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Rock Melons of the week!
A couple of shoulder-bearing hawg heads (the fish not the guys) caught pre-fishing for the Kenora Walleye Open on Lake of the Woods:
Kris Guane popped this 29-incher riggin’ Northland bottom-bouncers on the Winnipeg River:
Cole Trudeau cracked his new PB gravel lizard on Lake of the Goooods. Have fun topping that one bud! Great fish:
Laurel Lake, KY (yes, KENTUCKY) quadfecta. Greg Hibbard caught ’em trolling Rapala Husky Jerks in 15-20′ under a full moon:
Fancy little trick from Robert Blosser to quickly switch out bottom-bouncers without retying:
Why you gotta run down-imaging.
From graphmaster Doc Sonar:
> “Down imaging has a narrow wide cone and the 2D sonar has a round cone, so they view targets differently — comparing the two makes interpreting sonar much easier.
> “This image is showing trees and the 2D sonar on the left is difficult to interpret but the down imaging shows the trees well:
> “On this image the bait ball and the larger fish near it are missed with 2D sonar:
> “This image looks like stacked fish because of the arches but it is a common when you have posts or trees:”
Very cool Bruce! Lots more great info on using your ‘lectronics on Doc’s site.
You ever seen a wally caught on a cane-pole? Ben D. done-did-it on a recent trip to BWCA #OldSchool:
His rod break at the end? Getcha one of those beefy ones the guys up north are using for next time:
Making yardwork somewhat more tolerable.
When you’d rather be fishing:
Better have it spooled with braid.
1. MT: Fischer/Hinderager win Canyon Ferry.
Matt Fischer and Ty Hinderager took home $10K for their 2-day total of 46.14 lbs.
Big fish of the tourney was a 15.44-lb (33.5″) giant! If you’ve got a pic of it, let us know….
2. ND: Kolden bros win AIM Sakakawea.
Craig and Christopher Kolden trolled Berkley Flicker Shads in 11-12′. Said they usually target 3-4′ but cold mountain runoff pouring into Lake Sak dropped water temps. Solid adjustment guys!
3. ON: Fish tampering leads to charges.
> “Conservation officers are alleging an angler at a Sioux Lookout walleye tournament cut the tails of the fish in order for it to meet the provincial size standards.”
4. ON: C.O.’s hand out 107 tickets.
> “The offences included…catching and keeping too many walleye, possessing live invasive gobies, catching and keeping more than 120 baitfish and having open liquor in a place other than a residence [to name a few].”
5. Northland Tackle: 40% closeout bin.
6. Devils Lake giveaway winner.
Jeremy Lund from ND. Congrats dude!
Comes from Tide and Pampers, sounds like he doesn’t fish…might be a tough road?
1. MN: Leech Lake.Toby Kvalevog:
> With the large amount bait in the system, the best piece of advice I can give you is to fish fast and force the reaction bite if you’re struggling to find active fish.
> Fish 14-20′ on the main lake pulling bottom-bouncers and spinners. Trolling crankbaits such as a #7 Rapala Shad Rap also has produced fish at times.
> The west end of the lake has seem some good fishing in 6-10′ off windblown points. Also the flats around Goose Island in 9-14′. Lindy rigs with crawlers/leeches and a 4-6′ snell has been best going 0.4-0.8 mph.
> In Walker Bay, shoreline breaks in either 9-15′ or 20-25′ has been best. Some of the humps or points have also produced some fish.
> The trolling bite has been pretty consistent this last week, some guys are finding fish shallow still but a lot have been pushing out to 15-25′. Look to troll at 1.0-1.2 mph with a spinner.
> Focus on sunken roads, weedlines or structures like sunken rockpiles. Once you catch a fish or two, make sure to mark that spot or turn around and go back over it. As a general rule of thumb where there’s 1 walleye there’s usually more. Trolling crankbaits at 2.0-2.5 mph has been working well too.
> Pulling spinners (gold or silver) tipped with a crawler or leech in 8-17′ has been best. Anchoring and jigging with a minnow on reefs in 14-30′ is also producing walleyes. We’ve also had reports of schools of fish in the middle of the lake in 28-32′.
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Tip of the Day
IDO: Catching heat-wave walleyes.
Catching walleyes in flat-calm conditionas isn’t easy, but it can be done. Here James Holst and Quintin Biermann use Off-Shore-Tackle planer boards to troll Jointed Rapalas through flooded timber/barns/shed (you name it) to get to the fish:
Quote of the Day
Sometimes little people pack a mean punch.
– Easy now! That’s Bassmaster emcee Dave Mercer describing how hard even the littlest wallies fight. Maybe because bass fight like a rock-filled sock (lol). Check the video here.
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