Better gear doesn’t guarantee more fish, but fishing with the right lures using the right presentations will dramatically improve your chances on not only catching fish, but catching trophies. Don’t rely on hearsay and old tales told from friends or your grandpa- fill your tacklebox with proven, effective lures and learn the proper presentation and you will have more success on the water. Trout can be downright picky- using the best trout lures available will help give you a chance at catching them. Check out our list of the best trout lures for 2017 and if you don’t already own them, make sure you get them before your next outing on the water!
Braided fishing line continues to grow in popularity as the most versatile and durable line to spool on your reel. Its toughness in such a thin diameter makes it an excellent option for nearly all anglers. In 2017, a couple of new lines have made their presence known on the market and have quickly become a favorite line for anglers. But what is the best braided fishing line of 2017? Continue reading to see which one’s our Editors Choice, which one is the best value, and other great options to choose from.
Last fishing season I spent the majority of my time chasing trout and salmon. I tried a few different techniques but mainly I stuck with my trolling gear using lead core line and a downrigger in tandem. I had some success but covering a lot of water in a day takes time and I did really miss getting on the banks of small ponds and lakes and flipping buzzbaits, swimbaits and the like targeting some real lunker largemouth. So this year, rather than sticking with deep water species, I’m going to buy new equipment for my bass fishing setup. If I learned anything last year, the importance of well balanced equipment was a big one. In this post I’ll show you each piece of equipment I’m buying and give you reasons why.
If you live in the northern part of the country where trout and salmon fishing are prevalent, you’re probably experiencing one of the joys of spring. Every year around this time ice shanty’s and tip ups are being packed away for the summer and anglers are wiping the dust off their summer rigs. We all prepare for the moment that signals the beginning of the summer fishing season: ice out. Yes, as the ice melts away opening our favorite lakes and ponds for fishing on the boat, so opens one of the best and most productive times to fish for trophy salmon and trout. Some anglers may assume they need to crank up their downriggers and deep diving baits, but fortunately that is not the case. I’m going to show you some techniques I’ve learned to catch really nice salmon and trout near the surface just after ice out. It’s a cost friendly, fun way to catch some beautiful fish before they dive deeper to cooler waters.
When I started fishing regularly I replaced line about every time I got a new reel. In other words, I kept line on the reel a lot longer than recommended. Why? Mostly because I didn’t know better, but partially because I assumed line took forever to break down and become a potential problem. So, do you know when to replace fishing line? Each line has different requirements, and we’ll go over each one so you have a good idea when to replace fishing line depending on what you like to use. If there’s one part of equipment maintenance you don’t want to skip out on, replacing fishing line should be at the top of the list. The last thing you want on the water is a broken off fish due to bad line. So let’s begin…
When I got my start fishing as a little boy, my earliest memories were on my parents boat trolling for salmon and trout on a big lake. For me, that was what fishing was all about. It wasn’t until I got a little older that I really learned how to hone my abilities and improve as an angler, but not on a boat. The education I got from fishing was all learned on small rivers and streams. It was there I learned how to cast with control, precision, how to present lures, and ultimately how to find spots that hold fish. From all my time I spent fishing in streams and rivers, I was able to come up with three of my absolute favorite lures to catch trout on. To me, these are the best trout lures for streams. If you don’t have these in your tackle box, be sure you get them. You’ll be extremely pleased with the results!
Using a Dipsy Diver as a means to troll without expensive equipment like a downrigger can be just as exciting and productive. Dipsy Divers can get your lures into most strike zones with ease making for a fun day of fishing. The challenge is discovering which Dipsy Diver is right for you and that is what I hope to answer with this blog post. Luhr Jensen, the makers of the Dipsy Diver, offer four different sizes each with distinctive running depths to work in just about every depth of the water column. But of the four Dipsy Diver Sizes, which size works for the type of fishing you do?
In the heat of the summer months, trophy trout and salmon prefer their water to be cooler and rich with oxygen. To get those conditions, they must swim deeper to the thermocline, the section of a water column that is between the warm water near the surface and the cold water near the bottom. Depending on the lake and time of year, the thermocline can be many feet underwater. So how do you get your lures down to those depths? You could use a Dipsy Diver, Lead Core line, or downriggers. Cannon Downriggers are one of the biggest brands in the trolling market and have a wide selection of quality downriggers. Let’s go over some of the more popular Cannon Downriggers to help you better identify a suitable choice for getting your lures down into the strike zone.
One of the most fun techniques for catching fish has to be vertical jigging. You’re not required to cast with any kind of precision. You don’t need to be an expert in manipulating the action on the lure. All you do is drop your bait over the side of the boat and let it sink to the bottom. Once there, you raise up the lure by lifting your fishing pole. Working various lifts and at different intervals will coax a fish to strike. Coupled with a good fish finder anglers describe vertical jigging like a video game. With the fun you can have jigging, here are some jigs for lake trout you must have in your tackle box!
Sixty one years ago, a gentleman named David Hayes from Leitchfield, KY took his wife and six year old son out for a morning of fishing on Dale Hollow Lake. Dale Hollow Lake is a manmade lake that borders Kentucky and Tennessee that is known for its quality smallmouth bass fishery. David happened to have a reputation locally for being one of the best smallmouth bass anglers in the area. It was no surprise that among the thousands of eager anglers to drop lines in Dale Hollow Lake every year, he would be the one to catch a world record smallmouth bass.