Jigging for walleyes has traditionally been a slow, subtle, meticulous affair. Keep your line as short and vertical as possible to maximize feel and control. Use short, gentle, up-down strokes of the rod tip to alternately lift the jig a few inches, then let it fall back on a semi-taut line until it touches bottom. [Read more…]
In spring, 95% of the fish population is shallow. Focus on shallow bays and food shelves to quickly locate and catch fish and to evaluate the lake’s potential.
In spring, slow-rolling a spinnerbait through shallow bays and across developing weed flats produces the biggest pike in the lake.
Walleyes using the deeper portions of weed flats respond to both vertical jigging and casting crankbaits. Try both simultaneously to determine which works best.
With the cold weather we’ve experienced the past few weeks, water temperatures have receded as much as 6 to 8 degrees. Bass and panfish that were nosing around potential nesting sites likely dropped slightly deeper, waiting for conditions to improve. In many areas, spawning has been delayed for both largemouth and smallmouth bass. Even [Read more…]
Shallow crappies are both finicky and spooky, tucked within shallow weeds, reeds or wood cover. Polarized sunglasses reveal their location on calm, sunny days. The fish won’t chase fast-moving lures, but respond well to small jigs or livebaits dangled below bobbers.
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