These are a bit more finicky than the smallmouth, but they’re just as abundant. And according to most people, they’re the fish of choice for your dinner plate. Their soft, white, flaky flesh is delicious and you know what I’m talking about if you’ve enjoyed a meal in the past…..if you haven’t, you should read on to find out how to get these Northwood’s treasures into your camp frying pan. Early in spring right after ice out is when walleye spawn. During this time they can be caught pretty easily in shallow water on rocky points or gravel beds. They also school in moving water, so this is a place to focus on as well. For the first few weeks after the fishing opener, this is where you’ll find the walleye; but as the water warms and spring turns to early summer, they move out into deeper water around reefs and sunken islands out in the middle of the boundary waters lakes. You’ll find them anywhere between 15 and 40 feet in the summer depending on the weather and if it is overcast or not. But they always come up in the evenings and feed on reefs, rocky points around islands and drop-offs. You’ll find this to be the best time to fish walleye in 10 to 20 feet when the sun is dropping and as night is setting in. The ideal water temperature for walleyes is 65 degrees. Walleyes are more nocturnal because of their sensitivity to light. So don’t waste your time when the sun is high in the sky on a clear day….this is the time to go fish smallmouth or lake trout.


Fish finders, marine radios, and flashers are also available for the diehard anglers. There’s no such thing as having too much of an advantage. Navigate the lake on the prowl for another big trophy catch. The latest up-to-date maps and GPS chartplotting are just two more features that help turn your typical day on the water into a fish fest worthy of bragging about.
Whether you're going deep sea fishing or just to your local lake, a tackle box is a must-have item. Tackle boxes allow you to store all of the essentials you need for your fishing adventure, including hooks, artificial baits and lures, fishing line, needle-nose pliers, line cutter, fillet knife, sinkers and bobbers. Tackle boxes have several small compartments in trays on the top where you can neatly separate all the small items you're taking with you. There's also space at the bottom for larger items. If you have the room, you may want to consider placing in your tackle box a first aid kit small flashlight, insect repellent, sunscreen and fishing gloves.

I’ve broken the checklist down into three sections “Essential Fly Fishing Gear List”, “General Fly Fishing Gear Checklist” and “Optional”.  In the Essential Fly Fishing Checklist, I’ve included some reasoning for packing it.  Some items will seem obvious, but maybe I can give you some tidbits to think about when filling your fly fishing vest backpack.
A sinker or plummet is a weight used when angling to force the lure or bait to sink more rapidly or to increase the distance that it may be cast. The ordinary plain sinker is traditionally made of lead. It can be practically any shape, and is often shaped round like a pipe-stem, with a swelling in the middle. However, the use of smaller lead based fishing sinkers has now been banned in the UK, Canada and some states in the USA,[4] since lead can cause toxic lead poisoning if ingested. There are loops of brass wire on either end of the sinker to attach the line. Weights can range from a quarter of an ounce for trout fishing up to a couple of pounds or more for sea bass and menhaden.
Whether it’s because you get a bite from the legendary monster fish that lurks in the depths of the old fishing hole or you just get your line caught on a log, it’s almost guaranteed that your fishing line will break or get tangled up during a fishing trip. Thus, it’s always good to have some extra line in your tackle box. The line you carry depends a great deal on where you’re fishing and what kind of fish you’re fishing for. If you’re fishing in rough conditions, you’ll want a heavier and more durable fishing line. This should help reduce the chances of snappage. If you’re fishing in a crystal clear lake, stealth is the key. So choose a thin, clear line to fake out the fish.
Man with lake troutThese fish inhabit the colder, deeper waters and sometimes aren’t as easily caught. But if fished correctly can provide quite a fight and a good dinner to boot. The trout are always willing to bite your line, but getting the baits in front of their face is often times the hardest part in fishing lake trout. During the spring when the water temperature is all the same throughout the lake, trout can be caught in depths as shallow as five feet. But that only lasts a few weeks after ice out. They look for water temperatures of about 46 or 48 degrees. So during the summer months, trout can be found in depths of anywhere between 50 and 100 feet. Trout hang out on steep structure where they can have access to the deep water. So focus on sharp drop-offs.
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Bobbers, or floaters as they’re sometimes called, help you know when you’re getting bites from a fish. When a fish bites, the bobber sinks. As soon as that happens, you know you’re ready to reel your catch in. Again, you have some choices when it comes to bobbers. The bobbers most people are familiar with are the round red and white plastic ones. The round bobbers are nice because you just have to clip them to the line in order to attach them. However, the round bobber does limit how deep you can cast a line.
If you're not using live bait or cut bait, you'll want to use artificial bait or lures. Most artificial lures resemble the type of bait fish or other food, such as worms or shrimp, that the fish you're trying to catch normally eat. These artificial baits can be scented and have metal spoons attached to them or be painted in metal flake to reflect light in the water. Other types of bait include jigs and jig heads, spoons, flies and spinnerbaits, which you can attach artificial or real bait to, and attractants to make artificial lures smell lifelike.
Lots of people are turned off of fly fishing by a few glances at ugly price tags, but there’s plenty of accessibility to be had. A good many of us got around the up-front expenses buying an all-in-one package or kit, but while some nice ones do exist, there are also loads of “outfits” that package shoddy products; in our experience, those will simply add to your beginner’s frustrations.
The IEBIYO Fishing Pole for Kids is the perfect companion on long-distance trips. It’s also compact enough to keep in the car so that your child can cast a line whenever the opportunity arises. Measuring four feet, six inches in length, the rod features six adjustable sections that collapse to just 13.7 inches. The rod’s fiberglass, ABS and silicone construction keeps it lightweight, tipping the scales at 4.7 ounces.
The most important thing with fishing is to be confident with the method and the area in which you are fishing. If you get a bad feeling that a certain technique or area you are fishing in isn’t going to produce, try something new or move to a different spot. Many tips and techniques can be learned from fishing magazines and books. And you should consider reading some before you come on your trip as it will help you understand what the fish are looking for and it will give you the best possible opportunity to catch your limit and have a great time on your boundary waters adventure. The same techniques will work on most all of the different lakes. Look for similar structure from lake to lake and follow the wind, always follow the wind. With this you’ll do well in any lake.

