It’s bottom-bouncer season! Here’s how Jason Mitchell tweaks his spinner rigs to target the biggest, nastiest walleyes in the school:
New walleye/ice stuff from ICAST.
We just got in the door from ICAST (fishing biz trade show in Orlando) where we got a sneak peek at all the new gear for 2017. It’s a bass-heavy event, but there’s more and more walleye doodads released each year. Check out some of the cool new stuff that caught our eye here on TargetWalleye.com.
Here’s the look you’ll get from Jimmy Lindner when you tell him that bass are easier to catch than walleyes:
Why you should be trolling downwind.
Tommy “breaks the mold” Skarlis likes to pull planer boards with the wind to his back — instead of trolling into it. Watch the vid for a few reasons why Tommy says he sticks more sowbellies when he’s going with the flow:
‘Bird meets bird.
Pro walleye angler [and veterinarian] Jay Epping from MN made a new friend while fishing the GRAHA on Pokegama:
Jay also said to not worry about that waypoint on the graph because it’s not worth going back to. Suuuuuuuuuuure….
> “…Through June 30 just 6,950 lbs of walleyes have been harvested from Mille Lacs out of the year’s 28,600-lb sport-fishing quota.”
Not caught and kept but the DNR’s best guess as to the number of ‘eyes that have died after being released.
The state also approved a $3.6 million economic-relief package for Mille Lacs businesses. This could end up being one of the best ‘worst bites’ ever….
2. ND: Husband/wife win AIM Devils Lake.
Spencer and Carly Deutz brought in 29.86 lbs to win the AIM Devils Lake event. They caught ’em using the biggest #9 Rapala Jigging Raps in the rocks. Nicely done!
Alex “Kez” Keszler and his son Darrell put together a 37.40-lb bag for 1st place. Kez is one of the best multi-species anglers we’ve ever known. Congrats guys!
Jeff Hughes and Terrance Yuschyshyn took home the $$$. We messaged Terrance and got the scoop on how they did it:
> “Moose lake was the highest [water level] I’ve seen it in my life. Tons of perch and shiners were cruising the shallows and the walleye were in with them. The high water conditions had the weeds and moss thick in tight where all the good fish were.
> “After running our first couple spots with little luck we opted to pull out the bobber rods and target the 3-6′ range using 1/4- and 1/8-oz round-headed jigs tipped with a big leech.”
> “During summer, most walleye anglers are fishing the dropoffs and deep water. But good numbers of walleyes can be found in the right weeds, and they’re up shallow for one reason — to eat!”
Rapala’s Mark Fisher talks about the designing process and how he got started. Interview starts at 6:16.
> Twice he saw it in 2014. The following year, during one of his fishing trips from his current home in Scottsdale, AZ to a location where he’s fished for two and a half decades, he saw the fish twice again. This year, he saw the fish again, in the same general location he’d seen it four times the past two years.
> During the first 2016 sighting, it followed a lure to Peterson’s boat. The second time — finally — the fish bit.
Read it! The Ultrex won ‘Best of Show’ at ICAST. It’s the real deal.
> Only national tow-vehicle program that pays you to fish. Free and available to anglers who tow with a 2012 or newer Toyota Tundra, Sequoia, 4Runner, Tacoma or FJ Cruiser and fish in Bonus Bucks-supported events.
> You don’t have to win your qualified “Bonus Bucks” walleye tournament to get the bonus cash — you simply have to be the highest-finishing eligible Bonus Bucks participant in your tournament.
Get registered here.
New e-book talks about what it really takes to pay the bills as a fishing promoter. Co-author is Target Walleye’s Jim Kalkofen.
…and Goldman Sachs, sounds like.
Maybe your wife (ladies: or husband) will let you buy that dream boat after they get a free ride in it?
They’re now taking applications. 50 boys and girls from 11-15 will be accepted.
Learn why fish do what they do.
Tip of the Day
Summer fishing patterns are just about in full swing, and pulling spinners is a staple among walleye anglers [for good reason]. We tracked down Joel Nelson and he went over the ins and outs of trolling spinners for summertime ‘eyes.
Full tip on TargetWalleye.com, few excerpts below:
> “Your standard rig consists of a lead weight, 3′ snell or longer for clear water, a clevis, spinner, beads and hooks with bait. From there, it’s a tinkerer’s dream come true, with any and all components subject to change.
> “Quick change clevises these days allow you to continually swap blade colors, sizes and shapes, but I like to keep this simple where possible. #2 or #3 Colorado blades in gold, silver and perch colorings, and some browns to mimic larvae, are what you should look to stock up on first.
> “I like to pull them around 1.0 mph for the most part, and as fast as 1.8 mph, depending on what the fish are telling me to do. Experiment by driving over schools of fish at various speeds to see what they prefer.
Quote of the Day
Never leave fish to find fish.
– Robert Gwizdz talking about people making the mistake of second-guessing what they’re doing, and leaving the fish they’re on to chase swinging nets in the distance. #WouldaCouldaShoulda