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Fishing Tips


Current Fishing Trends

Spring / Summer 2016

 

 

 

Louie, the good early winter bite is behind us.  Water temps should be into the 40's by now, and this is when things really begin to slow down.  Big ones can still be picked off, but the widespread good numbers won't be seen until things begin to warm up consistently in March.
While the water temps are in the 40's, follow and work the birds.  They will show where the feeding perch are, and if there are any groups of feeding blues to be found you can bet they will be around these perch.  These birds will mainly be in and around the main river channel, but if we get a warm snap you might see them back in a creek.  These birds are the best fisherman on the lake, so follow their lead.
Also, downsize baits in cold weather.  Many time inactive blues will lazily feed on mussels, and for whatever reason the smaller baits seem to help to get bites.he good early winter bite is behind us.  Water temps should be into the 40's by now, and this is when things really begin to slow down.  Big ones can still be picked off, but the widespread good numbers won't be seen until things begin to warm up consistently in March.

May through mid June can be a great time to catch large numbers of smaller, "eater size", catfish.  The bigger fish are usually staging to spawn around this time of the year, so trophy fish can be tough.  As with any time of the years, you can always find a monster no matter how bad the bite it.

A wide range of baits can be used to catch the "eater size" fish.  Shad, bream and perch will all work well.  Remember to down size your baits for these small mouth fish.

Catfish are usually scattered this time of the years, so you can find them in varying depths of water.  If you are fishing from the bank, especially at night, so of your better fishing may be right along the shoreline.

As water temperatures warm into the mid to upper 80's in late June and July you will see fish pull into deeper water during the day.  Catching catfish from 50-100 feet of water is not uncommon this time of the under certain circumstances.  Catfish are not always at this depth however, especially in lakes with little current flow where a thermocline may occur.  

Drifting and anchoring are both very effective methods of catching fish in the summer.  Since fish are covering a wide depth range and area, trolling or drifting will greatly increase you chances of finding fish quickly and putting large numbers in the boat.

 

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