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Wiebe’s in a band, Power drill yer buoys, Engagement walleye

Today’s Top 5

Does it get any better than this?!

New PB (personal best) alert! TW fan Leah Kasten cracked this mega 31″ ON walldawg snappin’ a #2 Moonshine Shiver Minnow off a rock bar in 28′. Killer technique for plucking the biggest, nastiest walleyes off a piece of structure:

It gets even more better-er….

> Leah: “After I landed the fish, my boyfriend proposed…how do you say ‘no’ to the person who netted THAT fish!?”

Big congrats!!! And by the looks of it, he better get used to this:

How to catch walleyes that aren’t hungry.

Some lakes are so chock-full o’ bait that walleyes have no reason to eat yours…they can eat as much as they want, whenever they want:

Try something a little different — with a bigger profile — to help grab their attention:

Walleye-nut Jon Thelen likes running Lindy Lil Guys ‘cuz they have a crankbait-like wobbling action to get reaction bites, yet float and can be fished as slow as you want — important when fish have so many food options they don’t need to chase:

Aaron Wiebe was in a band??

Rockers Robb Nash and Jonny Holliday travel coast-to-coast, helping youth who struggle with depression through the Robb Nash Project = #stout. They made a pit-stop to jump in the boat with Uncut Angling’s Aaron Wiebe [lucky!] and target massive Manitoba channel cats on the Red River.

Paid off BIG with Robb’s first-ever fish being a Master Angler kitty — whole lotta whiskers going on here:

Speaking of rock stars…bet you didn’t know Aaron “Animal” Wiebe was the drummer of a band called Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem:

Lol! Wish I could say I came up with that reference, but got the inspiration from an @UncutAngling Instagram story.

Case you’re wonderin’ about Aaron’s “mug rug”…he vowed not to shave until he won a tourney…. And no, I can’t talk…I’d be lookin’ like a bald-version of this guy if I took the same bet:

Wonder Bread for walleyes.

Shout out to “wonder bread” color baits! The overlooked color catches the snot out of ’em and is (finally) sloooowly catching on….

Someday Isle Tackle added it to their Water Puppet lineup this spring:

See the connection?

Or this Northland Pro Walleye Crawler Harness:

Yup, crankbaits too! Like the “ghost Wonder Bread UV” color Storm ThunderStick MadFlash Deep:

And here you thought “Wonder Bread” was only good for carp….

Why walleyes should wear eye patches.

Outdoor News staffer Jason Revermann posted this pic of a one-eyed walligator his dad caught in central MN:

Might seem impressive it can track down baits with a missin’ peeper, but could it actually make it easier…? Check this random pirate fact of the day:

> Some assume pirates wore eye patches to cover a missing (or wounded) eye…but an eye patch was more likely to be used to condition the eye so the pirate could fight in the dark under the deck.

Btw – have never met a real-life pirate, so no way of knowing if that’s 100% legit or not…and really don’t care either way so (lol):

What I do know – My buddy Josh McFaddin’s been trying to catch a pirate walleye his whole life, but apparently doing it wrong:

Hang in there man — they exist!


1. MB: 38-yr-old man missing.

Disappeared while swimming out to retrieve a boat that had blown away on the Winnipeg River. Dang it. Prayers to the fam.

> “A devastating story that depicts how quickly a normal fishing day can turn into tragedy. This is a heavy reminder to ALWAYS wear your life jacket. EVERY person reading this is guilty of putting themselves in a couple (or countless) scenarios, where one slip or trip from the boat would end in the same tragedy.”

Strap up!

2. ID: Walleye illegally stocked in Cascade.

Known for its world-class perch. Had never been a walleye caught outta there until now:

> This illegal introduction was carefully thought-out. The closest walleye fishery is more than 200 miles from Cascade.To survive the extended transport time, this fish — and possibly others — would’ve required clean, cold, aerated water for a number of hours.

Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) is offering a cash reward for info leading to the “bucket biologist.”

3. Algae a threat to walleye’s vision?

4. New Freedom Tackle Hammered Minnow Spoon.

Has a quick-change clevis on the rear to swap out hooks or bead colors. Side-to-side wobble on the drop. Definitely gonna have to try one this winter. #Flashy

5. Favorite gotta website makeover.

That’s Favorite Rods. Diggin’ the new look guys!

6. I ran into…

…the Hooked Magazine crew while snoopin’ around the Okuma booth at ICAST. They flipped the camera on while we were chatting about some of the awesome new rods in the Okuma Dead Eye series:

7. FishUSA has the new “Real” color…

Crystal Minnow Freshwaters in stock. Clear water = realistic, natural baits…and Yo-Zuri killed it with these 5 new “Real” colors in the Crystal Minnow series:

Headline of the Day

Tip of the Day

Crappie pro Josh Jones uses a homemade PVC adapter to crank his marker buoys outta deep water — beats the old-school way that gives you carpal tunnel:

Pretty slick. Looks like you’d need a flat-sided buoy like the ones Berkley makes. Only way to wind ’em up faster is (on accident) with yer trolling motor lol.

Might be asking: “Why marker buoys?” Your GPS is good…really good…but it can never be as spot-on as a good old-fashioned marker buoy. Also know some guides who use ’em to give clients a target to cast at. #VisualLearners

Meme of the Day

Your secret’s safe with us:

Today’s ‘Eye Candy

Noah Messner gettin’ down and dirty with an Assiniboine River, MB slaunch from the bank:

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