How to Lindy Rig for Spring Walleye
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How to Lindy Rig for Spring Walleye

well the water temps are finally warming
up here on Mille Lacs Lake in central Minnesota and along with that the
walleye fishing is heating up as well I’m going to show you exactly how I Lind
you rig in these conditions when that water’s finally hitting about 50 degrees
because there are some tips and tricks that are going to help you put more
walleyes in the boat stay right where you’re at fish heads coming up got him no like this pretty good one too
I’m a little turned around here you know one of the things you got to do when you
got this cold water like we have is you just got to slow down one of the things
I did here i graphed four or five fishing you know you graph them
different when it’s cold water like this they’re not up and big arcs and active
what they are is actually down and their belly on the bottom and what you got to
do is when you come across those fish you’ve got to just hit the breaks do
what we did here just slow it down to a point where you sit and camp right over
the top of them that’s a great walleye to start our day look how dark that fish
is you tell this fish has been spending a lot of time in shallow here that’s a
great wall right there and that’s pretty typical of what you get here on Mille Lacs
Lake at this time of year now I got this one on a minnow but I want to point
something out these fish are just not real aggressive yet here’s why I say
look where this fish is hooked he is barely hooked and he’s hooked right in
the side of the lip and what that is is I mean I gave that fish a long time it’s
just they’re not at that point of the year yet where they’re really engulfing
in it and taking it down so that’s one of the other things you got to do is not
only are you fishing some different baits like I am today with a minnow on
this one fish and smaller baits but you actually got to give them a little bit
extra time too that’s a great way to start our day right there let this guy
go get him out of here we’ll get down and get another one we go turned around went right back on
the same spot you know what there’s a lot of fish here but the whole key to
getting them especially at this time years keep moving around and looking for
little pods of fish because you’re not going to find them schooled up like you
are in two weeks a week maybe two you know a little bit eighty degrees and
these fish are going to go on the hunt and they’re going to get in big packs
and you’re going to be able to sit nail them you know you’ll spend hours on one
spot catching them now what we’re going through here today though is a situation
where you get on one or two fish and when you get on them you need to turn it
on and go right back on them because you you may see one or two but there’s
probably three four maybe five of them there but you’ve got to be real real
methodical about getting back on them because you’re not in the situation
where there’s a ton of them together the locations I’m fishing are actually
really simple and that one it’s a little bit bigger than that first one but again
look at where that fish has hooked and I gave him a long time with that shiner
minnow the locations are actually really really simple but over the weekend I
watched most people fish in super shallow and they were actually fishing
fish that they figured we’re still in they’re spawning the spawn is done for
the most part a lot of these fish they spawned a lot earlier this year than
what most people think get that girl out of here most of these fish we’re in
there and spawned either under the ice or the minute that ice went off of the
shorelines and most people weren’t out fishing yet because we had ice out in
the middle of the lake okay but those fish got that business done pretty early
so as much as we’ve had a cooler spring this year and you want to believe you
got to be shallow let me tell you I’m all fishing fairly deep I’m sitting on
an area right now where I’ve drifted off that spot while I fought that fish and
I’m in 25 feet of water but there a reef right up here and these fish it’s
a reef connected to the shoreline they’ve worked their way out off at this
point but they’re already out in 20 feet of
water and there’s a lot of fish out here now if that wind we’re rippin I might
get in there shallower I might work that 10-12 feet but right now they’re out here
deeper a couple things you want to remember the minerals are not big yet
and they’re not piled up in on the shorelines
so therefore the fish aren’t going to be there the minute they finish that spawn
they go somewhere to rest for just a little bit and then they go eat the best
bait that they can find right now is out here a little bit deeper so don’t think
because of this early spring that you got to be shallow there’s a lot of fish
out deep you just got to go out there look look around me today there’s boats
on the water and we’re all by ourselves everybody’s fishing in on the shorelines
