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.

Best Crappie Bait For 2018

The Best Crappie Bait For 2018 is the Berkley 2” Minnow

The Bluegills are still on the beds spawning, but it’s to windy for a fly rod, so what do you do for action? Well what other than bluegills can provide lots of action during the middle of the day? Crappies! So I rigged a couple of poles up with a Crappie Hook and the Berkley 2” Minnow and headed for one of my favorite late summer Bluegill spots, hoping we might find some Crappies (typically I do not start fishing for Crappies or Bass until July).

Early Crappie Action

It did not take long as my wife tossed her minnow out, before I even had the anchors set, and the bobber sank out of site. She now had our first Crappie of the year and the start of a great Crappie Adventure.

Wind – Bluegills No – Crappies Yes

In this video we went out twice for Crappies since it was to rough for the fly rods. Our first trip we hit the water at 3pm and kept ten 11” Crappies, the next day we hit the water at 1pm, keeping a nice mess of fish.

Best Bluegill Bait For 2018

Best 2018 Spring & Early Summer Bluegill Bait

It’s late May and temperatures have gone from the low 30s to low 90s within two weeks, pushing the Bluegills into the shallows for feeding and spawning.

So I got the fly rods out, put on new leaders (just 6 lb monofilament), waxed the line, and tied on one of our foam spiders we made this past January. See Making your own Dry Spider.

Fly Rods & Bait

During the Spring there is nothing better than a fly rod with a Dry Fly (spider). On these homemade spiders you can catch 50 to 100 bluegills before it falls apart. That’s catching a lot of fish without having to mess with worms or any other type of bait. If you are interested in trying a fly rod then purchase a cheap kit with the fly rod, line and reel and take it out and give it a try. To practice you can watch my videos or just take a spit shot and place it on the end of your leader and practice with it in the backyard.

Bluegill Action

In this video you will see non-stop action as my wife and youngest son try out our new foam spiders. The distance they’re casting the fly-line is 15 to 30 feet, but you can move in closer if needed, it will not push the bluegills off.

Fishing For Shellcrackers – The 2018 Catch

Let’s Get Fishing

It’s the first week of April and we just had a Blue Moon (two full moons in the same month) so the Shellcrackers should be moving in to spawn.

Searching For The Shellcrackers – The Signs Are There

We are in Tavares Florida on a chain of lakes searching for the Bully of Bluegills, which should be spawning. The spawning signs we look for are; a full moon (it just ended), the Gar-Pike spawning (very active), the Gators are very active (yes see video), and water temperature. Unfortunately the water temps were lower than we were hoping for.

How We Started Our Search

We first started by checking out every spot where we have caught Shellcrackers in the past. Next we spent hours moving down the shoreline and dropping our freshwater shrimp, only stopping when we ran into a small school of Copperheads (Bluegills).

Where Are Those Bullies

So why could we not find the Shellcrackers? My guess is the spawning season was pushed back a few days or a week due to an abnormal cool Spring and high water. For this first week of April the water was two feet higher than normal, very murky, and water temps a little lower than we like. Or due to the high water the Shellcrackers found areas to spawn that we could not get to or find.

The Catch – Copperheads

Even though we could not find any Shellcrackers we did have a great time fishing and catching Copperheads. See our video on the catch!

The Bait – Freshwater Shrimp

Our bait again this year was the Freshwater Shrimp. I like this bait for the main reason it’s native to the lake and easy to net. On this trip we caught the following fish using shrimp; Bullheads, Bass, Crappies, & Copperheads.