Walleye and sauger limits this week as the fall brings fish to shallower waters. Some resorts still fishing Little Oak and Garden Island pulling harnesses with hammered gold spinners. Bait with leeches or crawlers 14-24 feet. Others are jigging in 20-28 feet with frozen shiners. Out in front of Ligh
It would be easy for anglers to fall victim to the notion that the watery world below is two-dimensional. The water's surface is flat. Lake and river maps are flat. Your sonar screen is flat. But down below, the bottom consists of peaks and valleys just like the dry world above.
Changes in bottom contours are called structure and understanding how structure affects fish behavior is the key to angling success. The trick is to train our minds to translate two-dimensional images from a map, your sonar screen, or GPS into mental images with three dimensions. A technique called visualization can help you with this task.
Twists to a Timeless Approach for Spring Walleyes By Tom Neustrom
Some states have an official "Walleye Opener". It's circled on calendars in kitchen after kitchen. In equally as many states, though, "Opener"
describes the second that the ice vanishes. Either way, I believe the ties to the tradition of the "Opener" are too strong.
Let me explain in an anecdote… Three generations of the Doe family get together on that hallowed weekend and cross their collective fingers that the
walleyes will bite. No matter the weather. No matter what experts say about the lake. No matter nothing. They fish the same lake every year.
Not that the relatives shouldn't get together and fish. But unless your lake oozes with spring walleyes, you're better off leaving the comfort of the
cabin, putting the boat on the trailer and driving to a bite.
That's not meant to be harsh. It's factual. And here are some tips for picking the right pond and putting a bend in your rod.