Thursday, September 17, 2015

Be a 5 Tool Player for Leech Lake Walleyes

A baseball player who excels at hitting for average, hitting for power, base-running and speed, throwing ability, and fielding abilities is said to be a 5 tool player. Really great Walleye fisherman need to be proficient at jigging, live bait rigging, bobber or float fishing, casting or jigging lures/crankbaits, and crankbait trolling. While I will admit that there are plenty of holes in my game and I am no where near this well rounded, It does indeed seem to me that  consistent Walleye success on Leech Lake does not favor the one trick pony.  

Rigging chubs on deeper structure produces quality fish in summer and fall. Reading electronics and boat control are essential to "chubbing". 

      This Nebraska angler cashed in on limits of keepers as well as some quality picture fish while trolling small crankbaits on leadcore line.

Trolling smaller crankbaits ups an anglers odds at smaller eater sized fish. Paying attention to boat speed can be critical some days as well.

 Fan-casting a good old jig-and-minnow sealed the deal with this Leech Lake bruiser. Shallow water fish often require us to get our offerings away from the boat a ways. Casting and retrieving jigs can be deadly.

A bobber is another great way to target fish in the weeds and rock piles without spooking them. Often, reluctant fish want a really good look at the bait before eating it. 

Cheers and hook-sets!