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Finally, the time has come.
The ice has left the lake. Birds are on their way back to their nesting grounds. It is time to dust the boat off and go looking for some crappies. This is probably my most anticipated time of fishing for me. It's a great confidence booster when you can find these eager crappies feeding, and getting ready to spawn. Let’s get down to some basics to help you target these fish. I'm going to break it down into three key factors that should help you locate those crappies in their feeding frenzies. WATER TEMPS, LOCATIONS, and PRESENTATIONS. When you can align these three elements, you will have a busy day of hook sets and fun. First, let’s talk WATER TEMPS for those shallow water crappies that we want. Now, I will be the first to admit, I couldn't wait to get my boat out and run the hot spots, to see if those crappies were defying Mother Nature’s ways too early.
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“The magical water temps we are looking for are the mid 50’s. That 54-55º mark usually gets those crappies fired up and moving into their spawning areas.” Page 6 • Midwest Hunting & Fishing - May-June 2018
I have hit the water right at ice out looking for the shoreline crappies, when the water was barely flirting with the 40º mark, of course, they proved me wrong. What I did learn from this mistake was, how to look for staging crappies. These are the crappies still hanging out in the nearest basin closest to their spawning grounds. Crappies in this staging area are hungry, and most likely aggressive. These aren't the crappies I want, I will patiently wait for those spawning crappies. The magical water temps we are looking for are the mid 50's. That 54-55º mark usually gets those crappies fired up and moving into their spawning areas. Once I locate these temps, I can begin the hunt. This will be about a 2-3 week period when the water temps rise into the 60's and tipping into the 70's, the spawn is about over with. One of the tell tales for me is when I start catching those crappies that are all muddled up from sitting on beds. They are a darker black color, once I find these fish, I know I am close to the motherload. Now we need to talk location.
To find my target water temps, I must be in the right spot, or searching the right areas. Crappies will migrate into areas to spawn, as they are looking for shallow bays and inlets. Also, shorelines, docks, pencil reeds and cattail lined shorelines are also a favorite. One of my favorite places to target early on is the wood pylon docks. These are those big heavy-duty docks that are permanent and there are a couple reasons why I like these structures. First, they are permanent, and most of the dock owners have some sort of aeration system running throughout the winter months to prevent the ice from damaging the docks, a natural attractant to fish. Secondly, those large wooden poles soak up the sunlight and warm the waters directly around them much quicker than the smaller docks would. Ok, so now we have figured out when to go, and what to look for when locating spring spawning crappies. Now we need to know how to catch them and what to use and I look forward to this because I love using light tackle and gear.
“When you are trolling for crappies a nd catch a few, mark your GPS/graph so you can make a pattern. Waypoints are good to have, but lo ok a little furt her than ju st a waypoint. Check the contours on where your mark ing and catching th e crappies and try the same p resentatio n in other areas on th at lake and even other lake s.” Midwesthuntfish.com
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I start with a handful of 6 to 7-ft. ultralight spinning rods equipped with spinning reels with 4 lb mono. I use an array of rods that are all rigged differently for different presentations. There are several ways to fish these crappies, I personally like all of them, but I find myself using a variation of these and then homing in on schooling fish. When I find a warmer shoreline, I like to run a Northland Tackle Fire Fly Hair Jig and I start with a 1/32 oz. jig if possible. I want to see how aggressive the crappies are and if they don't cooperate, I downsize to a 1/64 oz. I usually tip these jigs with a Northland Impulse Mini Smelt as it looks like a minnow, and swims like one too. I long line these out the back of the boat and cruise along the shoreline at a half mile per hour and this is a quick way to cover ground and locate fish. Another trolling option I like is running size 3 Salmo Hornets. Same idea of long lining them out the boat and troll these up to a mile an hour. This technique may not be as consistent, but you should find larger more aggressive fish.
I have learned a few tricks over time fishing for these crappies and have fallen victim to sometimes overlooking some key details as I start my first couple of trips in the boat due to the excitement. If you happen to get on some fish and you can cast, or bobber fish them, I would recommend using an anchor instead of using your trolling motor. Yes, your trolling motor is more convenient and that is why we all have them, however, in shallow waters the fish can feel that turbulence from the prop and push away from your targeted area. We had a Talon Anchor installed on our boat and it has been a complete game changer for shallow water fishing. When you are trolling for crappies and end up catching a few, make sure to mark your GPS/graph so you can make a pattern. Waypoints are good to have, but look a little further than just a waypoint. Check the contours on where you’re marking and catching the crappies and try the same presentation in other areas on that lake and even other lakes, you will find yourself catching more crappies.
When I find fish that are stacked up in the shallows or near docks, I like to rig up the Northland Firefly Jig with a Rocket Bobber. The neat thing about the Rocket Bobbers is that they are intended to lay flat or horizontal on the water and the lightest of twitches or movement, will indicate a fish is on and time to set the hook! I see many people that will use split shots or weights with these bobbers and that is not necessary. They are heavy enough to cast a long way with the lightest of jigs. Fan casting docks and shorelines is a great way to target the schooling fish, and more importantly, staying far enough away not to spook them.
“One of the tell tales for me is when I start catching those crappies that are all muddled up from sitting on beds. They are a darker black color, once I find these fish, I know I am close to the motherload.”
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Here is to a good open water season to you! Hopefully these tips will help you get some more slabs on the end of your line.
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One of the biggest headaches for boaters and the marine industry in general is fuel problems. Fuel problems can be caused by a number of sources. I put them into 3 categories. • UNSTABILIZED OR STALE FUEL • CONTAMINATED FUEL: DEBRIS, WATER, ETC. • ETHANOL Unstabilized fuel is basically fuel as it comes out of the pump at the gas station. Unless you add a fuel stabilizer to it, fuel starts to deteriorate and lose its octane after about two weeks. Especially when exposed to the atmosphere or heat. Carbureted fuel systems are vented to the atmosphere, leaving them susceptible to fuel degradation quicker than fuel injected systems. Fuel injected systems are pressurized, therefore closed to the atmosphere. Unstabilized fuel generally is not an issue with automobiles as they are usually driven on a regular basis. Boat motors are often inactive for weeks or even months at a time. Old degraded fuel smells a lot like varnish, and that is the term commonly used to describe the residue left in carburetors after all the volatile compounds have evaporated. If left sitting long enough, it will plug up every passage and pick-up tube. Unless you have access to an ultrasonic cleaner, it takes some serious chemicals to dissolve this goo. None of them are good for you. It’s a job best left for the professionals. If you don’t use your boat every week, you should probably use a fuel stabilizer every time you fill up. Don’t overlook your motor manufacturer’s line of fuel care products. Most of them are excellent. My personal choice of aftermarket stabilizers is Startron made by Starbrite products or CRC stabilizer. They will keep your fuel good for up to a year. Stabilizers will not recondition fuel that is already degraded. You need to add it to your tank when you put fresh gas in. If you have old fuel in your tank, you need to dispose of it before adding fresh. Some places that take waste oil will also take old fuel. Please dispose of old fuel Page 10 • Midwest Hunting & Fishing - May-June 2018 10 properly.
A plugged carburetor took out this piston on a 25HP two stroke motor due to a lack of lubrication. Photo credits: John J. Hoile
Badly varnished carburetor. Note severe build-up on pick-up tubes.
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After you fill your tank with fresh fuel and stabilizer, be sure to flush out the old fuel line and primer bulb before hooking the fuel line up to the motor. Take the fuel connector off the motor end of the fuel line. Hold the fuel line over a container and pump the primer bulb slowly until there is fresh fuel coming out. Running a motor on degraded fuel (if you can it started) can cause internal damage to the pistons and cylinders from detonation (low octane). Plugged carburetors can cause a motor to run lean from insufficient fuel, also causing piston and cylinder damage. This is especially critical in two-cycle motors as there will be a lack of lubrication.
