When I look for fish for clients to guide out I have to cover the pools from one end to the other. At times the fish are everywhere, on all wingdams in low water (and backwaters in high water), but not always. Sometimes there are certain areas within areas where the current flow is just right. When there isn’t much current I look for stronger current, when there is too much current I look for spots with less current.
Unlike so many others, I don’t chase fish stories. If I see a lot of boats in an area, that means those fish are getting hammered and so I keep going and look for areas with no one else around. I like spots that no one else wants to fish. Of course these days that is hard to do, but I don’t fish like most others, so I have no problem waiting until someone gets off the spot I planned to fish and it is like no one was even there because the fishing can be easy. This happens so many times, I wonder if they aren’t doing something to attract fish without catching them.
I think fish hang around areas and the fish have their own fishing patterns, they move around covering their territory looking for the next meal. They don’t just sit there like rocks waiting to be caught. So when guys can’t catch fish where they caught them before, they panic and just leave the area looking to see where everyone else is fishing. This almost seems as if the fish are smarter than most fisherman when it comes to understanding the river.
Wingdams – The best wingdams only have 2-3′ of water over them. Casting is the best way to fish them. Look for fish just behind the wingdam or even fish behind it looking for fish out of the strong current. Some of the best wingdams don’t even get fished, fisherman find them to hard to catch fish so they give up. I can go down by the pits on pool 14 and everyone fishes the sames spots and most of the wingdams around there and further south never get touched. I caught a lot of big fish down there last year and hope to make a video this year showing all the huge Walleye that everyone misses.