Jigging Spring Walleyes on the Wolf River Wisconsin


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were ya, you said 6:00. – You’re not gonna believe it,
look at the dent in my door. A deer ran right into
the side of my truck. You know something,
it’s kind of funny how this morning goes. I was havin’ a Sun Drop Moment. I was just kinda daydreamin’ that I was drivin’
down the road here, and I was stranded on an
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get the heck outta here. (shuffling Southern rock) Hey, this week on
Larry Smith Outdoors, we’re up here on the Wolf River, fishin’ out of Freemont today. We stopped in at Ma’s here, we’re gonna grab some bait. I got all the guys guiding, I
got my son Sawyer, of course. I got Lance Sweeting guiding, and we’re gonna
have a great day. The fishing’s actually
been pretty good. The water is extremely high, this is the highest
I’ve seen this water in probably about 10
years, so the fish are really pulling
up out of the lake. Yesterday, we did pretty
good, caught fish anchored up, we caught ’em vertical jiggin’,
on plastics, and live baits. So, let’s see what happens
today and, you know, when you’re coming up
to an area like this, it’s a great way to
know what’s going on before you spend all the
money in gas and time coming up here just to
give the bait shops a call. Give Dan here at Ma’s a
call, or give the guys up at New London,
at Johnny’s a call, or even over at
Critters of Winneconne. That’s a great way to save
yourself a lot of time, and you know what’s going on, you know where they’re
biting, you know what to use, so hey Dan, what’s
going on up there? – Uh, there’s some
fish being caught, you know shallow-type bass. – That’s actually a good
thing to talk about. You know, when you get
a year like this here and the water’s so
high, Dan, them fish are not gonna leave them big holes like they would on
a lower water year because it’s so much
harder to go through there so that’s what we’ve been
doing, we’ve been anchoring up on the side in
that shallow water. I’ve caught most of my fish down through the outer creek
parts of the water, and a lot of guys
this year were jigging some of those good spots
where it’s not so fast. All right, we’ll take
some amber shiners. (twangy acoustic guitar) You know what we’re
gonna do this morning, we’re gonna go, Dan and I. Dan Dan the team cameraman and I are gonna go downriver here. Our clients aren’t
gettin here til 8:30. They’re probably a little
smarter than we are because it got so
cold last night, got down to 18, 20 degrees. It’s probably gonna be a
little bit lighter bite today, but we’re gonna go downriver, we’re gonna anchor up,
we’re gonna pump jigs and rigs and see what happens. (shuffling acoustic rock) You know, for me,
I like to anchor up in the mornings like
this and pump jigs or three-way rigs
and the key is, I always throw one anchor
way out in the current, and then, I’m using
my Power-Pole here, or throw another
anchor toward the shore so you can kinda adjust the boat as the morning goes on. Usually right away in the
morning when it’s dark out, them fish are really shallow
and then as it progresses, the sun starts coming
up, what happens is the fish’ll slide out
just a little bit. And more pressure coming
up and down the river too, that’ll push the fish
out a little bit. But you gotta look
at this, this way, is that when these
fish are migrating up into the river system,
sometimes they have almost 100 mile run
where they’re gonna go up into the marshes to spawn. They’re not gonna go through
and fight that current all the way, so
they’re gonna come down and take the easiest path. So they will go
up these shallows where the current is more slack instead of pushin’ through
that heavy-duty current. And the key to
this kinda fishing is that, the jig size. You wanna make sure
you’re pumpin’ that jig, that it goes right back in the
same position all the time. We talk about this a lot when
you’re doing this technique is that when you’re
pumpin’ the jig, like this one, I’ve
got a quarter on that’s in my left hand, ’cause it’s a little
bit tighter end that’s in the one
in the right hand, so you’re looking at about
a 10 feet difference. It’s got a 3/8ths on
it, that’s how much of a difference we
are in the current. That jig is about 40
feet away from the boat and every time I pump it, it slides right back
into the same position. So I’m just kinda lifting
up and lettin’ it fall back, and I try to keep the line
taut as it’s goin’ back, because that’s when
about 90% of the fish are actually gonna hit that jig, when it going back
to the middle. And I just got a shiner on
there, I kinda dead hook ’em ’cause I’m flippin’
’em back and forth. I don’t like using
stingers for this so I try to get that
hook placed on back, and I’ll show ya how I do that. As far back as I can
get it, and again, I like to use a super
braid just because it cuts the current
a little bit better. You got a little
bit better feel, and I use a really
good swivel again because you’re flippin’
it so hard all the time. If you didn’t, after about
