We only come out at night....

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We only come out at night....

Postby FishinMatt » Sep Wed 23, 2020 4:48 pm

We only come out at night. Ron G name that artist. Late 90's or so.

Anyways, every once in awhile I like to do something new. Door County smallies, Depere walleyes, Southern IL bass fishing, Minnesota boarder lakes, etc. There has been something I have wanted to do for awhile, and it took a friend to push me in the right direction, and that is Lake Geneva night fishing. Specifically walleye fishing. I have read the reports for years and had friends go with guides and do well. My boats not set up for trolling and I really had no idea where to start. Hence a friend having some success with a non trolling bite and passing the info to me. Out of respect for my buddy, I won't give the specifics other then it is a finesse style pattern.

This month I have been out a total of 6 times, and 4 out of 6 have put walleye in the boat, with the biggest going 28. Every trip has produced between 5-10 smallmouth, with almost every one 18+. In fact many 20+ which is a nice bonus. Also a straggler tank largemouth and decent pike. The real killer is the rock bass, which we have caught in the hundreds. The key is to try avoid the areas with high concentrations of rockies/gills to at least the the gamefish a chance at seeing your presentation. Each night has been different which creates quite a learning curve for me. Most of my trips I have gotten out at sunset and fished until about midnight. The 28 was caught on a trip where I did not get on lake till 1am and was caught at 3am.
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Re: We only come out at night....

Postby joetrain » Sep Wed 23, 2020 4:54 pm

Wow, you do kill it out there. Over 25 years ago I read an article in In-fisherman about a fall night pattern for walleyes. I think Doug Stange wrote it. According to him it was a can’t miss pattern. It might be worth some searching on your part. I remember something about a frog migration.
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Re: We only come out at night....

Postby FishinMatt » Sep Wed 23, 2020 5:33 pm

I dont think I have read that one Joe. I'll have to look for it. Main key from when I have done well is bait. When I am around bait balls I seem to get on more consistent action. Without bait the bite is suoer random and I have to cover lots of water bw bites.
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Postby joetrain » Sep Wed 23, 2020 5:48 pm

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Re: We only come out at night....

Postby RonG » Sep Wed 23, 2020 5:52 pm

Wow, quality and quality, all at the same time! :clap: :thumbup: :thumbup: :clap:
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Re: We only come out at night....

Postby RonG » Sep Wed 23, 2020 5:58 pm

FishinMatt wrote:We only come out at night. Ron G name that artist. Late 90's or so.

You stumped me...I had to RonGoogle it. :oops:

I should have known that one. David Ragsdale, Kansas's violin player played on two songs (Luna and Disarm) on their previous album that came out the year before.

The only thing that popped into my head was "they only come out at night. The mean and hungry type..." Maneater from Hall and Oates, but that was from the 80s.
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Re: We only come out at night....

Postby FishinMatt » Sep Wed 23, 2020 6:15 pm

Correct. B side song on one of my favorite albums as an angst filled youth.
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Re: We only come out at night....

Postby Aux Pleins » Sep Wed 23, 2020 6:34 pm

Thats pretty awesome. Night time trophys.
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Re: We only come out at night....

Postby matt_ski » Sep Wed 23, 2020 8:03 pm

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Re: We only come out at night....

Postby FishinMatt » Sep Wed 23, 2020 9:23 pm

Thanks guys. Forgot a couple pics of some 4+ bass. They were in different folder.
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Re: We only come out at night....

Postby jmdog2003 » Sep Wed 23, 2020 9:52 pm

The fish sure get pretty on that lake. Way to slay 'em.
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Re: We only come out at night....

Postby Rambler » Sep Thu 24, 2020 7:00 am

HOLY CRAAAAAP!
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Re: We only come out at night....

Postby minstrel » Sep Thu 24, 2020 11:10 am

Smashing results!! :wink:
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Re: We only come out at night....

Postby ganz1960 » Sep Thu 24, 2020 11:24 am

Awesome! And to think…all this time I've been wasting my nights sleeping.
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Re: We only come out at night....

Postby Phil6 » Sep Thu 24, 2020 1:50 pm

Killer work!
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Re: We only come out at night....

Postby grems » Sep Thu 24, 2020 2:19 pm

Just... wow...
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Re: We only come out at night....

Postby mike son » Sep Thu 24, 2020 8:38 pm

Yep you whacked em! Night fishing is so much fun!
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Re: We only come out at night....

Postby Fonzie » Sep Fri 25, 2020 1:48 pm

Nice fish Matt !

Walleye_71 and and I did great fishing for Geneva walleyes a few weeks ago. The stars must have aligned because our bite was fantastic. It's probable we used the same finesse pattern you did.

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Re: We only come out at night....

Postby ohoffm » Sep Fri 25, 2020 6:09 pm

another awesome lot of fish. Way to get on them when trying something new.
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Re: We only come out at night....

Postby Skifish1 » Sep Tue 29, 2020 12:07 am

Geez. Outstanding !
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Re: We only come out at night....

Postby Lip_Yanker » Sep Tue 29, 2020 8:03 am

Looks like a fantastic trip! You did much better than I did up Nort last week.


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Re: We only come out at night....

Postby SpecialEd » Sep Tue 29, 2020 8:06 am

Nice fish Matt! In my youth, a late excursion fishing into the AM hours was an easy task. I envy your talent and knowledge allowing you to get on those fish as well as the physical ability to fish till the wee hours and drive home from WI safely! :lol:
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Re: We only come out at night....

Postby wiktor911 » Sep Tue 29, 2020 11:25 am

Wow nice
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