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A stand-up jig and a minnow can be a great combination for Glendo walleyes. (Photo by Mike Gnatkowski)
fishing - what Chuck referred to as - the
community hole just out from the launch.
It's a gravelly area where vertical jigging is the
preferred technique. Chuck made a couple
passes through the area and we caught several
15 to 17-inch walleye. Fish were there
but probably not the size needed to win a
tournament.
We switched gears and decided to pull
some crankbaits across a 15-foot flat a little
farther to the north. It didn't take long before
a 17-inch walleye munched our Flicker Minnow
Chuck put behind one of the planer
boards. A second fish jumped on the crank
in short order, but they were cookie cutters
of the others.
Meat tends to catch larger walleye day
in and day out, so Chuck decided to deploy
bottom-bouncers and crawler harnesses. I
pulled out a Colorado No. 4 hammered blade
with a purple/pink hue and asked Chuck
his opinion.
" It's not normally a good color here, but
give it a try, " he said. The bottom-bouncer
barely ticked bottom when the rod tip started
jabbing toward the surface. Later we tried
slip bobbers near some flooded trees by the
mouth of the canyon. We didn't give it much
time. It was the only technique that didn't
catch walleye that day.
Every three or four years extremely high,
springtime water levels flood the trees and
vegetation in the uplands along the shoreline.
This was one of those years. When that
happens, schools of hungry walleye move
into the trees to feed on perch, spot-tailed
shiners, emerald shiners and anything else
they can swallow. The scenario is more reminiscent
of horsing largemouth bass out of
the timber. The walleye are in the woods for
one reason - to eat.
I joined Wyoming Walleye Stampede
Pulling crankbaits behind in-line planer boards is one technique that accounts for plenty of Glendo Reservoir walleye.
(Photo by Mike Gnatkowski)
co-owner Mitch Bauer to sample this
unique way to catch walleye. Getting there
was half the battle. We pushed off trees and
the trolling motor thumped more than one
log trying to get to openings where walleye
schools cruised. We casted jigs and fished
them under a slip bobber. There were snags
but the walleye we caught were of better
quality than any we reeled in from the main
lake. The unique timber bite made for an
interesting tournament.
- Mike Gnatkowski is an avid hunter and angler and
a longtime contributor to Wyoming Wildlife. More of
his work can be found online at gnatoutdoors.com.
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