Walleye in the steppe lakes
In many high-steppe lakes almost devoid of changes in the bottom relief, walleye find the easiest way with the help of sonar or trolling speed. Due to the opaque water in these reservoirs to catch the predator can throughout the day. Look for large schools of feeding fish, and walleye will always be there.
In this case, a more accurate method of supplying natural and artificial baits using various snap options. In areas with a depth of less than 4.5 meters can be caught on wobblers Hoot’s Tot. When reeling accelerations of this lure – an effective tool to catch a few perch in muddy water with visibility of 1-2 meters.
Lures on walleye. The mouths of the rivers flowing into the big lake have always been and remain one of the most interesting places for fishing. Our American colleagues have successfully caught in such areas large walleye. Americans long before their Russian colleagues on hobby mastered catching on wobblers and constantly improve it.
So many methods of catching and observing the movements and behavior of the walleye, which share with us the author, it is possible to adopt for fishing in Russian waters. The success of the buzz fishing cannot always be judged by the size of the trophy. Some of the ponds you my whole life trying to catch 4-5 pound walleye and never reach their goals.
Such instances there simply cannot be, or they are so rare that their chances of catching the same amount as a prize “jackpot”. Maybe it will happen, but it is very risky bet. Just a couple of hundred miles of the road – and in front of us opened a place where beautiful trophy perches are found, which you will not find in many inland waters, absolutely incomparable with the Great Lakes.
Herds of huge predators migrate seasonally to the mouths of the rivers flowing into the lake, following moving in the water feeding the fish or obeying an irresistible instinct of reproduction. In a good night and a good location spinning casts can bring several 4-5-kilogram pike, while others, lucky enough, on one of the entries wobblers will experience an attack of this trophy walleye.
Food Night “monsters.” Herring, smelt, eleven (one of the smaller fish Clupeiformes) – the fat feed pike can find at the mouths of rivers flowing into the lake. The water here is crystal clear, and so it is very dark on the bottom to the surface. Clouds forage fishes: smelt, herring and elevayfa, waving at the dam, boat piers, piles and piers wall – light night prey for a large predator.
Some of these fish spawn in the spring, the other – in the fall. Some, such as smelt, hold most of the season in the deep water. Others, such as perch and herring, are easily reachable for walleye during the whole year. Herring, in particular in the food chain plays a particularly important role as an edible size reaches the end of summer or early autumn. Imitating such a large walleye prey, large bait when fishing becomes predominant at the crossroads of pike and their victims – in the mouths of rivers, fine feed and fishing zones.
Lures on walleye
When the pack of walleye lakes invade the mouths of the rivers, to enjoy an evening menu, it is easy to determine what kind of place they usually adhere to. It is more difficult to answer the following questions: when exactly they arrive, when fed, what time are in this area and for how long?
Zone A. The entrance to the boat dock. Feeding the fish accumulates at the pier. Larger individuals usually cost closer to open water. Pike perch held at the boulders and rocks on the point just opposite the pier. By concentrating on the open water and stones at the periphery, they occasionally make forays to the pier. Catch need trolling, up or downstream.
Zone B. Covered with mud bottom with a recess along the stones, piled up to strengthen the wall of the pier. Worth checking out, but this place is rarely used for large predators ambush. Zone S. Main pit. The flow washes are a deep hole with a hard bottom. Start catching after dark and check in for the night. It is the closest point to fish from shore. Did anyone try to catch here and trolling?
Zone D. rocky point formed when stones and plates piled to protect the pier from the waves. At the bottom of the pit, below this point, there are sand and silt and sludge passes the border and rock scree. Pike perch spinning or hang near the wall of stones, waiting for “lunch”, slips out of the cracks between the stones. They also hang in the water halfway between the bottom and the surface of the river adjacent to flocks of herring or smelt.
Zone E. essentially the same point, that & D, only smaller and less diverse on bottom topography. Often after dark the first active perches shown here, since the point is located in close proximity to deep water.
Zone F. The middle part of the river with the formed at the bottom of a pile of stones. Zone outer contour of mouth of the river area are often radically changed in one week. Good wind can push the barrier and to the north and to the south or even destroy it. Pike perch raised on the sand table in the evening throughout the summer. They begin to move here before sunset in early spring or late autumn. Here are caught trolling, going from the end of the pier among the seaweed islands to a depth of 4.5 m. Then the fishing line is wound, coming back again and trolling.
Zone N. perfect place for trolling before sunset. Saddle between the hill and the sandy barrier has a solid bottom. It is best to use lures such as Shad Rap or Lindy Shadling. During the summer, pike out to the Mount at dusk and in the early hours of darkness. Then it is necessary to include in the business floating wobblers, for example, F-18 Rapala.
