Fishing Your Local River

Is just what we did last Friday. We hatched the plan over our traditional Thursday night pint, and given that it was the next day everyone pretty much knew their plans.

When you are fishing your local river, if you have one, the best spots to look for fish are on the outside of the river bend. Water is moving faster here and while it promotes erosion, it also digs out a deep trough in which fish have the depth they want to keep cool in, and the shallows if they want to warm up. Fishing on the out curve compared to the in curve is like night and day. On the inside of the curve you may have to cast out 30-50 feet to get to any depth, while on the outside it may drop off as little as a few feet from you. If you do get stuck on the wrong side of the river its best to bring some bait and throw a pickerel rig on. I have seen guys pull fish on them in this situation. I find that really boring and prefer to use a spoon, shad or jig and play the depths. Another great place to fish is near outfalls. More often than not there are deep holes below them and last summer I pulled a great sized Sauger out of the Dawson Hole in Edmonton. There is a depth chart for the Dawson Hole that can be easily searched for.

Now we got this spot which produces like crazy at certain times of the year. The main fish we catch there is Goldeye. Collectively we have also caught a few Northern Pike and Walleye. I scouted it out late last summer and when I brought the rest of the crew down two things happened. I caught four fish, and no one left without catching at least one. Now to me fishing is all about being with your buddies and enjoying the wilderness while bringing in some fish, which truth be told doesn’t always play out that way but oh well. Long story short this spot is money whether the fish are biting or not.

Logan, who tied the knot Saturday, congrats buddy, was the man who caught the 8 dollar fish. Here are a few pics from the night and of course the beauty Goldeye he reeled in.

Side note: Goldeye tend to bite the most during late summer to early fall. They are not a good eating fish unless smoked over an Oak fire.

 

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