Bringing back this OG Doug Stange write-up on how Roger Stearns makes moves for finding waldos in a lake that’s 250-ish miles across. For sure requires a different approach, but can definitely duplicate this type of deal in basin areas — or on larger pieces of structure — on your local lakes too…just scale it down a bit.
> “When we’re starting from scratch, our initial moves are about a mile. Drill some holes and monitor your electronics as you fish. If we don’t catch or mark a fish in 15 minutes we move another mile.
> “Once we find fish, we need to read their attitude. Say we’re marking and catching some fish, but they’re tight to the bottom or only 1/3 of them bite…a small move is in order, say 40 yards or so.
> “We’re dealing with neutral to negative fish that are just milling along. They may have just fed or they’re waiting to feed when they find baitfish. It often takes these fish 3 hours to move 200 yards.
> “To follow fish like these we usually leave one guy behind as we move. If we get into them again and they’re biting better, the stay-behind guy moves to our location. Occasionally, the school reappears under the angler that was left behind.
> “Say 2 of us put 15 fish on the ice in about an hour. If we’re not marking many baitfish, we probably hit the tail end of a baitfish collision. Suspended fish are hunting fish — and while they may stay in an area for a time, they’re likely to be moving.
> “When we move in this instance it’s at least 75 yards, sometimes 150. Again, the activity or lack thereof below is all unfolding on our electronics and we’re always trying to get a sense which direction the fish are drifting.
> “The beauty of fishing on Lake Winnipeg is that you never know when an even bigger school of fish is going to move in from a different direction.”
Great info! And lots more of it in Doug Stange’s full write-up here.
Lot more structure scattered ’round that “bowl” than you’d think. If you’re heading to Lake Winnipeg for #MarchMadness and have a modern Lowrance GPS unit, better get yourself an Angler’s Edge Mapping chip.
There’s now mapping for you ‘Bird watchers too. Humminbird ChartSelect released a Lake Winnipeg download this winter to use with a Humminbird fish finder or the FishSmart App on your phone.