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Early river walleyes, Spring-bobber trick, Skinny water tip-ups

Today’s Top 5

Honey-comb badgers of the week!

Ice is still holding on in some areas — if you can get to the walleyes, they’re THICK! This one munched a Rapala Jigging Rap. #Stout

Jason “bathes with burbots” Rylander caught this 10.5″ bull ‘gill on black Custom Jigs & Spins Majmun Tungsten Jig with a white Micro Noodel plastic:

Scott Crissler hauled in this 29.5-inch Lake Winnipeg bruiser on a LIVETARGET Golden Shiner Rattlebait. Released, so it’ll be a 30+ next year:

Colby James Paydli is hoarding pike! He’s gonna have to get a bigger shack if he keeps catchin’ fish like this:

Are you setting your tip-ups too deep?

The only reason you need more than 3′ of line on your tip-up this time of year is for when that big gator takes off screamin’. Here’s how ice guide Adam Walton likes to set his Beaver Dam Tip-Ups for late ice:

Seeing these flags flappin’ in the wind would make it worth the run:

Early-season river walleyes.

Tom Neustrom explains how to fish holes, eddies, mud lines and more in this tip. Few excerpts below, full tip here:

> When it comes to early-season river walleyes, most anglers don’t put in enough time working holes. Sure you can drift through a hole, but you’re better off taking some time and working it from different angles.


> When vertical jigging is key, use your electric motor to slip the current. The key is to adjust your bow- or transom-mount electric motor speed and jig weight to keep your line vertical on the downstream slip through holes. It presents the bait more naturally.


> Keeps an eye out for in-flowing water like feeder creeks and storm drainage. That current attracts food and the walleyes follow — like on the Rainy River and the creeks around Clementson during spring high water.

> A lot of times just below where the water’s dumping in there’s a wash-out hole that can produce a heck of a bite. Walleyes will lay there waiting for food.

> For 90% of early-season river situations, I fish a 1/4- to 1/2-oz VMC Neon Moon Eye Jigs with live bait, or a plastic minnow, paddletail or ringworm. The key is a long-shank jig that lets me double-hook the minnow or thread the most amount of plastic. Try to keep your jigs as light as possible, depending on the current.
> When early-season walleyes are neutral to negative, turn to a less-aggressive approach in eddies, along seams and the edges of calm water in a little shallower water. I’ll keep one rod rigged with 4- to 6-lb neutrally-buoyant Sufix Elite Monofilament and a light 1/32-, 1/16- or 1/8-oz jig and minnow.

Is this still considered “ice” fishing?

Wanna make sure your in-laws never come up to visit? Just show ’em this video from Upper Red Lake, MN. Yikes:

FishUSA should start selling wakeboards…they’ve already got your waders covered.


Night-fishing flasher hack.

A mini LED light bar + toggle switch = let there be light!



1. SD: Guaranteed spot in the Mobridge ice tourney.


The Mobridge Ice Fishing Tournament on Lake Oahe does it BIG, but usually has a huge waiting list just to fish it. A loophole: sign up to fish the Denny Palmer Memorial Classic this summer and you could win an entry.

2. New Humminbird LakeMaster phone app.

Costs some $$$, but crazy detailed if you’ve got a favorite lake. Here’s a couple quick screen grabs of Gull Lake, MN from this morn:

3. MI: Text DNR about poachers.

Cool idea. Bet they’ll love that flood of messages!

4. New Northland UV Whistler Jigs.

They look GOOD, especially for river fish. Here’s a few of our fav colors:

Not available at FishUSA yet. 🙁

5. In-Depth Outdoors: WI flowage crappies (video).

They pull a ridiculous average…usually do!

6. New Honda/Acura outboard concept.

Think that’s serious…. If so, here’s the first guy on the waiting list:

7. BaitCloud partners with Smartfishing.

Their new central-distribution hub based out of The Netherlands. If you’ve never heard of BaitCloud, it’s a biodegradable fish-attracting “super ball.” FishUSA has ’em in stock here.

Fishing Reports

1. MN: Lake of the Woods.

> The #1 question, “How is the ice?” It has been sloppy on top, but thankfully we had a good base of ice underneath…we are in good shape. Current ice thickness is 24-30″ depending upon what part of the lake.


> The snow on top has been greatly reduced and snowmobiles will have a hard time after the freeze up again as they tend to overheat without the snow. Ice fishing continues, and in most cases it has been good.


> We encourage folks to work through a resort as they know where the problem areas are each year: they monitor cracks, ice-heaves, and re-route ice roads if there is a problem area. It is safety first and they will determine what is allowed on their road.


Check the full fishing report here to see how Elizabeth is smackin’ the walleyes and sauger:

2. ND: Devils Lake.

Tanner gives us a rundown of the current bite on Devils:

Tip of the Day

It’s spring-bobber season, best make sure you’re fishing ’em right! Matt Johnson demonstrates a jigging technique that’ll for sure help you ice more panfish:

Meme of the Day

Shots fired, BassBlaster:

Today’s ‘Eye Candy

What’s great about this shot is that rods and reels are the hardest things to make look cool in pics. Bro and Bill Lindner nailed it:

That’s a Frabill Bro Series 371 combo, FishUSA has has ’em on sale here.

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