1. WI: NWT on Winnebago could be won any way.
If you didn’t hear: The first NWT stop (May 10-11) was moved from the Mississippi River near Red Wing, MN to Lake Winnebago, WI due to flood-level waters and lots o’ floating debris.
Cool thing about Winnebago — especially this time of year — is it could be won any way a guy/gal wants to fish it. Here’s what reigning NWT champ Dean Arnoldussen had to say about it:
> “Winnebago is the most unpredictable body of water on earth. They just move so much because of the baitfish — they’re constantly moving.
> “Anything you want to do, you’ll be able to do. There will be guys jigging in the river, handlining, pulling streamer flies [!] and trolling shallow rock on the main lake. The only pattern that won’t be in play is trolling the mud [how the lake’s usually won in summer].”
Us rookies are like:
> “Some are in the rivers right now spawning. If the river remains high, they’ll stay right in the river. But if it drops, they’ll dump out of there and go to the lake. Not all of the walleyes spawn in the rivers. If you found pre-spawn lake fish, you could very possibly win the tournament.
> “I think somewhere around 30 lbs will win, just because it’s so hard to duplicate a successful day on Winnebago. The winner might have 20 lbs one day, and then 10 the next.”
Looking forward to this one! I’ll be jumping in as a co-angler — hope to bring you some cool behind-the-scenes stuff and some techy tips from the best walleye anglers in the world…maybe even catch a fish???
Heading there tomorrow to begin the pre-fishing binge. Will still be sending out Target Walleye emails (crossing fingers for good Wi-Fi), but might not be sent on the usual times and days. Stay tuned….
2. IL: 3 spots opened up…
…for the Cabela’s National Team Championship May 16-19 at Quad Cities.
3. MN: Not the latest ice-out on Lake of the Woods.
Outdoor writer Brad Dokken spent the 1996 walleye opener ice fishing on Lake of the Woods and had a 100-fish day [!] — check this throwback:
Hey youngsters – that black-and-white thing is what us old-folk like to call a newspaper….
4. WY [still] declaring war on walleye…
…on Buffalo Bill Rez:
> By law, all walleye caught in the reservoir must be immediately killed, but catches of males aren’t nearly as important as females…you’re not going to limit a population by removing the males.
Ouch! Said it’s cuz they wanna “rid the important trout habitat of the voracious, toothy predator.”
Hey WY — we’ll take ’em off your hands….
ID is also trying to eradicate ’em from Lake Pend Oreille [sad-face emoji].
5. New deep-divin’ Bagleys out!
Called the Balsa Deep Diving Sticks and dive 18-25′ fast:
> “Its tapered body, unique lip design and lightweight balsa wood construction allows the bait to dive deeper quicker than other deep-running baits on the market today.”
Only place you can get ’em right now is here at FishUSA — few colors that caught my eye (clockwise): sea sick, solar, sneeze and candy corn:
6. MN: Cool DNR ice-out map.
Of course not updated in 100% real-time, but seems to be pretty current:
7. Yamaha running spring sale.
Says some Yamaha 2.5hp to 150hp 4-stroke outboards can gitcha dealer credit up to $750.
8. USA anglers: Manitoba needs your help.
Last chance to get in on this survey running through May 5:
> Winnipeg-based Probe Research is doing the study that covers everything from spending on tackle, beer and boats to views on how good — or not-so-good — the fishing has been lately on the Red and Lake Winnipeg.
Survey takes 15-ish minutes and you’ll be entered to win 1 of 3 prizes worth a total of $800 — more importantly you’ll be doing a good thing for the sustainability of the fishing up there.
Click here to take the survey and use the password: Manitoba