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Suckers or Shiners for Big Eyes?

Sam Smith

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My biggest walleyes ice fishing have almost always come off 7-8 inch suckers on quick strike rigs in 5-6 feet of water just off a rocky weed point targeting northern. Meanwhile we are set up in 17-20 feet of water jigging for eyes.. always a fun surprise pulling a 27 inch walleye out of 5 feet of water! And of course the occasional 34 inch pike...

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It all depends on the forage base on the bodie of water you are fishing. Some lakes have a good shiner bite and some a good sucker bite and some even a good crappie minnow/ fathead bite. But if I could only use one minnow for walleyes I would choose 3in golden shinners.

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Biggest eye I've been around caught through the ice was a 28 incher my oldest son caught on Devils lake a couple years ago. Caught it on a very large frozen smelt that I had set up on a tip up for pike. I was surprised to say the least! She ran with it just like a pike too peeling all the line off until it hit the end of the spool!

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