Bob Jensen, Fishing Midwest
The weedline is a great place to find and catch fish all during the open water fishing season. Lots of anglers even work the weedline while ice-fishing. Simply put, there...
If you go fishing in the summer and want to catch fish, trolling is a great way to do so. Following are some ideas for more effective and productive trolling. Anglers can troll with either a bow mount or transom mount electric motor, or with the boat's main engine. I use my main engine most of the time, especially when a little more speed is called for, and in the summer, many predator fish like a faster moving bait.
Walleye fishing tips.
Recently we talked about how lure color can have an influence in our fishing success. And, while color certainly can have a role in determining how many fish we catch, there are other factors that also come into play in our fishing success. Let's talk about some of those factors. Size is a really important consideration in open water or under the ice, but I think it's even more important under the ice, especially when panfish are the target. A few years ago, I was ice-fishing with some friends on a lake in Wisconsin that received a lot of fishing pressure.
An angler new to ice-fishing and I were having a conversation recently about ice-fishing. He had some questions, and I tried to answer those questions. When we got to the topic of various fish species and how different fish species need to be approached differently, my new friend got a little suspicious. He wanted to know why we would use different line for different fish, why we fished for some fish with small baits and others with big baits, and on and on. His thought: A fish is a fish. Why do we fish for different species differently?
I went fishing last week. I’m going fishing again this week, and if things work out, I’ll be going fishing the next week also. Just a couple of days per trip, but what wonderful days they can be this time of year. The trees were just starting to get some color last week: This week there’ll be a little more gold and orange and red on the shorelines, and in another week or two the shorelines will be ablaze with color, especially early and late in the day when the sun is shining on them. The coot are starting their annual migration.
For some reason, autumn is the time of year when I feel the need to share the productivity of drop-shot rigs. It’s probably because the first time I ever tried drop-shotting was in the fall at least 20 years ago. My friend Barry Day had just returned from a trip to the West Coast where he had been introduced to drop-shotting. Barry fished the Iowa Great Lakes a lot and had found drop-shotting to be very productive on these heavily fished waters.
When I moved to north central Minnesota waaaaay too many years ago, I liked to chase largemouth bass. Many of my friends thought that was strange, as walleyes were the preferred fish of many anglers in the north during that era. And while it was true that walleyes were available in many waters, so were largemouth bass, and they got very little fishing pressure when compared to walleyes. In many instances, that made them pretty susceptible to an angler’s lure. One of the times that they are very susceptible is right now, early fall to ice-up.
I’ve said it so many times, and I don’t like to be redundant, but the autumn period is a wonderful time to go fishing for pretty much any specie of gamefish that swims in the Midwest. Walleyes, bass, northern pike, even muskies are susceptible to an angler’s presentation in the fall. Crappies are another specie of fish that can be taken with regularity this time of year. If you want to catch crappies in the next month or so, following are some ideas that will help you do so. There are different ways to catch crappies on different lakes. First of all, consider the lake you’re fishing.
If you want to catch a big walleye, fall is a time when your odds of doing so are probably the best. Spring can provide an opportunity to take a trophy, but season is closed in many areas of walleye country. For many walleyes chasers, autumn is the most consistent producer of big fish with glassy eyes. There are lots of bodies of water across the range of the walleye that will provide big fish. Some lakes, rivers, or reservoirs have a reputation for turning out big fish.