Craig Ritchie's Articles

December 2018


Tactics for First-Ice Walleyes
by Craig Ritchie
While it may not be for everyone, ice fishing in the early winter often produces the best walleye action of the year. Part of the reason for that lies in the time-honored principle of supply and demand. In the spring and summer, forage fish are plentiful, and walleye have it easy. But by fall, after months of heavy predation, forage fish populations have been thinned out somewhat, and walleye have... more

July 2018


Catch Walleye During Summer Cold Fronts
by Craig Ritchie
Stable, warm summer weather often makes for fantastic walleye action as the fish pack into predictable spots and put on the feed bag. But then like flicking a switch, the easy pickings come to a halt with the arrival of a cold front that brings cooler temperatures, clear skies and stiff winds. All of a sudden, it's like every walleye in the lake has developed lockjaw. Cold fronts are notorious... more

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