You just never know sometimes when the fish are going to be biting. There have been several times where it seemed as if I couldn’t do anything wrong when I could swear I used every lure in my possession.
Tournament anglers call it pre-fishing. It’s basically practice before the tournament is about to be held. There are several different approaches to pre-fishing.
Some will fish without a hook in their baits, and others will try and catch a few in order to see the size of the fish. Either way, your chances that the fish are going to be in the exact same location and bite the exact same baits are slim to none.
A lot of times pre-fishing can seem like a waste of time, and other times it can make all the difference.
An example of this was a few years back when I was pre-fishing for a tournament and had a monster bass follow my bait right up to the boat. I went back to that exact location the very next day and caught a 7-pound bass that I could swear was the same fish I saw the day before.
If I’ve learned anything over the years it’s that each day on the water is different than the other. Some of my most successful days have come when least expected.
Yesterday may have been great, but tomorrow could be better!
Anglers catching largemouth bass are targeting deep holes that are void of current with jigs and other small plastics. Striper fishing is OK. Currently, there is a rattle trap bite in and around the Big Break area.
Because of this, a lot of boaters have chosen to drift live minnows under a bobber in the backs of coves in order to target the bigger trout. Angels Cove and Glory Hole Cove have been the hot areas recently for trout.
Bass fishing remains consistent as the bass have moved deeper. The bigger bass are being caught by swimbaits as they are definitely following the trout up shallow. For numbers try targeting points and backs of creeks with soft plastics and jigs.
The salmon bite is expected to improve as we get closer to February. Bass fishing has slowed right now as anglers are struggling to find a consistent bite anywhere on the lake. There have been a few anglers that have been able to catch fish on spoons while searching for schooling fish.
The south shore pond has been really good to anglers. On the lake, the trout bite continues to be great, especially for those fishing around either launch ramp or around the bridge.
For anglers trolling, any shad imitating lure is a good choice. Most fish are being caught while trolling from the surface down to 25 feet.
Bass fishing remains fair with anglers catching fish while working small plastic baits along the bottom.
If you’re planning on not using your boat for a while it’s always better to top off the gas tanks before storing, than to let it sit empty.
An empty tank allows for a lot of condensation to build up resulting in water mixing with your fuel. This can be a very costly mistake if not treated properly.
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