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Wednesday, April 7, 2021
By Dave Graybill
The Banks Lake Triple Fish Challenge is coming up soon, and if you plan to fish it you had better get out and practice. You need to catch a walleye, a smallmouth bass and a trout to be in the prize picture, and the fishing for each of these species is getting better and better. If I was looking for walleye I would look deep. It is not unusual to find fish in 40 feet of water or even deeper. I would bottom bounce and at a slow speed. A Slow Death Rig, fished naked, would be a good choice, but I would also fish the Dutch Fork Turtle Shell in Blue Tiger on a worm harness. Smallmouth bass will be moving into the shallow bays and shorelines to begin their spawning exercises. I would cast crank baits in this type of water to attract their attention. I would also troll crank baits for the rainbow on Banks. Look for rip rap banks and troll tight to the rocks. You should also check out the video I did with Eric Granstrom and Keith Jensen to get some pointers, too. Just go to the Fishing TV Page on to watch it.
Here I am with a nice pre-spawn walleye I got while fishing with Austin Moser. Note the Turtle Shell Blue Tiger blade in its mouth.