• RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE

    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  
73mrpike

anyone else getting skunked lately

Recommended Posts

i'm embarresed to say for the last 3 weeks i havent caught one fish bass or pike that is is this the summer blues they talk about its not for lack of trying. been out every weekend for 6 to 7 hours a day and 6 hours during the week. tried every thing i know i'm i just that bad of a fisherman or is fishing just slow thanks. just trying to keep my spirits up

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What kind of presentations are you using? Maybe you need to try some new lakes.

If you toss a senko or similar soft stick bait in the shallow weeds and around docks on any lake that has bass, you should be able to pick up at least a few each time out.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Fishing's gotten slow for me the last week. Still pulling fish out though, just not keepers for eyes. Didn't pike fish this week like I normally do so I don't know, but last week I pulled out a few pike and a bunch of bass.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

hi yes i did try the wacky worm thing. ive used jigs, jig and pig, texas rig, cranks, spinner baits ,live bait ive been fishing shallow, deep in the weeds tops of weeds, i have tried 2 new lakes also maybe its just me ?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Its been tough for me also, but like stated above, still getting fish in the boat. Small bass mostly, and I have heard of some pike caught this weekend. Keep trying, you'll figure it out. Different baits, different areas, and if that dont work, different lake.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It's you...... ;)jk!

I have been doing well the past few weeks. Mabe you need to try different, less preasured lakes. That or try some different presentations. Have a plan when you get to the lake. What worked last time may not work this time.

The fish should be in or moving into summer locations now. The past few days should have warmed the watter nicely. Time to shift to those presentations.

Don't give up and keep a positive attitude.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I just read that the the water temperature is still not at where its suppose to be and that to fish the way you would in early june. So that is what i would suggest

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My kids are outfishing me like 10 - 1 with a 2" white twister tail on small white jigs, fishing just above the weeds and off of the weedlines. I've been using texas rigged worms and spinnerbaits. They have caught just about every species including dogfish and walleyes. I finally couldn't take it anymore and tied one one. Try it and I think you'll be surprised!

Nels

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Buy, rent or borrow an aqua view and scope out the structure until you find fish, then fish the fish. It shortens the learning curve alot if you're fishing where the fish are.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

it is summer afterall. fishing will generally slow down. you must be havin a bit of the bad luck blues though

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I got out twice over the weekend on 2 different lakes and had decent luck. 1 nice pike and about a dozen bass in 3 hrs or so.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I agree with backlash the Camera was my best investment I've made in a long time your not wasting your time on arcs that are suckers and carp but your seeing bass, walleyes and sunnies.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey Nels, how was your trip to Voyageur's?

It was awesome as always. Got rained on a little on Friday and it was really windy on Saturday but those were the only negatives. Had a great camp sight and the smallmouth fishing was pretty good. (mostly on topwaters)

We ended up going in on Crane and camping on Rainbow island on the east side of Namakan.

How was your trip?

Nels

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I had a bad stretch about five years ago -- real bad -- couldn't buy a fish. Turned out I had a fuel leak that made its way into my bait bucket.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That hurts man. I don't want to say it's you but I don't buy into the whole dog days of summer that lots of people use as a scapegoat. 10% of the fishermen catch 90% of the fish. I feel that it is more like 3% to 97% actually. If you're doing that poorly make some drastic changes. Change size, color, retrieve, lake, underwear....whatever you are doing pull a 180. Sunday with three people in the boat we boated 127 largemouth in 3.5 hours. The biggest was 22" and we had another dozen that were 19"+. Lots of smaller fish shallow and the quality fish were stacking up in the deeper water. River smallies have been going nuts too with a lot of action at the surface. The point there is that good fishing exists. As the fish move to their summer haunts you have to move with them and for some people that is a rough transition. Generally most fish will move deeper and position themselves in the water column or in relation to structure/cover at differing locations throughout the day...which is also sometimes hard to keep up with. Some people learn a lot from what works but I feel I learn more from what doesn't work. Don't be afraid to keep making changes however drastic it may seem. If you still can't get anything going get chatty with some guys at the landing and see what info on your body of water you can get out of them. If the skunk is getting you down take a break every now and then from targeting bass and pike and catch a few sunfish to get your spirits back up. Confidence is the best bait in the box. Also don't bring tuna sandwiches or bananas in the boat. Best of luck!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i agree with matt's suggestion when i go out and am having a rough day fishing for a certain species. take a break and do some panfishn. or something you know will catch some fish. Nothing blows more than getting skunked for the day. I at least make it a goal to not get skunked. Alot of diffrent things can adjust a fish to get lockjaw for some weird reason. But the funny thing about it is sometimes you will be pulled up fishin for sunnies and start hammering bass or northerns. THat type of stuff happens alot. Do u have possibly something on your hands or some weird smell that fish dont like. Sunscreen bug spray gas something!?

