– [Voiceover] Stay tuned
for the biggest fish, the hottest bites, this week
here on In Depth Outdoors. (ice auger whirring) With James Holst. – [Voiceover] Look at that. Wow, is that an incredible fish. – [Voiceover] And the rest
of the IDO fishing team. We’re headed to the best fisheries across the Upper Mid-West and Canada. We’ll fish longer, explore
un-fished bodies of water and go further off the
beaten path in search of the hottest bites in fresh water. – [Voiceover] Look at that. – [Voiceover] With Cal Svihel. – [Voiceover] What a specimen. (energetic rock music) – [Voiceover] And Joel Nelson. – [Voiceover] Woah, this
is an absolute monster. (energetic rock music) – [Voiceover] Woo-hoo! – [Voiceover] This is In Depth Outdoors. – On today’s episode of In Depth Outdoors we find ourselves in North Dakota. Just North of Devils Lake and we’re fishing on Lake Irvine. And the reason we find ourselves out here, well there’s actually two. One, there’s been a very good early-ice walleye bite out here on the lake. Second reason, probably
the most important one, is there’s no ice anywhere else. Back home in Minnesota, we
had all that warm weather, lots of rain, just chewed up everything. South Dakota same thing. Most of Wisconsin, there’s
just no ice to be found. So, we’re out here in Lake Irvine. We’re after walleye. I’m fishing with my
good buddy Joel Nelson. So, the challenge here today is we need to get on these fish, but we’ve never fished here before. And this is one of those
lakes out in North Dakota that has really swelled,
grown, just exponentially over the last 30, 40
years to the point where we’ve had to reach out and
access some other resources. And what we’re gonna use today is a mapping product called Doctor Sonar. And what is provides is,
you can put it in modern electronics and it shows
you satellite imagery of the lake back 10, 20, 30, 40 years ago. And what that allows us
to do is really hone in on the spots in the lake where the old lakeshore exposed rock. And that’s what these fish
run on here on Lake Irvine. So we’re gonna have to
spend some time today kinda getting ourselves acquainted. But with a little bit of luck, and as long as the weather cooperates, we should be able to get some great walleye on the ice here
today at In Depth Outdoors. (energetic rock music) – You know we just drilled a couple holes. Rolled into town late last night. We’re fishing just North of
Devils Lake, North Dakota and this is part of the challenge we’re fishing a new body of water. I’ve never been on it. James, I don’t think
you’ve ever been on it. – [Voiceover] I feel lost. (laughs) – So we come out here and
there’s holes everywhere. A good sign, but not necessarily
a great starting point. They’re in different depths. They’re up shallow, they’re out
deep, they’re all around us. So, this is literally my
second hole of the day. I’m just fishing my way through. I’m gonna fish fast, hit as many as I can. If we don’t mark anything, we’re gone. – We’re trying to find rock,
that rubble-y shoreline of the old lake edge. But, right now we’re still
kind of in search mode. So far we’ve been a little bit too deep, but we’ll keep punching
holes, we’ll figure it out. – Oh yeah, here’s the break, James. We just lost a foot,
we’re right at about seven and a half, eight feet. – Got him, that a boy. Not a giant. But a nice walleye. – Come on, baby. – That fish come up and just– – Throttled it, huh. – Eyeballed that spoon.
– [Joel] Oh, you’re good now. – [James] But, man when
it decided to crank on it, it just lunch boxed it. – Look at him. – Alright, I can deal with that. Lake Irvine, so far, good to me. Now what I like about this
is, it’s early in the day, we’ve got just an
incredible weather change forecasted for today. It’s warm, it’s calm,
it’s foggy as all get out. It took forever for us
to get from Devils Lake up to Lake Irvine this morning because it was just so foggy. We’re supposed to get
heavy winds coming in. 25, 30 miles an hour. And then it’s gonna turn to snow. So, if anything, hopefully the fish gods reward us with a bunch of walleyes. As that barometer really switches, as the wind direction comes from the South and blows out of the North,
something’s gotta break loose. – Yeah, we’re hoping
for a flurry right now and James is fishing a jigging spoon and we’re fishing as
a true team right now. It’s the way you gotta pick apart a big lake like this one. Nice fish, James. – Yeah. – I’m fishing fast, I’m
fishing a rippin’ rap. I’m hitting hole to hole to hole. James is a little bit more methodical with that jigging spoon. And we also have some iFish Pros out. So we’re literally
