Tip of the Week
Milton Skoog had a shack for a cabin up on Burntside Lake, in the Ely, Minnesota area. It was a piece of heaven nestled in mature forests of white pine, birch, and poplar with boulder rock and lichen everywhere, bears, eagles… yep, it was postcard material for a up north setting if there ever was one. I do digress here, but that place was the best…Milton who was my friend Erik’s father, always said when asked about fishing:
” fishes favorite food is fish.”
Find the bait find the fish. Baitfish are seen as balls or clouds up off the bottom on your sonar.
As the water cools artificial lures become far more attractive to all game fish. Crankbaits, blade baits, jigs and plastics, jigging lures – such as jigging raps. These lures are great especially when you are confident walleye are near. I would like to stress that I will switch to these lures after I have established catches.
The exception is crankbaits this is go to for sure in the fall. Of course you can also very successfully use minnows. I also remember a few years ago in mid October crawlers were catching fish. This was though based on water temperature. My point is you have far more options and in the fall when the water cools artificial lures become a strong option.
August 23, 2014
Look for minnows breaking on the surface and other fish activity on top of the basin on the river. this time of year the white bass will push the shad to the surface to enable better predation on the minnows. Here cast spinners, grubs, crankbaits to these fish for good action. I have not witnessed the massive schools as in the past, but I am seeing some schools.
August 1, 2014
Smallmouth bass locate somewhere between where a largemouth bass and a walleye would reside. Fish move naturally yes, but they do have locations they typify. A largemouth loves the weed beds and a walleye likes the drop off. Smallies like structure like a walleye but mostly a lot shallower. Smallies hang near weeds but mostly on the edges. Also the bronze back bashers seam to be places and depths where a walleye would be far too cautious be found.
July 24, 2014
When the water clears and it is a sunny day one of the best colors is the Rapala “Shad” color. A very natural looking crankbait and often over looked because how plain it is.
Of all the cranks I have ever used Rapala is the best.
July 12, 2014
Tune your crankbaits. The best lures are the ones that run dead true, arrow straight like a laser beam. STRAIGHT.
I have found if you buy four of the same crankbaits one is a fish killer, two are ok, and one is almost non tunable. The first needs no tuning, the second two will run true with proper tuning, and the fourth “junk” crank maybe can be tuned. However the excessive tuning the fourth crank will always need soon creates play in the wire and plastic lip interface and a wiggle is created. Then its off to the parts bin.
Charlie “Turk” Gierke
My best tip – Trust Jesus – He is the way!
Jay Leary with a trophy smallmouth bass Jason Hankes with a trophy walleye
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