Saturday, December 31, 2011

Ice Fishing in Quebec - Fishing for Walleye, Pike, and Sauger - Video

Most people head south for the cold winter months to get to warmer weather, however we did the opposite. We headed further up north to the very cold Gatineau, Quebec in Canada.

We went there to jig up those February ice fishing walleyes, pikes, and saugers. We used our secret jigging spoon weapon, the boa jig'r, and baited them up with minnows.

Even though it was freezing out, we had some hot fish-catching action!

Until next time, good fishin'

Friday, December 30, 2011

Ice Fishing Fox River Walleyes Green Bay, WI - Video

Ice fishing the fox river for walleyes on a slow day. Under water video of walleyes being very lethargic. Dave lands a decent walleye on a zip lure tipped with a minnow head.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

How to fish the Lindy Darter - Video

Jon Thelen demonstrates the many actions you can impart on the Lindy Darter to catch more fish this winter.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Jason Mitchell, Dave Genz, and Friends Ice Fish Walleyes - Video

Jason Mitchell, Dave Genz, Rick Johnson, and Scott Siebert feature world class walleye fishing through the ice on Devils Lake late March 2007.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Ice Fishing Tactics to catch walleyes all day long - Video

Lake of The Woods
Jon Thelen talks about how he keeps reactivating fish all day long.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Walleye Ice Fishing Tactics - Video

Walleye Ice Fishing Tactics using Jiffy power auger, LakeMaster digital
mapping, Lowrance hand held and Frabill tip-ups. 

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Monster fish of Canada - Video

Massive,steelhead,salmon,sturgeon,muskie,pike,trout and more.
Ontario, Manitoba, N.W.T, Nunavut and B.C

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Minnesota Walleye Ice Fishing - Video

a good morning of walleye fishing in north eastern Minnesota. We were fishing in 5' of water from the bottom of the ice using full minnows on a jigging spoon. this action was all caught on video from a hat cam from  

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Ice Fishing Monster Lake Erie Walleye Fishing - Video

Jonny finally gets on the hard water of one of the great lakes, Lake Erie! He is chasing some huge Erie walleye and the bite is hot! A limit is caught out of an Ohio state park on mainly sweedish pimples!

Lindy rigs floating for walleyes - Al Lindner - Video

Al Lindner shows how to fish for walleyes using slip bobbers.

Walleye Jigging Tips - Video

Walleye Jigging Tips from MN Pro Tom Neustrom

Friday, November 4, 2011

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Lindner's Pop Jigging for Walleye - Video

Al Lindner and Dan Sura are fishing a post spawn bite in 52 degree water. They show proper jigging techniques that will trigger the Walleye bite.
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Al Lindner: IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame Museum - Video

Al Lindner was inducted into the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame in 2011. To become a member of the IGFA or for more infromation visit

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Walleye Fishing Tips - Jigging

Here's a video we put together that covers off some "jigging tips" for catching walleye. Erik Luzak of GetReeled, covers off gear and technique and pulls in a couple of nice walleye along the way. Happy Fishing - Enjoy!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Only hardy fishermen remain on the area lakes

By: Paul Nelson, Bemidji Pioneer

The open water fishing season is winding down in the Bemidji area. Most anglers will be done fishing out of their boats by the time rifle deer hunting season opens on Saturday, November 5.

When the time comes to remove the docks from the public accesses in the fall, the timing can vary. The boat docks are maintained by several different entities, including city, county, state and even national forest employees doing the work, depending on the location of the public access.

Some docks have already been removed from the accesses and most of the rest of the docks should be removed sometime in the next two weeks, depending on the schedules of those who will do the work.
Anglers should be prepared to launch their boats without the aid of a dock during the rest of the open water season. Two anglers can usually launch most boats without a dock without too much trouble but anglers accessing the lakes alone often have much more of a challenge getting their boat on and off the trailer.

Anglers can bring a pair of knee-high rubber boots or some waders when they launch their boats to help avoid getting their feet wet. But launching and loading a boat is never as easy without a dock.

The lakes have cooled significantly in the past week with most lakes now colder than 50 degrees. Many of the deep lakes have gone through “turn-over” during the past few days which can make most fish tougher to catch, especially in deep water.

Anglers can see when a lake is turning-over on their sonar. It appears as thick clutter spiking off the bottom in the portion of the lake in areas deeper than 30 feet.

