Friday, November 16, 2012

First Ice Expo - Forest Lake MN - November 19th

Gander Mountain - First Ice Fishing Expo
First Ice Expo Giveaways:
  • Clam’s Jason Mitchell Thermal X Shack
  • Frabill’s Thermal Predator Shack
  • Exclusive Lake Mille Lacs Ice Fishing Trip with Professional
    Ice Fishing Guide and Marcum Pro-Staff Tony Roach
  • Marcum VS 620 Underwater Camera
  • Vexilar FL-8 Locator
  • Aqua Vu Micro 3.5” Underwater Camera
  • Northland/Flambeau Ice Package
  • Lindy/Flambeau Ice Package
  • Navionics Chip
  • 2 Mr. Heater Buddy Heaters
  • 3 St. Croix Legend Ice Rods
  • 2 Thirteen Custom White out Rod/Reel Combos
  • GSX Ice Combo
  • 2 Fenwick Elite Rods

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Northwoods Fish Fry Recipe Video and Filleting Guide

Catching walleyes on a beautiful late May day in Northern Wisconsin, followed by tossing horseshoes, tossing back a few beers, a lesson in filleting fish, and the grande finale, frying up the day's catch! Fun times!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Dill-crusted Walleye - Video Recipe

Chef Casey Anderson from the Eau Claire Golf and Country Club prepares a tasty lunch with a dill-crusted walleye. Super easy to make!

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Suspended Walleyes - This Week on the Water - Video

Jon Thelen illustrates how to use planer boards and line counter reels to place his spinner rig at the correct depth and distance from the boat while targeting suspended walleye. Lake Michigan walleye fishing from Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Friday, July 27, 2012

How to Catch Mid-Summer Heat Wave Walleye - Video

95 degree temps and flat calm lake conditions usually make for a tough walleye bite. Check out this installment of Hooked Up for tips on how to adjust presentations mid-summer to consistently catch big numbers of walleye.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Tony Roach Fishing Report - 7/16/12 - Video

Tony is back! After spending a week in Florida for the 2012 iCast tradeshow, he returned to Minnesota and took out Paul and his son Peter, the winners of the Lake Link giveaway at the 2012 Northwest Sportshow. Stay tuned till the end for the Leadcore Bait of the Week!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Tips On Fishing The Connecticut River For Walleye - Video

Here are a few tips on how we go about fishing the Connecticut River for walleye.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Summertime Walleye In The Weeds - Video

This week Jon demonstrates techniques to locate and catch mid-summer walleyes holed up in shallow weedbeds.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Walleye Fishing Reports 6/14/2012 - 14 Stories

Walleyes biting consistently in Minnesota
FS North
The spring and summer of 2012 look like great seasons for slaying walleyes.
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Bass Tactics For HOT, HOT, HOT Weather Walleyes
Conventional wisdom, all summer long, demands dragging leeches and minnows on Lindy rigs in deeper water for walleyes. Obviously, it works. Hundreds of ...
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The weather should finally give helping hand to local anglers: D ...
Plain Dealer
The walleye fishing is improving on Lake Erie as the wind and waves subside. Catches of walleye should be good in water a little shallower than 31 feet and ...
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Fishing report for June 14
Kansas City Star
Outlook: Stockton Lake Guide Service reports: walleyes excellent on jigs with night crawlers in 15 to 20 feet of water on the flats and off points; crappies very ...
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6/15 Local Fishing Report
Peoria Journal Star
Walleye and Bass are yielding fair returns on minnows. Catfish are strong ... At Heidecke Lake, bass, crappie and walleye are all slow. Bluegill are small, but ...
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GFP Missouri River Fisheries Updates
Chamberlain Oacoma Sun
Walleye fishing should remain good on Lake Oahe through the spring of 2012 and into the summer. With the good fishing, questions remain on the status and ...
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Fishing report
Helena Independent Record
Walleye fishing has been a little slow due to recent weather patterns, but look for that trend to change soon. Successful anglers are trolling worm harnesses ...
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Fishing Report From TWRA
The Chattanoogan
Walleye fishing is good while trolling nightcrawlers on clay banks in 16-to-20 feet of water. Bluegill fishing is fair while fishing crickets in 10 feet of water on ...
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Fishing forecast
Detroit Free Press
Saturday is the bass opener on Lake St. Clair, St. Clair River and the Detroit River. SOUTHEAST LOWER PENINSULA Detroit River: Good for walleye, but the ...
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Jim Morris' fishing report for June 14
Dayton Daily News
C.J. Brown Reservoir: Walleye fishing has been very good this past week. ... Smallmouth and largemouth bass, along with crappies and walleyes, have been ...
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Fishing Report: June 15
Knoxville News Sentinel
Walleye — Fair.Action has picked up on the French Broad.Bottom bouncing jigs tipped with minnows has picked fish. Crappie — Fair.Hot weather has the larger ...
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DNR's Northeast Michigan Fishing Report
Iosco County News Herald
AuSABLE RIVER: Walleye fishing has slowed and the fish being caught were ... Not much walleye action so anglers were hauling their boats down to Au Gres ...
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State fishing report
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Big Stone Lake: Schmidt's Landing Resort says the walleye bite has been excellent the past couple of weeks around the islands south to Ortonville as well as the Shady and Hartford Beach areas, in about 8-9 feet using bottom bouncers with spinners and ...
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Iowa Fish Report
Mason City Globe Gazette
Walleye — fair: Anglers are catching walleye while drifting with minnows over rock reefs and also in areas of the little lake. A large number of walleye under the 14-inch minimum length limit are being caught. Yellow bass — fair: Anglers are picking ...
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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Walleye Fishing Reports 5/31/2012 10 stories