hitting everything we can trying to go fast, medium and slow and see what the fish want. – Covering the bases because we don’t know beans about fishing Lake Irvine. – Not yet. – We know how to ice fish. – Absolutely. – We don’t know how to ice fish here. This one, I don’t like his future. It’s short and I kinda know
where this fish is going. He’s going home with me. – [Voiceover] He’s perfect, look at him. – So that fish cleaned
that minnow off my spoon. I’m gonna throw this thing back in, and see if we can’t catch another one. You know, one of the things I love about fishing these lakes out here in North
Dakota, South Dakota too, is they’re so fertile. I mean as these lakes
grow, they just swallow up so much fertile ground. Then you’ve got lots of water rolling in off the surrounding hillside. So they’re very fertile bodies of water. And my experience, out here in the Dakotas is when you get on these fish, the challenge is always finding ’em. When you find the fish,
very often, it’s very easy to get ’em to bite and the
fishing can be very fast paced. In fact, some of my best
walleye fishing days on the ice have been out here in North Dakota. So I’m gonna drop back in and see if I can’t find
another willing customer. (fishing reel spinning) – That a boy, coming in to lunch it. – Man, we’re fishing shallow water and it’s just amazing. – I just got that one on the ice. – This guy’s taking some line. Yeah, it’s amazing they
just absolutely crush. I barely saw ’em on the MarCum. – [Voiceover] Sure. – I mean he’s right below the ice. (imitates fish swimming rapidly) There’s my guy, I see him, come on! Turn! – Nicely done. (laughs) – Oh, it’s right… – Alright, here you go. – Nice. – That one’s going nowhere. – Double pinned, I love it. – We got a nice little flurry. I just got that one on the ice. A Rippin’ Rap fish, I love seeing that because when you start
catching fish on Rippin’ Raps they’re not lethargic. – [Voiceover] Right. – [Voiceover] They’re ready to go. – The bite’s rolling. And like you said, activity. Multiple holes, multiple fish, seeing fish on the screen, that is a good thing. – [Voiceover] That’s that
new color inset pink UV? – Yeah, it’s the pink
UV and a number four, and it’s gonna be a killer, especially for perch and pan fish. But, in this murky water
like this, I love this color. – Anytime I see a pink like
that, I think big crappies, but obviously that walleye likes it too. Great start. – All right. I’m gonna add him to the pile. (laughs) – It’s not a bad start at all. Two walleyes on the ice, here on a lake we’ve never fished before. It’s probably not even eight
o’clock in the morning. So, feeling pretty good about that. It wouldn’t hurt my feelings at all to get a good day’s fishing in and done before those big winds come. ‘Cause when they roll in,
it’s supposed to blow 25, 30. That’s kinda what these North
Dakota lakes are famous for. It’s either flat calm, or just blowin’ crazy. It’s real comfortable right now, but if those winds kick up
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rods handcrafted for you and the way you fish. (energetic rock music) – Alright, looks like he’s still there. Got him. Does not feel big. Unless he’s a big perch, maybe. This lake is known for
some gigantic yellow perch. But I do love it when
we get these bonus fish. You get these iFish Pros out there, they’re fishin’ for you while you’re off workin’ on your jigging
rod in the other holes. And it’s a good walleye. No joke, it’s our biggest walleye today. Woah, he saved his fight for right here. Holy smokes! Come here, fish, oh yeah,
you’re gonna like this. Oh yeah, that’s a nicer fish there. That’s a low 20s, super
start this morning. I’m really digging this lake. You know we had some pretty
fierce conditions predicted. But the winds have held off. You’re gonna love where
I got this fish hooked. We’re fishin’ a small treble hook. It’s a VMC Glow Treble. It’s got a little glow
epoxy at the bottom portion of the treble, it’s kind of
that little added attractor. And it’s hooked right in
the roof of the mouth. Exactly where you’re gonna wanna see a fish like this hooked. ‘Cause I’m gonna let it go. It’s a little bit bigger
than the fish I like to eat. So that’s perfect hook position. Alright, perfect hook position. A little Glow Treble there. Hooked ever so nice. And we’re gonna let that fish go. That’s probably a 23, almost 24 inch fish. Like I said, bigger than I wanna eat. I do love catchin’ ’em though. Back it goes. Alright, back you go. We’re off to just an
awesome start this morning. iFish Pro getting a few fish. We’re getting a few fish
