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Thursday, June 6, 2024
By Dave Graybill
I had a trip scheduled with Joe Zellinski, Gold N Chrome Guide Service, for Tuesday morning on Banks Lake, and we were very close to cancelling. The wind was our concern, but we went ahead and met at Steamboat State Park. I have known Joe for several years and wanted to get out with him. Although we had our challenges, I learned a lot from him about side planing with crankbaits. This is Joe’s preferred method for catching walleye. He said he starts pulling cranks as early as May and continues doing it into the fall. Fishing in Devils Punchbowl was a good place to be, as it offered some protection from the wind that increased in force while we were out there. The first fish we got was 21 inches and we released a 24-inch fish that morning, too. We were pestered by little largemouth bass and perch, but still put five walleye in the live well before we tossed in the towel after just three hours of fishing. I am editing the video that I did with Joe, and you’ll want to watch this one. If you want to learn more about pulling crankbaits for walleye, this one’s for you.