Today’s Top 5
Rock donkeys of the week!
Cobi Pellerito and Keegan Russell caught this pair o’ beauties fishing current breaks — created by boulder piles — with split-shot rigs.
> Cobi said: “Dodging freighters, coast-guard visits, and never ending rain.”
Corey Randell was knocking his Rapala Jigging Rap into the bottom when he hooked up with this golden rock melon:
Father-son team win Lake of the Woods championship.
Dan and Rod Pfeifer put together a 2-day total of 59.81 lbs to win AIM’s MN division championship:
> “Huge arcs were showing up on the Humminbird — they were 27′ down over 32′. We swung out to 34′ to go back through them and the outside rod fired. The bait had to be going 3 mph. After a long fight I slipped the net under our 29.75″ fish.
Open water Slab Rappin’.
> “I like to throw them in situations where you’ve got structure on the bottom: whether it’s sand grass, moss, zebra mussels, or even pitching it in cabbage. Really anytime I don’t want a bait to fall all the way to the bottom.
> “I also prefer the slower fall rate when there’s cooler water temps, a cold front or earlier in the morning when fish are not as aggressive.”
Here’s a vid of what it looks like underwater — you know you’d eat it:
Skinniest walleye ever caught:
Knowing Doctor Sonar he probably marked it on his Humminbird side imaging, then went back and caught it — guy’s dialed in. If you zoom in on the bait he’s using, you’ll see it’s one of those new Skelly-Get-In-My-Belly’s…. They’re super tough to find locally:
Burping a lake trout.
Ever heard of “burping” a fish?? We’re not just talking about those cute little clucks when you gently pat a baby’s back…but a full-on belching contest:
Bret “T Bone” Amundson of Northland Outdoors explains what went down:
> “When you bring a fish up from that deep of water [100′] it can cause barotrauma and the fish’s swim bladder can expand with gas. Lake trout and salmon have swim bladders connected to their esophagus [walleyes do not], so they can burp their way up to the surface.
Bass pro Jacob Wheeler has broke the $1,000,000 mark in career earnings fishing various bass’n tourney trails, but he still doesn’t mind sticking the occasional gravel lizard:
Winnibigoshish, Rice and Moose Lakes.
> “A grass-like macro algae that may produce dense mats, which could interfere with use of the lake and choke out native plants.”
…on the Sartell Pool and Little Rock Lake. Would potentially improve water clarity, stabilize shorelines and improve fish/wildlife habitat.
No season, creel or size limits. They’re draining the lake in order to repair/replace the dam. #NoFishLeftBehind
Catch more, snag less.
> “Good limits of eater-size walleyes are the norm with a number of larger walleyes being released. Spinners and bouncers with crawlers or gulp and trolling crankbaits have been the best two games in town. This week a couple of cold fronts slowed the bite a bit, but even then the bite continued.
Tip of the Day
Fishing the thermocline for walleyes.
Quote of the Day
If any responsible citizen on a creek or a river were to have done this, those people would be incarcerated and fined severely.
– That’s Ronald Gray’s reaction after launching his boat on the Manistee River, MI and seeing hundreds of dead fish lying belly-up on the bottom.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services is treating the Manistee River for sea lampreys by releasing a “cocktail of chemicals into the water,” and those chemicals aren’t just killing the lampreys, but also walleye, salmon, burbot, etc….