Catch the Hungry Fish

August 10, 2015 by  

It may sound obvious, but when we go fishing, we want to catch a fish. Lots of fish are even better. Yes, it’s fun to be on the water and watching ducks and deer and eagles and spending time with family and friends, but we don’t need to buy a bunch of fishing equipment and travel sometimes quite a distance to do those things. We’re out there to feel something pull on the end of our line. While we’re probably not going to always catch lots of fish, there are some things that anglers can do to increase their odds of getting bit. Finding the biters is a big part of catching fish.

If you want to catch more fish, fish where the ones that want to bite live.

If you want to catch more fish, fish where the ones that want to bite live.

It’s understood that to consistently catch fish, first you’ve got to find the fish. However, at times just finding the fish isn’t enough. You’ve got to find the fish that are willing to eat your bait. You might have a bunch of walleyes hovering off the edge of a deep water structure, and just a few walleyes on the top of that same structure. While it’s tempting to work the big school of fish that are on the edge, it might be more productive to work the smaller group that’s on top of the structure. Here’s why.

You can sometimes determine the activity level of a fish by where it is. Walleyes that are shallow or on top of a structure are often looking for something to eat.

Walleyes that are relating to structure but that have pulled off the structure are fish that have probably just fed and are now just hanging around. They probably won’t be real willing to eat. When they do get ready to eat, they’ll swim back to the structure and find a meal.

There are always exceptions. In some bodies of water, and we’re learning there are lots of bodies of water like this, the walleyes spend much of their summer suspended near baitfish. When they get hungry, they move into that school of baitfish and eat until they’re not hungry anymore.

More and more I realize how important it is to fish for the fish that want to get caught. This is what happened on a recent fishing trip.

We were on a good walleye lake and fishing in water that was from seventeen to twenty feet deep. We could see lots of fish that we suspected were walleyes on our sonar, and there were lots of baitfish in the area. We were getting bit every now and then.

The wind came up and was blowing into the shoreline close to where we were fishing. We had tried that shoreline earlier, and had seen a few fish on the sonar, but they wouldn’t eat. We decided to try the area again to see if the wind made the fish want to eat. It did, big time! We still didn’t see a lot of fish on the sonar, but almost every fish that we did see we caught. We were fishing fewer fish, but we were having better action.

When you go fishing, keep in mind that sometimes you’re better off fishing areas that hold fewer fish if those fish are willing to bite. If you can find an area that’s holding a few biters, you’re going to have a good time. And, if you can find an area that’s holding lots of fish that are willing to bite, you’ll have a great time.

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