In the first week of January 2013, James Holst and Dave Koonce road-trip to ice big Lake of the Woods walleyes and 14- and 15-inch Cass County crappies. Dave Koonce proves you can pull a 15-inch crappie through a 5-inch hole! Production Team Videographer: Ben Brettigen Editors: Greg Huff and Ben Larson Graphics: Ben Larson
Float fishing or bobber fishing is a great way to target actively feeding walleye. With its eyes positioned on the top of its head, a walleye feeds upward. You can learn how to take advantage of this trait by fishing a float. A float will allow you to position your bait precisely above the fish. A Thill slip float will let you make quick adjustments to the depth you're fishing. For this vertical presentation, a jig will give a more natural and lifelike appearance than a crawler or a minnow.
Barely out of ice fishing season, Jon Thelen takes Fish Ed. on its first open water trip of the spring. In clear waters like the Rainy River, a good tip is to use a clear leader between the main line and the bait. This will help you jig up more big walleye. This episode is loaded with tips and tricks and Jon shows you how to put more fish in the boat when the weather hasn't quite warmed up yet.