Summer’s end is near but you can keep catching fish till the season ends. There is plenty of bass, bluegills, cats, walleyes and trout to catch if you have the right tricks. Try out these tricks and you will never go home empty-handed.
Ponds, lakes and springs where the water is moving slowly are perfect for trout catching. However, it is far from easy getting the trout to bite. The fish have plenty of choice in the bugs dropping on the water. The fish will go for easy picks on the surface rather than follow bait in the water. The best thing to do is change the pattern of your bug. Use a cripple pattern which you can see but which has a sizeable section under the water. The best cripples to use are Green Drakes, Caddis and Hendricksons. The dry is tied normally but the hackle is wrapped at 45 degrees such that tail end of the fly drags in the water even as the hackle is riding flat on the water.
Nearing the end of the summer, the heated water makes it easier for smallies to feed at night especially when the river has lots of shad and herring fry. You can get the fish to bite by leaning on bugs tied with synthetic fur, for example, Angel hair which gives the bug a wider profile. When in the water, these bugs will look like dying baitfish which is just what the bass will be watching out for.
Pickerels will be found in ponds during the summer. Stickbait is the best for getting the pickerel’s attention. The good thing is that pickerels are aggressive and will quickly investigate commotion on the pond’s surface. Picks will go for a lure that is moving steadily. Use stick-bait like the Zara puppy which is 3 inches long. Lure the pickerel to more clear water by using a 6-foot outfit riding a 6-pound mono. There is the risk of the hook pulling out of the pick’s bony mouth if the swing is hard, so take care to swing gently.
Catch landlocked stripers
Stripers will retreat to deep river holes on hot days. The bait has to ride at the bottom for this fish to bite. Cut bait into small chunks or fillets and thread them on the hook. Use a stout bait casting outfit with 20- to 40-pound mono. You will then thread a 1- to 3-ounce egg sinker onto the line and tie a big barrel swivel to the tag end. The opposite end of the swivel should have a 3-foot mono leader and have a 6/0 to 9/0 circle or octopus bait hook.