Archive for the ‘Spinning Reels’ Category
If you are fishing for bottom feeding fish like walleye, you need a fishing reel that you can handle easily. Your reel should not spin out of control if you are dragging your line to lure fish that are feeding on the bottom. A baitcasting reel isn’t that much different from any other reel that uses a fishing lure. Your objective is to bait your hook and be confident that your bait won’t be pulled off by the bottom fish who are used to nibbling at food rather than at snapping at lures. Using a bait that can stay in one piece until the walleye decides to swallow it whole is your main objective. If your bait can be pulled off in bits and pieces, you will be trolling a long time before you catch a fish. Trolling for fish is fun if you have patience and can maneuver your fishing pole from side to side.
Fishing for largemouth bass on topwater can be exciting but tricky for the experienced angler. When fishing on topwater, check out the surroundings and vegetation near the lake. Largemouth bass are attracted to what is naturally occurring in their surroundings. So grab your Abu Garcia fishing reel and choose a lure that looks natural.
One lure that looks natural and is being used by many bass anglers is the new frog-style plastic lure. This lure looks like a frog creature and its legs make a whipping sound as it is reeled through the water. This lure also comes in different colors so the angler can match the lure to the surroundings and vegetation of the lake.
The smallmouth bass are beginning to spawn. The perfect water temperature for spawning smallmouth bass is 55 degrees. So grab your baitcasting or spinning reel and check out the temperatures at your favorite lake.
Besides having the perfect temperatures, you’ll also want the right lure and bait. Try using a curly tail that vibrates through the water or use jerkbaits in clear water lakes. A minnow also seems to work well in clear water lakes. Last but not least, try fishing near fallen trees, rock banks, shallow rock piles, piers and docks. Smallmouth bass seem to congregate around these areas.
Arcadia: April 11. Elevation below normal, water 62. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. White bass good on light colored 2-inch grubs. Channel catfish good on cut shad. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 2 ft. along rocks. Report submitted by Tim Campbell, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.
Hefner: April 12. Elevation below normal, water 58-65 and clear. Largemouth bass good on jigs and crankbaits at 2-6 ft. around shallow structure. Smallmouth bass fair on crankbaits and jigs at 2-8 ft. around shallow structure. White bass good on sassy shad and crankbaits at 2-10 ft. along rocky banks. Channel catfish good on cut bait and stinkbait at 10-20 ft. along the dam. Flathead catfish good on cut bait at 15-20 ft. along the dam. Crappie good on jigs at 4-12 ft. along the dam moving to shallow water. Walleye good on crankbaits, jerk baits, sassy shad and grubs at 2-6 ft. along the rocks at the dam late. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.
Overholser: April 10. Elevation 5 1/2 ft. below normal, water 66-68 and murky. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair to good on minnows and jigs along the west side rocks and around the docks. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver and worms. Crappie slow to fair. Report submitted by Joey Rushing, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.
Thunderbird: April 10. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water murky. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 6 ft. on structure. Saugeye good on jigs, medium-diving crankbaits and earthworms at 6-8 ft. off points. White bass good on jigs, small spinnerbaits and minnows in the river. Largemouth bass fair on plastic worms and spinnerbaits in coves with structure. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
Wes Watkins: April 11. Elevation 4 1/2 ft. below normal, water 68 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and plastic worms. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 4-6 ft. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.
Reported by Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
Kaw: April 10. Elevation below normal. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 1-3 ft. up the creeks feeding the lake. White bass good on jigs and jigs with spinnerbaits in the Arkansas River. Catfish fair on shad in the main lake and below the dam. Paddlefish slow below the dam. Report submitted by David Rempe, game warden stationed in Grant and Kay counties.
Keystone: April 11. Water 58. Blue catfish good on cut bait. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10 ft. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.
Lower Illinois: April 11. Elevation normal, water 43 and murky. White bass slow on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-3 ft. all along the river. Channel catfish good on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Crappie slow on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-3 ft. all along the river. Trout good fly-fishing the surface, on rooster tails at 1-2 ft. and on Power Bait on bottom above Gore Landing. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.