Gary Engberg: Lake Erie means big walleyes
May and June are two of the best months of the year for fishing for big walleyes on Ohio's Lake Erie. Personally, I've fished Lake Erie for going on 20 years with some of the best fishing of my life in both numbers of walleyes and also in the size of ...
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Out fishing for walleye
Sault This Week
Marie fisherman is the co-captain of the Team Canada entry that will compete at this week's Bay Mills Can-Am Walleye Tournament, to be held in Brimley, Mich. The tournament begins Thursday and ends on Saturday. Giuliani and John Butts, of Dryden, Ont., ...
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ALLPHIN: Here's what's happening at Utah fisheries
Daily Herald
While targeting smallmouth bass, walleyes and rainbows got into the act as well as several small perch. The fishing on Starvation will only get better through June and July, and if you've never caught a walleye, this might be the year and Starvation ...
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Go fishing for free June 2-3
Tulsa Today
At Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City, the elevation is normal and fishing good for fish like largemouth bass, white bass, striped bass, walleye, sunfish and channel and blue catfish. Full details on lakes across the state are available in the report, ...
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Lead Core Trolling
Walleye Central
To ace fishing guide Tony Roach, they're walleye wafers, and as far as he's concerned, these snack-size crankbaits might as well be packaged inside shiny foil wrappers, sold in the candy aisle at the grocery store. For all the fish know, ...
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Kansas guide knows his history . . . and the lakebed
Bellingham Herald
When he watched his rod tip slowly bend, he said, "That's acting like a walleye." Roether set the hook and felt the dogged pull characteristic of the type of fish he was trying to catch. Within seconds, he had a golden fish to the side of the boat and ...
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Open Season: Wind, waves, walleyes sure signs of spring
West Fargo Pioneer
Erin Shoberg, of Fargo, smiles as her dog, Remy, investigates her walleye caught recently on Ottertail Lake in Minnesota. Tyler Shoberg / West Fargo Pioneer The wind whipped Ottertail Lake into a wave-riddled froth resembling an army of white-helmeted ...
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Minneapolis Star Tribune
Chisago City area: Chisago Lake and South Lindstrom are the primary lakes for good walleye action, on the weed edges at about 12-14 feet; the fish are hitting shiners or leeches. Some anglers are also catching walleyes on Green Lake in the early ...
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Out fishing for walleye
Sault This Week
Marie fisherman is the co-captain of the Team Canada entry that will compete at this week's Bay Mills Can-Am Walleye Tournament, to be held in Brimley, Mich. The tournament begins Thursday and ends on Saturday. Giuliani and John Butts, of Dryden, Ont., ...
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ALLPHIN: Here's what's happening at Utah fisheries
Daily Herald
While targeting smallmouth bass, walleyes and rainbows got into the act as well as several small perch. The fishing on Starvation will only get better through June and July, and if you've never caught a walleye, this might be the year and Starvation ...
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Walleye Fishing Update 5/22/2012 8 Stories

