On the edge
Hit these subtle hot spots to put more fish in the boat
I love to fish weedlines in the early season, especially if they have three distinct edges—one bordering deep water, another facing shore and a third between the emerging weed tops and the water’s surface. While the edge bordering deep water typically reigns supreme later in the season, the other two rule during early spring. As the sun comes up on a warm, calm, early-season morning, there’s nothing I enjoy more than sight-fishing the narrow open zone between the shallow inside edge and shore. As I slowly move along with my electric trolling motor, I often see walleye, muskies, northern pike and both species of bass cruising the edges like ghosts. If I flick a stickworm, light jig or surface bait ahead of the fish and let it settle, it’s never long before I see, hear and feel an explosive strike.