Archive for April, 2011

Catching Walleye – How to Troll

April 29, 2011 10:21 am
posted by Terry

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.

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Fishing License Laws

April 28, 2011 10:16 am
posted by Terry

Now that warmer weather is here you may be wanting to go fishing with your favorite fishing reel. You may also be wondering if you need a fishing license to catch and release the fish. The answer to this question is yes. You do need a fishing license even if you are going to release the fish. However, in some places you can use your favorite Fishing Reel without a license. One of these places is the marine district of New York. Although you do not currently need a license to fish here, there will be a no fee registry for you to sign. It is thought that this registry will be available in June 2011. If you desire, you can also get a lifetime fishing license. This would eliminate the need of getting your fishing license renewed.

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Fishing Tip – Best Time To Catch Bass

April 27, 2011 9:12 am
posted by Terry

For fishermen trying to catch bass, knowing the best time of year before getting out your baitcasting reel is crucial to increasing your odds of success. The time of year for bass fishing varies depending on where you are located geologically, but in general it is the spring and summer months. Bass are most active during these warmer months, but some skilled fishermen catch them the rest of the year.

Even though bass are known to be most active at warmer times of the year, no one knows for certain the way fish are going to behave. That is just another reason to make sure that your fishing reel, rod, and other equipment are in top shape. This is why there is no one lure in fishing that is proven to out-perform the rest, and no matter what time of year you fish, they are either biting or they aren’t.

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Tips for Ram-Feeding Bass

April 26, 2011 10:04 am
posted by Terry

Ram-feeding is when the bass moves forward quickly and overtakes its prey.  For the bass that are exhibiting this type of behavior, the angler has many choices of live baits that can be used in this situation.  However, the angler also needs to consider the type of Cayenne baitcasting fishing reel being used, the lake’s foliage, and the water temperature.

Live baits that can be used in this situation are worms, leaches, frogs and minnows.  Try to match the bait with the lakes foliage.  If the bait does not seem to be luring the bass, then try a different kind.  Last but not least, if the water temperature is below 55 degrees, try using a minnow for this type of feeding behavior.

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Three Feeding Behaviors of Bass

April 25, 2011 9:00 am
posted by Terry

Largemouth bass have three types of feeding behaviors.  These feeding behaviors can make or break an angler catching limit for the day.  So it is important for the angler to have his Citrix fishing reel and at least three different types of lures or bait that would match the bass feeding behavior of the day.

Basically there are three types of feeding behaviors.  The first of these is called ram-feeding.  Ram-feeding is when the bass moves forward quickly and overtakes its prey.  The next type of behavior is called suction.  The bass sucks in the prey along with the water around it.  The last type of behavior is known as biting.  In biting, the bass is in the chewing mood and is just waiting for the lure or bait to drop nearby its nesting area.

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Learning to Use Baitcasting Reels

April 20, 2011 1:44 pm
posted by A-Reel-Good-Time

Like many anglers, I started out using a spincast reel. The closed face spincast reel provides trouble free casting- who doesn’t want that? Still, I was curious about baitcasting reels. I figured that there must be some sort of advantage to using a baitcasting reel if so many fishermen I respect use them.

I called up a buddy who has several baitcasting reels and asked him to show me the ropes. Let me tell you, a baitcasting reel is not easy to master, at all! The effort put into learning to use a baitcasting reel is worth it. I loved being able to feel every play; you get a better sense of what is going on below the water. As a side note, you don’t have to replace your lures; I use crank baits, spinners, and top waters with my baitcast reel.

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Topwater Fishing for Largemouth Bass

April 19, 2011 11:47 am
posted by Terry

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.

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Spawning Smallmouth Bass

April 18, 2011 9:42 am
posted by Terry

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.

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Central Oklahoma Fishing Report

April 16, 2011 11:38 am
posted by Terry

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

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Northeastern Oklahoma Fishing Report Part 2

April 15, 2011 10:33 am
posted by Terry

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

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