Modern lines are made from artificial substances, including nylon, polyethylene, dacron and dyneema. The most common type is monofilament made of a single strand. Anglers often use monofilament because of its buoyant characteristics and its ability to stretch under load. Recently alternatives such as fluorocarbon, which is the least visible type, and braided fishing line, also known as 'superlines' because of their small diameter, minimal amount of stretch, and great strength relative to standard nylon monofilament lines.
When fishing, the most important tool to have on the water is a rod/pole. This acts as a lever, allowing the fisherman to play a fish and ultimately bring it to shore. Both words, rod, and pole are sometimes used interchangeably, many fishermen use both terms ubiquitously when describing their gear. There are differences, and if we dig deeper into the definitions, the contrast begins to make sense.
The EVA split grip is specially designed for smaller hands. The rod breaks down into two pieces for easy transport and storage and includes a spinning reel with a sturdy anodized aluminum spool and one ball bearing for smoother casting and retrieval. You can adapt the handle to suit right or left-handed users. With a six-pound line, the reel has a maximum capacity of 145 yards. This increases to 255 yards when using lighter found-pound line. 
The EVA split grip is specially designed for smaller hands. The rod breaks down into two pieces for easy transport and storage and includes a spinning reel with a sturdy anodized aluminum spool and one ball bearing for smoother casting and retrieval. You can adapt the handle to suit right or left-handed users. With a six-pound line, the reel has a maximum capacity of 145 yards. This increases to 255 yards when using lighter found-pound line. 
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Available in Hello Kitty or Paw Patrol-inspired designs, the 29-inch rod also telescopically folds to just 17 inches for easy transport. The attached spincast reel comes with a six-pound line already spooled and has a gear ratio of 3.1:1. The combo also includes a casting plug (so that your child can master the basics at home), a snap swivel and a safety hook. The latter is barbless, so there’s no chance of hooked fingers ruining your day out.
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The wide range of fishing shirts available at DICK'S Sporting Goods are designed specifically to maximize your performance with the rod and reel, and include features such as water repellency, salt and stain resistance, sun protection, moisture wicking fabric and vented sections to keep you cool in the sun. Other nice touches, such as convenient pockets and tool holders, will make these your go-to fishing shirts for every angling trip.

A fish hook is a device for catching fish either by impaling them in the mouth or, more rarely, by snagging the body of the fish. Fish hooks have been employed for millennia by anglers to catch fresh and saltwater fish. Early hooks were made from the upper bills of eagles and from bones, shells, horns and thorns of plants (Parker 2002). In 2005, the fish hook was chosen by Forbes as one of the top twenty tools in the history of man.[2] Fish hooks are normally attached to some form of line or lure device which connects the caught fish to the angler. There is an enormous variety of fish hooks. Sizes, designs, shapes, and materials are all variable depending on the intended purpose of the hook. They are manufactured for a range of purposes from general fishing to extremely limited and specialized applications. Fish hooks are designed to hold various types of artificial, processed, dead or live baits (bait fishing); to act as the foundation for artificial representations of fish prey (fly fishing); or to be attached to or integrated into other devices that represent fish prey (lure fishing).
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