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JonM 03-06-2011 07:58 PM

How to Fish
 
Fishing the lakes of the north has eluded me. ive got a nice little tracker boat about 18ft. i like being on the lake i love fishing but ive yet to catch a damn thing in the last two years of fishing the lakes. lures and fly fishing arent my style far too active for a day on the water being lazy.

Sniper03 03-06-2011 08:34 PM

Jon

Did you see my last post on the other location! That is the way to fish when enjoying yourself. I too have a Tracker 190 Pro Team 19" I fish out of. I primarily fish for Smallmouth, Walleye and Largemouths here in Tennessee. In fact I am going out one day this week. We are hitting in the mid to high 60s here during the day most days. And a good sign the Robins are back. Good weather is coming your way. We have been seeing and hearing the cranes fly over going North about every day.

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CA357 03-06-2011 08:56 PM

Tell me about the dynamite part.

Sniper03 03-06-2011 09:19 PM

Read Instructions! #1. You do not want to hold this fishing product long after activation (lighting)! #2 Cast out a minimum of 25 yards when fishing. If the Game Warden wants to see it while you are actively fishing. Do Not Argue with him! Politely and with respect Hand It To Him! Then be courteous and ask him if he is going to Fish or Talk! It could be beneficial to his health to join you at that point and fish. Remind him of Instruction #1. promptly!:D

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Car54 03-06-2011 10:00 PM

Okay, I'll fish you drive the boat......

Each lake has its own characteristics but generally fish will relate to objects for cover or to ambush prey. Objects can be trees. tree limbs, lily pads, weeds, docks, swim platforms, rocks, boulders, even drop offs can be objects for fish.

Next the time of the year and the water temp will dictate where most of the fish will be at. Smallmouth will start being active when the water temp is 45 to 48 degrees. They spawn around 58 to 63 degrees. You can find them in spring close to some objects and at a depth usually 10 feet down to 3 feet. If rocks are present its even a better chance of finding them. Also look for bluegills, crappie, and perch at this time. Small crankbaits, tube jigs, hair jigs, beetle spins are all good lures to use. Minnows too if they are available.

I'm not a big walleye fisherman but if the lake holds walleye they will be on a feed even before the smallmouth and other fish become active. Trolling a diving plug or a single hook spinner with a nightcrawler, or minnows/shiners are good for these guys. Try slow trolling on a fairly clean sloping bottom near a weedline or rock piles.

Largemouth will become active around 60 degree water temp. They will move in and out of different depths as the weather patterns dictate. Just prior to the spawn, probably May in your area (nearest a full moon) they will go on a frenzy feed. Any near cover should hold fish, docks, weedlines, rock piles, and downed trees. Look in depths of 10 feet or less (more towards 5 feet if there is abundant cover). Spinnerbaits in white, chartruese, or a combo of those colors with chrome blades on a bright day/clear water or gold/brass color on dingy days/ off colored water. Small to medium size crankbaits in a bluegill or perch color work if there isn't a lot of weeds to foul the hooks.

As the seasons change, the fish will move deeper as the water warms but they will still relate to cover so just look for the same patterns in the summer as you did in the spring just deeper water. But!, not always. Fish will move up and down in the depths depending on feeding, lake activity, water temperature and barometric pressure. If a storm is approaching fish will feed voraciously during the storm, after- you might as well be home for a day or so. The fish will feed but they are extremely finicky.

Anyway that's the readers digest version, there is a lot more to it, but there's also the simple put a worm on the hook and a bobber and toss it in kind of fishing. Lot of fish caught that way too.

canebrake 03-06-2011 10:02 PM

Can you say Fishmonger?

I really enjoy fishing, I suck at catching!

JonM 03-06-2011 10:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sniper03 (Post 458819)
Jon

Did you see my last post on the other location! That is the way to fish when enjoying yourself. I too have a Tracker 190 Pro Team 19" I fish out of. I primarily fish for Smallmouth, Walleye and Largemouths here in Tennessee. In fact I am going out one day this week. We are hitting in the mid to high 60s here during the day most days. And a good sign the Robins are back. Good weather is coming your way. We have been seeing and hearing the cranes fly over going North about every day.

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i kinda want to park in one spot toss out the line and wait lol. course so far ive not been successful at it.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Car54 (Post 458877)
Okay, I'll fish you drive the boat......

Each lake has its own characteristics but generally fish will relate to objects for cover or to ambush prey. Objects can be trees. tree limbs, lily pads, weeds, docks, swim platforms, rocks, boulders, even drop offs can be objects for fish.

Next the time of the year and the water temp will dictate where most of the fish will be at. Smallmouth will start being active when the water temp is 45 to 48 degrees. They spawn around 58 to 63 degrees. You can find them in spring close to some objects and at a depth usually 10 feet down to 3 feet. If rocks are present its even a better chance of finding them. Also look for bluegills, crappie, and perch at this time. Small crankbaits, tube jigs, hair jigs, beetle spins are all good lures to use. Minnows too if they are available.

I'm not a big walleye fisherman but if the lake holds walleye they will be on a feed even before the smallmouth and other fish become active. Trolling a diving plug or a single hook spinner with a nightcrawler, or minnows/shiners are good for these guys. Try slow trolling on a fairly clean sloping bottom near a weedline or rock piles.

Largemouth will become active around 60 degree water temp. They will move in and out of different depths as the weather patterns dictate. Just prior to the spawn, probably May in your area (nearest a full moon) they will go on a frenzy feed. Any near cover should hold fish, docks, weedlines, rock piles, and downed trees. Look in depths of 10 feet or less (more towards 5 feet if there is abundant cover). Spinnerbaits in white, chartruese, or a combo of those colors with chrome blades on a bright day/clear water or gold/brass color on dingy days/ off colored water. Small to medium size crankbaits in a bluegill or perch color work if there isn't a lot of weeds to foul the hooks.

As the seasons change, the fish will move deeper as the water warms but they will still relate to cover so just look for the same patterns in the summer as you did in the spring just deeper water. But!, not always. Fish will move up and down in the depths depending on feeding, lake activity, water temperature and barometric pressure. If a storm is approaching fish will feed voraciously during the storm, after- you might as well be home for a day or so. The fish will feed but they are extremely finicky.

Anyway that's the readers digest version, there is a lot more to it, but there's also the simple put a worm on the hook and a bobber and toss it in kind of fishing. Lot of fish caught that way too.

translating that into fishing is where i drop the ball.

Quote:

Originally Posted by canebrake (Post 458879)
Can you say Fishmonger?

I really enjoy fishing, I suck at catching!

same

i think my biggest issue is my entire life its been trial and error with pretty much all error when it comes to fresh water lake fishing. ive caught exactly 1 bass on a lake when i was 13... sad very sad. i think this year im going to map a lake with the sonar and see if i cant plot some liekly spots according to the rules of fish behaviour. maybe a more scientific method is needed.

Car54 03-06-2011 10:55 PM

Jon,

Look around your area for fishing clubs or bass chapters. They'll welcome you and show you the ropes. Also, there's always people who want to go fishing, know how to do it but don't have a boat. Ask around and get to know a few before you go on the water. (make sure you get some dough though, running a boat gets expensive)

Daoust_Nat 03-07-2011 12:12 AM

I'm with Cane. You guys catche em and clean em. I will cook them, and clean up after we eat them!

Remember, overdone fish is cat food, unless the cat has a palate!


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