Looking to catch 'the big one'
Marshall Independent
SHETEK - Saturday morning alternated between hot and muggy, and a brisk wind creating the "walleye chop" on Lake Shetek. Fifty-nine two-person teams competed in the 21st annual Walleye Fishing Tournament at Lake Shetek on Saturday for prizes for ...
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MN DNR Weekly Report
Duluth News Tribune
The area walleye bite was very good. Enforcement action was taken for possess illegal length fish, no angling license in possession, driving after expiration of driver's license and fail to pull drain plug. Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony ...
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Tower fishing guides win tournament on Lake Vermilion
Duluth News Tribune
Casey Sunsdahl of Soudan and Dave Schaeffer teamed to win the seventh annual City Auto Glass Walleye Classic on Lake Vermilion on Saturday. Fishing guides Casey Sunsdahl of Soudan and Dave Schaeffer of Tower teamed to win the seventh annual City Auto ...
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Miller and Miller win MWS Winnebago
Jason also had the big fish of the tournament with a 7.38# walleye. With a 2:30 pm deadline he weighed in at 10:30 am in the morning. Second totaling 19.04# for $2400. Third place went to the team of Dave Van Oss and Eugene Van Oss with five fish ...
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Shad catches picking up in Lower Columbia, and many other fish biting elsewhere
The Seattle Times
Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam - Boat anglers are catching some walleye in the Camas/Washougal area. The Dalles Pool - Boat anglers caught some walleye based on incomplete information. John Day Pool - Boat anglers averaged a walleye and over 5 ...
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Seek and Ye Shall Find Spring Walleyes – Outdoor Canada
By Gord Pyzer
Angelo and I were talking about the walleye seasons that are opening pretty much across all of Canada right now, and I related a question I'd received from some faithful Outdoor Canada readers. They wanted to know if I thought they should ...
Outdoor Canada

Kansas? | NEBRASKAland Magazine
By Daryl.Bauer
A few years ago I got to pre-fish and rub shoulders with some professional walleye anglers before a championship tournament the now-defunct Professional Walleye Trail hosted on Milford. Yes, I have a list of waters I would love to fish, some ...
NEBRASKAland Magazine

Missouri River fishing remains excellent « In The Huddle
By johnp
The Missouri River in South Dakota is one of the best places to fish in North America -not only for walleye, but smallmouth bass, northern, white bass and catfish. LAKE OAHE In the Pollock area fishing is really good with minnows and crawlers ...
In The Huddle

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Monday, May 14, 2012

FLW Lake Erie Walleye Tour Update

McQuoid Wins National Guard FLW Walleye Tour Event On Lake Erie
by Joe Opager, Communications Specialist Pro Kevin McQuoid of Isle, Minn., added his name to that elite list as he claimed the third title of his National Guard FLW Walleye Tour career. Coming into the National Guard FLW Walleye Tour on Lake Erie ...
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Minn. angler wins tour
Fremont News Messenger
Host Chip Leer and co-angler Jimmy Cox watch as professional angler Kevin McQuoid shows a walleye to the crowd during the final weigh-in of the National Guard FLW Walleye Tour local event Saturday at Walmart. McQuaid and Cox won the event.
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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Monster Walleye - New Crank Bait Put to the Test - Walleye Fishing - Video

Gary Howey & Team Outdoorsmen Adventures member Scott Ulrich join Perch-Eyes Guide Service on Devil's Lake, North Dakota in the Spring to put the new Lindy Shadling to the test.

Outdoorsmen Adventures Television spent two days on the lake with Jason & Kyle of Perch-Eyes Guide Service pitching Lindy Shadlings and bringing in over 200 fish in just two days.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Bionic Walleye Fishing Line - Video

Northland Fishing Tackle introduces Bionic Walleye Fishing Line.....New for 2011!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Rapala Husky Jerk - Video

Rapala is the world's largest manufacturer of fishing lures and other fishing related products. It was founded in Finland in the 1930s by Lauri Rapala. Their most popular product is a balsa wood minnow imitation lure called the Original Floater.

