"FISHING WEED EDGES"
There has been a lot of talk about weedlines or edges and they have produced some good fishing for us these couple months. If you watch enough fishing shows, read fishing articles or listen to seminars, you surely have heard the need to find and fish weedlines and the edges.
Weedlines are any edge that is formed where weeds stop growing next to open water creating an awesome place for predator fish to ambush a meal. These are places where the prey can be found going in or out of during the day. Prime weed areas are at shoreline breaks, points, cuts or out on those offshore humps we talked about last fall.
Weed growth is controlled by how clear the water is and amount of sunlight penetration. If lake water is clear, weeds will grow in depths of 15 feet or more and those with dirty water may only be 2 – 4 foot deep. Once you find weeds, move in shallow to find that edge and then out deeper to find the edge where they disappear or taper off. Many think outside when they think weedlines, which can be good in clear lakes, but realize there are also inside weedlines or edges too where you may find shallow aggressive fish. It seems not as many anglers fish those inside weedlines that are often fairly shallow and can hold many predator fish and surprisingly we find walleye using these during the right conditions.
Lastly, the most under used edge or weedline is the tops of weeds. OK, how do we fish these different weedlines? Starting with the last mentioned would be to fish a lure that would tick or contact the weed tops. The lure would depend on depth below the water surface and if a foot or more, it would be a crankbait or minnow stickbait that could reach the weed tops. If only a few inches or so, topwater would be our pick for making a commotion, walking across top or a slow fished presentation with pauses. The key is to pay attention to what speed or presentation caused strikes and repeat it.
For the inside or outside weedlines, we many times start by working the shallow edges and target cuts or pockets, breaks or dip and areas with clumps or openings. You will find panfish holding in these areas too. The key here is making accurate casts with shallow running crankbaits, plastics or jigs. If searching long stretches of weedlines make longer casts with crankbaits or swimbaits.
After fishing the inside weed edges, move out and work the outside edges and continue moving out deeper. The importance to fishing these outside edges is to first recognize fish could be near or at the bottom, in the middle or near to the surface or top. Try different baits at different depths along encouraging stretches of weeds. This is made simpler if fishing with a partner when you each try different baits and depths till one finds a pattern for the best depth and you switch presentations. Your goal is to hug the weed edges while being able to tick or bump them and fishing all depths.
Our purpose for writing articles is to provide anglers with some techniques and tools that have worked for us and we are not trying to tell you how to fish. We do not know all there is about fishing but we do spend lots of time fishing and are learning more each time we do fish. We know how limited many anglers fishing time can be and we hope by sharing we can help give you an edge.
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