Holst and Koonce Targeting the Right-Sized Rocks, Loading the Boat

James Holst’s Walleye Wolfs the Scatter Rap Minnow Bleak

The moment she hits, James Holst knows he’s got a good one.

“Another big walleye!” Holst calls out to his Day 1 co-angler, In-Depth Outdoors and Rapala Pro-Staffer Dave Koonce, who scurries to grab a net. “Coming back to you, Koonce. I can’t move him!”

Koonce nets the fish, a long spawner that measures 26.25 inches (5.85 pounds).

“Wasn’t that long [ago] that she must have spawned and dropped eggs,” says Holst, host of In-Depth Outdoors TV and a Rapala pro-staffer. “A very beautiful fish.”

The fish hit Holst’s Bleak color Scatter Rap Minnow in about three feet of 60.9 degree water.

Holst and Koonce are casting to windblown shorelines and points that feature “chunk rock” rather than big boulders. The most productive chunk rock has been softball to medicine ball size. On and around the boulder-size rocks and steep, underwater rock-wall drop-offs, Holst explains, “there’s no place for the food to hide and live, so there’s no reason for the gamefish to be there.”

James Holst Holding Trophy Walleye

GPS Waypoint Coordinates: N 49 38.401, W 94 30.806

Concentrating on the right size rock can help anglers “eliminate about 75 percent of the water,” he says. “It doesn’t matter if you’re casting or trolling.”