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Surprise Otter Lake Slam

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This last weekend I was out bass fishing on one of my favorite fall lakes. The morning was cold...in the mid 30's and highs were projected around 50*. Still warm for this time of year, but not as warm as it had been. I bundled up and headed out anyway in search of some bass, and hopefully some above average ones at that. It took me a while to get anything going, but I finally got bit on a jerkbait and caught a small bass. I started putting more time in with my jerkbait than other baits and I kept getting bit. All pretty normal stuff, but I was surprised at what I was reeling in: a small northern (which aren't abundant on Otter), a crappie, and a bluegill even. I was just thinking, I was close to an Otter Lake Slam (catching all gamefish species on one trip). All I needed to do was catch a walleye, and although present, they aren't an abundant species on Otter either leaving me a snowballs chance to pull off a slam. No more was I thinking that, when I hooked up on a fish that was fighting more like a big bass. I got it closer to the boat I saw the long thin body with a flash of gold and though, "You've got to be joking me!". Sure enough I pulled in a 20" walleye.

Slams aren't that rare if you plan on fishing for multiple species throughout the course of a day, or if all species are abundant. However, to catch them all while bass fishing, off the same spot, on the same exact bait, that makes this one pretty memorable and worth writing about.  

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Nice ~ Multi-Species abundance.

There's a few lakes here where I'm always trying to "Hit for the Cycle".  For me it's LMB, SMB, A Waldo & a Pike. 

Seems a little easier to do real early & sometimes real late (like now) in the season. 

Came close last two times out but I was left at Third both trips as I could for the life of me get a darn pike.  Figures though right ?  The rest of the year the little choppers are all over everything but when I actually want one - Not happening.

Congrats

A-Jay

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29 minutes ago, A-Jay said:

Nice ~ Multi-Species abundance.

There's a few lakes here where I'm always trying to "Hit for the Cycle".  For me it's LMB, SMB, A Waldo & a Pike. 

Seems a little easier to do real early & sometimes real late (like now) in the season. 

Came close last two times out but I was left at Third both trips as I could for the life of me get a darn pike.  Figures though right ?  The rest of the year the little choppers are all over everything but when I actually want one - Not happening.

Congrats

A-Jay

Haha yeah, the old snot rockets never seem to come through when you count on them to. If you go again, you'll probably catch a boat load of them and come short on the other species. 

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1 hour ago, WIGuide said:

Haha yeah, the old snot rockets never seem to come through when you count on them to. If you go again, you'll probably catch a boat load of them and come short on the other species. 

LOL ~ Yup.  You're probably right. 

I will add that they have saved an otherwise fishless day a few times though too.

So there's always that.

:smiley:

A-Jay

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WTG.  Congrats.

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