What type of fuel should you use?
Almost all of the motor companies recommend 87 octane fuel, preferably non ethanol. If 10% ethanol is all that is available, that is acceptable as long as it has a minimum of 87 octane. Do not use fuel that has more that 10% ethanol. Why is ethanol not recommended for marine use? I will try and cover that subject at another time in more detail.
What about premium fuel?
If I had to choose between premium non-ethanol and 87 octane ethanol, I would opt for the premium. Some of the bigger four-stroke motors with variable cam timing call for a minimum of 89 octane for maximum performance. In other motors, the higher octane may produce more carbon buildup. If you know your carbureted small motor is going to be inactive for any length of time, unhook the fuel line and run it out of gas. However, do not run fuel injected or oil injected motors out of gas.
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Itâ€™s true, getting children involved in the outdoors has never been so paramount. In the last ten to fifteen years, the community bicycle gang heading to the after-school fishing hole has been replaced with online gaming.
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Children rarely see sunlight and with the increasing popularity of electronics, children are slowly becoming less involved in the outdoors. While a child may interact with a phone at a very early age, it does not replace the parent as the chief educator. Social experiments and science have proven many negative implications of too much screen time on the child’s brain and body. I’ve dedicated my love for the outdoors to the children. My goal is to pass on the passion to not only my family, but to every child I meet. I can’t imagine my life without the memories made in the outdoors with my family. I believe the best medicine, over any medical treatment, is a sunrise in God’s country. After becoming a father in January 2014, my ability and growth as an outdoor educator progressed rapidly. Captivating a child’s attention for hours in the outdoors is a skill you should not expect to become proficient at overnight. The classified secret is the needed ability of the adult mentor to be able to brainstorm with a strong imagination, just like our child counterparts. Visual imagination is not only important to children, but it’s also healthy for the adults. Plan your trip to not only catch fish, but to also entertain and spend time with the kids who join you. Do your best to never hear the dreadful words, “I’M BORED!” Keeping a child occupied will demand motivation, energy and strenuous work from the adults. It won’t be easy, but I found the first few trips to be the most difficult. After about the fourth trip, the kids will learn the ropes and start to entertain themselves. So, what can you do to keep a child interested? Have an imagination, think like a child and make things fun. Understand fishing all night with a child for a ten-pound walleye is nearly next to impossible. But a child’s smile holding a ten-inch walleye is just as impressive and the gleam of happiness will be difficult for them to contain. Make every effort possible to make the first few trips astonishing to them, they will be hooked for life! It’s been proven that getting kids off the couch and outside builds confidence, creativity, and reduces their stress.
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Here are a few tips I’ve learned along the way...
• Safety Never for one minute, let them think that not wearing a life jacket is ok, even if that means every adult in the boat wears one too. • Let them help you drive the boat Let’s face it, most days I don’t want to leave either, but if they get to drive to the boat ramp, it makes things a little easier. • Teach them about keeping bait alive Worms and minnows are fun to play with, but they both die exposed to the sun. This will teach them respect for the simplest things. Nice cool bedding for the worms and fresh water for the minnows. • Always have a rod you don’t mind losing or breaking, yes it needs bait and a working reel. Sooner or later it will sink to the bottom of your favorite fishing spot. Don’t get mad, they are kids, we all have done it. • Find a spot to store toys in your boat • It’s not easy, but when you pee off the side of the boat, or in a 5-gallon bucket...expect them to copy you, let them. • Always have a toy boat that floats While trolling, it will keep them entertained between reeling in fish. Drag it behind the boat, it’s amazing. • Expect to lose equipment Pliers, reels, nets and valuables are replaceable. • Teach them how to keep and release fish Don’t forget to teach them how to clean and cook fish. It’s called conservation. • Fruit snacks…they solve all problems
Kids grow up quick, don’t miss the opportunity to get them off the couch. The circle of life continues and time moves on. In your elderly years, you might depend on the varying kids who you introduced to the outdoors, to take you outside and help heal your heart and soul. Never miss an opportunity to introduce, inspire and educate a child. Remember, you don’t need thousands of dollars of equipment, you need time, heart and a strong imagination.
I’ve dedicated my love for the outdoors to the children. My goal is to pass on the passion to not only my family, but to every child I meet. I can’t imagine my life without the memories made in the outdoors with my family.
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I’ve met a lot of kayak anglers and learned how they got involved with the sport. The interest in kayak fishing comes from 2 basic groups of people. THE FIRST is shore and dock anglers who want to get out on the water and expand their options for fishable water. Kayak fishing can be an affordable way to accomplish this goal. THE SECOND group of people are power boat anglers who’ve heard about the benefits and thrills of kayak fishing and want to learn more about the sport and experience it.
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No matter which group you’re in, I’m going to share the basics so you can make informed decisions as you research and purchase kayak fishing products and select waters to fish as you get started. There are a wide variety of products and price points for gear and equipment. There’s also an amazing amount of do it yourself (DIY) knowledge in the kayak fishing world. It’s fun to see how other kayak anglers have engineered homemade solutions and rigged their yaks for almost every aspect of the sport. You tube, social media and websites are bountiful sources of information. Kayak anglers love to share their innovative creations, unique rigging approaches and talk about the sport. As a group, we’re very welcoming to newbies and enjoy passing along the knowledge and experiences we’ve gained.
I’m going to teach you 6 basic topics that you should know about as you venture into the sport.
1. What’s the difference in kayak types? Not all kayaks are the same. There are different categories for different uses and activities. Sea / Touring kayaks are long and narrow side-toside. They cut big waves and water easily and are fast, but they’re not great for fishing. Freestyle / Whitewater kayaks are very short, can turn on a dime, go over rocks and waterfalls but aren’t the best for kayak fishing. Kayak anglers prefer wider kayaks that are medium length that are very stable, not tippy. The combination of length, width and special hull design enables kayak anglers to stand and fish from a very stable platform. Molded plastic sit on top and sit inside kayaks are preferred for kayak fishing. • Sit-inside fishing kayaks have a closed cockpit that keeps you partially out of the wind or rain, keeping you warmer and drier. • Sit-on-top fishing kayaks have an open deck, are easier to get in and out of and have more room to stretch out. Virtually all pedal propulsion kayaks are sit on top models. Fishing kayaks are subject to rough environments. Shallow rocky areas. Areas with dead heads or trees in the water or hanging over streams and more. Molded plastic hulls are best suited to kayak fishing since they resist cracks and scratches and are extremely durable. Page 18 • Midwest Hunting & Fishing - May-June 2018 18
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2. Finding the best fishing kayak for your budget & fishing style What’s the best fishing kayak? It’s a common question from people getting in to the sport. Prices and features have a wide range. First, consider what type of fishing you like to do. If you like to fish small, shallow streams, a shorter kayak without a pedal drive sticking out the bottom makes sense for those situations. If you want to get out on big water, a longer, wider kayak, possibly with a pedal drive makes more sense. That boat will be more stable and handle better in big waves. Electric motors are even getting popular on kayaks, that’s another option. Think about the water you will be on most of the time. This is important when selecting a specific kayak that’s best for you. Your second consideration is budget. Keep in mind that you’ll need some basic accessories in addition to your kayak purchase. One way people get a little more kayak for their budget is shopping the used kayak market. High quality fishing kayaks are roto molded plastic. They’re extremely durable. Most kayaks will get a “rash” on the bottom from being dragged on shore or over shallow areas. If you’re looking to buy used, expect some level of minor scrapes on the bottom. There are many online groups dedicated to used kayak sales and dealers sell demo models, usually at the end of each season. Prevent kayak buyer’s remorse! TRY, TRY, TRY before you buy! Most dealers have demo days each week. You can get in different models and try them on the water. I also suggest you try yaks from different manufacturers. Try both pedal and paddle models. Take your time. I’ve seen people purchase the lowest price kayak they could find without testing it on the water first and not enjoy the sport due to choosing the wrong kayak. Some common problems with inexpensive kayaks are the seats aren’t comfortable, they’re not very stable and you can end up sitting in a puddle of water. You won’t enjoy the sport if you’re wet, uncomfortable or spend all your time worrying about tipping. KP standing in the Vibe Seaghost 130 fishing kayak.
