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Wow what a weekend and what a season it was this year on Rainy! Conditions were almost perfect all year and to top it off the season started early which made for a nice change after a long winter on the ice! The overall numbers that we put in my boat this year were amazing to me! From the many trips I made this year we easily put over 300 walleyes in the boat and easily had 100 fish over the 22-inch mark. The biggest fish this year was 30” we had 2 over 29 and 9 at 28. Mother nature was on our sided this year and it might be a few years until we see the river conditions that we did through out this years run.

Now to this weekend report. We put 45 fish over 22 inches in the boat and threw back a TON of solid eater. My dad and I got to the river about 10 am Friday morning and the first thing I noticed was the river was down about 2 feet from when I was there a week ago. The water temp was 45 degrees and I knew right away it was going to be game on! My buddy had been up the previous days and said don’t fish anything but green and pink. Well come to find out he was right on the ball! I used the SAME presentation all weekend and didn’t change ONCE! I was using a ½ ounce Lindy jig with a green 2” Watsit grub. The Watsit grub is an awesome plastic for walleyes. It offers a big body presentation, which is key in the dark water, but it’s not too big of a presentation at the same time. A lot of guys run the traditional ringworms or other types of bigger plastic bodies but what we were finding with those was the fish were fish biting the end of the plastics and not eating were the hook was. With the Watsit grub the tail is the perfect length and the fish have no choice but to hammer down on the hooks, which in the end will, put more fish in the boat.

We targeted areas in the 10-12 foot range and kept our presentations as vertical as possible. One thing I saw a lot of this year was guy’s not controlling the drift like they should be. These fish have seen hundreds of jigs as they move up river. And 90% of those jigs go zooming by them at speeds that they don’t have time to react to. So with that said I was keeping the boat moving about .3-.5 and really trying to slow the bait down so they had more time to key in.

Finally the last thing that made a huge difference for us this year and this weekend was the idea of not jigging aggressive at all. A lot of guys think that snap jigging or doing a more traditional way of jigging is the only way to go. All we were doing all year was trying to keep the bait as still as possible and keep it off bottom 2-3 inches always in perfect striking zone. This out fished a traditional way of “jigging” 3:1 from we found all season.

All in all an awesome season on the River all because Mother Nature was on our side! Cant Wait for next year!

Here are just a few pics of the MANY pigs boated this weekend! All of these fish are over 27 inches.

29.5"

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29"

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28"

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28"

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28"

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27"

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27"

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27"

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27"

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27"

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Watsit Grub was MONEY...

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RiverFish

Great pictures! Thanks for sharing.

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lispeej

Those gotta be the same fish over and over! Just kidding.

Nice catch and thanks for sharing!!! grin

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maxpower117

Nice fish!

Funny thing for me is that many of my tactics for this past weekend were vastly different with the same results. The fish were on a tear and would bite nearly everything you put in front of them.

My magic depth was 4-12'

Presentation didn't matter unless you weren't maintaining good contact with the bottom. Pulling up river, down river, across, snap jigging, slow and steady retrieve, fan casting, near the boat, end of the cast, didn't matter, they just slammed it.

The only color they would bite on was "in the water"! Didn't matter!

3/8 oz jigs because thats all I tried.

Any plastic we tried worked as good as any other.

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gloomiseye

Awesome!

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S.D. Ice Angular

Nice!!!

