I absolutely love early ice! It’s amazing how shallow fish can be this time of year. I generally will start very shallow for most species. I seek out shallow weed flats or bays that have lots of standing vegetation.
The calendar says it’s fall, but with water temperatures in the mid- to upper-60s, walleyes and other species are still in late-summer patterns. On most lakes, the vegetation is still green. During this transition period, reactionary presentations shine.
More bugs are hatching – numerous species, too. So how’s that impacting the bite? Catching a lot of fish on bobbers.
It’s post-spawn for smallmouths, and that mean’s top-water action.
Tapping into the classic June walleye bite. Bug hatches having an impact.
Catching smallmouth bass and walleyes – and some big ones.
Many of our large lakes are exploding with nymphs, such as mayflies, fish flies, etc. This occurs along transition lines, at the base of drop-offs, and in depressions or holes on the top of flats.
If you land on them, your electronics will light up like a Christmas tree.