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Gary Parson's Fishing Tips for River Walleyes

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June 15, 2013
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walleye riverSome great fishing for river walleyes can be had right from the bank by fishing eddies where you find holding spots where the current swirls back on itself behind an obstruction. Simply start on the downstream side of the swirl, then take a step or two upstream and cast. Keep repeating until you’ve covered the entire eddy. Catching walleyes is rarely difficult; finding them is. On a strange body of water, you would be better off taking one day just to scout the lake, using electronics to locate fish or likely cover. Once you put in your scouting time, you’ll fish more efficiently and effectively. Don’t fish memories. Walleyes could be literally miles from the point that you caught a limit last year or last week. Walleyes aren’t loyal to areas, only food. Once you recognize that, your success will improve.

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by Gary Parsons


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Gary Parsons

Home: Glidden, Wisconsin
(wife) Mary, (son) Chase
Whitetail, Grouse, Pheasant Hunting with my 5 Vizsla pointer hunting dogs
: Nitro 290 Sport


Angling Stuff


Favorite Technique: Jigging
Fishing Strength:
All facets of Walleye fishing techniques are strong, but I enjoy pitching jigs the best!
Favorite Lake:
Bull Shoals, Arkansas and Fort Peck, Montana
Favorite Species Fished:
Walleyes, they are the most challenging freshwater fish on the planet because they do so many things and adapt to their food source betterthan any fish I know
Likes to Fish:
Western reservoirs of the Missouri River system. Number one choice, Ft. Peck, MT and then Lake Oahe, SD


Career Highlights

Fishing 29+ years professionally, but fishing since age 4
Angler of the Year in 3 open Professional Walleye Circuits (only person to have won)
Member of the Bass Pro Shops National Fishing Team
2011 Named in Outdoor Life's 20 Best Anglers on the Planet
2011 FLW Championship Qualifier
2011 Named National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame Legendary Angler
2007 Professional Walleye Trail (PWT)
2007 1st place PWT at Winnecoone, WI
2004 1st place Berkley Walleye Cup at Chamberlain, SD
2004 ESPN Great Outdoor Games Qualifier
2003 1st place PWT at Mobridge, SD
2003 Storm Lures Angler of the Year
2000 PWT "Heavy Weight" at Sault Ste Marie, MI
17 Time PWT Championship Qualifier
3 Time (PWT) AOY title record
3 Time AIM Championship Qualifier
1995 North American Walleye Angler (NAWA)
1993,1994 Angler of the Year Professional Walleye Trail (PWT)
1988 Manufacturer's Walleye Council (MWC)

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