How to use muddy water to your advantage.
Interesting Ross Robertson + John Gillman write-up, few excerpts below:
> This is one time of year that driving around the lake at 30mph is very productive as we look for the mud transitions. Muddy water becomes like an invisible fence to help anglers eliminate water without ever wetting a line or even coming off plane. Make a big lake small, and a small lake even smaller.
> …this pattern applies to many inland lakes and nearly all of the Great Lakes, but doesn’t apply to…bodies of water that have year-round muddy water. Fish in those types environments seem to adapt and break typical walleye behavior.
> Fish too clean of water (real blue) and you are likely to not see, mark or catch much. Fish too dirty (cardboard color)…and all you do is make yourself sick with the number of seemingly uncatchable marks on the fish finder. It’s that inbetween color that’s the sweet spot. This water is generally a little green under ideal conditions, to a little chalky.
> …look at the big engine’s cavitation plate to determine clarity before setting up. For me it’s a control, the distance never changes and it serves as a way for other anglers to stay on the same page when discussing water clarity in different areas of the lake.
> One key item to be aware of that will drastically alter clarity is bottom composition. …rock reefs are the first to clean up. A loose mud silt bottom takes more time to clear when compared to a hard compacted mud bottom.
> While water clarity is likely the most important factor, temperature is a close second…has as much to do with bait as anything…. I believe that is the biggest reason walleyes are void in the super clean “blue” areas [often a few degrees colder]. No bait = no walleyes…it’s that simple.
> Gillman typically puts his baits in the top half of the water column, if not the top 10’…many of these fish in the spring time are just post spawn and “recovering” from the stresses it causes. The other factor is lack of productivity…water down there isn’t nearly as clean as layers closer to the surface.
Little different than how they play in the mud down south: