River is Rising
just when the River was approaching near normalcy, it is on the way up again–into the action stage, and tickling the minor flood designation. Water in the trees is the new normal. Water in the trees is no big deal. When it starts flowing through the trees fishing can get ‘tough’. Yesterday and later today I’m sharing the boat with my ol’ pal Jesse Simpkins from St. Croix rods and new pal, James Hall, editor of Bassmaster magazine. hot baits yesterday were oxbow pattern Rat-L-Trap and Custom Carter’s Shaker chatterbait from Choo Choo lures. Most walleye fishermen have yet to discover the chatterbait as a high water weapon on the Miss. It is my go-to bait when the ‘eyes are in the weeds–which is exactly where they are once water warms to about 70 degrees, because this is where they can find food and not fight current. Chatterbaits are pretty much weedless, with vibration triggering reflex strikes on walleyes which grow to substantial dimensions without eating anything which even comes close to looking like a chatterbait!