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Old 03-24-2014, 06:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone been yet this year? Conditions? Reports?


From what I can find online it seems it just recently opened up??

http://www.nefga.org/forum/showthrea...ake-McConaughy

03-19-2014, 07:33 PM

"The 50+ winds we had from the northwest on Tuesday opened up the north half of Lake Mac from the dam all the way to Cedar Vue. I would say 50% to 60% of the lake is open. ....................

As far as fishing reports, anglers are having success near Otter Creek for northern pike and channel catfish. Northerns have been caught casting shallow cranks and some casting jigs. I haven't heard of any walleye being caught yet but warmer waters near the northern bays and the face of the dam should start seeing some action soon. "



Me and FistFullaFish want to make a trip out there to hit the dam(from shore) for walleyes... I have never fished Big Mac before either so any tips/hits/ect would be apreciated.

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Old 03-24-2014, 08:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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don't have a report but from years past, the walleye spawn starts right around April 1st. With the cold weather this year and the ice just coming off Mac, the spawn might start a little later than usual

Good luck, I also heard it can be a bit of combat fishing on the dam during the spawn.
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It did just open up, water temps still way behind here. What are you after? If you trying to fish the walleye spawn, have you ever been? You might want to think twice. People literally get into fights there. Crowded, boats troll in same direction single file line. Very close to the bank. You have conversations with most boats that pass by. As one boat passes you make a cast, retrieve, wait to next boat passes and repeat. That dam is 2 miles long and will be full capacity.
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^^sounds like heaven!!!
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Especially with them blasting the place on a certain other forum.. They're making it sound like Disneyworld over there...
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Ill be down there the first weekend of may can't wait to put my boat on, your casting space will not be respected if you are on shore at the dam and the walleye bite is on. Mcconaughy is my main lake but theres a reason I don't normally target walleye out there.

And James were they bashing it on fxr or what forum are you speaking of, I haven't seen anything about big mac on fxr
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Thanks for the info guys!! i am aware of the combat fishing situation that goes on there every year(Maybe not the sevarity though!!)... My friend luke has been trying to get me to make the trip every spring for quite a few years... It just has never actually happend LOL

We were thinking about hitting it this comming Monday night/Tuesday morning(4/1/14).... think it being a week day will make the combat fishing more tolerable? ? ?




Still looking for recent reports on the condition!! I would prefer not to make the 3.5hr drive each way to get skunked!!
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There may not be that many people out there yet but there will definitely be some locals out there. The walleye may spawn later due to the lake just unthawing this past week
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Your too early dude, even on a weekday you better go hours ahead of darkness to reserve a spot , otherwise you will be walking a long way. People take walleye serious! Lol.
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As others have said combat fishing but I love that lake big fish oh and if you go don't tell people there your from Colorado
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