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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