How to quickly and accurately assess fish activity levels

Gord Pyzer

What the fish want

How to pick the right bait or lure for that first cast of the day

Gord Pyzer
Gord Pyzer

Wouldn’t it be cool, as you stash your fishing gear into the boat and hook up the trailer to your tow vehicle, to be able to accurately gauge the fish activity level before you even get to the lake and make your first cast?

If you could do it, you could much better determine if you should tie on and start the day fishing with a fast moving, aggressive horizontal presentation such as a surface bait or an erratic jerkbait, or a slower, more deliberate presentation such as a jig or stickworm.

Well, the truth of the matter is, Mother Nature is constantly giving us clues as to what we can expect when we make our first cast—but we have to learn to listen.

Actually, I should say look and listen.

To better understand how you can quickly and accurately assess fish activity levels, simply click on the following short video.  I’m betting that if you put it into practice, you’re not only going to catch more fish this summer, you’re also going to impress your fishing buddies with your forecasting skills.

Gord Pyzer

Gord Pyzer

Fishing Editor Gord Pyzer is widely regarded as Canada's most scientific angler. Known in fishing circles as Doctor Pyzer, he worked for 30 years as a senior manager with Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources before devoting all his energies to fishing. A member of the Canadian Angler Hall of Fame, the award-winning writer is also an internationally sought out speaker, tournament angler and field editor with In-Fisherman Magazine and Television. As well, he co-hosts the Real Fishing Radio Show with Bob Izumi. Catch Gord on the Outdoor Journal Radio Show live every Saturday morning 8:05AM EST. If you're in southern Ontario, tune your radio to Sportsnet 590 The FAN AM or visit and listen live online.

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