Today’s Top 5
Some o’ the craziest-colored walleyes we’ve ever seen.
Here’s something you don’t see every day, and may not ever again! Gino C. caught this orange ‘eye out of Shenango River Lake, PA. Word is it tasted like a Creamsicle:
Guess this St. Louis River walter has been eating too many Cheerios:
Is this the best greenback shot ever?
What to do if a musky comes into your spear hole.
Pretty cool you can get outta the Frabill Sidestep shacks without swimmin’.
How Aaron Wiebe Hyper-Glides for ice smallmouths.
If the lake is lacking deep-rocky humps, Aaron will punch a bunch o’ holes around points that stick out into the main basin, and use an Aqua-Vu HD700i to find hard-to-soft transitions.
He uses baits like the Acme Hyper-Glide because they call smallies in from a distance, but can also be fished slow when the bite is off. What makes the Hyper-Glide unique from other jigging baits is that it’s super lightweight and has way more glide. Did we mention it has wings?
Love that design, but for sure wouldn’t want to wait for that thing to glide all the way down in deep water…. That’s why it has something called the “VDrop System,” which is an elastic hook on the tail that you loop the line through and it will hang the bait vertically to “send it down like a depth bomb.”
Small-jaws love it — check Aaron’s full vid here:
WTHeck are “Canadian ape hangers?”
Here’s why we like to call jacked-up augers “Canadian ape hangers:”
FishUSA has auger extensions in stock here.
Betcha can’t drill 3 holes quicker than this guy.
As seen at the Ice Auger World Championship in Breezy Point, MN:
Would love to see the shrapnel fly with an 8″ bit! A lot of people were commenting on the angle of that 2nd hole — maybe the guy REALLY knows what he’s doing:
Local boys Jeff and Grant Wirkus weighed 16 jumbos for 16.68 lbs to take home the “W.” They were fishing a spot in 28-30′ they had found a couple weeks prior, hoping no other teams would find it while pre-fishing…they didn’t. Congrats!
…from Wal-Mart. Must’ve walked out with everything…and had a big coat….
> In all, 797,815 of the 6″ to 8″ extended-growth walleye were stocked in 150 WI waterbodies in 2016.
They also stock 1.4 million small fingerlings each year. Bigger = more expensive, but better chance of survival.
Pyrex rattles, feather treble and hand-picked metallic colors from J-Mitch himself:
FishUSA has ’em on sale here.
> “The average horsepower of an outboard engine has increased 38.1% since 2010 and it reached an all-time high of 118.6 in 2016.”
> “Did you know the mudpuppy is nocturnal, never leaves the water and is actually active this time of year? We have a study underway on these unique and threatened critters – so if you catch one by accident, snap a photo for us, release it, and let us know the location you caught it!”
> “Fish can become easily stressed in winter due to low energy reserves because feeding is at a minimum in winter. They then are less able to handle low oxygen and temp swings.”
> “Fish also may be affected by rapid changes in water temp…leading to stress and sometimes mortality. This is likely the case with the record or near record temps coupled with the large rain MI experienced in Feb.”
Think we’ll see another 2+ lb crappie come outta “The Big Pond” this weekend?
Good timing for this one, the river is already kicking out some great fish.
This is the 7th year Johnnie has been doing ’em, so you know he’s doing ’em right. Several different dates/locations this spring – more info here.
Tip of the Day
If you’ve never seen it before, it’s a semi-newish deal called the Clam Crank Weight. Been around a few years, but for sure flying under the radar. Awesome way to get double duty out of all your summer cranks and give the fish something they’re never seen drop through a hole before:
Meme of the Day
Did you hear about the tornadoes Monday?
If anyone was out there, hope you are okay!