, like rainbow and flo orange. And a couple days this approach paid off nicely with fish like this 14 incher below. Some doubles too. That's a small Rippin' Rap in gold in its mouth below. I was feeling a little sassy at that point, but a day later that quickly changed. I still caught some fish, but on Friday it was cool and overcast and very windy and trolling was a lot of motor time for not much. I see other folks trolling walleye all the time, and catching fish too. Why the heck I can't seem to get more than one here and there I have no idea. With that many rods down, and at least two of those running right off the bottom over all kinds of terrain one would think . . . I typically troll from 1.5 to 2 mph. Tried bottom bouncing a crawler on a Lindy rig using the slower electric motor and nothing there. Every one of the female crappies I cleaned had eggs! I threw a bunch back but assume they did too. Was really surprised. The wind started blasting Friday, and though not a bass fisherman of any ability decided to fish the leeward bluffs. Did have some fun with that; biggest was 16". Mostly on unweighted Senkos but did get one off the surface on a decades old Bass o'Reno! Couldn't complain about the three days, but was reminded that, for me, Stockton is always a challenge.
  5. Oberst

    Out of Roark-Crappie!

    Dang it!! I’m coming down tomorrow from St Louis. A week ago the water was still cold and fishing spotty. Trolled up some crappie but haven’t got in on shallow bite and hope to now. Stop by if you see black Alumacraft tiller, probably with canvas top up.
  6. Well, decided to gamble on a trip from St. Louis Saturday, knowing it would be rainy and blowing going down, but next couple days looked okay. Had some second thoughts when buying minnows at Lakey's bait shop by Aldrich, the attached metal building was blown apart just before I got there. Hmmmm. Some of the recent posts said stick baits were working, and my thinking was to start with trolling. Maybe having four rods running at all depths with different lures would work. Bottom bounced with a crawler harness as well, just in case. Nothing. After a couple hours without a strike, running from 15 to 35 feet, I decided to try some stick baits along the rocks, given it had become sunny and quite pleasant as Sunday morning wore on. Got a couple big whites pretty soon and was encouraged. Then, a really big fat 23" walleye! Alas, not what it seems! While tossing the stick bait I noticed a fish floating 50 yards away and decided to check it out . Low and behold a big walleye, and it was alive, barely. Turns out the walleye had a big bluegill wedged in its mouth. Took a bit to get it out, and put the walleye in the livewell but it was gone within an hour. No point in letting it go to waste! The belly part of the fillet I cut off to fry up right away. My trip got cut short as wife had to help a relative and I needed to watch the dog. I did catch a couple crappie over brush 25' deep on a jigging rap. Didn't have the time to drop minnows once I knew I had to leave so soon. Was planning to troll through some big deep shad schools but never got there. Sleeping in the back of my truck at the Cedar Ridge park is not condusive to a comfortable trip when it's plenty dark and cold starting about 5:30! But got a few fish and had some fun. I'm always perplexed when other folks throw lures and get bass and walleye, and when I do I don't. I'd say my Stockton gamble paid off, having the lake mostly to myself on a beautiful sunny day, even though on this trip I didn't have much time to try things out. Not like it's been an unlucky fall though; got this 9 point with my recurve so the freezer is looking very good this year!! Anytime we can get into the outdoors is a time to give thanks!
  7. Oberst

    Stockton Gamble

    The one in the above white bass mouth, which is a Rapala about 6 inches long.
  8. Oberst

