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Old 08-08-2011, 10:22 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Nightcrawler harnesses are a great way to get some really nice walleye. It takes patience, and it pays off. The best ones are about 3ft. 17lb flourocarbon is hard to beat as a leader material, and use octopus hooks. If you don't have a kicker, use your trolling motor to go just fast enough to make the blade spin. If you have too much trouble getting hung up with slip sinkers(like Lindy slip sinkers}, get some 3/4 to 1 oz pencil sinkers and use a sinker slide. The pencil sinkers have wire sticking from the bottom, so it will usually slide you right through rocks without much resistance. If you cant find those, bottom bouncer rigs work good, too. Same concept, but they are bent at a 90 degree angle usually with a snap on the end to attach a spinner rig. Northland makes a great bottom bouncer. Another good tactic is trolling Shad Raps and tick the bottom(also a great way to nail some big smallies, too). That works best at first light, or right after the sun goes down. If the water is clear and the moon is up, troll deep diving rogues. They make a great sillohuette against the surface, and the bigger the better. A walleye feeding at night is more likely to expend energy chasing a larger bait rather than a smaller one. Good luck, and I hope you get some good ones!




Really good advice from a guy who sounds like he knows what he's talking about!
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Old 08-09-2011, 11:50 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Nightcrawler harnesses are a great way to get some really nice walleye. It takes patience, and it pays off. The best ones are about 3ft. 17lb flourocarbon is hard to beat as a leader material, and use octopus hooks. If you don't have a kicker, use your trolling motor to go just fast enough to make the blade spin. If you have too much trouble getting hung up with slip sinkers(like Lindy slip sinkers}, get some 3/4 to 1 oz pencil sinkers and use a sinker slide. The pencil sinkers have wire sticking from the bottom, so it will usually slide you right through rocks without much resistance. If you cant find those, bottom bouncer rigs work good, too. Same concept, but they are bent at a 90 degree angle usually with a snap on the end to attach a spinner rig. Northland makes a great bottom bouncer. Another good tactic is trolling Shad Raps and tick the bottom(also a great way to nail some big smallies, too). That works best at first light, or right after the sun goes down. If the water is clear and the moon is up, troll deep diving rogues. They make a great sillohuette against the surface, and the bigger the better. A walleye feeding at night is more likely to expend energy chasing a larger bait rather than a smaller one. Good luck, and I hope you get some good ones!
Thanks so much for all the advice. I made me some harnesses and the poles are rigged and ready to go. Gonna head out first thing in the morning. I let yall know how it went. Here"s a pic of some of my harnesses. Tell me what you think. The top one is store bought, I made the other 2. Again, thanks for all your help. Between you and fisherman550 maybe I can put some fish in the boat!

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They look pretty good! Hope you get some good ones. If you have any issues with the rig twisting, try using smaller octopus hooks.
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Old 08-09-2011, 11:17 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Thanks so much for all the advice. I made me some harnesses and the poles are rigged and ready to go. Gonna head out first thing in the morning. I let yall know how it went. Here"s a pic of some of my harnesses. Tell me what you think. The top one is store bought, I made the other 2. Again, thanks for all your help. Between you and fisherman550 maybe I can put some fish in the boat!

http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z63/sobrdad/001.jpg


If you don't get walleye on that, they just aren't hungry! Mighty fine job. I usually don't use stingers on mine, but I've missed a lot of fish because of it. Good luck!
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Well, I finally got on the water Wednesday morning. I got out there a little later than I would have liked. I got my line wet at 7am and fished for 3 hours. Saw alot of fish on the humminbird but all I caught was a 16" catfish and a couple small bluegill. I fished between 10 and 30 feet of water and hung up a couple times trying to drag the bottom. My first real trip in my boat, so I had a great time. Cruised the lake for 45 minutes after I put the poles up, so all in all it was still a great day. I recently bought a 16' 1968 seaking with a 65 hp merc. Just the fact that it took me fishin' and brought me home was a plus. Thanks again guys for all your help. This is only the beginning of my relationship with walleye. They are delicious to eat and I have only seen it for sale locally once. It was at the Sams Club and far more than I want to pay! No, I intend to learn how to do this and do it well, so someday I can do for others what yall have done for me.This site is awesome and you people are great. I"ll get back out there soon and try it again. This time I put in at the Hurricane Marina and mostly fished that area. Maybe some suggestions where I might put in next time that might give me a little better luck?
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Well, I finally got on the water Wednesday morning. I got out there a little later than I would have liked. I got my line wet at 7am and fished for 3 hours. Saw alot of fish on the humminbird but all I caught was a 16" catfish and a couple small bluegill. I fished between 10 and 30 feet of water and hung up a couple times trying to drag the bottom. My first real trip in my boat, so I had a great time. Cruised the lake for 45 minutes after I put the poles up, so all in all it was still a great day. I recently bought a 16' 1968 seaking with a 65 hp merc. Just the fact that it took me fishin' and brought me home was a plus. Thanks again guys for all your help. This is only the beginning of my relationship with walleye. They are delicious to eat and I have only seen it for sale locally once. It was at the Sams Club and far more than I want to pay! No, I intend to learn how to do this and do it well, so someday I can do for others what yall have done for me.This site is awesome and you people are great. I"ll get back out there soon and try it again. This time I put in at the Hurricane Marina and mostly fished that area. Maybe some suggestions where I might put in next time that might give me a little better luck?
Sounds like you had a great morning! I went yesterday-put in at Johnson"s Chapel. Only got two cat and a couple of bream. We all get skunked more often than we catch when trying for walleye. The price at Sam's is cheap, compared to what we have to pay for them when we catch them

This time of year, putting in at Hurricane is just as good as anywhere else. Next time, go down river (not back under the bridge). You will quickly find an area where you can go left or right. There are some house boat docks on the left point. On the right are shallow water markers. There is a mound there that is marked. It won't take long to figure out how to work that area. Big drop offs and very shallow water very close together. As soon as the water temps start to come down, that is where I will be spending a lot of my fishing time-will be there for a week starting Sept 19th. I'll be camping at Floating Mill.
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Ragland Bottoms is a pretty good spot, depending on the water levels.
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