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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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. Autumn 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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In some respects the fall fishing season can be difficult for anglers because of cold weather, rough water and the weed beds dying off. However, for the dedicated pike fisherman, these conditions can equal success. In northern Wisconsin, the cooler fall water temperatures activate the bite for big northern pike as they try and pack on weight for the upcoming winter. This can move these toothy predators into predictable locations that anglers can target. Autumn is one of the best opportunities for anglers to target large pike. Dress warm, find the green weeds, and you won’t be disappointed.   The…
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My guide client Dave and I were drifting along a river section that split around a small, gravel-covered island.  We were concentrating on the main bank, where a deeper trough hugged the shoreline.  We saw steady action all morning, but nothing for 15 minutes or so and were just about ready to move to another area.  Then I happened to look over my shoulder, toward the island, and noticed surface disturbance and a spray of jumping minnows.  Excitedly I asked Dave to fire a cast in that direction.  A moment later he was hooked up with a three-pound-plus river smallmouth. …
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Fishing northern waters is nothing like bass fishing. The fish are picky, and where they’re at one day isn’t necessarily where they’re at the next. The same goes for presentation and lures. What works once won’t guarantee success again. You have to use your head to successfully fish for muskie and northern pike! If you’re targeting big muskies and northern pike, you should be geared specifically for them, which includes: 1. Heavy fishing rod and baitcasting reel. 2. Heavy fishing line, preferably 80- to 100 pound test super braid lines. 3. Steal fishing leader or heavy fluorocarbon leader to prevent…
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