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The Spot on the Spot

PostPosted: Jul Thu 18, 2019 10:20 am
by FishinMatt
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.

Re: The Spot on the Spot

PostPosted: Jul Thu 18, 2019 11:48 am
by badger75
Very nice.

Re: The Spot on the Spot

PostPosted: Jul Thu 18, 2019 1:21 pm
by Aux Pleins
You've been the walleye king this year.

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

Re: The Spot on the Spot

PostPosted: Jul Thu 18, 2019 2:53 pm
by FishinMatt
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.

Re: The Spot on the Spot

PostPosted: Jul Thu 18, 2019 3:04 pm
by joetrain
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).
~JOE~

Re: The Spot on the Spot

PostPosted: Jul Thu 18, 2019 4:25 pm
by FishinMatt
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.

Re: The Spot on the Spot

PostPosted: Jul Thu 18, 2019 4:26 pm
by FishinMatt
Going out in a couple hours to try to replicate the magic.

Re: The Spot on the Spot

PostPosted: Jul Thu 18, 2019 7:56 pm
by ohoffm
Nice looking eye. I love it when a plan comes together.

Re: The Spot on the Spot

PostPosted: Jul Thu 18, 2019 9:36 pm
by HEDDONFROG
Killer eye Matt. Awesome job finding a new spot that paid off that well. Good luck out there

Re: The Spot on the Spot

PostPosted: Jul Fri 19, 2019 3:17 am
by coyote
Wow what a Pig i would take that over a 36 inch pike any day lol

Re: The Spot on the Spot

PostPosted: Jul Fri 19, 2019 1:14 pm
by HEDDONFROG
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

Re: The Spot on the Spot

PostPosted: Jul Fri 19, 2019 2:10 pm
by jmdog2003
If that's the only fish you got the entire trip, it was a good trip

Re: The Spot on the Spot

PostPosted: Jul Fri 19, 2019 2:55 pm
by Lip_Yanker
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.

Re: The Spot on the Spot

PostPosted: Jul Fri 19, 2019 4:44 pm
by ffishman
Very nice. A fish to be proud of.

Re: The Spot on the Spot

PostPosted: Jul Fri 19, 2019 9:59 pm
by Busse Jim
Sweet Walleye!! :clap: