Tip of the Week
February 3, 2015
As a rule when dragging jigs downstream use a lighter jig than you need to vertical jig with. Also when dragging jigs upstream use a heavier jig than you would use to vertical jig.
Hi-Vis lines are great for both ice fishing and open water fishing. You can watch your line for movement to indicate a fish strike. You may be skeptical about the fish being line shy because of the color and not hitting. Down on the river even the trophy fish don’t care about the line color. For ice fishing the Hi-Vis makes bite detection far easier for sight fisherman. If you need to you can splice in a clear leader.
December 18, 2014
When fishing braided or superline for walleye and sauger make sure it is not larger than six pound diameter. It is a fact you will catch more fish with a fine diameter line than a thicker on. Six pound test thickness is perfect. If you are a strictly vertical angler you can get away with even lighter four pound test.
When you are the captain or operator of the boat and the one maintaining speed and water depth for fishing it is extremely important to know the bow depth AND the stern depth.
November 25, 2014
As it is the ice fishing season, my tip today is for keeping your ice auger running smoothly.
I recommend always using a fuel system stabilizer in your gas can, and in your two cycle ice auger. A product such as Sta-Bil helps keep the two cycle engine running smoothly.
Thats’ the first tip. The second tip is to buy full synthetic oil for the oil to gas ratio mix for your two cycle ice auger. Both of these tips cost very little money extra but the performance is greatly improved.
November 5, 2014
Here are the three main jigging techniques you should know:
1. A fast aggressive snap and unassisted fall cadence.
2. A slow lift or jig up with an assisted drop cadence – where you walk or drop the jig back down slowly.
3. A non jigging technique where the bottom is steadily dragged.
They are all great choices to catch fish. one is not always better than the others.
Charlie “Turk” Gierke
My best tip – Trust Jesus – He is the way!
October 17, 2014
This time of year the overcast comes and goes, there is some sun , then clouds. This changing sky cover reminds me of early spring fishing in March when the overcast gives way to sun and then is gone again to clouds.
The reason I bring up March fishing is, in March, I angle with soft plastics baits – mainly ringworms. Here the color when fishing plastics matters greatly in catching walleye and sauger. Color choice is a factor of mainly sky cover and water clarity. When the sky cover changes often due to topsy turvy weather patterns your lure colors need to change too.
Jay Leary with a trophy smallmouth bass Jason Hankes with a trophy walleye
October 1, 2014
Lindy rigging or “rigging”, to me is mainly a crawler technique and a leech technique. I will also “rig” with fathead minnows. Now normally fathead minnows become swallowed whole when a predator wants to eat them. Currently we are getting many pick ups and drops. My tip is when rigging fatheads that you feed some line to the biting fishing.
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.