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    • Jim Almquist
      The ice is gone now. More than likely won't be anymore this year.
    • Tom Sawyer
       that reminds me the batteries on that GPS tracker hid somewhere on your truck are running low. The red blinking light on the base unit here at home, sure has been annoying. Can't believe it showed you were out fishing in the wind, close to home anyway, today. 
    • kelly-p
      Upper Red nears record winter harvest Ice fishing on Upper Red Lake has slowed in recent weeks, but the walleye harvest is on track to set or approach a wintertime record, numbers from an annual winter creel survey show. According to Henry Drewes, regional fisheries supervisor for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in Bemidji, anglers through January had kept about 125,000 pounds of walleyes. The wintertime high for Minnesota's portion of the lake was slightly more than 140,000 pounds in 2015, DNR statistics show. Anglers harvested 109,327 pounds of walleyes in the winter of 2017, according to DNR creel survey results. "If we have an average February, we'll be right in that area" of 140,000 pounds, Drewes said. "Catch rates and pressure have really tapered off in the last (few weeks). I think that's related to winter fatigue and a slower bite." Wheel houses, which have exploded in popularity among winter anglers in recent years, now account for more than 80 percent of the ice fishing pressure on Upper Red, Drewes said. Anglers on Upper Red can keep four walleyes, of which only one can be longer than 17 inches. Walleye and northern pike season on Upper Red and other Minnesota inland waters closes Sunday, Feb. 25 and reopens Saturday, May 12. The Minnesota DNR manages 48,000 acres of Upper Red, while the remaining 72,000 acres are within the boundary of the Red Lake Indian Reservation and managed by the Red Lake Band of Chippewa. -- Brad Dokken Grand Forks Herald
    • monstermoose78
      Same for me on Green by Princeton once it got dark the fish started biting. I was marking them and only had 4 bites while the sun was up. 
    • JBMasterAngler
      Was on North Center yesterday. Crappies were easy to find, but they would not bite for nothing! Somehow coaxed 2 into biting, so I avoided the skunkaroo. The vexilar began to light up more, and the fish began to move up and down the column a little bit more as evening progressed. So maybe, the bite would have picked up as the sun went down. However, by then, the kids were ready to leave, so maybe I’ll find out next time. On a side note, this was by far the thickest ice I’ve drilled through (30 to 32 inches) with my ion in the 3 years I’ve had it. Was impressed. 
    • Knowknot
      Great video Curt, for as much of it that I could see. Keep up the good work, and one question, Are there any live emerald shiners around the Baudette area to be had, or just frozen ones?
    • eyeguy 54
      Its a little stiffer than my titanium spring boober and much more sensitive.  I like it  better than the 27 inch ul ticklestick. Only used 3 and 4 mm jigs so far. Thumbs up from me. 
    • Troy Smutka
      2/18/18     Got out on an area lake an hour before sunrise Saturday. Got a bunch of crappies until they slowed about 9 am. Most between 9.5 and 11 inches. Sunfish started biting about sunrise and bit all morning. Half of them were 8 to 8.5 inches. Most of the rest were 7 to 7.5 inches. Kept two meals of fish--released the rest. 1/32 ounce VMC Tungsten Tubbies tipped with a single wax worm or two red Eurolarvae fished just above some weeds in thirteen feet of water caught fish after fish. Lots of good ice on area lakes. Even though walleyes and pike close in just over a week and wheel houses can't stay out unattended soon, still a lot of good ice fishing for panfish to come. Will have plenty of ice for a while, so get out and enjoy the peace and quiet and fast crappie and sunfish action that March will bring. Good luck, and I will see you out there somewhere.
    • IceHawk
      Had a chance to rub shoulders and fish with some of the ice team guys today. Great bunch of guys we had some good laughs and of course discussed plenty about fishing. Even shared a few hotspots. The hands on they give the people that sign up for this event is absolutely amazeing! From hands on to tips on everything to do to make your day on the ice way more productive. From what I witnessed it would be well worth the investment to sign up for one of there events , if you are new to fishing or heck even a seasoned angler.  Fished with one guy from Nebraska said he has done 5 of these events and has enjoyed everyone of them.  Fun day for sure 
    • AlwaysFishing23
      Royce, how’s the sensitivity Is the tip soft like a tickle stick and how’s quality seem? About same price as a tickle stick I see may have to try one for next season. If It passes with flying colors do you it must be good! Tough day for me not much happening went from about 8-29 FOW and just nothing. Found perch in about 19 but even they seemed finicky and would only hit the dead stick. A bit windy on the lake today to!
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