3. Transporting, loading and unloading your kayak Different sizes and models of kayaks vary in weight. For transporting, you can remove the seat, accessories and pedal drive (on models that have them) to reduce weight when you’re loading or unloading your yak. Car top racks are one solution for transportation. Take all the accessories off your kayak and you can lift the plastic hull on to car roof racks and strap it down. There are even some car top racks with a “lift assist” feature that makes it easier to get the kayak on or off a roof rack. If you have a pickup truck, you may be able to put your kayak in the bed of your truck with the tailgate down and use straps to secure it. If you have a short pickup bed and a longer kayak, a bed extender can support a kayak that extends past your open tailgate. Trailers come in a variety of shapes, styles and configurations. There are manufacturers that make trailers specifically designed to carry kayaks. Other options include small boat trailers or jet ski trailers. They can be easily adapted to hold your kayak(s). Trailers are another area yak anglers bring DIY (do it yourself) innovations to solve problems or save money. Do a search online for “kayak trailers” and you’ll see many creative ways users have customized kayak trailers. You’ll see some with hardened storage boxes added, some with lockable tube rod holders, built-in task lights and some that can hold eight or more kayaks. One of the biggest advantages kayak anglers have is we can get our yaks into places other boats can’t access. We can go down narrow trails to remote lakes and streams. We can take our yaks down hills, stairs or over rocks. Kayak carts are small, wheeled dollies that attach to one end of your kayak to make it easy to “roll” to and from the water. 4. Basic accessories Safety first! These basic accessories are a must from the start. Always wear a personal flotation device (pfd). There are pfds made specifically for kayak anglers that feature easy access pockets for tools, tackle, phones and help keep you cool. A favorite pfd style for kayak fishing is the inflatable life jacket that instantly inflates when it senses you are under water. They are thin and comfortable to wear. It’s also a good practice to have a whistle on your kayak. You can use it to alert others around you if you need help. Leash or strap everything to the kayak, especially your paddle, in case you capsize or tip over! Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from harmful U.V. rays and bright glare on the water. Another benefit of wearing sunglasses is to protect your eyes from flying hooks and lures. In a kayak, you are very close to the water, if a fish short strikes your lure, you get snagged or something else changes the resistance on your line, that hook can come flying towards you fast! A hook in the eye is the last thing you want.
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Trick out your ride, it’s FUN! The list of kayak fishing accessories is long; rod holders, cameras and mounts, fish finders, speakers, crates…and on and on. Make a list, do your research and go slow when you’re picking out non-safety accessories. Check out what other yak anglers are using, ask them how they like the product. The pace of innovation and number of options has increased at an incredible rate. Plus, there is a strong DIY presence in the kayak fishing world. Someone has probably designed, built and shared their version of many of the accessories you want. 5. Kayak storage off the water Even though high quality plastic kayaks are extremely durable, you need to take some care and store them correctly when you’re not on the water. If you’re storing your kayak outdoors, invest in a cover to protect your kayak from dust, dirt and sunlight. Do not store the kayak with the hull resting on the ground. Store your kayak hull side up or standing up on an end. Keep your yak out of direct sunlight. Oil canning is a term used for when the plastic hull of your kayak heats up to a point where the plastic becomes pliable and dents. Oil canning can also occur if you strap your kayak down too tight on a trailer or other transportation rack and the strap pressure combined with some heat causes a dent. Many people store their kayaks on their trailer. A best practice for storage on transportation is to use “saddles” which match the hull shape, or run pvc pipes lengthwise to match contour of your hull. These techniques remove pressure on the curved shape of the hull so dents don’t develop. Some trailers or storage racks use a “J” shape. The kayak is turned on its side so the weight is not concentrated on the hull.
6. Your first outings should be small, calm waters away from crowds After you’ve picked up your new yak, spend some time away from boat launches practicing loading and unloading your yak. Practice putting on accessories and think about where you want them when you’re on the water. Make a check list of the items you need before you head out to fish and make sure you have everything. Select a lake or stream that is not crazy busy, has strong water currents, big waves or will be packed with power boats for your first outings. On the water, practice getting in and out of your kayak. Practice getting back in your kayak from water that is shoulder deep in case you tip over. You’ll know how to get back in your yak in deep water. Practice standing if your kayak is stable enough. It will take some time to become comfortable loading, navigating your kayak and fishing from it. Do this in a calm environment.
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As we move into the spring and the early summer months walleye are on the move. This can be one of the best times of year to get on an amazing bite while these fish are feeding heavily after the spawn. With very few small fish to prey on until mid-summer, insects, fly larva and small minnows are what’s on the menu. Much of this bait will be found up shallow and on or around mud flats where much of the insects burrow in for the winter and new hatches come from. However, if you find yourself on the Missouri River system you will encounter countless miles of shoreline that fits this description and determining where to look can be the biggest challenge.
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“Covering lots of water and covering it fast until you locate active fish is the key to a successful outing.” Midwesthuntfish.com
Covering lots of water and covering it fast until you locate active fish is the key to a successful outing. Trolling small crankbaits and spinners are my methods of choice for doing this. Walleye will be on the move early and often this time of year in search of anything that might pass as a meal. So staying mobile and covering lots of water is crucial. Trolling allows you to do just that. Cover lots of water at higher speeds looking for a pod of active fish. With today’s advancement in electronics, this has become even easier. With the use of my Humminbird Helix 10, I can scan up to 250’ using side-imaging out the back of the boat while trolling at speeds under 5 mph. Not only is side image great for seeing what’s out to the side of the boat vs. only what’s below the small sonar cone below the boat, I can identify fish that may be too shallow for traditional sonar to pick up as well as suspended fish in the water column. Just imagine cruising a mudflat at 2 mph and covering over 200 feet of water with your electronics. Think you might be able to find some fish a little sooner than later? For covering shallow water and a lot of water while trolling you will want a few new tools at your disposal. Off Shore Tackle Planer boards are just those tools. Planer boards will get your baits out away from your boat so you’re not spooking the fish that may be shallow as well as enabling you to deploy your lines in a system that will not only cover a lot of water but keep you clear of tangled lines. Planer boards are designed to either run Port (passenger side) or Starboard (driver side) of the boat. Once you have your lures to the designated depth you want to target you then clip on your Off Shore Tackle Planer board and slowly let it out until the lines are spread apart as you like them. This is a relatively easy process but will take a little bit of a learning curve to get used to. Most of the learning will come once you hook up with a fish and have to figure out how to get “Planer boards will the fish in without clearing the other lines if it’s an outside board. get your baits out away There are several YouTube videos out there for you to watch from your boat so you’re not that can visually explain this process much better than the written word, so I suggest viewing those for further spooking the fish that may be instruction. shallow as well as enabling
to you deploy your lines in a system that will not only cover a lot of water but keep you clear of tangled lines.”
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Planer Boards have been around for a while yet I get a lot of questions from people at sports shows and seminars about how they work and where they might use them. I for one will assure you that if you are fishing the Missouri River system you will definitely want to invest in a set. When I’m searching for fish along a long mud flat or in shallow water (less than 6 feet) I will be running my planer boards. As a tournament angler and guide being efficient on the water is important to me. Efficiency comes in the form of time. The faster I can locate the active fish the faster I can figure out what it’s going to take to catch more of them. Adding the use of planer boards to your arsenal allows you to also cover different water depths by sliding a planer board all the way up shallow attached to a shallow running crankbait while deploying a deep diving crankbait hooked up to a planer board running out to the river channel. In this set up you might be covering a 100 to 300 ft. area. Determining if the active fish are deep or shallow will help you decide your next step in the process.
