Gear You Need for Walleye Fishing

Sunday, February 22 2015 7:00 am - for Walleye
Walleye fishing tackle is becoming more specialized every day, but it is still amongthe simplest of rigs you can buy and use. One of the best all-around combinations is a 6', lightor medium-action spinning rod with an open-face reel balanced to the rod. When you shop for outfits like this, select a reel that comes with a spare line spool. Fill one spool with 6-lb. test, the other with 8-lb test and adjust as needed. When choosing line, look for thin line that is fairly limp. Although this kind of line may not transmit strikes as well as stiffer lines,…
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Itching for summer smallmouth action? No need to wait until ice-out to battle trophy bronzebacks. With many fish over the 20-inch mark, Lake Superior’s Chequamegon Bay has some of the best smallmouth bass fishing the state has to offer.  They don’t disappear when hard water shows up.  Understanding where smallies sit in the bay and the best ways to target these large predators will make your day on the ice much more successful. 1.    Stick To Structure   Superior Smallmouth: These bronzebacks don’t disappear when hard water hits—you just have to bring the right tackle and know where to find…
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Successful hardwater applications of Aqua-Vu's new Bio-Lume system ICE BELT, USA (February 2, 2015) - Anglers are constantly searching for the latest difference-maker to help them catch more fish from ice-capped lakes. The new Bio-Lume from Aqua-Vu, a fully submersible, fish-attracting LED light system, is the most recent tool to be adopted by ardent anglers across the northland, leading to rod-bending results. We caught up with Dr. Jason Halfen, The Technological Angler, a technophile and avid ice angler, to learn how he has been using Bio-Lume to put more fish on the ice. "We have enjoyed tremendous results with the Bio-Lume…
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When you are getting ready for a fishing trip, establishing a routine will help you make sure that every detail is taken care of. The next time you’re getting ready for a day on the water, make a fishing trip packing list of everything you need to do before you slide your boat in the water or put your waders on. Then organize the list in the order you need to accomplish each task. Turn that into a checklist and follow it until you’re doing all of those things by instinct and don’t have to make a list. When it…
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I’d never want to take a crappie shoe shopping. Even if you could overcome the difficult task of sizing a fin correctly, the fish would never be able to make up their mind. One moment plain sneakers would do just fine, the next bright pink platforms are a must-have. The point is, figuring out the depth and color to use when crappie fishing is often a huge guessing game.  These finicky panfish leave me wishing I could just throw my whole jig box in the water and let them decide. Spider rigging is the closest thing to doing just that.…
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Fishing technology is advancing at a blistering pace. Nowhere is this more apparent than the shifts in portable sonar popularity. Historically, traditional portable flashers dominated the ice-fishing scene. This was partly due to the slow operation of yesteryear’s LCD units in freezing temperatures.  LCDs also had a nasty tendency to drain battery power like lead-acid vampires. Some still do. For the most part, these shortcomings have been improved and other benefits have been added. While traditional flashers remain amazing ice tools, here are 4 reasons to consider a sonar & GPS combo for ice fishing:   The scrolling history on fishing…
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Choosing an ice fishing rod can be a daunting task. Here are 4 things to keep in mind when shopping for a new hard-water sword:   Large guides and a crisp, sensitive blank will help you put more slabs on ice this season.   1.    Balance with your Bait A balanced rod is a sensitive one, and sensitivity is allows you to feel light bites. Match the power of the blank to the weight of the baits you intend to fish with it. When in doubt, go with a slightly lighter action graphite blank over a heavier one for baits…
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If you want to catch bass fishing windy days in early spring, find windy banks. Many times, you’ll find that these areas hold the warmest available water on the lake you’re fishing. Baitfish will usually be found there, and of course, bass are going to be there too. A great way to eliminate water is to run a windy bank using your graph or depthfinder to see whether baitfish are congregated there. If so, you can expect to duplicate that pattern on similar areas the rest of the day. You also should use a surface temperature gauge to find the…
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After launching my boat in the river the other day, my sonar unit registered a water temp of 35 degrees—Burrr!  Gamefish such as bass, walleye, crappie, and yellow perch can still be caught in frigid water, but it’s often necessary to hang something right in their face.  When they are schooling along major structures and deep edges the most productive “something” is typically a jigging spoon.   Spoon-Fed Smallie: This cold-water smallmouth fell victim to the enticing “hang” of a jigging spoon. Here are a few tips for fishing with a jigging spoon in cold water: Track ‘Em Down The…
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Throughout January, February, and March many dedicated walleye fishermen traverse hundreds of miles of ice tracking the movements of giant schools of fish. I feel blessed to take part in this unbelievable season and keep reminding myself that this event has not taken place for 17 years. What makes this phenomenon so exciting is that in 2003 Lake Erie’s natural walleye hatch was one of the best in all of recorded history. Just by chance, they fully matured in 2014. This once in a lifetime experience opens up an opportunity for record catches of giant walleye. Right now, they are…
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