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Offline T

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Open Water Trolling for Walleye
« on: January 29, 2021, 07:31:55 AM »
I was wondering if anyone has ever tried trolling for open water walleye on Kipawa and what was their success.

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Re: Open Water Trolling for Walleye
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2021, 09:46:23 AM »
What's the definition of "open water"? Like out in the middle of the lake in 250'?
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Re: Open Water Trolling for Walleye
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2021, 11:48:21 AM »
I often troll in the spring along the shoreline in 18-25 fow and get some.

@T-Bone -I went fishing in Lake of the Woods for a week back in July 1998.
I was fishing with a local native guy and we trolled with the largest Shad Rap we had (7 inches). We were nailing them suspended in 180 feet of water.
I imagine the crankbait was maybe 15-20' down.
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Re: Open Water Trolling for Walleye
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2021, 01:55:21 PM »
Yes, I mean out away from structure. 80' and above

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Re: Open Water Trolling for Walleye
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2021, 06:45:57 PM »
 We troll a lot! Through the years fishing Kipawa, Ogascanon, and several lakes east of there, we mostly troll structure but when switching sides or making a huge u turn we have caught fish out in the middle, 100' plus. The fish caught out in the deep include eyes, pike, and lake trout.

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Re: Open Water Trolling for Walleye
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2021, 12:28:42 PM »
I agree with Gary. I've been experimenting with trolling deep water with deep diving cranks. No dipsy's sometimes a keel weight. I have ok luck with some days better then others. I get some nice walleye and pike doing that. occasional laker in summer. But many more in the sept and on. It does work well. It works on Lake Erie, why not similar techniques here? I need to refine the craft but just experimenting got some nice fish. Chrome with a blue back worked best. Shad and perch work well too. I used the deepest divers I could buy. I trolled at random across McLauglin lakes. Give it a try.
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Re: Open Water Trolling for Walleye
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2021, 11:30:43 AM »
I've trolled deep water before.  Some open water is better than others, the closer you are to structure the beter obviously but I fish around home in 80ftw with worm harnesses and have tried at kipawa with harnesses and cranks and have caught fish.