Sunday, February 5th, 2023
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Pro Tip of the Week: shallow crappies and walleyes

By Tom Neustrom

Summer fishing for crappies and walleyes has been excellent. Both species are active in the shallows, and trolling spinners at a quick speed can trigger bites of both species. A speed of 1.2 to 1.4 mph seems most consistently trigger strikes.

Deeper cabbage and depths of 8-12 feet seem to be best choices.  A small chub or golden shiner is the bait I like for this presentation and you won’t be surprised with your results. Size 2 or 3 Colorado or Indiana gold hammered blades seem to be the ticket above 5-7 small red beads and a #1 VMC Aberdeen hook.

It’s an amazing rig that will serve double duty for both species and is especially effective in the summer and early fall. I use a 7 ½  foot St. Croix Eyecon spinning rod that gives me plenty of power to muscle walleyes and big crappies that may dig into the isolated cabbage weeds. This is a great search method and will make you a believer in a tried and true method of finding and catching walleyes and crappies.

Tom Neustrom is a multi-species fishing guide, known for his expertise on more than 35 lakes in Minnesota. He can be reached at

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