on the jigging baits. Just a lot of fun. I think the thing that I’m
most thankful for here, so far, is we just haven’t had that
horrible weather set in yet. Yesterday, I looked at the forecast. We were supposed to wake up this morning to just miserable conditions. We’re probably lookin’
at mid-to-upper 30s. Basically no wind, so I’ll take that all day long, if I can get it. I’m gonna get this iFish Pro reset to do that I need my fish finder. I just wanna make sure it’s set correctly. (relaxing music) So here’s what we’re fishing. I’ve got a fathead minnow, the largest I could find out here. I guess the quality of the bait is just right, according to
that last fish we just caught. Typically, I like to see some bigger bait. The bait shop didn’t have it. Doesn’t seem to be hurting us at all. And rigged on that I’ve got
a number six VMC Glow Treble. And it just adds a little color. A little glow down there in the water. We’ve definitely got kinda some stained yellow color in the water here. So, it seems to be working really good. That’s out biggest fish today, so far. I like hooking that minnow behind the dorsal fin like that. It’s not a true tail hook, but it’s definitely
behind that dorsal fin, which is in the middle of the minnow. And what I find is they really struggle. They get their nose down,
they try to get to the bottom. And they just sit there and thrash. And I like to do that because it kinda makes that minnow more active. I get the most out of him. He’s not the biggest
minnow I’ve ever seen. So, hooking him that way
definitely seems to help. And these iFish Pros, the way you rig ’em, you use a bobber stop
to control the trigger, but what I think happened
was that bobber stop caught on the tip of my rod
when I was fightin’ that fish. So I just wanted to verify
that it was set correctly, and I’m glad I did ’cause I
was off by about three feet. So then the next step is pop
that MarCum out of the hole. Get that trigger on the line. Slide the iFish back over. Set the flag. And the mouse trap is set. (fishing reel spinning) – Zing, just like that. (laughs) Ooh, ooh, come on. – [Voiceover] You need help let me know. I got one working here too.
– [Joel] Nice fish. Oh man, this is just hand-to-fish combat here in this shallow water. (fishing reel spinning) Come on girl, turn, nice! (laughs) – [Voiceover] Beautiful.
– [Joel] Oh, just woofed it. Just cranked it, that’s a beautiful fish. Look at that baby. Big fin out, proud and displaying. Look at that, gone! I gotta get my jig back here. Alright, we’re startin’
to figure out a pattern. I’ve got a couple holes here shallow that have boulders in ’em. I can feel it when I
drop the bait to bottom. I can literally feel the
bait hit the boulder, slide off the edge. And what I’ve been doing is
actually taking that bait and just dropping it
hard into those rocks. In and all around it. And the last fish actually hit it without me even seeing it on the graph. This fish showed up above it. I brought it above it’s head and it just bam, just cracked it. So look at that thing. Just another beautiful eater. I don’t know the next
time I’m gonna be back to North Dakota to fish. But, I hope it’s soon because, literally, our experience thus far has been, when we’re seeing fish,
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moves you, SeaFoam works. (fishing reel spinning) – Fish on. All right. Dropped it right on his
head, I never even saw him. That was almost scary, James. Nice fish, just saw his tail. Come on, girl. – Oh yeah. (laughs) Just belt it. – Uh, never saw it eat. (both men laughing) – That’s fun stuff. – This fish, literally,
came in and crushed it right on the drop. I was banging into the bottom, boom. – Love it. We got a little bit of
clearing happening right now. We got the fog just
lifting just a little bit. Not sure if that’s gonna be a good thing for the bite or not. He didn’t mind. – No, he liked it. I mean he thumped it,
never saw him on the graph. – We keep fishin’ this same depth range, six and a half, seven, eight foot. We’re not really wandering out too deep. When we get past nine foot, I see nothing. – Right. Well the best part about it is, these shallow fish, when
they come in, they’re eating. The shallow ones want it. So that’s why we’re
doing what we’re doing. – Very nice, very, very nice. – Pretty fish. – [Voiceover] Alright. – You go over there. – [Voiceover] You go over there. – So, I started out today fishin’ the Rippin’ Rap like I usually do. It’s an aggressive bait for
early morning aggressive fish. Throughout the day, as
the bite has slowed down a touch, James has been
doing a little bit better on a VMC Rattling Spoon. So, I tied the same thing
