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Walleye fishing on LV is touch and go
The past week brought some good fishing during windows of opportunity as well as stretches when the walleyes were scattered and non-cooperative. Those windows were mostly around the low light periods of very early morning and the last hour of the evening. With the clear conditions and light east winds, the day time bite was sporadic and tough at times but hard work still put ‘eyes in the boat.
Trolling and jigging were our two primary tactics. The one common denominator was that the fish were deep. Twenty-five to 45 feet produced the best for us other than trolling the low light periods in shallow water. Northland Fireball and Gumball Jigs in chartreuse and orange color combinations tipped with a rainbow, fathead, or sucker put some nice walleyes in the 15- and 16-inch class in the net. Some nice slotters in the 20 to 24 inch range were caught as well. The key is to move slowly, impart a subtle action to your jig, and don’t be afraid to hit the bony stuff.
Trolling deep cranks also produced fish. When we came across fish, a couple would hit the net in short order followed by stretches of dead time. Many of the ‘eyes were scattered and covering water is a great way to go when that’s the case. Every color pattern worked at one point or another. Both soft and hard bottom areas put walleyes in the net.
My friend and tournament partner Garett Plotnik and I started pre-fishing for the City Auto Glass Walleye Classic on Wednesday. We had a tough time patterning anything consistent during tournament hours until Friday afternoon when our plan came together. On Saturday, we rode that to a 4th place finish with six fish weighed for a total weight of 7.0 pounds. The weather change to wind and cloud cover helped as we boated our highest number of walleyes all week.
Congratulations to the 1st Place team of Russ Dahl and Gary Savela and the rest of the top 10 teams who finished in the money! As always, the tourney was first class and well run.
As we move more toward summer conditions, with water temps warming through the mid to upper 50s, the walleyes will become more concentrated and predictable. The key is finding a working pattern and sticking to it. Keep a few for the frying pan and let the rest go. Let all the big ones go. Have a fun and safe Memorial Day Weekend!
Paul Pollock is the secretary of the Lake Vermilion Guides League. His articles have appeared in The Next Bite/Esox Angler and Hometown Focus. His website is www.pollockguideservice.com and his phone is 218-348-3057.