Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Resevior Mobility

Once the ice starts to form and become safe, we all have that same thought as ice 
anglers. “Remember when we did really well over in that bay?” Or something like that. I know 
I’ve been guilty of it. Time and time again we have this one track mind thought that we can go 
back to those same spots and have the same success. Sometimes it’s possible, but on 
reservoirs with moving water there can be multiple variables that can make a day on the water a 
little more tough. 

I always like to use the spot I used last year as a starting point. Lets face it, if it produced once it has to produce again, right? I’ve found out more times than not that spot has changed, or there isn’t the same quality as the last time I was there. There is always a reason, whether it be current, food, weather, or even pressure to name a few. The prior year spot makes a great starting point for creating a pattern. 

This last week I ventured out to a big reservoir in northern Wisconsin chasing crappies and bluegills. We started out in a small bay that we had history with in the past for holding good size and numbers of pan fish. It didn’t take us long to realize using our electronics and drilling a ton of holes that there weren’t fish in this area. It was then time to bring out the GPS and start our search for fish. 

For some reason I’ve found that they don’t go very far. After a couple hundred yard hike we found a funnel area from the main basin that these fish might use to enter the bay. After drilling numbers of holes and using teamwork my friends and I took turns drilling, using the cameras, and pulling our gear. We eventually found out the fish haven’t yet moved into the bay and were still staging in the deeper channel edges, once we found them it was game on. 

Staying mobile and putting in a little effort helped us turn around a bad day of sitting and waiting 
for fish to show up into catching some nice fish. Knowing where and how much current is moving plays a huge role in finding fish and staying safe. Pack light and stay mobile. Never be afraid to make a move if fish are acting
negative. It can turn a slow boring day into finding the schools that are hungry. -Wayne

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