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  1. So where is everyone thinking of chasing walleyes? I am thinking Green or the Rum after dark, because I will trying to whack a turkey during the day time. Best of luck and be safe.
  2. okay ive noticed some good hearted bickering between the walleye and bass guys on the forums. lets see which one we've got more of on fishing minnesota(even though we all know bass are better )...just post bass, or walleye! Bass!!!, prefferably smallmouth
  3. I am very excited to be speaking to the folks of Rochester, MN for the first time ever. It is lone overdue. Walleye University has been around since 2000 and finally made it here. Because of advertising rules I am not allowed to share the discounts attendees will receive. I will say this, the class will more than pay for itself with the $20 gift card and the deals from Berkley. I hope to see you there. Johnnie Candle FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MEDIA CONTACT: Johnnie Candle SCHEELS Fishing Pro Staff 701.371.9431 World Champion Johnnie Candle & SCHEELS set to Present Walleye University in Rochester, MN. Rochester, MN – This marks the 16th year for professional angler Johnnie Candle’s Walleye University series and the first time it will be presented in Rochester. “Walleye may not be the first word that you think of when you think of Rochester, but maybe it should be?” asks Candle. “Within a short drive of this city, there are hundreds if not thousands of walleye fishing opportunities. Surrounded by some of the best walleye fishing in the country and home to one of the best walleye fishing clubs in the country (Walleye Searchers) I am sure this will be a well-attended event. I can’t wait” This event covers as much walleye as you can in a day. The day will start with sessions on the mainstays of walleye fishing; jigging, rigging, spinners, and crank baits. “I call these the four cornerstones of walleye fishing. They cover the basics. Once you understand these foundations, you will become a very consistent angler.” After lunch will be a presentation on marine electronics. “There have been many new advancements to marine electronics in the past few years. What was good 10 years ago is hard to even find in boats anymore. We will discuss why the new technology is so good and I will discuss interpretation until everyone is comfortable with what they are seeing under the water.” A big part of Walleye University is a question and answer session that will not end until all questions are answered. “I want to make a concerted effort to get everyone’s questions answered. I have no idea what situations the anglers in attendance are facing so why try to guess? This way, everyone gets what they want out of the school. Each question seems to lead to another and before you know it we are out of time.” The event will end with a very quick look at some of the hottest new gear available to the walleye angler. There will also be a drawing for door prizes and each person in attendance will receive a $20 gift card from SCHEELS. Walleye University in Rochester, MN will be held on Saturday, March 26th, 2016 from 9:30am until 4:30pm at SCHEELS; 1220 12th Street SW, Apache Mall. To register for the class call SCHEELS at 507.281.2444 or visit in-store. The cost of the school is $50. http://experience.scheels.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Walleye-U-Registration-Form_Rochester.pdf
  4. I am very excited to be speaking to the folks of Rochester, MN for the first time ever. It is lone overdue. Walleye University has been around since 2000 and finally made it here. Because of advertising rules I am not allowed to share the discounts attendees will receive. I will say this, the class will more than pay for itself with the $20 gift card and the deals from Berkley. I hope to see you there. Johnnie Candle FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MEDIA CONTACT: Johnnie Candle SCHEELS Fishing Pro Staff 701.371.9431 World Champion Johnnie Candle & SCHEELS set to Present Walleye University in Rochester, MN. Rochester, MN – This marks the 16th year for professional angler Johnnie Candle’s Walleye University series and the first time it will be presented in Rochester. “Walleye may not be the first word that you think of when you think of Rochester, but maybe it should be?” asks Candle. “Within a short drive of this city, there are hundreds if not thousands of walleye fishing opportunities. Surrounded by some of the best walleye fishing in the country and home to one of the best walleye fishing clubs in the country (Walleye Searchers) I am sure this will be a well-attended event. I can’t wait” This event covers as much walleye as you can in a day. The day will start with sessions on the mainstays of walleye fishing; jigging, rigging, spinners, and crank baits. “I call these the four cornerstones of walleye fishing. They cover the basics. Once you understand these foundations, you will become a very consistent angler.” After lunch will be a presentation on marine electronics. “There have been many new advancements to marine electronics in the past few years. What was good 10 years ago is hard to even find in boats anymore. We will