Anglers fishing lakes in the process of turning-over are usually better off fishing in shallow water to avoid the portion of the lake that is actively turning-over.

Turn-over occurs when the water on the surface of the lake becomes significantly colder than the water in the deepest part of the lake. The water begins to sink which forces the water on the bottom to rise to the surface.

Once the lakes have completed turn-over the entire water column will be at the same temperature and all the water in the lake will be re-oxygenated and ready for winter.

The lakes will continue to cool after turn-over until the water temperatures in the lakes are around 39 degrees, which is the point when the lakes are ready to freeze and also the point where water is most dense.

Water under the ice remains around 39 degrees, which is a very good thing. If the water in the lakes had to cool all the way to 33 degrees before freezing all the lakes in the ice belt would freeze solid in the winter.

Water between 33 and 38 degrees is actually lighter than the 39-degree water so it floats on top of the 39 degree water until it freezes and turns into ice.

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Trolling For Walleyes - Lake Erie - Video

The other day we went walleye fishing, as soon as we came back we hurried to get this walleye fishing video out to you.

We're excited to show you exactly how we were walleye fishing, what we were using, where we were fishing, how deep, and many other great walleye fishing tips.

Thanks for watching, and as always, good fishin'

Fishing at its best on the Mo

he Missouri is running at 4,070 cubic feet per second and the water is 57 degrees. Skies are partly cloudy and there isn't much W — we hate to write the word — and the fishing really doesn't get much better than this. The weather forecast calls for partly sunny skies with temperatures in the mid- to low 50s.

With big game season opening on Saturday, bird and duck and goose seasons already open, if you are a fly fisher, you better get out there.

The baetis hatch continues and the fish are hungry.

Meanwhile, here is a look at reservoir conditions:
Canyon Ferry: Rainbow fishing slowed throughout the reservoir this past week. Anglers fishing from shore report that worms and marshmallows have been somewhat effective at Pond 4 and around the Silos. Boaters trolling gold and black crank baits, wedding rings and cowbells around White Earth, Goose Bay and Confederate picked up a few rainbows. Walleye fishing was slow throughout the reservoir, but anglers continue to catch a few yellow perch around the Silos and Pond 4.

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Great Lakes: Fox muskie, walleye bite to heat up

After a couple days of fierce north winds, lighter breezes and colder temperatures could heat up the Fox River and lower Green Bay muskie and walleye fishing. Pressure could be fairly heavy once the winds settle.

The Oconto, Peshtigo and Menominee rivers are offering mixed bags of salmon, trout, panfish, bass and walleyes, with an occasional pike or muskie hooked. Areas below dams, near islands or around the river mouths are popular.

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Low water levels and the lateness of the run mean very few chinook salmon are being legally hooked in Lake Michigan rivers. A few fresher-run cohos and browns have been caught on spawn.

When it's not too windy, brown and lake trout have been caught from nearshore to 2 miles out off Door, Kewaunee and Manitowoc ports while 2- and 3-year size chinooks and rainbow trout were hitting 3 to 8 miles offshore.

Yellow perch, walleyes and pike are available from Dyckesville to Sturgeon Bay. Perch anglers have been sorting through multiple small fish for each keeper.

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» By the time the last chinook is cleaned out of the Strawberry Creek pond near Sturgeon Bay today, it's likely to be one of more than 5,000 salmon handled there this month. DNR crews will have all the eggs they need for hatcheries after today, so the facility will be shut down for the season.

— Kevin Naze,

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Southwestern Grilled Walleye With Tortilla Sauce

