Favorite walleye fishing hotspots during autumn include tributaries, points, and humps. Anglers who focus on those hangouts have the chance to boat a big one. Fall is an amazing time to chase walleye. As water temperatures cool, they feed heartily to prepare for winter. Walleye will hang out in many areas in autumn, but tributaries, bars, and humps are three reliable spots. Tributaries An inflowing stream and its surrounding habitat are prime autumn areas. Weeds stay greener longer, thanks to the increased current and oxygen from the tributary. Lush plants attract baitfish and walleye alike. Walleye will also hold in…
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Having had the chance to test St. Croix’s Legend X fly rod in a variety of venues during the past several months, I can say it’s one sleek fly rod.  If it had four wheels it would be a muscle car, yet one quite comfortable running down to the corner market to pick up the fixings for the day’s streamside fishing lunch. The Legend X is designed for targeting larger predatory fish – bass, muskies, northerns – big fish that often require the use of beefier, wind-resistant flies.  It’s a nine-footer that’s offered in four models, ones meant to throw…
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Fishing the late fall shift on northern lakes has its advantages. Largemouth bass can be relatively easy to locate and, for the most part, will be the largest you will find them all season long. Put that sonar imaging fish finder to work this fall to locate largemouths. Then, work your lure slowly and you, too, can end up catching some nice ones. Here are some tips to ensure your season winds down with some solid action. Seek Out Transition Zones Notwithstanding the certainty of a cold chill in the air, October and November are two months that are predisposed…
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A bight is defined as a contour or a bay “indenting into a shoreline.” And the northern reaches of Florida Bay that border the mainland of the Sunshine State are loaded with fish-filled bights. East of Flamingo in the Everglades National Park lie Snake Bight, Garfield Bight, and Rankin Bight. These “indents” are loaded with snook, tarpon, redfish, and seatrout as the main game fish species. A quick look at Google Maps- satellite shows how these features create cradling arms to attract and direct game fish movements. These large bodies of water are also affected by winds and tides. When…
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With fall underway, the cold weather and high water means brown trout are in full swing with their migration back into the rivers. If you love fly fishing for big browns then fall is the time to do it, and there is no better way to entice a big brown to bite than with large fly streamers. Don’t get me wrong, streamers can be productive year round. But with the large lake run fish entering the river, streamers become a potent tool in catching these aggressive fish. Now is the time for fall streamer fishing with the big browns migrating…
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While pink isn’t a common underwater color, these fising lures and baits can trigger aggressive bites. From season opener to autumn, I sight fish for bass whenever conditions allow. Although many smallmouth and largemouth bass are deep at this point in autumn, there are still shallow, sight-fishing opportunities. I find this most pronounced during unseasonably warm, sunny days. One trick I’ve learned is that using a brightly colored lure can help you catch more fish when sight fishing. Bright Baits – Score One for Visibility I use bright baits because I can easily see them, especially when wearing polarized sunglasses.…
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Casting, jigging, and dragging a football jig teamed with a bulky plastic are reliable ways to catch smallmouth bass. Try wetting one this fall, and you’ll quickly get hooked on the fish-catching power of football jigs. Autumn is a time for upsizing baits to catch trophy smallmouth bass. Big and chunky plastics top my list of presentations. Using a football jig head for rigging is an excellent choice. Here are three reasons why. Side step snags A football jig’s shape gives it a great advantage. Its elongated, oval head helps it roll over minor snags better than a ball head…
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Fishing with the bucktail lure is basically some hairs tied to a jighead, which is the essence of simplicity itself.  When the bucktail is white, it matches or mimics that vast majority of scaled baitfish around the world such as minnows, shiners, whitebait, sardines, mullet, and balao. Even the darker forage fish that live in the offshore weedlines have white bellies, which is exactly what gamefish like mahi are aiming for as they attack upwards in the water column. Bonefish will grab a well-presented bucktail with vigor. This simple lure matches a variety of scaled baitfish and is especially effective…
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Tips on how anglers can use sound to their advantage. Unlike humans, fish have two sensors for detecting sound: the inner ear and the lateral line. These two systems work independently of each other to hear and feel particle motion and pressure changes. The systems are able to correlate and send signals to various parts of the brain to initiate a reaction or function. Catfish receive top rating for both lateral-line detection and hearing strength, according to a survey of prominent fish physiologists and fisheries biologists. The sauger is also given an excellent rating for its lateral line, while walleye,…
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Is it possible to troll for walleyes without using line counter reels? Sure, and it’s possible to hammer a nail with a screwdriver if you work at it long enough. But it’s all about using the right tools for the job. A line counter reel is basically a medium- to large-sized level-wind reel fitted with a device for measuring the amount of line let out. What this does is allow you to more precisely set out lures in pre-determined patterns (amount of line behind the boat allowing lure to reach desired depths) and duplicate successful set-ups to more effectively fine-tune…
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