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Go Angling: Episode 20 – Rapala Tail Dancer Walleyes on Lake of the Woods

Go Angling Ep 20 tail dancer walleye

In this episode of GO Angling, Gander Outdoors teamed up with InDepth Outdoors to bring you James Holst as he joins Marcus Quam on Lake of the Woods in Minnesota. The two are chasing big walleye on this fantastic lake.

Gear Guide: Rapala Tail Dancer Walleyes on Lake of the Woods

James says that for fishing walleye on Lake of the Woods in late summer, he likes to go with two different setups and presentations. He discusses using long lining with monofilament line and then fishing lead core.

For the lead core, James say to use six to seven colors of Sufix lead core on a low-profile okuma. On the end, you’ll have about a 10 to 15-foot leader that’s flourocarbon with a 10 to 15-pound test. As far as baits go, a Rapala Scatter Rap Tail Dancer works well. James says to use a number nine.

As for the other setup, James says to use a 10-pound Sufix line. With that line, James says to use a larger Rapala Tail Dancer 11.

As far as the length of line you need to use, James says 150 to 170 feet is about right.

Using Rapala Tail Dancer for Walleyes on Lake of the Woods

James discusses the fact that Lake of the Woods is a soft bottom lake. There’s all sorts of small bugs and other critters at the bottom of the lake, which brings in all kinds of baitfish. Those baitfish bring with them the Walleye. That’s right where James and Marcus want to be with the boat.

The guys get multiple hits from the two different setups discussed above. Most of the fish were caught on the Scatter Rap Tail Dancer. However, the 11 Tail Dancer is the one that was catching the bigger fish. It’s larger and dives deeper than the Scatter Rap.

Location Breakdown: Rapala Tail Dancer Walleyes on Lake of the Woods

James discusses how to find good spots for walleyes late in the summer on Lake of the Woods. He says to spend your time going after the basin fish. These are fish that aren’t relating to the structures of the lake. They’re out suspended in about 28 to 30 feet of water. That’s where you want to target them.

James says this holds true for other large lakes with soft of silt bottoms, too. Any large lake like Lake of the Woods will fish very similarly, which makes this advice really helpful for anglers across the Midwest.


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