Best day of walleye fishing ever?
Lyndon Smith went on a Rapala Flat Jig rampage, going back-to-back…to-back-to-back on 4 rock melons of a lifetime. They measured 29.5, 30.5, 30.5 and 32″ — all were caught in under 1 hour fishing (!!) on Lake X in northern MB:
> “Just picked up 60 more of them [Rapala Flat Jigs and Jiggin Raps]. This spring/summer has been insane for big fish — best I’ve ever had. Too bad I only have 1 more week to fish before my college football season starts lol, then I’m hooped for time.”
Let us know if you need someone to keep your spot warm!
Finding walleyes 10x faster.
A newish technique now catching on is high-speed graphing — get it dialed in and the results can be pretty good. Saginaw Bay guide Rob Ruckman cruises around and drops waypoints on fish at 20 mph before going back and connecting the dots with his Minn Kota Ulterra:
> “I’m currently running the Humminbird Onix 10 SI Combo — I’ve got 2 on the console and 1 on the bow. Yes I know a little overkill, but I’m a huge fan of the Onix units.
> “Fish will not appear as traditional ‘arcs’ going at speeds in excess of 20+, they will show up as vertical dots or colored blotches. Most of the time the middle of blotches matches the bottom color.
> “I usually set the 2d transducer to 200 kHz. I will run switchfire in max mode when I’m over 20′ of water and clear mode when less than 20′. Also make sure to crank up your chart speed to max.
> “You’ll want to use manual range, not auto. Usually leave the upper range on zero and just set the lower range to about 2′ more than water depth (I will adjust this on the fly). Setting the lower limit allows you to view the largest possible image of the water column on screen.
The top walleye anglers in the world are on Lake Oahe, SD right now for the NWT Championship — the biggest event in professional walleye fishing.
Pre-fishing was a challenge thanks to mother nature throwing a
curve knuckle ball. The guys were hit with SD hurricane-like conditions including crazy winds and hail.
If anyone can find walleyes after a front like that, it’s these guys. Day 1 weigh-in starts at 3:00pm. You can watch it live here.
That tourney life.
Everyone thinks they want to do it, but the walleye-tourney lifestyle is hard on a guy (or gal). Looks like all those early mornings and late nights are catching up to MN tourney angler and NPAA VP Stephen Picht:
Shouldn’t those legs be made of northern pike??
RIP fishing brother.
The number of fingerlings produced, and number of lakes stocked.
Non-profit group called Fishing With Vets paired up 40+ veterans with 20+ fishing guides from across the state for a day of walleye fishing:
Ravine Lake, no reason given yet. Don’t usually see walleyes involved in fish kills, unless they’re headed straight for the grease….
Totaling $1,296,000. Cha-ching!
52″ caught by David Terwilliger who was fishing minnows on 8-lb line for bass…from shore. State record is 50″ — 1990 on the Tioughnioga River — but David released his fish.
Almost makes cleaning fish enjoyable.
In the walleye kingdom: ND, SD, MN, WI, etc.
Boat captains are calling on congress to pick up the pace on a plan of action. Good luck with that….
> Troy Lindner: “Camp Fish played a big role in the lives of a lot of people, and helped to develop their lifelong interest in fishing.”
We’ve had the chance to try these on the water, GREAT rods for many applications. Here’s the ones we’re giving away with a quick description from Jason on each:
> “Perfect all purpose live-bait rod for walleye. Great rigging rod and also works well for vertical and snap-jigging presentations when some finesse is necessary.”
> “Rod action designed specifically for bottom-bouncer and spinner or slow-death presentations. Also excels as a jig rod when fishing deep or moving water where more backbone is necessary.”
> “Compact trolling rod action that retains sensitivity and backbone for running several colors of lead or heavy snap weights — while bending through the handle to fight fish below the boat when necessary.”
2. IA: Becoming an outdoors-woman workshop, Sep 16-18.3. MN: Por fish-house modification contest, Blaine, Sep 24.#Tinkering
Tip of the Day
> “Finding fish with side-imaging is difficult for most anglers since we don’t have enough screens on the boat. We tend to select map, sonar and down-imaging, and forget about the side-imaging…but finding fish is easy if you have the right conditions.
> “One of the problems we run into is that a rocky bottom reflects so much of the sonar — it’s bright, and fish show up as bright areas, which means there’s little contrast and they are easily hidden.
> “I usually leave my unit on 455 kHz since you get much more range than with 800 kHz.
Meme of the Day