12-11-2002, 04:34 AM
we troll for walleye until there is no more open water on lake in water 25 to 40 foot average, last weekend we noticed all the fish were right on the bottom, although active ( we got 20) do the fish still suspend just before the lake completely freezes or do they usually tend to be on the bottom? the water temp was 33 and part of lake was frozen, should i keep trying to see if there are high fish we're not marking or is it waste of time, thankx.
12-11-2002, 08:04 AM
No offense, but if you caught 20 walleyes trolling on the bottom in 25 to 40 foot depths, when the surface temps were in the 30's, suggesting a better more productive method for you to try would be insane. You've already accomplished something great, while using a technique that would have been my last option to try. If its not broke, dont fix it......
12-11-2002, 02:52 PM
The density of water is at it's greatest at about 39 degrees F. therefore the water at the bottom of your lake was probably the warmest area of the lake. The bait fish the walleye were feeding on were most likely at this depth also. Fish where the bait is. As the water cools more uniformly in the winter months the bait will disperse over wider areas. Get'em now, you're zeroed in!
12-11-2002, 06:19 PM
I agree with the others. However, you didn't mention times. If the bite slows/stops at/towards dark, I'd try high & slow over the same depths at 1st then move in to shallow breaks.
If the fish stay in deep water and move up in the water column towards/at dark you'll get some hints on the depthfinder. For a very short period you'll see some suspended marks, but fewer than on bottom since your cone angle gets smaller covering less area.
If they do move up or in, they will be feeding.
12-11-2002, 08:04 PM
I have seen them "come up" at dusk..but otherewise..pretty flat to the bottom. So flat they won't show on a paper graph (even while catching them)...until they start getting frisky at dusk.
Like SUPER-T said...the bottom has the warmest water (39 degree)this time of year and that is what they would seek for comfort, at least.
Amazed you did so well trolling!