    Stockton Gamble

    Shoot, those last 2 pix were from another trip.
  9. Oberst

    Stockton Gamble

    Well, decided to gamble on a trip from St. Louis Saturday, knowing it would be rainy and blowing going down, but next couple days looked okay. Had some second thoughts when buying minnows at Lakey's bait shop by Aldrich, the attached metal building was blown apart just before I got there. Hmmmm. Some of the recent posts said stick baits were working, and my thinking was to start with trolling. Maybe having four rods running at all depths with different lures would work. Bottom bounced with a crawler harness as well, just in case. Nothing. After a couple hours without a strike, running from 15 to 35 feet, I decided to try some stick baits along the rocks, given it had become sunny and quite pleasant as Sunday morning wore on. Got a couple big whites pretty soon and was encouraged. Then, a really big fat 23" walleye! Alas, not what it seems! While tossing the stick bait I noticed a fish floating 50 yards away and decided to check it out . Low and behold a big walleye, and it was alive, barely. Turns out the walleye had a big bluegill wedged in its mouth. Took a bit to get it out, and put the walleye in the livewell but it was gone within an hour. No point in letting it go to waste! The belly part of the fillet I cut off to fry up right away. My trip got cut short as wife had to help a relative and I needed to watch the dog. I did catch a couple crappie over brush 25' deep on a jigging rap. Didn't have the time to drop minnows once I knew I had to leave so soon. Was planning to troll through some big deep shad schools but never got there. Sleeping in the back of my truck at the Cedar Ridge park is not condusive to a comfortable trip when it's plenty dark and cold starting about 5:30! But got a few fish and had some fun. I'm always perplexed when other folks throw lures and get bass and walleye, and when I do I don't. I'd say my Stockton gamble paid off, having the lake mostly to myself on a beautiful sunny day, even though on this trip I didn't have much time to try things out. Not like it's been an unlucky fall though; got this 9 point with my recurve so the freezer is looking very good this year!! Anytime we can get into the outdoors is a time to give thanks! This post has been promoted to an article
  10. Oberst

    Walleye

    Dan is right on the jigging raps; you can lose them fast and they are expensive. I never fish them without a lure retriever on board. If they are hung on the rocks I get them back 90% of the time, and if on wood 75-80%. Some days I have saved 8 of 8 snags. Big thing though, is you have confidence to fish places where you just couldn't afford to otherwise. Applies to any jigging lure. I've had on and off luck with them at stockton. Big issue is probably where I have fished them in the wrong place. Other times they outfish everything else I'm doing. You also catch other stuff on them, including nice crappies.
  11. Oberst

    Hot Crappie Bite!

    Yea Steve, its taken some practice. The worst is not paying enough attention and running into shallow water and hanging all the lines up in a good cross wind. The only way this works is having the lake map chip for my depth finder that shows the contours. Its not exactly correct, but it sure gives your a forward view of where the bottom will be.
  12. I saw the good weather coming up last week and drove down to Stockton to camp at Cedar. Put the AlumaCraft in figured to go after walleye, crappies and blue gills. I never did figure the walleye out; got two keepers, with a bottom bouncer and harness, and jigging a spoon with a minnow head, but few and far between is an understatement. Part of the problem there turned out to be a great crappie bite trolling, and big blue gills too. I ended up focusing on them. And the crappie were overall nice sized too: At first I trolled along the steeper bluffs, and got a fish here and there. I've trolled Stockton before and gotten little so this was no surprise. Frustrating thought given my setup: I can troll four rods at one time so that should up my %. I knew there were fish to be had, from reading this site, and the guys camping down the line from me had a full fish box and they were trolling a couple rods out the side of the boat. I reconsidered my approach, and after seeing a small mouth throw up a 2" shad as I reeled it in switch to smaller lures, and tried the sloping banks without sharp drop offs. That paid off. I ended up focusing my trolling path between 20 and 24 feet. I ran two rods with dipsy divers, one a bottom bouncer, and one a long line out the back. I modified that long line by adding a 2 ounce egg weight 5 feet in front of the lure, so it would run deeper and that paid off. Found that 2mph was a good speed; at 1.6 I wasn't getting nearly as much action. From my tiller seat this was the view to my left: I can easily reach the rods to let line out, take fish in, etc. When I'm pulling in a fish I'll steer the motor with my knee to keep from slamming the other lines into the bottom by wandering too close to shore. Man, I had several triples doing this!! Sure made up for some of the Sahara desert like trips I've had! As to what that post is between the rods: I extended the Bimini top to make a full canopy to the back of the boat. Rain or hot sun are kept where they belong: away from me! Here's the main lure line up: On the left the two divers I used; note the underside of these at top left; you can move the weights so the divers not only take your lure down, but also out to the side. I had them canted out quite a bit to the side. Next is the 2 ounce egg sinker; I tried a 1 ounce sinker and didn't have nearly the success with it. My most successful lures; all had a fast wiggle. I run about 5 feet of line behind the divers; used to go 7 or 8 but what a hassle that is getting a fish in or stowing the rods. Those divers put a pretty good tug on the rod; I use 20 pound braid to the divers and 5 feet of 12 to 15 pound fluoro to the lure. I think you need rod holders to fish the divers as they would wear you out holding on. A fish will often snap the diver release making it easy to pull up, or you can snap the rod to trigger the release. You could easily fish a long line with an egg sinker holding the rod out the side of the boat. Let the line out until the egg hit the bottom and crank up a few times and experiment. I was also prospecting for bluegill, and found them typically at 17-22 feet around structure of some kind. The bottom two lures, one recently posted by lmtout, are heavy enough to drop fast to 20 feet, and have the right hooks for gills. I put a little twister tail on the upper ball, for attraction purposes, and a piece of crawler on the lower smaller hook. Worked great. Also, took off the small treble on the red jig and put on a long panfish hook. Didn't get a ton of these but a couple dozen went into the well. Bright colors don't always work; I can get lazy and not try different things, but this time I was switching here and there, and who would have guessed that bright rainbow and flo orange would be hot? We all know how quickly conditions can change, but in the meantime maybe this helps get a few extra crappie. Those big ones were 12+"; man that is a fun fish to catch!
  13. Oberst

