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1 Last Good 1
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With future forecasts predicted to bring in the 1st real cold front of the fall we hit the water with hopes of getting one last good day of fishing in. It was short but sweet with all our eyes coming in the first few hours and all pitching cranks. Only managed 12 walleyes but quality was good with all but 1 being between 5 and 8 lbs. Did manage to get 1 really good 1.

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Posted on: 10/22 20:36:21
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Fall Feedbag
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With the water at its crest and starting to decline there needed to be an attempt to make contact with some high water eyes. The key to the day was finding any water with even the slightest difference in water clarity. They were definitely located in slack water next to a significant drop off.

Almost all of the eyes were caught casting cranks. Blades and hair are also starting to be effective. Walleyes were caught through out the day but low light was most productive with the 2 biggest fish eating with just enough light to scoop them into the net. Crappies have also moved shallow.

With the water temp at 56 and dropping techniques will quickly be switching to much slower presentations.

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Posted on: 10/14 14:29:12
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River on the Rise
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With the recent rains finally over the decision was made to try and find some eyes with the water on the rise. Not having been on Pool 4 since early July I was hoping that the clarity and water temp wouldn't combine for a tough bite.

First couple hours the eyes were very willing to cooperate. They weren't overly aggressive and needed to be finessed a little bit but they were definitely willing to eat. Mostly interested in bait but also got a few casting cranks.

Never caught an eye under 25". Boated 12 eyes over 25" with 3 over 28" for the day.

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Posted on: 10/9 10:32:17
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Tradition
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The kids and I hit Pool 5 for our annual Labor Day tradition. We planned on staying in the backwater as much as possible knowing the amount of boat traffic we would encounter out in the main channel. Most of the moss we fished last time was gone and with the water temp down in the low 70's we were looking for fish that were starting to group up for the fall feeding frenzy. Our buzzbait bite was no good but the swimbait bite was on fire. If you caught a fish there was at least 1 or more close by.

Been awhile since the kids tried panfishing so we shifted gears early afternoon and tried a spot I used to fish 15 years ago. Simple as it gets, splitshot and crawler and as fast as you could get back down they would inhale it. As many sunfish as you could catch and a random crappie or perch mixed in.

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Posted on: 9/5 12:25:40
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Pool 5 Buzzin
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August and walleyes generally don't mix so we headed to Pool 5 for some bass fishing. Only took a few casts to figure out that swim baits and buzzbaits were going to be the main baits of the day. Has been a few years since I was on a good buzzbait bite and today was the day. Water depth made no difference on its effectiveness. We had fish in a foot of water out to 8-10 feet and they were all exploding on the buzzbaits. Had fish coming 3-4 feet out of water after they inhaled the baits. Also had many fish crushing swimbaits. Many of the swimbait bites were coming boatside so that always exciting.

Ended the day boating 50 fish and had 30 more misses or come off at the boat. The more the water cools the less the fish will eat top water and move toward spinner baits and swimbaits.

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Posted on: 8/19 18:21:10
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Pool 5
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Spent a day over the 4th of July weekend on Pool 4 and while we caught good numbers of walleyes the amount of pleasure boats was astounding. Not looking to battle the constant 2-3 foot wakes of the pleasure boats I decided it was time to hit the backwaters and see if the bass were ready to eat.

With not much rain in the last few weeks I was surprised to see how dirty the water was with the low stage and no flow. Expecting to throw frogs on algae mats most of the day quickly changed when there was not much algae growth. Made things much easier and less complicated for the kids. They threw spinnerbaits most of the day and there was plenty of action. There were a lot of smaller pike but did manage to find a few bass.

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Posted on: 7/9 21:40:36
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Re: Back to the River
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I've caught plenty of dog fish so when I hook one it normally is not very exciting except for today. When this one came boat-side I could not believe how green it's fins were. In the water they bright neon green. I knew when they spawned the males fins turned green but never imagined they would be so bright.

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Posted on: 6/4 20:14:48
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Back to the River
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With the water levels rapidly dropping we shifted focus from flooded willows on the lake to back into the river and current seams. The focus is very simple, spend the day casting into fast water retrieving into slack water. Most of our fish were found in 4-6 feet of water and JSR #5's were the best cranks of the day in either red crawdad or firetiger.

Ended up with 56 eyes with most in the 18-21" range but did manage a 29" and 27.5".

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Posted on: 6/4 20:13:47
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Re: High Water Eyes
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Also did a little bit of trolling and had one of the fattest flat heads I've ever seen hit a #7 flicker shad in 8 feet of water.

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Posted on: 5/29 20:33:30
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High Water Eyes
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Once we avoided all the floating full size trees and a lot of debri fields we got set up on our first spot not knowing what kind of results to expect with water as dirty as it is. Spent first 1/2 hour throwing cranks with no results and then complete chaos. Started the morning with a triple and that set the tone for the day. Once all 3 fish were in the net and measured the morning started with a 25",27.5", and 29".

I believe water clarity was critically effecting our hook up rate. While having plenty of bites most of the bites were misses. Getting frustrated we couldn't connect with a lot of our bites we decided to try and find some cleaner water. With the water at the stage it is now is the time to fish the willows. While not all willows produce fish most of them do hold fish. Very simple rule is start at the wind blown side of a point and fish outside in. We pitched #7 flicker shads in natural dark colors the rest of the day and managed over 60 eyes 16-23". Something people might overlook is reeling the crank all the way back to the boat. We had a number of fish hit at boatside or follow to the boat and turn away once the crank was lifted out of the water.

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Posted on: 5/29 20:30:23
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