and we’re catching fish out here in water that nobody’s expecting there to
be fish in so keep that mind if you get out here there we go same spot same deal you can
see them on the graph right here they’re just they’re just piled up on this spot
you know I just keep turning coming back through one time after another
hey the equipment I’m using to Lindy rig is actually really simple and the
whole key is making sure that you’re choosing the right Lindy rig because
they come in a whole bunch of configurations now what I’m using today
is a 3/8 ounce sinker and I’m getting by with that because I’m fishing fairly
deep water okay now if I were fishing whoo let’s see we can get him if I were
fish in shallower water where the boat may be over the fish and I want to get
further back I would go to a quarter ounce version of the Lindy rig and that
way I’d be further away from the boat and I wouldn’t spook them I’m fishing
the 6-foot Snell and you can get this in a 6-foot Snell version or a 36 or a 42
there’s all different sizes but what I do most often is when I’m fishing water
that’s not real snagging get this guy back in the water here when I’m fishing
water that’s not snaggy I’ll go to that longer leader and you
know here on Mille Lacs it’s pretty commonplace to use a longer leader but
let’s say I was up fishing shallow let’s say I was in 10 feet of water fishing
jagged rocks that’s what I’m going to go to one of two things either the shorter
36 inch Lindy rig Snell or I’m going to go to a floating version so I actually
lift that that bait up a little bit now all of them use a simple Lindy walking
sinker and if I’m if I’m fishing an area that gets really just too snaggy for me
I might go to a Lindy no-snagg sinker but for the most part I can get by with
this straight out of the package catch fish all day long now one other thing I
want to point out to you this bite is really really finicky they’re not just
coming up and attacking it and making it easy for me today they are actually just
nipping at it and you really got to feel them so I’m actually using a medium
light rod okay now what that rod does you can see when I pull here you can see
how little it takes for that tip to go that makes it so I feel everything but
the other thing it does is when I reel back to a fish
I want to just load it a little bit just like that that little bit of load lets
me know I’ve got all the slack out and because that tip is so soft the fish
doesn’t feel it so keep that in mind don’t use something that’s too stiff
because one of two things will happen you won’t feel him or he’ll feel you and
either way you’ll lose so make sure you use something like this and you’ll get
them caught every time well this guy he just came back toward
the boat that was one of those one of those times words pretty important to
have that rod tip where you can keep coming back because he actually turned
then made a little run you know I think the whole key to catching these fish
today has been real simple and that is once I found them and just got over the
top of them that that one’s going to go home for dinner too once I got over the
top of them though it was just keep cycling back and cycling back and that’s
all I’ve done you’ll be a look at my graph at the end of the day and you’re
going to see a whole bunch of circles because I’ve just gone back over and
over and over these fish the other thing we did is every time I came back over
them and I saw them I slowed the boat down and I just camped over the top of
them and just work them and then the next time through it speed up a little
bit just give him something to get them triggered down there all said and done these
fish while they’re not super aggressive they’ll bite especially once they’ve
gotten out here because you got to remember some of those fish that are in
along the shoreline right now they’re still finishing up the spawn in this
cold water we’re in 48 degrees so all said and done when you get on fish that
are out a little bit deeper they’ve left the spawn is over they’re out here and
now they’re starting to think about eating so keep that in mind when you get
out on these cold water situations don’t believe that all the fish that you’re
going to catch our in shallow like we talked about earlier there’s a lot of
them that are going to be out here deeper and they’re going to have eaten
on their mind and all said and done that is how you catch fish you catch a lot
more fish when they’re thinking about eat that’s a great walleye right there
we’re gonna measure him up he’s gonna be close he might go home for dinner yep
that’s perfect eater right there nothing tastes better than a Mille Lacs Lake walleye
been a great day on the water and you know what we’re gonna do this week in
and week out throughout the rest of the summer now on Fish Ed we’re going to go
to bites where you have the opportunity to go yourself and catch fish using the
same techniques we’re using so check back with us each week I’m John Thielen
we’ll catch you next time

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