Sheldon Hatch

a blog about the world of walleye

Mississippi Mud

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Here is a client with his first ever Mississippi walleye!

What a summer it has been on Mississippi Lake, limits come quick and fast in only the first few minutes of trolling. The walleye are crushing the Berkley Flicker Shads as they are trolled along behind off shore inline planer boards, rigged with tattle kits. The past 10 trips have all been crazy with many personal bests and a few big walleye in the 25 to 27 inch range. The walleye are scattered all over the mud flats and seem to be suspended high in the water column as a majority of all the bait fish are cruising the same areas.

The real trick has been trolling the baits into the 3mph range and then stalling the baits by turning into the in-line planer boards causing a big pause. Any flicker shad with white on the belly has been good the past couple of weeks, with the gold baits doing well on the overcast days.
The casting bite along the weed lines and mid lake humps has slowed down and a few walleye are still taking the slow death rigs along the steep breaks – but the trolling bite over the mud flats has been king.

So don’t be afraid to put on your roller skates and give the trolling bite a try, as the walleye sure seem to like chasing down those cranks this summer!

August 17th, 2011 by sheldon