Unless you’re a big fan of ice fishing, you’ve likely been cooped up all winter, waiting for the first chance to go fishing on the open water. Some anglers may wait for summer, but smart fishermen know that early spring is one of the best seasons for many fish species.
When the ice starts to melt in your area, you can take to the water and catch your fill of fish that are great for sport and the table.
Before we dive into the top freshwater species for early spring, let’s quickly review some general tips for early spring fishing. Each species is different, but these tips can help you start the season right.
If you have one month to go out for catfish, March or April is probably the best option. After ice out, catfish feed on all the stuff that died over the winter. From crayfish to minnows to dead animals that sink to the bottom, catfish eat it all, and the early spring seems to be their most active time. There is more food for them to eat, so they feed aggressively on almost anything, including your bait.
In the cold, wet, and windy season just before the spawn, walleye fishing is at its best. When the ice starts to disappear, take to the rivers and throw crankbaits and plastic lures with twister tails. Walleyes are on the move; making their way from winter holes to spawning waters, usually shallow spots and tributaries. Called the “walleye run,” this period has walleye getting their last bit of food before the energy-consuming spawn.
On lakes loaded with pike, you can often spot them basking in the early spring sun, soaking up warming rays while ice has barely melted. Catching pike in the early spring is not much different than catching them in summer, but you should use smaller spoons and spinnerbaits, and approach with more stealth, as many pike will be hanging out closer to the surface, which makes spooking them easy.
When early spring comes around and the snow starts to melt, the trout streams can get murky and muddy with runoff. The water may not look as picturesque as it does in other seasons, but it’s still a great time to catch trout. Instead of surface flies (which mimic hatched bugs) go for sinking flies that will move and dance like a worm or baitfish. Fish areas where the current is slowed by seams, eddies, and rock dams, and you should be catching trout in no time.
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Kyle Alsop and Taylor Bivins of Kansas State University are the winners of the 2016 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship, thanks to a series of consistent weights. They finished the tournament on Kentucky's Green River Lake with 36 pounds, 4 ounces.
The Kansas State team was the only one in the field of 89 teams to bring in more than 10 pounds every day.
You often hear the phrase there is nothing more important than a friend but like many other clichés of life especially at today’s pace, many of these old time sayings are said without really understanding their meaning. As I look back at the past five decades of my life spent in blue water and at my hunting career which has taken me all over the globe, I lift both hands in front of me and start counting off the friends which I could call at any time day or night for help; those who would put their life in jeopardy to save mine, or for that matter those who I can count on in the absolute worst of situations.
America (and much of the globe) seems to have an obsession with billfish, but few species are as popular as the Atlantic blue marlin. Not that there is anything wrong with black marlin, sailfish, swordfish, or striped marlin; it’s just that the blue marlin, which is the largest of the billfish group, has captured the hearts and passions of anglers for centuries.
If you want to join the ranks of anglers who’ve pulled up a blue marlin, you have your work cut out for you. But with the right techniques, you can add this world-class trophy to your list.