Tactics

Lake Winnie
The Best Rod, Reel & Line for Jerkbait Fishing

The spinning reel vs. baitcaster debate has raged on for years and years. Some presentations have obvious answers: dropshots require spinning equipment, deep crankbaits require baitcasting gear.   Other presentations aren’t nearly as cut-and-dry, coming down to the personal preference of the fisherman. One of the most hotly contested areas of this debate is jerkbait [Read more…]

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Giant Lake Oahe Northern Pike Shore Fishing

by Dave Csanda   During the spring, spawned-out pike like to linger in and around the back ends of active creek arms, where the water tends to be a little warmer than elsewhere. These are often the same areas where pike spawned as the ice was going out, so there are plenty of fish in [Read more…]

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Why Your Jerkbaits Should Be Bright and Have a Feathered Treble

Most of the top anglers will tell you that “color” is one of the last things they consider when they are choosing a lure — focusing on things like action, speed and depth range instead. While we aren’t arguing against that approach, you can’t ignore color altogether because it can make a big difference in [Read more…]

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Your Outboard Might Actually Be Attracting Fish

Believe it or not, in some situations, your outboard might actually be attracting fish to your lure. We’ve seen many times in the past how jerk-trolling behind a running engine outproduces a lure flung out far away from the boat. This can be true for bass, pike, muskies and even walleyes, although to a lesser [Read more…]

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Muddy Water River Walleyes

by Dave Csanda   High water in spring is often accompanied by fast flow and muddy conditions, pushing walleyes tight to shore and even up into shallow cover.   Sometimes, though, rivers muddy up on their own, even without fast flow.   The Rainy River along the Minnesota-Ontario border is a good example where this [Read more…]

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A 1-2-3 Punch for Spring Smallies

When you’re out on the water chasing smallmouth bass during the spring prespawn period, it’s hard to top a jerkbait when the fish are active. In the video above, Al Lindner breaks down his 1-2-3 punch for jerkin’ spring smallies.     For more videos tips like this, Subscribe to our YouTube channel:

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Lake Winnie
Ice-Out Smallmouth

After ice-out, smallmouth bass begin making tentative movements atop hard-bottomed structures in the main lake. Cast neutrally-buoyant crankbaits, using slow retrieves with frequent pauses.

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