Rapala sells over 20 million lures each year, in 140 different countries. 242 all-time world-record fish were set on Rapala lures, and 15 new records in 2005. It is also the only fishing lure manufacturer that mass produces balsa wood lures.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Walleye Fishing Tips - Using Berkley Gulp to catch Walleye - Video

Chris Kindraka shows Andy TheCameraMan a few cool techniques for using Berkley Gulp soft plastics. In this video he shows us a few different setups.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Ontario Summer Walleye Fishing With An Original Rapala Lure - Video

July 19, 2011. Catching summer Walleye using an original floating Rapala lure. Very hot summer day with forest fire haze in the air.

I am using a 3 oz sinker which is actually a modified bottom bouncer weight which slides up and down the line like a slip sinker. I like 3 oz because I am usually fishing between 25 and 50 feet in summer or if I am shallower there is current and that needs some weight too. The original Rapala is a floater so that keeps it from getting hung up when trolling.

Unlike most who fish for Walleye in Northwestern Ontario, I do not use live minnows for bait but like to reach deep into my tackle box for lures of the past and occasionally try some new lures.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Lake Winnebago Walleyes - Trolling with Salmos and Flicker Shad - Video

Trolling on Lake Winnebago is a popular way to catch walleyes. The action was fast and hot. Take a look at a few nice fish in a short period of time.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

MarCum VS380 Walleye hits Rapala Jigging Rap - Video

Underwater footage captured on a MarCum VS380 underwater viewing system of a walleye striking a Rapala Jigging Rap. For More information visit

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Quinte Ice Fishing Team - Bay of Quinte Hardwater Walleye Guide Service - Video

The Quinte Ice Fishing Team is a team of guides on the Bay of Quinte who are determined hardwater walleye fanatics. We specialize in utilizing modern ice fishing technology to help our clients locate and catch the trophy walleye that the Bay of Quinte is famous for. We are your Bay of Quinte hardwater walleye specialists. Join us for a memorable angling experience.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

New Walleye Record OK Shawnee Twin #1

Fish Information
Fish SpeciesWalleye/Saugeye/Sauger
LakeShawnee Twin #1
ReelMitchell RodBerkley
BaitSwim Bait
Catch MethodSpinning rod and reel
Weighed ConditionAlive
Length (inches)25.50
Girth (inches)14.00
Weight (pounds)5.8
Angler's NameJed Davidson
Angler's CityMcLoud
Angler's StateOK
Date CaughtFeb 26 2012
Area CaughtNE Corner near dam
Lake RecordYes
Record KeeperOFRL
Angler StoryI had been catching some decent saugeye the past few weeks in several spots across the lake. With the wind gusting out of the south I didn’t feel like fighting the wind in the boat so I decided to walk down the dam fishing the rocks. I was using a Berkley Powerbait swim bait in chartreuse shiner. Fishing was slow throughout the day so I left the lake and went back just before the sun went down and fished the same area I had earlier in the day. I caught this fish and another saugeye that was over 18 inches just as the sun was setting.      

Oklahoma Wildlife Site        

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Spring walleye tips and techniques

By Kenneth Kieser

A cool early spring breeze made me shiver while the boat gently rocked in a moderate current. The rocking became a significant problem when the walleye lightly tapped our leeches and minnows. Yet, the river current carried us slowly enough to bounce out baits off submerged rocks where the walleye waited for dinner.

My wife, Cathy, hooked into a very large fish that sawed her bait off of a sharp rock. She patiently baited up and cast out. We knew the bigger fish would dive for the rocks and turning them with light tackle was almost impossible.

Soon another tapped her minnow and she managed to pull it up from the sharp edges that cut line like a razor. I soon slipped the net under a 3-pounder that joined two others in the live well.
Veteran walleye fishermen love to bundle up in warm clothing and go fishing while most are waiting for the spring bite. No one in their right mind can deny the remarkable taste of fresh walleye fillets from cold water.

