By Daniel Quade
(Provided by Lindy Tackle)
Traditional summertime tactics catch plenty of big eyes, or else they wouldnt have become such strong traditions. Lindy Rigging, pulling spinners and suspending live bait account for countless catches. But sometimes, thinking outside the box is an even better way to put more, bigger walleyes in the box.
Just ask Jon Thelen. The longtime guide and sage of all things walleye often flips the tactical textbook upside down when conditionsor the fish themselvesdictate an unorthodox approach. As a result, he keeps his clients lines stretching while other anglers are struggling. Following are three of his top tricks for turning the tables on ever-elusive summertime eyes.
No. 1 Lil Guy For Big Fish
(Provided by Michigan DNR)
Among the premier species sought by Michigan anglers, walleyes are in high demand. The Michigan DNR stocks many walleyes to create fisheries where reproduction doesn't occur and to supplement naturally reproducing fish. But even when operating at full capacity, the DNR's hatchery system cannot produce a supply that meets demand.
So Fisheries Division has partnered with a number of citizen groups across the state to form walleye-rearing cooperatives to increase production. The cooperatives help maintain the ponds, fertilize them, and often help in fingerling harvest. Statewide, the DNR has partners helping run 30 walleye-rearing ponds.
Big ones exist. Really big ones.
Like the one he caught before daylight April 17.
Cataldo had just slipped into his waders about 4:30 a.m. and eased into the cool St. Joe waters when he made his first cast onto the gravel bar.
He pulled the Rapala Husky Jerk beneath the surface a few feet, jerked it once, then let it sit in the current.
(Provided by Indiana DNR)
The DNR will survey Sylvan Lake in Noble County this year to estimate the number of anglers who fish there and the number of fish they catch.
The number and size of walleyes taken from the 669-acre impoundment will be of special interest to DNR biologists.
We have stocked nearly 150,000 walleye fingerlings in Sylvan Lake since 2001 at a cost of $225,000,î said Jed Pearson, DNR fisheries biologist. ìWe need to take a good look at how fishermen are benefiting from that investment.