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Minnesota Pro Tip of the Week: Focus on current areas on lakes where it’s a factor

By Dan Eigen

It’s normally about time to shift to a slip bobber and leech bite, but in some locales, high water and current is persisting.

Focusing on that current can make a big difference in lakes where it’s present. These areas include neck-downs, in and around bridges and where different tributaries and creeks empty into lakes. The water has been pouring into these areas this spring, and where that is the case, it seems to suck baitfish into the vortex. Predators such as walleyes are on the tails of these baitfish.

There’s a few ways I recommend approaching these fish. One is a simple rig, with say a 3/8- to ½-ounce weight ahead of a three- to four-foot long snell. I prefer a pretty good-sized creek or redtail chub on this rig. Another option would be a Fireball jig, in size 3/8-ounce with a spottail shiner. I also wouldn’t hesitate flipping a Jiggin’ Rap in size Nos. 7 or 9.

Eigen, of Walleyedan Guide Service, is a multi-species fishing guide in the Brainerd Lakes area. His guide service has several fishing guides on hand. He can be reached at walleyedan@walleyedan.com or (218) 839-5598.

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