Post By: wayneg44 Posted: 6/14/2012 10:40:02 PM Points: 0
Ok i do love catching those eyes but im getting tired of catching 25-30 17.5 inch walleyes everyday and not being able to take one home to the wife for supper. Ive been working the flats between 30-35 ft deep and have yet to catch a keeper this year... Any good advice for were the big girls all hide?
Most our keepers last week came in close to structure from 15-25 ft deep....but I hear ya about the 17.5 inchers.... there's alot of them there...find some 25+ depth close to structure and you should find a few.....leeches seemed to produce larger eyes for some reason...
Reply by: drcmd0 Posted: 6/15/2012 7:24:35 AM Points: 0
last week,tues thru thurs noon caught over 300 wally and 22 keepers in 10=20 feetof water on points and flats... they r there..we used a "fire tiger "ji ghead and tipped with half a worm we used as small jig motion and swam the jig off the bottom. if fish and game would institute a "slot" we would be better off,but go figure,that's way to easy.
Reply by: wayneg44 Posted: 6/15/2012 10:47:44 AM Points: 0
Im all for that Slot as well. Id say 90 percent of those 17 inchers are males anyway. the bad thing is how many of them get killed because they swallowed it too deep and just go to waste because it was a 1/4 in short. I think 4 fish 15-17 and 1 over 24 would be a pretty good place to start. We would see a lot more big eyes that way. But then again Im hopping that all of these 17's this year will be 19-20 next year. I have noticed that they seem to be getting fatter as the summer progresses. Caught some yesterday that I just knew would go over 18 just looking at their girth. they were way bigger fish than we wre catching a month ago. but the tape measure told otherwise.
We have had the best luck getting into the keepers when fishing in really deep water near rocky points. We only fish from shore and the topo map says we are hitting 80FOW but I dont think thats quite accurate. It does take quite a bit of line when letting it sink to the bottom. We use leeches for the most part when bait fishing.
With that being said, my personal best eye down there was caught in about 20FOW on a white spinner bait with a large gold blade and a smaller silver blade.
I have noticed the eyes getting a lot fatter as well. Hopefully that is a sign of bigger fish to come...
Had the best day so far yesterday. Found a hole just outside the mouth of denver cove. 31 walleye with 9 measuring between 18 and 19.5 also one 7 lb 25 in wiper the hole was off a point and dropped from 12 ft to 22 ft. And was only about 20 ft in diameter but they were packed in it. Not bad for only 3 hrs fishing . I might try going west some more maybe the big ones are back in the trees?
Wayne - That's awesome you were able to get into fish in that area. We have hit that same area from shore 5 times in the past two months and only had success 1 time. If you arent right in the hole you miss out on the fishies. I think the wind is a big factor with the whole west half the lake slamming up against the west fishing wall. My PB eye in Pueblo was landed back deep in Denver Cove, but it was also the only eye we caught deeper in the cove. We have much more luck on the west side of the main lake prior to getting into Denver cove (on the DOW ramp side).
Yup hes allright but i grew up out at bonny res back in the day when catching 15-20 pound wipers was just another day fishing out there then again the walleye were all 20-28 inches too what a shame the drained that little lake. Im hoping to get plo figured out for both wiper amd walleye. But so far the wiper seem to be everywhere not very predictable. Hope i can pattern them soon. Along with some bigger eyes
I guess im lost when you say dow ramp side. Got any gps coridinates of where your talking about. Ive often thought that the flat along the rock cliffs just west of the north marina cove on the north side of the lake should hold walleye too but so far have yet to try it. Maybe next time out. Also spent a few hrs anchored to center island and watched huge wipers cruzing the whole time. But but couldnt get them to pay attention to anything we threw at them. They were just being lazy and cruzing in about 3 ft of water. Have to try and offer them some bluegill next time around. Lol
The DOW Ramp is a bit further west from the mouth of Denver Cove. My topo map say the clostest GPS spots are:
38'17.013 x 104'48.100'
38'17.058' x 104'48.378'
That whole rounded point is called the DOW Ramp area. We seem to have luck fishing that area more so than at Denver Cove. Granted, we are stock on shore so we are a bit limited when we go out there. If I had a boat, I would love to check out the whore area at GPS:
38'17.665' x 104'50.075'
There is a submurged railroad bed that runs right through there that I bet holds some good eyes. There is a lot of tree structure through there and its only 30-35 FOW (according to my map).
Good luck if you check out those spots, definitely let me know how you do brotha!!!
By the way, thats a dope picture of the wiper. I couldn't imagine catching a wiper that is 15-20 lbs. I landed my first last year and have only landed 1 oher one. I just really got into warm water fishing the last 2 summers so I never got to fish out at Bonnie...