For the most part, ice-fishing came to an early end this year. That means that open water fishing will have an early start. In fact, throughout the Midwest, some anglers are already enjoying open water fishing. They're on rivers, and they're fishing for walleyes. Walleyes will eat a bait year 'round. While they'll get more aggressive as water temperatures rise, now can be a very good time to catch some walleyes, and the chance for a big one is good also.
It’s fun to catch fish through the ice, and it’s also really fun to eat some of those fish. When some anglers get a desire for a fresh fish meal in the winter months, they go after panfish. Here’s why and how. Why go after panfish when you want a fish supper? In most areas of the Midwest, panfish are pretty abundant: You can usually catch enough for supper. However, it’s important that we don’t take too many.
Anglers are on the ice in many areas of the Midwest. The following are some considerations for better ice fishing this season. Be safe on the ice. Even if you see other people out there, keep in mind that ice will sometimes have flaws. Be careful where you’re walking and where you’re driving on the ice.
Another open water fishing season is in the books: It was a nice season. Caught good numbers of fish most days, had a great time every day. I got to fish with old friends and new friends. It's at this time of year that I like to reflect on those days of fishing, but I also can't help thinking of the friends I didn't get to fish with this year.
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Much of the time, lures are designed with a specific application in mind. But sometimes we discover that some baits are multi-purpose. I was reminded of that on a recent fishing trip. I was sharing a boat with fishing friend Mike Frisch in central Minnesota and walleyes were our target. Mike had been catchin 'em good on Puppet Minnows. Puppet Minnows were originally designed to be dropped through a hole in the ice, but for the past few years we've been using them for open water walleyes.
From now until autumn, one of the most productive ways to catch fish is with a live-bait rig. Live-bait rigs are simple set-ups, but they're so effective so much of the time. Whether you're after walleyes or crappies or smallmouth bass, pretty much anywhere in the Midwest, when nothing else will get the fish to open their mouth, live bait will. There are lots of things we can do to make our live bait presentation more appealing to fish: Following are some of those things.
We're into the summer season, and in the summer fishing changes a bit. So far this year our open water fishing in many situations has been taking place in fairly shallow water, often near where the fish spawned. Now that the fish are done spawning, they will be wherever their food is. If you're not fishing near their food, you're probably not fishing near the fish that you want to catch.
More and more, anglers are getting on and in the water. Some folks are fishing from boats, some are wading, and some are fishing from docks or shore. Some anglers are catching fish, some aren't catching too much. If you'll be fishing in the next couple of weeks, keep these fishing thoughts in mind.