WHERE TO LOOK FOR WALLEYE: Spring walleye are structure-oriented and often hungry. Look for angled bottom structure in early spring that eventually meets a drop-off. I especially like rocky shelves or huge boulders. Then I drift across these areas with minnows – or salted minnows where live bait is not permitted. Walleye suspend in these areas in search of baitfish.

I constantly have to keep the motor running to stay on fish in windy conditions. Wind will push you past the fish. Spring fish are often staged on slanted areas and a few feet to the right or left can mean no strikes. The key is staying where the walleye want to be. I use 1/4-ounce jig heads in calm water and 3/8th or heavier in wind and waves. We change sizes until the best size is found. Early walleye require an adequate presentation.

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Alabama Rig: Hottest technique in years! So good it's illegal in Tennessee and Minnesota

By Ken Duke

 "Man, this thing's gonna work!"

That's what Bassmaster Elite Series pro and 1982 Bassmaster Classic champion Paul Elias said to himself when he first rigged a few soft plastic swimbaits to an "Alabama rig" and pulled them through the pond behind his Mississippi home.

He was right, too. The Alabama rig worked for Elias on Lake Guntersville to the tune of a $100,000 FLW Tour Open victory in which he lapped the rest of the field, cracking the 100-pound mark with 20 bass and besting second place by more than 17 pounds.

Elias is no stranger to introducing new techniques. In 1982, he won the Bassmaster Classic by "kneeling and reeling" (immersing most of his fishing rod beneath the water to get extra depth out of his crankbaits).

Twenty-nine years later, he's doing it again.

If you've ever trolled for striped bass or other pelagic species, you probably know all about the "umbrella rig." It's essentially a wire harness sporting multiple "arms" to which lures or baits are attached. At its center is a line-tie (in the case of the Alabama rig, a hard bait body) and multiple arms emanate from it, almost like the spokes on a wheel. Because they're wire, you can bend and adjust them to suit your desired presentation. Think of a mobile for a baby crib — with hooks! — and you'll get the idea.

Elias first met the Alabama rig, and its developer, Andy Poss, at a Pickwick Lake charity tournament a few months back. Poss introduced himself and showed Elias the rig outfitted with some curled-tailed grubs. He talked about his tournament success with the device and gave Elias a couple of them. That's when he took them home and tried them in his pond.

"I thought it was going to be great at Guntersville," Elias said. I was going to run up to Nickajack Dam and give it a try in practice, but then the tournament officials put Tennessee waters off limits [see more about umbrella rigs and Tennessee waters below], so I almost forgot about it."

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Sunday, March 4, 2012

There's a reason 'Alabama Rigs' are illegal in Tennessee, Elite Series

About the time professional angler Paul Elias was weighing in his winning catch last October at an FLW tournament in Alabama, TWRA Chief of Fisheries Bobby Wilson's phone was ringing.

On the line was one of the biologists who works with Wilson, and he was at the tournament watching the weigh-in. Elias boated 102 pounds, 8 ounces of bass, won the tournament by a cushy 17-pound margin, and did it with a rig that was given to him by a man named Andy Poss.

Poss dubbed the five-lure contraption an "Alabama Rig."

"I got a call from one of our biologists and he said, 'We're probably going to get some calls on this,' " Wilson said.

The tournament weigh-in, where the biologist eyed Elias' catch, was on Saturday. The calls didn't start coming into TWRA's Fisheries Division offices until Monday.

"We get calls every day about Alabama Rigs," Wilson said. "And that's just in our office. They're getting calls in the regional offices, the Law Enforcement Division it's people wanting some clarification about the rules."

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Friday, March 2, 2012

Alabama Rig is the hot topic in fishing circles

Paul Elias put the Alabama Rig in the bass fishing spotlight with a big tournament victory last October on Alabama's Lake Guntersville. Now everyone wants to cast the multi-hooked rig, but you'll have to lose some hooks if you want to legally catch a Buckeye State largemouth bass.

Elias, 60, of Laurel, Miss., is in Ohio today and Sunday to talk about the Alabama Rig, a trademarked form of an umbrella rig, at the annual Bass Weekend at Fin, Feather, Fur Outfitters in Ashland.
Elias is on stage today at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Also featured today at 1 p.m. is North Bend, Ohio bass pro Bill Lowen.