Southwestern Grilled walleye With Tortilla Sauce

The sweet taste of walleye is the perfect complement to the spicy flavors of the Southwest. If you like fiery food, increase the cayenne in both the marinade and the spice rub. The tortilla sauce is a wonderful addition, but if time is short, the recipe is excellent without it. Serves six.
Fish. . .
6 walleye fillets, about 5 ounces each
Marinade . . .
zest and juice of 1 lemon
1/3 c. lemon juice
3 tsp. salt
11⁄2 tsp. cayenne pepper
11⁄2 c. buttermilk
Spice rub . . .
1 tbsp. chili powder
11⁄2 tsp. each, ground coriander and salt
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. each, cayenne, dried oregano, freshly ground black pepper
Tortilla sauce . . .
1/4 c. olive oil
2 lg. garlic cloves, minced
1 med. onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 lg. jalapeno, seeded, stemmed, and minced
1 lg. tomato chopped
11⁄2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. cumin
2 c. chicken broth
1 c. unsalted tortilla chips, crushed
2 oz. each Monterey Jack and cheddar cheeses, grated
commercial tomato salsa
For the marinade, place all of the ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk until blended. Pour half the marinade in a flat non-reactive dish. Lay the fillets flat in a single layer. Pour the remaining marinade over the fish. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
For the tortilla sauce, heat the olive oil in a pot over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Add the garlic and sauté for several minutes, until fragrant. Add the onions, celery, and jalapeno and continue to cook, stirring frequently until the onions are transparent. Add the spices and cook another two to three minutes.
• Stir the chopped tomato into the mixture, then add the chicken stock and stir well. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat slightly, and cook for 10 minutes.
• Add the tortilla chips, reduce the heat to medium low, and cook for approximately 20 minutes until the chips become soft.
• Add the cheese and stir until blended. This is a thick sauce. If you need to thin it, add additional chicken stock. Keep the sauce warm until ready to serve.
n For rub, in a small bowl, combine all of the spices and blend well. Just before grilling, remove the catfish from the marinade. (Discard the marinade.) Sprinkle both sides of the fillets liberally with the spice mixture and rub it onto the fish. Grill over medium-high heat for about 4 minutes per side or until the fish becomes opaque in the thickest section.
Place a heaping 1/3 cup of the tortilla sauce on each plate and top with the grilled fish. Top each fillet with a tablespoon of your favorite commercial tomato salsa.

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Zwick, Kobriger Win Cabela’s MWC World Walleye Championship!

--Presented by Cabela’s
Oct. 15, 2011—Prairie du Chien, WI—Dan Zwick and Tony Kobriger weighed a total of 40.89 pounds from Pools 9 and 10 of the Mississippi River Oct. 13-15 to capture top honors at the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit’s 2011 World Walleye Championship.

“This is a dream come true,” Kobriger, of Chilton, Wisconsin, said moments after the final weigh-in came to a dramatic close in front of a roaring crowd at the Winneshiek Marina. “It’s going to take awhile to sink in,” added Zwick, of Wrightstown, Wisconsin.

He and Kobriger capped their third Circuit season by collecting the $25,000 first-place check, plus a $5,000 Cabela’s gift card through the Cabela’s Angler Cash program, $1,000 Ranger Cup bonus, $500 Lowrance Electronics HDS/Elite DSI contingency, $500 Berkley Baits Prize Package, $300 from Worldwide Marine Insurance, and incentives from U2 Pro Formula and RPM Outdoors.

Zwick and Kobriger led the tournament all three days, and were the only boat in the 34-team field to break the 40-pound barrier. The go-to tactic was positioning their Ranger 621 VS over a main-channel break dropping from 10 to 12 feet, where they fished 3/8-ounce jigs tipped with 3-inch, Pearl White Berkley PowerBait Ripple Shad. “Our Lowrance HDS 10 with StructureScan was critical to finding and fishing our top spot—a small point jutting into the channel,” Kobriger noted.

Wyoming anglers Brian Woodward and Rick Walter rocketed from 11th up to second place on the wings of a 20.02-pound Day Three basket, worth $13,000 cash plus the Oxygenator bonus. In all, the field shared more than $110,000 in cash and bonuses. Teams qualified for the no-entry-fee event during the circuit’s 2010 season.

A total of 194 walleyes and saugers weighing 616.07 pounds crossed the Cabela’s MWC stage during the event, which was streamed live on Walleye Central and filmed for airing on the Versus Network later this fall. Big fish of the tournament was an 8.42-pound walleye caught on Day One by 2010 Cabela’s MWC team of the year, Ohioans Mike Knippenberg and Ryan Buddie.

The event was co-hosted by the Prairie du Chien Cabela’s store and Falling Rock Walleye Club. Following each day’s weigh-in, teams trailered to the store to visit with fans in the Fishing Department, and hold a free drawing for Cabela’s gift cards—courtesy of Cabela’s. On Friday, the MWC, Cabela’s and National Professional Anglers Association held a free Youth and Family Fishing Clinic at the MWC tent outside the Cabela’s store. Youngsters received rod-and-reel combos from the NPAA, tackle kits courtesy of Northland Fishing Tackle, and participated in a free drawing for Cabela’s gear. In addition, MWC anglers showed the youngsters how to tie a slip bobber rig, and helped get their new rods ready for fishing.

