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Today’s Top 5
14-lb Green Bay blimp hoisted up Nolan Koepp. Got her on a Rogue — along with 10 others breaking the 10-lb mark that day. Dang!
Big water = big fish. Best part is she was released to do her business:
Ken Rice’s 13-3 behemoth seduced by a Rapala Husky Jerk:
Luke H.’s Lake Erie 12-lber caught on a Lunker City Fin-S Fish. You can always tell the Great Lakes guys by the steelhead-type holds:
MN guide Josh Wetzstein talks shallow Mississippi River ‘eyes:
> “In my river experience, 90% of the big fish are caught in 10′ or less. I’ll pull Dubuque rigs in 6-15′, but I prefer to pitch plastics in shallow water.
> “You’ve gotta get out of the fast current. The big fish aren’t there. Don’t be scared to cast into the wood and sticks. Walleyes feel safe there — they’ll even spawn in there. Boggles my mind that you have guys in $50k boats who cringe at losing a bait. Burn through jigs if you have to.”
We’ve all heard about the new Mille Lacs regs: catch/release only and no live bait. What you haven’t heard is what the local business owners have to say about it — “best winter I’ve ever seen,” “plenty of fish in the lake,” that kind of thing:
There’s more to fishing than keeping, otherwise you’d just hang out at the grocery store every Saturday morning sunrise instead. Still outstanding fishing at Mille Lacs — stop by the local bait shop, buy the hot lure, grab dinner before you leave the lake, and support the local businesses that support the sport we love.
Mille Lacs is the of the of the walleye world so whatever happens there is a BIG DEAL.
Ends like this, click it for the full version — looks like a sturgeon:
Yep, and not only that seems like he eats walleyes:
Walleye guys causing an uproar. Do you think muskies have a negative effect on a lake’s walleye population? Let us know here on TW Facebook.
DNR advising anglers to head south towards Brest Bay on Erie.
> “…that’s half of the walleye and the pike that should not be consumed.”
18-26″ protected slot and 2-fish limit on some rivers. Takes 5 years to produce a 20″ KY ‘eye.
2016 highlight reel. No way around it — Eric Haataja is a beast:
Jason Mitchell’s bobber is never-not going down.
2nd-earliest in 17 years.
Sketchy and/or no ice got you tinkering in the garage? Tips for decking out your ice-ride during the off-season.
> Sturgeon fishing has been good! Anglers are finding some nice sturgeon in and on the incline of the deep holes of the Rainy River. 5/0 hooks and a 2- to 4-oz weight with a gob of night crawlers working well.
The Big Fork River feeds into the Rainy and recently ‘broke’ — adding to the dirty-waterness:
Tip of the Day
> “Given weather trends, I’m finding fish right on the bottom in 20-30′ adjacent to spawning areas,” he says. “In the past we wouldn’t have even targeted these fish because they’re neutral, so we’d go after the suspended fish. But for whatever reason, on average our big walleyes have been deeper the past couple years.”
> “Pull your cranks like you’d pull spinners. Don’t run your kicker – use your electric. I’m trolling with the Minn Kota Ulterra on the bow, running 0.8 to 1.2 mph at maximum with slight turns and bouncing in the chop. Think about the precision a good leadcore fisherman has with increasing speed to rise over a hump or decreasing to go down the back. Same deal with this approach.”
> These slow speeds in mind, Robertson warns anglers from using any heavier than 1-oz snap-weights. “I see guys dropping giant lead, and that’s just a recipe for snags. With a 1-oz snap-weight at slow speed, I can pull baits 2-4′ above the fish. Then every once in awhile I’ll shut off the motor to stall the planer boards for a few seconds, letting the bait stall, suspend or drop a little bit, depending on the bait.
> He also uses water clarity as a good indicator for finding big early-season Erie ‘eyes. “Muddy water has a lot of junk fish and a poor strike zone. Gin-clear water is often a few degrees colder and serves more as a fish highway. But chalky water? That’s baitfish and cafeteria mom territory. Game on!”
Meme of the Day