Thursday, June 8th, 2023
Thursday, June 8th, 2023

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Mike Gnatkowski

Crankbaits for walleyes: Here’s what to know as seasons change

Crankbaits are a proven lure for walleyes throughout the open-water season.
The type of crankbait you employ, however, varies depending on the season. In the cold water of spring and late fall, walleyes prefer a subtle, side-to-side wobble versus more animated action. As water temperatures increase and walleye metabolism gets a jumpstart, cranks with an energetic action start to get noticed. When water temperatures peak during the summer months walleyes are in full-time gorge mode, so crankbaits that exhibit a dynamic shimmy and tight wobble at slightly faster speeds get the nod.

Understanding turkey behavior leads to more filled tags

Turkey hunters may not realize it, but the deck is stacked against them right from the get-go.
Every action turkey hunters take goes against the grain of Mother Nature. In the grand scheme of things, hen turkeys are supposed to go to the gobbler, not the other way around.
Thank God turkeys don’t always behave the way the experts say they will.

Here’s some gear guidance for getting on gobblers

You’re going to need a gun, calls, camouflage clothing, and maybe a blind, decoys, a vest, and other incidentals. You don’t “need” all these items to kill a gobbler, but they’re good to have.
Recently at a local sporting goods store, I saw a box of 10 turkey loads that were $70. Talk about overkill. My turkey mentor used a standard 2 3⁄4-inch No. 6 shot of duck and pheasant loads and killed a gobbler every year. A three-inch 12-gauge lead load of 4, 5 or 6 shot is a deadly combination.

Time is fish: simple tips to keep your bait in the water when snags are inevitable

Both steelhead and trout relate to the bottom, especially in the cold waters of spring. If your offering is not within inches of bottom then you’re less likely to encounter strikes. Unfortunately, the bottom also is where you can get snagged. If you’re not getting snagged, you’re not catching fish. The key though, is how quickly you can re-rig and get your line back in the water post-snag.
There are steps you can take to reduce snags and re-rig quicker and simpler.

Old school techniques for Michigan’s winter walleyes

I’ve been fortunate enough for more than a decade to fish with some of the best ice anglers the sport has to offer, and it’s a joy to drop a line with them. I always learn a thing or two.
Last year on Saginaw Bay I fished with friend Gary Burch. We have fun regardless if the fish cooperate or not. But I learned on that trip that my way of catching walleyes might be outdated or
slightly archaic.

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