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What structure do they realate to

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So what kind of structure is superb for walleyes...sand,rocks,weeds,mud???Im sitting in the middle of Ottertail lake and wondering this question since for the most part this lake is just sandy...would walleyes really flock in to my structure on a string or would this scare the walleyes away?Should i be looking for weedbeds, or the sandy bottom on the edge of a drop??? Where do i start for this elsusive walleye...before it was find the depth u want and try it but now with underwater cameras its a hole different ball game....Anyone?????

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...sand,rocks,weeds,mud???

All of the above...walleyes will relate to all types of stucture during the winter depending on the lake they might prefer one to the other. I generally target classic walleye structure such as points, inside turns, humps, rock piles, ect. The key of course is food, any location that is concentrating forage will attract walleyes. I believe generally walleyes move to deeper water during the day and move shallower to feed at low light(but certainly not always the case). Because of this and the fact that walleyes are less active in winter and don't want to move around as much I find steep breaks to be very effective in the winter because the walleyes don't have to travel as far to get from there deep water daytime hangouts to there evening or lowlight feeding areas. Classic walleye structure that breaks steep into deeper water is a great place to find winter walleyes. A lot of classic walleye spots though recieve heavy fishing pressure and this may push walleyes to secondary or less obvious structure. I've had success on ottertail fishing the weeds as well as midlake structure. Give weeds, rocks, sand, and mud all a try as they could all be holding fish. You might find that one is holding more fish than others and you can then narrow your search.

Joe

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the best places are the spots away from crowds where deep water, shallow water and food are all in a very small area....breaklines on points or turns and or edges of flats can be good. Also the "spot on a spot" may be even better yet. A flat for instant isnt exactly the same depth thorugh out. there might be a foot or 2 difference somewhere or maybe a patch of muddier silt in the sand. excellent places to look. What throws me for the loop is that sometimes they just plain suspend....sometimes theyre off structure but at the same depth as the structure only in the middle of the water column off the sides. my suggestion? pick a lake learn it very well summer and winter and cover water. if you can drill 40-60 holes and find some nice catchable eyes your doing great. grin.gif

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Inside and outside turns are tough to beat in the sand. Other than that, I would suggest deep weed lines or transition areas.

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