Anyone who has encountered the northern pike or muskie has also encountered the dreaded “bite off”, so common when these fish come unglued on a bucktail, jerkbait, jig or spoon.
Muskie are one of those fish species that legend says are exceptionally wary, difficult to locate and hard to trigger into striking. During most of the year that assessment is often correct, but for a brief period every summer muskies get surprisingly predictable.
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Winter walleye fishing is dominated by jigging methods. There is little doubt that jigging with leadheads, spoons or jigging/swimming style lures is a consistently deadly means of trigger walleye bites on ice.
Trolling is a popular walleye presentation and also a fishing method practiced with a wide variety of fishing lines. The problem is, most fishing lines don’t have the necessary properties to make them “good” for the job.
Anyone who enjoys the art of trolling
The common fishing tip-up is sometimes referred to as a fish trap. This simple set line approach to winter walleye angling has helped anglers catch countless walleye.
It’s interesting how a fish that’s defined as structure loving, turns up so often in weed cover. The text book for walleye fishing characterizes this species as bottom loving and rarely found far from rock and gravel structure.
Countless anglers enjoy wilderness fly-in fishing adventures. It’s hard to duplicate the quality of fishing, those delicious shore lunches and of course the pristine scenery these trips provide. Walleye and northern pike are the primary species anglers are interested in catching.
Soft baits and pike fishing are a natural match. Larger, saltwater sized soft plastic lures do a magnificent job of imitating suckers, perch, ciscoes and other baitfish that pike key on. These lures are ideal for swimming presentations that deliver smashing strikes.
A lot of different crankbaits catch walleye. A few of these lures even catch walleye often, but only a handful of crankbaits catch walleye routinely. Amazingly, one particular size and shape of crankbait seems to produce walleye just about everywhere they are found.
Casting crankbaits is perhaps the single most overlooked presentation for targeting walleye. It seems that when talk turns to crankbaits, most anglers are only interested in trolling. Casting these minnow imitating lures has some significant advantages over other lure types that are commonly casted.
Mark Romanack is a career fisherman, hunter and outdoorsman. He started writing outdoor features for magazines in 1985 and has worked full time as an outdoor writer, photographer, public speaker and now television host ever since. A graduate of Northern Michigan University with a B.S.
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