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Minnesota Pro Tip of the Week: On Winnie, keep that jig close to the lake bed

By Tom Neustrom

Walleye fishing has been really good up here lately on Lake Winnibigoshish and other area lakes. As the water seems to be cooling off, walleyes have moved shallow.

We are catching them shallow, pulling spinners behind the boat, but there are a few key things to do to increase your success.

First, we are working in 7 to 11 feet of water. Speed is all important, and we are running the motor at 1 to 1.3 miles per hour. A 1⁄8-ounce bullet weight is what you want ahead of the spinner. We’re trying to keep that spinner, topped with a fathead or chub minnow, about a foot off the bottom.

With this setup, you’ll want about 30 to 40 feet of line out. If you have too much line out, you are going to be dragging on the lake bottom. If you don’t have enough line out, your bait will be running too high in the water column.

Pay attention to your electronics. Look for isolated clumps of weeds among the gravel. These weeds will always hold either walleyes, northern pike or yellow perch. Also, look for pods of baitfish. That will always tell you where there are some predator fish around.

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

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