Walleyes were winners in the equation as well. Since 1984, the MWC Conservation Fund has donated more than $300,000 to fisheries-enhancement projects in states where our tournaments are held. At the Championship, a $15-per-boat donation from each team’s entry fee will benefit efforts to protect the local fishery.

Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is wrapping up its tenth season as title sponsor of the MWC. Official sponsors include: Berkley Gulp!, Ranger Boats, Mercury Marine, MotorGuide, Lowrance, Fishouflage, Versus (Vs.) Television Network and North American Fishing Club. Associate Sponsors include: Berkley Trilene, Energizer, O2 Marine Technologies, Northland Fishing Tackle, Ryjus, Reflections, Worldwide Marine Insurance, The Walleye Federation, RPM Outdoor Sports, Sea Grant and Wildlife Forever.

Concluding its 27th season, the Cabela’s MWC is the oldest team circuit in walleye fishing. The Circuit’s proven team format lets competitors choose their partner and double their fun, all while splitting expenses. For more information, call (877) 893-7947, email, or visit

Friday, October 14, 2011

The walleye fishing is picking up at Keyhole Reservoir. Wyoming

By CHRISTINE PETERSON Star-Tribune staff writer

The walleye fishing is picking up at Keyhole Reservoir. Anglers should try using minnows and jigs dropped in 20 to 30 feet of water. Large, plastic, swim baits are also catching fish.
When fishermen can find crappie, they are between 10 and 13 inches long and healthy.
— Mike Smith, Empire Guesthouse & RV Park in Pine Haven

Water levels in Glendo Reservoir are rising as the weather cools. Anglers are catching walleye in about 20 to 25 feet of water. As a rule of thumb, when the water is rising, try fishing in the shallow areas. The cooler water temperatures should move the baitfish which will help the walleye fishing.
Try fishing by jigging plastics or spoons and using live minnows.
Walleye fishing on Pathfinder Reservoir is good and the trout fishing is excellent. Anglers should use crankbaits and worm harnesses.
— Rob Davis, president of the Wyoming Walleye Circuit

Fishing on the North Fork of the Shoshone River is good as trout move to smaller flies. Try using brown caddis, gray drakes, tarantulas and parachute Adams. To increase your chances, drop Bloody Marys, Wade’s North Fork Specials and chubby cousins.
Fishing is good on the Lower Shoshone River with reduced flows. Try fishing with trudes, yellow Sallys’, BWOs and black caddis in the evening. Drop sow bugs below a dry fly or an indicator. When the dry fly action slows, try using streamers.
— Tim Wade’s North Fork Anglers fishing report in Cody

The fishing has been a little slow on Flaming Gorge Reservoir. Rain and cooler temperatures are keeping many anglers off of the lake, but the rainbow trout and small lake trout are still biting. Anglers fishing from shore should use night crawlers.
— Lauretta Tanner, Buckboard Marina in Green River

Thursday, October 6, 2011

SD angler wins FLW Walleye Tour Championship

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- South Dakota angler Dan Stier won the National Guard FLW Walleye Tour Championship on the Missouri River in North Dakota with a final-day catch Sunday of five fish weighing a total of 18 pounds, 14 ounces.

The angler from Mina, S.D., had a four-day catch of 18 walleyes weighing 69 pounds, 4 ounces. He won by more than 4 pounds and took home more than $70,000.

The tournament featured 40 of the worlds' top professional walleye anglers. Dean Arnoldussen of Appelton, Wis., was runner-up, followed by Chris Gilman of Chisago City, Minn.; David Andersen of Amery, Wis.; and Bill Shimota of Lonsdale, Minn.

Todd Dankert of Anoka, Minn., was the top amateur in the tournament, with a three-day catch of 15 walleyes weighing 58 pounds, 12 ounces. He won $7,000.

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Cabela’s MWC World Walleye Championship Oct. 13-15

Minnetonka, MN— After an exciting season spanning three divisions, seven states and millions of acres of prime walleye water, all eyes will be on Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, for the grand finale of the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit season—the 2011 World Walleye Championship.

