Everyone has their own favorite systems for catching fish in early spring. Bobber tactics for crappies and bluegills. Jigs for walleyes. Spinnerbaits for pike, and so on…Well, here's a little tip for doing something different, fun and effective. Springtime fly...
Spring Carp offer anglers a chance numbers of fish weighting in the double digits. Simple hook, line and sinker tactics produce big carp--although not just any setup will do. The right line, hooks and baits fool wary carp into biting. Then hang on tight! The set up...
Carp are among the first species to move shallow in spring, typically in shallow, soft-bottomed bays. Spot them visually, or fish where muddy water betrays their presence. Anchor up, cast out, and enjoy!
Mickey Johnson interviews flyfishing expert Dan Frasier on choosing and using fly patterns for carp. Matching the hatch is just as important for these wary "freshwater bonefish" as it is for wily trout.
In late summer, schools of whitefish shift from deep basins to the edges of midlake structures, at or around the depth of the thermocline. Use your electronics to locate schools of roving fish, then vertically jig spoons or Jigging Rapalas to provoke strikes.
Flyfishing is both fun and effective for spooky fish like carp. Charlie Moore discusses the essentials of reading fish activity, fly selection, and going toe-to-toe with heavy-duty carp on a flyrod.
After spawning, roving schools of white bass roam bays, flats and offshore basins. The fish feed aggressively, and reveal their location by "busting" baitfish on the surface. Cast small crankbaits, spinners, or jigs near the surface where fish are present.