Angler Education

Tips & Techniques

  • River Largemouths in Spring Tracking studies have verified that river largemouths make major spring migrations from wintering areas to shallow backwaters. Though miles may separate these habitat zones, fish unerringly arrive once ice has departed. 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
  • Swimming Jigs to Summer Bass During summer, bass hold in woody snags at the edge of islands and side channels of larger rivers, where they feed on shad that swim by in the current. Read More
  • Think Vertical for Cold Water Bass When water temperatures tumble below the low-40F range, bass often move from mid-depth flats to more vertical structures. Fast-breaking edges allow bass to change depth easily, without traveling long distances. Read More
  • The Deadly C-Rig Carolina-rigging has been the favored fall tactic of pro anglers for probing reservoir structure. Some call the technique power fishing with finesse because you use stout tackle, but the action of the lure is subtle and tempting to fish. 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
  • Feeder Creeks in Fall Fall summons river bass to a major feast before winter sets in. Fish feel the urge to feed heavily, storing energy for the long cold period when activity is minimal. 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
  • 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
  • Jig-Worming Cold Water Bass One of the hottest tactics on the pro bass trail is working deep structure with jigworms, sometimes called shaky-head worming. Read More
  • Slip Bobbers for Walleyes A livebait leech, minnow, or nightcrawler suspended below a float (bobber) is one of the most efficient ways to target walleyes that are gathered in relatively confined areas. 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
  • 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
  • Swimming Grubs for Suspended Bass Smallmouths often suspend over relatively deep water in reservoirs and natural lakes in summer, when baitfish populations peak. In reservoirs, they tend to follow shad or shiners. Read More