They will school up on a bait. On Lake Erie or in deeper sections of Lake Ontario they will be more bait related than structure related. However, at specific times of the year like spring when they’ve just spawned or are about to spawn, or in the fall when the bait comes in shallow to back eddies and rivers, then they relate to rock shoals and inside edges. In current situations especially, JP says that’s when they’re easier to target because as the water gets colder, they don’t want to expend a lot of energy to fight the current, so the back eddies will congregate the walleye really well. JP will also talk drifting or trolling for walleye in open water and why having good electronics will be key to your success.
For bass, JP says he’s been cranking a lot for large mouths and using a new bait called the Chubble. This is like a traditional square bill lip crankbait, but with a longer shad shaped body, which is something unique. In the northern part of the country, water temperatures are still pretty cool. JP says he’s been catching fish in 49-52 degree water on this crankbait down 4-6 feet and the largemouth are relating to those primary points where they will want to go back and spawn eventually, but he’s catching them on the way in. The good thing about square bill crankbaits, JP says, is that they are made for contact. Because of the sharp edges on the bill, instead of being rounded like on a traditional crankbait, when the corners strike structure like trees or rocks, it rolls the bait up and away in the opposite direction from the structure. This gets the hooks up and away and allows you to bring a square bill through some of the nastiest cover you couldn’t get a traditional crankbait through.
Tune in as JP DeRose offers timely walleye and bass fishing tips and also talks water temperature and the role it should play in your strategy.
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Bait the hook y’all,