Honey-comb badgers of the week!
Ice is still holding on in some areas — if you can get to the walleyes, they’re THICK! This one munched a Rapala Jigging Rap. #Stout
Scott Crissler hauled in this 29.5-inch Lake Winnipeg bruiser on a LIVETARGET Golden Shiner Rattlebait. Released, so it’ll be a 30+ next year:
Colby James Paydli is hoarding pike! He’s gonna have to get a bigger shack if he keeps catchin’ fish like this:
Are you setting your tip-ups too deep?
Seeing these flags flappin’ in the wind would make it worth the run:
Early-season river walleyes.
> When it comes to early-season river walleyes, most anglers don’t put in enough time working holes. Sure you can drift through a hole, but you’re better off taking some time and working it from different angles.
> When vertical jigging is key, use your electric motor to slip the current. The key is to adjust your bow- or transom-mount electric motor speed and jig weight to keep your line vertical on the downstream slip through holes. It presents the bait more naturally.
> Keeps an eye out for in-flowing water like feeder creeks and storm drainage. That current attracts food and the walleyes follow — like on the Rainy River and the creeks around Clementson during spring high water.
> A lot of times just below where the water’s dumping in there’s a wash-out hole that can produce a heck of a bite. Walleyes will lay there waiting for food.
Is this still considered “ice” fishing?
Wanna make sure your in-laws never come up to visit? Just show ’em this video from Upper Red Lake, MN. Yikes:
Night-fishing flasher hack.
A mini LED light bar + toggle switch = let there be light!
The Mobridge Ice Fishing Tournament on Lake Oahe does it BIG, but usually has a huge waiting list just to fish it. A loophole: sign up to fish the Denny Palmer Memorial Classic this summer and you could win an entry.
Costs some $$$, but crazy detailed if you’ve got a favorite lake. Here’s a couple quick screen grabs of Gull Lake, MN from this morn:
Think that’s serious…. If so, here’s the first guy on the waiting list:
> The #1 question, “How is the ice?” It has been sloppy on top, but thankfully we had a good base of ice underneath…we are in good shape. Current ice thickness is 24-30″ depending upon what part of the lake.
> The snow on top has been greatly reduced and snowmobiles will have a hard time after the freeze up again as they tend to overheat without the snow. Ice fishing continues, and in most cases it has been good.
> We encourage folks to work through a resort as they know where the problem areas are each year: they monitor cracks, ice-heaves, and re-route ice roads if there is a problem area. It is safety first and they will determine what is allowed on their road.
Check the full fishing report here to see how Elizabeth is smackin’ the walleyes and sauger:
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Brett McComas is the main man for Target Walleye/Ice. He was discovered in Brainerd, MN after years of wondering how in the heck people break into the fishing biz. He’s in it now, but still can’t answer that question…. Brett is one of those guys who quit sports in high school because they were interfering with his fishing time. Get him at firstname.lastname@example.org