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Where To Fish

In lakes and ponds, productive areas include piers, fish cribs, fallen trees, and weedy bays. In rivers, fish below dams, in river bends or cut banks, below riffles, and around sunken trees.

When To Fish

Anytime is a good time to catch fish. Panfish will bite consistently throughout the day. Bass and Walleye will bite throughout day becoming more active in the dawn and dusk hours.

What To Use

Live baits include worms and minnows. They are effective when fished below a float. Fish producing lures include rigged grubs, spoons and spinners.

Fishing Strategies

When bobber fishing, keep your bait moving to trigger bites. Twitches and short stop and go retrieves work well.

When fishing a bobber rig adjust the length between your bobber and hook until you find the depth fish are at.

When fishing a rigged grub or small spoon, retrieve the bait at a speed where you occasionally touch the bottom, but are not dragging your bait along the bottom.

Basic Rigs and Techniques

The choice of rig and technique depends on fishing conditions.
The Clinch Knot is recommended for all rigs.

Here are some popular approaches to fishing for a variety of species.

Round Float Rig
This basic rig is excellent for presenting worms and minnows in shallow water.
  1. Tie hook onto line.
  2. Crimp on a split shot approximately 6-in from the hook.
  3. Attach float 12-in to 24-in from hook.
  4. Place bait on hook.
  5. Adjust float to depth where fish are found.
Live Bait Rig
This is an excellent method of fishing live bait, as it allows the natural action of the bait to trigger strikes.
  1. Tie hook onto line.
  2. Crimp on a splitshot approximately 6-in from hook.
  3. Place bait on hook.
Rigged Grub

To use this lure, make your cast and let it sink to the desired depth, then retrieve it steadily.

Pass hook of jighead through grub as shown.

Hooking Live Bait

Hook minnow through lips or through the back, behind the dorsal fin.

Pass hook through tip of head.

Pass hook through thorax.