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Ice Fishing River Walleyes- Larry Smith Outdoors

Ice Fishing River Walleyes- Larry Smith Outdoors

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And remember, it’s a great day to be alive. (fast-paced music) (fast-paced rock music) (acoustic guitar music) I knew I should’ve brought my (mumbles). I knew I should’ve brought my glasses. Gosh, I can’t believe how bad my eyes are getting.

You know what’s funny? The other day I looked in the mirror and I’m like, who is that in the mirror? I certainly don’t, I don’t feel as old as I look, I can tell you that much. (acoustic guitar music) There we go, oh, that fish just slammed it.

What we’re doin’ today, oh, there we go. That’s a nice fish. What we’re doin’ today is we’re up on the Wolf here. I’ve got some clients comin’ up that want to fish up here and there’s so much current that we come up with our snowmobiles.

That’s kind of the nice part about a snowmobile versus an ATV is that when you’re checkin’ ice conditions it’s amazing how much water a snowmobile can go across. Not saying that I want you to try it, but it is, it’ll go across a lot more than a four-wheeler.

But so far we’ve checked the river coming all the way down and the ice conditions are pretty darn good. It’s hard to believe we’ve got about 10 to 12 inches of ice on this part of the river. We found two spots that had about three inches on it that we gotta cross up a little farther, but otherwise, you know, there’s a lot of fish in the river this year because this winter, because all the current that we had flowin’ all fall and into the early winter.

So, uh, there’s a nice little fish to start off with. You know the thing in this is to be able to get that jig to drift downstream and just pop it and hold it, pop it and hold it. There’s one, yep. I tell ya, I love river fishin’.

I’ve always been a river person, for sure. (laughter) Nice walleye. And that one, I just let him hold it, you know? And I’ll tell ya, you know the key to this is havin’ a good rod, and what I’m usin’ is this 30 inch carbon fiber rod by Beaver Dam.

It’s a great rod for this river fishin’ up here, and I’ve got some Super Braid on there and then I’ve got a Fleurocarbon Leader. And this water is starting to clear up quite a bit so it’s not a bad idea to have that Fleurocarbon Leader in a decent swivel so when you’re pumpin’, pumpin’ that jig like that and you’re trying to get it to achieve the.

.. to drift downriver, and that’s what you’re doin’. Remember, just when you want, all of a sudden you find that spot, that sweet spot, that jig’ll hit there and if you don’t catch anything all you gotta do is flip a little harder, let a little line out, and you’ll actually get that jig to jump downriver a little bit farther and work that spot, same thing.

Nothin’ jumpin down a little bit farther. Catchin’ walleyes on the river, nothin’ finer. All right, Lancey! You know, Lance, you know what? You, oh, there you go. Nice fish, I’ll tell ya. It’s not a bad day today.

We get the fish a little bit to ourselves and do some scouting, make sure the river’s safe for bringing clients up here and fishing for the next couple weeks, but no, this is a fun way to fish, isn’t it? Nice fish.

– [Voiceover] That it is. You kind of got me out of my normal. I like fishin’ with the Vexar and being able to react to the fish. – [Larry] Well there’s, it’s all (mumbles) here, I’ll tell you that’s the (mumbles).

(acoustic guitar playing) Hey Lance, what’re you doin’ out there? Coloring the snow yellow? (laughter) That’s too bad. Lance got preoccupied. We’re only gonna catch a couple more fish (mumbles). (acoustic guitar playing) But you really gotta watch the river.

There’s a lot of current, I know they got all the gates (mumbles) (acoustic guitar playing) Hey, Lance, it’s time to leave. Let’s get out of here. We caught five fish between us, that’s plenty.

We’re not here to (mumbles). And get ready for our clients over the next couple days. Hey, stay tuned and let’s see what happens. (mumbles) (acoustic guitar playing) I’m Larry Smith and enjoy the show.

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We’ve been out on the lake fishin’, the fishing’s been pretty decent out there now too, but we’re not seeing a lot of bigger walleye so I came up here the other day on my snowmobile and we did some scouting and there’s a lot of walleyes in this river, which I thought there would be.

And it’s typical when you have a fall, when you have a lot of current, that a lot of fish will migrate out of the bottom part of our system and move up into the rivers here, the Fox and the Wolf. And what we’re basically doin’ here is we’re gonna be long linin’ jigs.

What we’re gonna be using here today, I’ve got the Beaver Dam 30 inch carbon fiber, and it’s the perfect rod, and I’m using the 3/8 ounce jig. I’m usin’ Super Braid on here. I’ve got a mono leader on here about a foot and a half which is plenty just to take the twist out of the line, too, and basically, I’m gonna be usin’ the shiner, and emerald shiners are native to the system, so that’s what I’m gonna be using, and what I like to do is I like to get the hook placement as far back into the head as I can, and that’s how I’m hookin’ that minnow so I can get way back in there.

