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02-25-2020 10:15 AM
Originally Posted by Lake Of The Woods View Post
Len Thompson's ' ◊◊◊◊◊FIVE OF DIAMONDS◊◊◊◊◊ ',... pure and simple.
Can't beat it. It's my go to.
02-16-2020 01:18 PM
yoopertrout #5 mepps. I've done well with chartreuse and white. I've also done well with a jig and minnow down among the walleye.

I've caught some nice pike on musky size lures, but have done better on smaller stuff.
02-14-2020 07:29 AM
Jnic Williams wobbler whitefish
02-14-2020 06:59 AM


The recent post by Limey triggered some thoughts. I used to fish a good musky lake not too far from Dryden. I was fortunate to connect on several occasions on a fantastic musky/pike bite during the autumn. The timing of this bite was highly dependent upon autumn weather patterns - cool/cold versus warmer weather.

I noticed that the timing of this window seemed to coincide with the ten to fourteen days prior to turnover. As I mentioned above, this window might happen in mid-September or mid-October - all depending upon weather.

The weeds in this lake tended to begin dying off in earnest when the water temperature hit the upper 50s to low 60s. The baitfish such as perch would be funneled into ever smaller patches of green weeds. Casting around three green weeds in close proximity to one another was often like finding a gold mine. Finding the green weeds could be challenging. I looked in small coves and bays that were protected, received sun and waves bringing in warmer surface waters.

I typically fished these places in the middle of the day and afternoon. I wanted water temperature to be at its daily peak. I would keep the boat in ten feet of water or so, and would cast into shore. I most often threw baits that I could work SLOWLY and keep above the weeds - e.g. jerk baits and twitch baits. These baits were typically eight inches in length. The key to my success was slowly working the baits, with many deadstick pauses thrown in for good measure.

This pattern would break down about the time the water turned over in the lake. By then, I believe the weeds were pretty much dead. This coincided with the water in the lake being the "same" wherever the fish wanted to go. The fish were not finding an advantage to being in any particular place.

I have many fond memories of fishing this fall pattern. I just wish that I could have timed the window better. I fished the window in some years and not others.

Good fishing and tight lines!!
02-14-2020 05:31 AM
Pork rind

I have had good luck on a pork rind and a daredevil. My old lady makes a chorizo stew from back in Mexico that has lots of crispy fat. That works on a number 2 hook if it is a charred piece
02-14-2020 05:13 AM
The tank Havnt fished for snot rockets in a few years but when I did babe winkelmans gator spoon and tony Rizzo the Rizz slayed alot of rockets.
02-13-2020 02:59 PM
adempsey2.0 On our last spring trip the pike were nailing the Syclops 3 and 1 oz. Krocodile spoons. Ice just went out a few days before. A lot of shiners jumping, so I think thats why they were working so well.

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02-13-2020 09:53 AM
Limeyangler I have only recently started 'targeting' pike and musky. I started experimenting with musky fishing in particular last fall.

I spent a lot of time and money casting different lures. I got tired and bored throwing the huge baits that conventional wisdom says to use for musky, so I decided to throw some smaller baits reasoning that at least I would catch a few more pike while waiting for a musky and ease the potential of repetitive strain injury.

What happened next was I started to catch musky almost immediately by downsizing. I also was catching some nice size pike too.

Because the fish seemed to be in and around shallow weeds at the end of September until the weed died off by mid October I was using light spoons and suspending twitch baits which allowed me to buzz across the tops of weed and then vary retrieve speed to go deeper in pockets and once I hit the weed edge.

3 lures quickly became my go to favourites, a 4.5" Shimano Waxwing Jr. slow sinking/suspending bait, a 3" Lucky Strike Warden's Worry and a 7" Lucky Strike Canoe spoon.

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02-13-2020 09:39 AM
rzep It was back in 2006 so dont recall ... it was 3/4 or 1oz though ... "hot orange" ...
02-13-2020 08:45 AM
Originally Posted by rzep View Post
I caught a 43-44 inch Musky off the Eagle lake shore while testing my new setup on orange syclops ... great lures ..
What size of syclops? #3?
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