R & R Fishing! 2018

Relaxing & Enjoying – Fishing In The Rain

It was the first weekend of August and raining as the thunderstorms were rolling through, but the wind was calm and there was no lightning in the sky. So I decided I would just go out and relax on the water, fishing for whatever would bite and enjoy this incredible day (I love being in the Rain). So I grab my rain jacket and my poles and off I went for anything that would bite with little effort on my part.

Catching Bass

I first tried for Bass using a Yellow/orange NORTHLAND Buzzbait (⅜ oz), which produced a lot of action, but struggled finding any bass over 2 pounds. I then tried going deep, using the Bandit 300 and still the same result, no big fish. So where are they, why are then not biting, and do I just try later and focus on something else? So I decided to switch to my Walleye rods and stayed out in deeper water, casting for Walleyes.


Catching Walleyes

Here I was using the Bandit 300 (Yellow / Bumblebee) and casting the ice fishing Rapala (green, glow, and bronze). We tied into four walleyes, one being over 20 inches but lost that Walleye when trying to net him. We did manage to land three smaller Walleyes. After an hour of Walleye fishing I decided to relax even more and grabbed the Bluegill rods and started casting for a few Bluegills.


Catching Bluegills

For bluegills I used a small jig with flashabou skirting on it, tipping with a Gulp Maggot (pink). The bluegills ran small 6.5 inches to 7.5 inches, but we caught plenty for a meal or two.

How The Day Went

It rained off and on, there was no lighting or thunder, and the wind was not to be found. The action was great, but the fish ran small, which is unusual for this lake. So a perfect day for relaxing, fishing, and enjoying the weather! “You know a day fishing beats any day working”.

Bass Fishing In Late July – 2018 Action!

Best Bass Fishing 2018

I look forward to the third weekend of July as this is the time the Largemouth Bass really get active and destroy whatever you toss on the surface. So why do I prefer top-water baits instead of diving crank-baits on the weed edges and drop-offs, because I like to see the action of the bite/hit.

Topwater Bass Baits

Depending on the weeds and if they are close to the surface I will either use a Bass Popper or Buzz Bait. I prefer the Popper as the bass seen to hit this harder than the Buzz Bait, but I use the weeds and drop-off to help me decide on which top-water presentation to use.

Fishing The Weeds On A Gradual Drop-Off

Here the Buzz Bait works the best as the bass are just laying under the weeds, waiting to strike anything that ventures into their feeding area. Also the Bass Popper will just keep catching weeds as the back end of the popper is weighted down by the back treble hook.

Fishing The Weeds On a Quick Drop-Off

Here I use the Bass Popper as it frustrates the Bass and gives them plenty of time to locate their prey and attack. The Popper is used with a jerking action and reel, which is much slower than the continuous reel action of the Buzz Bait.

Best Bass Action Of 2018

Here is a short video of our Bass action this past weekend along with a few Pictures. You will see it was very windy and the waves were white-water, but the Bass did not care.

Catching Bass & Crappies 2018 – The Next Generation

Taking The Young Fishing

It‘s the 4th of July week and I have 3 young boys that are interested in going fishing and depending on the action they will either love it or lose interest quickly, possibly forever. So if we really want to hook a new fisherman, especially at this age, we better be able to catch fish and continuously, size is not a factor here or at least I thought!

What Fish Can We Easily Hook A Young Fisherman On

As mentioned above, if you want to hook someone on fishing you will need to produce the fish and the best way to do this is with either Bluegills or Crappies. On our first fishing trip I decided to go for Crappies since they run larger than a Bluegill and the action is almost as fast.

What Crappie Rig To Use

Here I used the best Crappie rig combination I have; the casting bobber, 2 feet of line, and the crappie hook with the Berkley 2” Minnow. This combination seems to really work well for me so why mess with success. In this video the Crappies did well playing their role and the kids were hooked.


Catching Bass On Topwater Baits

Now that I had the 3 young men hooked I thought I was home free, but the oldest (7 yrs old) asked me to take him fishing for a large fish, one bigger than what his dad caught earlier bass fishing (3 lbs). Now that’s a challenge, at least for me. And the bass right now are more focused on the crabs in the lake than anything else, but off we went. I also want him to experience seeing the Bass strike, so my plan was to use a top water Bass Popper, get a bass to hit, set the hook, and give him the pole.

Will we did not catch one as big as his dad’s, but we had fun and I believe we have a new fisherman in the bass fishing family. See our video on our Bass Fishing Trip.

Catching Walleyes For Dinner!

Fresh Walleyes For Dinner

It’s the last weekend of June, the storms and flooding have the fish hunkered down, so can I still catch a enough Walleyes for Dinner? Well yes, but it took all three of my top Walleye Baits to catch them.

Where To Find The Walleyes

From the flooding of the lake, debris everywhere, and the water looking like mud will my top three Walleye baits catch fish in the areas I typically find feeding Walleyes? Well after an hour or so of fishing the weed-lines and not catching even a bass I started to think not. Next I worked myself out to the sandbars focusing on deeper water, which did offer up a few nice Walleyes.

What Baits To Use

I started early Friday night along the weed-lines and worked my way out to the edge of the sandbars before I picked up my first Walleye. The fish were on the bottom and I had to use old faithful (Ice Fishing Rapala) as the Bandit 200 & 300 was not getting down deep enough. My first Walleye was on a silver #7 Ice Fishing Rapala.

The next morning at 5:30 am I was hoping the Walleyes would be in the weeds feeding as the water was getting clearer and I had seen a few bait-fish the night before. However, the only thing I was catching were Northern Pike, so again I headed out past the sandbars. I started with the Ice Fishing Rapala, but nothing. Next I went to a 300 series Bandit, which will dive approximately 11 feet and picked up my first Walleye of the Morning. This told me that the Walleyes were starting to come back up off the bottom.

That same night around 6 pm I went out again, but started a the sandbar drop-off. I tried the Ice Fishing jig first, no luck, then went to Bumble Bee Bandit 300 Series, no luck, then to the Red Crab 200 Series Bandit (dives approximately 8 feet) and caught my first Walleye. This confirms that the Walleyes on this lake are coming off the bottom and soon will be feeding near the weed-lines again.

I will be out there again for the 4th of July weekend. Hopefully the boating action will not affect the fishing action. Enjoy the video.

The Best Walleye Bait For All Seasons

Catching Walleyes

Catching Walleyes is not hard as long as you have the right bait. Now you can use minnows, leaches, nigh-crawlers, ect.. but if you want to limited the different types of baits then the ice Fishing Jigging Rapala is one you want to have. The Jigging Rapala is the best all Season Walleye bait out there!

Jigging Rapala

I like to get through the Morel Mushroom season before fishing for Walleyes & Bluegills, but the temperatures have been so warm this Spring I needed to get out onto the lakes. Now this year has been outstanding so far for Walleyes and as in the past years the Jigging Rapala is my top Walleye bait, then the 200 & 300 series Bandit.

Jigging Rapala In Action

When using the Ice Fishing Jigging Rapala in open water you want to find a sand bar or weed line for your casting and retrieving. Start with the #7 size Rapala and move to a #5 if you are not getting any bites. I have found in some cases the Walleyes prefer the smaller #5 Rapala over the #7.

How To Fillet a Walleye

When you fillet a Walleye you want to make sure you fillet the cheeks of the Walleye also, as these are the best tasting part of the Walleye. Then you want to remove the thin layer of bones in your fillet, these steps are shown in this video.