Today’s Top 4
Becoming a walleye puppet master.
When walleyes are being fussy, Mike Frisch of Fishing the Midwest will use a vertical-jigging bait like the Northland Tackle Puppet Minnow to turn sniffers into biters — especially when there’s concentrated pods of fish. It’s a simple technique, but one that will put more walleyes in your boat yet this late-summer and fall.
Mike first let’s the bait settle into the bottom — then snaps it up quickly so it swims around before plummeting back down. Now’s where he does a slight pause — before ripping the bait again — because walleyes will actually come in and pin the bait to the bottom.
Here’s a quick vid on specifically how/when he like to get the drop on ‘eyes:
Ted Takasaki’s poker face.
We all know that Fishing Hall of Famer Ted Takasaki wins plenty of walleye tournaments, but he’s also got a mad poker game:
Yup, that’s real life. Ted recently won the MSPT Grand Falls poker tourney to take home $52,360 in
A few weeks back we ran a “Four-wheel drive trolling” tip from Ted — a push/pull technique that’s similar to driving your vehicle in 4WD. A lot of people commented that they loved it and wanted more. Here’s Ted in action:
How walleye fishermen do laundry.
Grizzled Northern MN guide Greg Clusiau finally found a good use for that old clothesline:
> “Some of the baits we used during the AIM Pro Walleye championship on Lake of the Woods. It was rough enough that water came over the bow a time or two. Also had a heavy downpour. I’ll let these baits dry out and then wipe out the tackle boxes they were stored in.”
We’ll take a few of those Rapala Tail Dancers off your hands if you run out of room to hang your trousers….
The godfather of ice fishing.
As the man who pioneered the sport of ice fishing, we’ve always “looked up” to Dave Genz, but this takes it to a whole new level:
The crew in blue will be at the MN State Fair until Sep 5th — stop by to check out all the new gear and awkwardly stare at Dave Genz with lovey-dovey eyes lol.
> “Officers say they seized more than 500 lbs of walleye meat after finding that the fish had been cut up to disguise how many had been kept.”
The Mille Lacs walleye season closes Sep 6th. In-Depth Outdoors host James Holst and Will Roseberg show you a technique worth trying this weekend — trolling crankbaits behind Off Shore Tackle planer boards to catch fish that were otherwise spooked by the boat.
There’s also been a lot of talk about a new direction needed for Mille Lacs. It’s been a whirlwind of a year for the Big Pond…who’s to blame?
Lots of new possible changes and they want your opinion on ’em.
Can’t complain about ’em later if you don’t give your 2 cents now….
Working to contain starry stonewort found in Turtle Lake near Bemidji.
> “Contractors are using suction to vacuum up the vegetation and an accompanying layer of mud from the lake. Once the cleanup is complete, a copper-based herbicide is applied in the area to kill the last remnants of the vegetation.”
They’re also offering a clean/drain/dry app.
Click here for the live feed. It’s an up-close look at nearly 40 different species, including our favorite, the gravel lizard.
‘Bird is the word.
That baby is decked out!
Last chance to have a shot at winning a new Onyx A-33 Automatic Infla Life Jacket from Onyx Outdoor Gear and Target Walleye! So comfor you’ll forget you’re wearing it! Same deal: Enter your email addy, then share the link to earn more points toward a win. Good luck!
2. MN: Fishing to End Hunger charity tourney, Gull Lake, Oct 1.Great cause plus there’s $22.5k paid out to the top 3 spots.
There’s 190 exhibits for you ice heads to drool over. See you there!
Tip of the Day
Water temps are on the drop — we’re now in what’s known as the post-summer period of fishing. The fall bite is just around the corner where traditional jig fishing is the ticket when it comes to catching numbers of fish. Here’s a few of Bob Jensen’s must-have jigs and why he uses each:
Today’s ‘Eye Candy
Might want to grab the pliers for that one:
That’s a sticky-sharp Lunkerhunt Straight Up Jig being chomped by an even stickier-sharp set of walligator chompers.