I search, search, search – then fish. Winnebago, like most open water fisheries, has a ton of water that could hold fish. With today’s electronics it is not that hard to graph until you mark something to fish. On Winnebago that might be suspended archs or it might be areas with bait fish clouds. Remember, once you do see fish – try to run your baits (cranks or spinners) at or above the level of the fish. Walleyes eat in an upward direction so fishing too low is a common mistake. By the way – my best set up for Winnebago in June/July is running a moderate action baits like a size 6 or 7 Berkley Flicker Shad behind an Off Shore Tackle OR-12 Side Planer board. Set the bait so it runs about 8 feet down (over 17 to 18 feet). For “Bago” that’s a good zone to contact fish … other lakes may vary!
- What’s the best procedure for deploying a trolling set-up when using a weighting system and boards?
- What characteristics should I consider when choosing a rod for walleye trolling?