Zone I. The inner bend in the bottom topography, leading to the northern pier. There are beginning to catch a spinning at dusk or go trolling this side of the river after leaving or entering it.
Where and when to catch
During the day, lovers, fish estuaries, caught mostly small perches – from a kilogram and a half, and this situation with small deviations observed in many areas of the Great Lakes. This day many visitors to the big water, moving to the river downstream after the end of the night in search of food.
Trophy perches trapped in deep water during the day, but it can take a lot of miles to feed the mouths of the rivers at night. Peak gossip fishing in the estuaries, the rivers flowing into the lake to the period of cold water – spring or fall. In the spring perch moves into rivers to spawn, or those in search of forage fish that spawn here.
Throw in the pit in front of the coast
Good position for casting: upstream of the pit and 45 ° downstream. We must give freely split wobblers into the pit, before you start wiring. The course will provide the necessary lifting even large sinking wobblers. When the bait will be in the pit, let it hang almost to the slow posting. Try to keep the lure deeper him and forcing to dance in front of the fish.
Move yourself downstream step by step. Take two short throw, then two long, then step on the beach. If the lure is knocking on the stones, lift it immediately, but not much. Bend your wrist and mastic is a little faster. In this reeling the lure does not get caught and do not jerk away from the fish.
Autumn predator follows the feed fish in the river, when the temperature is comfortable and there will be more opportunity to get a late moving to shore whitefish. In addition, from April through December in such places is quite a lot of large pike, but too warm water, long days and short nights reduce predator activity in the shallow water.
Spring fishing usually begins at dusk, the peak activity of this fish accounted for the night. In summer, the best bite starts around midnight and continues a couple of hours, and then perches timid return to the lake. Autumn carnivore bite well in the first few hours after sunset. Grounded hooks fish usually has a strong resistance.
In autumn catches they prevail in instances of 3.5 kg or more. For large fish need the right bait? The large-sized imitation fry (Minnow) to throw you, the more successful catching washes. The standard 12-centimeter bait seems a logical choice, but it is no good when you experience severe blows to the fish size of 75 cm or more.
The best choice may be a huge, 15 and 18-centimeter baits (and even larger if you can find them), by the way, they are easier to throw a headwind. Thus, the standard set can be: Storm Thunder Stick, Smithwick Super Rogue, Bomber B15A Long A, Reef Runner Ripstick or Deep Runner, Bill Lewis Rat-L-Trap (wobblers with rattle and without blades), and Rapala Husky Jerk № 12, Shad Rap № 9 and CD-11 CountDown (sinking) certainly add some reinforced crank baits 18 cm long and weighing 60 grams, such as CIO Red Fin, Rebel F40S or Bomber V17A.
Restrict the range of mainly floating, some deep diving and a pair of sinking or neutrally buoyant models. Color baits – a question of an individual approach, although there are strong arguments in favor of imitation silver fish with dark backs for contrast and a better definition of goals during a night predator attack.
The behavior of the bait is important, and all of these lures demonstrate various styles of play, from subtle to aggressive. Some of them are noisy, others are not. Experiment and let walleye himself to show his night cravings!
The mouth of the river with a natural coastline
On small streams perch behaves roughly the same rules of movement at certain times, but here it is more fearful. Here the need for trolling motor and the bait will have to let go on the boat. In most cases, more efficient fishing, going into the water, because it has to cover the whole river has thrown from shore to shore.
Zone A. On the outside of the coastal bend the roots of a tree, outstanding in the water across the current, on both sides of itself create a mark in the stream. The bottom of the pit, located behind the back, consists of sand and gravel. Feeding the fish is held between the back and behind them. Pike perch stuck in open water, or standing at the bottom, at the bottom end of a gravel screed.
Trolling may seem the only way to catch on this site. But if the bushes on the banks are not particularly thick, it can be a place for fishing on a point on the same side. Kneel (to your dark figure fish are not frightened off) and try to throw a spinner to the opposite side of the stream.
On the position to make the wiring that intersects the head part of the reservoir, gently drop your upstream and let the spoon-bait pop-up across the pond. Raise the rod tip and the line; correct the course of the bait, if it touches the bottom. Use the 15-gram spoon with a highly contrasting color, such as black and silver. Walk gently down the stream after every few casts – half a meter at a time.
Zone B. The last hole at the outlet into the lake. Feeding the fish is here on the course. Catch on sinking lures (Rapala CD-11) on both sides of the river.
