Sunday, February 5th, 2023
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Minnesota Pro Tip of the Week: Shifting to crawlers

By Scott Merwin

Years of guiding experience: 11.

Favorite lakes: Osakis.

June is the perfect time to use one of the walleye’s favorite foods, the nightcrawler. But there are a few other key tools that can make this classic live bait even more effective.

The ingredients that work best for me are: Good ball-bearing swivels, Berkeley Vanish 8- or 10-pound fluorocarbon line, a 4-foot snell, a worm blower to make the crawler float, size 4 Gamakatsu wide gap finesse hooks, and bullet weights – weight depends on the wind and depth.

I typically use a general guide of 1/4-ounce in less than 10 feet of water, 3⁄8-ounce in under 20 feet of water, and 5/8-ounce in over 20 feet. Trolling at a half mph along weed edges and mid-lake humps are my high percentage places to target walleyes.

Good luck and Be the Bite!

Merwin, a multi-species angler, is the owner of Lake Osakis Guide Service. He can be reached at 612-203-1010.

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