Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Guest

Planer Boards

3 posts in this topic

I am new to this forum but have been reading and learning from the rest of you for months. Thnaks for all of the hot info, it is appreciated. Can anyone give a brief overview of using planer boards on the river? I am looking for basic tips: length of line to board, length of line from board to crankbait, lures that work best with boards, etc. I would appreciate learning from the rest of you with more expereince before I lose my new boards in the river!

------------------

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

KingFish,

I was using planer boards last week on Pepin with good success. We used both lead and silk lines with the boards. Lead for deeper water and silk lines for more shallower water. With the lead we basically let the line out until you hit bottom reeled up a couple of cranks and hooked the board on you can fish it out from the boat as far as you need for us it was around 40'. Fishing the silk lines in shallower water we had reels with a line counter we would put the cranks back 50' and hook the line on the board and let the boards out farther 60-75' you want the lures a little bit farther out from the boat in shallower water so the fish aren't so spooked. The cranks we used were reef runners and rapalas #5. The boards are fun to try so go out and mess around and try different things to find out what you like.

good luck

crappie getter

------------------
Chris's Croix Guide Service
http://fishingminnesota.com/stcroixguide/
(651) 458-1899
arndts@tcq.net
St. Croix River

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey NW! I like to use planer boards on the faster portions of the river too! They are really useful if you want to troll shallow water but can't get in too close without spooking them out. Find the drop off and keep your boat a little off the edge, so your motor is running over deeper water. I like shallow running shadraps. Size is dependent upon how shallow you are going. Rattl'n Raps stay up pretty well too in current, usually around 6ft if you are using a standard 50/50 method. That's 50 ft from line to board and 50ft from board to lure. I've had is much as 100 ft out behind the board. I guess it just depends on where you want the lure and what lure your using. When you get comfortable, you can fish two planers out on one side. Put the one you want closer to shore out first and let out about 1/2 the line from rod to board on the second. Then you're really covering dropoff and shallow without actually tracking over it! I usually use 12lb mono for this. Haven't got into the silk lines yet, but sounds like a good choice as well. I've used as little as 8lb test mono, but it doesn't release as easily from the clips on the board. If you like lighter line, just pinch it a little closer to the edge of the end of the clip.
Have caught a lot of nice walleyes with this technique. Sometimes they are just really shallow and they can't be fished for as effectively with a jig due to current or big rocks.
note: In different current speeds, you may have to adjust your running weight located at the bottem of the board to keep it from skipping or diving.

------------------
~~~~~~~~~~~
/
<The Sucka{
\

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • ZachD
      http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/fish/eating/kidmom/index.html
    • ZachD
      The Rum has been dropping in flow and water level since the 20th from St Francis down if that helps    
    • ZachD
    • CaptJohnWis
      Fishing awful this morning. Launched at 8:30. By 12:30 had exactly two small pike. Finally found some walleyes and ended up with 22 fish - NO BASS! bummer. Water cold - only 61-64 degrees. Weather man blew it again. Walleyes in about 20 FOW, best lure Lunker City Fin-S-Fish.   New camera worked well but had troubles with new sonar/GPS. Think I got it fixed once home.   Here is today's video: June 26 video  
    • Gerkmaster
      We took our annual trip to Rainy Lake in mid-June staying at Taylor's Cove along Bear's Pass.  My dad started going there back in the late 70's and now brings me and my son.  Every year provides great memories, new and old.  Anyhow, fishing was very good, particularly for bass and walleye. Water temps ranged from 62-72 degrees.  Most days were about 75 degrees, overcast and breezy.  Our biggest smallmouth was 22" and biggest walleye was 30".  In fact we boated ten walleye 25" or larger.  We caught pike up to 37".  We found walleyes in weedy bays around 6-10' deep.  Bass were in 5-8'.  Most of the fish were spitting up perch so I imagine that's what kept them shallow.  A few pics to share.  Wish I could be there more often...
    • blue_healer_guy
      I live 10 min from cabelas and they have like 4 trolling motors on the floor.... dont like buying something i cant look at.
    • h8go4s
      You can't find one? How much do they cost? Try Cabela's for starters.All the I-Pilot and I-Pilot Link models have Spot-lock.   http://www.cabelas.com/browse.cmd?categoryId=734095080&CQ_search=terrova   https://www.minnkotamotors.com/Trolling-Motors/Freshwater-Bow-Mount/New-Terrova/
    • DLD24
      Nice, I'll have to start fishing it more and learn it.
    • Maverick1951
      You can find crappies and sunfish anywhere on the like around the pencil reeds and/or cabbage.  One of the best spots is right in front of the resort, but don't limit yourself there as there are plenty of spots all over the lake for pan fish.  The nice part is that you will probably also catch bass while going for pan fish.  Good luck and remember to give other fisherman plenty of room.  No reason to fish close to others.
    • monstermoose78
      I will check