Slated for Oct. 13-15 on Pools 9 and 10 of the Mississippi River, the Championship will see 37 elite two-person teams from nine states compete for more than $100,000 in cash—including $25,000 for first place—plus thousands more in sponsor bonuses from Cabela’s Angler Cash, Ranger Boats, Lowrance Electronics, Berkley, Worldwide Marine Insurance, U2/The Oxygenator and the MWC’s Big Fish Pot.
Teams qualified for the 2011 World Walleye Championship by earning points during the 2010 Cabela’s MWC season at world-class walleye destinations from Lake Oahe at Mobridge, South Dakota, to Lake Erie out of Sandusky, Ohio. Each spot in the field is by invitation-only, carries no entry fee, and is coveted amongst tournament anglers.

Rich in fishing talent, the field is led by the 2010 Team of the Year, Ohioans Mike Knippenberg, of Hiram, and Ryan Buddie, of Lakewood. Reigning Cabela’s MWC World Walleye Champions Johnnie Candle, of Devils Lake, North Dakota, and Dave Noble, of Dixon, Illinois, (pictured above) will also be on hand to defend their title.

The Championship returns to Prairie du Chien for a second consecutive season. Last fall, 27 teams enjoyed great fishing despite high-water conditions. Candle and Noble pulled three limit catches weighing a total of 34.94 pounds off a rock jetty protecting the Wyalusing Boat Launch. The pair pitched crankbaits, including size 5 Berkley Flicker Shads, on rods rigged with Berkley FireLine and Nanofil. The Championship also ran for five consecutive seasons at Prairie du Chien, from 2002 to 2006, and if past history is any indication, it could take more than 55 pounds in total weight to win this prestigious event.

Championship qualifiers will compete three days for the largest total weight. Teams are allowed to bring five walleyes, saugers or saugeyes to the MWC scale each day, and the fish will be released back into the Mississippi River.

Weigh-ins all three days begin at 4 p.m. at Winneshiek Marina just north of Prairie du Chien, and are free and open to the public. Each day, raffles will be held for free Cabela’s gift cards. Immediately following Friday’s weigh-in, kids are invited to attend a free Youth and Family Fishing Clinic presented by Cabela’s, the MWC and the National Professional Anglers Association. The clinic will be held at the MWC tent outside the Cabela’s store, where the first 50 kids will receive a new rod-and-reel combo courtesy of the NPAA, plus a free tackle kit from Northland Fishing Tackle. In addition, MWC anglers will teach the youngsters how to tie a slip bobber rig, and will assist them in getting their new rods ready for fishing. There will also be a special raffle for a Cabela’s rod and reel outfit, donated by Cabela’s.
The catch-and-release tournament is co-hosted by the Prairie du Chien Cabela’s store and Falling Rock Walleye Club. The event will be filmed for airing later this year on Versus Television Network. At press time air dates had not been set; check for showtimes.

Walleyes are winners in the equation as well. Since 1984, the MWC Conservation Fund has donated more than $300,000 to fisheries-enhancement projects in states where our tournaments are held. At the Championship, a $15-per-boat donation from each team’s entry fee will benefit efforts to protect the local fishery.

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Vanity Cup winners crowned

The winners of this year's Vanity Cup, did not expect to be there when they started fishing on the second day, October 1.

However, what Andre Laberge and Ken Raboud of Regina had learned in the pre-fishing helped them and they reeled in the top spot.

"It was early (today) we had two big ones and three little ones we went back to pre-fishing we knew where to go and that is it," Raboud said at the awards ceremony held October 1 at the Nipawin Evergreen Centre.

The pair landed 28.85 pounds of fish on September 30, Day 1 of the two-day tournament before catching 28.55 pounds on Day 2 for a total of 57.4 pounds.

They agreed that the biggest trick to being successful in a tournament like the Vanity Cup is confidence.
"It comes back to the confidence factor. If you are confident in everything you are using you will do well," Labarge said.

He said it is also about being comfortable with your partner.
Labarge and Raboud have been fishing together as a team for the past four years and know when the other person needs help.

"If he has a fish on you control the boat or switch right away, make sure we get overtop of the fish and things like that," Raboud said.

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Sounding an alarm about Lake Erie algae Contamination severe in western end

WASHINGTON -- The worst algae bloom in history severely contaminated the waters of western Lake Erie this summer, prompting environmentalists to say Tuesday that the decades-long effort to clean up the lake could be undone by agricultural runoff and the growth of invasive species.

While the algae bloom has not yet damaged the Buffalo end of the lake, experts said the problem could eventually reduce the local population of walleye, a favorite of fishermen.

