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Today’s Top 5
“Country Girl” Mel’s 11.5-lb Quinte, ON gold brick, caught on a Rapala Tail Dancer:
Barbara M.’s Green Bay GIANT:
Big WI ‘eye, giant smile:
7-year-old girl boats a new PB with grandma and mom:
Lake Tobin, SK monster:
Northland pro Eric B.’s CPR from SD:
Brian M. with an urban monster caught on a Rapala Shadow Rap:
Fatty from Lower Manitou Lake, ON:
The ones we liked anyway:
We’ve heard of printing money, but it sounds like they’re printing greenbacks up there:
You will be educated and surprised:
Ice fishery too. Check out the new map:
Story behind the map (and Target Walleye/Ice) is here. You can also download the map there (pdf file).
In Maine it’s “chow-duh.”
Target Walleye’s Jim Kalkofen:
How ’bout 58″ long with a 28″ girth. On the St. Lawrence River.
11-year-old Petra S. caught this 36-lb 10.4-oz (5.6-oz shy of state record). Keep ’em in Okie-ville — and off our planer boards!
…ain’t great? So says this article.
RIP fishing brothers.
7 pm, sign in to FB, learn and ask questions.
Tip of the Day
Following baitfish upriver.
> When water temperatures start approaching 50 degrees, baitfish (shiners, smelt, etc.) begin migrating out of large bodies of water into adjacent feeder rivers. Anglers need to be keyed in on this because big walleyes are always close behind.
> This migration occurs all across Walleye World. Big greenbacks move from Lake Winnipeg into tributaries like the Red River and Pine Falls. Lake of the Woods ‘eyes will follow schools of shiners into the Rainy River. Some Lake Superior walleye will run into the St. Louis River. The list goes on and on.
> It’s often a good idea to start near the delta areas where the river dumps into the lake and work your way up from there. You will primarily be looking for holes, current breaks and back eddies. Feeder rivers and runoff pipes that pour into the primary river are also key spots if you can find them. Scan with your electronics until you come across some activity. If you can find the bait, you’ve found the fish!
> Once you’ve located the fish, there are several ways to target them. Lindy Rigs with a redtail chub is a tried and true tactic that will catch fish. The classic jig and minnow works great too. You could even try a jig tipped with a salted minnow (“salties”).
> Alternatively, trolling stickbaits and glidebaits ( Shadow Raps, Husky Jerks, etc.) can be quite effective. Anglers targeting monsters will slow-roll big swimbaits — 4-5 inch paddle tail swimbaits are a great option.
> These bites can continue until these rivers are almost unnavigable due to ice. In spring of the year, the walleye will start dumping back out into the lake after they spawn, but that’s another story.
Quote of the Day
> Obsessed walleye-head Jim Perry talking about how they don’t have the numbers in KS that lakes up north do, but they have quality.
Shot of the Day