Fish Behavior

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Fish Respond to Changing Seasonal Condition, Not Dates on a Calendar

Nothing is random in the underwater world, especially when it comes to fish behavior.   Fish are either responding to instincts like the need to spawn, feed, or seek safety — or environmental stimuli like seasonal changes, weather, moon phase, or water temperature.   Most times, fish are responding to it all: instinct and ecology [Read more…]

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Finding Fish Throughout Their Seasonal Peaks

Finding cover and forage is the bottom-line for fishing success throughout the changing seasons.   Today’s anglers can use variety of different tools to examine the underwater world. A good pair of polarized sunglasses are must for any angler, and fishfinders today use various types of sonar technology to investigate the water below. The three [Read more…]

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Crappies- A Shallow Water Springtime Bonanza

According to fishing market researchers Southwick & Associates and AnglerSurvey.com, panfish are America’s second-favorite fish, right behind the largemouth bass. And within the larger category of panfish, crappies consistently come out on top.   A similar trend has emerged in Minnesota; results from a questionnaire sent to random fishing license holders puts crappies ahead of [Read more…]

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Lake Vermilion Resorts
Tony Roach Spring Crappie

Speed is a critical factor when it comes to crappies or any other panfish for that matter; spring, summer or fall.   Even when the fish are really aggressive, you can’t move your bait too fast.   As I go throughout the different seasons, many factors will change, but you’ll find two common threads:   [Read more…]

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3 Key Cover Types for Early Season Crappies

What is the key to finding early-season crappies?   In the big picture, it may seem simple: shallow bays and channels that warm up fast in spring are good areas to start the hunt.   Still, early-season crappie fishing can be somewhat fickle due to erratic spring weather patterns and fluctuating water temperature. But once [Read more…]

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Lake Vermilion Resorts
Walleye Master

Called “walleyed pike” by some, walleyes are actually part of the perch family.   But the nickname “marble eyes” fits. Equipped with specially-adapted cells on the retina called Tepetum Lucidum, the walleye’s bulging, glossy, and reflective eyes are built for low-light feeding.   This can make catching walleyes a puzzle, with optimal feeding windows during [Read more…]

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Walleye Reproduction — from Egg to Adult

Rivers are one of the primary areas walleyes run to spawn in our north country lakes. The correct bottom composition is critical, which is clean rock and gravel.   It’s interesting how walleyes come into these spawning sites. One night there’s no fish, the next night they all show up. How far did they come [Read more…]

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