Hybrid crankbait for shallow, cold-water walleyes.
Don’t overlook the stickbait-casting bite when water temps are in the low- to mid-50s. Super-effective the first few weeks of the season when the walleyes have transitioned out of spawning areas and into shallow feeding areas:
> James Holst: The Rapala BX Minnow [Balsa Extreme] is a balsa bait, so it’s got that subtle roll you want in cold water, but is encased in epoxy so it’s tough as nails.
Less damage from slimers, or when bouncing the it off rocks/stumps/your motor.
James uses a twitch-twitch-pause technique, but on the pause he keeps slowly pulling his rod forward. Doesn’t want the bait to float up, just wants it to slow down:
Pike eats walleye on stringer.
Heard of snapping turtles and otters pulling this off…but ever had a northern pike steal your shore lunch? #Greedy
Only way that could’ve been more unusual is if it was a derp pike like the one Scott Ford caught on Mississippi River Pool 10…but they only eat bullheads:
They caught a walleye every 2 minutes while trolling crankbaits along gravel-to-sand transitions at 2-3 mph in 9-13′. Every fish came on #7 Rapala Shad Raps in the colors delta (left) and custom HD live river shad (right):
As seen at Lindner Media.
How’d you like to snoop around the Lindner Media office for a bit? For sure a bunch of cool projects going on, and some memorabilia you won’t see anywhere else….
Exhibit A: Do Al and Ron Lindner practice karate in the garage?
Chris Bartsch and Larry Le Sage weighed a 2-day bag for 41-13 to put $12,880 in their pockets:
> They fished 1/4- to 3/8-oz jigs tipped with soft-plastics both days. Bartsch used a ringworm, while Le Sage stuck with a bass-style beavertail design [!]. Both sweetened the pot with a minnow or nightcrawler for added attraction.
> They focused on depths of 7′ or less in the river [day 1], and targeted a small-but-complex piece of structure not far offshore in the bay on most of day 2.
About 4,000 Lake Sharpe walleye will be tagged over the next 4 years so GFP can track their movements in comparison to fishing pressure. Maybe some soon-to-come hard evidence to support fishing away from crowds?
> Blades are “reaction” baits and fish have a split second to react to something resembling fleeing baitfish, so they attack.
> Never tie directly to a blade bait — some makes will have several attach points or holes at the top (which give wider or tighter wobbles). It’s best to use a snap or split-ring on top to prevent line cutting.
> Prevent snags in stumps, fallen timber or rock bottoms by cutting off the front barb of the front hook.
> Shallow-water trick: A sidearm cast low with a snap of your wrist will sometimes get the lure to skip along the surface, resembling fleeing bait.
> A slow, steady retrieve of a blade is popular, but you should try it with a stop-and-go and high-speed retrieve. I also like to rip-jig the blade up with a fast rip of the rod followed by a slow reel to pull up the slack.
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