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Tough Fishing?  Head for the Woods (Lake of the Woods)
 By Perry Good

The key to finding Lake of the Woods walleyes is to locate one of the many various sized reefs, or mid-lake humps.  Many reefs are not even marked on the map, but can still be found by using my Pinpoint Trolling motors keep you on the structure and on the fish 7520. They all seem to attract walleyes, with the larger reefs attracting the
most walleyes.  Mobility while fishing various reefs allows you to catch the active walleyes in similar structure. Walleyes are a structure-oriented fish, most of the time.  These walleyes will be tight to the bottom, lying in the holes between rock and cuts in the bottom.  They may be feeding, or waiting in ambush to find an easy meal that comes their way.  When fishing structure, you have to be able to stay tight to the structure or your lure presentation will not be in the strike zone of the fish.  Move just a boat length away and you will be out of luck. Fishing the shallows with diving Rapala the lures of choice Shad Raps or casting Risto Raps rocky points and humps can be very effective.   Don't overlook slipbobber fishing shallow rocky spots with livebait. If the slip bobber is part of your live bait delivery system and you will need to make adjustments if you want your bait to be presented to the fish in a "natural manner."  To use your slip bobber properly you will first have to determine depth.   If the slip bobber lies on it's side then I readjust the (float) bobber so that it rides off the particular structure from 1 ft.  to 6 inches.  If you use this slip bobber method, it will enable you to jig your bait vertically without positioning yourself over the top of the structure.  With little or no wind you'll have action on the bobber.  This can easily be achieved by sweeping the rod about a foot at a time.   It might seem simple, and it is, but the results will astound you. When the walleye inhales your bait and your bobber slides slowly underwater, remember the following tips: Take all the slack out of your line without putting pressure on the fish.  When you're ready to feel the fish reel as quickly as possible putting pressure on the fish.  At the same time "set the hook", lift the rod tip towards the sky and this will penetrate to bony roof of the walleyes mouth. If possible, stick to the round head Northland Tackle Fireball jigs in the 1/16 or 1/8-ounce size.  They are far more snag resistant than heavier 1/4-ounce jigs and work better in rocks.  Swim, slide, or crawl your jig across
the rocks or give it a few quick hops.  Try letting it sit if the snags aren’t too bad.  It always pays to experiment with retrieves. The flash and vibration of crankbaits makes them natural for these
conditions.  The fish can sense them a long way off and be ready to strike as they approach.  All in all, they are far more effective on walleyes than most people realize.The crankbait that I prefer to use on weeds and walleyes is the Rapala the lures of choice Husky Jerk.  It is long and has a slow wobble.  The color is flashy and catches the eye of the walleyes and if you let it sit over the top of
the weeds and twitch it ever so slowly it will drive those walleyes crazy. Where jig or rig eating snags are bad switch to a bottom bouncer teamed with either a Northland Tackle Rainbow spinner or a livebait rig like a Northland Tackle Roach rig.  For jigging or rigging, drift or troll your baits or lures as vertically as
possible, trying to hold them just off the bottom to minimize snagging and loosing tackle

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