First Clear Lake Tagged Walleye Caught!

Congratulations go to Jim Hill of Clear Lake for catching the first $100 tagged walleye of the 2011 season. Walleye 04853 was sponsored by KIMT TV and measured 17.2 inches. Jim has been wading at night and in the early morning to catch walleyes. He caught his first limit of three 16-19″ walleyes 2 weeks ago before the cold front hit us. Jim uses a jig and minnow combination most often with shallow running crankbaits being his second choice. A slow retrieve is key with the lake water still being in the low to mid 40’s. All fish will become more active as the water warms up over the next couple weeks. There are 24 of this year’s $100 walleyes remaining in Clear Lake. The fish are tagged by the DNR, released by the Clear Lake Fishing Club and sponsored by local businesses. Crazy Minnow Co. bait and tackle photographs, records and handles the pay out for the fish as they are caught. Complete information on the tagged fish may be found on the CLFC website Prize Fish page “Harley”, the $1000 dollar, 6 pound walleye sponsored by Harley Davidson of Mason City is also in the lake to be caught by some lucky angler.

Dan Krauth
Crazy Minnow Co.
P.O. Box 46 / 504 Hwy. 18 East
Clear Lake, IA 50428
(641) 357-BAIT
Bait / Tackle / Marine

  4 comments for “First Clear Lake Tagged Walleye Caught!

  1. Steve Brainard
    April 29, 2011 at 8:04 am

    Always like the Lake MacBride videos. The Slurpies seem more like a bass worm, but they obviously work. Are you using a floating jig head/sinker rig? I have had decent luck on crank baits at MacBride, but have never been able to catch them at the depths you are.

    • May 3, 2011 at 3:06 pm

      Other than the obvious structure that was put in by the DNR years ago during the draw down most of the walleyes out at MacBride relate to the bottom of the lake. That’s why we use weighted jig heads to bounce across the bottom. You just have to be really patient and pick and apart a spot. They’re spawning currently so you’d probably have good luck shallower. Thanks for reading!

  2. jim hill
    November 10, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    i want to thank dan owner of crazy minnow for doing a great job with the clear lake fishing club. dan has sold me some top of the line fishing rods and reels.this equiment has helped me land some monster fish.once again thank you dan.

  3. David E. Allen
    February 5, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    congratulation on your caught

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