Yesterday we looked at the impact high winds have on walleye fishing, and today it’s worth following up with a report from South Dakota highlighting the positive effects of a moderate walleye chop.

Longtime guide and Lindy pro staffer Jim Klages of Dakota Prairie Guide Service reports the bite on Lake Sharpe has slowed a bit with the arrival of hot weather, but the right wind can still whip up world-class action.

“On a calm day, you can get good numbers of walleyes, with most in the 14-to-14½-inch range, and keep a four-fish limit between 15½-to-17 inches,” he said. “But when the wind blows, it’s common to catch 50-to-75 fish a day, with more good-size fish running 16 to 22 inches in the mix."

Calm conditions see Klages trolling Lindy Crawler Harnesses with size 3 Indiana blades 1.1 to 1.6 mph in 15-to-27 feet of water. When the wind picks up, the same rigs produce fish in depths of seven to 13 feet at 1.6 to 2.5 mph, especially on “any piece of structure like a rock pile or sunken point the wind is blowing into,” he said.

He notes that he adds Lindy Lil’ Guy hybrid rigs to his spread on windy days. “They do really well when there’s an aggressive, shallow bite, often putting the day’s biggest fish in the boat,” he explained.

Klages expects the wind-driven action to hold up, though he cautions that young-of-the-year gizzard shad are fast approaching the size when hungry walleyes put them on the top of the menu. “The shad are 1½ to 2 inches long right now, so it won’t be long until they start to affect walleye fishing,” he said.

Once Lake Sharpe’s ’eyes focus their attention on these young shad, Klages says the bite slows for about two weeks. “Fast-growing shad quickly get too big for the smaller walleyes, followed by the 15- and 16-inchers,” he said.

Multiple shad hatches from one spring can extend a slow bite, but Klages believes there was only one major spawning pulse this year, which bodes well for the late-summer and fall walleye fishing on Lake Sharpe.