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August 17, 2012

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The Fall season began this week with back to back cold fronts along with several blasts of wind and cold rain. Mornings were cool and the surface temps have dropped by almost 5 degrees. It wasn’t as comfortable to fish this week, but overall it continued to be a good walleye bite despite the challenging weather.

For the week we caught and released 38 walleyes over 27 in., including 4 – 28s, and 3 – 29s. Volume continued to be excellent with guide boats averaging 40 walleyes over 18 in. per day. The highest daily total was 77.

We still caught some walleyes trolling big jigs and plastics at speed, but there was definitely a trend towards a more finicky walleye bite. Jigs with leeches or minnows were the go to presentation for more than 90% of our walleyes this week. We also saw a definite shift of walleyes into deeper water. The key depth zone this week was 30 – 36 ft. The list of productive locations was fairly evenly divided between main lake rock and main lake sand.

There was some time spent chasing pike this week that resulted in a half dozen in the high 30s and one 44 in. giant.

There were definitely some quieter fishing spells mixed in during this past week, but once again it was another great fishing week on the south shore of Lac Seul.

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