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A few tactics I like to deploy early in spring is pulling bottom bouncers behind my planer boards in depths under 10 feet. Usually only moving at speeds at .8-1.2 mph I will use a 1 oz. to 1.5 oz. bottom bouncer teamed up with a Northland Tackle Baitfish-image spinner on a crawler harness is deadly. Nightcrawlers are not native to the reservoir but early spring runoff and rain showers wash night crawlers into the system making them an easy and tasty target. If I’m lucky enough to find some new vegetation growth on these flats I will use this same system but without a bottom bouncer. Either a 1/4 oz. or 1/2 oz. in-line weight hooked to my main line and then the crawler harness hooked to that will keep my spinner up over the top of the weeds enticing those walleye to come up to strike it. Depending on the wind and current I will occasionally hook my crawler harness directly to my Lead Core line leader using the Lead Core line as my weight. This has been very effective on a few occasions. Early in the year and if clear water is present look at keeping your blade size fairly small such as a #3 Indiana or Colorado. The Colorado blades will give you a bigger thump putting off more vibrations traveling through the water column. A smaller blade will resemble the size of bait in the system. Trolling small to medium size crank baits (5 cm-7 cm) will allow you to even cover more water at a faster pace—2 mph and greater. Crankbaits offer a few advantages and speed being one, another is if the fish are in-active a crankbait can cause a reaction bite. It’s hard for a lethargic walleye to pass up an easy meal swimming erratically by its face. Keeping the packaging or labeling the lid of the box you keep your crankbaits in is a great way to ensure you know the depth that your crankbait will run. This is very important when using crankbaits in conjunction with planer boards. I personally use the Precision Trolling Data App on my smartphone which has more lure dive curves on it than I’ll ever own. Planer boards aren’t the only way to spread your lines out to cover more water. Typically what many anglers on the river do, including myself when the circumstance calls for it, is use long rods, anywhere from 10 ft. to 14 ft. trolling rods. Personally, I use an St. Croix Eyecon 12 footer out the side and 5 ft., shorties as I like to call them, out the back at a 20º angle. This is covering an areawide as 32 feet out the back of the boat. This is typical for us Lead Core line trollers but I will assure you that the Lead Core line can be hooked onto a planer board as well if you wish to spread it out beyond the 32 ft. span.
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Getting your baits spread further away from your boat many times is all it takes to get the fish to bite especially highly pressured fish. By spreading your lines out away from your boat covering more water you will become way more efficient with your time on the water and hopefully, that means more successful outings. Midwesthuntfish.com
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Transition time. May in the underwater world of the Minnesota walleye screams “transition time!” It’s that time of the yearly fishing cycle when various schools of walleyes thoughout Minnesota are adapting from their Spring spawning locations to their late Spring feeding locations. And depending on where your next big fishing adventure is scheduled, there can be multiple patterns or strategies to pay attention to in order to be successful. Now don’t get me wrong, not all of the fish swim out of the shallows that they covet throughout May and instantly dart for deeper water at the same time—as some believe. In fact, in most bodies of water, some walleyes never leave the shallows (5-10 ft.) all summer long—and that’s one of the easiest patterns to fish. That’s a later article, for now we are concerned with the basics of May walleye location. May walleyes are basically eating machines and can be found in depths ranging from 4-30 ft. The more productive depth ranges in general seem to be between 6 and 20 ft.—which is either up on the shallow flats (6-12 ft. centered around pods of bait fish and newly growing weeds only inches tall) close to spawning areas and then lingering out to the first break (drop off) and down potentially to the newly growing weed line—12-20 ft. In either location, food / baitfish is the key to finding May walleyes—year round for that matter! Walleyes need food 24/7/365. They eat day or night, cloudy or sunshine. So get out the Humminbird side imaging sonar and use it as a radar beam to scan the shallows around your boat for pods (blobs) of bait/minnows as you idle around the shallow water flats. Find the food and the walleyes will be close by—within yards of the food source. Long line stick baits like Rapalas or Salmos while you are searching/scanning with the boat—preferably by using your trolling motor for stealth. Oh yeah, don’t forget about the long lining or planer boards with small flutter spoons commonly used for trout and salmon fishing on the great lakes. Deadly. When multiple pods of baitfish or walleyes are found (or caught) stop the boat and simply work the area more thoroughly by pitching a small jig 1/16-1/8 oz. green, blue, or glow white jig tipped with a shiner minnow hooked through the lips fished on clear 6 lb. or 8 lb. monofilament line. Line stretch helps the fish inhale the bait easier than a non-stretch line. Drag the jig along the bottom and slowly work the area you think the school is utilizing. If you are having problems keeping bottom contact with your jig—try a slower boat speed or retrieve speed before using a heavier jig. Another great option are live bait rigs (like Lindy rigs) comprised of a 30-40” leader, 1/4-1/2 oz. slip/egg sinker, and a #2 or #4 hook tipped with an active shiner minnow, medium leech, or a night crawler will also produce fish.
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Try casting a gold or silver JB Lures Walleye Weasel spoon tipped with a minnow tail and aggressively working it back to the boat or shore. Use a quick pull and then let the spoon flutter to the bottom, repeat until the fish suck it off the bottom or the retrieve is complete. Hold your position with the trolling motor. This is where your anchor feature on the Minnkota trolling motor comes in handy. Do not anchor with a rope anchor or a Talon type anchor until you have caught numerous fish in the same area. Disturbing the bottom can spook the fish! Typically in May, small schools of walleyes are roaming and will not hang around long anyway—hence why some movement of your bait via trolling or drifting works well on the flats this time of the year. Concentrate on the shallow feeding flats between spawning areas and deeper water—30 ft. plus. Your search should stop at the first break leading to deeper water. Make sure to use your Humminbird graph or Vexilar flasher to scan the drop off looking for fish— especially as the month of May is blending into June. Midwesthuntfish.com
One last tip—don’t forget about current areas like in flowing rivers/ creeks for some great evening fishing. The walleyes will filter into the shallows as the sun sinks beneath the horizon making for some great shore fishing/wading opportunities that at times a boat angler cannot capitalize on. Ok, one more tip. The same great shore fishing (or bank pitching from the boat) can be found after a day or two of heavy winds pounding the shore causing turbid water. It’s not uncommon to slam walleyes in 1-2 ft. of water. Yes I said 12-24 inches of water, during the day! Try casting a gold or silver JB Lures Walleye Weasel spoon tipped with a minnow tail and aggressively working it back to the boat or shore. Use a quick pull and then let the spoon flutter to the bottom, repeat until the fish suck it off the bottom or the retrieve is complete. Midwesthuntfish.com
While there are no hard and fast rules in the sport of walleye fishing, there are basic patterns in fish behavior, location, and activity. This quick summary of just a tiny fraction of May walleye fishing in Minnesota conveys some consistent basics and should help bring results to your next May Minnesota walleye fishing trip. Lotsa Fish! Lotsa Fun! Minnesota Fishing Guide Service, Captain Josh Hagemeister 320-291-0708, 320-732-9919, www.minnesotaguideservice.com www.mycampfish.com 27 Midwest Hunting & Fishing - May-June 2018 • Page 27
What does Midwest getaway mean to me? I know I can remember vacations in a cozy little cabin, snuggled into the woods on a tiny lake with a perfect sunset with only my friends and family to keep me company. The great outdoors has been my idea of a vacation ever since I was a little boy running around with a fishing pole in my hand. Imagine walking up only yards away from the crystal blue water with nothing but the whisper of nature in your ear, if this sounds like your idea of a vacation,
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About 5 hours north of the Twin Cities, Grand Marias is a wonderful small town with very friendly people. With only a couple gas stations, some great local restaurants and breweries, Grand Marais will always have something going on for all ages. The long rolling hills and bluff-like views, are mind blowing for those who have never ventured up into the Grand Marais area. While driving to Grand Marais, the view of Lake Superior is out of this world. You can see for miles and when the wind is blowing, you might even spot some surfer dudes out there. Drive hardly 10 minutes out of Grand Marais up the Gunflint Trail and you are in a totally different environment! The Gunflint Trail is a 57-milelong paved road with a dead end. That’s right, only one single road with multiple resorts and canoe outfitters in the middle of nowhere, the longest dead-end road in the state. If you are someone who needs to be connected to the world, this is not the place for you. Phones will begin to lose service only miles up the trail, forcing you to appreciate the flora and fauna that will surround you for miles. One of the greatest things about the Gunflint Trail would be the option to either go into the Boundary Water Canoe Area or to stay on a lake that allows motors or limited Horse Power. There are more lakes on the Trail than I can even begin to count.
