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Best Rapala lures for ice fishing

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The Question

Dear Gord,

I read your ice fishing story in the latest Outdoor Canada (“8 top secrets revealed,” Winter 2012) and I have to ask: What is the optimum size you should use for a Rattlin' Rap to charm those walleye through the ice?

Brock Kramble

The Answer

First a small but important correction: We’ve found the Rapala’s Clackin’ Raps to be the best of the lipless lures. I’m sure the Rattlin’ Rap will work too, but the Clackin’ Rap is the one I wrote about, and it is deadly.

The two best sizes are the CNR06 (2½ inches) and CNR07 (2¾ inches). I especially like the bigger 7 when the fish are aggressive and biting well. Also, it tends to call in the bigger walleyes from a greater distance.

The 06, on the other hand, is ideal when the walleyes are a little negative or neutral. It is also the better model if you’re fishing for “normal” size walleyes, versus the 10-pound-plus trophies that I like to target. Bottom line, though, is that you really do need both. Then experiment and let the fish tell you which model and size they want on any given day.

Good luck,

Gord Pyzer

Gord Pyzer

Fishing Editor Gord Pyzer is widely regarded as Canada's most scientific angler. Known in fishing circles as Doctor Pyzer, he worked for 30 years as a senior manager with Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources before devoting all his energies to fishing. A member of the Canadian Angler Hall of Fame, the award-winning writer is also an internationally sought out speaker, tournament angler and field editor with In-Fisherman Magazine and Television. As well, he co-hosts the Real Fishing Radio Show with Bob Izumi.

Catch Gord on the Outdoor Journal Radio Show live every Saturday morning 8:05AM EST. If you're in southern Ontario, tune your radio to Sportsnet 590 The FAN AM or visit and listen live online.

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