Catch of the Day
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It was a very nice late august day to be out on Phalen Lake. It’s a small and deep lake with clear water. The clarity can change from time to time depending on the clarity of the water in the creek that flows through it, but it was clear today and the skies were just as clear. These kinds of days can be difficult days for fishing.
I started out with a 4-inch jig-worm because it is a type of finesse bait that can be effective at seducing reluctant fish into biting under tough conditions like this. I chose to use a Blue Fleck colored worm because it’s a reliable favorite of mine, but more natural colors like pumpkin seed and watermelon may have been better choices for me. Sometimes I don’t do what I’m supposed to do.
After that I decided to give a spinnerbait a try. The water was a little bit too calm to expect a spinnerbait to work well, but it has worked well for me on a lake that is connected to this lake by the creek that runs through them. I’m glad I tried the unconventional method again because the spinnerbait did work. I caught a few more bass and nearly had a nice northern pike in the boat as well.
This show turned out to be a good example of how anglers fishing in tough conditions can improve their success by trying methods that go against conventional wisdom. It’s nice to know what you should do under different types of conditions, but when that fails, we need to be prepared to break with tradition.
watch the video below to learn about thermoclines and how they affect fishing.
Lures Used: Jig-worm, spinnerbait. Water Clarity: Clear. Water Color: Green. Time of Year: Summer. Cover/Structure: Weeds, and, weed line. Type of fish caught: Bass. Topics of discussion: Thermocline.