10 minutes of doing this without a swivel,
you’re gonna have line twistin’ here like crazy. Then everytime that
jig is goin’ back, you’re taking the
pressure off it, it’s gonna be spinnin’
like a helicopter. So, the key is that as
soon as you feel that fish, you know, you just obviously
set the hook on it, because you’re droppin’ it back
into his mouth right there. You know what, maybe we shoulda slept in this morning
because you know, I wouldn’t have a big dent
in my truck door probably, and my fingers wouldn’t
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Sportman giveaway. (gentle acoustic guitar) You know, these
guys, Lane and Dale, they’re the only smart ones. They slept in a little
bit this morning, their fingers aren’t froze yet, and now the fish
can start biting. So what we’re gonna
do is we’re gonna go up above town here and we might make a couple of passes through. There’s a big mob of guys
up on the hook right there, that’s Partridge Lake
where the rock wall comes around right there. That’s one thing about
the Wolf River is that, in the spring like this,
you gotta really realize that you’re gonna
probably end up fishing a lot of times in
a number of boats, especially if you
wanna vertical jig. It doesn’t take long
for the word to get out with all the social media
and other ways nowadays, so most of the time,
people know where the bites are happening. That’s kinda the nice part
about that, and the bait shops. So we’re gonna go up above,
we’ll see what it looks like, but I think we might anchor
up for a couple of hours and pump jigs and
then go vertical for quite a while the
rest of the afternoon. You know, what we’re doin’ now, we went to vertical jigging, and basically tryin’
to achieve that bottom all the time and you’re
lifting straight up and down. Kinda working the
troughs now, little bit. There it is, it’s a
little bit deeper. Boy, that one snapped
it, ooh there we go. You know what I
did, you guys, too, is I put a Kalin’s on there
’cause of this dirty water. I stuck that Kalin’s on
there and I got a stinger. Good little fish right there. Get ‘im in, Dale, fling ‘im in. Flip ‘im right in,
that flipper dipper. Nice job, wanna hold him
towards the camera there? Nice job. – Broke the ice, we’re ready. – That’s it, now
you stepped ‘im. – I got that smell. – Yep, you were just saying
that too, weren’t ya? Here we go you guys, whoop. Ho ho ho, I got that one
on the Stinger, look, too. Popped right loose. Got that little
ching ching ching. It’s very rare to see
Lightning in the day time. Oh my gosh, Lightning’s
tying that jig on. Did you get how he
ties that on there? Here we go, here we go, a little bit better,
look at that one. Popped it pretty nice, too. Again, using that
plastic, you know. I got the old Kalin’s on
there, gotta love that. You know, that’s one
thing about this system is that there is
big fish in here, but you know, there’s
so much pressure on this body of water,
and there’s no size limit on this system that
a lot of the fish get reaped outta here, they
just don’t have the chance to reach maturity
where they get to that, you know, 20, 22-inch range. Another thing is that our
forage levels have been low the last three or four years. We finally got decent
forage levels now, and that’s another
big thing because when the forage levels are low, it’s the advantage
of the fisherman. When you come down the river, you look at all
the different types of boats, ages you know. You see boats that are built
in the ’60s still runnin’. Motors from that era, you know. And you look at boats
that, at one time, cost $1200, 1500 new. Now, you look at these new boats that are $60, 80,000. The change of the era,
nobody even back then paid that much for their house. There you go, Lane, nice job. That’s a little better fish. Nice job, wanna hold ‘im up? I musta dropped it right down, yep, that one sucked
that whole thing in. That’s one, I’ll tell ya that. He wanted that Kalin’s. Sucker, aw see? I gave you that big jig
and look at what happened. – [Lane] Ah, that’s
a 20, 20-incher. – Hey, today we’re in the
kitchen with Shotgun Schafer. We are making panko-crusted
Hellman’s walleye. Larry caught these
the other day, handed ’em to me, says, “Do
somethin’ with ’em, Shotgun.” So I’m gonna make a quick,
easy recipe for you guys. First of all, take
a little seasoning. Sea salt, throw it
over top of your fish. Always season before you put all your other ingredients on
so it stays on your fish. Fresh-ground black
pepper, and this one too, as long as the
fish is thawed out, pat it down, make it dry. See how dry my fish is? You don’t wanna make it wet, because then your Hellman’s
will not stick to the meat. Take a little bit of
Hellman’s, slap it on there. Put a fine glaze over it. This almost ends up to be like
a tartar sauce on your fish. Take a little bit of
garlic, lightly garlic it. And we are using
four-cheese panko. Put a nice layer on
it, this is gonna be your bark to your fish. Gonna put a nice
little crust on it. My side to go with this one
so the kids eat it with me, I just happen to
have some tater tots. I’m gonna throw ’em