One could spend days just looking for a specific campsite on a lake tucked into the BWCA, your options are almost endless. With miles and miles of shoreline, you could explore the pristine wilderness views for years. Canoeing and camping is by far the most popular recreational activity for this area, groups as small as two, venture out or groups as large as 6 can fight the elements as a team. Pair that with fishing, bird watching, geo cashing, berry picking or hiking and your days will fly by while creating remarkable memories. There might be almost endless camping possibilities, but one can’t just go into the BWCA without permission. You must first obtain a day permit or a camping permit from a designated distributor. Typically, this is the done at the closest DNR headquarters. You almost always must make reservations or call ahead to find availability. At the end and beginning of the summer, there are times you don’t have to make a reservation because not many people will go and camp in extreme conditions, but it’s a good idea to make reservations. When you are out in the BWCA, make sure to respect other campers and always practice LNT (leave no trace), a little bit from everyone goes a long way, look up any additional information on the MN DNR page. However, you might not even venture into the BWCA, many find themselves hooked on the Gunflint trail.
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If you decide to stay on the Gunflint Trail, there are dozens of options, ranging from resorts to camping tents/RV, bunk houses, and the traditional cabins, these are all great options. From Poplar Lake you can access Caribou Lake, Meeds Lake, Swamp Lake, Liz, Horseshoe, and Skipper. All these amazing destinations are in the BWCA with dozens of campsites to choose from. The distance to each lake is measured in rods; each individual trail is called a portage. A portage can be half a mile or a mile depending on your location. (One rod is 16.5 ft), for example, from poplar to skipper its 320 rods, a short walk but with a canoe, could be a challenge for some, or you can double portage to Caribou (that is known for its amazing walleye) a 46-rod hike to Liz Lake, paddle south down the lake and portage another 60 rods into Caribou.
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From these lakes, you can even explore father into the BWCA if you are up for the challenge. Any of the resorts on the Gunflint, are going to give you a surreal experience. Driving to the end of the trail, you will find yourself only miles away from Superior National Forest. One big benefit of going all the way to the end of the trail would be the views for one, but also the ChikWauk Museum that’s only a few miles away from trail’s end. This museum is not only great for kids, but also very informational about the history of the trail for adults. Once here, you have multiple options for hiking, the most popular one would be Blueberry Hill Trail. This gives you some great blueberry picking opportunities plus views of Canada and Seagull Lake. Keep your eye open for any trails on the side of the road, you never know where the next corner will take you. On your way back from the end of the trail, there are a couple must see spots. One of the best destinations/view on the Gunflint Trail, would have to be Honey Moon Bluff, this view is not in the BWCA and is to this day, one of my favorite locations in the world, overlooking Bearskin Lake, you can see for miles. The fishermen in their boats look like little pop cans. The hike up to the bluff is only a quarter mile, if that, so for those who want a short and sweet walk, this is for you. Caribou Rock, located near Hungry Jack Lodge, is a popular hike for families that are looking for an easy user-friendly hike. Being a low-grade hike, almost anyone can take a stroll up to this great spot. A very interesting and unique hike would be Magnetic Rock. This is in the area that burned a few years back, thus letting you see for miles while on semi flat ground. If you are a Geoscience nerd, this is your place to be, a huge 60 ft. rock that requires a three-mile hike to get to will leave you with unanswered questions. Lastly, the Northern Lights Bluff Trail is in the middle of the long winding Gunflint Trail. This trail will give you unparalleled views of the great BWCA, with less than 2 miles of hiking trails and extremely easy for any age to hike, this is a must see for families or couples. While some might be interested in the wildlife above water, some come for the great size fish that lurk these waters. Great trout fishing, walleye, pike and even smallmouth are in these waters and will leave you wondering what’s tugging on your line. Start talking to folks in town or the old man sitting at the gas station and you are bound to hear the story about the one that got
away. World Class Brown Trout and Lake Trout can be found up the trail or you can try your luck on Superior. Often people will go into the BWCA and find small lakes loaded with walleyes and not tell a soul, some little lakes will even hold monster 10-inch bluegills! Once the snow starts to fall and you can ride your sleds out, finding these isolated lakes becomes a lot easier. However, be extremely careful and follow all state laws, the DNR is no joke when it comes to the BWCA. A killer Lake Trout lake, that is well known would be Gunflint Lake, this lake is MASSIVE, one if not the biggest on the Gunflint Trail. You can take any size boat you want out, with beyond crystal-clear water. There are also some smaller lesser known lakes such as Elbow Lake that is located near the beginning of the trail where you will need a small boat or canoe to get into. Moss Lake and Birch Lake both have Brown Trout in them. On Birch Lake, you can fish from shore and bring home a limit of trout in an afternoon. Don’t go and forget an about obtaining a trout stamp that is needed annually for trout fishing anywhere in the state. You can catch these fish with a good ol’ hook and worm. Usually, a very slow troll while keeping the worm off the bottom and some light sinkers will do the trick. Experiment with how far you are off the bottom and try to finesse as much as possible. These trout can be extremely picky at times. For anyone looking to take a solo trip into the great wilderness, this area is the place for you. With untamed wildlife and breath-taking views, the trail will not disappoint. If you are looking to bring the family up to the area, there are endless accommodations and fun outdoor activities for the kids. You can tent in the middle of the woods or stay in a nice cabin with a little fire and cup of coffee in the morning. Fish on Lake Superior or inland lakes for multiple species, no matter what you do or where you stay on the Gunflint Trail, your experience will last a lifetime. The amazing sunsets will be remembered for years and the wildlife will continue to welcome you with Mother Nature’s warm call. The Gunflint Trail is a true Midwest destination and should be on everyone bucket list.
Keep your eye open for any trails on the side of the road, you never know where the next corner will take you.
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Over the last 10 years North Dakota has gradually added a number of rules and regulations designed to slow or prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species. In 2018, the only new rule is that transportation of live white suckers is illegal other than within Richland, Cass, Traill, Grand Forks, Walsh and Pembina counties in the eastern part of the state. Live white suckers are not legal bait in North Dakota expect in the Red River.
