Today’s Top 5
Oddball technique wins NWT Championship!
Jason Przekurat was crowned walleye king at the NWT Championship on Lake Oahe, SD — the biggest event in professional walleye fishing. Aside from having the ultimate bragging rights, Jason also nabbed an $88.5k payday:
> “Trolling over a mix of old cottonwood and willow trees. The fish would hover on top of the willows and bury under the cottonwoods.
> “I was targeting the outside river bend turns that came up on the flat. The flat then intercepts the shoreline break. It’s a strong summertime pattern, it was just a matter of getting the baits to them.
> “The trees were down 50-60′ in water 95-105′ deep. To get his crankbaits that deep he used 6-oz weights and trolled at 1.8 mph. His main line was 15-lb Fireline with a 12-pound Trilene 100% fluoro leader.”
34.5″ WA walleye caught.
Columbia River Basin guide Kimo Gabriel led Tim to this monster WA water dragon that was dang near as long as a yardstick:
They boated (and released) 60+ walleyes that weekend between 20-34.5″. Guess you could say Kimo’s dialed in! Here’s the video of the 34.5″ waving goodbye:
Walleye fishing by the numbers.
Some walleye-fishing factoids we put together with Ron “seen it all” Lindner. For sure worth a read if a guy who’s been in the industry as long as Ron thinks they’re fascinating (click the pic to make it bigger):
Leave a comment here on our website if you want to see more “walleye by the numbers” going forward.
Cast and blast.
Waterfowl call maker Bill Saunders has got a soft spot for catching big glass eyes. Guess what’ll be on his mind while sitting in the blind this fall:
Gargantuan sheepshead caught.
Sheepshead, barn door, manhole cover — whatever you wanna call ’em, freshwater drum will have you thinking you’ve hooked into a record-sized walleye…before shattering your heart (and gear). Big fish junkie Spenser Samplawski somehow wrangled up this lip-wielding blimp while fishing WI’s Green Bay:
…despite reaching the quota/kill limit.
> Gov. Dayton: “I have directed the DNR not to close the walleye fishing season on Lake Mille Lacs, and I have contacted tribal leaders to ask for their understanding and forbearance.”
The Mille Lacs Band has responded and are “deeply disappointed.”
Brian Dygdala and Bob Schlosser weighed in 39.89 lbs over the 2 days to bring home the $48,300 payday. If you do the math, that means those walleyes were worth about $1,242 per pound lol.
Mike Gibbs and Larry Zimmerman’s 2-day total of 51.31 gave ’em the “W.” One of the 1st times they had ever tried pulling Off Shore Tackle planer boards was during the championship. Looks like they more than paid for themselves! Congrats guys.
Chuck Eggert and Tony Narducci won the event for the 2nd year in a row weighing 5 for 18.73 bs. Their bag included a pair of 27″ gravel lizards that were caught using Rapala Jigging Raps in 10-25′ (also caught 1 dragging a redtail). Nicely done guys!
Looking to hire several new natural resources officers.
…to study Lake Huron fish populations. Yup, it even has side imaging:
The last 3 winners were Kevin S. (Hatton, ND), Jason H. (Grand Forks, ND) and Shannon R. (Ann Arbor, MI). All’ve been contacted and product shipped — maybe you’re next?
Great cause plus a hefty purse with $22.5k paid out to the top 3 spots.
Tip of the Day
The full Jim Edlund write-up (with diagrams) is on
TargetWalleye.com, but here’s a few excerpts:
> “Too many anglers connect their kicker to the big engine and steer with the wheel. What ends up happening is anglers aren’t able to stay on their trolling paths over fish-holding contours or structure, areas which are sometimes quite narrow.
Keep reading here.
Quote of the Day
You try and pull, and it just says, ‘Nope,’ giving you the false sense of being snagged on the bottom.
– Bret Amundson of Northland Outdoors TV comparing the fight of a mammoth 56-lb lake trout to hooking into a giant walleye:
A WI man finally got his prosthetic leg back after a couple of paddlers found it sticking out of a beaver dam….
That would get the heart pumping! Turns out the guy had flipped over his canoe a month back, recovering his fishing gear and cooler, but the prosthetic limb got away.
Check this stuff out!