on, just a different color. Again, always trying
to give different looks to figure these fish out and
piece together the puzzle. Well, I had a fish come
up, look at it and not eat. That was my cue. Immediately I just
switched to the green UV and, hey, now I’m catching fish again. So it’s all about those
fine-tuned adjustments that go on throughout the day because, guess what, fishes’
preferences will change on any given day, as it extends. (fishing reel spinning) – Oh yeah. (laughs) They’re not making any qualms
about it when they hit it. Look at that guy, oh man, with
the fin flare and everything. You know, we’re having one
of those flurries right now. It is just fast and furious. And when it is like this, I
gotta get right back down. – You’re eating ’em up
in the shallow hole, man. – [Voiceover] Yeah, it’s something to do with the rocks down there,
I don’t know what it is. But, we’re experiencing
one of those flurries. – The boulder thing is a
good thing to point out because you can actually feel that spoon slide down along the edge
of some of these boulders. – For sure. – And those locations where you can kinda tuck right next to the
side of those boulders that seems to be where we’re
catching the most fish. – Yeah, and it’s really seeming to work when you take these
baits and you’re just– – Bang, bang, bang. – I ate another– – Right. – It’s a fish call, you know, so. – I’m goin’ this way, great job. That is gonna be a delish fish. – I’ll keep ringing the dinner bell and bringing ’em to the table. – I like it here. Got him. Oh yeah. Ooh, this might be a little better fish. There he comes. Oh yeah, shallow water
walleyes, come here, come on. Got him, there we go. Now that we’ve got these color
patterns kinda figured out. I think we’re gonna be on
fish consistently today. You know, not a giant fish,
beautiful eater walleye. If I can catch fish
like this all day long, mid-day, I’m a happy guy. You know, so very often we get out here on these walleye bites and it’s an early and late kinda deal. You know it’s certainly
not bright and sunny out, so that’s really keeping these
fish active here mid-day. I haven’t taken a look at
the time here recently. I mean who would with the
fish biting the way they are. But I would imagine it’s
getting pretty close to that noon hour and we’re
not seeing any slow down in the bite at all. He’s not getting away. I think I’ve got him top jaw, lower jaw. Pry that thing outta there. Beautiful fish, here comes Joel. He’s got another one. You know, this is one of
those wonderful things about early-ice walleyes. They’re never gonna be more aggressive than during the first
couple weeks of the season. Hey! – About the same, kissing cousins. – I think you got about it, maybe, a three quarters of an inch on me there, maybe an inch or whatever,
let me lend a hand. – Pull my jig out. – Alright, pop that bugger out of there. – Ah, thank you sir. – Well, had the hemostats ready. This is going along just fine. I heard the bite out here
was really goin’ good. I guess I haven’t had a
walleye bite yet this year. So, I can say without a
doubt, best walleye bite of the year, so far, right? (laughs) – Oh, I love walleyes. – [Voiceover] We’re plowing
through some bait here too. – They’re hittin’ it angry. I think that’s just the
most fun part about it. We’re really not having
to work it that hard. When they show up, we’re
getting ’em to bite. – No, not at all. Anything you can get
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innovation in the quest to build a lighter, more durable auger. StrikeMaster, powerful, durable, reliable. – These fish are just not runnin’
a lot of line off anymore. Earlier in the day you get hit and they just, joom,
spool would be spinning. Lots of line flyin’ off and now they just grab
it, kinda sinkin’ down. Oh yeah. Yes, indeed. Man, just so many nice fish today. Almost– – [Voiceover] That’s a nicer one, James. – Almost a ridiculous bite. That fish did not run far
at all with that bait. Basically, just sunk it straight down, lift up the rod tip and you can just see that tip just go pow, like that. So I knew it was time to set the hook. That is a phenomenal
fish on a fantastic day. The weather, a little shaky. The bite, really, really good. I’ll let that fish go. Gone. Are you kiddin’ me? – That one surprised me. I was paying attention up to the shoreline and this guy just rifled it. – [Voiceover] I’m still over here tryin’ to get this one set for that last fish. – I’ve got gloves on, it’s getting colder. There’s definitely
something movin’ in for us. And I don’t know how much longer
