Outdoors Angle: Minnow Mania!

Steve Carney Outdoors
Steve Carney Outdoors

The Flag Outdoors Expert Steve Carney has your weekly Outdoors Angle right here!

     We are now entering into the best month of the open water season... June! This is the month the walleyes start to get active after the spawn and really put the feedbag on.

     Minnows are the primary live bait for June and being selective on your minnows is critical for success. We have many species to choose from such as shiners, chubs, fatheads and sucker minnows. My favorite bait so far this Spring has been the very small sucker minnow. We are not talking about the big suckers anglers use for northern pike but rather the tiny, 2 inch suckers. Many minnow species have suffered through a long winter and many are well below their average size.

     Walleyes love small sucker minnows. They will readily hit a small sucker over a typical fathead all day long. Sucker minnows are still affordable as compared to shiner minnows which can run a dollar a minnow.

     Hook that small sucker minnow through the upper skull and bring the small jig hook back through the jaw. Never hook your small sucker through the lips as walleyes tend to grab a sucker and play with it for a while before taking the hook. Always have your bail open and be ready to feed line when a bite is detected. I wait about 6 seconds before setting the hook.

     The prime month of June is upon us and the walleyes are getting super active. Show them a small sucker on a 1/8th .oz jig and get ready for action!

Steve Carney is The Flag WZFG Outdoors expert. He can be heard every Thursday morning at 8:05 on AM 1100 and 92.3 FM WZFG. Check out his weekly podcast on am1100theflag.com and hear his Outdoors Angle reports every Friday on AM 1100 and 92.3 FM WZFG. You can also visit stevecarneyoutdoors.com for more information.