Today’s Top 5
> “With a Marcum in zoom mode, the resolution and target separation increase. The best analogy is the digital zoom vs. the optical zoom in a camera. The digital zoom just brings the same image ‘closer’ in effect — whereas an optical zoom actually increases your ability to see in finer detail.”
And if you wear these new Rapala 3D glasses, the fish will swim right out of the hole:
We knew it, ladies! (From here.)
> A study revealed that 46% of young American women (late teens to mid-twenties) find Tinder photos of men holding a fish more attractive than those of men without.
100% of them found walleye fishermen more attractive than bass guys too.
Okay we might have made that last part up…but you know it’s true!
Props to the recovery crew.
Warden also broke through while attempting the rescue, but it was too late for the fisherman. RIP fishing brother.
He would always say: “If someone asks how you caught the walleye, tell them the truth ’cause they won’t believe you anyway.” RIP fishing brother.
A chance to get in the boat with top walleye pros Ted Takasaki, Perry Good and Tony Roach to name a few! #DreamComeTrue
The walleye bite is kicking into gear!
> “We found 227 pieces of motor. Mostly skags and prop blades. However we did find one old motor cover and one full prop with the prop shaft still inside! All of these relics came from one rock bar.”
> “Researchers have shown that meat from stressfully slaughtered fish may have a shorter shelf life — and a worse taste — than fillets from quickly killed fish.”
The 40 ft, 2.5 ton walter that symbolizes Lake of the Woods:
The Rainy River on the border of MN and Canada is opening up as we speak — easily one of the hottest most anticipated walleye bites of the year! Chris Granrud of Rainydaze Guide Service explains the current conditions and various factors that impact the walleye bite:
> Ice conditions are rapidly deteriorating — most resorts advise walking out only or not going at all as conditions are changing by the hour. It’s time to think open water — upper basin coulees are starting to open and the famous walleye run will be starting soon.
Tip of the Day
> Consider a late-ice trip to Minnesota’s Lake of the Woods for big pike — fish that routinely eclipse the 40-inch mark with a handful up to 48-inches each year.
> The optimal bite is typically the last 2-3 weeks before ice out. Some years that happens early, like this year.Other years, well into April. “Changes in depths around breaks, points, humps, and areas of current or flow can be key. Lots of good stuff from Pine Island to Muskeg Bay.”
> Presentation-wise, It all starts with buckets of Frabill rail tip-ups, a 10″ auger, and a Stanley measuring tape — “I learned the measuring tape trick from a game warden friend years ago. It’s great for getting a sense of the bottom composition. You can feel if it’s rock or mud. And, when it comes to telling you depth, tapes don’t lie. For $10 you’ve got a depthfinder you can put in your pocket.”
> Arnesen impaled a 12-inch sucker or similar-sized dead bait to the beaded and spinner-adorned Quick Strike Rig. “These big pike are feeding primarily on ciscoes, so big suckers and dead bait are often the ticket, but not all the time. Sometimes they’ll eat hot dogs.
> “It’s something we picked up from the guys in the Dakotas. Like everybody, at first we shook our heads — then we started catching big fish. And on those days when suckers or dead bait work better, you can grill the dogs.”