we’ll get a chance to fish. We’ll definitely take right up til dark if the weather allows. But, we’re definitely seeing
that pre-frontal push. And the fish seem to be
getting a little nicer. So I’ve got high hopes that
the weather will allow us to get some other, bigger fish. – Got it. There we go. Oh yeah, feels like it’s about that same-size class,
gonna be a decent eater. Give me some head shakes,
and get that transducer out of, there he is, oh yeah. 16, 17 inch fish, there are so many of these fish in this size
class left here, right now. And so very often these fish will respond to incoming fronts and we’re definitely just looking at that right now. We had just no wind. Nothing at all. Now we’ve got the wind picking up. And it was starting to clear off and now we’ve got that
kind of a driving mist. And that’s supposed to
increase throughout the day, so I’m hoping that we can really get these fish jacked up even more. We’ve got kind of an ideal situation. Kind of presenting itself here today. We’ve got early-ice, we’ve
got a big incoming front, so those things usually
kinda work together to produce a great bite. And we’re already seeing
that today, so far. So really no complaints. Of course, I’m a fisherman,
I just want it to get better. – Here we go, here he comes again. (fishing reel spinning) – [Voiceover] Is that the
third time’s the charm, buddy? – Yeah, I guess. Oh this… Fights our fish. (draws in breath quickly) (laughs) If there was a bloopers reel,
Friday, oh I’m livin’ it. Dang it. – Best part about that
one was he gave you three shots at it and he still got away. You’re just gonna let him go
anyway, he was a little big. You know the best thing
about today was the weather. The way that front comin’ in
really got things jacked up, but now we’re on the
backside of it, I think. I mean when was the last time
we caught a fish, hour ago? – At least an hour. – Well, we went from having
that just incredible run. That was a lot of fun. You know, when you get a couple
hours of fishing like that where it’s just incredibly
fast, consistent action, that’s really hard to beat. But now that that rain’s gone through, I think we’re kinda done. – Yeah, it’s been dropping in temperature ever since that wind picked up. And it just hasn’t been
the same really since. – I think we’re supposed
to see temps tonight, the low 20s out here, of course, that’s exactly what we
need back in Minnesota to remake the ice. So, I think what we should do, we should pack up and get off the ice while we still got some daylight left. I mean the ice out here is pretty good, but I’ll feel a lot better getting off the lake when we’ve still got
a little light to work with. – Yeah, we absolutely sore-mouthed
them today in a big way. So, I’ve got no problem getting off now. – That’s a great way to start the season, so everybody there at home, it’s been kind of a tough start to
the ice fishing season. We’re probably about two
or three more really warm days to where we probably
weren’t gonna be able to stay on ice anymore. Without some extraordinary
effort, I mean long drive. So, I think this cold
weather’s gonna come back just in time, but everybody’s
gonna need to be patient. It’s probably gonna be a couple of weeks before we’re gonna build up enough ice on a lot of the lakes in Minnesota
where people can get out. So, I’m thinkin’ probably Christmastime. – Yeah. – Which is when most people get out on the ice for the first time anyway. – For sure. – Been lots of talk about
how bad the ice season was off to a start. But I don’t think it’s really gonna cost a lot of people a lot of fishing time. So, when you do get back out, spud bar, travel with a buddy,
spikes around your neck and Joel and I are even wearing the Striker Bibs here today. And they float, you fall through, they keep you from sinking. So, when you get out
there for the first time, particularly if the lake
didn’t completely melt off, you’re dealing with some
pretty poor ice conditions and chances are we’re gonna get some snow that can make it treacherous. So, really want everybody
out there to be patient, be safe, so we can see you out there on the ice, the next time. So, from Joel Nelson and
I, thanks for watching. We’ll see you next week. – Let’s pack her in, bud. – [Voiceover] For more info
on the latest fish reports gear recommendations
and hottest techniques connect with us online
at In-DepthOutdoors.com or follow us on Facebook
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First Ice Walleyes – In-Depth Outdoors – Season 10, Episode 5
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40 thoughts on “First Ice Walleyes – In-Depth Outdoors – Season 10, Episode 5

