I never had much luck with this until a family member showed me how to fish it. I have never used it in the BWCA but many other lakes. If you have heavy cover throw this style into the thickest part of the Lilly pads and you should get a bite. Steady retrieve back to the boat. Lift the rod without a retrieve and then when it sinks reel in. You will feel the smallest bite and most will be hooked in the lip.
Assuming you're fishing it with a bullet sinker, I think you'll be limited to weedy areas because the rocky areas are too snaggy. That's why a weightless worm (or fluke)is preferable. And you can rig it texas without the sinker. Split shot rigs also work.
quote Swabby: "I figure if it will work for Largemouth down south, then it may work for Walleye or Pike in the BWCA. Am I correct in my assumption?"
I'm sure someone else on here knows better than I do, but I would say: 1) pike would eat a shoe if you threw it out on a hook 2) it's hard to say with walleye, unlike pike they can be real snobs about what they take.
80% of my fishing is done with a Texas rig with a screw in bullet weight. Back in May I caught 15 small mouth in little over an hour while I was on Adler. Throwing a watermelon red baby brush hog with 1/8 oz weight. It is my favorite way to catch walleye.
I have tried Flukes and weightless soft minnow types with good success - all pike. It will get strikes when nothing else does. When fishing gets tough, head for the weeds and lily pads and use a weightless Fluke. Same with artificial worms (mostly weightless and weedless.)
My experience was that the Flukes take a stronger hook set to get a good catch ratio. My rods were only medium to medium light and had weak backbones for this type fishing. Even with the hook tip close to exposed, I lost lots of fish due to no hook-up. Bites were fun, though!
A big factor is jaw strength of large pike. It takes a serious jerk and strong rod to slide the bait in a pike mouth and set the hook. I was using braided line but still needed more backbone in the rods.
There are few things more fun than watching a huge bucket mouth take a texas rigged worm off a lilypad. I also use them for deeper weeds and bass - let the rig drop into the weeds - do a slow retrieve or slightly twitch it in.
I view the Texas worm as a deep weed bass presentation.
Would it work in the BW? - sure but I don't think it is as good of a setup as many other options. I would think a TGO setup on a plastic worm might be a great smallie lure.
"I'm not superstitious. I'm a little stitious" - Michael Scott
Texas rigged worms work great up in the BWCA, I suspect because the fish haven't seen that presentation much. My favorite (both here & the BWCA) are the Sinking Minnow Gulp! No need to use a weight, & they drop fairly quickly, but not too fast.
They're deadly if you get on a school of smallies. Usually when we catch one I'll have a second rod hooked up with Gulp! & I'll make a few tosses to see if the smallie has any friends. We've had a few spectacular days doing this.
Truth be known, a straight tailed plastic worm is very difficult for fish to "learn". Not aggressive, quiet, appeals to active and neutral fish, looks like familiar, easy to catch prey(worms, snakes, minnows). Personally, my fav is a 4" straight worm on a 1/16 or 1/8oz. But again, in the BW, a bullet sinker or a round head jig snags easily. Another option is an Arkie-style bass jig with sparse plastic or hair dressing, still using a 4" straight tail worm. The jighead will not "fall" into the rocks as easily, and the weedless style allows weed presentations. The idea of a non-weighted plastic, such as a Senko, Fluke, Sluggo is an excellent option. They can be rigged weedless, and because of the clear water, the fish generally have a rather large strike -window. In most conditions, fish will go 10-15ft. to attack a lure. So, in 15ft. of water, getting to 8-10ft. is all that is needed. Fortunately, drop speed of these plastics can be manipulated by inserted nail weights and by amount of salt in plastic.
"Blessed are the cracked because they let in light."
I agree with what has been mentioned already, and have done well with drop shot worm and texas rig in bwca, IMO, the situation must be right for the worm, you have to have some boat control,( calm water, anchor), remember it's slow, real slow, and you have to keep a taught line to feel the hits, so when the wind is pushing me around, and it usually is, I choose to fish something faster
I prefer lizards/salamanders, typically black, when I fish texas rigs. Fishing texas rigs is a proven method and takes patience to learn how to fish it properly. But I don't fish it often enough to really have confidence in it personally and therefore, I often don't give it enough time on the rare occasion that I actually try it. But when I've gone bass fishing in Florida with my father-in-law and all we used was texas rigs, I've done well (after losing many fish initially). It really is a blast once you get the hang of it.
I do plan on trying a texas rig in the BWCA this year (along with drop shotting). It won't be the first technique out of the box but if we get on fish early with other methods, I will definitely get a few black lizards wet.