Angler Education

Tips & Techniques

  • Go Weightless for Prespawn Bass As lakes warm in the spring, largemouth bass move into shallow cover in coves, canals, and harbors. They seek warming water offered by these spots that also provide plentiful baitfish. Read More
  • Trout on Ice Trout, browns, brookies, and rainbows are coldwater species, so they like cold water and remain active under ice cover. Read More
  • Ice Fishing for Lake Trout Winter is a fantastic time to catch big lake trout through the ice. This type of fishing often requires mobility as it can take quite a bit of searching to find active lakers. Read More
  • Winter Tailrace Browns at Night Nighttime can be one of the best times to target big browns in tailrace fisheries of the South. Big browns are less spooky at night, moving out of heavy cover into areas easily approached and fished. Read More
  • Catching Tail Race Trout Tailraces below reservoirs can provide some of the best fishing for lots of big trout. Big browns migrate upstream and concentrate below dams during their annual spawning run. Read More
  • Shorecasting for Great Lakes Trout On larger lakes like the Great Lakes, trout move shallow where shorecasters can target them with spoons and swimbaits. Good areas to fish include mouths of tributary rivers, points, and other access areas like piers. Read More
  • Fall Steelhead in Rivers Steelhead make fall runs in certain tributaries to the Great Lakes. Their movement patterns and habitats change with river conditions. Read More
  • Summer Trolling for Trout Trout move deeper in the water column to seek out cool water as summer sets in and surface waters warm. Read More
  • Jigging Stream Trout Stream trout feed more selectively than many gamefish. Whatever big trout are feeding on, whether it's insect larvae or minnows, it's important to use a presentation that looks and moves like the real thing. Read More
  • Trolling for Spring Trout in Lakes and Reservoirs During springtime, stocked trout in lakes and reservoirs can be found fairly shallow, feeding in the upper 10 to 15 feet of the water column. Read More
  • Spring Run Steelhead Spring-run steelhead can be difficult to catch in rivers when flows run high and dirty. Read More
  • Grease / Oil Maintenance Points In order to keep your reels in top condition you should lubricate key areas to ensure that your day on the water is a success. Use this diagram as a guide to locate and maintain these areas with the correct lubricant. Read More
  • Baitcast Reels - basic casting Step 1: Depress button keeping your thumb on the spool to control the lure. Hold the rod and reel so that the handle is pointing upward for greater wrist flexibility. Read More
  • Redfish Tactics Forage choices, and not seasonality will dictate what types of baits to use, when fishing for Redfish. Read More
  • Shore Casting for Walleyes at Night One of the simplest, most efficient, and most effective ways for walleyes during fall is shorecasting at night. Read More