Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Fishing for Weed Walleyes

Is this full-length episode, Ivo takes you to the weed beds where he shows you tips and techniques for jigging up walleyes.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Walleye Garlic Butter Recipe

We love walleye in Minnesota – it is our state fish after all. Frying walleye is a popular way to cook it and we love this simple recipe for fried walleye with a garlic butter sauce. If you’re looking for a different way to cook walleye, try this recipe for broiled walleye with mustard crust.
Mustard-Broiled Walleye
1½ lbs. walleye
2 Tbsp oil
2 Tbsp mayonnaise
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
Fresh lemon juice to taste
¼ cup chopped parsley
Freshly ground pepper to taste
Grated parmesan cheese

Preheat broiler. Place walleye in single layer on lightly greased broiler pan. Brush fish lightly with oil. Combine mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, parsley, and pepper; spread mixture onto fish. Broil walleye for 3 to 8 minutes, or until topping is browned and fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. About one minute before the fish is completely cooked, sprinkle a bit of parmesan cheese on the top of the fish. The cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of the fillets. Place fish on heated platter; serve at once.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Walleye Fishing Reports 5/18/2012

Walleye playing hide and seek
Walleye (and most fish) are controlled by the weather. Walleye especially are sensitive to light. So on a bright sunny day, they will be holding tightly to structure and weedlines. They will also be a little deeper. Instead of holding in five or six ...
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Local fishers have good luck with size 11 rapalas
Evening Observer
This outdoor columnist finally got a chance to sample some night time walleye fishing on Van Buren Reef/Shorewood Country Club. Now that I am retired from my former full-time job, the script was supposed to read as follows: fish, hunt (during the ...
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Good fishing not necessarily good for fish
Bismarck Tribune
South Dakota liberalized walleye limits for several years after that because, by some estimates, 90 percent of the rainbow smelt were washed downstream. The walleyes' main food source, the smelt, was mostly gone and the walleyes were hungry — hungry ...
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Fishing Report: May 18
Knoxville News Sentinel
Walleye — Slow. Anglers trying for walleye are catching more bass than anything. A few fish are being found on points and in submerged brush in coves at night.RedFins and Thundersticks cast near flooded bushes that are showing shad activity are ...
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Jeffrey L. Frischkorn's fishing report for May 18
Lake Erie and tributaries: Fair to good walleye fishing in 20 to 40 feet of water from Geneva, and west. Flat-line trolling Rapalas and Reef Runners, both in bright finishes, are suggested. Spotty yellow perch fishing in 43 feet of water off Geneva as ...
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Fishing Report
Asheville Citizen-Times
Walleye are hitting lead-head jigs tipped with minnows in muddy pockets close to shorelines. Best walleye action is at night under lights fishing with jigs and nightcrawlers. Plenty of bream activity on redworms and crickets.
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Fishing report
Helena Independent Record
Walleye anglers are having success on the south end of the reservoir trolling worm harnesses and cranks in 10-18 feet of water. Jigging for walleye is also working well pitching in shallows and vertically jigging bay points. — FWP, Helena.
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Southeastern Oklahoma weekly fishing report
North Texas e-News
Walleye, white bass and rainbows good on rooster tails and grubs near the power house. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County. McGee Creek: May 13. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 77 and clear.
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Fishing report and best times for 5/18
WALLEYE – Bagnell Tailwater: Fair for anglers in boats, try Berkley's white Gulp Shad. Niangua Arm: Fair to good, try trolling Cordell's Fire Tiger colored Wally Diver or Norman's Sour Grape colored Deep Little 'N or Sebile's Koolie Minnow on flats, ...
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GREAT LAKES: King fishing is great on Lake Michigan
Green Bay Press Gazette
On Green Bay, walleye fishing remains very good in water as shallow as 5 feet and as deep as 25, mostly for those trolling stickbaits and crawler harnesses. Anglers jigging in the Fox and Menominee rivers also are picking up a few 'eyes along with ...
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Jim Morris' fishing report for May 17
Dayton Daily News
Lake Erie: Walleye fishing has been good, mostly by trolling around the reefs and south of Kelleys Island. For yellow perch, fish off of Marblehead or east of Kelleys. For Lake Erie information, visit wildohio..com or call (888) HOOKFISH.
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

