Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
walleyepro

Walleyes - DEEP CLEAR Lake in September

14 posts in this topic

In-laws new cabin is on a very deep (110ft), very clear lake & cold, with very sparse weeds in norther MN with a good walleye population. I can find the walleyes in less than 30 feet and get them to bite in the spring through the end of July and again in the late fall on jigs/lindys/crankbaits without too much of a problem.

In the Summer the problem is that I can't find them half the time and when i do find them only little ones bite. How deep do they go and how can i catch them. I'll be up again over Labor Day. Are they suspended over 50-100 feet or where do they go?

The lake gets a lot of local pressure in the spring and then no one fishes it the rest of the year. Where can i find them? i dont have experience fishing this kind of lake.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Clear lakes say to me... low light times or night fishing. JMO

Main lake deep cranking also with lead core would be another option.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

In spring and fall night fishing is the way to go, but now i can't even find them at night. I'm talking 9pm - 3am. How deep is deep when you're talking lead core? Would a 3-way with a big 2-3 oz drop work as well to get down deep? I've tried looking for fish in the 30-60 range and dont really mark much.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well not that I know what am talking about, but this year every thing has been backwards for me. So if I think I should fish deep I fish shallow and it has paid off pretty good this year for me. Just an idea.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I fish a lake very similar to what you are talking about 22 ft water clarity and max depth of 80 ft. Because I do not live on this lake I am very rarely out there late at night but I can tell you coming off the lake at dark and even during the day the fish are stacked either in 40-50 fow on the bottom or suspended at 40-50ft over the deeper hole. I have talked with many of the people that live on the lake and they catch all their big walleyes trolling at night in the 40-50 ft either on bottom or suspended. Trick is figuring out how to get your bait to that depth, as you mentioned 3 ways is one option, lead core, snap weights or the deepest running crank you can find draggin couple hundred feet behind the boat. Just troll off one of the breaks into deeper water and watch your graph. You will find the fish out there in deeper water. If you don't have a good graph it will be more of a challenge.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I fish a lake very similar to what you are talking about 22 ft water clarity and max depth of 80 ft. Because I do not live on this lake I am very rarely out there late at night but I can tell you coming off the lake at dark and even during the day the fish are stacked either in 40-50 fow on the bottom or suspended at 40-50ft over the deeper hole. I have talked with many of the people that live on the lake and they catch all their big walleyes trolling at night in the 40-50 ft either on bottom or suspended. Trick is figuring out how to get your bait to that depth, as you mentioned 3 ways is one option, lead core, snap weights or the deepest running crank you can find draggin couple hundred feet behind the boat. Just troll off one of the breaks into deeper water and watch your graph. You will find the fish out there in deeper water. If you don't have a good graph it will be more of a challenge.

2 words: Down riggers.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i have a 16ft old aluminum boat. would down riggers work on my boat?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes, but expensive. Look into snapweights, that would be your best option IMO. Invest in the Trollers Bible book, do a search either on here or Google about snapweights and learn a bit about them.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Go to Cannon dot com and look for mini troll or uni troll

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You don't need downriggers, but you do at least need rod holders if you plan on fishing leadcore/snap weights/3 ways deep. For clear water a deep diving crank (12-20 feet) with a 2-3 oz snap weight about 90 feet out then another 60-90 feet out will get you as deep as you should need to go. A lot of times at dark or at night, suspended fish might be a lot closer to the surface than you think, so if you can run multiple lines run one shallower too.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If the lake has tullibees in it then the fish will follow them to the surface in the evening as they follow the plankton. With clear, deep water You might also want to use planer boards to get the lures off to the side and away from the disturbace of the boat. You can still run leadcore or snap weights off of boards. The other thing i'd look for is a thermocline and concentrate your efforts above the thermocline which will eliminate alot of water that is unproductive. A good depthfinder will show a thermocline. If the lake has tullibees like mentioned before then look to the shallow reefs and boulder strewn shorelines at night in the fall and catch the piggies when they are shallow chasing the spawning tullies. Good luck!

Tunrevir~

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If the lake has tullibees in it then the fish will follow them to the surface in the evening as they follow the plankton. With clear, deep water You might also want to use planer boards to get the lures off to the side and away from the disturbace of the boat. You can still run leadcore or snap weights off of boards. The other thing i'd look for is a thermocline and concentrate your efforts above the thermocline which will eliminate alot of water that is unproductive. A good depthfinder will show a thermocline. If the lake has tullibees like mentioned before then look to the shallow reefs and boulder strewn shorelines at night in the fall and catch the piggies when they are shallow chasing the spawning tullies. Good luck!

