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After struggling for three hours to even get a bite, I stumbled across a few fish on my locator one night last week that taught me a HUGE lesson.

While looking for rocks on top of a large mid lake hump I noticed multiple hooks lying on the side of steep drop on the east side of the hump at about 6 p.m. The flat calm conditions and bright sun told me ... those fish are using that ledge for shade. I pulled up on top of the ledge in 20' of water and fished the shelf that dropped to 37' in about 2 boat lengths.

As expected the fish were not very active until about 7 p.m. when they moved up onto the shelf and started feeding. In a matter of 30 minutes I landed a limit of walleyes and a 19" smallmouth before heading home.

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The moral of the story is ... look for fish "in anticipation." Find them in areas where they have an "edge" that makes sense and then take an educated guess at how they're going to get to their feeding zone from there and be ready when they get there. If conditions are favorable as mine were last night when cloud cover came in and a slight breeze followed ... you could be in for an exciting evening!

Todd Wendorf specializes in wading and shore fishing throughout Wisconsin. Having grown up in northern Wisconsin, he now resides in the Madison area.

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