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Walleyedmike

September 13 & 14

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Tried to post this last night, but didn't have a good enough internet connection to do it. So, anyway...Fished for walleye with the wife 9-13. Caught five keepers between us. Four on main lake points, and one on the dam. Lost two keepers at the boat. Fish were caught in 15-18' of water. On 9-14, my wife went antiquing and I fished solo.  Picked up a keeper in 15' first five minutes and nothing but catfish and drum for the next two hours. Moved shallower to 10-12' and started picking up shorts immediately. Landed another two keepers by noon and then headed in with three in the livewell. Bottom bounced slow death rigs with Smiley blades at 1 mph both days. The bite is light. Several times I noticed one rod looked slightly more loaded then the other and would set the hook on a walleye. They are swimming along at the same speed as the boat with the crawler in their mouth like the crawler is a piece of chewing gum or something. I literally had a short do that as I reeled my bait in. If I saw anything in the action of the rod tips that looked like it might be something other then contact with the bottom, I'd take the rod out of the holder and let the bait drop back. Often I caught a walleye doing that. You gotta reel the natural slack out that you have with a bottom bouncer and then set the hook with a sweep of the rod. A hard bass style hook set will pull it out of their mouths every time. I had probably three shorts to each keeper. It will be at least three weeks before I get back down, so please post some walleye reports!

WM

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Tried it today also three short Walters and two keepers that were donated by a couple who I believe felt sorry for me was with my way older brother and noise from his oxygen bottles banging around in boat surely was no help probably should have had more of the nice couples tea she was drinking

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1 hour ago, Liprippa702 said:

Do you guys mark walleyes on the electronics or just go to spots you know?

I don't know much about bottom bouncing, but I do see them while pulling cranks.

Very rarely am I not marking anything and still catching fish.

Walleyes are usually elongated marks, within a couple feet of the bottom. Bass are more football shaped, same with crappie, although they are often suspended.

It's worth noting that the apparent "length" of the fish is entirely dependent on the speed of the boat, and the activity of the fish. I'm usually rolling over at 2-3mph and get a pretty good snapshot of them in-situ.

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10 hours ago, two old poops fishing said:

Tried it today also three short Walters and two keepers that were donated by a couple who I believe felt sorry for me was with my way older brother and noise from his oxygen bottles banging around in boat surely was no help probably should have had more of the nice couples tea she was drinking

That brings up a question I always meant to throw out there. We know how sound travels through water. I never turn the radio on in the boat because of that sound/water thing. Is that a real concern or am I over thinking it? Just looking for some thoughts on that. Mike

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8 minutes ago, liphunter said:

That brings up a question I always meant to throw out there. We know how sound travels through water. I never turn the radio on in the boat because of that sound/water thing. Is that a real concern or am I over thinking it? Just looking for some thoughts on that. Mike

I am the same most of the time.  Exception would be long lining cranks on LOZ during the day; too much traffic/noise for it to matter.  

Mike

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16 hours ago, lmt out said:

Great job Mike. Took the Mrs. Today and she didn't even let me catch a walleye. She had 3 keepers and 2 shorts.

My wife almost always out fishes me too! 

11 hours ago, Liprippa702 said:

Do you guys mark walleyes on the electronics or just go to spots you know?

I live a long way from the lake, so I try to do some networking and reading reports before I head down. I try to fish areas that are similar to what have been described. I obviously pay close attention to my graphs while I'm fishing,  but drop a line right away. Nothing on graph and no bites in a short period of time = move on. 

51 minutes ago, liphunter said:

That brings up a question I always meant to throw out there. We know how sound travels through water. I never turn the radio on in the boat because of that sound/water thing. Is that a real concern or am I over thinking it? Just looking for some thoughts on that. Mike

I usually fish with my wife and we rarely listen to music as we B.S. a lot. Saturday when I was fishing alone listened to ZZ Top and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Didn't seem to have any negative effect.

WM

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6 minutes ago, Walleyedmike said:

I usually fish with my wife and we rarely listen to music as we B.S. a lot. Saturday when I was fishing alone listened to ZZ Top and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Didn't seem to have any negative effect.

WM

Outstanding selection in music. I would imagine even the fish would like that!!!

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