discuss why the new technology is so good and I will discuss interpretation until everyone is comfortable with what they are seeing under the water.” A big part of Walleye University is a question and answer session that will not end until all questions are answered. “I want to make a concerted effort to get everyone’s questions answered. I have no idea what situations the anglers in attendance are facing so why try to guess? This way, everyone gets what they want out of the school. Each question seems to lead to another and before you know it we are out of time.” The event will end with a very quick look at some of the hottest new gear available to the walleye angler. There will also be a drawing for door prizes and each person in attendance will receive a $20 gift card from SCHEELS. Walleye University in Rochester, MN will be held on Saturday, March 26th, 2016 from 9:30am until 4:30pm at SCHEELS; 1220 12th Street SW, Apache Mall. To register for the class call SCHEELS at 507.281.2444 or visit in-store. The cost of the school is $50. http://experience.scheels.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Walleye-U-Registration-Form_Rochester.pdf
  5. I am very excited to be speaking to the folks of Rochester, MN for the first time ever. It is lone overdue. Walleye University has been around since 2000 and finally made it here. Because of advertising rules I am not allowed to share the discounts attendees will receive. I will say this, the class will more than pay for itself with the $20 gift card and the deals from Berkley. I hope to see you there. Johnnie Candle FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MEDIA CONTACT: Johnnie Candle SCHEELS Fishing Pro Staff 701.371.9431 World Champion Johnnie Candle & SCHEELS set to Present Walleye University in Rochester, MN. Rochester, MN – This marks the 16th year for professional angler Johnnie Candle’s Walleye University series and the first time it will be presented in Rochester. “Walleye may not be the first word that you think of when you think of Rochester, but maybe it should be?” asks Candle. “Within a short drive of this city, there are hundreds if not thousands of walleye fishing opportunities. Surrounded by some of the best walleye fishing in the country and home to one of the best walleye fishing clubs in the country (Walleye Searchers) I am sure this will be a well-attended event. I can’t wait” This event covers as much walleye as you can in a day. The day will start with sessions on the mainstays of walleye fishing; jigging, rigging, spinners, and crank baits. “I call these the four cornerstones of walleye fishing. They cover the basics. Once you understand these foundations, you will become a very consistent angler.” After lunch will be a presentation on marine electronics. “There have been many new advancements to marine electronics in the past few years. What was good 10 years ago is hard to even find in boats anymore. We will discuss why the new technology is so good and I will discuss interpretation until everyone is comfortable with what they are seeing under the water.” A big part of Walleye University is a question and answer session that will not end until all questions are answered. “I want to make a concerted effort to get everyone’s questions answered. I have no idea what situations the anglers in attendance are facing so why try to guess? This way, everyone gets what they want out of the school. Each question seems to lead to another and before you know it we are out of time.” The event will end with a very quick look at some of the hottest new gear available to the walleye angler. There will also be a drawing for door prizes and each person in attendance will receive a $20 gift card from SCHEELS. Walleye University in Rochester, MN will be held on Saturday, March 26th, 2016 from 9:30am until 4:30pm at SCHEELS; 1220 12th Street SW, Apache Mall. To register for the class call SCHEELS at 507.281.2444 or visit in-store. The cost of the school is $50. http://experience.scheels.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Walleye-U-Registration-Form_Rochester.pdf
  6. As the weather warmed up, so did the ice fishing. Ice roads are allowing half-ton trucks onto the lake when not towing a trailer. Ice averages 14-17”. As always, stay on marked resort trails and talk with your resort about ice conditions in their area. Fishing in 24-34’ seems to be the best. Glow colors remain hot and the two way punch of jigging and dead stick remains the go to plan of attack. Ice electronics are key in catching more fish. Walleyes and saugers caught primarily in late morning with flurries in afternoon. Lots of nice saugers in the mix throughout the basin. The Rainy River is iced over and being fished in spots but mainly by locals who know the ice. For safety, work through resorts. Safety first. Most anglers fishing the lake. Up at the NW Angle, fishing is hot. Ice is 22” where resorts are traveling on Minnesota side and 14” on the Ontario side. Limits in 24-28' adjacent or on reefs for walleyes and 30-34' for saugers in the mud. Jumbo perch, pike, and eelpout in the mix. Large crappies (in 30-33') and lake trout (via snowmobile and guide) being caught on Ontario side.