And what you’re doing is the current, you’re lettin’ your jig move downstream and when you want it, it’ll get to a certain point and it’ll flatten right out. It’ll stay in that spot so when you bring it back it’ll slide back every time, and if you want it to move a little bit to get down a couple more feet, all you gotta do is lift it really high and the current will sweep it down and then you can work another pocket.

So, if that doesn’t work then we just jump to another hole. What I do is I’ve got the guys set up on the flat out there. Right away in the morning they’re fishin’ six to eight feet of water and as the morning progresses, we’re gonna be moving down into about 22 feet of water into the big hole here, so stay tuned.

Let’s see what happens this week on Larry Smith Outdoors. (relaxed music) The morning’s it’s always a mad dash to get everything set before everybody gets here (equipment cranking) with all the equipment.

One thing about ice fishin’, it’s not like a boat. You’ve got a lot of equipment that you’re haulin’ around all the time. But I wouldn’t trade it for nothin’. I love the go, go, go part of it.

(relaxed guitar music) Yep, that’s one perfect current right there. Here we go, I felt that one pick it up. There we go. You know what, not a huge walleye but a good eating size walleye. It’s kinda like the fish we were catching out on, out on the lake out there.

But I was up here the other day and I know there’s some real nice ones up here. I got a few that were up in that 18 inch range, so. Hey, you know something? That one I’m gonna actually keep myself.

Nice job. – (mumbles) – [Larry] Got one? Is it a good fish? All right, nice job. Keep reeling, get him through. You got the hot hand! Lance is gonna take that jig away from you pretty soon, I’ll tell you that.

Get him! Oh, nice save! Now hold that one up. That’s a fisherman. Did you see him dive for that? That, hey. You get the prize today for sure. (relaxed guitar music) There we go. You know, I tell you, the key is, I just (mumbles), I just kinda keep movin’.

You know, nothin’ real big yet, you know, good 13, 14 inches, Perfect eating size, but you know, I think the key to this river fishing is basically one thing is really be safe. We’ve got our Nebuluses with us, you know, aways carry spikes, I got mine right here on me.

And, you know, (mumbles) but when you’re fishing a river system like this, as you can see like right here, you can just see where there’s hardly any snow right there, there’s only about a quarter inch of ice on there.

So you gotta really, if anybody’s gonna venture up here on the river to fish, always fish with somebody. Always make sure you’ve got safety equipment with you in case somethin’ happens ’cause you’re not gonna get a second chance.

But, on the flip side of it is that, if you know what you’re doin’ and you’re careful, it’s a great way in years like this when you have a lotta high water and numbers of walleyes in here like they are now, it’s a great place to come and enjoy some good river fishin’ and we’re fishing between New London and Fremont.

All the bait shops, they’ve got great bait. Johnny’s and Ma’s, those are the two bait shops that we use when we come up on this system to fish and uh, enjoy it. It’s a great weight. Perfect feeder.

(relaxed guitar music) Dougie! Dougie! Another one? Holy man! Hey Doug, you know what I was thinkin’? I was thinkin’ maybe you should start, starting your own classes. How to jig on the river. Walleye fishin’ for rest of the (mumbles).

– Sounds like a good idea. – [Larry] Right? I mean charge ’em $20 a guy? – [Doug] Yeah, I probably will. – [Larry] Yeah, that’s good. You know, I want a percentage of that, buddy, okay? – [Doug] Not a problem.

– [Larry] Not a problem, that’s good. There we go, boys. What is that? Hey, come on now. Hey, what d’you got goin’ over here? – I think it’s a walleye. It could be a walleye. A really, really big one.

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You guys just caught that sturgeon, too, when I was down the river. (mumbles) Oh, there you go, hey, there you go. You know, that’s a typical good walleye perch (mumbles). It’s about 14 inches (mumbles).

What were you doin’, just poundin’ that bobber again? – Yeah, lightly, not too far (mumbles). – Okay, a little earlier we were probably lifting it a lot more, about a foot and a half up and lettin’ it come down.

Now, definitely a (mumbles). The fish are starting to come off the (mumbles) a little bit deeper water now, too. All right, good job, let’s catch some more. Nice job. You know, when I’m fishin’ the river like this and the heavy current like this I usually have my back facing down current and I’m pullin’ forward.

