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Minnesota Pro Tip of the Week: Orange sinker getting walleyes on Mille Lacs

By Brad Hawthorne

There’s been one little trick that seems to be making the difference as we have been rigging with four- to six-inch minnows.

The trick is I am catching more fish with an orange sinker.

I’ve been using a 3⁄4-ounce Northland walking sinker ahead of a five- to seven-foot fluorocarbon leader in 8-pound test.

This is just speculation, but I think that orange sinker is mainly just an attractant. They see this little orange thing, and they turn towards the lure which is making some noise, and they see the minnow and just nab it.

We’ve been moving at about .5 to .8 miles an hour, and the other thing is we are just trying to mark fish. It doesn’t matter if you mark fish on the sand, on structure, or an area devoid of structure. There just has to be fish around.

Hawthorne is a fishing guide on Lake Mille Lacs and surrounding waters. He focuses on walleyes, but is also comfortable pursuiing other species, such as smallmouth bass. Check out his website at or get in touch with him at (651) 271-8600.

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