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If you want to be one of the best fisherman on the lake. You must learn to fish the weed line. Most people do not know how. Whether you are fishing panfish , walleye, bass, or northern. It is truly amazing. Lets take walleyes. The main sought after fish here in Minnesota.

P1000894 (Medium) Pictured left Great Weed Jigs (top the Northland Weed Weasel , bottom standard 1/8 oz jig)

Most walleye fisherman are fishing deep water structure. This means sunken islands , rock piles, and bars. This time of year Mid June the weed lines are grown out to ten to 12 feet of depth. May lakes some of my favorite are choked with milfoil which means 80 percent of the lakes depths of under 12 feet are completely choked to the surface with weeds. Makes it hard  to fish.

 

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Minnesota Opener Fishing Report

How To catch walleye

Today May 11, 2013 is the walleye and northern opener of the Minnesota fishing opener. A Christmas like atmosphere of celebration accompanies this event in Minnesota each year. A lot of hoopla.  The Minnesota governor always participates and the TV cameras reported the governor caught a walleye or two.

Today we were cold fronted high winds of 30-40 MPH have made conditions dangerous here in central and southern Minnesota. Lake Pepin was reported with 4 foot high waves and few if any fisherman.

While the northern half of the state is mostly ice covered. Some fisherman still got out and fished the edge of lakes where incoming streams open the water.  

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How to catch walleye under the full moon during the fall.

One of the very best time to catch the trophy walleye is during the full moon periods in the September, October , and November months. The full moon is the when the moon shines bright and full in the sky. Waleyes starting about late September /early October need to put on a feed to get ready for the winter period when bait fish are not plentiful. The full moon period at night when skies are cloudless are your best choice for fishing walleye. Walleye will come into very shallow water to feed after dark.

What locations you want  to fish will depend on the lake or river you are fishing. Here in Minnesota shallow rock piles in lakes, rip rap areas in rivers are good spots generally. A good guide as to where to fish at night during the full moon would be to note where on your body of water during the day the fish are biting. Then fish that area and shallower.

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Walleye Fall Night Fishing Is Trophy Time

How to catch walleye method for the September to ice out fall period.

One of the very best times to catch that wall hanger lunker walleye is the fall period.  The state of Minnesota  DNR has determined that walleyes bite twice as much as the late summer period. Night time is a prime time to fish for walleye from the shore (or boat).  Specifically from sundown to midnight is best. You want to key in on the following areas: Prime walleye waters (rivers or lakes). Channels between lakes.  Where streams or rivers flow into a lake.  Where streams or rivers flow into a river.   The best lure for fall walleye fishing at night under these circumstances would be a plug such as the original floating Rapala or a shad rap (number 5 or 7).

A headlamp is a must equipment. If you are Fishing  from shore waders may benefit you if you are fishing flat slow tapering area. Waders will allow you to wade out and fish water you would not be able to reach otherwise.  What happens in the fall in these areas I specified above is that after sundown baitfish come into these current / neck down areas to feed.    Guess what follows them are walleye and other predator fish that feed on the bait fish.

A typical night fishing would be to go into an area after sundown and fish a couple hours. Fish your floating Rapala with a slow steady retrieve. You are now fishing the cold water period and the fish are not as active as the summer period. You will find walleye will come into an area after you have been casting without any action and all of a sudden catch more than one fish. From shore keep working an area moving slowly down the shoreline and back again.  Fishing these areas from a boat at night requires organization. Lights headlamp a must and always wear your life preserver. Not uncommon is to catch that 8 or 10 pound trophy walleye.

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How To Catch Walleyes.

Let’s talk flooded timber for walleyes and how to fish it. Many lakes and resevoirs have areas of vast flooded timber.

Great walleye lakes like North Dakota Devils Lake litteraly has more timber then you can shake a stick at. Many lakes and reservoirs in the Southern US, South and North Dakota have similar flooded timber conditions. Here in Minnesota and Wisconsin there are plenty of good walleye lakes and flowages that have flooded timber. Walleyes love flooded timber.

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How to catch walleye. The rip or snap jigging technique is a very under utilized technique for walleyes. I am on the water alot and I rarely see walleye fisherman use this rip jigging technique. Equipment for rip jigging include a graphite medium rod with a soft tip. For reel use an open

spincast. Line use flouro carbon or one of the other no streach lines in 15 to 20 pound test. Having a graphite rod with a soft tip and a super line that is no strech will make a big difference in your jig fishing success. It will allow you to feel the walleye bite which is sometimes very soft.

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How to catch fish with the Rapala Clackin Rap , a crankbait that does not have a lip. An overlooked method when it comes to walleye and bass. The Clackin Rap is a new bait just a few years old. It has no lip, it is large, heavy,  and sinks. What is really unique about the Clackin Rap is it has large rattle chamber with one big BB. The Clackin rap is very loud and gives off big vibrations the fish can hear from a long distance away. Fishing the Clackin Rap rap you simply cast it (and it casts a mile because of its weight) you let sink to the bottom . If fishing walleye in a hard bottom environement simply give a steady  retrieve. If fishing over weeds retrieve with rod tip high and let the lure work right above the weeds for bass and walleye. Try the Clackin Rap on weed edges , rock piles , sand bars etc. This is a presentation most walleye lakes have not seen. This gives you an edge. You can even troll  the Clackin Rap or vertically jig the Clackin Rap for walleyes in deep water. If you are already using a crankbait such as the great rapala shad rap on your walleye lake. Try the Clackin Rap which will give off far more vibration and rattle many times triggering strikes that other baits would not. When cranking the Clackin Rap thru weed edges and you feel a weed jerk the Clackin Rap free of the weeds and let the lure flutter down before retrieving. Many times this ripping action will trigger a strike.  There is no wrong you can fish the Clackin Rap. Try the Clackin Rap for walleye or bass. One draw back is yes the Clackin Rap is slightly more expenseive then your standard crankbait but not all that much more money.

