In this article by Tom Gruenwald with Dennis Foster and Jeff Matity discover tips on catching trophy size walleye when…
The entire late-ice scene is exciting event. Lakes that were seemingly void of fish activity are suddenly revitalized and full of biters. Spring-like weather also allows anglers to shed bulky winter clothes. In fact, it’s when we often get our first base-layer-tan. Most fish are relating to key shallow spots, too, located just a short walk on the ice.
I’ve been a fan of Patrick McManus’ witty word-smithing. Never sniff a gift fish, indeed. Or more to the point: Grab hold of unexpected gifts as they come, because, frankly, they come along darn seldom. Still, sometimes, it’s easy to take a boatload of bluegills for granted when you’d rather be hooking walleyes. This helps explain the situation that stirred an eventual realization: Trolling is an awfully potent way to catch panfish.
INDMENTS. RESERVOIRS. FLOWAGES.Call them what you want, they’re exciting to fish. “And productive,” according to Dennis Foster, a guide from Mellete, South Dakota, and an aficionado of the fishing on the Missouri river reservoirs.“ The Dakota reservoirs grow fish fast and to impressive proportions—not just walleyes, although they’re usually the main target.
Crawlers and walleyes go together like cookies and milk, but rigging a worm right isn’t as intuitive as you might guess. What you’ve been doing with crawlers may be timeless and proven, maybe a spinner harness on a bottom bouncer or as part of a trolling spread. Or maybe you prefer nose-hooking a fat crawler behind a slipsinker and letting it dance across complex structure. How about a Slow Death Hook and half a crawler.
BOLD IS BETTER THAN BASHFUL when it comes to the use of livebait to tempt big walleyes. I use a straightforward system that relies on large, lively chubs presented below tip-ups to tempt big fish. Big walleyes are finely tuned feeding machines that do their best to fill their bellies quickly, which is why they find it hard to resist a big chub. Retro system? Yes, but it works, especially when you fine tune the process.
We’ve all been in situations where we’ve solved the walleye location puzzle, but are struggling to get them to bite. Might be postspawn fish on a point or shoreline break. Fish refuse standard presentations and even favorite rigging wrinkles. But there they are on sonar.
Perch location during early season is dependent on where they’re going to spawn. A few primary patters are prevalent in most lakes and reservoirs. Perch run into marshes and sloughs often connected to the main lake via narrow tubes areas, or through a tube area into a shallower, darker lake connected to a clearer one. These areas can be as narrow as a culvert or a bridge area.