Angler Education

Quick Tips

  • Trolling for Spring Trout in Lakes & Reservoirs During springtime, stocked trout in lakes and reservoirs can be found fairly shallow, feeding in the upper 10 to 15 feet of the water column. An effective technique to catch spring trout is to troll with crankbaits, either longlining directly behind the boat or with planer boards. Troll with 10 to 20 feet of line out at a speed around 2 mph. Read More
  • Prespawn Cover Options for Bass Staging bass move toward the bank as spawn-time approaches. When reservoir flats have warmed into the upper 50oF range, look for bass among flooded stumps, brushpiles, and along the inside corners of points within feeder creeks. Read More
  • River Largemouths in Spring Tracking studies have verified that river largemouths make major spring migrations from wintering areas to shallow backwaters. Though miles may separate these habitat zones, fish unerringly arrive once ice has departed. Read More
  • The Deadly C-Rig Carolina-rigging has been the favored fall tactic of pro anglers for probing reservoir structure. Some call the technique 'power fishing with finesse' because you use stout tackle, but the action of the lure is subtle and tempting to fish. Use your sonar unit to find stumps, weedbeds, or other cover along creek channels or offshore islands. Read More
  • Deep Winter Smallies Smallmouths can winter deep in reservoirs, down to 50 feet or deeper. Wherever 50-foot flats exist, that's where they'll be - whether it's in a creek arm or the main reservoir. The classic approach is to find them with sonar and work them with jigging Read More
  • The Key Connection Remember that the key connection between the angler and the fish is the fishing line. Be certain to spool up often, (I will completely re-spool after a full day of "hard fishing") and for the best "connection" available, make certain that the line bears the Berkley brand. Read More
  • Master Every Technique You must try to master every technique under every weather condition to be a successful pro fisherman. Read More
  • Swimming Lures Under the Ice Swimming lures designed to represent real baitfish are great wintertime baits. They tend to work best in clear water and specific spots, particularly during the changing light periods of dawn and dusk, when walleyes commonly feed during the winter period. Read More
  • Scents Scents are a product that I firmly believe in. I will put Berkley's PowerBait on my crankbaits, hair jigs, fuzzy grub tails and a little on the line in front of the lure with my fingers. It works especially well on FireLine. You can actually still smell the scent on the FireLine hours after you have applied. Read More
  • First Concentrate on Points When fishing a strange lake, first concentrate on points. Next, look for any differences you can find on shoreline or structure. If you have lots of rocks, search out some brush, lots of logs, find a few stumps. Be sure to concentrate on any junction areas. Read More
  • Feeder Creeks in Fall Fall summons river bass to a major feast before winter sets in. Fish feel the urge to feed heavily, storing energy for the long cold period when activity is minimal. To make the most of this bite, key on ambush points in tributary creeks and backwaters, where groups of bass feed. Read More
  • Working Flash Lures for Ice Fishing Flash lures are one of the most popular jigging lures for ice fishing. Potential jigging sequences are limited only by your imagination and your interpretation of how fish are reacting. Yet, just as no secret lures exist, neither does a secret jigging sequence. Read More
  • Spring Run Steelhead Spring-run steelhead can be difficult to catch in rivers when flows run high and dirty. In high water, steelhead tend to hold longer in areas of reduced current such as the inside turn on a bend, the slow side of a long run, a shallow flat out of the main flow, or any other type of current break. Read More
  • Jigging Stream Trout Stream trout feed more selectively than many gamefish. Whatever big trout are feeding on, whether it's insect larvae or minnows, it's important to use a presentation that looks and moves like the real thing. Read More
  • Scent Impregnated Plastics I really never realized how important scent impregnated plastics were until I fished a Power Worm. The fish not only bit it better, but they won't let it go! Read More