Angler Education

Tips & Techniques

  • Swimming Lures Under the Ice Swimming lures designed to represent real baitfish are great wintertime baits. They tend to work best in clear water and specific spots, particularly during the changing light periods of dawn and dusk, when walleyes commonly feed during the winter period. 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
  • Fundamental Live Bait Rigging for Walleyes The fundamental livebait rig consists of a slipsinker sliding on the main line, followed by a snell consisting of a swivel, length of line, and hook. Read More
  • Drop Shot Softbaits on Humps and Sunken Islands It's typical to have smallmouths congregate on humps and sunken islands that top out at 15 to 25 feet deep during fall in natural lakes. Read More
  • Deep Winter Smallies Smallmouths can winter deep in reservoirs, down to 50 feet or deeper. Wherever 50-foot flats exist, that's where they'll be whether it's in a creek arm or the main reservoir. 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
  • The Versatile Worm Within a specific range of sizes and actions, plastic worms are the most versatile and most effective tools to use for smallmouths in lakes. The right worm is 4 to 5 inches long and relatively thin. Read More
  • Topwater Time Walking baits, poppers, propeller baits and minnowbaits twitched on top shine on rivers during the summer months. Topwaters have magic appeal for river smallmouths in warm water, too. Read More
  • Pitching Tubes to Riprap Banks Reservoir smallmouths often congregate close to shore along riprap and rocky breaks into deeper water during early spring. The rocky shallows warm early, drawing bait. Read More
  • Hug The Bank For Spring Smallmouths In Rivers Spring means high water in most areas, due to snowmelt and high annual rainfall. And spring means movement for river bass. 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
  • Patterning Weed Edges One key to successful fall fishing on natural lakes is targeting the edges of thick, green weedbeds. You can spot these edges where the vegetation grows almost to the surface. 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
  • 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
  • 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