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the reason it sucks right now is that we have gotten a lot of rain in the last two weeks. The water is up about 4-6 feet. All the bait fish are hatched out so they got plenty to eat and all the bugs are hatced out what tips do u guys got that i can use intill the water gos down and the bugs and bait fish population gos down a little

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I don't know man, doesn't sound all that 'sucky' to me.  I would trade dry/dropping water for what you have right now...any day.

In my opinion, go up with the water.  Obviously you should have plenty of water with visible cover to fish...the fish will follow the water up, and should be where you are seeing the baitfish.  Not sure where you are, or what the water temp is, so it is hard to give an opinion on bait...but sounds like me you should be attempting to match the hatch with spinnerbait/cranks/plastics.  

I would LOVE my local waters to be 4 to 6 feet up right now.  

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I am experiencing the smae type of conditions you are right now and the fishing has been pretty hot for numbers and size.  The big girls are up in the shallows gorging themselves on bluegills.  I agree, follow the water up and fish as deep back into fooded areas as possible.

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KU_Bassmaster,

Like the reply.  Makes my ego feel good when someone else on here who posts often agrees with what I have to say.  I will let my wife read this so she can't feel so sure of herself when she tells me I never know what the hell I am talking about with ANYTHING.  

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hey thanks for the tips. the water is still in its banks. the water is very ruff right now becasue were i fish it bleow a dam and they opened a fllod gate. and i forgot to metion that the water muddy. so its hard to se bait fish. it was easier to see the bait fish wehn the water is below weer it is now. and l ive just south of wasau wi

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Well guys, I know that "follow the water up" must work sometimes because I read that advice all the time from some very knowledgeable sources. But here's another option that has worked for me:

In June 2002, Bull Shoals Lake was 30+ feet above full pool. The flooding occured suddenly over a two week period in late May. The submerged trees were in full leaf, some completely under, others with their tops just a few feet above water.

I arrived for my outing on Thursaday. Everyone was complaining that they hadn't caught a fish, many guys were leaving. Now I'm telling you no one was catching A FISH, including the guides! Well, I'm a little distraught.

So I go down to the boatdock to talk with my guide, Tim "Hot Dawg" Curtis. I tell him what I'm hearing and he just smiles, "Be down at the dock around 5:00", that's all he said.

We started out on a long run up to one of Dawg's favorite arms. He stopped the boat in what appeared to be the middle of the lake, I'm talking 150-200 yards from the treeline and that's not the bank! Rigged us both up with a baby diaper yellow Gitzit and began casting into what appeared to be open water IN THE MIDDLE OF THE LAKE!

Well guys, we kicked some serious butt. I ended up fishing like this for 2 1/2 days. Under bluebird skies I don't think we ever went fifteen minutes without "fish on". The key was fishing the normal shoreline and submerged trees. We tried to help some other fishermen and get them away from the brush, but they just wouldn't listen. Too bad for them.

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