How to catch walleye using the jig. The jig is the most versatile lure. If forced to choose only one lure to fish with the majority of the fisherman would choose a jig. There are so many ways to fish a jig (from trolling to casting to fishing the weeds. For walleyes there are several factors to


consider when fishing a jig to up your odds in being successfull. The walleye is generally found most of the time right near the bottom. Tip one use as light a jig as you can. For instance if it is a calm day you may want to fish a 1/8 oz jig. If it is windy you may want to use a 1/4 oz 3/8 oz or even 1/2 oz jig (if your fishing deep water or river fishing where there is strong current). Your guide is to use the lightest jig to get you to the bottom. Jig color can be very important. Switch colors and let the fish tell you what they prefer. Good basic colors are yellow , green, orange. Tip your jig with a minnow, part of a night crawler , leech, or one of the superbaits such as the gulp alive 4-5 inch shad. Retrieve the jig can be done by slowly crawling the bottom or many like to pump the rod a little then reel in slowly and pump the rod again. You can also try a jig type that has a little spinner in front of the head for more action. For equipment use a medium action graphite rod 6-7 ft with a soft rod tip. For line use 6-8 pound Floro carbon. The floro carbon line will help you feel those soft bites. It will definitely up your odds in catching more walleye. Another advantage of floro carbon is its invisible prpoerties. Try these tips to help you catch more walleye.

How to catch fish (walleye) using a live bait rig. The live bait rig is a bread and butter system for walleye fisherman. Especially in Minnesota. The live bait rig has 3 components: 1) A hook size #6 in most cases. 2) A barrell swivel. 3) A lead weight from 1/4 oz to 3 oz. You rig a live bait rig by

putting the sliding sinker on your fishing line and tying a barrell swivil to the line. The sinker cannot slide off the line but can go up and down the line. To the opposite end of the barrell swivel tie a leader . A flouro carbon leader in length of 4 to 8 feet. On the end ofd the leader tie your number 6 hook. Equipment for live bait rigging use a medium action 7 Ft rod. Put a minnow or leach on the hook and you are ready to fish. Lets start fishing as an example an edge of a rock pile in a range of 10-17 feet. You let your live bait rig drop to the bottom directly below the boat. Using a spinning reel with the bail open and your finger on the line start backtrolling. You feel the sinker on the bottom lifting the rod tip up and down slightly to make sure the weigth is on the bottom. As you troll say starting at 10 feet to 17 feet you let the line off your finger until you feel the weight hit the bottom. Then put your finger back on the line so no more line goes out. You are fishing nearly vertical to the boat If you feel a slight snag immediately let your finger off the line. Give it 15 to 20 seconds. Keep the rod tip up and start reeling, when you feel the weight of the fish set the hook. The adavantage of the live bait rig are the following : 1) A very natural bait presentation. 2) Precise control fishing nearly veritical below the boat on the structure you see on your depth finder. 3) When you feel a hit you can give the fish line that has no resistance. The live bait rig is especially good for very finicky biters on high pressured waters. Try the live bait rig if you have not already to help you catch more fish.

 

How to catch walleye using the Heddon Sonar.  An excellent deadly lure for walleyes Is called a Heddon Sonar . This lure has been around since the 1960-1970’s and was a very popular lure for fishing rivers. Today the Heddon Sonar is forgotten by many walleye fisherman and kept as a secret bait by other walleye fisherman. For those

 

not familar with this lure. It gets its name from sonar from the extreme vibration that this lure gives out when fishing it. Picture a flat metal lure shaped like a minnow with The 3 holes in the middle of the back of the lure for line attachment.  The three line tie holes allow adjustment of the lure’s running depth and action. The front hole is for shallow running and high vibration. The rear hole produces deep running and a wide, slower, wobbling action. The center hole is can be used for jigging.  It can be fished verticaly over schools of walleye like an ice fishing jig. Try casting and fishing the sonar like you would a crank bait. Cast the sonar on shallow rock beds or sandbars. Also try casting the sonar parallel to a the deep weed line (like you would a crankbait). The sonar is an excellent muti-specie bait. When you spot a school of walleye that is reluctant to bite using live bait rigs or other methods. Try using a marker bouy then vertically jig the sonar over them. Drop the sonar to the bottom (if the school of walleyes is on the bottom) and lift up with the rod about a  foot. You will feel the strong vobration this lure gives out. Let the lure fall back to the bottom and repeat. Vary how fast you jig the sonar up to match the mood of the walleyes. If the walleye are in a nuetral feeding attitude you will jig the sonar slower then if they were in a positive feeding mood. Do not forget to try the Heddon Sonar for trolling. It has a heavy weight so the Heddon Sonar sinks like a jig, yet when trolled gives off a flutter and a strong vibration. The walleye that are used to seeing live bait rigs and crankbaits have not seen this lure type action.  Try the Heddon Sonar to help you catch more walleye.

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