12-30-2002, 03:35 PM
What is the deepest you have ever marked fish?,..what do you think they are? (and) what is the deepest you think you have seen walleyes? Are there ANY fish WAAAY down in the great lakes? (not enough O2, food or other factors?)
12-30-2002, 04:19 PM
I've taken walleye in NY waters of Erie at 120', at least that is where the downrigger counter was at. I would guess with the water push on the ball/cable it was more like 110'. On another lake we jig walleye in late fall just before ice with up to 2 oz jigs and pull fish as deep as 75'.
12-30-2002, 04:38 PM
We are catching walleye in 50ft.of water.There have been times we have caught them in 75Ft.At the time,it was the deepest part of our reservoir.I believe in our reservoirs they follow the bait(mainly shad and crappie) and as it gets colder on the surface they go deeper until there is no temperature difference from top to bottom.( At least that is how it seems)If the winter does not get too cold they do not seem to go as deep.I don't think oxygen is as much of a factor in colder water,because the fish are not expending any energy.All they do is hang out under the clouds of bait and feed when they feel like it.These fish may not leave an area all winter long...they just go deeper.In northern lakes(that ice over in the winter),the fish are protected a little, but in lakes that do not freeze they are especially vulnerable this time of year.
I used to catch a lot of eyes on Erie trolling right along the bottom in 75 ft of water. Don't catch them there too often the past couple years though.
12-31-2002, 02:57 PM
In very deep water say 200+ feet,..would you see any living thing? BTW I understand that there was a movie/vid about deep water Lake Superior but I never caught it or heard anything else about it other than it was very interesting. Not sure what that meant but I understand some guys when down with a deep water sub and filmed some of the deepest spots,..anyone see this and/or know where it can be found?
12-31-2002, 04:26 PM
Caught them in Lake Erie, Central Basin in 72 fot,downriggers at 46ft in July 2002.
01-01-2003, 01:14 PM
Once took a walleye (good 8 pounder too), while fishing for lakers out of Lake Huron - Grindstone City, on a J-Plug off a downrigger set at 80 feet in over 100 feet of water.
When the waters of of Erieau still held walleye, we'd routinely target the mid 50 foot depths over 70-80 feet of water. Moot point now though.
01-02-2003, 02:51 AM
I caught several walleye about 3 weeks ago in a 70 foot channel on a reservoir. The water is extremely cold so they will probably stay down there all winter until they start to stage go the spawn. Tight Lines!
01-02-2003, 05:16 PM
Spotted fish at 90 ft on Lake Oahe. Fished for them and caught them, they were walleyes. Did not fish long because they were fairly small and pulling them up from that depth absolutely ruled out catch and release.
01-03-2003, 07:30 AM
CAUGHT A 6LB. WALLEYE TROLLING A SALMON SPOON FOR LAKERS IN LAKE HURON AT 90 FEET. LEXINGTON AREA.
01-03-2003, 09:47 AM
Billy, I wondered what became of you after the Cafe closed down! Enjoyed following your exploits, always wanted to pick your brain and compare notes. Had just registered, then they shut it down. :-(
Question: Were those fish on the bottom or suspended? Thanks--email me if you like...
Caught one once at 104' on Roll-Mop Herring. We were anchored up fishing for sturgeon on the upper end of Lake Roosevelt, WA with two rods out. One went off with about a 6'-7' sturgeon on it. When we reeled in the other rod to get it out of the way it had a walleye on it. I don't remember how big the walleye was but I still remember that sturgeon well!