  7. The ice conditions continue to improve. There are still some thin spots so just be careful the east end of the lake has been really good the west and has been pretty spotty as usual but when you find the fish you find good fish.
  8. BringAnExtension

    Ice Fishing Season

    The DNR has announced quotas for the ice fishing season, regulations coming forth soon. http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2015/10/19/mille-lacs-winter-harvest-cap-set-ice-fishing-regulation-decision-by-end-of-month/#more-17141 #AsExpected
  9. I think everyone knows what's wrong with this. Since it's snowing in Roseau I figured I'd check Sportsman's Dock Cam. Low and behold a guy kept his ice fishing weekend on track but brought the boat. Depressing and rare at the same time.
  10. I tried this lake for the first time ever on Saturday morning. Arrived at the launch about 8 a.m. and I'd say the trailer parking was 1/2 full but was surprised to see people coming off the lake already at that time. By the time I took a bathroom break around noon there were less trailers in the lot than when I launched! Must be an night time/early morning bite on this lake judging by all the early risers and seeing as I got skunked. I was targeting walleye but couldn't seem to find them. Surface water temps were in the 58-60 range in most spots. One thing I noticed was that the Navionics app was grossly off in it's depth contours on this lake. Has anyone else experienced this? There were numerous times where it was a good 10 feet off. I rely heavily on this app on my iPhone as my sonar doesn't have GPS, and typically it is very accurate on other lakes in the area I've been on. Hopefully I'll get a chance to get back out there again. Has anyone else had success on Indy this year?
  11. BringAnExtension

    A Change of Season

    I was fishing with my bride on Labor Day. She was watching docks come in as many people were wrapping up cabin season on French Lake. She was lamenting the fact that the summer was coming to a close. I reminded her that this is our season. September promises the start of fall colors, better fishing and football. Ok, that last one didn't impress her one bit. I have already found that fish are more aggressive. The area lakes are filled with hungry fish. They are smacking jigs tipped with fatheads - orange seemed to be the color yesterday. No longer are they picky and I can usually put a nice walleye in the live well. October (hopefully) means the end of mosquitoes and less yard work. Nice fall days are followed by crisp nights. This year, mowing has become a tedious chore. While the farmers may have liked all of the rains this year, my lawn does too and I am tired of mowing every 5 days. The fishing should continue to be good and I fully intend to put more hours in the boat in the coming month. Get out and enjoy, winter will be here soon enough.