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Heading into a new fishing year, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department reminds anglers and boaters that all aquatic vegetation must be removed from boats, personal watercraft, trailers and fishing equipment such as fishing rods, bait buckets, lures and waders before leaving a body of water. That means "vegetation free" when transporting watercraft and/or equipment away from a boat ramp, landing area or shoreline. Time out of the water needed to remove aquatic vegetation at the immediate water access area is allowed. In addition to removing vegetation, other North Dakota ANS regulations require: • All water must be drained from boats and other watercraft, including bilges, livewells, baitwells and motors before leaving a water body. • All drain plugs that may hold back water must be removed, and water draining devices must be open, on all watercraft and recreational, commercial and construction equipment bilges and confined spaces, during any out-of-water transport. • All legal live aquatic organisms used by anglers, including legal baitfish (fathead minnows), amphibians (salamanders and frogs), invertebrates (crayfish and leeches) and insects must be purchased and/or trapped in North Dakota. Anglers can transport live bait in water in containers of five gallons or less in volume. The only exception is that anglers may not transport live bait in water away from the Red River (Class I ANS infested waters). At Class I ANS infested waters, all water must be drained from bait buckets as anglers leave the shore, or remove their boat from the water. Anglers must properly dispose of unused bait away from the river, as dumping bait in the water or on shore is illegal. Midwesthuntfish.com
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There are many highly sought-after bodies of water that are in Minnesota’s North Country, including Lake of the Woods, Rainy River, Red Lake, Vermillion, Leech Lake, Lake Superior and many more. I have been fortunate enough to have grown up fishing these beautiful bodies of water, that offer some of the best fishing for all freshwater species. Northern Minnesota offers many options for both ice fishing and open water. Almost every fresh water species is present in these lakes. My current residence is Bemidji, MN, and is literally in the middle of hundreds of different lakes that offer these species. Not only is the fishing very special, but the scenery on these lakes is second to none. Growing up in my hometown of Salol, MN, I was spoiled with arguably the best walleye fishery around. Lake of the Woods and the Rainy River is nothing less than spectacular when it comes to walleye and northern pike. I was lucky enough to have one of the best LOTW and Rainy River guides around, my DAD.
Whether we were jigging reefs, pulling shad raps, or bottom bouncing, we have boated many walleyes over the magical 30” mark. With numerous high-class resorts, Lake of the Woods also offers some of the best accommodations that make the trip that much more special. After I graduated high school, I attended Bemidji State University, where my focus deviated from walleyes to fishing one of the top fresh water predators, Musky. My wife and I have since become very hard core musky anglers and enthusiasts. As many musky nuts know, Northern Minnesota has been producing some of the world’s largest Muskies. The combination of stocking Leech Lake strain musky, high population of forage and the 54” minimum, has made Northern MN a destination for world class musky fishing. It is amazing what the DNR has done with stocking and protecting of these fish. I have musky fished 20+ lakes in northern Minnesota and have caught or seen 50” fish in all of them. During the winter months, when I can’t musky fish, I like to target slab panfish. Many of the lakes that I target, are lakes off the beaten path, usually the toughest ones to get to are the best. There are numerous lakes in northern Minnesota that pump out large crappies, bluegills, and perch on a consistent basis. Targeting them in the basins during winter months is the most consistent bite. If you’re looking for a true angling adventure, the BWCA (Boundary Waters Canoe Area), up in the Ely, MN area, offers some spectacular trout, walleye, and bass fishing. These trips can be some of the most memorable, as many of these lakes need to be portaged to without the help of a motorized boat and often include camping. This area offers some of the most beautiful views Minnesota has to offer. Lake Superior, the largest body of water in the US, offers an adventure with a whole different spectrum of fishing that you can’t find in the rest of the state. Coho and King are a highly sought after table fish and both can be targeted in this big body of water. The North Shore between Duluth and Grand portage has numerous areas that can be fished from shore, and if you hit it at the right time, can produce some amazing salmon and trout fishing. Northern Minnesota is any angler’s dream destination, come up and experience all that is offered in the Northland.
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Minnesota fishing vacations are some of the best in the United States. From Central Minnesota known as Lake Country to the Brainerd Lakes area and north to Lake of the woods, you will find thousands of lakes to fish. Anglers keep 3.5 million walleyes every year. Nearly twice as many people fish for walleye in Minnesota as for other species. And they spend nearly twice the amount of time on the water. The Minnesota Walleye opener is May 12, 2018. Walleyes remain in shallow locations until water warms in the summer months and bait supplies become more available in deeper water. During the fall, more trophy caliber fish are caught than any other time of the year. The fishing is good but the scenery with the changing colors makes for a great day on the lake.
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It happens all of the time...
A walleye angler swings the rod back for a nice hookset on a walleye. The rod bends hard and thoughts of a nice walleye are on your mind. In an instant, that sinking feeling happens. The line quickly rises to the surface and the water explodes with brown fury. Yep, it’s another nice smallmouth caught by an unsuspecting walleye angler on Lake of the Woods. The vast majority of anglers on these waters are after walleyes, but the population of smallmouth bass is very strong and the fish are not targeted. If you are one of those anglers who like bass or want to mix it up a bit, there are a few areas you will want to target.
The Rainy River The Rainy River flows into Lake of the Woods. There is 40 miles of navigable water between the mouth of the river and the Birchdale access which is east of Baudette, MN. This is an incredible smallmouth fishery with endless opportunities. At the mouth of the river there is a stretch of water that sits behind Pine Island called 4 Mile Bay. This bay extends behind Pine Island and has a variety of weed beds, areas of rock and some current edges that extend west off of the river that will hold some nice bass. Another option along the river are where the smaller tributaries enter the Rainy River and in the tributaries themselves. These smaller rivers will hold nice bass depending upon the depth, amount of flow and how much rock is available. Bridges crossing over the smaller rivers can be a hotspot for smallies with the rock around the bases of the bridge abatements the key area holding fish. Some good smallmouth spots aren’t so noticeable. While targeting Rainy River smallies, we noticed scattered boulders in a farm field that continued into the river. It turned out that every boulder that sat in at least 3 feet of water held a smallmouth behind it. On this day, we were casting gold scatter raps behind the boulders in the slack water and the bass were all over them. The Rapid River dumps into the Rainy River with a beautiful area called Clementson Rapids. Below the rapids is an area with a lot of rock, current and current breaks. This area typically holds good numbers of smallies and is a great shore fishing area as well. Up and down the river, there are areas of scattered rock, boulders, weed lines, current breaks, humps, and bridges. All can, and much of the time will, hold bronzebacks.
Smallmouth bass structure... The big water of Lake of the Woods has a number of small reefs that hold bass. As an example, this area is just east of Long Point on the south shore of the lake. Notice the rocky areas marked that are prime smallmouth habitat. There are literally some football sized bass that come from the basin usually caught by walleye anglers. Page 38 • Midwest Hunting & Fishing - May-June 2018 38
The mouth... The Rainy River is a world class fishery for smallmouth bass and receives very little attention. Along with current breaks, rocky areas, and weedlines, there are a number of tributaries like the Rapid River at Clementson Rapids (pictured here) that are key areas for big numbers of bass.
The author with a nice Lake of the Woods smallie. The NW Angle is the start of the 14,552 islands that extend into Ontario and offers anglers world class bass fishing opportunities.
Big Traverse Bay Some anglers refer to Big Traverse Bay as the main basin. This area is about 30 miles long by 25 miles wide. Much of it is made up of a mud basin. Scattered throughout are a variety of rock reefs. Some are near shore, some off shore. These areas of rock will hold a variety of fish including some monster smallmouth bass. Depending upon the time of the year, check the tops first and work your way off the edges. During a recent walleye tournament, my partner and I were pulling a long rock reef extending out from Garden Island called Starren Shoal. A fellow tournament boat was on a different part of the reef pulling cranks for walleyes and the net was swinging constantly. Our assumption was they were into a good school of walleyes and we gave them their space. Come to find out, the majority of the hoopla was big smallies, which were not very welcome in the heat of a walleye tournament. In most cases, these bass that frequent the tops of reefs are left alone as walleye anglers are focused on the deeper edges. The south shore of Lake of the Woods from Morris Point over to Rocky Point is the home to a number of small reefs and rock piles. I can speak from experience that nice bass live on many of these small spots. Some of the bass living in the basin are monsters and do not see many lures. The Northwest Angle The NW Angle is the northernmost point of the contiguous United States. It is where the 14,552 islands of the lake begin. Some anglers who stay up at the Angle will fish Minnesota, while others will choose to fish the Ontario side of the lake opening up the lake for another 40 miles and thousands of islands. With literally thousands of islands, the structure, bays, weed beds and current edges are endless. On a past fishing trip called the Scatter Rap Challenge in which we could only use Rapala Scatter Raps as part of the promotion, my fishing partner, Mark Fisher of Rapala, and I were casting shorelines around islands with gradual rubble and rocky points with these shallow diving crankbaits. Our count for the day was just below 100 fish. The majority of these fish were smallies with some walleyes, pike and muskies mixed in. Smallmouth bass were on every island and very eager to inhale what they thought was a very injured and radically swimming minnow. Walleye anglers and bass anglers have something in common, they often kid each other about each other’s species being a “rough fish”. If you are a walleye angler, an apology needs to be made up front about the number of “rough fish” that live in the waters of Lake of the Woods. These “rough fish” are brown, in big numbers, they get massive and pound for pound, are supreme battlers. If you want to have a fun day of fishing, target smallmouth on Lake of the Woods. You will have them all to yourself.
