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Observations on the Ice Walleye Scene

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By Jason Mitchell

Many trends and mindsets that originate over the open water season eventually transform on to the ice scene.  There was a time when walleye anglers had a hard time putting anything on a jig besides a shiner.  Today, soft plastic and water soluble soft baits have traction with the walleye crowd.  The soft plastic replacing live bait trend has slowly gained a foothold on the ice walleye world.  Just like open water, soft plastics will never replace live bait but they are a great compliment and with certain situations and applications, work much better.  

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Basin Bump Gills

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By Jason Mitchell

Deep structure can be relative but the location is often reserved for walleye or perhaps lake trout.  So often, anglers targeting panfish, sunfish in particular, often focus on basins but the search is so often concentrated on transitions that correlate with inside or outside turns.  These classic spots are definitely worth the exploration and often hold fish.  Sharp breaks featuring good weed growth that cut along a basin are another classic top pick.  

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Fall Trolling Tactics for Walleyes

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By Jason Mitchell

When I look back at past years, there are several patterns that really stand out in the fall.  Vertical jigging over deep rock piles.  Casting stick baits after dark over shallow rocks.  Pitching jigs tipped with soft plastic swim baits into remaining weed beds.  Live bait rigging with big chubs.  Trolling crank baits along main lake contours.  The locations can vary from current areas and bottle necks to classic sharp breaking structure and rock, either deep or shallow.  

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