Tommy Skarlis may be the best man with a jig on the professional walleye circuits today. He won over $50,000 at a recent walleye tournament by catching his fish by vertical jigging. Here is how he did it.
Are you looking for a simple, yet effective walleye bait that is inexpensive and could have you limiting out on your favorite lake? Look no further, as the spinner rig may be the answer to your prayers.
Whether you’re fishing a tiny reservoir near home or Lake Erie’s Western Basin in spring, the golden rule of jigging still applies: The bait must always be on or near the bottom for it to be effective. You aren’t fishing unless it is. Here are some tips to help you the next time you take to the big lake.
Ever notice how the topic turns to trolling when the discussion centers on the best way to catch walleyes on the Great Lakes? True enough, the challenge on the big waters is often a matter of finding ways to sift large areas of water fast in search of active fish.
Spring signals a welcome return for the open-water fisherman, and the often-plentiful walleyes keep rods bouncing and nets sagging. Standard and simple rigs still account for a large share of boated fish, but a change to new, and “out-of-the-ordinary” tactics, has helped the author play a few extra games of tug-of-war with walleye.
Because current in the Detroit River may flow 6 mph and more, traditional river tactics such as jigging or trolling with three-ways just won’t work to get baits down to the bottom and keep them there. As a result, locals have devised a unique method called hand-lining to get to big females holding in deeper holes.
One Christmas, I agreed to try a friend’s favorite way of fishing — wading the shore of Pennsylvania’s Pymatuning Reservoir for the spawning walleye. However, I forgot just how cold the water can be in March. But the walleye action was so hot, I forgot all about the cold!
Why shiver on a block of ice to catch walleyes all winter? There’s a place where jackets are the fashion choice right now and anglers have a chance to catch a world record walleye in a fishery that’s virtually untapped. It’s the state of Arkansas!
Dirty water. We’ve all been there. It’s springtime, and it seems walleye and sauger fishing on our home river has never been so good. We boat fish after fish, weekend after weekend as February turns to March. Then, one Wednesday we look up at work to see rain drops streaking the window. Showers come, and come, and come. By Saturday, we aren’t sure if we should fish the river or plow it.