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Walleye pre-fish, Welland River, ON.

Posted on June 24th, 2012

[nggallery id=739]This afternoon Barb, our pup Mulligan & I took the 16′ River Hawk boat and decided to spend a couple of hours pre-fishing a new section of the Welland River, ON to try and locate some walleye spots.  We headed out around noon (which is not the best time to go walleye fishing on a warm, sunny day), knowing that if we did locate walleye, they could not resist our offerings of Rapala & Storm crankbaits.

My wife Barbara fished the Storm Thundercrank crankbait while I experimented with the Rapala Dives To 7 Flat, the Storm Wiggle Wart Mad Flash,  and the Dives To Thug.  Good news….all three crankbaits produced for us.  We fished the Walleye Tournament spinning rod/Rapala Seeker spinning reel & the Rapala R-Type rod and reel loaded with Sufix 832, 10 lb. test braid lines.  We also used our Minn Kota Terrova elelctric to work all our spots and the Humminbird 500 series sonar to locate the structure and fish!

The first spot we chose to fish was a 4-5′, rock-covered flat that went right across the river.  Barb started hooking rockbass right off away.  No walleye were on that spot, so we headed down-river and fished a spot I had marked while fishing with Tony Bracknock, our GM on our hwww. ufindfish.com  , app.   The spot is a wide, shallow, rock and weed “saddle” that again goes right across the river rising to 4′ of water and surrounded by 10′ depths.  Barbara immediately hooked up to a nice 24″ walleye using the Storm Thundercrank.  I hooked the next fish casting in the same area on the Rapala Dives To Thug.  The walleye was around 5 lb., and after a scrappy fight, got off right at the boat.

From there we headed down-river to a major structure break that goes across the river and forms the base of a seldom used railway bridge.  We fished the current-side with no success, but when we moved to the down-current side, I hooked two walleye around the 21″ length, both on the Rapala Dives To 7 Flat.

Looks like those will be the first two spots I will be fishing tomorrow when we shoot day-1 of a dynamic, low-vis, river-structure fishing show for walleye using the above Storm/Rapala crankbaits.

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