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John Kelley

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  1. Hahaha, Chas, be warned though, the winters are way more brutal than NY, and the wind howls out here on the prairie. Plus, it would be a huge culture shock, as there are only about 800,000 people in the whole state!!LOL Traffic is way better, though!!
  2. Hahaha, no, but maybe I should, right??LOL
  3. I have used this technique all over the country, but not on the Saint Lawrence River. It works just about anywhere and everywhere I have been, I just have never fished the Saint Lawrence.It has worked for me on the Missouri, the Mississippi, hundreds of lakes across the US and Canada, though. I think I would stick to trolling techniques on big water like Erie or lake Ontario, unless you have some nice little pieces of structure to fish. Open water eyes tend to be more of a roaming fish, chasing the large baits schools, like all the other predators. In rivers with high current, I prefer to use either lures, or heavy jigs with leeches or large minnows, and no floats. More of a smaller location technique. I have fished some big lakes like Mille Lacs on some smaller structure effectively, with slip bobbers. Just experiment around, and find out what works for you. Thanks.
  4. I have fished with slip bobbers for years and years, starting back in the late 70's. I have some tips for you that might help you avoid some of the trouble I went through. First, use a quality slip bobber, with a metal grommet at the top of the tube. If you do not do this, your line will eventually wear a groove through the plastic tube at the top of your float, the line will get caught in it every time you cast, and the line will not pass through it. Second, NO walleye can resist a Jumbo leech swimming 3-6" off bottom under a slip bobber. I preferred to use them with a glow in the dark, 1/4 ounce fireball style jig-head. The jighead is a two-fold attack. First there is the added color and action. The most important thing I like about using a jighead over a plain hook and split shot, is that the jighead will not foul up on the line during a cast, or on the way to the bottom, like a plain hook with split shots 10" above them have the tendency to do. Third, actively work your float up to, around, and near good structure. Once it arrives there, reel it in and re-cast it. Don't just cast it out blindly and wait for it to go down. Fourth, jig or twitch your float every once in awhile. Sometimes a walleye is down there, just staring at your leech, and just needs a little nudge to make it grab it. A slight jigging motion upward, or a slight twitch can be that trigger. A favorite float technique of mine is to anchor about 30' upwind of a nice break-line, point, or sharp dropping edge of an underwater hump or sunken island . Then let your leech drift right up and onto the top of the structure. Usually the float will not even make it to the top, before it is snatched by a walleye. Adjust your stopper, so that your bait is only a few inches above the top of the structure you will be fishing, and you will be golden. This works very well on sunken roadbeds and rock-piles, as well. I have caught untold thousands of walleyes this way. Hope this helps
  5. Hahaha, I call that a "cast and blast" trip, but yeah, that sounds like it could be in order!! Don't forget, we also have some tremendous whitetail and Mulie hunting, not to mention the absolute best pheasant hunting in the country.
  6. Thanks man. The two summers I spent working in your beautiful state, and trolling on Lake Ontario were the 2 best years of my life!! Just trying to give a little back, maybe get some of you guys to come west to check out what we have out here on the Prairie. I will actually be back at the Oak this summer for a full week near the end of August, with my old Army buddies. We are having a reunion at the Cottages at 4C's. Much salmon and trout fishing will occur, as well. Hope to see some of you again!!
  7. I know I always run mine deep, so I try to incorporate some kind of glow to them. I like the glow green,and glow blue meat heads, with glow twinkie flies of the same color, usually behind a big old white glow paddle with green dots.
  8. If it is calm I would run all the way out to the 31 line at about 4:30 a.m., and set up in 600 plus feet of water. A wise old retired charter captain, that used to run one of the "Oaks" marinas, told me "there are always good fish out at the 31 line, if you can get out there." Said he would always head there with his clients first thing in the morning, and be back with his happy clients and their limit of big steelhead and salmon just as everyone else was heading out onto the lake. I will have to say, I have never done badly way out there 12 to 13 miles off shore. I guess it all depends on the weather, how big your boat is, and how much gas you are willing to burn. Good luck, and let us know how you do.
