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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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South Dakota Walleye

Travis Frank

We continue our journal with the out-of-state theme.  Last week we were joined by that great group that reunited in our fish house.  They caught some incredibly large walleyes during their first walleye outing.  We shared many laughs and good times during our stretch, but that wasn't the only out-of state experience.  The evening that this fine crew departed, we were joined by a fellow outdoorsman from South Dakota.

On a business trip to our area, he just couldn't resist the chance to hoist an eye or two through the hole.  This guy named Derrick is quite a character, so we knew that we were in for some jokes, laughs and fun times.  He's a first timer to our laid back approach to the walleyes on Tonka, so he was forced to learn a few card and dice games.  Shortly into the stint, he managed to tangle his jig rod into the vexilar, and hook a walleye at the same time.  This is par for the course with him, so Dusty jumped up to untangle the line from the transducer, only to find that a fish was still pulling on the other end.  Hand over hand was the approach Derrick took to pull his first eye off the bottom.  Complete chaos, but hey, it worked.  A while later, during a card game, we tag teamed the next one.  He looked over to see a signal on his graph, holding his rod in a really messed up position, I took the liberty to jig his lure with my finger tips.  Upon feeling a strike, I let go of the line, and told him to set the hook.  Shortly after we were laughing about how both fish went down.  After a few games and some pizza's in the oven, I called it a night.  Apparently the action never increased once I left, but I sure had fun while it lasted.  It was fun having South Dakota in the house, but next time, I think he's got some learning to do!  Just kidding!  Thanks for the fun night Derrick, Dusty and Mike.  Until next time, Keep on Livin The Dream!