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Lake: Cherry Creek Reservoir
Fish: Walleye

Can you explain this for me?

Post By: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 6/16/2019 3:38:06 PM     Points: 6239    
We fished C.C. today and there were 2 guys pulling plainer boards in and out of the rest of us folks that were fishing bottom bouncers and crawlers. I'm pretty tuned in at the creek and for the love of money,I can't understand why they were using plainer boards.The waters not very clear and we don't worry about the boats "foot print" per say . . .so why plainer boards? I could see it if the water was crystal clear . . .

 Reply by: A10FLYR      Posted: Jun. 16, 3:52:21 PM     Points: 26    
They watched "Tight Lines Outdoors" videos?
Or maybe two guys with four rods, two behind the boat and two out to the side?
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Jun. 16, 3:55:20 PM     Points: 6239    
Two plainer boards and two out the back . . . .funny thing,was the plainer boards were right next to the boat,maybe 10-15 ft away . . .I get that far out with my long rods,besides which . . .they were going wayyy fast (like 2mph)
Crank baits maybe?
 Reply by: Dan Swanson      Posted: Jun. 16, 4:30:50 PM     Points: 1359    
Planer boards allow you to run a lot of lines and keep them separated. They were probably running the boards close to the boat because it was crowded.

2 mph is not fast for pulling crankbaits. I start at 1 to 1.2 in cold water and speed up as water warms throughout the summer. Iíve pulled crankbaits successfully at 4 mph for walleyes. Your baits need to be tuned to run straight.
 Reply by: Neyet Stalker      Posted: Jun. 16, 9:06:58 PM     Points: 5820    
Way back when I had a boat, I'd catch eyes straight back behind the boat on a long cast pulling a suspending mid depth 6-8ft. jerk bait. Walleye suspend and chase baitfish high in the water column esp. with stained water diminishing light intensity. Most baitfish live in the limnetic zone, and shad thrive on plankton.

The limnetic zone is the open water area that is well lit and is dominated by plankton. Many species of freshwater fish live in the limnetic zone because food, such as plankton, is readily available. Thus the presence of baitfish/shad. Minimal light can penetrate through this zone unto the next zone.

Walleye will suspend at a comfortable light level and attack shad from below.
They were targeting suspended fish.

Planer boards are not necessary at Creek due to the high traffic, shad suspended high in the water column and stained water.
I have caught better size eyes suspended than on bottom almost always! Those fish are accustomed to boat traffic and not line shy in my experience.
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: Jun. 16, 10:03:37 PM     Points: 27318    
HP.. I often run a bb and crawler behind a board. In the right lakes, hit a variety of depths.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Jun. 17, 6:18:30 AM     Points: 6239    
Thanks for all the reply's folks.I was trying to get the plainer boards attention . . . .like Neyet Stalker said . . . .ain't no need for plainer boards at C.C. . . .especially in and out of a bunch of boats that are B.B. and crawler fishing. The same 2 guys power trolled their way over a friends line's last weekend and got run off for that stunt. Just wondering if they are reading this . . . . .
HINT . . . . . .WINK . . . .HINT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
To help with the identity of the offenders . . .a 17ft Bass Pro . . .red and silver,Tara,2 gas motors, electric up front. They were using the small gas motor and steering with the electric . . . .big gas motor had the number "23" on the side of the cover . . . . .
 Reply by: Dakota Dude      Posted: Jun. 17, 10:37:22 AM     Points: 2230    
Planer boards can help trigger reaction bites from the pulsing of the boards as well. I've had good luck with that at CC.
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: Jun. 17, 11:15:08 AM     Points: 27318    
Is the real gripe here that they were pulling planer boards on a busy lake, and you think that is wrong???

I'm just not following the point behind this?

Seems once a week lately there is a post crying about something that someone else did that the poster didn't like.

Just wait till one of these days a paddle board is pulling planer boards, with their music too loud, too close to a shore fisherman, with bait... Then the whole world will come to an end...

 Reply by: malty falcon      Posted: Jun. 17, 1:31:09 PM     Points: 6167    
Did they break a rule or law? I think it's OK to fish with planer boards in Colorado, even from a SUP. If we could stop everyone from doing silly things in Colorado, it just wouldn't be Colorado anymore!

If I see a bunch of people fishing a certain way, like BBouncing, it won't make me switch tactics, either.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Jun. 17, 4:03:44 PM     Points: 6239    
I guess what I'm getting at here is "manners cost you nothing" go right ahead and troll with plainer boards,but could you please not power troll through the guys fishing B.B.s like a pinball in a pinball machine? Just because I'm using B.B.s doesn't mean you have to change to B.B.s too,just be so kind as to not troll over ME! I'm not looking for a fight,but give me a break . . . . .the lake is plenty big . . . .besides . . . . .plainer board guys are not here to defend themselves(or they are to much of a coward) I guess the other folks on here feel its OK to get run over by manner less people.Its their opinion and everyone is intittled to an opinion . . . . .
 Reply by: Chance It      Posted: Jun. 17, 4:53:01 PM     Points: 0    
Its more of a location thing to me. This time of year the active walleyes can be stacked on top of long ridges and road beds. Fishing amongst 10 or 20 boats all targeting those fish can become somewhat of a dance. A courtesy hello or wave goes along ways to ease the tension. A planer board fisherman targeting those fish is hard to maneuver around. Is he intitaled to those fish too...You bet. I choose to planer board out in the basin farmlng/combining away from the madness.
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: Jun. 17, 6:48:36 PM     Points: 27318    
HP, take no offense to any of this... youíre a guy I like, but frankly the people I like seem to get a more blunt response than others. So, at least a bit of a compliment :)

Gotta remember, everyone is new at this stuff once. They may not know you had long lines out? I almost see a planer board as a way to show other boats there your lines are. With long lines and lead core, no other boater or fisherman has any way to know you have gear 2-300yds behind your boat.

No clue how close they cut behind you guys to tangle gear, and I know itís frustrating as hell, but you know probably better than I do that trolling on busy days, boards or not is usually combat fishing.... be it the ski/surf boats, jet skis, paddle boards, cormorants, cruiser boats, kayaks, bankers, the IRS, global warming, sore backs, erectile dysfunction, wind, or other fisherman.

Much like sitting in traffic, you can get all tweaked about it. Or sit back, relax, and be thankful to be alive and able to drive. Being on the lake and stressed just isnít in my agenda. If I ever get to the lake that is...
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Jun. 18, 5:52:53 AM     Points: 6239    
Ajax5240,no offense taken . . . .I was using bottom bouncers(not long lines or lead core,I had under 20 ft of line out) guy pulling plainer boards still managed to troll over my friends lines(friend had to untangle his gear from the plainer boards) and the plainer board guys came back and did the same "CRAP" again! . . . . .I'm pretty tollerent of B.S. on the water,but this guy has no idea of how to troll and to make things worst you ask me to be nice to the guy? Hommy don't play that game!
B.T.W. Ajax,thanks for the complement !
 Reply by: FXA0      Posted: Jun. 18, 9:46:13 AM     Points: 165    
The joys of fishing on metro lakes... and sometimes in more rural settings too. Just throw some "F" bombs out there... Let it out. Let it all out... Then call it good. Just heard it happen last weekend. :)
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: Jun. 18, 9:48:14 AM     Points: 52425    
awwwwww HP and AJAX are hugging friends now! lol
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Jun. 18, 2:20:37 PM     Points: 6239    
As long as AJAX brings plenty of crawlers and knows how to net "MY" big eyes,he's welcome on my boat . . .

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