Wednesday, February 8th, 2023
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Minnesota Pro Tip of the Week: Use a search bait for Big Stone’s perch

By Tanner Arndt

In the early season on Big Stone, we are always looking to track down concentrations of yellow perch.

Rippin’ Raps, those noisy, rattling lipless crankbaits, in size No. 4 are the preferred search bait on Big Stone. They are a good way to cover a lot of water and locate biggers schools of fish.

One method is to drill a hole, and rip the bait for five minutes, seeing if you can get some fish to come in. We tend to work those baits, in about 12 feet of water, about 2 to 5 feet off the bottom. You can try pounding the bottom, but the higher up in the water column, the easier it is for perch to see your bait.

The larger idea is to keep running and gunning until you locate higher concentrations of fish. The perch on Big Stone don’t hold on any structure in particular. It is important to cover some water. Some guys like to set up and hope they move through, but if you rip around, you can get a better idea of what’s around.

Arndt rents fish houses out of Artie’s Bait & Tackle on Big Stone Lake. Get a hold of him or the bait shop at (320) 839-2480.

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