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.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
cvanderweyst

found fish but they wont bite?

Recommended Posts

I found a 27' midlake hump surround by 40'-80'of water.

It is just crawling with walleye. I put the aqua-vue down and

there were multiple walleye in the screen at any given time.

The frusterating part is I cant get them to bite. I have tried fatheads, shiners, crawlers, leaches, and frogs on jigs, lindys, slip bobbers and spinners. I would like to try ripping a crankbait across it but it is a very small hump and it is difficult to make the crankbait dive that deep. It is a deep lake loaded with tulibee, and alot of the fish look very large. I have been out there 3 times over the last month and the fish are still there. I have caught and released one fish each time out (27" 26" and a 23") but not on the hump where i see them with the aqua-vue. Im wondering if these are just inactive fish. Any tips or suggestions would be appreciated.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Give me the spot. haha no i would maybe try a plastic of some sort something they haven't seen either a gulp minnor or crawler I have gotten fish to bite using that method before. good luck your lucky to find a spot like that

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Maybe you ought to think a little outside. Try to target the aggressive fish with a large crank or even live bait. Start a ways off the hump and give the crank time to get down and work the area all around. Sometimes the larger and faster will pick off the aggressive fish.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

no, they are not laying on the bottom they are slowly cruisin around within 6in to a foot of the bottom.

There is a few scattered rocks on the hump and thats where the fish are, if you get off the edge at all the walleyes are gone and there are bick suckers sucking on the bottom.

Next time out I am going to try to find some monster shiners our red tails and see if a bigger bait entices them.

I am thinking about buying a crankin rod to set up with leadcore for situations like this. Alot of my crankin arsenal consists of shallow running baits. I lived near Lac qui parle and rarely seen water over 15ft deep.... make that 10ft deep.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

hhguide: I think I saw you or launched next to you on minnewaska last week when I was prefishing for the fall classic. Do you have a maroon or red tahoe/suburban with H&H in the window?

I cant tell you my secret spots I think you are one of my fishing competitors:)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What size fish did they look like? I've ran into not-so-active fish like this many times mainly during the summer months. frustrating. I know you said you've tried jigging, but I've found one method that works for me. try a jig with fat head or rainbow, nothing too big. let it sit right on the bottom and just keep the slack out of the line. probably a 3/8 oz. or 1/2 oz jig for your 25' depth. bump it up a few inches and let it sit again. If they bite but can't get a hook set try a short stinger hook. you need to hover right over your bait so boat control can be tricky if it's windy.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey, try a 12-15 foot snell with a sinker as light as you need and lip or tail hook a big sucker or redtail go over it as slow as posible and it will entice those inactive fish, with big suckers hanging on the edge thatwill probably do it. you will have to talk to jason and we will make a trip up there some day and try to get something going for you.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If the fish are off the bottom, they will feed. Start well above them and work down to them. I would try vertical jigging with similar equipment that you would for ice fishing or hair jigs. Also, focus your efforts during the "power hours" for a few trips and see what happens.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have tried the 3/8 jig with a fatty, laying it on the bottom and also slowly bouncing it across the hump. I thaught the slip bobber would have done the trick for sure.

Hey Eric I also did the lindy thing with a 10ft snell and a tail hooked shiner. You two need to make it up here sometime so I can teach you how to catch some walleye. Hows the "Lunker Bunker" coming along, are you going to have it done before winter?

You and Jason should sign up for the fall classic on waska next year. I can win prizes if I can get teams to sign up for next year.

Otter: I think your right about concentrating on the

"power hours" or maybe the night shift. It is a very clear lake.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I like jiggin spoons and jiggin raps/shads in these types of spots. Play the wind. In the fall I find some big fish have selective feeding windows and when they eat they do prefer big meals. The last 3 walleyes I cleaned had only 1 thing in them and they were 9" perch and or what looked like creek chubs.

We dont have any tulibee/whitefish etc. in kost of the wtaers around here.

I like to start out agressive on a spot and if that dont work than go to slower presentations. If Im all the way down to a lindy rig or slip bobber and they wont go then its time to move on to fish eating at the time.

If its a clear lake early and late and cloudy days will pay off like others have said.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

hi, lots of advice... its pretty exciting having a place like that to fish. nice icefishing spot! ...maybe some icefishing jigs now? jigging raps with minnow head or even crawlers, or other jigs/rattle jigs. technique is what will get them to bite.

regards,

minnesotatuff

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I went and hit the secret hump tonight for a while and caught a 20" largemouth and a 5lb northern. Then I came back about an hour after dark and the baitfish were just stacked in there on my depthfinder (assuming they were tulibee). Oh yeah, I also went and hand picked the biggest shiners I could find. Anyway we slowly worked across the hump, I was using a lindy with a 10ft snell and a shiner and my friend had a chartruse jig and a shiner and he hooked into this dandy 29". It was the only walleye that was hungry but we also caught 3 largemouth over 18" and a couple of northerns. It was a beautiful, calm, full moon night.

Note from Admin: Please read forum policy prior to posting additional photos. Thank you.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Posts

    • Dish Network is a little tufter to tune in. They use a skew to get both satellites that is why they are turned a little. I go through how much direct charges me every other year.  I just ask for someone in charge and they usually lower it to a satisfactory amount. Last time they lowered it to 52 something because I have AT&T phone so they cut it in half.        
    • That looks good. Don't pay no mind Dave to that instigator!!!
    • I am pretty much ready. Not sure where you guys are hunting but up here the weather looks really good. Cloudy, 50's, NW wind 5-10 MPH. Will be taking my son on his fist duck opener. I myself have not gone for many years so am actually quite excited for it. There are a few birds around so we should get a few. Will be hiking into a WPA that is a bit of a walk so crowds will not be an issue. Good chance we will have the pond to ourselves.
    • So, you're at Emma's for lunch?
    • Good luck folks!  
    • Yep, it's looking to be a warm one. I still have a bunch to get ready but i've got all day tomorrow to scout and prep.    Good Luck!
    • Lunch.....fit for a king! Roast beef commercial with left over beef roast. Just thought I'd share. 
    • Maybe I should try something similar. I am hunting alone, but could probably get my neighbor to help. Thanks for the suggestion. Rockin Randy
    • I called Direct yesterday and they offered me a fair price but it was only for 12 months and 12 months at regular price. That was with a 2 year contract. Dish is no contract and 24 months at one price. I asked the lady at Direct if they thought it was better to loose a customer of 35 years or match the competition.. She had no reasonable reply. So,, Hello Dish Network.. And I was on the phone 20 mins. 
  • Our Sponsors