Today’s Top 5
Green Bay teener!
At just 13 years old, Cole’s already a member of the NPAA and slaying toads! Keep doing your thing buddy — we’ll be watching you fish the NWT in a few years.
Morris/Heiser crowned ND state walleye champs.
Troy Morris and Corey Heiser of Artifishalleyes put together an impressive 2-day bag of 44-00 to win the MWC on Devils Lake, ND. Even better is this is the 2nd year in a row they brought home the hardware while fishing vegetarian style…NO meat:
They caught all of their fish on day 1 using Rapala Jigging Raps in 28-37′ — working them along a steep main-lake breakline. The fish were holding tight to the rocky bottom and feeding on schools of juvenile white bass.
Their jigging bite disintegrated on day 2 so they were forced to switch things up — every fish they weighed came trolling shad-imitating crankbaits (Reef Runner Ripshad 200s and Berkley Flicker Shads) at 2 mph on lead-core in 23-25′.
> “Besides bragging rights [and nearly $20,000!!!] they claimed a berth in the 2017 National Team Championship and a spot on the MWC Wall of Fame.”
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Snap Rap vs. Jigging Rap
The Rapala Snap Rap is made to compliment the Jigging Rap, not replace it. It has wider wings that grab a little extra water to lift and glide more. They also track a little straighter, whereas the Jigging Rap darts off in different directions a touch easier:
Al compares both baits in this on-the-water video — he’s Al, so of course he sticks some giants at the same time!
How walleye fishermen cool off.
The dog days of summer don’t stop Derek Lamash from enjoying the lake. Instead of sweating the small stuff, he turns himself into a fish finder:
Troy “Mr. Blugill” Peterson was somehow able to net this giant water-wallowing sucker:
That’s tourney angler Max Wilson in the net, and despite some on-the-water shenanigans he was able to stick a 30″ water hoss…once Troy decided to release him:
Being a net man.
Imagine if every co-angler put this much effort into honing their netting skills:
The Gov’s decision to keep the catch-and-release season open has now been reversed…. No more fall trolling on the ‘Big Pond’.
Dave’s son, Adam Andersen and partner Jason Evenson, absolutely lapped the field with 35.28 lbs — beating 2nd place by over 15 lbs!! It was meant to be guys, Dave was with you in the boat that day.
Hot stick Korey Sprengel and Derek Navis weighed 3 hefties for 25.5 lbs. They made a long run in surfer-sized waves to pull crawler harnesses where most people would call un-fishable water.
Illinois River, Detroit River, Big Stone, Bay of Green Bay, Winnebago, Devils Lake, St. Mary’s River, and the World Walleye Championship will be on Cass Lake.
Can you believe it? Lol. The walleye populations in several lakes are highest they’ve ever been, but catch-and-release only regs are still in place. Local anglers will be voicing their opinions/concerns at an upcoming public meeting.
Starting Jan 1. Too many to list here, but all are aimed at putting the health of the fish first.
Hosts educational fishing classes for kids, their parents and other adults across the midwest.
To the tune of $12-million and will mean an increased capacity for walleye.
…at Fayette Historic State Park on Lake Michigan.
To help fund boat and water safety programs.
They’ll be unveiling ’em tomorrow.
It’s 50/50 Shad Rap and Tail Dancer. It takes a lot to impress Al, but this bait did just that.
Have a shot at winning a new Onyx A-33 Automatic Infla Life Jacket from Onyx Outdoor Gear and Target Walleye! So comfortable you’ll forget you even have it on!
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Serving anglers with all types of disabilities.
We’re looking forward to seeing these bags!
We could all use an electronics walk-through with Doctor Sonar.
$22.5k paid out to the top 3 spots!!
Tip of the Day
> “On a trip to Lake of the Woods’ Ontario side, I fished with famed guide Dan Schmidt to try out a few new lures and wrinkles on some reef fish. No matter where we fished, and no matter what depth, the fish we caught were coughing up crayfish carcasses. Not just any crayfish, but the highly invasive rusty crayfish.
> “Bright, blaze orange shells and claws filled our livewell, and after draining and removing the fish, its contents looked more like the aftermath of a Louisiana crawfish boil than a fishing trip.
> “New crankbait colors like “blaze,” “rusty,” “demon,” and “delta” are all getting at the same phenomenon of using crankbaits to imitate crayfish, specifically rusty crayfish. Historically, most crankbait styles and colors typically mimic a variety of minnow species.
> “Any bait sporting the color orange, fished near bottom or around rocks has the potential to be extremely effective given the expanse of the rusty crayfish’s spread. That goes for jigheads, plastics of various shapes, and even for spinner blades.
> “That said, the most important application of orange to any bait is in the crankbait category — a lure type that scurries and searches along bottom much the same as a live crayfish does.”
Read the rest of the article here.
Today’s ‘Eye Candy
Double trouble on Green Bay:
29″ and 28″ caught fishing with Green Bay Trophy Fishing — dang!