The fall months have a reputation for being some of the best months of the entire year for fishing as most fish species, walleyes included, are actively feeding during this time. While big, deep lakes are often thought of as "classic" walleye waters, small, shallow lakes often harbor good walleye populations that often go on the bite now, too.
October is an awesome time to be an outdoors enthusiast! Many hunting seasons are in full swing and some of the year's best fishing happens now. Numbers of fish of all species are often cooperative biters now, and some of the year's biggest fish find the bottom of landing nets this month, too. Here are some thoughts on swaying the odds of a trophy-sized fish coming in your boat this month!
Fall walleye fishing is often thought of as jig and minnow time! And for good reason, as jigs and minnows have put lots of fall walleyes in the boat over the years. However, September is often more of an extension of late summer and so techniques that still cover water quickly will often produce very good results now, too. Quick moving baits still appeal to fish as the water is still relatively warm. Plus, September can be a time of transition meaning moving fish found in various depths, and so quickly fished baits increase your odds for contacting active fish.
Walleye anglers during late summer often struggle putting good catches of fish in the boat. Lots of baitfish, a summer of fishing pressure and peaking pleasure boat traffic are all factors that can make it tough for anglers now. A key to overcoming these factors is to stay mobile searching for fish, particularly those that are willing or can be tempted to bite. Unlike the fast bite common in spring and early summer, late-summer walleye fishing may involve more than just finding fish and assuming some will bite.
Sometimes an angler can get into a sort of fishing rut. He or she goes to the same spots, fishes the same methods, and hopes to catch the same fish species. It's fun sometimes, however, to change up, do something different, and chase another fish species.
As a fishing educator, my goal is to help people catch more fish. Here is a look at three things anglers can do this summer that can help them increase their fishing skills and hopefully catch more fish! Learn to use sonar
If you're in search of fast summer fishing action, you may want to consider tossing a crankbait for largemouth bass on the deep weedline. Largemouth bass often roam weedlines in good numbers during the summer, and they are usually pretty easy to hook. Plus, not much fights harder than a summer largie! Not only are bass numerous and fun to catch on the weedline, but you'll probably encounter some bonus pike, a walleye or two, and maybe even some big panfish when crankin' summer weedlines.
Winter finally gave up and walleye season is here this Saturday! Now that the season is here, having a good game plan for opening day and the rest of the early season can mean the difference between spring fishing success and frustration. Choosing the right lake is often key to opening day success, with water temperature being a top consideration. For that reason, I usually like to start on a small, shallow lake that warms quickly. With this year's seemingly never-ending winter this consideration probably becomes even more important.
Big Stone Lake on the Minnesota/South Dakota border is a very popular spring walleye fishing destination. It's popular because, as a Minnesota-South Dakota border water, it opens to the legal taking of walleyes earlier than the traditional Minnesota inland game season. The season opens this year on April 21. The lake is also popular because it has a healthy walleye population, many of which are willing biters around the opener.
The ice season is nearing an end. With that end, however, comes a new beginning as the open-water season soon follows. With a new season just around the corner, lots of us start thinking about trying new fishing methods, finding the next great lure and ultimately catching more fish. Those things obviously are important and are an enjoyable part of what we do. This story, however, is a simple reminder to anglers that there is lots to enjoy about the fishing experience beyond the fish. For me, the best part of fishing now is spending time outside with people I enjoy.