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Friday, March 16, 2018
By Dave Graybill
Timing can be everything when it comes to fishing. I joined Austin Moser and his clients for a day of walleye fishing on Banks Lake, and hit it when there was a big change in weather. The day before had been sunny and warm, but not when we were out there. When we launched at Northrop it was very cold and we were pelted with rain early in the day. The water temperature was hovering around 35 degrees. We trolled our baits deep; between 42 to 50 feet and managed to coax bites from the sluggish fish. We ended up with eight walleye that averaged around 17 inches from the depths. We tried a variety of different walleye presentations, but the big winner was the small, gold Butterfly blade with a sparkle insert on a Slow Death Hook. We got bit on other rigs, but this was the clear favorite of the pre-spawn walleye on Banks. If you are interested in trout fishing instead I am getting great reports from Burke and Quincy lakes. Not only are the rainbow abundant there are big fish in there now. Must be the plant made for the Burke Lake Trout Derby coming up next weekend.