Pelican Lake, Oneida County

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7/17/18 @ 1:32 PM
DickSowski
DickSowski
USER since 7/17/18

I think Pelican is one of the rare lakes where there is just too much forage at the moment and it makes the fishing tough. The perch population is high and there's also a large population of trout-perch and shiners that are a main forage for walleye in the lake (according to dnr guys I've talked to in past). Every walleye I kept over the winter had stomachs bulging with perch. Even the perch were tough to catch, even though I was constantly on top of them. And every perch I kept had a belly bulging with insects. If you're not out there fishing in low light you're going to really struggle to catch walleye. And even if you are fishing low light, its going to be a struggle. The population was estimated a couple years ago at 4-5 adults/acre, which means there were roughly 16-18k adult walleye, so the population is there and thriving. But why would the walleye bite our baits when they are constantly surrounded by and full of their preferred forage? 

That's my opinion and I've fished the lake since the years when the walleye population was low. 

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7/16/18 @ 3:10 PM
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PikePro33
PikePro33
USER since 2/8/10

MOON PHASE (18%)
Waxing Crescent

Haven't fished here since I was a kid but just wondering it the lake is still teeming with crawfish?


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7/16/18 @ 11:56 AM
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1975
1975
USER since 2/9/11

MOON PHASE (18%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
Above 80° F

On 7-14 Saw small perch dead floating all over the lake. 1” in size.   Not sure what’s going on. Lots of feed in the water. 

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7/10/18 @ 12:10 PM
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pflueger
pflueger
USER since 7/23/03

MOON PHASE (9%)
Waning Crescent

Same here for about the last year fish seem to be elusive at least walleye and Perch. What's going on?

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7/9/18 @ 12:42 PM
boxarocks
boxarocks
USER since 6/25/17

July 8th was on lake and unable to locate or catch any panfish.  It looked like we weren't the only ones who didn't catch anything.  Fishing boats were constantly moving around and we spoke to a guy at the landing who said everyone seemed frustrated and wasn't catching anything!

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7/2/18 @ 8:06 PM
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old turk
old turk
USER since 2/16/05

MOON PHASE (83%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
86° - 90° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F

trolled for walleyes for the first time on pelican,marked a lot of fish but no takers.the heat and passing storms seem to shut them down.

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6/12/18 @ 12:00 PM
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toothycritter
toothycritter
USER since 7/9/01

MOON PHASE (2%)
Waning Crescent

Crazy weather this year i believe is affecting fishing along with low fish populations.I have been fishing Pelican for 26 yrs and this year is by far the worst ever.I only put 1 walleye in the boat in May which was released the days when i would 30-40 eyes in a day are just a memory now.I f you want to catch walleyes i would suggest a different lake bass and bluegill populations are good but the recent cold weather moved them out of the shallows.Good Luck Toothy


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5/13/18 @ 5:38 AM
muskymstr62
muskymstr62
USER since 3/10/02

The ice went off last week Sunday. The lake is ready to fish. We went out for 2 hours last Sunday but caught 0. I was surprised the water temp on the west end was 53 degrees. Unless my graph was off. Hope to get out next weekend. 

Good luck.

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5/12/18 @ 6:49 PM
muskietrap
muskietrap
USER since 4/3/11

Is ice gone off the lake yet or is there still pockets of ice

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5/5/18 @ 5:52 AM
muskymstr62
muskymstr62
USER since 3/10/02
Got up yesterday half the lake had ice yet. Looks like maybe a day or 2 before it's all gone. Guess I will go turkey hunting. Untill more ice is gone.

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