    Hot Crappie Bite!

    I saw the good weather coming up last week and drove down to Stockton to camp at Cedar. Put the AlumaCraft in figured to go after walleye, crappies and blue gills. I never did figure the walleye out; got two keepers, with a bottom bouncer and harness, and jigging a spoon with a minnow head, but few and far between is an understatement. Part of the problem there turned out to be a great crappie bite trolling, and big blue gills too. I ended up focusing on them. And the crappie were overall nice sized too: At first I trolled along the steeper bluffs, and got a fish here and there. I've trolled Stockton before and gotten little so this was no surprise. Frustrating thought given my setup: I can troll four rods at one time so that should up my %. I knew there were fish to be had, from reading this site, and the guys camping down the line from me had a full fish box and they were trolling a couple rods out the side of the boat. I reconsidered my approach, and after seeing a small mouth throw up a 2" shad as I reeled it in switch to smaller lures, and tried the sloping banks without sharp drop offs. That paid off. I ended up focusing my trolling path between 20 and 24 feet. I ran two rods with dipsy divers, one a bottom bouncer, and one a long line out the back. I modified that long line by adding a 2 ounce egg weight 5 feet in front of the lure, so it would run deeper and that paid off. Found that 2mph was a good speed; at 1.6 I wasn't getting nearly as much action. From my tiller seat this was the view to my left: I can easily reach the rods to let line out, take fish in, etc. When I'm pulling in a fish I'll steer the motor with my knee to keep from slamming the other lines into the bottom by wandering too close to shore. Man, I had several triples doing this!! Sure made up for some of the Sahara desert like trips I've had! As to what that post is between the rods: I extended the Bimini top to make a full canopy to the back of the boat. Rain or hot sun are kept where they belong: away from me! Here's the main lure line up: On the left the two divers I used; note the underside of these at top left; you can move the weights so the divers not only take your lure down, but also out to the side. I had them canted out quite a bit to the side. Next is the 2 ounce egg sinker; I tried a 1 ounce sinker and didn't have nearly the success with it. My most successful lures; all had a fast wiggle. I run about 5 feet of line behind the divers; used to go 7 or 8 but what a hassle that is getting a fish in or stowing the rods. Those divers put a pretty good tug on the rod; I use 20 pound braid to the divers and 5 feet of 12 to 15 pound fluoro to the lure. I think you need rod holders to fish the divers as they would wear you out holding on. A fish will often snap the diver release making it easy to pull up, or you can snap the rod to trigger the release. You could easily fish a long line with an egg sinker holding the rod out the side of the boat. Let the line out until the egg hit the bottom and crank up a few times and experiment. I was also prospecting for bluegill, and found them typically at 17-22 feet around structure of some kind. The bottom two lures, one recently posted by lmtout, are heavy enough to drop fast to 20 feet, and have the right hooks for gills. I put a little twister tail on the upper ball, for attraction purposes, and a piece of crawler on the lower smaller hook. Worked great. Also, took off the small treble on the red jig and put on a long panfish hook. Didn't get a ton of these but a couple dozen went into the well. Bright colors don't always work; I can get lazy and not try different things, but this time I was switching here and there, and who would have guessed that bright rainbow and flo orange would be hot? We all know how quickly conditions can change, but in the meantime maybe this helps get a few extra crappie. Those big ones were 12+"; man that is a fun fish to catch! View full article
  14. Oberst

    Planer Board ?

    I use both large and small boards, the bigger boards require a stiffer rod and a bit higher test line. Boards are kind of a pain but they do get your lures out quite a ways. Easier for me and probably as effective over time have been the dipsy divers, which you can turn the weight collar on to take them out to either side of the boat. For boards or divers I recommend rod holders as they both pull pretty good and would tire me out after a while.
  15. Oberst

    Father's Day

    Nice looking Lund too!! Give us a few details!
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