Spring Jigging: Medium-heavy to heavy-action rods with 10-14lb abrasion-resistant line for vertical jigging 3/8- to 3/4-ounce baits off of the bottom. Blade baits, twister tails, and spoons are standard walleye jigging baits.
Summer Casting: Use spinning reels on 6-7' rods with medium to medium-heavy action and 8lb test line; bait cast or spin cast reels with shorter rods. Casting lures are typically 3/8- to 3/4-ounce weight-forward spinners or "mayfly" rigs tipped with worms and plugs.
Summer - Fall Trolling: Bait-casting or spinning reels on 7-10' medium-action rods, 8-14lb test line. Shock leaders (18-20lb test) are often used. Trollers use a variety of techniques, including flat-lining with diving plugs or bottom bouncers with night-crawler harnesses and controlled-depth fishing with plugs or spoons. Planer boards are especially useful to get baits away from the boat because walleyes can be spooked by boat noise.
Spring - Fall Jigging: Spin cast, bait cast, or spinning reels on light-medium action, 5-6' rods, with 6-8lb test line. Low-stretch lines work especially well. The most common technique is to use a 2-way spreader with #4-#6 long-shanked, snelled hooks tipped with shiners and a 3/4- to 1-ounce sinker. Jigging the spreader periodically gives the shiners some movement and usually entices a bite.
Smallmouth Bass Charters
Summer Casting: Bait cast, or spinning reels on medium-heavy action, 5-6' rods, with 6-12lb test line. Low-stretch lines are preferred by many bass anglers. Popular jigging lures include 2-5" tube baits, twister tails, hair jigs, and spoons. Casters use a variety of plugs in both fish and crayfish patterns. Live-bait fishing with shiners or crayfish is especially effective during the late-summer and fall months, with a #2-#4 snelled hook below a 3/8-3/4-ounce sinker and barrel swivel.
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