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Bottom bouncers are a staple for mid-summer walleye fishing about anywhere you go. Jason Mitchell shares his go-to presentation for targeting fish over rocky bottoms in 8-12 feet of water on Devils Lake, ND.

When it comes to targeting fish over shallow rocks, it’s important to keep your presentation out of the algae that often grows on top of them. If your blades and hooks run through that algae, it can slime up your line and fowl your presentation. This is especially crucial when fighting strong winds and keeping your bait from sinking to the bottom when it slows as you turn the boat. To keep your bottom bouncer snell off the bottom, Mitchell recommends pairing a butterfly blade with a float and shortening the length of the snell. This will ensure your bait runs above the rocks even as your speed slows and will ultimately help you keep your line in the water longer.

For his main line, Mitchell will generally run 10lb braid (Fireline) tied to a crankbait snap. Generally speaking, the plain wire style bottom bouncers that have an eyelet to snap to offer the best sensitivity.

The most important factor with bottom bouncers is to make sure you have the correct weight for your target depth. The rule of thumb is to have one ounce of bottom bouncer for every 10 feet of water. For example, when fishing 10 feet of water, choose a one-ounce bottom bouncer and for 30 feet, choose a 3 ounce weight. Bottom bouncers are such a simple presentation that are easy to master with a few key tips and can account for large numbers of fish on several lakes, especially Devils Lake mid-summer.

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