Moreover, the farm runoff that promotes the growth of algae in the western part of the lake and the zebra and quagga mussels at the lake's bottom are combining to create problems that can't necessarily be seen by the naked eye.

Lake Erie may look clear and clean in the Buffalo area, "but it's an optical illusion," said Tom Marks, New York director of the Great Lakes Sport Fishing Council.
The algae bloom is larger than any the lake has experienced in the 1960s, when algae was so pervasive that experts declared the lake "dead."

Starting at the lake's Michigan shore, the bloom extended eastward to the area north of Cleveland, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported last month.

The algae bloom, 2 feet thick in spots, prompted beach advisories throughout the lake's western basin. Toxins in the algae tested at 1,000 times the World Health Organization's standards for drinking water.
That contaminated water remains far away from Buffalo for a simple reason: Lake Erie is shallower at its western end.

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Devils Lake Fishing Seminar-October 20th

NPAA Club Partner
Published September 29, 2011

September 26, 2011 Fargo, ND, Moorhead, MN

FM Walleyes Unlimited, Inc., is pleased to announce that its October 20th meeting will feature a panel of professional anglers to discuss fishing opportunities and tactics on Devils Lake.
The panel will feature Professional Anglers Dave Randash, Troy Morris, Corey Heiser, Don Denning and Chad Maloy. Randash, who is a guide on the lake, will lead the panel. Morris, Heiser, Denning and Maloy all fish the Masters Walleye Circuit and spend considerable time trying to unlock the secrets of Devils Lake walleye fishing. The panel will share their tips and tactics on finding and catching fish on this ever changing lake.

The community is invited to this FREE event which will take place at the Kelly Inn on Main Ave & I-29 in Fargo, ND on Thursday, October 20th. The doors will open at 6:30 and the meeting will begin at 7:00.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information contact Scott Brewer at (701) 388-4408 or Kyle Agre at (701) 492-1242

The Art of Triggering the Bite

by Ted Pilgrim with Tony Roach

Lure Moves for Walleyes in Reality
Last February, fresh off a phenomenal trip to the current version of hog walleye heaven—Lake Winnipeg, Manitoba—Tony Roach could hardly keep himself from jumping out of his Snosuit. “Here we were,” Roach exclaimed, jigging arm twitching randomly, “Standing out in the middle of the ‘Winnipeg Wasteland,’ ripping these clunky rattling crankbaits—lures like the Rapala Rippin’ Rap. You’d pound these things into the bottom with heavy line, didn’t matter, and halfway up your jigstroke, WHAM, these big ‘eyes would jolt your arm to a dead-stop. Locals were catching 12-pounders on 20-pound test baited with hot dogs!” Befuddled, Roach muttered, “If I could experience one or two bites like that at home each winter, I’d be a happy camper.”

iced walleyeWhat you must understand at this point is that like the rest of us living in the real world, Roach is used to jigging tough winter walleyes with the finesse and precision of a puppet master. His walleyes are your walleyes. And on rush hour traffic fisheries like Mille Lacs, Minnesota, clouds of baby perch and ciscoes surround walleyes in every direction. For these “real world” walleyes—the direct opposite of the roving hunters on Lake Winnipeg—feeding requires no more movement than snapping their jaws.

You begin to understand why Mille Lacs walleyes remain some of the most frustratingly selective specimens on the globe. Roach deals with these snooty fish nearly every day of winter, so you’d think he’d be sneaking off to the Lake Winnipegs of the world as often as possible.
Not so. As a fulltime guide here, failure doesn’t compute. But more than that, though he’ll deny it if you ask, Roach likes his fish a little on the tough side. He’s got a fiery streak, and to be perfectly honest, T-Roach keeps catching walleyes pretty much all winter long anyway.

The deal is that Roach has simply learned to read the moods of each individual fish as it slides across the screen of his MarCum flasher. Among top-tier fishermen, it’s pretty much what the game of jigging for walleyes through ice eventually becomes—a one-on-one duel with each fish, as revealed by electronics. If you’re paying attention, you learn a few things. And if you’re good, you eventually recognize certain clues that unfold on screen, reacting appropriately with lure moves and tweaks. T-Roach knows, for example, that when a school of bait that’s been littering his screen for minutes suddenly vanishes, it’s time to get aggressive with his jigging strokes. Big mamba-jamba is lurking.

