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I just got back home from fishing 2 days at Stockton Lake. We tried trolling crankbaits and bottom bouncers with spin rigs and a worm. Not much going on with either tactic. Fished from 2 pm till 9 pm. Main lake area. The bottom bouncer technique was a pain in the butt for me and my partner. Lots of hangups, even though when i went back and got on the other side of the hangup it came right off. Lots of line twist!! Caught a lot of blue gills and some small smallies. No walleyes. With Lmtout catching 60 in 6 hrs monday i dont know what i was doing wrong. I used the trolling motor and didnt have a clue to the mph. Went slow enough to tick the bottom in 15 fow. Gave it a decent shot. Couple of hours each day. I was catching smallmouth casting my jig off points so i stuck with that. It was sunny and hot with hardly any wind. Not real conducive to walleye fishing. Any advice? Tips? Clues? 

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I've had the same problem with bottom bouncers hanging up in the past, but let it hit the bottom and reel up a couple cranks and let it ride just off the bottom. When the depth changes adjust accordingly. A baitcaster works great for making it quick and easy to adjust depth. There are great videos on YouTube for bottom bouncing techniques by the pros up north. As for twist, use a good quality swivel, it makes all the difference. 

 

 

 

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31 minutes ago, blacknoseddace said:

 

I've had the same problem with bottom bouncers hanging up in the past, but let it hit the bottom and reel up a couple cranks and let it ride just off the bottom. When the depth changes adjust accordingly. A baitcaster works great for making it quick and easy to adjust depth. There are great videos on YouTube for bottom bouncing techniques by the pros up north. As for twist, use a good quality swivel, it makes all the difference. 

 

 

 

Another thing, don't have too much line out, it should be at about a 45 degree angle. 

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59 minutes ago, blacknoseddace said:

 

I've had the same problem with bottom bouncers hanging up in the past, but let it hit the bottom and reel up a couple cranks and let it ride just off the bottom. When the depth changes adjust accordingly. A baitcaster works great for making it quick and easy to adjust depth. There are great videos on YouTube for bottom bouncing techniques by the pros up north. As for twist, use a good quality swivel, it makes all the difference. 

 

 

 

http://teamfishco.com/catching-bottom-hugging-walleyes/

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Maybe we could take up a collection and get limit out and his wife to give a seminar. I do ok drifting with a bottom bouncer in a rod holder and jigging a spoon when the wind is right. when dead calm i have a little trouble motoring with a bb. and usually just go to trolling.I'm finding these corp lakes to differ from where I used to fish. Here,I do just as good through the hot part of the day,especially if theres some wind. The other thing I've been surprised by is how shallow the walleyes can be caught during the day. I've had the most success fishing the breaks to deeper water around flats. I need to try fishing the points more.

   Mike

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4 hours ago, Smithvillesteve said:

I just got back home from fishing 2 days at Stockton Lake. We tried trolling crankbaits and bottom bouncers with spin rigs and a worm. Not much going on with either tactic. Fished from 2 pm till 9 pm. Main lake area. The bottom bouncer technique was a pain in the butt for me and my partner. Lots of hangups, even though when i went back and got on the other side of the hangup it came right off. Lots of line twist!! Caught a lot of blue gills and some small smallies. No walleyes. With Lmtout catching 60 in 6 hrs monday i dont know what i was doing wrong. I used the trolling motor and didnt have a clue to the mph. Went slow enough to tick the bottom in 15 fow. Gave it a decent shot. Couple of hours each day. I was catching smallmouth casting my jig off points so i stuck with that. It was sunny and hot with hardly any wind. Not real conducive to walleye fishing. Any advice? Tips? Clues? 

I know it is a drive, but you want to sit in the boat for some lessons? That offer is open to others as well.

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rps,At Smithville?Wow! Great offer,Thank you. I've fished walleyes,mostly on lake Erie and Canada and never had much of a problem catching them,but I have to say these COE lakes are different .The thing that really surprised me was catching them right through through hot part of the day and how shallow they were. I learn a little more about them every time I go. Heading up to Stockton for a couple days in the morning,taking some of the grandkids.

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It takes some practice. Everybody does it different 0.7 to 1.2 is the mph. I let some line out hit the bottom, get the boat moving at the correct speed then lower  the pole from time to time just to check the bottom, some folks drag it the whole I don't, but I do like to stay what I think is a couple inches off of it. 

I fish the hard places so learning how to control speed and depth is the key.

RPS fishes BB in the timber, I call that talent !  

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3 hours ago, dan hufferd said:

It takes some practice. Everybody does it different 0.7 to 1.2 is the mph. I let some line out hit the bottom, get the boat moving at the correct speed then lower  the pole from time to time just to check the bottom, some folks drag it the whole I don't, but I do like to stay what I think is a couple inches off of it. 

I fish the hard places so learning how to control speed and depth is the key.

RPS fishes BB in the timber, I call that talent !  

Not talent so much as patience, pig headed refusal to do the easy thing, and the willingness to tie many harnesses every winter.

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3 hours ago, rps said:

Not talent so much as patience, pig headed refusal to do the easy thing, and the willingness to tie many harnesses every winter.

May I ask what the easy thing is?  It is getting very expensive buying new spinners.  Our best point we have been fishing is very rocky and we hang up quite often. 

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