  • December 20, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    you guys are killin me!! all I want is 3" of ice somewhere in Minnesota! this weekend froze up most lakes but by tomorrow all of that will be gone. checked a small pond yesterday, only about an inch. great video!

  • December 20, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    how much ice ? awesome vid. almost all lakes big are still open in Minnesota.

  • December 20, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    Sudbury Northern Ontario, no ice

  • December 20, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    i have a feeling were skipping ice season this year 🙁

  • December 20, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    I want to go fishing with you guys so bad

  • December 20, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    It's supposed to be 60 on Christmas Day in NY

  • December 20, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    We got a good 5 inches plus of ice almost all over ND

  • December 20, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    This is gonna be a bad season for ice fishing, late freeze and early spring

  • December 20, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    The way things are going, you guys are going to have to take a drive down to Pool 9/10 on the Mississippi for some open water fishing below the dams for some walleyes/sauger.

  • December 20, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Can you make a video on how to fillet a walley

  • December 20, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    be careful out there…….

  • December 20, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    Dear Fox Sports Detroit.. get this show in your lineup!

  • December 20, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    Here in Central MN we have paper thin ice that goes on and off every day😐 Last year we were fishing here Thanksgiving day and now we won't be out until well into January!

  • December 20, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Thank you guys for making episodes. Hope to see some ice here in Minnesota.

  • December 20, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    Awesome show watched it today well I was in the boat for the last time this year at pool 4 catching eyes and what also sweet about this show when I go to ND duck hunting I hunt that lake so the pretty sweet but great show guys eyes on the ice tomorrow for me

  • December 21, 2015 at 12:29 am

    Great show guys, Come to Canada, the ice is beautiful.

  • December 21, 2015 at 2:08 am

    Great show still waiting for ice up here in Wisconsin

  • December 21, 2015 at 2:54 am

    Until we get some ice here in N.E. Indiana, I'm going to ask that you guys pickup production. I'm going to need at least one video a day. I'll assume that matter taken care of . sighed_ depressed fishermen.

  • December 21, 2015 at 3:28 am

    Just fished lake I today! Caught a solid limit of 17-19 inch eyes with a bonus 25! Late ice is even better up here with the fish getting ready to run up the coolies

  • December 21, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    too cold for me 😛

  • December 22, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Great vid guys. I finally understand all them old post about fishing old shoreline LOL. Didn't make much sense to fish shallow in such a big lake but when you put it together, old shoreline and rocks are walleye magnet.

  • December 22, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    I hope the weather gets warm for open water fishing.

  • December 22, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    what reels do you use

  • December 22, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    Where's your ice cleats boys? Good vid as always.

  • December 23, 2015 at 4:45 am

    I suppose I can go down to Irvine tomorrow and go about 500 yards away and limited out in 15 min

  • December 24, 2015 at 2:24 am

    very nice… were still waiting for the ice here in WA…

  • December 24, 2015 at 11:02 am

    They need to make a trip to south central Alaska because here we got about a foot and a half of ice here and we got tons of species of fish to fish.

  • December 25, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Only been out ice fishing once so far this year in the twin cities. Fished 3 1/2 inches of ice.
    Can't wait for the upcoming weeks, lots of cold temps and Ice coming!

  • December 27, 2015 at 2:50 am

    what kind of line do you use for walleyes on the rod. Or the setup that you like to run.

  • December 31, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Do you guys use swivels when you fish spoons? It seems like you never do, just wondering if you have line issues

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  • January 10, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    what kind of lure was he using ?

  • January 22, 2016 at 1:57 am

    in need a tip or two to catch walley because im going to a ice fishing tornament called the king of the ice

  • February 1, 2016 at 5:35 am

    Careful up in the midwest! lots of rain this weekend. careful at ur launches

  • December 19, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    how can this be published on dec 20? thats still a day away lol

  • January 10, 2017 at 12:32 am

    What the intro song called

  • November 12, 2017 at 4:20 am

    If you go fishing here again go by the bridge we caught our 6 man limit in 3 hours

  • November 23, 2017 at 5:21 am

    James you and your staff should come up to Northwestern Wisconsin and come fish Beaver Damn Lake in Cumberland WI… Great Walleye and Pike Lake… Max Depth is 106 feet… Another part of Beaver Damn Lake is called Norwegian Bay… Weedy but another good Walleye hot spot

  • January 5, 2018 at 3:16 am

    I hunt and fish in that state it's awesome

  • January 17, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Why don't you guys wear spikes?


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