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The Next Bite has gathered an extensive collection of Total Solutions Techniques from some of the top anglers in the country. These Total Solutions Techniques describe the technique and provide a list suggested equipment for that technique to help you be a more successful angler for your favorite species. The goal is to provide you with the Total Solution to your particular fishing situation.


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Walleyes on Deep Rock Structure On a lot of walleye waters, particularly shield lakes (but some reservoirs as well), a good number of walleyes relate to deep rock structure from summer well into fall. We did a show on Lake of the Woods in the summer of 2006 (available on DVD - has some excellent animations) where the fish were... View This Total Solution
Weeding Out Walleyes Not all lakes will harbor weed walleyes. This is a pattern primarily found in natural lakes since most reservoirs rarely contain any significant weed habitat, or at least not of the right type and density to hold any major population of walleyes. Natural lakes on the other hand typically offer... View This Total Solution
Trolling Cranks for Suspended Summer Walleyes  Water bodies such as the Great Lakes or large natural lakes like Wisconsin’s Lake Winnebago, feature immense areas of open water in the lake’s basin area. The practice of trolling for walleyes over these vast areas has become increasingly popular among walleye hunters the past several years.... View This Total Solution
Total Solutions - Slow Fall is Deadly Too The slow death system of catching fish has been a huge success for us walleye anglers these past few years. Righteously so, this tactic catches the snot out of walleyes. Success wise, there is another little tactic that is great at catching us some walleye too. One that I like to call Slow Fall.... View This Total Solution
Slip Bobbering Slip bobbering is a highly effective technique whenever schools of walleyes are feeding on relatively small areas. I use floats for fishing points, gravel humps and other structure. It’s also a great way to pull walleyes from the edges of weed walls and standing timber.Total Solutions... View This Total Solution
Open Water Cranking for Summer Walleyes Where’s the best place to find walleyes in late summer? Wherever the walleyes are feeding - that’s where! In this, the hottest part of the season, a walleye’s metabolism is running as high as it’s going to run all year. That’s what makes now such a great time of year ... aggressive fish that are... View This Total Solution
Contour Trolling for Post Spawn Walleyes Think for a second about what’s going in the walleyes’ world during the early spring. This is the time when walleye’s are consumed with the rituals of the spawn. Remember that at any given time during this period, you could have fish in one of three stages … pre-spawn, spawn or post-spawn. If that... View This Total Solution
Shoreline Casting for Reservoir Walleyes Fancasting shorelines is a great way to catch reservoir walleyes during the spring, fall and whenever wind and waves create favorable feeding conditions. I cover water quickly by casting a crankbait tight to the bank. This helps me locate fish, fast. Once I find ‘em, I slow things down with a jig... View This Total Solution
Match the Hatch Trolling for Early Season Walleyes When it comes to catching walleyes in the earlier part of the season (Spring and early Summer), it's important to keep in mind that the bait fish the walleyes are feeding this time of year are relatively small. They could be feeding on young-of-the-year Perch, young shad or smaller minnows.... View This Total Solution
Spooning for Shallow Water Walleyes Did you ever have one of those walleye fishing trips where you just couldn’t find the right pattern to put any fish in the boat? We all have! Well there’s one presentation that doesn’t get much attention by most anglers but has saved the day for me on more than a few occasions … Jigging Spoons for... View This Total Solution
Aggressive Pitching to River Walleyes In late winter and into early spring, river walleyes can be tough to catch simply because run-off and spring rains can muddy up the water and make it difficult for the fish to find your presentation. That, coupled with the fact that these fish are often related to very tight, specific pieces of... View This Total Solution
Pin-pointing Early Season Walleyes So what’s the best way to catch walleyes on lakes and reservoirs whne they are in that transition period between Spring and Summer? That’s a tough one … the problem being that this time of year can be a time when virtually every tactic in your arsenal will catch fish under the right... View This Total Solution
Deadsticking Winter Walleyes 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. What a lot of walleye anglers don’t realize is that for every fish that bites, there are... View This Total Solution
Quick Strike Your Way To More Winter Pike Quick Strike Your Way to More Winter Pike It is no secret; when you’re on the ice, tip-ups are the way to go to get hooked-up, time and time again, from Northern Pike. But, what isn’t well known is that the use of quick strike rigs associated with your tip-up fishing is the way to... View This Total Solution
Tip Ups and Winter Walleyes 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. Not only are tip-ups effective, they are simple to use and anyone serious about winter walleye fishing can afford to own several.If... View This Total Solution
Down-Size for Daytime Mid-Winter Walleyes From first ice to mid-winter, it happens faster than one would think on the walleye waters we love to fish throughout the ice-belt. And just as fast, those first ice days when walleyes are strapping on their feed-bags, devouring anything you put in front of their grills, are gone as well. Now, just... View This Total Solution
