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Walleye and perch fishing season off to a great start

Walleye and perch fishing season off to a great start

Everyone that fishes this lake on a regular basis has their fingers crossed in the hope that the 2013 walleye hatch will survive this season.

There really hasn’t been a big blow to speak of since this last spawn, so there is a chance that there will be a plethora of new fish entering the system. And with walleye population numbers down from years past, that would be a good thing.

Fishing this past weekend was productive for some, while others struggled to catch their limits.

Captain Keith Unkefer, owner of “Pooh Bear Charters” is running 40 Tru-Trips back 45-50 feet with Scorpion Spoons off of a mast style set of planer boards at 1.5-1.8 mph and is having excellent success. You can hear “Pooh Bear” on the radio throughout the day letting everyone know what is working. If you don’t understand what is being said in fisherman’s lingo, just get on the radio and ask. There are a lot of anglers out there that will help you understand.

Others, like me, are running crawler harnesses with 1 and 2 ounce inline weights, Tadpoles, or Snap-Weights behind Off Shore Tackle inline planer boards at 1.0-1.2 mph with similar success. Color of blades used on the harnesses has been changing from day to day, or even hour to hour, depending on whether it’s cloudy or sunny out, so it’s good to have a broad selection of color blades to choose from.

Jigging is still fair to good on the reef complex using hair jigs. These jigs can be used plain or with shiners, a hunk of crawler, or a manufactured plastic tail with a stinger hook.

Anglers who like to drift and cast are also doing well in and around the reefs casting Weapons, which is a short version of a crawler harness that is weighted with an egg sinker and tipped with a hunk of crawler and cast out and retrieved.

Captain Juls can be contacted by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or by phone at 419-835-7347. Her website address is www.julswalleyefishingadventures.com.

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