in the same time on the pan so that
way when everything comes out, it’s good to go. For some reason kids,
well who doesn’t love tater tots on
fish for fish fry? Let’s throw this in the
oven and see how it looks in about 10 to 12 minutes. All right, let’s put
this in the oven, top shelf again, I have
the oven set at 350. Once again, the
panko’s gonna turn just a little bit of color. Mayonnaise is gonna
loosen up and go right in the joints
of all the meat. Tater tots should be
done, let’s open it up in about 10 minutes
and see what we got. All right, let’s check
out our finished product. Oh, see how it’s bubbling on
the outside of the pan there? See how nice and
flaky that fish looks, the panko turned a little
bit different color there? All right, let’s plate this
walleye up and give it a taste. Oh, see how she’s flakin’ apart? That’s exactly what
you want, folks. That fish is done perfect, it’s flaking, it’s
nice and white. Presentation’s everything. All right, let’s
give it a taste. Let’s dig in. Mmm, that panko really, really turns this fish
around, it’s really crispy. Great day to be alive. Larry, go catch me
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bluesy guitar rock) – Hey, this week on
Larry Smith Outdoors, we’re up fishing on the
Wolf River yesterday, and we did pretty
good and today, we are lucky enough
to come out and do a little shocking with
Adam here and the gang. I’ll tell ya, boy oh boy, I can’t believe
the amount of fish. I don’t know how these
fish ever got past me when I was fishing downriver, but I’ll tell ya, it is amazing the number of big
females that we saw today when we were shocking. Can you tell us a little bit about the program that
we have goin’ here? – Yeah, so we’re actually
sittin’ right now in Spoehr’s Marsh, one
of the most productive marshes on the Wolf River, so. You can see in the background, we’ve kinda got flooded
marsh, flooded timber, and the fish really like to
get in these kind of areas, find some grass to spawn on. They spawn and then their
eggs can sit on that grass until some full
flushes the fry down. – [Larry] And how long does
that take before that happens? When they hatch out? – Uh, it takes, could
take about a week or so, depends on the water
temperature, too. It can go a few days longer,
maybe even a little shorter. Those fry will hatch and then they’ll be out lookin’
for zooplankton. And that, hopefully
got enough full, high-water year like this
year, that flushes those fry down in the Winnebago and
the upper-river lakes. This is kind of the cornerstone of the walleye program,
habitat management. We do brushing, mowing, try to encourage good
vegetation growth in here. Big part of it. – It is, and you’re saying a
lot of this stuff too, Adam, the club’s really help
you guys out big time with what goes on here
because obviously, there’s not always
a lot of funds for these kinds of projects
that are really needed to keep this system
as strong as it is. – Yeah, we’ve got great
support from local clubs. Walleyes for
Tomorrow, Bet on Bago, I could go through a whole
list of ’em around the lake that we reach out to,
and by us reaching out to and really talking to ’em,
they’ve helped us out. This boat we’re sitting on is a lot from Walleyes
for Tomorrow. – [Larry] That’s awesome. – Without their help
and other clubs’ help, it’d be hard to pull off
some of the work we do. – Right, and these fish
that you’re tagging, a lot of people might not know that you guys are tagging. How many fish do you
tag every spring, or try to tag I should say? – We aim at tagging
3-5000 fish each spring, and those are yellow tags. Each of ’em got an
ID number on it, and we encourage anglers
to return ’em to us. That’s how we calculate
our exploitation, help manage the system. – So, when an angler
catches one of these fish, and he takes the tag off it. What does he do, call
it in or, I mean? – There’s a couple ways. He can mail it in. The DNR Oshkosh address
is right on that tag. They can mail it
into that address, or they can email it, which a lot of people are
going to these days, it’s [email protected] Kinda a mouthful,
but it’s there. If not, if you can’t figure
out how to return it, give us a call, contact us, and we’ll make
sure you get it in. – What happens, what
kind of information do they get back when
they do return these tags? – We get the return in and Jake, our return guy gets
’em in pretty fast. Usually a couple weeks, we do
our best with the work load, and they get a
certificate that’s got where their fish was
caught, when it was tagged, how big it was so
they can kinda see how big it’s grown,
how far it’s moved. Anglers really like to
see a fish that was tagged in the Spoehr’s Marsh
that they’ve caught, you know, over by Lake
Winnebago somewhere. – Yeah, and how many
miles would that be if a guy caught a fish
that was tagged up here? – Well, they can
go over 100 miles. – That’s amazing, wow! – It’s a lot of
mileage, for sure. – So, that’s cool
information when you do catch a walleye that does
have a tag on it. – Yeah, and I know some guys
