Shallow weed and wood cover attract largemouth bass throughout the year. Use heavy tackle and weedless jigs tipped with plastic trailers extract bass from their lairs.
Much has been said recently about the overall decrease in the size of northern pike throughout Minnesota in the past 20 years. To combat this trend, the Minnesota DNR is proposing innovative management strategies designed to reduce the numbers of “hammer handle” northerns in many waters, while simultaneously limiting the harvest of larger pike. The [Read more…]
Livebait rigging with leeches or nightcrawlers excels for fishing the edges of deep midlake structures. Coupled with precise boat control, livebait tempts even reluctant walleyes to bite.
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, 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.
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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