Saturday, April 18, 2009

4-18-09 instant report

Only had a half hour to fish so I ran out to the back yard. Took 2 lures. A Savage Gear Rattle Shad and a Salmo Bullhead.
When you have limited time, only take a couple "go to" lures. Use one for 15 minutes then use the other for 15 minutes. Sometimes the lack of time to fish makes you really think about what you are doing and how to catch something fast.

Oh and here's some bonus fish from the other day.

Name that fish and win a prize.

* Editors note:
We got a comment the other day but we not able to publish it. To the reader we apologize but we have a policy here of never naming an exact lake. It's the tactics that are important ,not the lake itself. Our tactics are being used by us on 6-9 different lakes at any given time. Plus....the place that was named is incorrect anyway. We were in western Kane County in an industrial complex.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter fishing.

Ok...we get alot of emails asking exactly where we are fishing.
Um...sorry. But no good fisherman gives up his spots.
But we can tell you what to look for.

As you know we have been out there fishing and hiking for almost 2 months now and we've done pretty well. We start every year long before 99.9% of fishermen even think about going out. The weather is rarely pleasurable. Often times we are wearing 3 layers while trying to keep warm, which never really works.

So...what kinds of areas have we been catching both numbers of fish and huge bass as well?
This is what we look for:
Ditches like this. It's not a stream. It's just a man made straight line ditch. Hardly what you'd call a classic fishing spot, but fish tend to adapt to what is available, and if a "ditch" is their incoming water source...they're gonna use it!

We're also looking for these. Storm drain outlets. Think about it...the water that exits these is always warmer than the lakes they dump in to. These are PRIME areas that almost always hold at least 1 good size bass.

Ditches and drains have to lead into the lake somewhere. It's THAT area that usually has a school of bass sitting there. Of all of the huge bass you've seen us catch so far this year, it's a safe bet to say that 80% of them have come from these areas.

The payoff? In quick time you can develop a milk run of spots like these that will allow you to effectively catch a few fish in a few minutes...often times in a few casts.

Those aren't very big, but even on a cold day with east winds and mile high skies, you can hit spots like these on just about any subdivision, factory or roadside lake and knock around a few fish in short order.
And ofcourse, we're still throwing Rattle Traps and Rattle Shads. Burn em' in, baby! Burn em thru the ditches , culverts, drains and channel mouths for some quality smallmouth and largemouth. It may not be the prettiest scenery in the outdoor world.....but ya can't complain about the results.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Picture of the week.

Taken a few days ago by Gene Oleynik

It's basically ice-out again.

Winter came back.
So..put the rattle traps back on.
There, how simple was that for a report?