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    Hey everyone,

    A couple friends and I are going up to fish Dog Lake (the one near Wawa) the first week of September. Don't know the lake at all so hoping some folks on here might have some advice about what works that time of year.

    We're staying at the Northern Walleye Lodge and will be targeting mainly walleye but will also spend a bit of time looking for pike, lake trout, and bass. Any advice is greatly appreciated!

    Thanks!

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    The water will be starting to cool down so jigs/minnow will be very effective in the early to late evening. To break up any boredom and to learn the lake a little better, flatlining a Husky Jerk Rap in the morning or early afternoon will do the trick. If there's any wind then work the wind driven shorelines with jigs heavy enough to get you on bottom. I've always preferred 1/2 to 5/8 oz weights. Color is no big deal but I do prefer hot pink or green chartreuse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sawbill View Post
    The water will be starting to cool down so jigs/minnow will be very effective in the early to late evening. To break up any boredom and to learn the lake a little better, flatlining a Husky Jerk Rap in the morning or early afternoon will do the trick. If there's any wind then work the wind driven shorelines with jigs heavy enough to get you on bottom. I've always preferred 1/2 to 5/8 oz weights. Color is no big deal but I do prefer hot pink or green chartreuse.



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    My mother and stepfather have a cabin on that lake. We were just up a couple weeks ago and the walleye bite was slow due to the mayfly hatch just a couple days before.

    When it has been good, the usual techniques work fine (jig and bait at appropriate depths).

    Pike and smallmouth were hitting jerk and crank bites well. The walleye we did catch came casting jerkbaits or casting shore with soft plastics on a jig. Odd way to catch walleye but it worked

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    Quote Originally Posted by sawbill View Post
    The water will be starting to cool down so jigs/minnow will be very effective in the early to late evening. To break up any boredom and to learn the lake a little better, flatlining a Husky Jerk Rap in the morning or early afternoon will do the trick. If there's any wind then work the wind driven shorelines with jigs heavy enough to get you on bottom. I've always preferred 1/2 to 5/8 oz weights. Color is no big deal but I do prefer hot pink or green chartreuse.
    Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by blasted_saber View Post
    My mother and stepfather have a cabin on that lake. We were just up a couple weeks ago and the walleye bite was slow due to the mayfly hatch just a couple days before.

    When it has been good, the usual techniques work fine (jig and bait at appropriate depths).

    Pike and smallmouth were hitting jerk and crank bites well. The walleye we did catch came casting jerkbaits or casting shore with soft plastics on a jig. Odd way to catch walleye but it worked
    Thanks for the tips. Sorry to hear about the mayfly timing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moby Pike View Post
    Thanks for the tips. Sorry to hear about the mayfly timing!
    All was well, we still got a bunch of fish.

    It's not the easiest lake to fish in summer, but by September it should be much better. My stepfather has lots of literature about the lake and even in 30s and 40s it was known to be quite difficult to fish in mid summer (walleye anyways). Which is crazy given its size, low pressure, and relative distance to civilization.

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    The lake we fish off hwy 560 suffers the same thing. I can fill the boat in an hour in the spring and fall, but summer months it only produces in the evening just before sunset.

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    The Canada in the Rough TV program just featured Dog Lake (https://canadaintherough.com/?s=dog+lake). Mostly Bear hunting but also a bit of walleye fishing.

    Hope this helps and good luck! Grouseman

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    Favorites of mine are chartreuse worm harness,perch finish cranks and white twister tails Look for shoals close to 20-30 feet of water and checkout any weed bed that is in 7 feet.No shortage of fish there.

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