Oologah: April 10. Elevation normal, water upper 50s to lower 60s and clear on the south end and murky on the north end. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 2-6 ft. along rocky shorelines. White bass fair on jigs in the Big Creek area and on the upper Verdigris River. Blue catfish fair on juglines baited with shad at 10-15 ft. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and rogue type crankbaits at 4-8 ft. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.
Skiatook: April 12. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water low 60s and clear. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits along rocky shorelines. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on rattletraps and rooster tails along windy shorelines. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 5-15 ft. over brush piles. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.
Sooner: April 11. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush piles. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.
Spavinaw: April 12. Elevation slightly below normal, water 57 and dingy. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around the dam area. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
Tenkiller: April 10. Elevation 2 1/3 ft. below normal and steady, water clear. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and swim baits just inside of coves mid to upper end of lake. Crappie fair trolling in the upper end and fair on jigs in areas with stickups. White bass good trolling in the upper end and good on inline spinnerbaits and jigs. Report by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.
Webbers Falls: April 11. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass excellent on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and bill baits along riprap, creek channels and brush structure. Catfish good on fresh cut bait at 30 ft. Crappie good on minnows and jigs in purple and black along brush structure and bridges. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
Report by Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
On the seventh day of April my Abu Garcia fishing reel caught a bass because it was guarding its territory.
On the eighth day of April my Lew’s fishing reel caught a bass because it was trying to kill my musky jitterbug lure.
On the ninth day of April my Daiwa fishing reel caught a bass because the bass had never seen a lure.
The Shimano fishing reel company offers several spinning reel models including Baitrunner, Sonora, Spheros, and Stradic models. No matter what a fisherman’s style is he will be able to find a Shimano baitcaster reel or spinning reel to fit all his needs. If his passion is baitcasting, he will find one of the Shimano’s Reels in the Calcutta model line fitting most of his needs, including a right hand or left hand option for bait casting.
The Stradic model spinning reels are very light weight lending themselves to the enhancement of small creek or a lake fishing experience. If the fisherman desires a low profile baitcasting reel for saltwater fishing, he should try the Curado Shimano Reel. Light weight but so smooth for casting in the sea. No matter what his choice, there is nothing but good fishing days ahead for him.
According to research, these lures have several advantages. The colors of these lures are very close to the actual natural color of a real bait fish. Besides the color, fish are able to see these lures further away. So grab your Shimano and try out a UV Lure.
Whether you are a beginner or experienced angler, you need a good reel for crappie fishing. The spincast reel is a great choice for the beginning angler. The Zebco company has a line of spincast reels that are budget friendly and easy to use.
Although spincast reels are the easiest to use, most experienced anglers prefer spinning or baitcasting reels. The Daiwa company offers quality reels that will please any angler’s heart. Learning to use these reels however, takes a little extra practice. Fishing for crappie can be enjoyable experience if the angler has choosen the right reel. Happy Crappie Fishing!
To make your spinning reel last, a fisherman must know how to maintain their spinning reel. A spinning reel can take a lot of abuse but will not last if it is not properly maintained. Since spring fishing season will be here in a few weeks, why not take the time to make your reel feel like it did when it came right out of the box. Here are a few tips to make your reel cast like new again.
- Be sure to use reel lubricants recommended by manufacturer of reel and follow their directions for taking apart your reel.
- As you remove parts from the reel, have something specifically to put them in like an egg carton or paper plate with sections. Some of these parts are very tiny and hard to see if not placed on a light colored background.
- Add just enough reel lubricant to the exposed gear. If too much is added, this will cause more problems for the gear.
- If fishing in saltwater, it is best to clean your reel after every use. Cleaning your reel will protect it from the corrosive effects of salt water.
- After reel has been cleaned, store it in a dust free environment.
Follow these tips, and you’ll be ready for action. Happy Fishing!