Tips on how to catch northern pike and walleye
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First and foremost all anglers must know the regulations for the area they are fishing in. Make sure to know well in advance all regulations before heading out for a day or weekend of fishing.
The second is location. Pike and Walleye can be found in very similar locations in rivers and lakes. Structure and bait fish or food are the key factors. Finding areas which have drop offs, submerged islands, weed beds, or deeper water close to shallow areas where bait fish will congregate will usually produce fish. Back waters next to current and deeper areas of slow moving water in rivers will produce fish as well. Shallow water is often over looked, but I have caught big Northern Pike and Walleye in large flat shallow areas with no structure simply because that’s where their food supply is. Don’t be afraid to move locations until fish are located. You will usually have action within 10-15 minutes or before if fish are prolific in the area you are fishing. All to often anglers will stick with a favourite spot because it has produced fish in the past.
Make sure you are prepared by having an assortment of tackle and gear. Waders, fish cradles or landing nets, several rods and reels, and a variety of tackle and terminal tackle. A great example of amazing tackle and gear can be found at www.skipperstacklebox.com Skippers tackle has put me on a lot of big Pike and Walleye. Skippers Spoons and Jigs can’t be beat. Since I started using Skippers tackle my catch has increased significantly.
Skipper easy quick swivels are a great innovation when it comes to changing out lures quickly to target the colours the fish are after. In less than two seconds you can slip the first lure off and have the next colour lure on and ready to cast.
Sometimes having the right tackle is just the first step. Speed of retrieval can play a key factor in getting fish to strike. A slow retrieval may compel an inactive fish to strike, where as a fast retrieval will not. Active fish may be more likely to strike at a fast moving lure this also gives the fish less time to asses what they are striking at before they complete the hit.
A great deal of the fun of fishing is getting out and figuring out for yourself what works and what doesn’t. There is no better feeling of accomplishment in fishing when you do.
Happy angling and tight lines!