In the north, spring and early summer can be some of the best smallmouth bass fishing all year. Some of these fish can be at their heaviest weight of the season and this could be your best chance at a personal record, but when the water is clear, cold and fish are at varying phases in their spawning cycles, it can be challenging to catch them.
During this time, one of the best ways to get these fish to bite is with a jerkbait. Don’t miss your chance at the fish of a lifetime by overlooking them.
One of the keys for me this week at the Cabela's NABC event in Minoqua, WI was finding weed lines that had cabbage and coontail in 10 to 15 feet of water. Where I found these weed lines, I then was able to focus on the steepest breaks and points that were adjacent to the main lake.
The Humminbird Helix units have a feature that allows me to adjust the visible colors at various depths, making it much faster to not only find these key areas, but also helps my boat control as I can be sure to stay...
Headed out with some Minnesota Twins and Wild Players today for the Hope Week Celebrity Fishing Tournament benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Check out the recap video from the Minnesota Twins below.
Some of the hardest fights in bass fishing are those battles fought in heavy lillypads, reeds, rice and other dense cover. One of the worst feelings is losing a trophy bass simply because you couldn’t get it out of the pads quickly enough or because you used gear that wasn’t heavy enough. Don’t take any chances losing your biggest bass this summer and gear up for heavy cover frogging.
Here is what I use to increase my odds of winning the battle:
When you aren't finding fish in their traditional summer haunts, one of the places the big ones often are is where most anglers never expect...extremely shallow. I’m talking anywhere from 8 inches to 2 feet of water. You have to get in after them and you throw something heavy enough to penetrate their cover. Slop, cutbanks, bogs, trees, lillypads, cattails are all great options for shallow summer bass.
In a recent event, the bite was extremely difficult. Smallmouth were not being cooperative s...
This past weekend I fished the NABC on Lake Wisconsin. I was fortunate to have some coaching from a couple guys who were critical in helping me get pointed in the right direction. Wanted to give thanks where it is due and also provide you with their contact info. If you make it to Lake Wisconsin, be sure to look these guys up at Wilderness Fish and Game:
Bass: Chuck Pohlman (608) 643-5229
Walleye & Musky: Wally Banfi (608) 644-9823
Wound up cathcing 2 fish for 5 lbs and 21st place. Tough bite....