Get Ready for Opener!
Category: fishing tips
May 4th, 2019 by Keith Worrall 273
Modified May 4th, 2019 at 10:43 PM
GET READY FOR OPENER.
Open water is here and the official start to fishing season is right around the corner. Grab your gear and get ready to catch your limit with these useful tips and promotions from Minn Kota.
More Helpful Tips From The Pros
A common question, when should you Spot-Lock and when should you Talon down? Al Lindner and Jeremy Smith give a piece of advice for targeting finicky smallmouth.
Flipping and Pitching for Largemouth with Spot-Lock
Lindner’s Angling Edge share some of their approaches to flipping and pitching for largemouth bass and how important Spot-Lock is for keeping you on the weed edges.
Talon Down in Windy Pockets – Spring Stealth
In springtime, stealthy boat control is crucial to avoid spooking bass.
Follow a AutoChart Live Contour with Minn Kota’s i-Pilot Link
AutoChart Live is a powerful tool that allows you to create custom, detailed digital maps on your compatible Humminbird unit. But that’s not all, when connected to a Minn Kota i-Pilot Link enabled trolling motor, you can navigate automatically on any depth contour, bottom hardness or vegetation line you choose.
Walleye Insights From The Pros
The Gull Lake Chain and the Whitefish Chain are two popular bodies of water that our guide service likes to fish. There are many options on these two big bodies of water and my focus will be on the “neck down” areas or mouths of creeks or rivers where these walleye just finished up their spawn. The shallows should be where they are at, but the key is going to be to not spook them.
Casting shallow running crank baits, tossing a 1/8 ounce jig and a spot tail shiner or slowly retrieving a paddle tail soft plastic are a few “go to” techniques. If you’re a night owl, trolling shallow running crank baits with your Minn Kota trolling motor and kicker engine is also quite popular, but being totally prepared for the darkness is the key here. The Minn Kota Talon work lights offer a perfect amount of light in my boat.
Good luck/skill and I hope your 2019 fishing opener is fantastic!
Tom Brunz Opening Day Walleyes
Focusing on natural deep lakes, especially lakes with streams and small rivers running through them. These will be the hot spots. Use Spot-Lock on your Minn Kota® trolling motor to hold you boat adjacent to the current and cast a jig tipped with a minnow or plastic. Also, crank baits, like the Rapala® original floating #9, will work great. Cast out into the current and let the jig or lure swing downstream and to the side of the current break and then retrieve it slowly back to the boat. See how I utilize my trolling motor in current in this video.
One of my favorite ways to catch deep water walleyes is to use a 1-1/2oz or 2oz bottom bouncer with a 4’ leader and a spinner with live bait. A fathead minnow is hard to beat early season.