Red Team Takes it to the Limit, Heads Home with Storm on Their Heels

When the smallies and wallys are biting this good, its hard to leave the water. But as storm clouds loom, Red Team Captain James Holst and his Day 1 co-angler Dave Koonce make one last cast, pull up the trolling motor and head back to Sunset Lodge with a big storm hot on their heels. But not before Holst summarizes the day’s action and forecasts Tuesday’s bite.

“It’s still really early, in the sense that … the walleye and the smallmouth are so close to the spawn, the walleyes having spawned a few days ago,” he explains. “The smallmouth will probably be spawning as soon as we get the next warm-up.”

The top section of Lake of the Woods that the Scatter Rap Challenge anglers fished today is “way behind what we’e hearing about further south,” Holst says.

“So the adventure continues,” he continues. “As we push further south, things are going to change. My guess is, we get 20 miles down the lake, we’ll start to see smallies up much shallower, the larger smallies were looking for, and the walleyes we catch will be much more filled out. They’ll have had more time after the spawn to put some weight back on.”

“It’s going to be a wonderful perspective to go from Kenora [Ontario] all the way to Beaudette [Minn.], in a week and see what this lake is all about.”

Shortly thereafter, Holst fires up the big motor and he and Koonce are off, skipping across the lake, the storm at their heels. This will be one of those days they’ll be glad their outfitted with Cabela’s GORE-TEX® Guidewear Xtreme parkas and bibs.