The Spot on the Spot

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The Spot on the Spot

Postby FishinMatt » Jul Thu 18, 2019 10:20 am

I am up in central Wisconsin right now on the annual family vacation at Waupaca Chain O Lakes. Fishing this year is tough. The chain has been in about a 5 year decline which I attribute to the war on the weeds. Anyways, when I finally upgraded my electronics to have GPS it was a gamechanger for me. Not only could I see all the contours, I could mark them and come right back to them year after year. One spot in particular is a small hump in a deep water lake that gets pounded all day by recreational traffic. It has deep water on all sides and at night fish will slide up on the edges. I have a bunch of waypoints in that area from years of exploring and experimenting. Results out there have been spotty this year with some small bass and one decent walleye. Last night I rolled up to the general area and just decided to screw around and look at some different places away from the known marks. There was a bug hatch and I saw some panfish feeding on the top of an area that is supposed to be 25 feet deep. I slowly motored over to it and to my surprise landed on a small hump at 13 feet. I looked at my GPS contour and it was supposed to be 25+ feet. WTF is going on. To make things better is was about 50 yards off the other hump making somewhat of a saddle between the 2 spots. I'm sure over the years I've accidentally blind casted around this spot and caught fish, but I had never been on top of that hump and able to dissect the spot on the spot. The sun was starting to set ad I made my first casts and immediately got into the bass. The next few casts yielded some high 20s pike, which are pretty nice for the Chain. Finally I tied into something really nice and after a long battle I saw the white tip of the walleye tail. I compare walleye fishing out here to a needle in a haystack because during the day they suspend 50-70 feet down in the main basins under the Cisco. At night there is a small chance when a few of the fish slide up the edges of the structure but with a limited population I have never been able to catch more then 3 or 4 in a weeks fishing and never more then 2 in a night outing. With that said this fish came in at 27 inches and culminates all the effort in searching all week.
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Re: The Spot on the Spot

Postby badger75 » Jul Thu 18, 2019 11:48 am

Very nice.
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Re: The Spot on the Spot

Postby Aux Pleins » Jul Thu 18, 2019 1:21 pm

You've been the walleye king this year.

How are the mosquitos? I'm going up on Sunday.
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Re: The Spot on the Spot

Postby FishinMatt » Jul Thu 18, 2019 2:53 pm

Aux Pleins wrote:You've been the walleye king this year.

How are the mosquitos? I'm going up on Sunday.


They are horrendous this year. I've always end up spraying twice because any spots I miss they are all over.
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Re: The Spot on the Spot

Postby joetrain » Jul Thu 18, 2019 3:04 pm

Nice work there. I found a similar situation on an area that I thought I knew pretty well on a lake up in Canada. I caught back to back 26 inch walleye on my new found spot. Just those two fish that night but when I have been able to find it again fish are on it.

What were you throwing? I was throwing a Vision 110 (Heddonfrog special).
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Re: The Spot on the Spot

Postby FishinMatt » Jul Thu 18, 2019 4:25 pm

I throw lots of artificials and occasionally get an eye, but my go to is a jumbo leech, size 4 octopus circle hook, 6lb line, 3/16 ounce bullshot weight.
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Re: The Spot on the Spot

Postby FishinMatt » Jul Thu 18, 2019 4:26 pm

Going out in a couple hours to try to replicate the magic.
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Re: The Spot on the Spot

Postby ohoffm » Jul Thu 18, 2019 7:56 pm

Nice looking eye. I love it when a plan comes together.
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Re: The Spot on the Spot

Postby HEDDONFROG » Jul Thu 18, 2019 9:36 pm

Killer eye Matt. Awesome job finding a new spot that paid off that well. Good luck out there
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Re: The Spot on the Spot

Postby coyote » Jul Fri 19, 2019 3:17 am

Wow what a Pig i would take that over a 36 inch pike any day lol
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Re: The Spot on the Spot

Postby HEDDONFROG » Jul Fri 19, 2019 1:14 pm

coyote wrote:Wow what a Pig i would take that over a 36 inch pike any day lol


After tangling with my first 27” Walleye last year, I fully agree with that statement. In cold water it hit 90% as hard but fought twice as long. I’m officially a fan of bigger Walleye’s now :D
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Re: The Spot on the Spot

Postby jmdog2003 » Jul Fri 19, 2019 2:10 pm

If that's the only fish you got the entire trip, it was a good trip
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Re: The Spot on the Spot

Postby Lip_Yanker » Jul Fri 19, 2019 2:55 pm

That's a fine eye there Matt. I've found walleye with any decent size have been tougher to come by in WI the last few years where we fish up in the Northwoods.
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Re: The Spot on the Spot

Postby ffishman » Jul Fri 19, 2019 4:44 pm

Very nice. A fish to be proud of.
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Re: The Spot on the Spot

Postby Busse Jim » Jul Fri 19, 2019 9:59 pm

Sweet Walleye!! :clap:
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