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Bookend 31-inchers, Saw blade ice sled, Merganser ice bite


Today’s Top 4

Bookend 31-inchers.


If those were bookends, there wouldn’t be any room for books on that shelf!

Capt. Ross Robertson with a couple 31s (19″ and 20″ girth) from Erie, both released. Lure details: silver streak — rattle streak with a minnow head.


Saw blade ice boat sled!


Works! Gotta love American ingenuity. Click here to see the video.



> Walleye anglers on Lake Mille Lacs this spring will face the most restrictive regulations and lowest allowable harvest in history….


> …despite the restrictions, there’s a chance anglers won’t be allowed to keep any walleyes later in the summer. “The odds are pretty good that sometime during open water season, it will go to catch-and-release.”


> To avoid or postpone that scenario, other restrictions aimed at reducing the walleye harvest might be tried, including extending a night fishing ban, restricting the use of leeches and nightcrawlers, or reducing the current two-fish bag limit to one fish.


Merganser ice bite.


That’s a surprise!


1. MN: 2015 HOF class announced.

Congrats folks!

> Duane Peterson and Northland Fishing Tackle
> Vexilar
> Tom Neustrom
> LeRoy Ras

2. Walleyes still king on Erie.

Open water:
> 50% of surveyed anglers target walleye
> 21% yellow perch
> 17% bass

3. Top fishing brands survey.

  • Top rod brand: Shakespeare (Ugly Stik, Sturdy Stik, etc.)
  • Top reel brand: Shimano
  • Top combo brand: Shakespeare
  • Top fishing line brand: PowerPro
  • Top hard bait brand: Rapala
  • Top sinker brand: Eagle Claw
  • Top swivel brand: Eagle Claw
  • Top leader brand: Seaguar
  • Top ice reel brand: Abu Garcia
  • Top ice rod brand: HT
  • Top ice combo brand: Frabill
  • Top ice tip ups: Frabill
  • Top landing net brand: Frabill
  • Top bait bucket/aerator brand: Frabill
  • Top fishing knife brand: Rapala
  • Top fish scale brand: Berkley
  • Top trolling motor brand: Minn Kota

4. Walleye spawning bed created…

…in Kents Creek in Cape Vincent, off Lake Ontario.

> The spawning bed is shaped to speed up water flow, which aerates eggs that settle between the rocks.

5. OH: DNR open house.

Your opportunity to ask questions on fishing regs. This Friday, noon-3:00pm in Columbus, Athens, Findlay, Akron and Xenia.

6. Bipartisan anti-ethanol legislation.

‘Bout time.

7. AR’s 3rd largest brown trout ever.

As if we needed any open water motivation — 38.7 lbs and 37.5 inches:



‘Eye Candy

Not a walleye, but a heck of a laker:

> This fish smacked a tube 20 feet below the hole while fishing in 130 feet of water.

Tip of the Day

Team Northland’s Garett Svir from Slab Seeker Fishing:

> He recommends spending time searching shallow flats with an underwater camera and looking for green weeds.

> These fish were all caught on an isolated patch of green cabbage in 9 feet.

> To keep fish interested, Svir recommends a steady aggressive pounding action using #12 Gill Getters tipped with either wax worms or a few euro larva.


Quote of the Day

A lot of guys throw lures out there and they’re down 20 feet — they’re not getting near to the fish.

Burt Campbell, a Lake Erie charter captain running out of Presque Isle Bay, talking about open-water walleye fishing.

Shot of the Day

Beautiful shot from Sportsman’s Lodge on Lake of the Woods:

Gotta check this stuff out!

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