  9. They are great pike and musky spoons for sure. I don't use them for salmon trolling. They are made for casting.
  10. That's exactly what I was going to say!! I was also going to add that if you notice that you are getting low on backing on a big fish, you can always circle him to gain back a bunch line in a hurry. I started doing this technique quite a bit back on Lake Ontario when I was fishing by myself and in higher wind. You just have to real like a maniac to keep the slack out of your line, and sometimes the biggies are a little too green to be netted by the time you reach them, but it works really well for gaining line on the reel, and closing on your quarry.
  11. Yeah it was a great time. Then the slab crappies moved in to the area just before dusk, and we caught 15 of them between 12-15 inches, so that was a nice bonus.
  12. Here are my buddy Conrad's 2 biggest fish from last night, @ 28 and 26 inches. Both of these fish were released, their smaller 19 inch brothers and sisters were not so lucky!!LOL
  13. Way further south, and east than Devils lake, but the exact type of prairie pothole type of lake. Vast and fairly shallow. 16,000 acres with a maximum depth of just over 20 feet. Very windswept, as well.
  14. Well, no, not Erie or Lake Ontario big, type fish. But we do get the occasional 10 pounder, and lots of medium big fish!
  15. I had a very good day tossing 1/8 jig and leech combination for walleyes yesterday on my favorite walleye lake in Eastern South Dakota. I caught 26 in the morning from 18-26 inches, and was off the lake before 8:30 a.m. Then I took my friend Conrad out in the evening and helped catch his limit, plus a bunch of slab crappies in the evening. I ended up catching well over 40 walleyes and over 10 nice crappies from 12-15 inches long. Conrad had never caught several large walleyes before, and it was cool to see him land and release 6 over the 25" mark. Tons of fun on light spinning gear in 4-5 feet of water. Here is my morning limit. Taking my 82 year old neighbor, Ken with me this morning. Hoping for more of the same. Thanks.
  16. Hey man not sure how big your Optimax is, but mine is a 200, and trolls down nice all day, but then you have to really wait for it to burn all the carbon out of it before you can go fast again, back to port at the end of the day. Mine is pretty old now, though, with tons of hours on it. 2005, I think. I love that Optimax, engine, though!! Nice eyes, man. I caught over 40 yesterday out here in South Dakota, tossing an 1/8th ounce jig and a leech in a bottle neck area in 4 feet of water. Fun on light spinning gear!!
  17. I have had really good luck on both Lake Superior and Lake Michigan this spring with the same depths on my my riggers, and pulling the orange 00 Luhr Jensen Herring dodgers with blue peanut flies, for cohos. Also done very well on 3 color and 75' copper rods with the same dodgers and flies off the boards. seems like every time I would see fish in the 20' and under depth, I would get bit, too. This was in water from 40'-250' deep. Those cohos always seem to be near the surface. I miss those bigger, Lake Ontario cohos, though!!
  18. Spent this weekend mostly washing lures and fighting 40 MPH winds on the the Missouri river, for 3 small small kings. The attached pic is of my largest king of the weekend. Thanks.
  19. Spent most of last weekend getting blown around Lake Michigan and mostly washing lures. The wind died down Sunday, and I was able to fly out 13 miles off shore, to the Michigan state line, and did okay on a couple of fat lakers, a couple of cookie cutter cohos, and one steeelhead.
  20. I would also use the wire rods as your inside diver rods, if you are planning on running all 4 diver rods at the same time. Set your divers on the wire rods to a 1 setting, and run them deep. Set your outside diver rods, with the braid to a 2.5 or 3 setting, and run them higher than the wire rods. I don't know if anyone else has mentioned this, because it does become like second nature after you get your first nasty tangle, but make absolutely certain that you have the port side divers set to the port side of the boat and the starboard divers set to the starboard side of the boat, or you will tangle everything in your spread!! Oh yeah, and make sure your release tension is tight enough on the diver trip arm to hold the lures you are pulling, without the drag from the lure tripping the diver. Spoons do not need nearly as tight of tension as flasher/fly combos. Keep a screw driver handy for this.
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