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Metro Fishing Report
By Todd of
Minnesota Fishing Guides
December 5, 1999

Oh where oh where have the cold temperatures gone, oh where oh where is the ice...o.k. that's enough, you get the picture.

I do have to admit this warm fall has been great, but it's time to hit the snowmobile trails and the hard water for some fast paced, lip ripping, walleye fishing.

The last couple of days working at the ice fishing show at the St. Paul Rivercentre proved that ice fishing has increased in popularity over the years. This years show displayed all the new and old products that have helped ice fishing become a more comfortable, easy and enjoyable sport for all ages and incomes.

With all of this competition here are some early ice walleye tips to give you the edge.

Walleyes are nocturnal we all know that, but even with the surface frozen the fish go shallow in low light conditions to feed just like any other time of the year. Start with the structure you caught them on last or know the best, drill some holes around, don't be lazy drill a lot of holes and then check the depth with a locator.

What you want to see is a break coming from deepest side of this structure up onto a flat or point but don't go to the top just a couple feet from the top and set up camp here for the evening bite.

The other hole should be kept in mind for if the fish don't go where you,re at, just move to another hole. Evening is the best time in the metro area to get into a limit of fish within an hour or so, then it will end as fast as it started.

A must is to be quiet, because these fish are very skittish and will avoid any noise on the surface. The best presentation is a minnow and bobber positioned 6 inches above the bottom, the minnow must be active and moved a lot to keep active.

A jigging Rapala with a minnow head on the treble for scent is a good choice when the fish are more active but the bobber is a good all around choice.

A locator should be used to determine if the fish are even there and what depth. Remember if there are no fish, go to your other holes but quietly and try there.

Here is a tip when drilling a lot of holes in the ice write the depth in the snow next to the hole that way it's like a lake map. good luck.

Fishing Tackle Tips
By Todd of
Minnesota Fishing Guides
September 6,1999

Every year we are amazed by the lures that are introduced, some times it's more for the angler than the fish. Since the opener a few of these lures have made my starting line up, I assure you that this is not a promotion for these products, I simply like them and no one is paying me for writing this information.

Rapala skitter pop:
I have caught so many fish off of this lure, large and small mouths, northerns and even muskies. The number 7 blue has been the lure that starts the day ever since bass opener, all the fish have fallen to the same lure and as you can imagine it's pretty beat up but even a 46" muskie can take this one from me.

Berkley Frenzy:
When this one came out they advertised the dickens out of it (still do) and I usually don't pay very much attention to this type of marketing but I still bought one, just one. The medium diver (8-10 foot range) has out produced all my other favorites. Trolling or casting it has become the first lure I throw.

Colored hooks by Mustad:
Lake Mille Lacs was hotter than ever this spring and summer, it since has slowed down but in it's glory the colored hooks out produced any other hook. They come as sharp as they get and in many different colors and sizes. The glow and yellow are now stocked in my boat also the panfish seem to prefer the color over the plain.

Circle hooks by Mustad:
These hooks are not on the Minnesota market yet but I happen to get my hands on some and they are cool. Walleye fishing with live bait will change, if you have not heard of circle hooks yet let me explain. The fish hits the bait and swallows the hook a common problem with live bait or perhaps fatal for the fish. This is where this hook is great, a fish swallows this hook it simply slides back out of it's throat and as it exits the throat it turns and hooks the lips. Sound to good to be true but it works great for live bait and Carolina rigs also.

Try a few of these products and I hope you have as good luck as I have, see you out on the water.

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