Tunrevir~

Tunrevir gave the best advise yet.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You mentioned sparse weeds. If it were me and I coudl find any cabbage or other green weeds that is where I woudl start. most of my summer and early september walleyes come shallow from the weed edge or even in the weeds. if they are are sparse enough to pull a leech through great, otherwise I use a 1/8 jig head with 4 inch ringworm or rattletrap.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Go Shallow in the weeds! Dont look deeper you said you have tried that I would look shallow inside the weed edge! Good luck.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • nice story, fishing has a way of easing the pains we have. even when we hurt like crazy when done for the day we are looking forward to the next outing.
    • way to go, guys yep, the toms not about to give up even though its close to closing time have seen several strutters the past couple weeks and heard gobbles yesterday while fishing
    • great job. makes it 5 for 5 for team 5 congrats on a nice tom, 57 and that willl give our team score a boost
    • One More Cast      Photo by:  Roger Abraham   If any of you out there are regular readers of my tales, you have followed my recent struggles with back and knees.  I can’t put a name to this drive I have to be on the stream as of late.  It borders on obsession. I guess in my mind if I am healthy enough to fish the world is right with me and I am not getting old and feeble.      Today I was a witness to that I am not the only one.  Lots of anglers and hunters live to go out into the outdoors. .  It is what drives them.  It makes them feel alive.  It is their passion.  I told my fishing buddy Abe today my thoughts.  I told him how I was feeling a little old.  I guess my 60th birthday coming up next month makes me feel mortal.  Abe laughed and said I was a young buck compared to him.  Abe turns 76 this year.     Abe told me tales about catching big trout in tiny streams in Wisconsin and out west.  The twinkle in his eye when he reminisced I had seen before in many trout anglers.      We fished a stretch for 2 hours.  I sat down and rested often.  Abe kept on fishing. He got hung up in a box elder branch and lost a lure.  Abe told me box elders trees were his nemesis when he fished.   He asked me which tree was my kryptonite.  I told him, "ones with branches."  We both had a chuckle and continued fishing.   I thought to myself this guy is really driven.  I hope I am like him at 76.     We got to the vehicle and Abe wanted to continue fishing.  Abe’s waders sprang a leak earlier and he fell in the water a couple times.  He was quite wet.  He wanted to change in to dry clothes before we continue.  Abe peeled off his wet shirt and there were two things stuck to his chest.  He could tell by my questioning look he needed to tell me what was up.     Abe told me he had been having heart problems lately and he was supposed to be wearing a heart monitor.  He left it in the car because he was afraid of getting the electronics wet.  Here I have been whining about being old and the guy I was fishing with left his heart monitor in his vehicle.      Abe reassured me that he was in no danger and he could continue fishing.  I started brainstorming on a place to fish where it was not so hard walking.  Now that I knew he was not as healthy as he looked I wanted an easy place to fish.  I knew the place and it was upstream 5 miles.     We arrived at the well manicured field.  It looked like a golf green.  I picked the area because the farmer kept sheep and goats on the land and the weeds and brush were gone because of the goats.  We walked and fished.     Abe told tales of the old days and of fish lost and landed.  I walked a little forward to fish and looked back to check up on Abe.  What I saw when I looked back scared me and I immediately asked Abe if he was ok.  Abe was laying flat on the ground face down.  I thought the worst and he could tell by my face.  He told me to calm down.  His back was acting up and he needed to straight it out and that was the best way to do it.   We fished a little bit more and he took a photo of me.  He liked the lighting. He told me it captured the essence of trout fishing.  He did not have a camera.  I let him use mine.  He was not camera savvy and needed an impromptu lesson on how to use it.   We drove to his car and we talked about our love of the outdoors. We shook hands and headed our separate ways and promised to fish again soon.  As I drove home I smiled and thought about how I am going to be when I am 76.  I hope I am like Abe and my eyes still twinkle when I talk of chasing trout and I am still driven to make one more cast.
    • The past week has had me having multiple close calls and missing a brute at 45 yards.  Tonight I talked my dad to give it another try and there were birds in the field when we got there.  Birds ended up leaving as we tried to sneak in.  A short 20 minutes later they were back and we watched and worked the big group of toms and hens for more than 2 hours before we got one to commit.  Dad shot him with his 20 gauge at 48 yards,(this thing shoots an awesome pattern).  The 3 year old was down and only flopped a few times.   Nice 1+ inch spurs, 10" beard and heavy.  A good evening for sure!
    • Sorry to disappoint guys, but this tom was not my first bird of the season. Apparently that's part of the rules. The score won't count towards the team. I don't have any measurements for the jake I shot so we will have a zero from me.    At least my freezer is full. 
    • Way to  go 1957 !! Congrats!!
    • sugar is not a drug. 
    • Another good day today out on Superior ,,,, Had my first double and triple in the new rig today ,,, the day didnt start out with perfect weather but the fishing more then made up for it ,,, The mud  covers a lot of water but fishing the tea  colored water and edges of the mud paid off ,,, the cohos grew 5 inches  from eating this years smelt,,,, had some go 23 inches today 
  • Our Sponsors