  12. The walleye are a snapping here on Rainy.We got this 30 incher up shallow ,we also caught some nice bass. What a great day the fish were really biting. BB1
  13. Governor Dayton is not going to wait for the fall surveys before declaring that the walleye ice fishing season will go on. http://www.startribune.com/dayton-says-they-ll-be-a-walleye-season-this-winter-on-mille-lacs/326440461/
  14. The DNR announced today that it has begun implementing several concrete steps aimed at improving the Mille Lacs Lake walleye population, while building a closer working relationship with the Mille Lacs community. “Mille Lacs is an incredibly important fishery for … Full Story Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
  15. tunrevir

    Basin tactics 2, leadcore

    One tactic this time of year that tends to excel in larger rivers and lakes is trolling leadcore line for walleyes. Basic tackle is a large capacity level wind reel and a 7-9' medium action trolling rod. I recommend a trolling rod as the taper is made to troll nonstretch lines like leadcore or superbraids. A line counter reel can be very helpful to replicate your presentation when targeting suspended fish but leadcore line is colored every 30' and you can get by with letting out line by how many colors you have out as well. Leadcore line is a dacron sheath around a fine lead filament and the additional weight of the filament is what causes the line to sink. A basic rule to follow is 5 feet of depth for each color you have in the water when travelling at 2 mph. In most lakes and rivers, 4-6 colors of leadcore will suffice with 6 getting you to the 30' plus range depndeing on your presentation and trolling speed. Leadcore is speed dependent so slowing down will get you slightly deeper and speeding up will raise your presentation slightly due to the water resistance against the line. This scenario is also true in rivers where current may cause the need to let out additional line to get your baits in the strike zone. For most presentations 27# leadcore is sufficient to cross over between walleyes and salmon fishing and there is really a negligible difference between 18# and 36# leadcore as far as sink rate. A mono leader of 10# line between the leadcore and the bait to be presented is the next addition to the arsenal. To attach the leader you will need to push the dacron sheath down to exspose 6-8" of the lead filament, cut the filament off and tie the mono leader to the dacron sheath. A double uni knot or a nail knot work nicely and I have even seen guys use back to back clinch knots. Leader lengths can vary from 10-50' depending on the lures used. The important thing to note is if you are going to troll diving crankbaits like slamo hornets or shad raps you will need to know the dive depth for that particular lure with the amount of mono leader that you have on as the baits will dive an additional few feet deeper then what the leadcore is achieving. So for instance, I have three colors of leadcore out and a 50' leader with a #5 shad rap. I know the leadcore will get me down 15' and that a #5 shad rap will reach an additional 8' on 50' of 10# mono for a total depth of 23'. When working with spinner rigs or stick baits your rigs will generally run just 2-3 feet deeper then the leadcore and it may take a bit of experimenting to get your baits right in the zone that you want to attack. This tactic can be particularly deadly on lakes with thermoclines and where suspended forage like whitefish or tullibees are present and allows you to target fish suspended out over the basin or sitting just above the thermocline that you would not normally be able to reach with just standard diving baits. Tightlines and good luck on the water! Tunrevir~
  16. Just got back from a week of camping and fishing on Rainy Lake. While the bite was not fast and furious it was consistant and good. We seemed to find fish scattered from 6 FOW all the way to 35 FOW with the reefs holding most of the fish. Locating and staying on a school and waiting them out seemed to work best rather that chase after the hot bite. We mainly fished jigs with crawlers, shiners and leeches but did do some live bait rigging. Neither tactic seemed to out produce the other. They seemed to show preference to one of the baits for a while and then would shut off. Changing up baits and/or presentation seemed like get them going again.
  17. Fishing in the Bemidji area has taken a bit of a hit, and anglers have to work a little harder for their walleyes than they did a week or two ago. The jig bite is a thing of the past, and people rigging crawlers or leeches on the breaklines are starting to out-produce the guys fishing with jigs in shallow. Bottom bouncers and spinners with a crawler is also working very well on outside weed edges and off the breaks. The crankbait bite remains good over the sand and cabbage, as well as around mid-lake rocks and rubble. Salmo Hornets in 6-11' of water going 2.4 mph has been working well for us. Bass are hot right now, with smallmouth on the ledges waiting to ambush their next meal, and largemouth in the deep vegetation soaking in the 77 degree water temps. Panfish anglers should all rejoice, as July is the month of the plate-sized bluegill and the mid-summer slab crappie. Look for deep cabbage, and work it over with safety pin spinners or a bobber and wax worm. Mid-lake structure with cabbage is the best this time of year. Musky anglers are reporting a hot bite right now, with people seeing or catching fish on most every trip. Many of our walleye clients have lost baits or even fish due to muskies being overly aggressive. I'd venture to guess that now is the time for the musky hunters to smile. Plenty of fish to be had before summer is over! Give us a call!
