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Adding Fish Structure / How To catch Bass

Building fish structures for your lake , pond , or river is very possible. Honey hole trees and shrubs are made of material that will not deriorate.  These artificial teees and shrubs give your fish a place to ambush prey and give the prey a cover to hide in.

You add the honey hole trees in water that is 6 feet or deeper. You place the trees in 15 feet or less of water. This is the feeding area of your fish. Place your honey hole trees in groups of 2-3.  The honey hole tree is 6 feet tall by 7 feet wide. You assemble the tree much like you would an artificial Christmas tree. The honey hole shrub which is about half the size of the honey hole tree is designed to promote forage fish. You place the honey hole shrub in 3-4 feet of water typically near a spawning area. The honey hole shrub is 32 inches high by 6 feet wide. The shrub will enable fish to lay eggs and attract algae for feed. The shrub gives the newly hatched forage minnows a place to hide and protect themselves. Check with your state’s DNR to make sure this within your state regulations.

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Winter Bass Fishing Tips

How to caught bass in the winter.

Winter time fishing for bass. When talking winter fishing for bass we are talking about the southern part of the US. Since the northern US is iced over.  The metabolism of bass are slow calling for a slower presentation. Location for winter bass. You will find the bass where the food is. Look for bait on electronics. During the winter over 97% of the water holds no fish. You will many times find the bass grouped in schools.

Lipless crank baits like the Rapala clack n rap is a good choice for deeper fish.  Red is hot color. A Rapala xrap is a suspending jerk bait that works good in shallow water.  Jigs can also be very productive. Again fish them slow.  If you are fishing a southern lake or reservoir look  at the shore line . Try points. Looking at the shore line look for transition areas. Examples of transition areas are:  where gravel turns to sand, small rock to large rock.

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Mid Fall Bass In Reservoirs How To Catch Bass

How to catch bass during the mid fall period.

Mid fall begins when shad move up the creek arms about mid 50 F water temp . This begins some of the very best bass fishing of the fall season. Bass are following the shad which following the  phytoplankton , (their food source).  Shad are feeding heavily on the phytoplankton. Phytoplankton get their energy from sunlight. Phosphate and nitrate are the key.

Back of creeks bring in nutrients that Phytoplankton feed on. Too much nutrients cause algea blooms which is not good. Look for green tinted water signifies Phytoplankton. Which creek arm to pick. Pick the ones with current. Current causes more oxygen in the water which fish like. Techniques for mid fall. Start at the creek mouths and work the flats keying on isolated batches of cover (such as submerged timber).

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Early Fall Bass In Reservoirs

How to fish bass in the fall period in reservoirs is di divided into 3 parts ( early fall, mid fall, and late fall). I will cover early fall bass fishing tips in this post.  Summer to fall transition occurs for bass approximately mid  September  to mid October.  When water temperatures drop signals to some of the bass to start the fall migration.

The transition of bass from their summer to fall pattern does not happen at once for all bass.   In reservoirs bass will follow the shad that migrate up the creek arms. Bass will migrate in stages from the deep water , weed lines , shallow slop in the  main lake to the mouths of the creek arms , and then up the creek arms.

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Late Fall Bass In Reservoirs

How to catch bass in the late fall period.

When water temps drop to the low 50s and upper 40s signifies the start of the late fall for bass in reservoirs. The bass have come out of the creek arms in the mid fall and have staged in the deeper water at the mouths of the creek arms and other main lake structure. This is in preparation for the winter that lies ahead.

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Late Fall Crappie And Bass

Late fall crappie and bass. Here in Minnesota we have entered the late fall period. This period is the last open water fishing before ice forms on the lakes. Today is October 15. Ice on the lakes can happen anytime from the first week of November thru Thanksgiving. 

For crappie in late fall look for weeds. When the turnover of the lake happens weeds will start to slowly die. Crappie will relate to the remaining weeds.  I like to use the bobber and jig (a 1/32 green or yellow jig with a 1 inch gulp alive minnow) . Mark the edge of the weeds with a orange marker bouy.

You may have to search for visible weeds or on your depth finder.  When fishing late fall bass look for secondary weeds just outside the visible weed edge. These secondary weeds will be generally 4-5 feet underneath the surface of the water. One method is work the secondary weeds with a shallow running crank bait , running just over the top of the weeds.  A good crank bait such as the Rapala DT6 or the Rapala orginal floater are good choices.

Weeds can be hard to find in the late fall but definitely is a primary choice for both bass and crappie. During the late fall crappie will start to drop down into the deep basins. After checking the weeds. Check out my post for fall basin crappie


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Crankbait Fishing 101 , The Basics

How to catch fish with a crankbait.

The crankbait. How do fish one of the most productive baits ever? How do you determine what crankbait and color to fish during a particular day? Some use the water color to dictate the color. The clearer the water use a more natural color such as a shad or perch color, Try to match the crankbait color to the forage base of the the water you are fishing, For darker colored water use a brighter color crankbait such as a red , fire tiger,  or orange.

Choose a crankbait for the depth you are fishing.  Start by buying crankbaits for your tackle box  that run at different depths. I particularly like the Rapala DT series of crankbaits. DT stands for dive to then there is a number for depth. Start with shallow running crankbaits.  The Rapala DT6 will run down to 6 foot depth. You can still fish the DT6 in 2-3 feet of water by keeping your rod tip high and reeling slowly. You will know how fast to reel when you feel the lure ticking the bottom.

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How to catch bass

The tube jig. Lets discuss the next step and how to fish the tube jig. A very versatile jig. You can see because the entire lead head is covered by the plastic body that a fish is more likely to hold onto it as opposed to your standard jig head. Another good tip is to use a fish attractant. Squirt it up into the tube. There is also fish attractant you can rub on the plastic body. I like the gulp alive product and I have has excellent with it.

Tie the tube jig directly to the line. Use as small of lead head as you can given the conditions you are fishing. Jig sizes 1/8 to 3/4 oz. In calm conditions and water less then 10ft use a 1/8 oz jig. For deeper water you may want to go 1/2 to 1 oz if you are fishing say a rock ledge at 30 feet. For equipment a 7 foot medium action rod with a high speed baitcaster reel is preferred. Using 20 pound braided line is a tough line to beat.

You can add to the tube jig called tube jig rattles. The rattles will add more sound and is good option to have with you in your tackle box. Types of fishing conditions to use a tube jig would include almost anything the bass fisherman comes across. The first is deep conditions 10 to 50 feet which would include hard bottom rocky steep ledged, a flat sandy point bottom. vertical cliffs. Rig the the correct amount of weight for the conditions you are fishing. That is just enough weight top reach the bottom.

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One of the great lures for bass is the tube jig. It is condsidered a bread and butter method , a must have , a must use for your die hard bass fisherman.
A great lure for the beginner or novice fisherman to ad add t their how to catch bass methods. The tube jig is simple to use and versatile. The tube jig works great for any kind of bass (largemouth , spotted, and smallmouth). A tube jig comes in different lead jig heads and comes in different sizes and colored bodies. Picture a tube jig body is hollow inside and the very end of the jig is cut in streamers.

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How to catch fish. Froggin for bass. The secrets out.

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