Channel catfish in rivers relate to current breaks and cover associated with deep holes. Anchor just upstream from key fish attractors and use deadbeat rigs to coax fish into biting.
Photo by Bill Lindner The onset of warm summer weather heralds not only comfortable temperatures for boaters and outdoor lovers, but a similar burst of activity beneath the waves as fish of all species begin exhibiting traditional summer behavior in earnest. Walleye Walleyes set up on midlake structures, where classic livebait rigging [Read more…]
Casting and swimming jigs tipped with softbaits appeals to the tentative nature of postspawn smallmouth bass. Shallow offshore humps are prime for big fish.
As smallmouth spawning draws to a close, slow retrieves with long pauses tempt reluctant bass into biting. Softbaits excel under these conditions.
As water temperatures approach and rise above 60 F, crappies and bluegills sweep out pit-type nests for spawning. In natural lakes, crappies love to spawn in deep reedbeds; areas with dark bottom and thick, tangled overhead cover host some of the biggest fish in the lake. Use polarized sunglasses to peer into the deepest, thickest [Read more…]
Bigger is not always better! Early-season muskies prefer smaller profile lures to real mouthfuls. Use small straight-shaft spinners to efficiently cover water, locate fish and make them strike!
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