One key to river fishing is to know when the fish are concentrated and when the are spread out. Even a “minor” water level change of 1.5 feet will move the fish. Normally lower and slower flow spreads out the fish.
When fishing Rapala’s in the dirty river water I find the red painted bill is a good fish attractor.
March 1, 2017
Walleye and sauger move deeper when cold fronts happen. When cold fronts happen especially in slower and deep rivers (like the St. Croix) fish will hit lightly. If I am jig fishing and I want the bulk of the jig to trigger bites I put a stinger hook on the jig.
February 16, 2017
Hard to believe but trolling in cold and I mean cold water ice cold water does work to catch fish. As you would guess the fish, trolling speeds need to be adjusted for the cold water. Today with 36 degree water on the river we boated a good sauger trolling a Rapala stickbait. The key was a slow steady pace into the current. Give crankbaits a try in the winter.
January 2, 2017 —
For ice fishing panfish 2-3 pound line is a must. It is very fine and hard to work with. Colored line really helps. I like the orange line, the dark blue line is also good.