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by Rick Olson
When is a duck slough not a duck slough and when does it become a primo
crappie, perch, walleye or northern pike lake? It happens when what was
a duck slough fills up and overflows it’s banks and keeps filling until
it’s deep enough to carry fish throughout the winter. The process is certainly
not common, but it has happened and rather recently in fact.
A couple of bigger lakes that have gone through the same process and
are big enough to handle a good deal of pressure are Waubay and Lynn Lake.
Waubay can produce some fantastic walleye and perch angling and Lynn is
known for kicking out lots of nice sized walleyes and big crappies. There
are plenty of the aforementioned duck production areas to go around but
it’s going to take a little investigation on your part to find out where
they are and which ones are carrying fishable numbers of what you’re after.
One of the drawbacks to the sloughs is that they can be difficult to get
to, especially the ones where you have to walk in. On the other hand a
long walk will keep the less ambitious out, and leave more for the rest
of us. If you have to walk in you better try to keep things as light as
you can and take along exactly what you need and nothing more. A smaller
portable shelter with a deeper sled like Eskimo’s Quick Flip is the way
to go, as it is relatively light but big enough to be comfortable to fish
in all day. The sled is solidly built and can take the rigors of
Gas powered augers are another good idea as you’ll probably have to
drill a few holes before you find your quarry. The Eskimo Shark is a great
pick because you can depend on it to start and it’s high speed drill can
cut a bunch of holes in short order. Whatever you’re using, you might want
to try starting it
Good jigging spoon rods are made specifically for the technique and the Rapala IR4028M fit’s the bill perfectly. It has a stiff enough tip to give your spoon the snap you’re looking for, or more importantly what the perch, crappies and walleyes are looking for. While all of this is going on you may also try setting out a couple of tip-ups and see if you can find a big northern pike or two, or twenty. You might be surprised at the size and numbers of pike you can catch, all of which has the potential for producing some serious fun. A hungry bunch of pike can keep you real busy at times, and busy is good. One thing to keep in mind is that perch and pike are all day biters and walleyes and crappies tend to turn on right before dark. If you leave too soon you might miss out, so consider being prepared to stay late. If you’re going to stay late for walleyes or crappies try setting up where you were catching perch as they tend to hang out in the same neighborhoods. The bad news is that this new frontier might not last forever and may go the same way it came. You just never know so you better get it while you can.
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