Spring Fishing

Well here we ago, early spring, the time of year that you can either have a great day or a lot of bad days then hear about someone else catching a big fish or having a good day. Yesterday was like that. In the spring they have a hard time predicting the weather and many days it turns out a lot nicer than they predicted. I was already to go fishing bright and early and figured I better check the wind direction so I don’t waste a trip for nothing. After changing the wind direction every few hours, they last update said wind out of the SSE and that just is straight down river making it cold and hard to control the boat. So after sitting around for awhile I decided to go for a walk and drove by the river to take a look and was surprised there wasn’t much wind, it was out of the south totally blocked where I was going to go fishing. So I went home and hooked yup the boat and made it out by one pm. There was two catfish boats anchored where I like to fish so that about ruined any chance of catching fish but I did get a few anyway. The catfish were biting so good one guy was pulling in one after the other. It was warm and sunny and no wind in that area, a perfect day that was predicted to be a lot nastier, and that’s why there wasn’t more boats out, everyone got fooled by the weather man.

Since there is no moon cycle, the chances of catching big fish and finding a major feed going on are a lot less. But no mater what you think, spring is full of surprises and one can hear about someone else slaughtering the fish that day.

Another bad thing about spring is some of the fish are still deep, others move shallow and spread out. So they can be hard to find. They can move through one day and be gone the next. If one tries to chase fish stories they will likely be too late and always be trying to catch up all spring. So the best thing is to just get out there and fish and hope to get lucky. If you have a nicer day than predicted, or even a nastier day, and with a moon phase, magic can happen and chances are you could hook a big fish or get a limit of nice fish. Spring is when you want to always have a fresh knot and have the drag set right so you will be ready for the big one.

About Dave Tackett

Dave Tackett is from Sterling Illinois. An avid fisherman since childhood, he has fished all over the Midwest, mainly the Mississippi River pools 8-19. His home waters are pools 13 & 14. After fishing Bass tournaments for many years, he gave it up to fish for Walleye year round. He now guides and fishes for fun. He likes to take photos of the scenic places he visits on the river and likes to keep a video camera running to get footage for his Walleye DVDs. Photography is now where he most of his time working, using professional DSLR cameras and lens. These photos include landscape around the Mississippi River and the Rock River, river birds like eagles heron, egrets etc.
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