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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
By Dave Graybill
I made a trip to Banks Lake with Kim Kozelisky and Keith Hiatt last Sunday. They had never caught a walleye or a smallmouth bass, and I wanted to help them cross these two species off their list. I decided to see if the walleye crank bait bite was going off the mid way launch on Banks, so I ran out a variety of Flicker Shad lures and trolled toward Rosebush. We got action right away; it was just the wrong kind. I couldn’t get anything but smallmouth to hit my plugs. Kim and Keith were thrilled, though. They hadn’t caught smallmouth before and were impressed with these hard fighters. I dropped down into a deep bay, and although we caught a couple of walleye here, I kept getting hung up. We ran over to Banker Flats and went back to work. The anglers we talked to over here said I should have been there in the morning or the day before when the bite was good. They all said it was just plain slow then. However, when we hit the 20-foot depth, the walleye liked our Slow Death Hook rigs and picked up several in short order. We went home with a bunch of walleye fillets and even some smallmouth for the pan.