MN 2012 Walleye Fishing Opener - 11 Stories

Urban lake reels 'em in with governor's opener
By John Weiss WACONIA — By tradition, Gov, Mark Dayton went out fishing at 12:01 am Saturday, the opening day of the inland walleye/northern fishing season. And, by tradition, he didn't catch a walleye because most of the recent governors have not ...
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Carlson: Catching walleyes is tricky
St. Cloud Times
The walleye is undoubtedly the most sought after fish in our waters but not always the easiest to catch. Due to the extreme popularity of the walleye and the incredible impact this fish has on our tourism business and economy, there is quite a ...
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Bemidji anglers have varying success in fishing opener
Bemidji Pioneer
BEMIDJI- The weather was gorgeous for Saturday's walleye opener; perfect for fishing, not so perfect for catching walleye. Mike Novotny casts his line off the shore of Lake Bemidji near Paul Bunyan Park Saturday afternoon.
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DeLand: Getting the last laugh on the opener
St. Cloud Times
Still, I suspect the walleye begin chuckling as soon as they see my car pull up to the lakeside cabin. They start punching each other in the shoulder (or whatever walleye have that pass for shoulders) when I climb into the boat.
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Date, Location Set for 2013 Governor's Fishing Opener
It will be held May 10-11 in the Park Rapids area, in northwestern Minnesota. The Governor is hoping the third time will be a charm. Things were a little slow Saturday on Lake Waconia. He has yet to catch a walleye during the opener.
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Family enjoys uncrowded fishing along the Gunflint Trail
Duluth News Tribune
We lolled back in our boat seats, sun baking our backs, index fingers waiting for the telltale pulse of a walleye's surreptitious bite. Between drifts, we swung by the other boat in our bay. Lee Adams, who will work at Gunflint Pines this summer, ...
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Fishing Opener: City Fishing Just For The Fun Of It
CBS Local
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – It is the Walleye Opener, but it's also a great day for the outdoors, anywhere. That includes the city. We paid a visit to Lake Calhoun. We didn't find the big boats, but we sure found the fishing spirit.
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Go fish?
Brainerd Daily Dispatch
He remembers, on an opening weekend about 20 years ago, waking up before the others and going out and catching six walleyes in about 10 minutes. “I never found that spot again,” he said, shaking his head. “I came back in and never caught another fish ...
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Fishing opener: fantastic weather, spotty catches
Brainerd Daily Dispatch
Blue skies, a walleye chop and warmer temperatures than most fishing openers. It was one of those weekends that will live in the back of our memory when the snow piles up in January. The 2012 fishing opener was chamber of commerce perfect in most every ...
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Weather cooperates for Minnesota fishing opener
Kyle Agre of Fargo holds up the one walleye he and fishing partner Scott Brewer caught during Saturday's fishing opener on Strawberry Lake. Dave Wallis / The Forum It would be hard to imagine better weather conditions for a Minnesota fishing opener ...
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Dom Izzo's Fishing Opener Journey
Hi everyone and welcome to Little Pine Lake in Perham, Minnesota for the 2012 fishing opener, this is one of the busier lakes in the region, over 200 boats out here on the water today and with weather that seemed ideal for catching some walleye that ...
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Monday, May 14, 2012

MN 2012 Walleye Opener - 3 Stories

Reports abound of happy anglers in west central Minn.
West Central Tribune
“There were lots of panfish taken and Green Lake was hot for walleyes if you found them stacked up,” Melges said. “When they did find them, they caught them. Not everybody catches fish, but the general consensus was that everybody was pretty happy.

A sunny fishing opener
Marshall Independent
Kade and Derek Fey of Edgerton sit patiently as older brother Ashton and Justin Brands prepare to get their boat out onto Lake Sarah. "This is our favorite lake," said Craig Fey, Kade, Derek and Ashton's father. They said they knew the walleye were ...

Temps great, fishing good
Fergus Falls Daily Journal
He saw several limits brought in, and the biggest walleye reported to him was a 27-incher caught on Stalker Lake. The reviews near Erhard were a bit more mixed. Manny's – Rocky's Bait manager Jess Heringer said this year's fishing opener was pretty ...

Sunday, May 13, 2012

MN Walleye Opener Updates - 12 Stories

Anderson: The walleye waltz
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Had not our bunch detected even a passing tug of a walleye the entire day, the outing would have been worthwhile. As luck would have it -- and luck counts a bunch in fishing -- Crane Lake's walleyes did their part, and showed up on this first day of ...

Lake Minnetonka Walleye Prove Elusive During First Hours of Season
Walleye and pike, however, were few and far between. None of the 64 boats informally surveyed between 10 am and noon reported hooking a keeper sized walleye, and only one fisherman had a pike in his livewell. "It was a catch and release kind of morning ...

No walleye for Gov. Dayton on fishing opener
Duluth News Tribune
Mark Dayton didn't catch a walleye for the second straight year during the stat's fishing opener. By: Associated Press report, Associated Press ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton didn't catch a walleye for the second straight year during the season ...

Beautiful day for a fishing opener, but no walleyes for the governor
Pioneer Press
Mark Dayton was unable to catch a walleye for the second straight year during the walleye opener Saturday, May 12. "There were a lot of nibblers down there, and we could see the walleyes' eyes in the water with our head lamps," Dayton said as he got ...

