December, 2016 —
With water temps hovering around 40 degrees, I fished the first week of December from the boat before winter hit. Often the last bite before winter crashes into fall is some good fishing. This was the case again this year. We had a great time catching fish on soft plastics, minnows, and jigging Rapalas. Not all but some of the bites were thunderous.
When fishing artificial versus live bait the strongest strikes are on artificial. Its very common to have the jig and plastic bait struck and shallowed with the entire bait in the mouth. Then the live minnows are often a light and faint bump. Not sure why, but walleye crush artificial lures during this cold water bite.