Use a heavy-action lure that floats when fishing for big fish in lakes with heavy milfoil. The milfoil grows from the bottom of shallow water. Fish also do not like the taste of it. Lures that submerge will almost always catch milfoil in heavy areas. But predator fish swim through it to hide from prey [...]
When it comes to Muskies, you’ll often have the best luck before a storm hits. This gets the fish into a more active mood. On dark cloudy days, it’s good to use dark lures. You may think it’s the opposite, but there is more success with dark on dark, light on light.
When you are ice fishing and you want to keep your minnows from freezing, put them in a wide-mouth insulated picnic jug. The wide mouth permits you to use a net to remove the minnows.
When you are using live bait, you can cut one of the pectoral fins off the baitfish. This will cause the bait to swim in circles and drive the northern pike crazy.
The week right after ice out can produce some of the best crappie fishing of the year. But don’t take my word for it. Give it a shot.
Walleye don’t often go deeper than 60 feet. They are most often found in water between 20 feet deep and 60 feet deep.
If a night crawler refuses to be pulled from its burrow, continue to exert steady pressure. The worm will soon tire and slide out.
Pike love the color red.
To check monofilament line and leaders for fraying, pull them through a handful of cotton. Fibers from the cotton will catch in any abrasion and will be easily visible. If you find these telltale signs of wear, it is best to replace the line. You don’t want to lose that trophy fish.
Just after heavy rains, crawlers often cover sidewalks and roads. But picking up a slippery night crawler can be frustrating and time consuming. Instead, try using a spatula.