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By John Campbell
One of the most basic concepts of fishing is the
fact that to catch fish, you must find them. Too many people get
hung up on lure style, type color, and an array of other factors.
Sure it's important to have the right bait down there for fish to hit.
The best bait in the world will do you no good unless you get your lure
within striking distance of the fish if you want to catch it. Finding
fish in the summer can be a little more difficult than it is at other times
or the year. In the
They were the same fish that wouldn't touch a jig, but couldn't stay off my rig.
The best method to catch spring walleyes also depends on the stage of the spawn period you are fishing. Walleyes are the one fish species that the right rod makes the difference. Being able to feel that subtle bite can only happen with quality rod. I prefer a 6'6" or 7' graphite rod, medium action with a fast tip, like a Shimano Scimitar spinning rod. The Shimano Stradic s is my choice for the reel because I like the front drag feature. In addition, the stainless steel 4 ball bearings provide a smooth reel and a smooth reliable drag. If the fish are
between the spawn and resting period, I use four-pound test Stren Magnathin line with 1/16 oz. jig tip with a fathead minnow. If the rest period is over and the fish are back in their spawning areas feeding, I go up to six pound Stren Easy Cast line and 1/16 or 1/8 oz. jigs depending on the wind and water depth. I use Fuzzy-E- Grub jigs and the Techni-Glo jigs in 1/16 oz. for depths to 15' and 1/8 oz. for 15' and deeper, or on windy days in shallow water. In either case, my line choice is the choice of line is Stren. I know from experience that the line has strength, low visibility, and low memory in cold weather. New emerging weeds are usually the best areas to find these fish but also rock and wood shorelines are outstanding locations. Keep in mind that wood cluttered bottoms are one of the best summer walleye producers, but you might have to carry a large supply of jigs. Normally you either cacth fish or lose a jig to the wood.
The important thing is to keep moving until active fish are found. Don't waste time on walleyes that won't bite. Remember, finding structure will help you find the walleyes. For more information about finding walleyes on structure drop me a line on the web at www.walleye.info. Hope to see you on the water soon!