I thought I would revisit this thread because I’ve been catching a lot of walleyes out in Lake Superior this year
Most of my walleyes that I’ve been catching while trolling for trout and salmon even in deep water are actually no more than 20-30 feet down. All on spoons although I did troll a couple big bladed crawler harnesses after I was done catching lake trout and the walleyes loved them. By big blade I mean size No. six Colorado
And these aren’t your average inland lake bottom dweller walleyes. These are good size well fed fish that put up quite a fight
I would like to know if there is a way to use plastics with greater confidence for walleyes so any tips would be much appreciated.
One concern that has crossed my mind is the question of whether or not the plastics are edible. If a fish bites it off and swallows it, can it harm the fish?
Thinking ripley hunt with the old man. Ducks as Finn and love to chase them and maybe riverrat 316 too. I will hunt with gordie as well for ducks and maybe grouse.
ruffed grouse in the arrowhead with the dog.
rifle deer hunting with the family.
I don't run tip-ups much, but could definitely see how they could be beneficial there.
Personally, there's nothing worse than having a slow day on the ice, then finally having the bobber go down a few inches and then just hover. Now you're playing the guessing game of "should I set the hook" or shouldn't I? With the circle hook you can give them plenty of time without having to worry as much about a gut hook.
I have ran them on tip ups with a sucker. Seems to work well. There is a bit of a learning curve with the hookset. It comes easier if you already have experience with circle hooks.
From my experience it works best to just kind of slowly apply the brakes to a spinning spool. The quick jerk that you might use with a regular hook can just yank it out. Usually not though.
I know circle hooks are becoming more popular with many fisherman, particularly during open water season when bobber fishing. I tried them this summer and have had pretty good success. But does any use them for ice fishing? Seems like they would be great for dead sticks or rattle reals so you could give them plenty of time to take the bait. There's nothing worse than coming up empty on your hook set. Just curious if they are as popular during the winter as they are in the summer.