Follow these guidelines and you'll have walleye on your plate in no time.
One of the easier fish to catch, especially in the spring time. They like to sun themselves in shallow, warmer bays in the spring. As the summer goes on they go a bit deeper as well, but you can catch them all year long by casting baits towards shore. You'll often catch northern while bass and walleye fishing. They can be a nuisance if you aren't fishing for them specifically because they can bite you're line off if you don't have a leader on. But never fish with a leader if you aren't specifically fishing for northern. These are also an excellent tasting fish, but many people throw them back because they have a set of "Y" bones that are a bit more difficult to fillet around, but if done properly, northern can rival walleye in the tasting category.
- Everything listed for bass will work for northern as well, but you'll want to choose
bigger sizes if you're fishing for them specifically.
- Big Spoons (Daredevils):
--Red and white
--Black and white
--Other colors work well also
- Johnson Spoons
- Big Jerk Baits
--6 to 9 inches in length works well
- Big Spinner Baits
--In-Line Mepps spinners of sizes #5 are big enough
- Buzz baits can also work well in the spring time as well.
These fish inhabit the colder, deeper waters and sometimes aren't as easily caught. But if fished correctly can provide quite a fight and a good dinner to boot. The trout are always willing to bite your line, but getting the baits in front of their face is often times the hardest part in fishing lake trout. During the spring when the water temperature is all the same throughout the lake, trout can be caught in depths as shallow as five feet. But that only lasts a few weeks after ice out. They look for water temperatures of about 46 or 48 degrees. So during the summer months, trout can be found in depths of anywhere between 50 and 100 feet. Trout hang out on steep structure where they can have access to the deep water. So focus on sharp drop-offs.
You'll need heavy sinkers to get down that deep, depending on the wind conditions you'll want a sinker of 1 to 2 oz. in weight.
- Sutton spoons, silver in color
- Jigging spoons
- Swedish pimples
- Dr. Spoons
- Acme Kastmasters
- Big shiners (live or dead)
- Big, heavy jigs of an ounce or more with a skirt
- Trolling with a big sinker and any one of these types of baits trailing on a 4 to 6 foot
snell is a great method.
- Often times on a calmer day, jigging with a heavy jig and shiner or a Griz Jig works
well. Make a big, exaggerated jigging motion; the trout will often hit it on the way down.
General Tackle Items
Here are some things that you'll want to have extras of in your tackle box:
- Assorted size hooks
- Split shot sinkers of different weights
- Assorted colors of ball head jigs of 1/8, 1/4 and 3/8 ounces.
- 6 to 10 lb. monofilament fishing line
- Slip bobber rigs
- Fillet knife
- Walking sinkers 1/8 - 1/2 ounce.
- Snap swivels
- 2-way swivels
- 6 or 9 inch forceps for removing swallowed hooks or treble hooks
If you have accumulated most all of these things that have been listed here, you are doing quite well and are more than equipped for your boundary waters adventure. By no means do you need all of this stuff to catch fish in the boundary waters, but all of these methods do work, so choose a few and go with them.
The most important thing with fishing is to be confident with the method and the area in which you are fishing. If you get a bad feeling that a certain technique or area you are fishing in isn't going to produce, try something new or move to a different spot. Many tips and techniques can be learned from fishing magazines and books. And you should consider reading some before you come on your trip as it will help you understand what the fish are looking for and it will give you the best possible opportunity to catch your limit and have a great time on your boundary waters adventure. The same techniques will work on most all of the different lakes. Look for similar structure from lake to lake and follow the wind, always follow the wind. With this you'll do well in any lake.