Switch Species For More FishBy Bob Jensen - October 17, 2019
When I lived in the Walker Minnesota area in the early 80's, I worked at Camp Fish, a fishing school for youth and adults. Many of the guests at Camp Fish wanted to catch walleyes, but in reality they just wanted to catch something. We would start out after walleyes, and often we caught them pretty good. But on some days when the walleyes weren't cooperating as well as we wanted, we would suggest a change to largemouth bass. Usually the anglers would go along with that idea, and usually, actually almost always, we were able to catch a bunch of bass. There are times when some species of fish are more willing to bite than others. If the specie you're after doesn't want to get caught, go after another specie.
White bass provided lots of action one day in South Dakota as well. We were throwing large bucktails in search of northern pike. We were fishing near a culvert between 2 lakes, and the current was strong. As we cast our bucktails for pike, we kept feeling something swipe at them, but miss. We wanted to figure out what they were: Maybe they were small pike, but maybe they were walleyes. We switched to lighter action rods and smaller baits. They were neither pike nor walleyes: They were giant white bass, the big ones with blue tails, and they were willing biters. They were huge and on medium action spinning rods they were great fun to catch.
It's good to have a plan when you go fishing, but across the Midwest and probably most other places, if you just want to get bit tie on a jig and tip it with an Ocho Worm. Cast it to the deep weedline, a wing dam or rock-pile, or anywhere else that looks fishy. You're probably going to get bit. You might catch a largemouth or smallmouth, maybe a walleye or northern pike, a crappie or a perch, or maybe even a white bass. The thing is, you're increasing your odds for catching a fish, and that means you're increasing your chance of having a good time, and that's why we go fishing.