Are you talking about the arcane tips that Big Don comes up with ? I knew where the fish were put in because I did it myself and I still couldn't figure them out for the most part .
The fish are shocked , tagged and put in the water the Wednesday before the Derby starts . Most of the fish move from where they were put in , sometimes a very surprising distance in a couple of days . Just for fun cuz I wasn't eligible to fish the derby I went to the exact spots they were put in and didn't catch them . The best advice is to fish the areas you know best and hope to catch lightning in a bottle .
Due to the slot limit , I'll bet a good many of the tagged fish are smallies under 12 inches so fish the areas you usually would for smaller fish . I didn't make shocking day this year but that is what happened in years past .
BTW , on average 14% of the tagged fish are caught in any given year .
The first tips will prolly be in the Friday/Saturday issue , didn't see any in the Thursday paper.