"It's an exciting rig," said Elias in a phone interview. "The Guntersville tournament was the first time I'd ever made a cast with the Alabama Rig, and it amazed me. I hadn't had a bite in six hours of fishing on the first day of practice, so I tied on an Alabama Rig. Casting around a bridge, I caught four bass on the first four casts.

"I laid down several patterns over the next couple of days, and the rig was something else. The bass hadn't seen anything like it and were totally tricked."

Elias, who was inducted into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame last month, weighed 102 pounds of bass over four days at Lake Guntersville to win the FLW tournament and $100,000.

The Alabama Rig consists of a small, hard body that trails five long, thin wires, each with a heavy-duty swivel attached at the end. Usually, long-shanked jigs with soft plastic swim baits are attached to the swivels. As a fishermen casts and retrieves a rig, it gives the appearance of a school of bait fish the game fish are eager to attack.

Used by saltwater anglers for years, versions of the umbrella rig have slowly been making waves in freshwater fishing to target schools of striped bass, white bass and crappie. Developed by Andy and Tammy Poss, the Alabama Rig is being mass-produced by Mann's Baits, which can't keep up with the demand.

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You have a chance to walleye fish with the best on the Illinois River

By: Steve Rogers — Herald Correspondent

Americans are a very competitive people. We like to both watch and be involved with competition. Who’s better? What team is better? Who is the best? The recent Super Bowl is a testament to this very competitive nature of our country.

Fishing is no different. Even when I was a young boy out on the lake with my father and brother, there was always an understood competition going on. If I caught the most on a specific day, my brother was quick to point out that he caught the biggest. If neither of us did very well, my father was instantly claiming bragging rights.

As an angler progresses throughout their lifetime, they often wonder how good they are. I can outfish my buddies, but how does that compare to other good anglers? Usually this determination to be the best involves joining a local club and participating in small tournaments on a local lake or river. The winner of these events claims bragging rights until the next event in which someone else will try to take over that title.

For some, the desire to prove oneself makes them take their skills to the next level. They may choose to fish more regional tournaments and match wits with top anglers from a five- or six-state area. These events can really challenge your abilities because often times they are fished on waters that are not your home turf.

If you can survive the mental, physical and financial challenges of fishing at the regional level, then you may push forward to a more national circuit.
These events attract the best anglers from across a multi-state area. These events are also much more costly to enter, but the payoff can be big. Some national championship events pay out $500,000 to a single winner!

There are tournaments for just about every type of fish that swims. By far and away, bass tournaments are the most abundant and the most popular. But there are catfish tournaments, crappie tournaments and numerous others. One of these is making its way to Spring Valley, Ill. in just a few weeks.
Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit will kick off its season opener on the Illinois River on March 24 and 25.

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Hot Perch Bite On Winnie


For the cold-weather angler, winter fishing's big payoff is peering into a crystalline cylinder of clear water while ice creaks loudly ...

And fish bite.

With luck, as with fishing in other seasons, in winter a rhythm sooner or later commands an order to things.
On Wednesday on this huge lake, through about 17 inches of hard water, that order was: Bite. Wait. Bite. Wait.

Set the hook.

Read The Rest Of Dennis Anderson's Story On Winnie Perch

( I know we are WalleyeTackle but sometimes you have to fish the hot bite )

Friday, January 20, 2012

Interview With Chase Parsons - FLW Tournament Winner

by Julia (Juls) Davis

January 19, 2012

Joining us for our next Monday Night Fireside Chat on January 23, 2012 is one of our favorite Guest Hosts, Chase Parsons. Always informative, funny, and easy going, he is the perfect host (Not to mention he can type pretty fast too, which is always a good thing).

Chase (pictured here in an FLW Outdoors Photo) is from Brillion, WI and a phenomenal angler. As a seasoned Professional
Angler, Chase found his first victory in a major, while competing on the National Guard FLW Walleye Tour event at Lake Oahe, SD in August of 2011. Cashing a check for $52,000.00 had to be a thrilling experience for a new husband and father, so let’s find out what he thought of that experience, together in the chat, shall we?

