I usually start with variety of depths until I find where they are. If your fish the hole and have #5 Flicker shad I run one at 30' one at 50' and one at 75' back. If your running #5 Flicker Minnow they run deeper so 50' back is all you want to run in the hole. Weeds are going to be your biggest issue on Poygan this time of year. You can hook into some big fish out there other than Walleyes. Northerns, Cats and Sturgeon can hit. I spent a half hour chasing my board around the lake after a Sturgeon got hooked.
how far off bottom? When I tried with crawler harnesses I went like 1 foot off bottom but not positive THATS best
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Been on Poygan 3 times this month and slow each time. Caught 1-3 walleyes each trip and many goats, catfish and a few great whites. Found best walleye bait was No. 5 Flicker minnow and best color blue/silver. 1.8 to 2.0 mph. Lots of floating weeds. Keep cleaning lines.
New to trolling, and plan to go out and give it a shot probably just through the middle of the hole. Are people running cranks or crawler harnesses this time of year? If so what type of cranks. Not looking for any honey holes or secret baits. Just a starting point, and speed of trolling. PM if you want. Thanks in advance.
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8am to 1:30 pm. Very poor conditions with many floating weeds and water clarity next to nothing. That wind messed things up badly. In a 6 boat tournament and only 4 walleyes caught. My boat got one18" on No 5 flicker minnow in gray with pink tail 2.1 mph. Had 2 other hits but lost them. Switched to crawler harnesses to keep weeds to a minimum and slow down. Only one goat. Marking many fish. Just needs to clear up for a few days.
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Saturday 8 am to 3 pm. Trolled 6-8 fow east and west of indian point. Set up with salmos, flickershads and flicker minnows. Got 25 goats in the process but finally figured out what the walleyes wanted. No 5 Flicker minnows took all 7 walleyes. One dink released. Blue/silverwas best. 2.1-2.2 mph 21 feet behind board. Had to cull out 25 sheep, 1 cat, 2 white bass and got a nice northern in the process. Nice day on the water
Jigging, slip bobbers, dragging crawlers and trolling, its all working! I love this time of year as the water warms up towards summer temps. About any method that you like to use will catch fish. Dragging crawlers in the river or jigging weed edges and slip bobbers are putting fish in the boat. As for the trolling, any shad rap or flicker shad in the smaller sizes with any shade of purple is hot!
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Thanks for the help guys. I have the trolling app for all the various lures i own. I did some minor trolling on petenwell last summer but thats much less random out there, a little more calculated. I went out to bago the last few weekends with a little success on flicker minnows. Can you pull harnesses on poygan or is it pointless with the amount of sheepshead out there? I got into painting harnesses over winter and have a ton of them. Thanks again. Ive ice fished poygan but never fished it from a boat so im looking forward to it.
Hunter 4 life,I'll add this.sometimes you will come into a school of fish , so put a way point and come back over that area.Just don't troll in one direction, say 2 miles and turn around.Sometimes you will have a group here and there you just have to find them.Hope this makes some sense. Ralph
Salmos, Shad Raps and Flicker Shads all work well on any given day. Start by setting baits at different distances back...maybe 20’,25’ and 30’ back, and let the fish tell you what they want. Generally stay in the top 4-5’ of the water column. Fish will come up to a bait but rarely down. Poygan seems to fish best with a chop. Buying a trolling guide to get an idea what depths each bait will run at might help also.