Tips and Tricks

Lots of great info out there for finding and catching those big bass and tons of crappie at the beginning of the year.  Well here is some more!

Bass:

Pre spawn: When water temps start hitting high 40s to mid 50s bass get triggered into the feed up for spawn.  Flukes, swim baits, flat sided cranks, and medium profile swim jigs are all great choices for this time of year.  Bass are aggressively feeding up and sitting on structure near sandy bottom flats, as the temps climb closer to the mid 50s start looking for males building beds in 4-8′ of water. Once you locate the males fish a little further from shore near grass beds and structure in 10-15′ of water for those large egg heavy females.

Spawn: Throw swim baits, creature baits, and brightly colored soft plastics Slightly past the beds and work them in sticking close to the bottom.  It may take some time to get a bite, but there is the potential for some monster bass.  Make sure you release the fish quickly so it can return to the bed to do its part to keep the bass stocked in your favorite honey hole!

Post spawn: Even after sitting on the beds and not eating it will take the fish a while to get back into hunting mode.  Reaction baits like spinners, cranks, and top water baits are going to be your best bet!

Crappie:

Pre spawn: Usually occurring in mid to late February when water temps hit the lower 40s these sight feeding fish are going to be all over twitching jigs and live minnows, look for mid depth to deep brush or rock piles.  just remember sometimes you have to catch all the little ones to land those monsters!

Spawn: Much like bass, crappie love those sandy bottoms to build their beds in, however crappie are a bit more open to having a good snack on while on the bed, though they won’t travel far from the beds to do it.  Bright colored jigs and small shiny spoons will work wonders for you!

Post spawn: Crappie don’t have the same cool off period as bass and will be right back to aggressive feeding on their way to some deeper water after spawn.  small rattle traps, cranks, spoons, brightly colored jigs, and live bait are sure to land you a ton of voracious crappie.

Stands

    Hunters use stands to conceal their movements, scent, and outline from deer.  Making Stands an important tool in any hunters arsenal.  There are many key features to look at when picking the type of stand you will use.  In this article I will break down the features and help you make your choice!

 

Permanent Stands

Permanent Stands are just that. Stands set permanently on private lands overlooking a specific hunting area.

 

Advantages

Permanent stands provide comfort, protection from the weather, ease of use, and safety.

Disadvantages

Permanent stands cannot be moved, change height, or adjust for wind direction. Hunters most often only use them on private land.

Temporary Stands

   Temporary stands are another type, these attach to trees and can easily be taken down and moved.   Highly adaptable in nature these stands makes them a great asset to have when hunting public land or land that is worked when deer season is not going.

Advantages

Temporary stands also allow you to move on your property to follow new deer sign and the wind. Temporary stands are portable.  Temporary stands allow you to adjust your height.

Disadvantages

Temporary stands provide little protection from the weather.  Constant maintenance is required and it has less stability than a permanent stand. You are also unable to make the stand extremely comfortable.

Fly fishing a river

Let’s face it, fishing a river is different than fishing a lake. The reality is, in all water systems fish will act very much the same, give or take a few adaptations. Battling the constant current, eddies and slack water are all unique to river fishing and make the experience both fun and challenging for fisherman of all skill levels.