Back in 2010, Chase did one of our “Twenty Questions” interviews, so instead of repeating that information, you can view his previous interview to find out about his history as a fisherman, hunter, and all around outdoorsman here:

This year, I thought it would be best to just get right to the knitty-gritty of his 2012 season and expectations.

Please mark your calendars for Monday Night, 7pm Central Time, and join us in the Walleye Central Chatsite, where you can sit and chat with this extraordinary competitor.

Juls: Thanks for taking the time to do this Chase, it’s much appreciated. Please tell us who your sponsors are this year?

Chase: Sponsors are Nitro/Tracker Boats, Mercury Marine, Bass Pro Shops, Fin-Tech, Sebile Baits, Berkley, Fishouflage, Mustad, Lowrance, Oakley, Motorguide, Smooth Moves Seat Mounts, Otter Outdoors, Striker Ice Technical Wear.

Juls:  Please tell us what your plans are for 2012 and, if there is anything special you want to talk about, please do!

Chase: My 2012 schedule will be very similar to 2011.  I plan to fish all of the AIM and FLW Walleye Tour Events.  I had a great time last year on both circuits and fishing tournaments is the most exciting part about my career. 

Placing 2nd in Angler of the Year last year, to Tom Keenan on the FLW, just added more "fuel to the fire."  Keenan better be on his game this year again, because I'm coming for his title! 

Between tournaments, I'll be busy shooting several "The Next Bite" television shows, which air on NBC Sports, and also possibly a few Bass Pro Shops "Outdoor World" shows.
In my free time, I'm going to hang out with the family; wife Bridget and 7 month old son, Logan as much as possible, because without their support, I couldn't do this for a living.  If 2012 is as good as 2011, I'll be a pretty lucky man.   

Juls: Do your sponsors have any new products you would like to tell us about?

Chase: I'm happy to say all of my sponsors are on-board once again for the upcoming season.  Without these companies supporting me, I wouldn't be fishing for a living.  Otter Outdoors and Striker Ice Technical Wear are two new companies that I look forward to working with for many years to come.  Each company builds top of the line products for the "ice" season, which will be a great fit for us, as Dad, Keith and myself are beginning to spend more time in that market now.  We even went up to Lake Winnipeg to catch some of those giants through the ice last year, with Keith actually shooting a "The Next Bite" show, which I believe just aired a few weeks ago.  It's an exciting time right now for us, as in the past we haven't taken the opportunity nearly as much, to get out on the ice.  

Juls: What are your thoughts on the FLW for 2012? And, what do you think of the schedule, sites, the sponsors involved, and your expectations for each site.

Chase: I am looking forward to fishing all of the FLW Events in 2012, simply because I love fishing tournaments.  I have to be honest and say that I feel the locations as far as tournament waters aren't nearly as good as 2011.  Either way, someone is going to win each event!

Redwing (Mississippi): I think the FLW is getting pretty lucky with the winter weather in terms of this event.  Being as early as it's scheduled; it could have been a pretty brutal event with a bad winter.  However, the way it's looking, the bite probably will be pretty good but hopefully guys won't be on top of one another.  It's one of those places where if you don't draw a low boat number, you might be pushed out of the winning spot.

Lake Erie: I always look forward to goimg to Erie and this is an event I expect to be better than last year.  If we can get lucky and have better weather this year, guys should be more spread out and monster weights will come in again.  Never a bad place for a tournament...

Lake Oahe: I'm probably a little bit partial to this one, since I was lucky enough to win this event last year, but I love fishing Oahe.  I've always had good luck on that body of water and usually guys will be fishing a bunch of different techniques, in a bunch of different areas.  I'll be willing to bet there will be a certain style "bass bait" in more boats, than in any walleye event ever in the past.  :)

Escanaba: This is pretty local for me, being that I live close to Green Bay, but I think this event might be the biggest overall letdown of them all.  I've placed well at this time of the year in tournaments of the past (PWT), but it's always a pretty tough place to fish in the August time frame.  There will be plenty of zeros and one fish weights BUT a few guys will catch them good.  The one thing I was looking forward to, was fishing an event out of Escanaba without the slot limit, but it looks like that'll be back on by the time we are there.  Probably the toughest bite of any of the qualifiers which actually makes it the easiest to win...