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If there is a gamefish in Lake of the Woods that receives very little respect, it is the smallmouth bass. These hard fighting fish that rip, drag and burst out the water without notice are in big numbers throughout the Rainy River, Big Traverse Bay and of course, the NW Angle and islands area of LOW. Where do they reside? First, let’s talk the Rainy River. With over 40 miles of navigable and fishable water from the mouth of the Rainy River up to about the Birchdale access (and even further if you know how to navigate the Manitou Rapids by boat), bass are prevalent in many spots. Rocky areas, bays, current seams and tributaries to the river are great places to start. If you enjoy bass and want to have thousands of world class bass spots to yourself, give Lake of the Woods and the Rainy River a try. Just because walleyes get all of the attention doesn’t mean that is the only fish living in these productive waters!
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I quit tournament fishing in 2003 and for the most part I don’t miss it. What I do miss is the figuring out. The exploring. The breaking down a body of water I’d never seen before, or hadn’t been to in some time. Where are the fish holding? Are they spawning? On the move? In their summer haunts? What are they eating? These questions and more must be answered to put together a solid pattern. A tournament angler may get 3-5 practice days to build a pattern. However, the weekend angler might only have one precious day. That Saturday they’ve been waiting for when there are no kid’s ballgames, no weddings, no yard work, no anything. Just that special day when an angler can say “Gone Fishin”.
So how do we put a pattern together in that day?
For starters don’t wait for that day. Now you can’t actually put a pattern together until you have caught a few fish, but, you can give yourself an advantage. Get a head start on your trip by doing research at home.
Check the internet. I know many of you already do this as I see the questions on Facebook and fishing forum pages. What’s the bite like at Lake X? Are the walleye hitting cranks or live bait? Is the top water bite happening? On my website (www.fishnfunokoboji.com) the fishing report page is by far the most viewed page. The Iowa DNR (iowadnr.gov) site has a wealth of information on the lakes in our state. Most bait and tackle shops have websites and Facebook pages. The good ones keep up-todate reports. Check the weather and track water temperature if possible. This is extremely important in the spring. We need to know where the fish are in relation to the spawn. Different species spawn at different times. Water temperature and length of day seem to be the determining factors in the spawning process. If you don’t know when your target species, i.e. bass, walleye, catfish, etc. spawn, research it. Also research what type of bottom they
prefer when spawning; hard or soft bottom, bull rushes, rock and gravel? All of these are spawning areas for different species. When the spawn is over, it’s time to think about food, because for the most part that will dictate where a fish spends the rest of the year. Learn what prey is available. In many of the reservoirs in Iowa, shad are the main forage. In our natural lakes, minnows and shiners are the dominant baitfish. Bluegill and crawdads are available forage in nearly every body of water in Iowa. Knowing what feed is available helps an angler narrow the search. If I was chasing bass on a natural lake during the late spring or early summer the first place I would look is areas where bluegill spawn. Find these large populations of bluegill and you will find bass feeding on them. On a shad based reservoir in mid-summer I know I’m going to be looking in open water for big schools of baitfish. The more we know about the bait fish in a particular body of water, the quicker we can find the game fish. Most of our homework is done. We have studied game fish movements from ice out through fall. We know what type of baitfish our chosen body of water has available. Now it’s time to make an educated guess, based on our knowledge and time of year or seasonal pattern, as to where the game fish may be. How do we do that at home?
The better our game plan is laid out before we get to the lake, the better our chances of success. Have a plan and a backup plan.
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Get a lake map and study it. At ice out most species of fish will still be near wintering areas. These include, points, humps and flats with immediate access to deep water. Mark all of the areas that fit this criteria. I use different color Sharpie pens to mark different types of areas. Designate different colors for different times of year. I will circle an area in black and write wintering area. A spawning area will be in red, summer in green, etc., etc. Then use the same colors for all of your maps. There will be overlapping areas. As the water warms in spring, offshore areas become less populated as fish move toward spawning areas, highlight these spawning areas. This is a gradual process and not all fish move at the same time. They meander, stopping to feed. Male fish are usually the first to arrive at spawning areas, and the last to leave. Spring cold fronts halt the process and warming trends accelerate it. So transition zones become important, specifically drop-offs on the edge of spawning flats. Highlight these areas. After the spawn all that’s left for the year is to eat and don’t get eaten. Structure and cover help a fish accomplish these goals. All lakes and reservoirs have some type of structure. However many, especially our bigger reservoirs, are lacking in cover. Because it’s important, let’s look at the difference between structure and cover. Structure is permanent, it is a part of the lake’s infrastructure much like the foundation of a house, and consist of: flats, points, drop offs, humps, bridge pilings, creek or river channels, etc… Flooded trees in a reservoir I personally don’t consider structure. However, if there is a distinct edge formed by a large group of trees this I would consider structure. This edge often coincides with a drop off into a creek or river channel. Cover is not permanent and is susceptible to change. Cover consists of: weeds, flooded brush, the shade of a dock, downed trees, manmade brush piles, and boat hoist. Cover that is located on a structural element is ideal. We’ve studied the lake, the fish habits. We know what baitfish are prevalent in the system and we have watched the weather patterns for the past week. So where do we start? For me, that decision is the last piece of homework I do. I take all the info from my marked maps and the seasonal patterns and match them to the Lakemaster map in my Humminbird. I will generally pick six prime spots and place an icon on these spots. I want spawning/feeding areas, access to deep water, and a combination of structure and cover. One thing you will see quickly is these are often community spots that get fished often. Don’t let that worry you.
Attack these spots. Fish as aggressively as conditions will allow. Your target is the most active fish in the system. The ones most inclined to bite. Start with a lure that covers a lot of water effectively—maybe a crankbait, a buzzbait, a jig— but don’t crawl it, snap it up and let it fall. You get the idea. Cover water, move, attack, make something happen. I remember a guide trip on Little River Lake in southern Iowa back in the early 90s. The walleye had been on the tips of points for nearly a month. We had fished a few spots like that—vertical jigging with nothing to show for it. So I fired a cast up shallow into 6-7 feet of water. My jig never made it to the bottom. We moved shallow and immediately started catching walleye. Mix it up. Do not get lazy. If you are fishing by yourself, work these prime areas with at least 3-4 different presentations. With two or more anglers in the boat, each should offer a different type presentation. The first one the most aggressive, then one a little slower and finally a subtle temptation. Make cast from multiple angles. I’ve seen times when working a lure from deep to shallow resulted in zero bites. Reverse it and go from shallow to deep and the bite becomes fast and furious. This is especially important when current is involved, like in a river or reservoir. Or, when wind creates current in a natural lake. As a general rule; the more current, the shallower the active fish will be. Remember that shallow is relative to the seasonal pattern the fish are in. What happens when the fish aren’t set up on these prime spots? Unfortunately this happens, maybe due to weather changes or fishing pressure. Now we move to secondary locales. This might be an inside turn or cup. Maybe they moved tight to cover like laydown logs or docks. Maybe they moved offshore and are suspending. When we did our home research we should have marked these secondary spots and have a plan on how to fish them.
