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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Crappies are hot!

The crappie bite is on, and the bluegills won't be far behind.

Call me or stop by the shop.


Tuesday, April 17, 2007

White Bass!

The dogwoods are a little behind, but the recent run of stable weather has brought that annual spring bounty that is the white bass run.

Fish are being caught between the Jefferson Dam and the river mouth, although it seems like they might be running a bit small yet from the reports I've been getting. They'll move through an area in schools so action can be fast and furious when you are on them.

Look for little shelves along the river channel that white bass can push bait up onto, they like to school up and pin baitfish in for the feeding frenzy. Spinners, twister tails and jig and minnow combos are usually the best bet.

If you're going to run a river rig setup, here's a sneaky tip. Run your leader out a ways as if it were a worm harness, but use a smaller gold willowleaf blade put it just above the hook, with maybe four beads between the hook and the blade. Willowleafs have more flash, and it drives the whitebass crazy.

Drop me a line if you need some tips. I'll be out this weekend and a couple days next week.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

It's back on!

The weather has passed through and the bite appears to be coming around. It is still a bit cool outside, but the later afternoons will give up some fish.

I worked at the shop earlier today and there were several groups headed out. Favorable reports were in from Okauchee (shallow bays), Nagawicka (Channels) and Labelle (Channels).

Waxies, fatheads or rosies on a small red or gold hook seem to be outperforming plastics right now.

If you need some tips, call the shop or drop me a line.