As the fishing season progresses, the fish change their behavior and living areas, in order to find the ideal water temperature for their survival. At that point, to thwart it and increase our chances of success, you have to change your fishing technique.
I experienced this recently while fishing with a group. There were a few holds, but not the desired size. As we were fishing for speckled trout and it was very hot, I decided to try my hand at the center of the lake, where there is a large pool. I change my spinning rod for my fly rod, with a sinking line. At the end of the leader, I place a red-tailed Muddler Minnow with a white wing. A little higher, I place a second Muddler Minnow, this time with a black tail. I place a small piece of earthworm on each of the flies, a gesture that fly fishing purists will denounce. But in fishing, the goal is to catch fish. I have always considered that you have to give the fish what it wants in order to attract it.
As soon as I start fishing this way, trout quickly jump on my bait. During the next hour, I catch specimens of half, three quarters and even more than a pound. However, this lake was famous for giving only small trout. Upon our return to the reception station, the manager mentioned that we had the best fishing of the day among the fifty or so fishermen present that day. The next day, the same scenario is repeated on another lake. On the way back, the manager asks me to give him my stuff.
A QUESTION OF LOGIC
Finally, after reflection and considering the conditions, I made the right decision. It’s not rocket science, but a matter of logic.
“It’s true that you have to make the right choice of lures and fishing tools to use depending on the time of the season,” explains professional guide Bruno Morency. Early in the season, anglers have a lot of results fishing from the surface because that’s where the fish find their preferred water temperature. They look for warmer water, oxygen and food in specific places like water inlets. It is therefore easier to fish without having to use techniques to go deeper. »
For trout, its ideal temperature is between 54 and 57 degrees, while for walleye, which is not a cold water fish as many amateurs think, it is present in temperatures over 60 degrees.
“It is found at temperatures of 67 degrees. That means it can be caught in very shallow water, 5 to 8 feet, Morency explained. He must be found in his hunting posts. »
The specialist abounds in the same direction as that which I stated above, namely that one should not be afraid to improvise to get the fish where it is.
“On this subject, I would tell you that many people believe that the bottom walker is only useful for walleye fishing. However, you can’t find a better way to present an inviting bait to a speckled trout, at the bottom of a pit, where the water temperature suits it best. Just put a good rig on the back with our favorite spoon and a fluo carbon leader of at least 36 inches and a nice earthworm. The fish will not be able to resist. »
So, go with your current intuition. This is often the key to success.
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