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265 S Oak St
Waconia, MN
United States

612-382-6927

Travis Frank and Trophy Encounters Guide Service specializes in fully-guided fishing trips for Muskie, Walleye, Bass, Northern Pike and Panfish on Lake Minnetonka, Lake Waconia, Lake Mille Lacs and other Metro Minnesota Waters.​

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The Bite is ON!!!

Travis Frank

Now That's A Stringer Boys

Yep, The Bite is On!  Most people know that I absolutely love pitching jigs for my Walleyes in the metro early in the season, but I really enjoy a good crankbait bite too.  I have a pattern figured out right now, and it is sensational.  My boat managed to land fish after fish after fish for quite a while last night.  In all we kept enough for a good meal for all and threw back a bunch more  that were smaller and larger.  The largest of the day was by Tim, in the mid 20 inch range, and sizes went all the way down the list.  The highlight of the evening was me bragging up the old school crank that I tied on the evening before.  I caught several fish with it, and after talking about how I have no idea what it is, or where to find another one, I did battle with a nice fish and my line broke.  Mid 20 Inch CrankinFor the next 1/2 hr I tried to come up with the perfect story to tell Dusty about how I lost his crank, when Tim set the hook on a nice fish and brought the lure back to me.  Man did we giggle at seeing 2 crankbaits in that 4lb northerns mouth.  Nevertheless, I replaced my new shiny crankbait with the dull rusty old one and began catching again.  Pretty weird story, but a true one.  We caught in the neighborhood of 25 Willies, and kept a few for dinner.  The spots from the previous evening were pretty dead, and a new pattern was needed to catch these guys.  The wind switched, and so did the fish, but that is to be expected.  Our speed of crankin' was between 2.3 and 2.8 mph.  Another fun evening, and a great bite.  If you aren't catching them right now, you may want to change some tactics.  Who wants to go fishin???