The Triggering Game
If Roach is using one of his high-resolution MarCum cameras, the view of such a fish biting on screen can be utterly thrilling. Usually, he reserves the camera for tough bites, though, opting for the flasher anytime he’s on the move. Beginning with the active fish Roach encounters on fresh spots, then progressing to trickier walleyes and finally, those bottom-hugging sloths he terms “comatose fish,” Roach provides a play-by-play analysis.

Burners (Active Fish) - Roach: “We call hot fish “burners” because they paint these deep red blips on the MarCum screen. When you mark a burner a foot or so off bottom, you know there’s a good chance you’re going to get bit. I’ll often start with a heavier, semi-straight spoon such as a 3/8-oz Buck-Shot or even a Rapala Rippin’ Rap. Hot fish—especially bigger ones—relish biting big flashy baits.

“When my spoon has dropped to about 2 feet above the fish, I’ll stop it and watch for a reaction. You want that burner to swim over, rise, and strike. If the fish chases but doesn’t hit, I give the spoon a short, semi-soft pop-pop with the rod tip, then do a slow raise—pulling it up a foot or so before pausing again.

Passive Aggressives – Next are fish that chase your spoon, over and over, but won’t bite. “I’ll give the lure two quick pops to gauge the fish’s interest. If the fish slides back in, I’ll go back to slowly raising the spoon again. Often, the fish will continue to follow. Watch the speed the fish swims as it follows, and try to match it with the speed of your spoon’s ascent. This keeps the fish’s interest much more than if you pull it up too fast or too slow.

“A move that often seals the deal here is to do some gentle shaking of your wrist while you’re raising the bait. You need to be able to do the raise-shake very slow, often no more than an inch at a time. As you’re doing this, you often feel just a tiny bit of extra weight—like the spoon has picked up a small weed. Reel down quickly and bury the hooks!”

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Fargo Area fishermen reach Masters Walleye Circuit finals

FARGO – Four teams of area fishermen have qualified for the Masters Walleye Circuit World Championship to be held next month in Prairie du Chien, Wis.

The team of Corey Heiser (West Fargo) and Ken Cumber (Jamestown, N.D.) finished fifth in the MWC team of the year race while Don Denning and Chad Maloy (both of Fargo) finished 10th and Troy Morris (Fargo) and Kevin Bruer (Robbinsdale, Minn.) finished 15th.

Ron and Spencer Deutz of Moorhead won the MWC’s father and son team of the year title. The Deutz team finished second in the MWC West Division point standings while Heiser and Cumber finished fourth, Denning and Maloy fifth and Morris and Bruer eighth.

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Gibbins claim unprecedented 4th RRWT title

There is an old saying that seemed to ring true this past weekend: “The fish bite the least when the wind is from the east.”

Everyone, including this year’s Rainy River Walleye Tournament champions, Jason and Oliver Gibbins, found the bite to be really tough for both days of fishing.

The now four-time champs said they picked up two nice fish right at the beginning of fishing on Friday (Day 1).

“It was a struggle after that [all day],” they added.

However, those two fish—weighing 7.75 and 5.72 pounds—vaulted them to the front of the 90-boat field. Combined with two smaller walleye, they were about five pounds up on their nearest challenger after Day 1.

The Gibbins had 15.48 pounds while Christian Armstrong and partner, Mark Nault, were sitting in second with 10.61 pounds, just edging out Christian’s dad, Dave, and uncle, Darren, who were in third after Day 1 with 10.55 pounds.

Many anglers reported a tough day of fishing. “It was a tough day with just little taps and little fish!” recounted Ted and Leo Heyens (Team #50).

While they weighed in four fish, they sat in 38th spot with 4.36 pounds, which was a story-teller weight.
Only about five pounds separated fifth place and 50th place.

With that in mind, many anglers hoped for a better bite on Day 2 (Saturday). But again the wind blew from the east and fog delayed the start of fishing by about an hour.

Some said the delay was costly as the biggest fish caught on Day 1 appeared to be reeled up early in the morning.

For one team, however, the timing seemed to be just right. Dan Armstrong and Sean Kilpatrick (Team #85) travelled upstream about 10 minutes.

Near the Clementson Rapids, Kilpatrick had a hit that had them both excited—a big walleye. Just how big, though, would not be known until later in the day.

Tournament rules allow for anglers to bring in big fish earlier than the weigh-in- if they feel the fish could die from stress in the livewell.

Kilpatrick said the big fish fared well all day. They did, however, have some reservations about a smaller fish later in the day.

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