It’s no secret that walleyes bite in the wind — here’s a few things you can do to make sure you’re not missing [as many] fish:
If all else fails:
Rock donkeys of the week!
The AIM catch-record-release derby on Green Bay was called off due to crazy-high winds (props for keeping safety first). Know most teams agreed with the decision, but had to be heartbroken they couldn’t fish their fish…
Cory Campbell thwacked this ON rock donkey on a Rapala RipStop — has a hard-plastic boot tail that’s like putting a brake pedal on a jerkbait…stops like it hit a wall and is super-easy to fish. Awesome shot:
Pics don’t even do ’em justice — they’ve got a special thing going on. Sounds like they can do-up just about anything when it comes to soft-plastics, cranks, decals, you name it. Hit ’em up here for more deets.
Drake’s been out pre-fishing on Devils Lake, trying to get ’em dialed in for the next 2 days of the NWT. They say when the cows are feeding, so are walleyes…so what does it mean when the cows are swimming? Lol:
Good luck tomorrow, man!
My biggest (dumbest) fear about fishing the NWT.
Speaking of the National Walleye Tour — here’s some random car ramblings while on my way to Woodland Resort on Devils Lake. Funny how a lot of the NWT pros and cos are worried about the same thing…and it’s not just getting dialed-in on the fish:
Don’t worry, my anxiety levels are no longer through the roof (#goosfraba) lol. Have only been here a couple days, but already don’t wanna leave!
Woodland Resort is one of the coolest places I’ve stayed — has everything you need right here on the grounds. Hardest part for me is staying focused and getting work (this email) done when there’s walleyes waiting a few feet away:
More info on the fishing soon-ish…can’t give up all the goods before the tourney.
Joel Nelson’s jig color selection tips.
There’s a zillion colors to choose from so which is best when? Fish-head Joel Nelson breaks down his go-to colors for clear and stained water, sunshiny or gloomy days, and when fish are feeding on specific prey…but gotta make sure you’re on fish first:
> Acid mine drainage and acid rain eliminated most of the fish [in Cheat Lake]. In the 1980s, nine-tenths of the fish that managed to hang on were bullhead, catfish or white suckers….
Thought this was pretty interesting:
> The river’s water quality began to improve in the early ’90s, partly because the DNR began dumping limestone sand into some of the Cheat’s acidic headwater tributaries. The limestone buffered the acid and added much-needed fertility to the river’s waters.
Did you know West Virginia had walleyes? Now Cheat Lakes got a healthy population of these:
> An incredible week for trophy walleyes — super aggressive this week. Drifting and trolling spinners and crawlers in the morning/evenings on fire. Trolling cranks on the mud in the afternoon has been really good in 24-32′. Many pike over 40″ being caught among the walleyes. Some go-to colors: hammered gold, chartreuse, pink and UV colors.
Have a shot at winning this killer $550-ish spread from Do-It Molds! Comes with a $100 gift card, Soft Plastic Starter Kit for pouring your own baits, assorted jig molds and way more (walleye not included lol). Click here to enter. Share the link you get for more chances to win — good luck!!
Takes some practice, but you can work it like a puppet: make it dart off and swing in a pendulum or figure-8 motion. Mix and match different plastic tails (or minnows) on the back to change the look/action — quick underwater vid here.
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