Dave Orrick: Fishing opener has lots of sun but few fish
Pioneer Press
Brandon Zaragoza of Centerville ice fishes and duck hunts, but Saturday was the first walleye opener for the 14-year-old. He started at 5 am on Bald Eagle Lake with his father, Juan, and grandfather Dave Paray. That was early enough to see some walleye ...

Walleyes: Beyond Mille Lacs
Brainerd Daily Dispatch
Brian S. Peterson David Lockwood, a DNR fisheries specialist, hoists a net-full of male walleyes at the egg-stripping station on the Pine River this spring. The station accounted for 693 quarts and about 86 million eggs for stocking purposes.

Anglers Hit Water For Walleye Season Opener
The opening day of Minnesota's walleye season isn't an official state holiday, but in the minds of many people, the annual opener is one of the biggest events of the year. The opening day of Minnesota's walleye season isn't an official state holiday, ...

'Great Morning' for Dayton Despite No Walleye
Mark Dayton didn't catch a walleye during Saturday's fishing opener, but said he had "a great morning" anyway. Dayton headed out on Lake Waconia with fishing guide Travis Frank shortly after midnight. Frank grew up on the lake and says he's always ..

Fishing around the state
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Early Saturday morning on Crane Lake on the Minnesota-Ontario border, a peaceful place to fish walleyes was easy to find. The fish, anglers found, bit fairly often. Mille Lacs: The Red Door Resort reported that anglers on the north shore did well just ...

Fishing Opener: Optimists keep on pushing at Leech
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Instead, the walleyes were mostly missing in action for many anglers on Leech, including our group of four. By lunchtime, we had landed one 3-pound northern, and nary a walleye or perch. We counted nearly 50 boats off one point, and saw only one ...

Tried and true can be better than new
Albert Lea Tribune
The fishing season is now open for walleye and northern with the bass and muskie openers to follow. The large and smallmouth bass seasons will open on May 26 with the muskie opener to follow on June 6. Locally, there are plenty of walleye swimming in ...

Local anglers enjoy seeing what pops up on Mississippi River
St. Cloud Times
Today's walleye and northern pike fishing opener will draw Minnesotans with boats and trailers to the lakes en masse. In addition to those sought-after species, shoreline anglers who fish the river might pull up muskellunge (that season opens June 2), ...

Area anglers ready to hit the water for Minnesota fishing opener
The Minnesota Walleye opener is the most important day in a fisherman's year. Today may be just as important because it's the last chance to make sure everything is working before you hit the water. Ron Teschner – Wahpeton: “It usually takes a good day ...

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Facts, tips on pursuing the walleye



Walleyes are native to Minnesota and are found throughout the state in all major drainages. Large lakes such as Mille Lacs, Upper Red, Winnibigoshish and others are virtual walleye factories. Including waters where they have been stocked, walleyes can be found in more than 1,700 lakes in the state, and in over 100 rivers and streams totaling more than 3,000 miles of river habitat. Common to the best walleye waters is habitat free of pollution that also provides cover and food. Rock and gravel spawning shoals are also critical to sustaining walleye populations. Winter or summer, these fish bite, but May and June usually provide the best action.

No state comes close to Minnesota in the number of walleye fingerlings and fry stocked each year. Without stocking, walleyes wouldn't appear in the number of state lakes they do, mostly because the habitat wouldn't support them, or because fishing pressure is too great. In all, the DNR produces as many as 5 million walleye fingerlings a year and millions of fry for stocking.


Minnesota hasn't had a spring like the one just concluding -- perhaps ever. So fishing predictions are risky. Best bet is that fishing will be good to perhaps better than that -- in some respects, more like action encountered in most years over Memorial Day. But first, anglers will have to find 'em.
Here are tips for opening day:
• Get up early. Either that or stay up late and start fishing at 12:01 a.m Saturday, when the season opens. Both time frames take advantage of the walleye's aversion to bright light.
• If fishing before daybreak, try trolling floating Rapalas or other crankbaits in water 5-12 feet deep as far from your boat as practical, preferably along windswept shores. Vary lure type to fish deeper.
• As the sun rises, a jig and a minnow -- shiner or fathead -- fished along drop-offs, humps and, again, windswept shores should produce enough fish for shore lunch. Use the lightest jig capable of keeping your line perpendicular and bait on the bottom.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

How-To Fillet Fish with Rapala Knives

Rapala Pro Angler, Tom Neustrom, demonstrates step by step techniques for filleting different species of fish, like Walleye, Salmon, Trout, Perch, Crappie and Bluegill using the best Rapala fillet knives for each filleting task.

Thursday, May 3, 2012