> Tell me these Lake Winnipeg greenbacks don’t know that frogs = food! The LIVETARGET Walking Frog [topwater bait weighted down with a bell sinker!] put numerous greenbacks topside, including this Manitoba Master Angler:
Cal Haataja (@ch.fishing) caught himself a flying fish while chasing monster Milwaukee brown trout. Yup, he released it…though some duck fajitas (aka dajitas) sound pretty good right about now:
Finesse-trolling stickbaits for early-season ‘eyes.
The last few years, Ross Robertson has been targeting overlooked Lake Erie GIANTS by finesse-trolling stickbaits with snap-weights and planer boards. When I say giants, I mean fish like this 32.5″ x 20.5″ [!] slaunch:
Said he popped that one trolling as slow as he could go and still have the bait wobble with current — thanks to his Minn Kota Ulterra. Check his full tip on TargetWalleye.com, few excerpts below:
> For whatever reason our big walleyes have been deeper the past couple years. Most of my biggest fish come right on the bottom in 20-30′ — adjacent to spawning areas — on hard-to-soft-bottom transitions.
> In the past we wouldn’t have even targeted these fish because they’re neutral, so we’d go after the suspended fish.
> Pull your cranks like you’d pull spinners. Don’t run your kicker — use your electric. I’m trolling with the Minn Kota Ulterra on the bow, running a max of 0.8-1.2 mph with slight turns and bouncing in the chop.
> Think about the precision a good leadcore fisherman has with increasing speed to rise over a hump or decreasing to go down the back. Same deal with this approach.
> I see guys dropping giant lead, and that’s just a recipe for snags. With a 1-oz snap-weight (or less) at slow speed, I can pull baits 2-4′ above the fish. Every once in awhile I’ll shut off the motor to stall the planer boards for a few seconds, letting the bait stall, suspend or drop a little bit.
> A lot of times, stalling your boards is the big-fish ticket. A Rapala Husky Jerk will perfectly suspend and the fish hate that. Another bait that’s really rocking is the Reef Runner 800, which I wouldn’t normally use until later in the season — it’s perfect for getting down right into their faces.
> Muddy water has a lot of junk fish and a poor strike zone. Gin-clear water is often a few degrees colder and serves more as a fish highway. But chalky water? Game on!
Gotta (finally!) get this off my chest…. #rant
Over the last few years I’ve seen dozens of well-known fishin’ brands — lure manufacturers, guides, you name it — using stock images of ZANDER (I believe) in walleye ads.
Can’t think of any specific ones, but usually it’s an ad on social media…quick chuckle, scroll on. Not sure if it’s companies that don’t actually fish or what, and I guess the 2 species do look similar, but…WALLEYE PEOPLE KNOW! And it bothers them — or at least me.
Probably the most popular “stock image” I see used is this one:
There’s a big difference — sometimes less noticeable than others, but diehards know:
Would be like seeing a perch ad with one of these European giants lol:
Or if bassin’ is your thing:
Can’t believe everything you read/see on the interwebz….
“Might need to upgrade to a 10-inch auger or catch thinner fish….”
Understandable caption under this [fire-emoji] shot from @zach_southgate of a Canadian hole-plugger:
Not sure what that ^ specific pike was caught on, but they had been whackin’ fish up and over the 40″ mark on Storm 360GT Searchbaits. Have seen ’em used for lake trout through the ice, but first I had heard of hardwater gators:
> …formed to bring a strong, unified voice to St. Paul to represent the interests of MN anglers and other stakeholders…increase state investment into fisheries and fishing-related programs…improve fishing opportunities in MN and shorten the time between bites.
Will have a booth at the at the Northwest Sport Show in Minneapolis this weekend. Stop by and meet famed anglers like Al Lindner, Ron Schara and Babe Winkleman, find out what they’re all about.
A behind-the-scenes look at all the prep work that goes into fishing the Cabela’s National Walleye Tour. Part 1 of 5 kicks off at Lake Winnebago — finally some raw footage shed on the pro walleye circuit:
Almost forgot to mention they’re giving one person a chance to pre-fish with ’em at an NWT event this season — details on how to enter here.
…about the reg changes coming to Lake Winnipeg. Some of those changes — supposed to help the future walleye population — include: a commercial fisheries quota buy-back option, adjusting the minimum net mesh sizes and tweaking slot limits. Lot more info in this Hooked Magazine write-up.
Whether you’re spooling up for late-ice, or preppin’ for the open-water bite: Line twist? Ain’t nobody got time for that! Here’s a few tricks I’ve learned to help keep line WAY more manageable, including:
1) Spooling in a bowl of warm water [seriously!]
2) Using line conditioners
3) Stretching the memory out of your line
See it all in this short 4-min vid:
Video Meme of the Day
Walleye fishing has been known to test friendships:
Today’s ‘Eye Candy
Nick Geiger and Katie Billings drove 3,500+ miles through 2 whiteouts — and fished in blizzard-like conditions — to ice these 1.8- and 1.9-lb Lake Cascade, ID slobs. #WorthIt
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