Friday, May 15, 2015

Detroit River fishing

 The Michigan DNR reports that the walleye bite has slowed with the exception of the very early morning hours, and the best catches in recent days have come from the Canadian side on the northern section of the river. A heavy white bass run has those fish hammering any baits in the water in the lower stretches of the river. The white bass fishing has been outstanding from the River Rouge downsteam.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Spinner baits

 A good idea is to get a map of the lake or river this will show you how deep the water is and if there are any old roads that have been covered over. You should fish the areas that have been filled in near the dam with rocks and gravel. large mouth bass will look for craw fish that hide in the rocks. Bass will follow bait fish into the cover along the shore lines. If you are fishing from a boat make sure to be quiet as you approach these shallow areas. large mouth bass are very sensitive to sound.
  Try and use baits that look like what the bass are feeding on. Spinner baits are good to use near falling trees. Make sure to tip them with some kind of worm. In the gravel areas jerk baits and artificial baits that resemble cray fish will produce bass. If you are fishing grass beds try using baits that look like frogs.  Texas rigged plastic worm works well near shore lines especially near a drop off. Your fishing gear shoud be a spinning or spincast rod and real with eight pound test line depending on the type of cover you are fishing for large mouth bass.
  Try different color combinations with your bait. The closer you come to what the bass are feeding on the better. Make sure to vary your retrieves. Try a slow retrieve and use a jerking stop and start to simulate a injured bait fish. There are many different combinations a fisherman can use to catch large mouth bass.

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Ely area fishing

Ely area: decent fishing in the area, with walleyes taking minnows in 6-8 feet of water. “White Iron Lake is doing very well, and Shagawa, too,“Some guys are getting big northerns up to 42 inches using suckers for bait, and I got a report off of Newton Lake of some 14-inch crappies being caught by some folks who were fishing for walleyes using jigs and minnows.anglers casting Rapalas along the shorelines have been having mixed results catching smallmouth bass

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Jig fishing is great on Leech Lake

When fishing, look to the shorelines and points that the wind is blowing into and start shallow, 5-10 feet in sandy and gravel areas. Live bait is great on the opener; I prefer to use spot-tailed shiners, rainbows or fatheads.Jig fishing is great on Leech Lake this time of year but Lindy rigs also work great. With the water so clear on Leech Lake, the jig colors I prefer are chartreuse, dark green and multicolored.When fishing in shallower water depths, stay with an 8-ounce jig or weight on your Lindy rig. Drifting is a preferred way to fish on Leech Lake, but if there is not enough wind, trolling works well also.If it’s very windy, a drift bag can make a huge difference in your ability to stay on fish. Always be safety-minded and watch out for other fishing boats.

Friday, May 01, 2015

Broken Bow

Broken Bow: April 26. Elevation above normal, water 67. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on Alabama rigs, spinnerbaits and plastic baits at 4-8 ft. along flats, weed beds and shorelines. Crappie good on grubs, tube jigs and minnows at 3-5 ft. along weed beds, standing timber and shorelines. Flathead, blue and channel catfish good on crawfish, sunfish, stinkbait and live bait at 10-15 ft. along channels, the river mouth and river channel. Some of the best panfish angling of the year takes place around opening weekend. Crappies are usually in the shallows and are frequently in the spawning mood. Bluegills are also shallow and will readily suck in small jigs under a bobber.
For the first time, opening day anglers will be able to target both largemouth and smallmouth bass on a catch and release basis. This option provides a great opportunity for anglers who want to feel the tug on a line more than they want to clean and eat fish.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Conchas Lake

Conchas Lake: Fishing was fair using minnows for crappie. Fishing was good using tubes, chigger craws, jerk minnows, crank baits and jerk baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was good using crank baits and grubs for white bass. Fishing was fair using crank baits and jig and minnow combinations for walleye.  We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the high 50s.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Chittenden Reservoir

Vermont except Lake Carmi, Chittenden Reservoir and the Connecticut River, walleye and sauger have an 18” minimum length requirement and three-fish daily limit. The open season is from Saturday, May 2 to March 15, 2016.
Lake Carmi has a slot limit for walleye because of the lake’s high rate of natural walleye reproduction and high fishing pressure. The minimum length is 15 inches, and all walleye between 17 and 19 inches must be released. The daily limit is five walleye, but only one may be over 19 inches long. The season is open May 2 through March 15.
Chittenden Reservoir has special walleye regulations in order to produce large walleye that can help control its over-abundant yellow perch population, and provide anglers with an opportunity to harvest a trophy walleye. The minimum length is 22 inches, the daily limit is two, and the season is open June 1 through March 15.
Connecticut River walleye fishing rules are set by New Hampshire. No walleye between 16 and 18 inches may be kept and the daily limit is four fish, of which only one may be longer than 18 inches.
Excellent walleye fishing opportunities occur each spring in the lakes mentioned above as well as in Lake Champlain and its tributaries: the Missisquoi River, Lamoille River, Winooski River, and Otter Creek.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Sandusky River

Sandusky River, has started as the walleye run is winding down.
But the weather has kept some anglers from getting out and slowed the bite, said Bernie Whitt, owner of Anglers Supply in Fremont, in his fishing report.
“White bass started out great earlier this week and slowed up with the cold and wind,” he said. “Walleye seem to be pretty much done for the season.”
A few walleye have been spotted on the river, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources reports there are still fish to be caught. White bass fishing should improve over the weekend, according to the ODNR’s Fish Ohio report.
Most anglers are fishing between the Miles Newton and State Street bridges.
For walleye, they are using Carolina Twister Tails, and bright colors usually work best, according to the ODNR. For white bass, they are using small jigs, and spinner baits and jigs tipped with minnows.
Meanwhile, fishing on Lake Erie was excellent until the temperatures dropped and the wind picked up earlier this week.