Matt i can understand tuna sandwiches but bananas also? u learn something every day.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

hi all thanks for all your great advice well i did what you said caught a mess full of sunnies and crappies spirits are up went to the tackle store bought some plastics and slower presentations taking friday off of work even just to get pumped up not whining or any thing but when i get in a rut it hurts and i think your attitude goes down time to pump myself up thanks. for bass or pike would you start in the weeds more or troll i think the problem is i dont fully understand the fish movements i know they move deep or shallow at night and i fish the weeds other than that thats all i know when i read fishing books etc. on one page it says fish here then the next page says do the opposite. its so confusing i just dont understand it thanks for your help and any more advice

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

U cant fail with outer weed edges and by the sounds of things the big slimers are moving to deeper water and the small to average ones still can be found in the weeds. for the deep ones try trolling spinnerbait and sucker and you cant go wrong

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

for the deep ones try trolling spinnerbait and sucker and you cant go wrong

Can you explain a little more on this? Are you what type of spinner do you use for trolling and what do you put the sucker on? I'm new to trolling for pike so anything can share would be great.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Bananas?

But fish love bananas!

When things start slowing up that's my go-to love juice -- a squirt of the Old King's X: imitation banana extract. Never leave home without it.

Tuna sandwiches, however -- that's a given. It's pretty tough to catch anything with tuna sandwiches in the boat.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Good spnner bait like a northland reedrunner and just hook like a 4 to 6 inch sucker minnow throw its mouth and out the back of its head it doesnt have to be alive its more of an attractant and the blade does the work

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  

  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • How deep were the trout running?  We heard ultra deep on Crow to 30 ft.  The 30 ft number came from people actually catching them.   Thanks for the pics!  I like the fly rod smallie.
    • try the raid spray on grass at bottom. 
    • Here are some pictures from this years trip!
    • How do you keep ants off your feeders, especially hummingbird and oriole feeders? I've tried Toro and Raid sprays on the post but it seeks the birds don't like that smell either and i don't see many for a while. Has anyone else experienced that? Any good ideas?
    • I should’ve looked closer - I have an eyes open pic too. 😌  Tough to tell sometimes on my phone screen.  
    • Among other wilds that have moved into our urban areas, we can now add loons.  There is a breeding pair on the lake formerly known as Calhoun, mostly staying on the west and northwest sides.  But there is also a bunch of yearlings fishing the east side, numbering maybe six or seven and so unafraid that they come right up to the 36th Street dock and try to steal suckers being used for musky bait.  Maybe the call of the wild is not really so alien to the South side of Minneapolis, but it looks like the loons have moved in and can be heard calling from time to time. 
    • Sounds like you guys gave her heck up there to find them. I'd be praying thanks, too if I got that one on! ☺️
    • Quick recap:   Weather was too darn “nice”!  Upper 80’s - 90’s; no wind to speak of; mostly sunny. Water temps were anywhere from 64 - 71 depending on location and day.   We looked the lake over from end to end, marking up our map and returning to some places where we saw fish either later the same day or a couple days later.  We could literally see the transition from spawn to post spawn happening during our stay.  Being new to both muskie fishing and that lake, we spent time in dead water as much as good water but feel like we got a pretty good handle on how to go about setting up a more efficient return visit.  It was a lot work and long hours but I’d go back this weekend if I could so I must’ve enjoyed it.   A few pics as hoped for:
    • big dave 2 and leech, darn good lookin meals!!!!  Dave have a good weekend!!!!
    • Ok Dave have a good weekend. Hope you get over the whole butt hurt Leech deal! Not sure where you got that I don't like folks smoking or grilling things?  I know I do enough. Have fun! 🙂