  18. This week we have had reports of fishing being good all over the lake. On the north side near Crowduck and Little Oak Island they are pulling spinners. The walleye are responding to a hammered gold and leech presentation. Drift or troll if needed from 25-30 feet of water. Towards the west near Zipple Bay there has been a large school of keeper sized fish in shallow. Ranging from 5 to 15 feet of water. Pull blades with a crawler harness to try and entice the walleye bite. Graceton area has had success in the 30 foot depth. Downrigging or trolling for the fish should have results. Pulling plugs off the Canadian line in front of Lighthouse Gap Fish in 28-32 feet of water for a good bite. No matter where you fish numbers have been decent. Come on up and check it out for yourself!
  19. Has anyone gone out just to do a catch and release of some of the bigger eyes? Maybe trying for the 28" or larger?
  20. tunrevir

    Weedline walleyes part 2

    Last week I spoke briefly about some things to look for when targeting weed walleyes and getting to know the types of weeds to better understand the clues and tips they can give you as to what the bottom substrate would be like. This week I will talk about specific tactics to use to pull fish out of the weeds. First of all live bait rigs like lindy rigs and spinners can be fished along the edges of prominent weedlines that have distinct and defined edges. Trolling is an option with longer weedlines as is casting and slowly moving these baits to the boat from a fixed position. The main problem with working both shallow and deeper weed edges at this time of year is that the perch and panfish will absolutely drive you nuts pecking at your bait until it is gone. Gulp imitations are slightly better but again the panfish will tend to hen peck at your offering and trying to discern a subtle take from a walleye versus that of prolific panfish will begin to wear on you. I like these tactics better at dawn and dusk or just after dark to maximize my chances at eyes with less distractions from the panfish. The second drawback, is that most weedlines are not so clearly defined that you can troll long distances without contacting and fouling with spotty clumps of weeds growing out a distance from the actual weedline itself. Jigs and minnows? Another good choice but again the panfish are apt to take a jig and minnow and in the heat of summer minnows can be tough to keep alive. Gulp again is a good option for pitching edges and pockets. What then are the best options for midday or late afternoon? I like to pitch paddle tails, pulse R's and curly tailed grubs or 4" finesse worms and ring worms on weed weasel or oddball 1/16th-1/4 oz jigs into the weeds. This technique does not call for stout bass gear and heavy line but a high vis mono or 10-15# braid works well for me. I pair this with a 6'6" or 7' rods in a medium or medium light action with a fast action tip. I position the boat over the shallow sand if I am fishing shallow or over the edge of the breakline if fishing deep and pitch the jigs from 3 to 6 feet into the weedline and let the jig fall to the bottom while counting it down and watching my line for any sharp taps or sudden stops. The reason I mentally count the lure down is that at times once the jig clears the canopy and gets into the open stalks below many times walleyes will swim up and snatch the jig before it reaches bottom. In the case of a premature stop, I give a gentle but firm wrist flick to either dislodge the jig from the weeds and let it continue its decent or set the hook on a fish and work it out of the weed edge. Once the lure hits bottom a standup head like an oddball jig will hold the offering enticingly upright. I will let the jig rest from 1-5 seconds before giving a gentle but firm wrist flick to hop the bait forward 6-12" and repeat until I am clear of the weeds and then I will use a slow retrieve straight back to the boat or I may hop it a few feet out onto the sand or down the break on the way back to the boat. I like a weed weasel jig when I have a sparse weed like cabbage where I can hop and swim the jig through the stalks. The forward facing eyelet helps the jig to slither over and around weeds rather effectively. This is two of the tactics I like to use when looking for weedline walleyes. This is a fairly slow paced technique, much like live bait rigging but it allows you to work the edges and into the weeds where fish are waiting to ambush prey as it happens by. This technique works both deep and shallow but the key is not throwing your jig to far into the weeds that you lose all feel of your bait. Most often the walleyes will be hanging within 10' of the edge in the shade just waiting for an easy meal to happen by and often these fish will elicit savage strikes leaving no doubt if you got bit or not. Next time you find yourself on a weedline think about probing into the weeds rather then just working the edges. You may be surprised at some of the fish you end up with on the end of your line! Tightlines! Tunrevir~
