Jigging: How Much Is Too Much?

A common question I receive at seminars is: "T3, how much should I jig?" People seem to want an exact set of specific instructions here, but Mother Nature simply doesn’t operate that way. My rule of thumb is: "jig according to what the fish tell you."

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Beating Early Tough Bite Walleyes

By mid- to late-December on prime walleye ice fishing grounds, I hear some
anglers already crabby about tough bite walleyes. "The lakes just froze
over and already the walleyes aren’t biting!" It’s simple logic really: Fishing pressure has gone from nil to heavy in a
matter of weeks, and the weather has changed the entire underwater world of
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Looking Ahead To The Spring Crappie Spawn

Spawning crappies usually get rolling around the 68-degree mark. More than a specific temperature, crappies begin acting spawn-frisky when we see 60-degree water temperatures. We too often have a tendency to say, “they spawn at these temps,” and though that’s somewhat true, there’s some room for error — here’s why.

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Approaching Nervous Early-Season Crappies

Ice-out fish are very sensitive to noise whether they’re in the shallows or deeper water. We can’t go cruising over the school with our big outboard, then commence slapping the water with big presentations. Do either of those things, and they’re gone!

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Approaching Nervous Early-Season Crappies

Ice-out fish are very sensitive to noise whether they’re in the shallows or deeper water. We can’t go cruising over the school with our big outboard, then commence slapping the water with big presentations. Do either of those things, and they’re gone!

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Looking Ahead To The Spring Crappie Spawn

Spawning crappies usually get rolling around the 68-degree mark. More than a specific temperature, crappies begin acting spawn-frisky when we see 60-degree water temperatures. We too often have a tendency to say, “they spawn at these temps,” and though that’s somewhat true, there’s some room for error — here’s why.

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The Late Ice Perch Search

The perch bite activated in mid-January across the ice-fishing belt, and all
signs suggest it will be going strong well into the late ice period. When
walleye season closes, you’d better believe I invest a lot of effort into catching
yellow perch!

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