20 Questions with a Crappie Pro Series 3 Michael Walters

20 Questions with a Crappie Pro Series 3 Michael Walters

“Crappie Pro Michael Walters”

Name: Michael Walters
Hometown: Troy, Ohio
Years Pro: 30
Tournament Partner: Rick Solomon
Home Lake: none closest lake one hour away
Favorite Lake: Grenada Lake, Mississippie
Boat & Outboard: Mercury Ranger tracker
Sponsors: Humminbird Minkota Titelok BnM Southern Pro
Accomplishments/Awards: 30 years to many to list! 




10 Questions Non-Crappie Fishing Related:

1. What is your favorite hobby/activity other than Crappie Fishing? Walleye, bass fishing/camping with my wife Jennie.

2. What is your favorite meal? Steak/fish.

3. What kind of music do you like? Who is your favorite singer or band? Not a music fan love the sounds of the outdoors nature.

4. Name your favorite vacation getaway and why?  Fishing tournaments when my wife is there with me to cheer us on.

5. When you were a child, what did you have dreams of becoming for a profession as an adult? Baseball player.

6. Do you have any pets? If so, what are their names? No pets on the road too much.

7. Name for us the most influential person in your life, past or present and why? My mother she is the best person I have ever known.

8. If you had a warning label, what would yours say?  Don’t cross me, you won’t be happy with the outcome.

9. Do you prefer watching the sunrise or the sunset? Sunrise.

10. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done? Making tough decisions when raising my children.


10 Crappie Fishing Related Questions: 

1. What is your favorite Crappie Fishing Technique and why? Slow vertical trolling. That’s what we’ve won the most tournaments doing. I also like shooting, vertical jigging. 

2. Here is a scenario; You have been fishing for 2 hours and only have 2 Crappie in the boat. What do you do to find and catch more fish? Keep moving and fish different depths. 

3. What is your go-to lure or bait, color and why? Southern pro scalehead.

4. How do you approach a new body of water that you have never fished before and what are you looking for? I look for creek channels, ledges and structure. 

5. Do you pre-fish before your tournaments? If so, please explain your approach. Do you thoroughly cover water catching as many crappie in the area or contact fish and keep moving not to pressure an area?  Contact fish and keep moving. You can never have enough places. 

6. Name the most important tool/equipment in your boat or tackle that you could not fish without. Minnkota trolling motor boat control is everything.

7. In cold weather conditons, what is your approach to catching Crappie? Live bait. 

8. Please name the gear you fish with; (Poles, Reels, Line, Electronics, etc.) BnM poles BnM pro reels Humminbird Helix 10 berkly 8lb test line Southern pro lures.  

9. Do you have a Pre-Tournament Routine? If so please explain. Taking care of our equipment if you do this it will take care of you when you need it. 

10. To date, what is your proudest moment in your Crappie Fishing Career? Winning with my son he grew up watching us win and to share that with him was special. 

TIP: Please give one TIP that will help us catch Crappie. – Don’t be afraid to use big bait to catch big fish. I sometimes use 1/4 oz jigs 2.5 inch skirt with a 3 inch shiner.

Michael Walters

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