With the cold slowly making its way into the Metro, and the weeds dying off in my small lakes and ponds, I'm wondering if anyone's catching any bass from shore or piers lately? Cuz I'm not! Any tips? I've been throwing buzzbaits over the weeds I can see and using lipless crankbaits when deeper water is close.
I've had a hell of a time catching anything from shore. This last week even the sunfish have slowed way down.. I did get a few largemouths out of Island lake and the sunfish were in feed mode too. Some guy said he was catching lots of channel cats and a few Walleye right off the dock on fatheads. Peltier lake in Centerville is producing some northerns off the dock but the biggest fish have been dogfish. I've seen a few large dogfish caught with buzzbaits believe it or not. I thought they only ate crap off the bottom..
Yep bass and pike have not been in the shallows yet. Not seeing to many minnows along the shore and that seems to be the sign for them to be feeding next to shore for me. I have been starting to pick up some eyes from shore about 1 hour after dark though on fatheads and slipbobber rig. It should only get better as it gets colder.
You fishin rivers or lakes?? I'm gonna be up north in george washington state forest area and I'll be doing some bankfishing..Do you look for a quick drop off from shore for the walleye or what? I would love to catch an eye or two from the shore line.. You have any tips on what to look for in a good bank to fish?
Lakes, The best advice is to make sure the shore you are fishing is the one with the wind blowing into it. I use a glow jig and fatheat under a slip bobber or cast rapp's (ones that have a rattle are the best after dark). If you see minnows along the shore once it is dark fish close to shore like 1 foot of water and if casting rapp's keep your lure in the water right to shore. Good luck.
No worries guys. The bass are slowly starting to move into the shallows from their summer haunts. I recently had the BASSMASTER Weekend Series Championship on Lake Minnetonka, and the field was pretty divided between shallow and depp fishing. To catch a good two day limit a guy had to do both.
Keep in mind that tournaments in the summer on Tonka usually are won deep. Good fall fishing is coming!!!
If you've got short, stubby fingers and wear reading glasses, any relaxation you would normally derive from fly fishing is completely eliminated when you try to tie on a fly. ~ Jack Ohman, Fear of Fly Fishing, 1988