L'Anse Creuse Bay 5/16

Discussion in 'Lk. St. Clair and St. Clair River' started by starcraft18, May 17, 2018.

  1. starcraft18

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    16 walleye. 10-13 FOW. Water temp was 58 when we started and I saw 60 before the end of the day. Visibility was almost 5’ and green. All crankbaits, trolling speed usually 2.3 - as challenged by Lance Valentine. Nothing caught under 2.0 or over 2.5 mph, #Walleye101Member
     
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    Any size to them, or were they all 15-16”?
     
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  3. ZMan6

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    Nice haul. I have to admit I would never think of pulling cranks that fast for walleye, shows what I know.

    How was the size of the fish?
     
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    we pull spoons at 3.5 and get tons of eyes on erie trolling for steel
     
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    All males with very little/no milk left. Largest was 22", a couple at 21", most at 18-20, and a couple at 16-17". ALL were extremely healthy looking fish with no growths anywhere!! I'm curious - do you guys who troll slower with harnesses IN THE SAME AREA - are you seeing any unhealthy fish.
     
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    Trolling over 2.0 is NOT NORMAL for me either. Most of my trolling for the past few years has been about 1.5 so 2.3 is a big change. One immediate observation is that my kicker gets to run a bit faster and never missed a beat at that higher speed.
     
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    Mainly healthy fish when dragging harnesses, I think its mostly healthy fish with the occasional "blemish fish"... lots of smaller fish however and cant seem to keep the rock bass off my line in that bay...
     
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    Only caught 2 rock bass, 1 Muskie and about half dozen SMB yesterday along with the walleye.
     
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    We used to pull cranks in Erie all the time for walleyes all summer before I primarily switched to pulling spinners. We trolled anywhere from 2.2 - 3+ depending on how they were biting. One July, near the islands, we had been trolling cranks most of the morning w/o much luck so I decided to real mine in to change baits. As I was reeling it in, BAM, got a fish. Turned out to be a 5 lb walleye. We decided to kick our speed up to 3.5-4 mph and we started smacking them left and right. Smallies and walleyes, all nice fish.

    In the early Spring, you need to be less than 2 mph, however, as the water warms, you can go faster. At Wheatley, I have found that the optimal speed for walleyes is typically around 2.5 - 2.8 pulling spoons, with Steelies preferring it faster, 2.8 - 3.5. Same should apply for cranks. Your mileage may vary. :)
     
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    no unhealthy fish at all. i fished in the same area yesterday and caught a 1 man limit in a hour on harnesses, 1.5mph. then i switched it up and put out 3 flicker minnows and played catch and release for another 6 fish. most fish were over 17" with the biggest at 21"
     
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    anyone get out there today? couldn't find a walleye to save my life this morning. tried harnesses and cranks speeds from 1.3-2.0, finally put on some flicker shads and got a couple smallies. Have been doing pretty good out there the past week. Wondering if today was an off day or was it me. Going back out there in the morning.
     
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    I believe faster=better hooksets. Started pulling spoons last year
     
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