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Old 08-14-2020, 07:59 PM
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Been years since I fished the Clearwater river and had my first successful trip this year but not what I expected. In the past I always caught browns but today I caught a few 16-17inch walleye in the mix. I realize itís not a real shock with it draining into the NSR

Have walleye become common in the lower Clearwater or did I just have an odd day?

I hope not Alberta doesnít need more wet sock fisheryís
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Old 08-15-2020, 08:39 AM
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That's interesting, even on the North Sask I don't seem to find to many until fishing quite a bit lower towards the Baptiste. Haven't seen any on the Clearwater but admittedly don't fish it near as much as I used to.

Did you happen to see much for hopper action?
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Old 08-15-2020, 09:18 AM
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First time I have seen or caught walleye in the Clearwater so it caught me by surprise. But outside of an attempt at an early spring trip this is the first time I have fished it in years

I did not notice many hoppers but I was wading and only came out of the water to walk to the truck. I target the predatory browns with streamers or spinning gear so I donít really pay attention to the insect life on that river though.
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Old 08-15-2020, 12:57 PM
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Theyíve been there for years in the lower reaches, caught a number of them probably 20 years ago close to rocky.
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Old 08-15-2020, 02:20 PM
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Theyíve been there for years in the lower reaches, caught a number of them probably 20 years ago close to rocky.
Are you just coming across the odd school?

I am not that surprised they are around just surprised to catch 4 in 2hrs and a first for me. Add in that itís been around 12+years I was wondering if they have maybe become a common species in the Clearwater since I last fished it
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Old 08-15-2020, 02:44 PM
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Come across them very rarely.
More importantly how were the brownies?
I saw yesterday that the river is clearing up nicely
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Old 08-15-2020, 02:50 PM
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Come across them very rarely.
More importantly how were the brownies?
I saw yesterday that the river is clearing up nicely
Long wade before getting into any and quality over quantity.

Water clarity is not crystal clear but plenty clear enough
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Old 08-15-2020, 07:56 PM
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Long wade before getting into any and quality over quantity.

Water clarity is not crystal clear but plenty clear enough
Pretty much my experience as well.

Yup, clearing nicely...looked at it yesterday...but with the hordes of trailers, quads, dirt bikes & kitchen sinks heading west yesterday afternoon, it will be a gong show this weekend.
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Old 08-15-2020, 10:13 PM
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Are you just coming across the odd school?

I am not that surprised they are around just surprised to catch 4 in 2hrs and a first for me. Add in that itís been around 12+years I was wondering if they have maybe become a common species in the Clearwater since I last fished it
For what itís worth I only fished that stretch of the Clearwater A couple times and all about 20 years ago and all I caught was walleye. Once you get further west itís all trout and Iíve fished that more recently, done ok but usually not great on the Clearwater, biggest brown was around 24 but numbers arenít as high as other rivers so I donít fish it as much as others
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Old 08-15-2020, 10:34 PM
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For what itís worth I only fished that stretch of the Clearwater A couple times and all about 20 years ago and all I caught was walleye. Once you get further west itís all trout and Iíve fished that more recently, done ok but usually not great on the Clearwater, biggest brown was around 24 but numbers arenít as high as other rivers so I donít fish it as much as others
Definitely not a river for high numbers but it hides some nice fish. Even years ago I covered a lot of water to get my fish
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