No Spin for Winter Success Ice Fishing; In the fishing calendar year there is no other time when fish of all species can give us that proverbial lock-jaw syndrome. Why? The scenario is twofold; the first relates to our lures always staying vertical and the second relates to a metabolic slow down in the fishes biology. And... View This Total Solution
From the Top to the Bottom for Winter-Time Pike Through the many years of pursuing Northern Pike through the ice, one aspect that stands out from the rest about their ice time habits, and one that most folks overlook, is that these toothy critters almost always can be found using the entire water column. And this is not just a seasonal approach... View This Total Solution
Stay Invisible for Winter Walleyes Vertical, it is a double-edge sword when it comes to catching through the ice walleyes. On the plus side, we are staying in direct contact with our lure and be spot on the structure we are fishing to fool our quarry. The downfall, we are now dealing with situations where walleyes can analyze our... View This Total Solution
Search the Weed Lines for First Ice Pike It is a well known fact, first ice is the right ice for us ice fishing fools. And when it comes to our predatory friends, the Northern Pike, there is no faster action then the first time you are able to step upon the frozen goodness of winter. But, just like any fishing, having pinpoint location... View This Total Solution
Jigging Fall River Walleyes The biggest factor for successfully catching late season walleyes is to know their seasonal migrations on your particular body of water. That will tell you where to find the fish, and in turn, give clues as to what the best presentation will be to catch them. In rivers for instance, walleyes begin... View This Total Solution
Live Bait Tactics for Muskies Live bait fishing is not often the first technique that pops into an angler’s head when thinking about muskie fishing. However, under certain conditions it can be the absolute best way to go, particularly in the cool water periods of early spring, late fall, or in severe cold front situations.Every... View This Total Solution
Contour Trolling Walleyes with Lead Core It’s a scenario that plays out on many walleye waters, particularly large reservoirs. Walleyes relating to a shallow break along the old river channel in the upper stretches of the reservoir. The break may go from four to eight feet, flatten out for a short distance, and then drop off into deeper... View This Total Solution
Total Solution: Surface Lures for Muskies Surface lures are an integral part of many muskie anglers’ arsenals. But surface baits really never seem to get credit for being “big fish baits,” which in reality, they are. There are also a few misconceptions regarding surface bait use that few folks realize. They are more versatile than most... View This Total Solution
Total Solutions – Late Fall River Walleyes For many outdoorsmen (and outdoorswomen), late fall is all about hunting in the woods and in the fields, but there are a few of us that choose to hunt for walleyes right to the bitterly cold onset of winter. If you live near one of the upper Midwest’s large walleye rivers, you could be right in the... View This Total Solution
Total Solution Video - Berkley Soft Baits for Tipping Muskie & Pike Lures! Pete Maina explains the effectiveness of tipping your muskie baits with Berkley Gulp and Powerbait. Berkley GULP! Jigging Grub Berkley GULP! Shaky Shad Berkley PowerBait Doubletail Grub  
Total Solutions – Targeting Big Fall River Walleyes Fall has long been known as a time for targeting Big Walleyes. One great pattern for this is to fish main channel edges in rivers that flow into big bodies of water. Big waters typically mean lots of prey and the potential to grow big fish. In the fall, many rivers experience a drop in current flow... View This Total Solution
Pike and Muskie Leaders 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. Combine a bone jarring strike with a mouth full of dagger-like teeth and it’s no wonder anglers everywhere have openings... View This Total Solution
Jig Trolling for Finicky Fall Walleyes Jig Trolling is a technique designed to cover relatively small areas efficiently and with finesse. Its best done using the bow mount electric motor to move along structure slowly, looking to target walleyes that have made their transition from the flats and are beginning to congregate near sharper... View This Total Solution
Casting for Summer Muskie 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.Muskies are territorial fish and... View This Total Solution
Jig Trolling As summer begins to wind down and the season edges toward autumn, walleye location and activity level makes a transition. Fish begin to move off the flats and begin to congregate near sharper breaks. They’re not exactly “bunched up”, but they aren’t widely scattered over a piece of structure either... View This Total Solution
Summer Muskies in the Weeds If you’re heading to a “classic” northern Wisconsin muskie lake in mid to late summer, one of the most productive locations to connect with fish is main-lake weeds. Casting lures that will run just above the weeds or occasionally make contact with the weeds is the key. Like most muskie fishing, it’... View This Total Solution
Mono A Mono for Summer Pike and Muskies When it comes to choosing a type of line, superlines get most of the attention when it comes to pike and muskie fishing, and rightfully so. For most casting applications, where heavy hooks, big, hard-fighting fish, and large lures are the rule, the tough, no-stretch properties of superlines like... View This Total Solution