  21. Fished out of the NW Angle the past five days. Great bite on both the MN and Ontario sides of the lake. Walleye are from 4-40' off points and structure. The drive might be a little longer to the Angle, but the catching is well worth it...pick a resort and they will help you find the fish...they even stock MN-legal eggs for your breakfast so you don't have to try to cross the border with them :-). After you boated 100 fish, check out the $1 happy-hour taps at Sunset Resort on Oak Island or try Jerry's Bar and Grill's great menu at Young's Bay...always friendly service and great food. The chicken-fry at Angle Inn Lodge is a legendary experience. We fished with spinners and jigs, minnows and crawlers and did well with all. Some specifics on both US and Ontario are below. MN: try the Brush Island area...5' to 16' the soft bottom offers very few snags and the active walleye. Soon they will move a bit South and the Flag Flats bite will be amazing....you can't miss the 25+ boats all with nets-at-the-ready. Ontario: try Royal Island and the surrounding points and structure. The water is warming and the biters will move to the edges of points and eventually the small reefs. Want a bit of a driving tour? Try up the Tug Channel and catch your fill of eaters off the marker buoys up and down the channel. More snags than on the MN side, but sometimes a faster bite. The smallmouth are on their beds and offer super fast action in the shallows. Very fun and quick catching. One of our elders boated a 40" pike on a noodle-walleye rod while targeting shallow walleye -- certainly a thrill remembered for years.
  22. Numbers of walleyes caught this week have been very good. Using a spinner with either a crawler or leech has definitely been the best way to catch fish. Spinners in hammered gold, pink and white were out producing other colors. Fish are schooling in the rocks off Crowduck, Little Oak and outside Zipple area. Drifting from 15' in towards 7' of water. Best reported bite time is around 2pm - 5pm. Another area with good action has been over by Archie's Reef. Again the spinner has been the best, but some are picking fish up with jig and a minnow.
  23. I don't know about you but I can not believe it is the middle of June! The bite this month has been great! The biggest surprise is how shallow the walleye have been. Water from 4-18 feet of water has produced good bites. Drift with a spinner and crawler moving from deep to shallow if possible. Hammered gold and white would be a good starting color. Work the area in front of Pine Island from the pine to Lighthouse Gap. Some people are getting fish downrigging in the 30 foot depth. Try the water in front of The Fields or over towards Zipple Bay area. Heading across Big Traverse to Knight or Garden Island and the rock piles are also showing good numbers of walleye. Pink has been a jig of choice up north tipped with a shiner. This is a beautiful time of the year to enjoy some fishing! Click to see info on reserving your cabin or charter fishing trip.
  24. Had some luck with the bluegills on Lower Prior Lake yesterday afternoon. Seems they were in pre-spawn mode possibly. A few squirted when I was trying to unhook them. Fished near weeds in about 10 ft of water and landed a couple of larger ones and a few mid-sized ones to fill out the pan. Was using a panfish rod and slip bobber with a 1/2 night crawler on a bare hook. Tried a few leeches also and caught a couple of small LMB. Hooked int one large one that snapped my line on my panfish rod. Might have been a little excited on that one. Toward the end of my trip I pulled a bottom bouncer Lindy rig (blue spinner) with a nightcrawler and hooked into a 8 inch walleye and a small perch. Seems like all species were biting yesterday, hope it continues! There weren't many casts I didn't catch something.
  25. Fishing over the last couple days has been decent and outlook for the weekend is even better. Boats are reporting the best bite to be in the evening hours. Jig with pink, hammered gold or white.