Fishing the Multi-Species OptionBy Jerry Carlson - July 6, 2020
Not every lake is a good multi-species option. My number one requirement for a quality multi-species lake is one with a distinct deep weedline.
When it comes to targeting multi-species on the deep weedline, there are several choices. A basic option is to use live bait.
Back in the days when I did a lot of guiding, one of my favorite techniques was to troll small sucker minnows on floating jigheads just outside the deep weedline. Sucker minnows, especially small ones, are a delicacy for predator fish. Everything wants to eat them.
I always used a bit heavier mono leader on my floating jighead snells to offset the sharp teeth of northern. It wasn't 100% effective but it did help combat the cutting edge of their teeth without deterring to many of the other species we wanted to catch.
Another option for deep weedline fishing is slow death. In order to give it more of a multi-species appeal, I like to add the tail of a plastic worm to the hook instead of a plain crawler. The plastic is durable and will attract bites just as it is.
In order to increase the appeal of the spinning plastic, I will often add some form of live bait. A chunk of crawler, a leech or even a small minnow will make this simple but effective presentation more tantalizing.
When going with something totally artificial, I always have the jigworm as my first choice. When worked along the deep weedline, the jigworm will attract the attention of many fish species. If the deep weedline is at a reasonable depth, I will even troll this combo along the edge using a subtle hopping action.
The deep weedline approach for multi-species fishing is a perfect option for late summer. With the weed growth at its peak and the annual fish migration to deep water complete, there are plenty of hungry customers lurking on this edge.
On days when a tug on the line is the most important consideration, the multi-species, deep weedline approach is the way to go.