It’s just a lot easier and I usually try to drill the hole at a little bit of an angle, kind of at 45 facin’ downriver. And again, using the Super Braid is nice because it gives you a lot more sensitivity, plus it cuts that current a lot better.

But what I’ll do is I’ll just jig it, I’ll bring it up off the bottom maybe about six inches to a foot, foot and a half, and then other times I’ll change up my jig and I’ll kind of just sit there right above bottom and just flutter, flutter, flutter, flutter like that and then stop, nothin’, flutter, flutter, now you can see this when I’m workin’ my way back upriver.

Now, to be able to get that jig to slide down you can watch my rod tip. What I’ll do is I’ll lift it way up like this and open the bail up and I’ll actually get the jig, I can usually get it to move at least 15 to 20 feet down past the point where I was stallin’ that before.

So I’ll just lift it up again, lift it up again, the line out, and that current’ll sweep that jig. See how I’m movin’ that jig downriver? That’s a good way if you wanna achieve to try to get down past the point that you were fishin’ earlier, ’cause all of a sudden if you catch a couple fish right here and then all of a sudden it dries up, instead of drillin’ another hole, I can actually just what’s called long lining.

Long lining, what you’re actually trying to do is get that jig to roll in the current and you’ll gain about a foot, foot and a half every time you flip it up if you have the bail open. (upbeat music) – Oh, there he is! He was right at the top.

– There we go. This is a better walleye. Definitely a better walleye. (laughter) That is the ugliest lookin’ walleye I’ve ever seen! That is a (mumbles) right there. Not that big of one, but look how dark it is.

You know, I’ve only caught a couple of (mumbles) in the river here. They’re one of the first fish that spawn and right now, this time of year, like at Lake Winnebago and any other lakes that have ’em they come right up on those shallow reefs and spawn, and they’re pretty unique, and I’ll tell you, I’m sure you’ve heard it enough times but they’re absolutely delicious.

Part of the cod family. This is kind of a small guy, we’ll let him go, but he really is dark. A lot of times like on the lake the fish are a lot lighter brown. But pretty cool, usually a lot bigger and bigger bellies.

All right. Back in. (upbeat music) Got him? – I got one! (mumbles) You know, we haven’t really seen a lot of (mumbles). (upbeat music) (mumbles) You know what, they’re still here. Let’s fish more.

(upbeat music) Hey, we got a little break in the action. How ’bout we check out and see what our buddy Shotgun Schaefer’s got cookin’ this week? – Thanks, Larry. This week on Larry Smith Outdoors we are cookin’ up wild turkey burgers.

This is the easiest recipe I have ever come up with and it’s delicious, and I can’t keep them on the tables at home. So I have 80% wild turkey, 20% pork. You’ve gotta mix them together a little bit.

I already have sautéed onions, orange, red, and yellow peppers in here, nicely diced, so they get loose, but you gotta let them cool down, folks, before you put them in. You don’t want them hot when you mix them in your meat.

I’m gonna make it a slider size. That way it cooks on my George Foreman faster, and it seems like it goes over better with family. The smaller the burger, the easier it is to eat, the more they want, they keep comin’ back for more.

Let’s throw it on the George Foreman and see how she turns out. Listen to that sizzle, is that awesome or what? Close it up. I would have to say anywhere between five and seven minutes on the George Foreman.

Let’s see the finished product here. I am Steve Schaefer the Shotgun Chef. Here’s our finished product. Look at that turkey burger. Pepper jack cheese, can’t go without it. A little lettuce. Steve Schaefer, Shotgun Chef.

This sandwich here, I can’t keep it on the table, again, on a Sunday with the kids and the family and my buddies. I’ve got buddies stealin’ these things out of my refrigerator ’cause they’re that good.

Take it back, Larry. (intense music) – [Voiceover] Welcome to Larry Smith Outdoors Ice Fishing, a full service guided ice fishing adventure. We supply all the equipment and provide a hot meal out on the ice.

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To book a trip, please call 920-361-4996. (fast-paced music) The way my luck has been over the last two hours, I’m takin’ full advantage of my havin’ my rod bent over. No complaint on that. Sturgeon or no sturgeon, walleye or no walleye.

Got him? (laughter) Lance Hill! – [Voiceover] Fantastic muscle. – They are so, they’re such a cool fish, I’ll tell you that. Gotta love it. Hey, you know what, we had a great day up here on the Wolf River.

It wasn’t quite what I expected as far as size fish. We caught quite a few. We caught a bunch of sturgeon, but we had one hot hand here on the walleyes and another hot hand on the sturgeon. But hey, thanks for joining us here at Larry Smith Outdoors and just remember, it’s great day to be alive.

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