even frame that certificate. It’s kind of a little, you know, gives ’em something
to talk about when they’re around the picnic
table or somethin’ like that. – [Larry] Uh oh. – [Adam] Nice, we
got a female, green. 25, 2. Tag number 167853. These are the tags here. It’s got our Oshkosh DNR office, so if an angler catches it,
he can just mail it to that. Otherwise, we do
have an email system, it’s
[email protected] So, we’ve got a couple
ways you can turn ’em in, and we encourage any
angler that catches one to turn ’em into us so we can keep track of what’s
going on out here. – [Larry] How about
if the guy, this size, that he wants to let
a fish like that go? Do you still want him
to pop the tag off it, or just leave it alone or
just get the number off it? – He can get the number from it. I mean, Jake’s our tag
return guy back there, so what do you think Jake. What’s the best for that? – Best thing is is he can just leave the tag but
take it offa there. And then if he can release
it, it’s caught again, the tag’s still there.
– [Larry] OK, makes sense. – [Larry] Hey Adam,
a fish that size. How old was that female? What’d you estimate her at? – Um, it’s probably
likely either from the 2008 year
class or 2005. This one here is
22, 8, green female. This fish here, more than likely from the 2008 year class. – [Larry] You think that
because her jaw’s all ripped that somebody had caught
her and let her go probably not too long ago? – [Adam] That’s
possible, hard to say. We don’t see that very often, but you never know. I mean, these things are
coming through the timber, you never know what they
might get caught on. Male, 15,6. – [Larry] How old is a
male before it actually smelts on eggs,
spawns like that? – Once they hit three years
old, they’re all mature. – [Larry] They’re mature.
– [Adam] Yep. – [Adam] Male, 15, 7. – [Larry] Females
the same, three? – Females, well
it’s 30% at four, and the majority at
age five overall. – [Larry] So it takes
a female five years– – [Adam] Some of
’em even six years. – See, that’s how I
like catchin’ fish. Better if somebody
else nets ’em. (bluesy Southern rock guitar) Male, 17,2. And you just, right here? – [Adam] Push in, yep. Hit the trigger, twist
your wrist and then he’ll, and then just check
so it seats in there, and they’re good to go. – Green female, 20 and a half. You know, I appreciate all
the work that you guys do because, you know,
we really appreciate catching a lot of fish
and you know what? A lot of people
have mixed emotions about the DNR but
I always say this, if it wasn’t really for the
DNR, we wouldn’t have anything. So you know, that’s kinda
the way you gotta look at it. It’s a good way to keep
track of everything that’s going on in the system, and it’s nice that you guys are out here
working hard for us. – Yep, and we take
volunteers on too, so if anyone ever
wants to come out, shocking, trawling,
gimme a call, email me. We’ll try to get ’em out there, and you know, younger
generation too. Kids, anybody, we wanna
get some younger kids out here too to see what’s
out here for them to enjoy. – That would be a great
opportunity, I don’t know. You got a pretty
tough staff up there as far as competition
as far as netting. I didn’t even come close,
I think it was like, you know, 10 to one, but
I gave it a good try. No, I appreciate it
you guys, thank you, and hey, stay tuned
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orchestral music) (bluesy guitar with
shuffling beat) – [Dale] Where is he? – [Larry] I don’t know. I’m tryin’ to figure
out what you’re doin’. Oh, oh!
– [Dale] Oh ho ho ho! – [Larry] Holy moly!
– [Dale] That’s a fish! – [Larry] Look at that fish,
that’s what we came here for. Woo, nice job. That is a big female. Look at the size of
that fish right there. – [Dale] That’s
great, fantastic. – Gotta love that. – [Dale] Go on,
make some babies. Hey, like always, you know what. Guys, we had a great
day, a lotta fun. Hey, and also
remember to watch us at 7:30am on Sunday mornings on Fox Sports and Fox North. And always, for sure, remember it’s a great day to be alive. – [Voiceover] OK, try and
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9 thoughts on “Jigging Spring Walleyes on the Wolf River Wisconsin

  1. Hey @Larry Smith Outdoors whats the number of the guy that said he would take people along for the electro shocking for the walleye. Really would like to experience it at least once!!!

  2. Love the vid. Which pound lines are you running for this? Thanks.

  3. that was me and my buddy in the 14 footer during the "boats from 1960s" comment.

  4. the guy you don't see a lot where you see him for a second or two that's my teacher mr strobel

  5. I made the shotgun chef recipe tonight! Was great, I used crappie though!

  6. Where can I catch some walleyes offshore around fremont, shiocton, new london area?

  7. I wonder what impact is on these spawning females. They are exhausted already and they get shocked and handled… you need a research team for that. Hope they don’t get harmed end up spawning not belly up.

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