Jake Bohnsack Buffalo, MN
JAKE BOHNSACK STARTED FISHING WALLEYES WHEN HE WAS 4 years old. That’s what you do in northern Minnesota.
“My dad would take me and my brothers to Mille Lacs Lake as soon as the ice was safe. It wasn’t anything too serious for us back then. We’d bring ice skates, and Dad would drill holes to set up rattle wheels. We’d skate around until one of those wheels started turning, and then it was a race to see who could get to the fish first.”
Now Bohnsack is 36 years old and takes his walleye fishing a little more seriously (although he still uses the same rattle wheels his dad employed when he was a kid). A sales rep by trade, the Minnesota native finds time to target walleyes close to 10 times per month. He mainly plies small lakes near his home. Still, the fishing pressure from nearby Minneapolis pushes the local anglers to target fish during nonpeak times, which is a great lesson for anyone hoping to boat more fish.