I was referred to a customer by another customer looking to fish on a lake I had never fished before.
I let them know this, of course, and they said that wasn't really an issue because they were just looking for techniques and how to read a lake. I enjoy fishing new waters, so the challenge was on.
The lake, up by Walker, is a beauty, but I have heard over the years that it is a tough one to fish. I knew a few people who had fished it and they offered up a bit of advice that really didn't sink in too much.
On his way back from Cass Lake, where he had competed in a walleye tournament, Toby Kvalevog - one of our guides - stopped and picked up a plastic map and had the bait shop circle a few spots that he or she thought were good areas.
The day was sunny, breezy and cool, and after we launched, we headed out into the first bay. The folks I had out were long-time visitors to the lake but had never caught walleyes.
Once on the main part of the lake, we found a nice flat that ran quite a ways out into the lake, and as I started to scan the edge, I noticed major schools of bait - a very good thing.
As I worked out a little deeper, I started to mark some nice fish, so we baited up with our chubs and Lindy Rigs and dropped those juicy morsels down to about 28 feet. It took less than five minutes and I had a beauty of a walleye that was about 18 inches. Seconds later, one of the guys had another rod bender. But it wasn't a walleye - it was a 20-inch whitefish. They wanted it, so we put it in the well.
We worked the area over quite thoroughly and only managed the two fish, so on to the next spot. The wind was wailing in this next area, and I marked some nice fish in 18 feet. We put down and had a couple of "slimers" on immediately.
On to the next spot.
This spot was similar to the first spot, but more out of the wind. I worked the edge and marked some nice fish in 30 feet of water. So down we dropped. We ended up pulling in two very nice walleyes and a handful of northerns.
The clock hit 1:30 and we were done. Not a lot of walleyes, but it was a fun experience on a lake that I would not hesitate to visit some other day.
A couple of side notes: I want to congratulate Toby on his third-place finish on the FLW Tour at Cass Lake. Toby is one of our regular guides and a physical education teacher at Forestview Middle School.
Also, congratulations to Craig Dickmeyer, who had the largest catch of walleyes in the Confidence Learning Center's Fishing Classic on June 14. I fished it as well, and we (my wife, dad and I) had a good day on the water, but we needed another 4 pounds to compete with the winners. That one that Shelleye missed in the last five minutes could have done it - if it were a Walter.
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