Casting for Reef Walleyes On many natural lakes, walleyes can be found relating to main lake reef structures throughout most of the season, from spawn right through fall. These structures hold fish because of baitfish attracted to the cover provided by these areas. Wind blowing into the area can often make fishing even... View This Total Solution
Trolling Cranks Down Riprap Riprap, also known as rubble, shot rock, or rock armor, can be defined as rock or other materiel used to armor shorelines, streambeds, bridge abutments, pilings and other shoreline structures against scour, water or ice erosion. In short, it is often man-made and placed on erodible sites to reduce... View This Total Solution
Fireline Finesse Ice FIshing Winter walleye fishing can be fast and furious, if you choose the right technique. Too many anglers carry over their summer mentality in presentation for walleyes through the ice. The key, downsize every aspect of the jigging presentation. Go Finesse!Total Solutions TechniqueFinesse fishing through... View This Total Solution
Pitching Jigs for Walleyes Pitching Jigs is best used when fish are in shallow  water areas (8 feet or less) - referably in under 4 feet. Boat positioning is critical as you do not want to make long casts. Instead, make short precise "pitches". Small (1/8 ounce or less) jigs are important because they allow the... View This Total Solution
In Hot Water If sitting on a frozen lake during the dead of winter isn’t your idea of fun, take the boat out of the shed and head to the closest hot-water discharge in search of big walleyes.A hot-water discharge is created from a power plant that produces hydroelectricity. Friction from the production of... View This Total Solution
TOUCH and GO MUSKIES  As if muskies aren’t difficult to catch anyway, add a massive cold front or an extreme heat wave into the mix and they can become nearly impossible to move. Short of bouncing a bait off the end of their nose, what options do you have? Does a finesse approach actually work for these picky... View This Total Solution
Pitching Jigs and GULP! on Fall Rivers With fall on its way and the water cooling down I like to head to the river, Walleyes and Saugers will be strapping on the feedbag. One of my favorite presentations is pitching a light jig and Berkley Gulp to rocky shorelines, wingdams and various other fish holding structures.Total Solutions... View This Total Solution
A Pitch for Weed Walleyes One of the things I love most about walleyes is that they are so adaptable, and therefore give you so many different ways to try and catch them. Throughout most of the summer months, one particular technique that can be deadly on a lot of lakes in the “walleye belt” is pitching the weeds for... View This Total Solution
Bottom Bouncer Rigging Bottom Bouncer Live Bait Rigging is a great tactic to use when walleyes are relating tight to deep structure and are considered to be in a neutral or negative feeding mood. The weight of bouncer you choose will depend on the depth you're marking fish at, but a typical range would be 1.5 to 2.5... View This Total Solution
Finesse Rigging for Summer Walleyes Although summer time typically marks the peak of walleye activity on most bodies of water, there are still times when the fish seem to go into a funk and just go off the bite. It may be due to a cold front, or even heavy fishing pressure. Under such conditions, the walleyes will normally move from... View This Total Solution
Casting Cranks Along Riprap Whether you are fishing natural or manmade bodies of water, riprap needs to be high on your structural hit list. In natural lakes these areas could consist of islands, reefs, gravel flats, or boulders, and in manmade lakes, jetties, boat ramps, old roadbeds, long straight shorelines, or even the... View This Total Solution
Jigging Up Post Cold Front Early Season Pike Pike in backwaters and bays are the classic early season story to many pike anglers. But cold fronts, high skies and post-frontal conditions can drive pike out of the shallows to nearby deeper structure. When early season pike bail out of the shallows, jigs are a versatile presentation option for... View This Total Solution
Vertical Jigging Winter Walleyes and Saugers in Rivers Even with a steady growth in the popularity of ice fishing over the past few years there is still a fair contingent of walleye anglers that really don’t embrace the whole concept of their winter “Honey Hole” being a portal cut through the frozen surface of the water. One might think that if you... View This Total Solution
Late Fall & Winter is the Time for 10 Pounders Author: Mark GwizdalaLate fall and winter offer the best chance at a 10-pound walleye – or several of them – in Michigan’s Saginaw River and Saginaw Bay. This is open water fishing at its finest. Giant walleyes become accessible to anglers fishing from shore or from boats well into December.... View This Total Solution
Total Solution Video - Slip Bobbering Walleyes  Keith Kavajecz offers up some great advice on fishing Slip Bobbers in wood for walleyes.Berkley Trilene 100% FluorocarbonBerkley-Fireline  
Slip-Bobbering the Wood Everyone knows that using slip bobbers is a deadly technique for walleyes. It is also widely known that walleyes use wood for cover much like other species. It is very common to used a weedless style jig to work in and around the timber, but many people don’t realize that the simple slip bobber can... View This Total Solution
Vertical Jigging Walleyes Vertical jigging is a top tactic for fishing river walleyes virtually year-round. It allows you to present your bait tight to bottom as you methodically cover fish-holding areas such as eddies and current seams, as well as structural elements including channel edges and the perimeters of dune-like... View This Total Solution


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