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By Lisa Roper
I find these two methods work, for me, when it comes to fishing for Walleye with spoons.
As every angler knows, each day on the water can be quite different. There are so many factors that effect fishing in open water; when the ice melts into the lake, the depth of the open water, the outside temperature, the water temperature, and the amount of feed influence how the fish are biting.
The day I caught my personal best Walleye in mid-June, we had 3 days of rain prior to that morning. We headed out fishing at 7:00 am and by 10:00am it was already hot -- the daily high hit over 30 degrees and there was an active heat warning. The fish were hitting hard in 7 to 9 feet of water. In the morning I was having success catching Walleye with a No. 2 Len Thompson Super Glow Five of Diamonds. When we returned that evening the temperature started to cool down and the Walleye (including my personal best) were hammering down on the No. 13 Grey Ghost from the Dimpled Series – single hook. Both hooks had muted colours with pops of orange which we found very effective at the time.
I am beyond blessed to have landed a Walleye that I will always be proud of.
Lisa's story and the video (above) was picked up by CBC News in June 2018 when an Edmonton reporter saw her photo getting a lot of attention on an Alberta based Facebook fishing group.
He was 28.5 inches and unfortunately I didn't have the scale on the boat with me so I was a little disappointed," she said. "I would have loved to get a weight on him but I know I can tell you he was really heavy." Roper estimates the fish was well over 10 pounds but she doesn't believe it would have beat the 15.8-pound record for the heaviest walleye caught in Alberta. Still, Roper's smiling face was evidence that this was a big deal. Read more...
Spoons can be very effective for discovering honey holes quickly. When fishing from shore, you can't rely on electronics to find fish so looking for ideal structure and using your spoons to "search and cover" is a good strategy. The key is getting the lure right to the bottom where it can stir things up and trigger aggression in nearby fish. Len Thompson's are made of heavy brass so are easy to cast long distances and they get down deep. Work smarter, not harder.
TOP THREE PATTERNS
1. No. 11 (1/2 oz) - Dimpled Series - Sun Set
2. No. 13 (5/8 oz) - Dimpled Series - Candy Cane
3. No. 00 (1/2 oz) - Original Series - Yellow & Red Five of DiamondsTM
Note: Single hooks were substituted.
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