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 August 12 2017 01:01PM (Read 2004 times)  

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Fished the river this morning for walleye trolling crank baits on wing dams. Had no luck. Anyone have any helpful tips on catching walleye on the river

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 August 12 2017 01:14PM  
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I'm definitely not the most experienced walleye fisherman in the world, but in the spring, a jig head with a minnow below the dams seems to work. This time of year I have no clue. I'm trying to catch them in lakes and in the Mississippi in central MN... not having any luck. Plenty of bass and northern pike though.

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 August 12 2017 08:22PM  

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We have caught walleye on the wingdams casting cranks recently. I find it easiest to anchor above the wingdam and cast the crank behind the dam and pull it back through. Make sure you are hitting the rocks on the way through. Also keep checking different wingdams, as not all seem to hold active fish.

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 August 13 2017 06:46AM  
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This time of year I like to use a three way setup with a floating jig and a night crawler or a leech (I use a Phelps jig), and troll the wing dams. 3 or 4 passes and on to the next wing dam.

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 August 14 2017 12:04PM  
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Another thing that I've had great luck on in the summer is finding channel edges and drift them and vertical jig. I have caught a lot of nice fish vertical jigging in the summer, and they hit extra hard this time of year. On Pool 14, we were fishing wingdams, not having any luck, found the channel edge where it went from 14'-20' and drifted that. Caught a bunch, all 20"-25" fish, all on purple one eyes. We found if you went deeper then 16', you got saugers, and if you were in the 20', you were getting sheephead. The walleye were strictly on the top of the break. Also, fishing wingdams has been effective, as was said, cast cranks past the dam and work it over, have caught some nice ones that way on Pool 11. I have found that I've had best luck on the really big Shad Raps and Jointed Shad Raps. Sizes 7-9 work great. Good luck!

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 August 15 2017 12:55PM  
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we will troll crankbaits on channel edges but august to september I like to slow down and use live bait on jigs. big minnows but mostly crawlers.

low water conditions hit front wingdams (in a series), high water conditions hit back wingdams. high water hit the inside of the wingdam, low water, hit the tips. is a general rule of thumb.

anchor above and cast. its regular pool right now what I like to do is focus on the tips. its where typically more active fish are going to be. I also will cast out to the side and let it drift down the channel edge.

that’s fairly easy and you can usually feel the the bait wash into the indentation before the dam.

another method a guy I know has really perfected is basically slow trolling dubuque rigs around the wingdam. using a dubuque rig with a jig/twister body/ half crawler as his dropper and a original floater or jointed floater as his back leader, he just slowly trolls around the wingdam picking it apart.

those are my favorite summer methods.

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