We had the pleasure to be a part of the fourth episode of Ice Team TV and fishing with some of the best that The Clam Ice Team Pro Staff has to offer. This was a great experience and and we appreciate the opportunity.
The day started off a little quicker than the previous since we already had the unloading and preparation shots the film crew needed so it was right to fishing. The fish hadn’t moved much from the previous day and since we were fishing the same spot it didn’t take long to start pulling in some quality fish. It was a typical river bite, early morning hours often bring a steady flow of water into the setbacks. It’s important to understand this concept when you’re fishing a river system that has a dam system. It’s actually simple to understand. When water flows into these setbacks, creating a higher water level the fishing is usually good. Why? The water flow causes the zoo plankton and small bait fish to circulate, thus creating a great opportunity for the larger fish to feed, and get caught by us the fishermen. Watch the USGS Water Date site to dam openings and closings in your area. If the setback you fish is between two dams make sure you are aware of both the upper and lower openings and closings. A good in-flow is created when the dam above is open, allowing for more water to come out and when the lower dam is closed or letting out less flow creating a back up of water.
As the sun grew higher in the sky the flow also depleted causing the fish to move from the deep channel into the thick weed flats. (Look for the inside turns adjacent to the main channel to hold concentrations of fish.) Fishing slowed down a bit but we were still able to stay with them and pick at them for the next couple hours. Our presentation was a milk pink Maki plastic rigged on a gold head Bentley Tungsten Jig. Later in the day a few red maggots helped to entice the fish into biting.
All and all we have a very productive day on the setback. Make sure to watch for episode four from Ice Team Tv to pick up more tips and tricks from the ice world. Bring It!