Exploring Shallow Walleye Fishing on Otter Tail Lake
Lund Pro angler Dave Wasness was introduced to the fishing world by his dad and grandfather at a young age. Now, he's on a mission to share his love for fishing with the next generation. In this episode of The Ultimate Fishing Experience, Dave takes his niece Abby and nephew Luke out to Otter Tail Lake in Western Minnesota for an exciting day of targeting walleyes in shallow waters. Follow along as they experience the thrill of reeling in walleyes and learn valuable tips and techniques for successful shallow-water fishing.
The Perfect Day on Otter Tail Lake
Nestled in Western Minnesota, Otter Tail Lake boasts picturesque landscapes and abundant fishing opportunities. On a sunny mid-July day, despite recent heavy rain causing the water to be slightly murkier than usual, the trio is eager to explore the lake's shallow waters.
Shallow Water Walleye Tactics
Dave shares his expertise on targeting walleyes in shallow waters as the group hits the lake. The technique of choice for the day is using worm harnesses. These rigs are designed to present a tempting meal for walleyes by attaching live leeches or nightcrawlers to a series of hooks. The team focuses on the edge of the flats, particularly around cabbage and coontail weeds.
Ripping Worms Through the Weeds
The key to successful shallow-water walleye fishing is "ripping" the worm harnesses through the weeds. This involves pulling the rigs through the cabbage and coontail weeds briskly. The idea is to create a lively and enticing presentation that triggers walleyes to strike. Even during midday, the walleyes in Ottertail Lake are active and willing to bite, making for an exciting fishing experience.
The Versatility of Otter Tail Lake
One of the standout features of Otter Tail Lake is its versatility. While many lakes have distinct morning and evening bites, Otter Tail offers consistent action throughout the day. The walleyes feed heavily due to the warm water temperatures, making them more active and receptive to baits. This unique characteristic allows anglers to enjoy a productive fishing outing at any time of the day.
The Lund Experience
The adventure on Otter Tail Lake is made possible by the Lund 1875 Crossover XS boat, a versatile and family-friendly vessel for fishing and recreational activities. With its comfortable seating, ample storage, and advanced features, this boat allows Dave and his companions to enjoy a day of fishing while also having the option to engage in watersports or leisurely cruising.
The day spent on Otter Tail Lake is memorable and successful for Dave, Abby, and Luke. They've not only reeled in walleyes and enjoyed the beauty of the lake but also continued a legacy of fishing that spans generations. Dave's dedication to passing on the joy of fishing to the next generation ensures that the tradition will live on, inspiring more young anglers to appreciate the thrill of casting a line and experiencing the wonders of the water.
For more info on the fishing boat used in this video, visit Lund’s 1875 Crossover model page.