Zone C. Large sand barrier at the mouth – a deadly point. Pike perch slide along it after dark, making forays into the shallows in search of food. Fished shallow barrier and large floating wobblers (Rapala F-18).
Zone D. The old sunken piles, feed the fish attracting like a magnet. Wherever there was a fish fry in the area of the mouth of the river, perches will always be there. Piles – only a secondary element in the sand, it is difficult to determinate point. After fishing on the point gently walk on water closer to the piles and make a few casts on both sides of them.
Catch the need to lure a neutrally buoyant or sinking. If the current is too strong to throw the bait out of the pile and allowed to pop-up a little wobblers away from them. In this case, the best choice may be a big Shad Rap. When he deepens in piles, start wiring.
Zone E. A large portion of the bottom covered with algae with external and internal borders, situated along the bend of the lake circuit. Trolling on floating baits can be fished external border of seaweed, and spinning to make casts to the internal border, using large floating wobblers.
Zone F. Large steep slope to the inner bend. Pike perch are here at dusk. Trolling intercepts them, spend more Shad Rap parallel to the shore. Start with a depth of 7.5 m and work, gradually approaching the algae until last twilight. Omit this area in spring and autumn.
The approach from the shore
The main walleye habitats, either directly in the mouth of the river, or in the first quarter of a mile of the river upstream. For coastal fishing used space on the edges or corners of the piers, walking trails along the coast or stone mounds, quay walls, bridges, and other public buildings or fences forming a change in the flow, which is concentrated and where the fish feed definitely comes perch.
Cast downstream at an angle of 45 ° and allow the flow to demolish the bait down to the river. In shallow rivers to avoid the snags of driftwood floating crank baits help on deep – more productive will be sinking or diving lures, quickly reaching the depth and sometimes even on the bottom and stones. But the fact is that the bait hitting bottom is not always useful for night fishing.
Flocks forage fish often hang along the current border breaks or quiet “pockets” at the various obstacles and just perch here and rises from the bottom to catch the lure. Pike himself may hang and bite in the water, not wanting to stay on course and deal with it.
When the bait directly downstream start slow, fairly evenly reeling, occasionally broken by rolling and undulating feed bait forward followed by a pause, during which the lure vibrates under the influence of the flow. It is often tempting bait for the next predator to bite. Lures swim, dive or neutral buoyancy reaches a depth at which calculated.
Experiments have selected are the ones that go to the desired depth, attracting the attention of the predator, and without hooks. If you choose sinking bait, immerse the wobbler method account before posting, until you determine the most productive combination of time and postings penetration depth. Sinking models are often most effective at catching a considerable flow.
To catch all but the largest of lures are suitable spinning rod class moderate length 2.1-2.25 m, which together with the line from the breaking load of 3.5 to 4.5 kg ensure an effective combination of sufficiently long casting, good control bait and pull ashore a big fish. For the casting of larger lures weighing 40 to 60 grams will need long and heavy spinning tackle and the multiplier reel when fishing with more additional load on the snap.
With a floating boat
When dusk perches move into the river, promising to catch are the border crossings or sea floor, where the sludge meets the sand, sand with gravel or gravel with larger stones. Fish moves, following the bottom ditches, sand drifts and shoals holding cusps and points where the flow is weakened. Since trolling at the mouth of the river, choose the type of Minnow lures, diving to the desired depth.
Excessive length of fishing line is not required: perches may go the same way as the boat, and at the same time, they are not particularly afraid of the night noise of the engine. It is acceptable to 15 m astern of line and movement on a small outboard motor. Trolling upstream takes longer and is mainly produced at a speed of 1.5-2.5 km / h. When moving back downstream, increase the speed, trying to get ahead a little bit and get over wobblers fluctuate.
Trolling swim against the current usually bring more fish because the bait is delayed before the predator longer. Although fish and stand head and shoulders against the current, bait, driven downstream, passes by too quickly walleye. After fishing on the pit and neighboring areas up and down the river crosses the river and fished the opposite shore or space at the wall of the pier on the way downstream.
Floating down the river at times can bring a lot of fish. Always change the course of the bait after three or four swim, holding it above or below. The first swim through the hole stays close to the shore or to the wall of the pier. In the second swim longer release the fishing line to the deeper wiring.
During the summer, spend the bait slowly to flow, at a speed of 2.5 km / h with short accelerations of up to 3.5 km / h. Reduce speed to 1.8 km / h in spring and autumn. Pass down the river at a rate slightly greater than the flow rate sufficient to retain the bait at the operational depth.