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One thing you will find with boat fishing on Lake Oahe, there is always a place to find fish. With all the small fishing towns and resorts on Upper Lake Oahe, there is always boat access, no matter what the wind speed and direction is. The structure of Upper Lake Oahe can cater to any type of fishing. There are deep and shallow points, submerged railroad grades and islands, in addition to shoreline flats. Have you heard about the Northern Oahe Walleye Series yet? It includes some of the areas fishing tournaments with the championship to be held in Mobridge on Saturday, August 19, 2018. Over $25,000 in cash and prizes are up for grabs including guaranteed $5,000 for first place! To qualify you have to place in the top 20 of any of the following tournaments: • Wolves on The Water, June 2 • Denny Palmer Memorial Tourney, June 8 & 9 • Pollock Men’s Club Tournament, June 16 & 17 • Whitlock Bay Walleye Tournament, July 6 & 7 • SD Walleye Classic, July 21 & 22 • Grand River Casino Cup, July 14 • Northern Oahe Walleye Championship August 3 & 4 For full details on the Northern Lake Oahe Walleye Series and links to all of the tournaments along with entry information, please visit www.northernoaheseries.com.
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The rolling prairie terrain surrounding along Lake Francis Case is a peaceful paradise for outdoors enthusiasts, while the reservoir itself is home to all kinds of water recreation. Species of fish in the reservoir include walleye, northern pike, sauger, sunfish, yellow perch, common carp, black bullhead, channel catfish and smallmouth bass. The walleye is the targeted game fish. This reservoir is packed full of feisty walleyes just right for eating. It seems like no matter if you are a jig and a minnow, bottom bouncer or a plug puller you are going to catch fish. And when the wind is blowing, there’s usually a ramp located where an angler can still get on the water to find fish. If you have never been fishing on Francis Case, you need to put it on your bucket list. The fishing is great and the views along the 100 miles of lake are amazing.
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Ingredients: • 3 lb. walleye fillets • salt & ground black pepper • 1/2 C. dry white wine • 1 carrot, shredded • 1 red onion, diced • 1 stalk celery, diced • 4 C. panko bread crumbs • 2 C. mayonnaise • 1 Tbsp. seafood seasoning • 1 tsp. salt • 2 Tbsp. oil for frying, or as needed Sauce: • 3 Tbsp. lemon juice • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh dill • 1 C. mayonnaise
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Directions: Preheat oven to 375º. Place fillets in a baking dish, pour in wine; season with salt and pepper. Bake until the fish flakes easily with a fork, about 20 min. Allow fish to cool; break into large chunks. Set aside. Mix carrot, red onion, celery, panko crumbs, 2 C. mayo, seafood seasoning, and 1 tsp. salt in a bowl until well blended. Add walleye, mixing gently so chunks don't break apart. Shape mixture into 12 patties. Heat oil in large skillet over med-high heat. Fry patties until golden brown, 3-5 min. per side. For sauce, whisk lemon juice and fresh dill into 1 C. mayo in a bowl. Drizzle over the walleye cakes and serve.
Ingredients: • 1 1/2 lb. catfish fillets, in strips • 2 tsp. Cajun-style blackened seasoning • 4 Tbsp. mayonnaise • 1/2 C. butter • 1 C. sliced fresh mushrooms • 1/2 C. chopped fresh parsley • 1 C. sliced green onions • 1 lb. small, peeled shrimp • 2 (10.75 oz.) cans condensed cream of shrimp soup Directions: Sprinkle catfish strips with blackened fish seasoning. Spread catfish with mayo. Place in shallow dish, cover; refrigerate for 1 hr. In a large skillet, heat 4 Tbsp. butter until it begins to sizzle. Sear fish strips until golden, turning once. Transfer to 9x13” baking dish; arrange fish in a single layer. In same skillet, heat remaining 4 Tbsp. butter over med. heat. Cook & stir mushrooms in butter until golden. Stir in parsley, green onions, & shrimp. Reduce heat to low; cook until shrimp are pink & tender. Stir in cream of shrimp soup; blend well. Ladle soup mixture over fish in baking dish. Bake at 375º for 30 min.
Ingredients: • 1/4 C. butter, melted • 1/3 C. grated Parmesan cheese • 1 tsp. salt • 1/4 tsp. dried oregano • 1/4 tsp. pepper
• 1/2 C. dry bread crumbs • 2 Tbsp. minced fresh parsley • 1/2 tsp. paprika • 1/4 tsp. dried basil • 1 lb. bluegill or crappie
Directions: Place butter in a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl, combine the bread crumbs, cheese and seasonings. Dip fish in butter, then coat with crumb mixture. Place in a greased 15x10x1” baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Page 62 • Midwest Hunting & Fishing - May-June 2018 62
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• 3 C. cooked crappie fillets • 1/2 C. onion, finely chopped • 1/2 C. celery, finely chopped • 1 C. potatoes, shredded • 1 tsp. kosher salt • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper • 1 egg, beaten • cracker crumbs • 2 Tbsp. butter • 2 Tbsp. canola oil Mix or grind fillets, onion, celery, & potatoes. Add salt, pepper, & egg. Form into patties. Heat butter & oil in skillet on med-high; roll patties in crushed cracker crumbs. Fry patties until golden brown on each side.
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• 4 (6-8 oz.) crappie fillets, skinless • 1/2 tsp. pepper • 2 ears fresh corn, shucked • 1 1/2 cooked black beans, drained • 1 red onion, thinly sliced into rings • 8 slices ripe tomato • 2 C. Romaine lettuce, shredded
• 1/4 tsp. salt • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil • 8 corn tortillas, fried in oil • 2 C. Jack cheese • 1 1/2 C. green chile salsa • 1/4 C. sour cream
Season fish with seasoned salt & pepper. Heat oil in large pan over med-high heat; cook on both sides. Remove from pan; add corn kernels. Cook 3-4 min. Break into large chunks. For tostadas, place 1 tortilla on plate. Top with 1/4 of beans & corn. Top with 1/4 C. cheese, onion rings, fish & salsa. Place second tortilla over salsa. Place 2 tomato slices on tortilla. Add more fish, salsa, lettuce, cheese and a Tbsp. sour cream.
• 3 1/2 C. chicken stock • 1/4 C. olive oil, divided • 1/4 C. unsalted butter, divided • 1/2 lb. asparagus, cut into 1” pieces on the bias • 1/3 lb. morel mushrooms, halved • 1 shallot, minced • 1 C. Arborio rice • 1/4 C. dry white wine • 1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves • 1/3 C. freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese • 1 Tbsp. chopped parsley • salt & ground black pepper • 1 1/2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar Place chicken stock in small saucepan over med. heat; bring to simmer. Heat 2 Tbsp. olive oil & 1 Tbsp. butter in large saucepan over med-high heat until butter starts to bubble. Add asparagus & morel mushrooms; saute until tender, 4 min. Transfer to plate with juices. Heat remaining 2 Tbsp. olive oil & 1 Tbsp. butter in same saucepan. Add shallot; cook & stir until softened, 1 min. Stir in arborio rice; cook until it starts to toast, 1 min. Pour in wine; cook until evaporated. Stir in thyme. Pour 1/4 C. of stock over rice. Cook, stirring constantly, until absorbed. Repeat with remaining stock until rice is tender yet firm to bite, 12 min. Stir in asparagus & mushrooms with juices; continue until flavors combine, 3 min. Remove rice from heat. Stir in remaining 2 Tbsp. butter, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, & parsley. Season with salt pepper. Garnish with balsamic vinegar and olive oil before serving. Midwesthuntfish.com
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