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December 5, 2007 Stockton Lake Fishing Report

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December 5, 2007 Stockton Lake Fishing Report

Walleye will be the only fish we will discuss in this fishing report due to the fact that it is the only fish I have fished for since we got back from the Thanksgiving holiday. If you are man enough (and/or foolish enough) to fish in this cold weather, here are my instructions to you:

My clients have been successful catching walleye off of main lake points between the dam and the 215 mile long bridge. Fish are between 20-24 feet deep. The fish will be fat because they had a lot of bait during the summer months and will be good table fare. Surface temperature is 50 degrees, therefore slow presentation is necessary. Jig heads tipped with ½ a night crawler or a medium sized minnow are the ticket. The best days to go are days with minimal wind due to the fact the bite is very very light, it takes a vertical presentation, and a great deal of concentration. It is necessary that you keep your eye on your line and rod tip at all times. Many of the bites will be seen and not felt. When you detect a bite, it is important that you let the fish take the bait before you make a sweeping motion to set the hook. You basically have to feed the fish. If you jerk too soon, the party’s over. Bounce the bait continuously off of the bottom. Find structure and/or cover. Because of the cold weather, I recommend that you take plenty of hot, sweet coffee and soup. This will keep you warmer and help you maintain the proper concentration level. Walleye should start to spawn about the middle of February, so you can look forward to that. I will continue to fish during the next couple months, so if you can’t wait til February, call me and we’ll go.

Next week’s report will include bass and crappie. For now, Merry Christmas and God bless you and God bless America.

One more thing: here’s a Christmas gift idea for that someone special who you always buy socks, underwear or ties for. This year you need to look at a gift certificate for a guided fishing trip and I guarantee you will be greatly appreciated. Plus it’s a good stocking stuffer and it will get the old man out of the house for awhile.

Marty Thompson

Thompson Fishing Guide Service



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