Quad Cities/Championship: I've never fished there, so that makes it exciting!  I love learning new waters.  On the negative side, the people I've talked to that have, for the most part aren't excited for this event.  Insanely late in the year, but from everything I've heard it had to be, otherwise the bite would've really been poor. 

Ice Fishing for Huge Walleye - Red River - Video

Ice Fishing the Red River for huge walleyes. This is an amazing fishery producing many walleye over 30 inches, and 10lbs!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Subtle, Softbait Walleye - Video

You're in the boat Springtime Walleye Fishing with Al Lindner. Listen to methods and insights on the fine art of understanding Walleyes.

Monday, January 16, 2012

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!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Ultimate Outdoor Adventures Ice Fish Walleyes - Devils Lake ND - Video

Steve "Zippy" Dahl takes the Ultimate Outdoor Adventure Crew Walleye fishing through the ice on Devils Lake, North Dakota

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Baudette, MN will host AIM events on beautiful Lake of the Woods in 2012 and 2013

AIM announced today, a two year deal was signed with the Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau where the town of Baudette, MN will host AIM Pro Walleye Series and their revolutionary "Catch, Record and Release" tournament format for two consecutive years.  The 2012 Pro / Co - Angler tournament dates are August 16, 17 & 18 and the 2013 tournament dates will be August 15, 16 & 17.

For 2012 AIM has also announced that the previous $250 registration fee has been dropped. Additionally, AIM has also lowered the previous $1,500 Pro entry fee down to $1,200. Co- Angler entry fees are $300 and all Co-Anglers will fish all three days, randomly paired with a new Pro on each day.

It's been nine years since the city of Baudette and Lake of the Woods has hosted a true professional walleye tournament and AIM and its owner's couldn't be happier to be asked to bring that excitement back to the area and showcase it's now incredible population of walleye. Local anglers agree that right now, walleye fishing on the Lake of the Woods is as good as it has been in recorded history. August is "trophy time" on the big lake and with the AIM CRR seven fish limit, anglers and spectators alike could see daily bag weights easily exceeding 50... but perhaps even 60 pounds!

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Beer-battered fish - Recipe - Video

Hugh demonstrates a recipe from the River Cottage Fish Book: white fish, deep-fried in a batter made with beer.

Rockford teen lands state-record walleye

Nick Tassoni caught a walleye so big Saturday that it broke the longest-standing gamefish record in Illinois.

Tassoni, a 15-year-old freshman at Rockford
Auburn, boated his 14-pound, 12-ounce walleye from the Pecatonica River while trolling with his dad, Dave, in between the Macktown and Two Rivers forest preserves.

After a slow morning, Tassoni latched into something around 1:15 p.m.

‘‘I finally put the motor in reverse, and we went after this fish because he couldn’t move her,’’ Dave said.

They assumed it was a snagged carp.

‘‘But I knew it was a walleye when it got within 20 feet of the boat and started shaking its head,’’ Nick said.

It weighed 14.9 pounds on their Berkley digital scale. That would smash the Illinois record set when Fred Goselin caught a 14-pound walleye from the Kankakee River in 1961.

They squeezed the fish into a red Coleman cooler,
then motored to Two
Rivers. Dave called conservation police officer Brian Alt, who printed the necessary paperwork and met them at 2:15 p.m. at Pinnon’s meat market in Rockford. The fish caused so much hubbub that the scale was moved to a back room.

‘‘My family had a cabin in Minnesota for years, and we never saw anything that prehistoric,’’ said Brian Overbey, who weighed it. ‘‘All you heard in the store was gasps and aahs. When I put it up on the scale and saw the actual weight, that is when I was really shocked.’’

The 31-inch female with a girth of 201/4 inches weighed 14.75 pounds.

‘‘It is absolutely gorgeous,’’ said regional fisheries biologist Dan Sallee, who verified it Sunday. ‘‘A lot of times you get those big old fish, and they get gnarly-looking. This was a beautiful fish.’’

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Friday, January 6, 2012

Spinner Rigging for Walleye - Lindner - Video

Spinner Rigs combine the best aspects of coverage and temptation. New artificial softbaits add new dimensions to an angler's tactics for Walleyes. Al Lindner goes out with Gary McEnelly to show you a few of these spinner rigs.