My favorite part of ice fishing is sitting on top of fish and trying to trick them into biting! Here are some things I have learned from many winter days spent trying to trick fish. First things first. Winter anglers use baits, regardless of the fish species sought, that they lift, drop, quiver, etc. in an effort to attract fish and get them to bite. The process of moving the jig to attract fish and entice them to bite is referred to as jigging. So, this article revolves around keys, as I see them, for jigging up winter fish! Sonar rules
The best time to catch winter walleyes is usually during the first few weeks after safe ice first forms as walleyes are often still feeding aggressively. Mid-winter, on the other hand, often means a tougher bite as the fish become more lethargic. Here are some suggestions for capitalizing on the good early ice bite that's happening right now! Find them first Finding walleyes is key, regardless the season they are pursued.
Typically, my stories involve tips for putting more fish in the boat, or an occasional hunting adventure recap. A couple recent outdoor experiences have me thinking on a bit deeper, or at least more philosophical, level. In very late October, a partner and I filmed a smallmouth bass fishing television show. During that shoot, my fishing wasn't "clean" as we like to say, missing several hooksets and losing a couple big fish near the net. The following day, I went back to the same lake.
As I write this in late October, hopes are still high for a few more nice and productive open-water fishing days this season. However, the late fall weather could turn and the lakes ice over any day now. With that in mind, now is a good time to look back and reflect on the past year and lessons learned on the water that could lead to more fish in the boat in the future. Here are some things that quickly come to mind from 2018, things that this angler will keep in mind moving forward! Things change, for whatever reason
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