1. MB: Sweet looking spot + big fish.
Called Trail End Camp & Outfitters. Can’t believe it’s just a 2-hour drive from Winnipeg, yet you won’t see another boat fishing the 40 miles of river. Was nothing in the background (boats or houses) of the video besides fish lol:
Even Jeremy Santos (right ^) can catch bigguns there…. Lol had to man.
2. MN: Mille Lacs is *drum roll*…
…catch-and-release only this season. The good news:
> The lake’s spawning walleye population has improved from last year, so no mid-season closures are planned.
Just need to stop at the local grocery store on your way home….
3. MN: Rainy River is starting to open up!
Already opening up just a couple miles east of the Birchdale landing. For sure one of those spring walleye runs you NEED on your fishing bucket list.
Another cool thing: lot of times you can ice fish AND get in the boat on the same weekend. Why? ‘Cuz there’s still THIS much ice on the main lake.
4. MWC should hit the spawn right…
…for the first derby of the year on the Illinois River.
5. Blackfish Gear is here.
New performance fishing gear that just dropped this month (we brought you a sneak peek back in Feb).
MN guide Mark Schutz got his hands on some early — here he’s rocking the Blackfish Gale Softshell Pullover with a mega Mississippi River walter caught slinging a 1/4-oz jig on 6-lb line:
Diggin’ the ol’ zippered kangaroo pocket and collar. Usually I’ve gotta take matters into my own hands:
6. MN: Brainerd fishin’ folks…
DNR wants your comments on lake regs/management by Mar 30 if you feel strongly about any of the 9 lakes on the list.
7. Favorite White Bird rods back in stock.
They come…and they go…FAST. That 6′ 8″ ML is a great all-around rod for just $49. Crazy how today’s budget fishing rods are as good (or better) than some top-of-the-line stuff just a few years back:
8. ND: Some fishing reg changing.
Reminder: Also need new new fishing license by Apr 1.
9. SD: GFP stocking rainbow trout…
…below the Oahe dam Mar 27.
10. ME: Outdoors-woman workshop, May 20.
11. Big Rock announces conservation fund.
> Non-profit foundation will support the fight to protect the outdoors and the outdoor sporting goods industry, while encouraging participation in outdoor sporting activities.
Have a shot at winning 2 new Okuma rod + reel packages worth $350-ish! Jigging- and trolling-specific setups that are a great add to any walleye nut’s arsenal. Rod/reel deets below.
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Deadeye Jigging Rod — 6’6″ ML fast taper (DE-S-661-MLFT):
> These technique-specific walleye rods feature the finest IM-8 graphite blank material and split cork grips for handling.
Inspira spinning reel — 30-size blue (ISX-30B):
> Torsion control armor design and constructed of C-40X carbon make the reels extremely rigid and lightweight, also reduce twist and torque keeping all internal parts perfectly aligned.
2. Okuma open-water trolling/planer board setup.
Deadeye Trolling Rod — 7’10” M telescopic (DE-C-7101M-T):
> Great economical trolling rods packed full of features. Tubular glass blanks provide ultimate durability and the best actions in these trolling rods.
Coldwater low-profile line-counter (CW-354D):
> Marries all the benefits of our low-profile platform (ergonomics, full aluminum frame, 24-lbs of drag, thumb bar spool release) to a precision line-counter.