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I like to watch fishing programs on TV, like Bill Dance and Bass fishing. But late last night i saw a program on Walleye fishing. These guys were fishing in a boat out on Devils lake in North Dakota catching walleye in broad daylight, one right after the other. They were using minnows, and poppers and some other type of leur. Anyway i noticed that as they were bringing the walleye in that the fish did not seem to put up much of a fight and i wondered if this is just how they are normally?
 

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coughdiverscough

It really depends on water tempature too on how hard a fish will fight.
 

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coughdiverscough ?

I knew it! There are divers in the water putting those fish on those guys lines aren't there? No wonder they catch them one right after the other. lol.
 

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Compared to some fish like bass and bluegill, walleye are not big fighters. Add to that, water temp not being optimal or pH being out of whack and sometimes they seem down right lazy. But you will never catch a better eating fish.

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The light bite. I know there are walleye in the lake on 88th, people have caught them there. But this past summer i lost a lot of bait there, from what i called "lite bites" "little nibbles" and people kept telling me it was crawdads so i kind of ignored the bites when i would get them. After reading what you just posted i will pay closer attention to those "lite bites" and thank you for sharing that. Do you fish off the bottom for walleye, like you would for catfish? That is what i was trying as i was told that was the way to fish for walleye. A sinker at the end of the line and the hook a little ways up from the sinker?
 

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One of my favorite tactics if fishing from shore is to use a 1/4 oz or 3/8 oz worm sinker followed by bobber stop or split shot leaving a 3 or 4 foot leader between the stop/split shot and the hook...in between I will add a corky or pill shaped float (I like glow ones) to keep the bait off of the bottom so it isnt hidden in the muck/weeds and the crayfish cannot get to it...use 4 pound line to get maximum casting distance to get the bait deep...light line also makes a bait behave more naturally...walleye's teeth are not cutting teeth like a northern pike so a wire leader isnt necessary...
 

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Thanks Ken & zman. I wrote all that down so i won't forget. there are walleye at most of the places where i go fishing, but i have not had the pleasure yet of catching one. But i will. This year. :D I ran into a fellow last year who sounds like the fellow you mention Ken, only he tried to buy a fish from me that i had caught. He had two poles, but was so drunk he didn't really want to fish. So he harrassed me for hours wanting me to give him this fish, then he offered to pay for it. But i would not do it. I knew he wanted to take it home to show it off and say "look what i caught!" Im not cold hearted or nothing, but I had sat there for 4 hours to catch that one fish. You just don't expect people to act like that least i don't. I should have walloped him upside the head with it huh? LOL.
 

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[me=ePiC]slaps drunk dude with a large walleye.[/me]

computer geek humor *snicker*
 

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Kind of funny I met Koni at the ponds at 88th and Colorado last year, she told me about her monster cats (I listened intently because I have never caught one larger than a couple of pounds and not for lack of trying) and what she knew about the lake...I told her I had been catching walleyes out there and what I knew about the lake from a walleye perspective and the rocks on the south end...I dont know if she remembers...to say she was enthusiastic about fishing is a minor understatement...and no I wasnt the drunk guy...I may have some beverages around the campfire...but fishing is far too important to miss by being wasted while being on the water...Hi Koni!!!...keep up the enthusiasm!
 

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:D Hi Zman ! Gosh i met so many people out there that i talked to. This is petty neat to run into you here. Im so glad your not the drunk man that i ran into! I do remember talking to someone out there about Walleye, that was probably you. I love to fish, what can i say. I went on a couple of 24 hour fishing trips and that still wasn't long enough, i still didn't want to go home. My family say Im addicted to it and that im going to turn into a fish. Maybe i will run into you again this summer out fishing!
 

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I think i do remember you now...your the guy who was telling me about catching walleye on blue gill aren't you? I did try that, although it kind of bothered me at first to put it on the hook alive. Then i had a hard time telling if i was getting a bite or if it was the blue gill moving around that was tugging on my line, until i pulled the line in and the blue gill was history.
 

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Nope the bluegill guy wasnt me...I think bluegill are a sportfish in this state and it is illegal to use them for bait...I take that back I just looked it up and you can use them...but I wouldnt...so nope that wasnt me...I prefer leeches and plugs for my walleyes...
 

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:eek: oops...sorry. Didn't mean to implicate you in that. No, this fellow was fly fishing for them and putting them into a bucket to use for walleye bait, so he gave me one to put on my hook. That was the first time i had ever used a live fish, so i didn't care much for it anyway.
 
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